Earlier this week I was disabused of the notion some news stories are so big that it would be impossible not to be aware of them. I was the last person on the planet to become aware there is no such story. This is a follow-up to that post/discussion.
Are there adults in the general population of the U.S. that have never heard of Donald Trump? Don't know who he is. Unaware he's (sort of) running for president. Yes or no, are there such individuals?
She does know that Obama is the president, but that's about it.
The Great Tidy has unearthed some stuff I didn't know existed. Found a couple of contact sheets of photos taken by Larry Joe Thomason (RIP). He printed a few but some I had not seen. I know it will make digital pros cringe but I scanned the contact sheet (1200dpi) to see if I could get anything useful. I'll share a few here. Think of them as artifacts rather than photos.
Truth be told, living in the Midwest wasn't that great anyway
I found this on Twitter earlier today (@nytimes). It's attributed to Michelle Slatalla, Edit in chief of Gardenista and mother of three college students/grads.
I've heard people encourage me/others to "find your passion" my entire adult life. My passion was radio but I didn't know that until it found me. I certainly wasn't searching for it. Perhaps the trick is to just keep moving.
Been thinking some more about broadcasters lobbying for mobile carriers to turn on the FM receiver chip in phones. Never gonna work. Radio dial just too small. A little back-story:
Since getting my first iPhone several years ago, I’ve always listened to music with earbuds when in the car. The 4Runner didn’t have a good way to interface and I just never bothered when I got the MINI. Apple Music has me listening more these days so I purchased an aux cable to play iPhone music through the MINI speakers.
Lo and behold! The MINI has really good speakers. Way better experience than the earbuds. (Yes, everybody told me that) Anyway, back to the radio dial…
With the unlimited data plan (ATT) on my phone, I can listen to (almost) all the music there is. And the playlists. And the customized “stations”… as well as the half-dozen podcasts I follow.
“Hey, Siri. Podcast. Tech News Today.” Voila!
No radio station can match this. ALL the radio stations can’t match this.
So I went ahead and downloaded the windows 10 install image, burned it to DVD, and ran the installer on the machine. Everything seems to work perfectly.
It's way too early do you know for sure but so far I'm really liking it. Windows 10 is much more Macintosh like. Kind of a cross between windows, the Mac, and an iPad. I think there's a lot of potential here for Microsoft. It'll take me a week or so to play with all the features and do my testing but so far I'm giving it a thumbs up.
All the poker players smoked and looked damned cool while they did it. This me trying to look like a tough guy who wasn't afraid of lung cancer. These little charades usually left the smokers in stitches. And, yes, they did only make one of those shirts.
Mom was a farm girl. Dad was a city boy. The war was over and they met in St. Louis. I was born in 1948 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and grew up in Kennett (about an hour to the south). Dad was a “radio announcer” and mom worked for the “welfare department.” Job titles that –like my youth–vanished years ago.
A little piece of shrapnel from the Baby Boom, I watched a lot of TV. In the early 50′s I sat two feet from the Motorola, staring at the Indian-head test pattern until the afternoon programming got underway. The spirit of Norman Rockwell hovered over me through a near-perfect childhood.
The Beatles released I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND in the US just after Christmas in 1963 and it a very big deal by February of ’64. Hard to imagine a better time to be a high school sophomore. We weren’t paying much attention to Viet Nam, yet.
By the time I started college in the fall of 1966, getting and keeping a draft deferment was top of mind. I quickly switched my major from Business to Theater. Guys were coming back from Viet Nam and bringing good drugs and great music and protesting was catching on, even in the Midwest.
I was part of the first draft lottery and drew number 210, just low enough to be dangerous. Following graduation in 1970, I goofed off all summer before –at my father’s suggestion– entering law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I attended classes and kept my deferment until Nixon froze the draft (in December of 1970) at lottery number 195. I quit law school the following week, just before finals.
In the spring of 1971, I went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postal Inspector. After three months of training in D.C. I was sent to Pendleton, Oregon, where I audited small post offices in Oregon and Washington. I counted stamps and money orders for almost a year and investigated exploded rural mail boxes (a federal crime). Like law school, not what I had in mind.
In early ’72 I returned to the Midwest and hung around Memphis for a few months before returning to Kennett in early summer. In July, I started working at KBOA on the overnight shift and found my true calling. For the next dozen years I spun records and MC’d the Little Miss Christmas Belle Pageant.
In March, 1973, I met Barb at Tommy’s North-End Cafe and fell in love. We dated for six years and married in 1978.
In June, 1984, we moved to Jefferson City, Missouri, to work for Learfield Communications, retiring in 2012 where I handled affiliate relations for the company’s various radio networks until the late '90s when I began annoying management and co-workers about "that Internet thing."
I retired from Learfield on December 31, 2012. What’s that? Twenty-eight years? Some would say I had “retired in place” a couple of years earlier and there’s more than a bit of truth in that. Always thought I’d die in harness but became intrigued with the idea of doing nothing. Despite what you might have heard, it can be done.
I’ve done a bit of traveling but don’t much care for it. I’ll do it if there’s someone(s) interesting on the other end. Getting there is not half the fun for me.
These days I spend my mornings online at a local coffee shop. After lunch it’s home to play Red Ball with Hattie and Lucy (Goldens); a long walk; a nap; meditation; a little ukulele practice; some reading and the day is shot. The current plan is to stay with this routine until perfected.
January 8, 2015
- University of Stay Out of Vietnam2013
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