Archive for May 2009
I am a New Yorker and I found the past California ballot to be confusing after-the-fact as there were a number of propositions, not just “8”, to be voted on. Here in New York we only had one, as to whether military veterans should be given advantages when evaluated as employees to be hired by the State of New York, which passed. It was never discussed, nor was any information mailed, as had other information in other elections on other matters, nor did it appear in the major newspapers of New York City. It was also confusing to read in the lower right corner of the 1960s voting machine which no longer worked as it once did, the handle you move used to open and close the curtain, ensuring your privacy in the voting and a reassuring opening of the curtain meant “symbolically” that your vote had been cast and counted. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case on these machines that probably recorded the vote that elected President JFK.
I like to think “9/11” a NYC “primary day” where all parties get voted on, might have kept a few people perhaps late to work in the World Trade Center. “9/11” also unfortunately removed some ballot issues leaving the mailed “Voting Guide” without connection to ballots later presented as I recall in the aftermath. I think the California vote should have not been grouped as the issues were “collectivized” in the voter’s mind not allowing a clear choice for one or the other and muddled the choice.
Differential geological thermal heating of a long ago buried impact crater? Reason I thought was Panther Mountain in the New York Catskills was recently discovered to have been one. (Wikipedia) Perhaps the two of them are like “Panther Mountain – Meteor Impact Crater” as seen in profile here [tinyurl.com]
Hanover Square, where the statue of King George was torn down carted away to Connecticut to be melted into musket balls and nearby the statue of the American sympathizer in Parliament, William Pitt, was beheaded by the British Army. I see we’ve barely forgotten that!
Congratulations! Silly, he’s probably not going to read this, but then again reporters say the darnedest things sometimes. I had a cousin, an Army Captain in the Korean War, where there is still no treaty, who after went to work in the Signal Corps in NYC making training films. Then took a job in the film editing department of NBC news, when literally, “Film at 11!” was the story after processing and cutting, splicing, etc. One day the director of “Huntley and Brinkley” was out sick and he filled in. They liked him! He became a director and later a producer at NBC News as TV news programs went from 15 minutes to somewhat longer presentations, with commercials, until today we have whole networks for news. His contract at some point was not renewed, and last heard produced the 1976 Bicentennial coverages of both parties’ conventions, i.e., the Democrats and the Republicans, for CBS, covering the “duopoly” as Ralph Nader called it.
At his eulogy in the UN Chapel, I’m told, Edwin Newman, an outstanding television journalist and author (of “Strictly Speaking” how the English language might be “devolving” and host of SNL) wrote me once that he was a good friend of the award winning television producer, after I mentioned George Murray on the Internet. He read a letter George Murray had to send to his crew inside Vietnam, they at great risk, were gathering the “common” soldiers point of view of the “conflict” then more an undeclared full-out war. In it, I’m told, he apologizes to canceling the months long investigative efforts, canceled by “higher-ups”. Mr. Murray had a seizure and died while in Mexico City, where his wife, an Avon cosmetics executive, was organizing that product introduction into that market.
What I’m trying to say, well is, congratulations Mr. Safer, you’ve always brought integrity and interest to whatever news you’ve covered and kept the idea of investigative journalism alive, in my opinion.
When Neil Armstrong visited the Soviet Union after his historic flight, he collected a handful of soil from outside Kondratyuk’s house in Novosibirsk to acknowledge his contribution to spaceflight.
Years ago I met Leon Shenandoah who was the “ta-dah-deh-ho” “chief of chiefs” of the Iroquois and had a cup of sassafras tea at archaeologist Joel Grossman’s loft in Manhattan, his grand-daughter the now famous Native singer. Maybe he was. She said his name also meant “head full of snakes” which maybe how the term “Iroquois” got started…derogatory French…the Algonquins once called them “real adders”. I think that wasn’t the Shinnecock also Algonquian, whose seal they put up with the seals of the seven incorporated villages on the Southampton Town wall the other day.
Later, I think a new “chief of chiefs” was Oren Lyons who spoke at a Syracuse U. commencement. I met him too once outside Grossman’s office on 16th St. and Third Ave., he was on his way to testify at the United Nation’s commission on the rights of indigenous peoples.
“Fat Tuesdays” across the street is where Les Paul used to play and they had this moving hologram of Dizzy Gillespie, as you walked by he would lower his trademark horn and smile as you looked back. Never seen a hologram again quite like it. Scheffel Hall it was once called and the author O. Henry (from the demolished Ohio Penitentiary…they think in Austin, Texas) William Sydney Porter used to frequent and write.
The Secret in the Cellar, is a Webcomic based on an authentic forensic case of a recently discovered 17th Century body. Using graphics, photos, and online activities, the Webcomic unravels a mystery of historical, and scientific importance. – Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History