Friday, March 01, 2013

A BIG "Thank you!" from ME!!! Sequester??? Bob Woodward!!! Johnny Mathis!!! Oscar Stuff!!! Annnnd...Other Entertainment Stuff!!!

Hi Gang!   First of all, a big THANK YOU from ME!   I lost track of how many of you were kind enough to send sympathy messages because my mother died last week, but your messages were much appreciated and as you know, I sent all of you "Thank You!" notes.  My sister and I have a few things to do and that means this will probably be a pretty short blog.

Soooo...Let's get BUSY!!!

(1)   THE SEQUESTER:   Most of us have no idea what this is and how we will be affected by it.   Supposedly, whatever it is will be "put into play" sometime tonight.   One side of the political aisle says this will have little effect on all of us while the other side of the political aisle is screaming about "gloom and doom".   I guess we'll all learn what this really is the way we usually learn things if they're not pleasant;   The HARD way!   In other words, "stay tuned".

(2)   BOB WOODWARD:   I'm sure that most of you have heard of this guy.   He and another Washington Post reporter were in the middle of the "Watergate" mess when Richard Nixon was our president.   That was a long time ago and Woodward has been using the "Watergate Card" to come across as someone who's important.   He recently got into some kind email skirmish with a White House guy and that led him to find someone who would be sympathetic.   A sympathetic TV guy who's television ratings are getting lower and lower.   Hel-lo, Sean Hannity!   I don't know which of these guys is the most pathetic.   Woodward because he wants to be recognized as being "important" again or Hannity because he's hoping a guest like Woodward will give Hannity a shot at his ratings going up.   So what did Hannity do WHEN Woodward showed up?   He brought up "old news topics" that mean nothing to anyone except Hannity.   Topics he's been crying about since the day Candidate Obama became a candidate for his first term.   In other words, more than five years ago.   Yo, Sean!    Are you a 1-trick pony?   If so, you now know why your ratings are in the toilet.

And Mr. Woodward?   A lot of speculation about how some of things you took credit for in that Watergate business are things that don't seem to be true.   Hmmmmm.....

(3)   JOHNNY MATHIS:   And this is where I say, "On a lighter note..."   I have mentioned in the past that I am a proud member of the PACIFIC PIONEER BROADCASTERS.   I'm also on the Board of Directors.   PPB President Chuck Street presides over a special lunch that we have in Studio City, California every couple of months or so.   I have attended a lot of these lunches.   THIS lunch ended up being (in my view) the BEST lunch we've ever had.

This was a lunch that honored the great singer, Johnny Mathis.   Our PPB members who played a lot of Johnny's songs when they were radio announcers were at the lunch and they said nice things about Johnny.   Those three former announcers were/are former PPB President Chuck Southcott, former big time game show guy Wink Martindale and arguably (when he was on the air) the best broadcaster in the business, Gary Owens.

Three "big names" who are friends of Johnny Mathis drove and or flew long distances to pay tribute to Johnny.   Those three people were the great singer Dionne Warwick, the great golfer Amy Alcott and the great Hall of Fame basketball player, Bill Russell.   All three of those people told terrific stories about their friend Johnny Mathis and I, along with everyone else who were mesmerized by these stories were constantly clapping and doing a lot of smiling.   After Johnny Mathis spoke and the lunch had ended, I walked to where PPB President Chuck Street was and I told him I thought this was the best lunch we had ever had.   And there were people standing next to me who were in total agreement.   I'm inclined to think that everyone who was there agreed with us.


First, some personal Oscar observations.

If you read what a lot of critics wrote, you know that Sunday's Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane took a lot of "hits" from these critics.  But when the ratings were revealed, we learned that if the Oscar folks wanted more viewers and especially younger viewers, MacFarlane delivered.   He says he won't host the show again and now a lot of people are letting it be known they'd like to have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler be next year's hosts.   So far, their response has been, "NO!!!"


I was very surprised when Ang Lee won the Oscar for "Best Director".   And I thought giving the Supporting Oscar to Christoph Waltz, a guy who was a "lead actor" in that Tarantino film he did was very unfair.   I mean the guy had ten times the dialogue that ANY of the REAL supporting actors had who were nominated.

I was VERY happy that Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar she was nominated for.   And did you hear about Jack Nicholson "hitting on her" after the show had ended?   There was film of that and it was delightful.


Have you been watching the ABC show, "Nashville"?   If not, you're missing out on a great treat.   I am now convinced that "Nashville" has (from A to Z) the hands down BEST CAST!!!

I like a lot of the other shows that are out there, but I don't think any of them have the wall to wall cast the likes of what "Nashville" gives us.

THOUGHTS AND OR COMMENTS?   Please write to me at and I will respond to you ASAP.   Don't write to the blog because there's no way for me to know your email address which means I won't be able to respond to you.   I respond to everyone unless you identify yourself as "Anonymous".   Those emails are ignored.

THE NEXT BLOG?   Well, the way things have been going, I'm tempted to say next Friday, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to write it next Thursday evening, March 7 or very early Friday morning, March 8.

Meanwhile, I hope that all of you have a very pleasant weekend, thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of you who sent very nice notes about the loss of my mother and don't forget.....

AMERICA FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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