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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Jesse Hems, meet Bozo the Clown

Posted By on Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Someone pointed out to me yesterday that Jesse Helms died the same day as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, which is a little creepy.

But what a lot of folks haven’t noticed yet is that Larry Harmon, who played Bozo the Clown for many years, also died the same day as the senator from Intolerance.

Let’s see now - Jesse Helms versus Bozo the Clown. If I had to make a judgement call - and I am - as to who actually made people’s lives a little happier, and who people were actually to see on the TV, Bozo would win, hands down.

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Thank you,  Dennis Barry from Little Rock

He probably is totally unaware of this blog, but his great letter to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today makes it clear that at least he knows where his copy of “A Man for All Seasons” is.

This is the quote I was fumbling for around the other day, when I was trying the other day (Saturday, June 28 - “Naivete, thy name is Arkansas Democrat-Gazette?”) to write about the ADG’s response to the prisoners at Gitmo bringing granted basic legal rights. 

"And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you, where would you hide, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast . . . and if you cut them down . . . do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil the benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!"

This quote is one that should be pasted on all of our walls.

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One the Air - The Inheritance

This coming Monday, we run an old show with Roy Frank Goester, who - along with his brother and sister - made a neat little horror film, “The Inheritance.” I’m not sure what eventually happened with the film -

I think Goester may still wish to do some final editing on it, but I’m offering up the show this week as an example of what folks can do with a lot of imagination and very little money.

What the Goester did - especially with re-creating a street in London in their home - is nothing short of astounding, considering how much money they didn’t have.

Show times:

Monday - 7pm
Tuesday - noon
Saturday - 6pm

What? Your town still doesn’t have public access television? What is your city government afraid of?

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Ah, Rebus

Left to own devices, I'd happily spend most weekends on the couch, watching science fiction movies and reading mystery novels. One of the pleasures I have indulged in lately are Ian Rankin's gritty novels about the Scottish police detective, John Rebus. Many Americans have already been exposed to Rebus via the excellent mystery series on BBC America, and the novels are even more satisfying.

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Quote of the Day

Knowing exactly how much of the future can be introduced into the present is the secret of a great government. - Victor Hugo

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