The LuLac Edition #2065, May 25th, 2012
MAYBE I’M AMAZEDMAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the news cycle this week seems to be very quiet around these parts nowadays. It might be the pre summer doldrums, I can’t really say. While the cancer death of a Riverside High School Senior was indeed a tragedy, I was surprised when his story was the lead on two of the local TV stations the other night at 11 o’clock.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that a Blue Cross spokesman said there is a possibility that the health insurer might stick more than 50 million dollars into the Medical College in order for it to survive while trying to find a partner. It is safe to say that BCNEPA has a major commitment to this worthy endeavor. And that’s a good thing. But I have to wonder why the two major hospital organizations, Geisinger and Commonwealth are running away from TCMC like people running away from a fire.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….. at the total number of unnecessary and unenlightening reality shows that populate the television landscape in the summer. Makes me want to read a book….or write another!
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that last weekend’s Fine Arts Fiesta had four straight days of beautiful, sunny weather. The Fiesta is known for storm clouds and showers and cold weather. But last weekend’s event was spectacular. The local weather people are most eager to take credit for the good weather but I have a sneaking suspicion that Al Groh, Murray Popky, Dr. Charlotte Lord, Donna Morgan and Howard “Howie” Federick had a little something to do with the fine weather somewhere from the great beyond.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that with all of the fuss made about MSG, the reality is that table salt contains 39% sodium while MSG contains 12%.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that my friend Ed Raineri is celebrating 100 episodes of “The Beatledd Hour” on WRKC FM, 88.5 tonight at 7pm. Raineri has made the weekly show an Internet, international sensation, broadcasting from Wilkes Barre, Pa. Many, many more. MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that some people on Facebook take pictures of their food. Really? It’s fast becoming more annoying than Farmville. I mean I can see if you were at Wolfgang Puck's or Smith & Wolenskys but please. Spare us.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the New Orleans Times Picayune, one of the oldest newspapers in the country (175 years) will be only publishing three times a week. The reason? Declining ad sales and revenue and the popularity of the Internet. This was the newspaper that vilified Huey Long in the 30s and won many, many Pulitzer Prizes. The decline of newspapers reminds me of the early 70s when some of the great magazines like Look, Life and the Saturday Evening Post went down due to TV. History seems to be repeating itself.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that in 1859, 24 rabbits were transported to Australia. Within 6 years, the population grew to 6 million.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that at a recent graduation ceremony from the Lyndon Johnson School of Public policy, invitations went out to students, alumni, donors and friends with the word “public” spelled wrong. (They left out the “l”). LBJ, a former school teacher and perfectionist with anything that had to do with his image must have been spinning in his grave.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that a farm once owned by Babe Ruth in Sudbury, Mass. which includes a farmhouse, and a two acre plot was selling for 1.65 million dollars. Equally amazing is the fact that Ruth only lived there from 1922 through 1926.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that in Jefferson City, Missouri, the State House had to authorize money to buy a $1,000 security system to watch over a bust of Rush Limbaugh so that people would not vandalize it. Limbaugh was inducted into the Missouri Hall of Fame last week but the ceremony had to be private because protesters were going to well, protest. That Limbaugh, a real consensus building American there, don’t ya think? Maybe the people in Missouri got the bright idea from Mayor Tom and J.J. Murphy.