Friday, January 29, 2010
For the first time, I have heard myself referred to as a patriarch, which might be translated as "grand old founding father," revered and honored for something or other. I am most uncomfortable with that label. It's not the "old" part of it, I can handle that OK. It just sounds too serious. One definition is "last surviving member," so all you have to do to become a patriarch is live longer than somebody else. Being the object of reverence and honor is laughable. I am in at least my second childhood. All I want to do is write, not caring a whole lot if nobody reads it, and play with my toys. Anything heavier than that is too serious.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I totally relate to Don Hewitt and the four words he lived by that changed TV news and made "60 Minutes" an institution. I loved it when he said he's not interested in issues. He just wants a good story. Issues are boring. Tell me a story. That's probably one of a number of things about me that irritate and frustrate friends and family. I won't talk about issues and I'm not much interested in what others have to say about their favorite issues. Tell me a story. And that's why NPR's "On the Media" is the best thing on radio. It's not about issues. It's about how they are covered in the media. It's "covering the coverage." It's about how the stories are told. I love it.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
With thanks to friend Beth for the title, here is one more attempt to link to my musical tribute to the great pin-up girl. It's clear that I don't know what I'm doing but some wise guy said you have to find out what doesn't work before your great invention is produced. OK, so this is hardly great stuff. But bodacious Bettie is!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
I've been hearing it on Max Schmid's show on the Yesterday USA online network. Max, who knows as much about radio's golden age as anybody, says it's the "only radio sitcom worth a damn."
He might be right. The cast and the writing are so right. It's not clever, not witty, It's just silly and funny, perfectly suited to Phil, Alice and and Elliot Lewis as Franky Remley, one of the great comedy characters to come from radio's best days.
Posted by Clif Martin at 4:10 AM