Is there anybody…

13 September, 2010
Rat Fink

…going to listen to my story…? Here’s today, 13 September.

  1. This cold just won’t quit — it’s going to be a DayQuil day (and evening, since I won’t see home till around 8 p.m.). Oh boo hoo.
  2. Today would have been Mother’s 72nd birthday.
  3. Remember the Attica prison riots in 1971? I do, but just barely. It’s the first memory I have of seeing “real” violence on the television news.
  4. Tupac Shakur died on this day in 1996. (Or did he…?) :-)
  5. It was a year ago today that Kanye West — with the aid of several heapin’ helpins of Hennessy, no doubt —  embarrassed himself and Taylor Swift in front of a national TV audience. He’s been trying to talk his way out of it for 364 days now, with limited success.
  6. 13 September marks four more days till BoomR’s visit! YaaAaaaay

Can Mondays be happy? I guess so. Here’s to giving it the old college try.

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BoomR
BoomR
13 September, 2010 11:50 pm

YAAAAAaaaaaaaayyyyyyYYYYY!!!!

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Ross
Ross
14 September, 2010 1:25 pm

Attica was your first TV violence eh? I remember mine, it wasn’t quite the same, I was in the 8th grade, so like 1984, I’m in bed watching 20/20 on a black and white 13 inch television, it’s a story about these new lightweight powered little airplanes with motors that seemingly anyone could pilot, and I’m just following the story, no expectations, when they suddenly show the guy they were just talking to take his little open-cockpit plane up in the sky, suddenly the engine starts to run, almost a high-pitched buzzing noise, plane loses stability, the narrator’s saying something,… Read more »

Ross
Ross
19 September, 2010 12:33 pm

Ultralight, that’s right. I thought about searching for the clip last night … let’s see so if you’ve already burned 20 minutes I can assume you started with the most likely places, like YouTube. I guess the first question is, was it 20/20? I’m pretty firm on that part, these weren’t the days of competing news magazines quite yet. The only other similar show might have been 60 Minutes, but this was a weeknight, eliminating that possibility. Who were the correspondents? John Stossell of course … but Downs and Walters were the anchors so they would not have been covering… Read more »

Ross
Ross
19 September, 2010 1:02 pm

So far no good, but this segment on ‘Video Madness’ is loaded with gems.

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Ross
Ross
19 September, 2010 1:04 pm
Ross
Ross
19 September, 2010 10:28 pm

By the way I didn’t find the footage, although I found a few references to where I’d find the footage but they were never good links. What I did learn was that in the episode, entitled “Ultralights: Flying or Dying?” the pilot was a TV reporter (probably a local one) with little or no experience and no safety belts on. Nonetheless, the episode is infamous in the ultralight community for demolishing the industry’s budding economy….

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