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wires and lights in a box

Posted by Whitmore, October 18, 2008 11:27am | Post a Comment


This week marks the 50th anniversary of Edward R. Murrow’s seminal address about the future of radio and television, delivered in Chicago on Oct. 15, 1958, in what is now known as the “wires and lights in a box” speech. The legendary CBS newsman warned attendees at the Radio and Television News Directors Association convention to make the most of the new electronic media, and not allow only “escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.”  

“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box”

Here is the text of the complete speech.

I suspect Edward R. Murrow would be deeply appalled at what passes as news and news commentary today. Then again, I think he probably had a premonition of it all crashing on down the turnpike. …

Below is a portion of that speech performed by David Strathairn as Murrow in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck.

LEVI STUBBS OF THE FOUR TOPS DIES AT 72

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2008 09:45am | Post a Comment
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R.I.P. to Four Tops lead vocalist Levi Stubbs, who, it was reported, died yesterday (Oct 17th) in his hometown of Detroit at age 72 after a long series of health problems which included cancer and a stroke. The stroke caused him to stop performing eight years ago -- although he did make an appearance with the Four Tops in July 2004 at the group's 50th anniversary concert at Detroit's Music Hall Center. It would be his last public appearance.

In an interview yesterday with Billboard magazine's website, Motown Alumni Association's Billy J. Wilson said of Stubbs that, "He had one of the most prolific and identifiable voices in American history. It's a deep loss, to the entire Motown family and to the world."

Indeed, along with a select few other vocalists, including Dianathe four tops reach out Ross of the Supremes, Stubbs was one of Motown Record's most recognizable voices on timeworn Four Tops classics such as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),"      "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Bernadette." 

The Four Tops, who originally formed in 1954 as the Four Aims and signed with Motown in 1963, sold over 50 million records throughout their illustrious career. In 1990 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stubbs' death leaves Abdul "Duke" Fakir as the Four Tops' only living member from the original quartet. Below are a couple of 1960's Four Tops video clips featuring the late great Levi Stubbs.

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The Hill

Posted by phil blankenship, October 17, 2008 06:36pm | Post a Comment
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Mad Magazine Art Auction

Posted by Whitmore, October 17, 2008 06:06pm | Post a Comment

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First thing I should mention… in tough economic times, especially when stocks and bonds have been naughty, it’s often been suggested that investing in art makes sound dollar sense. So with my two bits of wisdom said, here’s a suggestion on how to spend your ever dwindling cash cow.

Next month on November 14th three dozen pages of original artwork from MAD Magazine will be put up for auction. The pieces are expected to bring anywhere between 8 to 40 thousand dollars each. Some have estimated that as much as $400,000 dollars will be bid on these artifacts from the 1950’s. Several covers featuring MAD's official mascot -- the grinning, jug-eared boy wonder Alfred E. Neuman -- will be among the 36 items to go on the block in Dallas at the Hmad magazineeritage Auction Galleries, including the first cover drawing of Alfred E. by the legendary artist Norman Mingo. It's from MAD's issue No. 30, from December, 1956. It shows the gap-toothed icon as a write-in candidate for president, saying "What -- me worry?" while in the background an elephant and donkey are locked in mortal battle.

The 36 items up for bid will be previewed at New York's Museum of Comic and Camad magazinertoon Art starting on October 29th.

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In Need Of Investment Advice?

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 17, 2008 11:40am | Post a Comment
Or, to be more accurate, Wall Street speaks to Mr. NBC

Wall Street Speaks To Chet Huntley 3-LP Box Set Cover Wall Street Speaks To Chet Huntley 3-LP Box Set Back Cover

In the mid 50's, Cronkite was growing into such a force that NBC brought in co-anchors for their nightly news program, to try and tag team the titan. David Brinkley and Chet Huntley were the team and they held their own. The show was quite a success and their signature sign off, "Good night, Chet"..."Good night, David," became a well known catch phrase. 

Chet Huntley came from the Murrow brand of straight shooting newsmen, so who better to explain the stock market on a 3 LP box set? Within the grooves, he gives some sensible advice on the nonsensical world of Wall Street and goes toe to toe with Malcolm S. Forbes. Unfortunately, this copy is extremely molded and toxic, so we threw it away-- something I'd imagine most of my friends with Wall Street investments, under current conditions, would like to do with their current portfolios. Due to the mold, I'll keep my eyes out for another one-- maybe said friends should do the same...

Wall Street Speaks To Chet Huntley 3-LP Box Set BookletWall Street Speaks To Chet Huntley 3-LP Box Set Labels

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