Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday News and Whatever

Obituary: Famous children's author Norman Bridwell, 86, has died on December 12. The author/illustrator became famous for his Clifford the Big Red Dog books.

Bridwell was best known for creating the Clifford the Big Red Dog book series. First published in 1963, Bridwell eventually wrote and illustrated more than 150 Clifford titles. The series has been translated into 13 languages, and sold 129 million copies. Moreover, the lovable canine also found a home in television with PBS Kids’ animated series, which was on air between 2000 and 2003. Plus, David Bowers is directing a big-screen adaptation, which is set for a April 8, 2016 release date.

We are talking major famous when it comes to children's books. I have a few of his titles.

It's looking like the same old shit for the 2016 election, and I at least am NOT happy about the prospect of retreads being nominated.

I can't believe the nerve of Jeb Bush running for president when the crook should be in prison for his antics in 2000. He's even worse now with his corrupt education outfits and "reform" proposals.

Time of add a new link to the links list. This one is about how too few people in our society have way too much money and how this is perverting and wrecking the United States.

Bill Cosby's family members are trying to put a positive spin on the patriarch's problems, but they come across as living in pathetic denial.

What the hell good are unions if they are going to work against workers' interests?

We know that the weak teachers' "unions" have been or are headed by moles. I suspect the situation is similar with other unions around the country.

Another obituary: The last of the original "Murrow's Boys," Richard C. Hottelet, has died at the premature age of 97. He was the last one left, but he was not the least.

I remember him very well from my childhood and youth. He specialized in foreign affairs for CBS.


He reported from many battlefronts, and went on to become CBS' correspondent for the United Nations, an assignment he began in 1960. He resigned in 1985 to join the U.S. Mission to the U.N. as its public affairs counselor, leaving that post in 1987 over differences with Ambassador Vernon A. Walters. "Either you're in sync or not, and we were not that much," he said.

The legendary "Murrow's Boys" were recruited by Murrow, then London-based director of CB S' European bureau, starting in 1937 and continuing through the war years. They included such eminent figures as Eric Sevareid, William Shirer, Charles Collingwood, Larry LeSueur, Winston Burdette and Howard K. Smith.

Most of them continued on to television, with Collingwood my absolute favorite, despite his being somewhat self-destructive.

I compare these giants of broadcast journalism with the shit called "journalists" now, and I just want to puke.

The standards have fallen, indeed.


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