Glanced at the odometer this mornig before heading out for my story and got a chuckle. I know, I’m 13 years old.
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Behind the story: the SEC reversed a decision to ban Twitter and Facebook from inside stadiums during games. There was no news release but the conference released the information in a tweet. I didn’t have anyone to interview on camera; Vanderbilt’s SID wasn’t familiar enough with the policy change to talk about it. Other than trying to get man on the street reactions (nobody hates those more than me), there was no one to interview.
A great Sunday. NASCAR finish, PGA championship, Sunday night church with Denver and the Mile High Orchestra.
The general opinion in Memphis is that former mayor Willie Herenton has lost his mind. First, he retires from the post he’s held for 428 years (seems that long anyway), then he picks up paperwork Thursday to possibly throw his hat into the ring of a special election that must be held to replace him.
“I was hoping you could look for his brain in Nashville” a friend told me, “because he clearly has misplaced it somewhere.”
Viewer comments to stories about the latest Herenton adventure have called him “unstable”, “meglomaniac”, “educated fool”, and just plain “sick”.
But I’ve come to realize that Willie Herenton is none of those things, he is a stinkin’ genius!
Many people, especially politicians, want to reach a level of immortality. They want to be remembered. Names on buildings, or stamps, or dollar bills. They could simply shake hands, retire, speak at a few Civitan clubs and walk into the sunset. But a generation or so later, who’s going to remember them?
Not Willie Herenton though. He has reached that immortality through these almost insane rides. Run to replace himself and every newspaper in the world carries the story. Actually win (and who says he couldn’t?) and anybody in the country who follows the teeniest amount of politics will know the name Willie Herenton.
But I think to Herenton it’s more than just people knowing his name. He wants people to talk about him. In barber shops and newsrooms and farmers markets and church Sunday school classes. What’s that old saying? “It’s all good publicity as long as they spell your name right”.
Willie Herenton is “Tin Cup”.
Notice the similarities in what people are saying about Tin Cup and what people say about Herenton?
What the clip doesn’t include is Rene Russo’s line after Roy begins to realize what he’d done. “Nobody is going to remember who won the U.S Open years from now, but you Roy! They’ll remember you. You’re…well, it’s….immortal!”
Disappointed. No emotional parents with cameras. Not one. Story angle changes.
Ran across this item tonight on Probably Bad News.
this apparently has been making the rounds for quite a while. Check the date: April 2, 1998.
or is that 4:02 in the am/pm and 98 degrees?
Sad to hear of John Hughes passing on Thursday. I would hazard a guess that I’ve watched more of his movies than any one else on the face of the earth. Growing up in the 80’s you couldn’t miss his movies.
“Pretty in Pink”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Vacation”, “Planes Trains and Automobiles”, “Uncle Buck”, “Home Alone”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Mr. Mom” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.
Has there ever been a Hollywood writer/director who’s delivered that many iconic movies in such a short period of time? John Hughes entertained and maybe influenced as many people teenagers in the 1980s as anyone else.
It’s interesting because my wife’s favorite movie is “Pretty in Pink” while one of mine, and certainly my favorite Hughes film is “Some Kind of Wonderful”. It’s interesting because these two movies are basically from the same script.
The way I’ve heard the story, John Hughes’ script for “Pretty in Pink” ended with with the girl (Molly Ringwald) choosing the the un-popular boy, Ducky played by Jon Cryer. But, Hollywood didn’t like it. The producers wanted the typical Hollywood ending where Andie Walsh gets the popular boy (Andrew McCarthy).
“Pretty in Pink” went to the screen that way despite Hughes’ disapproval. A year later, when Hughes had made enough money to produce himself, he dusted off “Pretty in Pink” switched the genders and brought us “Some Kind of Wonderful”.
Here’s a clip from that movie: the smoking scene where Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz) gets a kissing lesson from Watts, played by Mary Stuart Masterson. She’s really in love with him, but is helping him get ready for a date with Amanda. Enjoy.
Careful what you write out there in blogger-world. The Associated Press is watching…and waiting.
The AP has felt cheated from the first time the first blogger took something out of a newspaper and put it in quotation marks on their blog or website. They’ve taken it on the chin for long enough, now they want you to pay up.
Here’s the dealio: cut, copy and paste anything from an Associated Press article online or in print and bloggers will be found and charged.
The rates are as follows: 5 words to 25 words for $12.50 26-50 words, $17.50, and more than 250 words will cost you $100.00. The AP will use software that will identify where AP content is showing up on the internet and send the author a bill.
First off: I can’t blame the Associated Press folks a bit for being angry. A simple Google search for one of today’s big AP stories: “Jackson Estate Confronts Fake Merchandise Dealers” finds 3,476 news articles. Some of those are obviously on news sites which pay for AP content, but it’s pretty safe to say that some of those articles are from blogs and other sites that are just grabbing quotes and other information from the story and re-printing them, so to speak, on their own sites.
We do not want a world without The Associated Press. I don’t. I don’t want our news to come from people like Perez Hilton who are looking only for eyeballs rather than honest truth-telling reporting. But if the AP doesn’t survive, and doesn’t thrive in this economy, there will be a lot more journalists creating their own web news content for profit. Then, we won’t know who to believe.
But is the Associated Press on to something by charging by the copied and pasted word? Will it stop people like me (yes I’ve done it) from posting an opinion on a story and including part of of the story itself?
Oh, and by the way, if I get billed for anything in this post, would someone loan me a few bucks.
image courtesy of Edans through Creative Commons license