Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
If you want to get the most our of watching the olympics, NBC will be using 4 of its other cable channels. Here is a telecast calendar you might want to bookmark as the days go by. Tonight NBC go it alone.
Jay Leno is ending his 22 year run as host of the Tonight show this evening with lots of media look backs on his years at NBC. But the Center for Media and Public Affairs really topped all Leno history stories by actually counting the jokes he told about political figures.
I mean, really? Someone was assigned the job of counting jokes? And not just political jokes, but political jokes itemized by political person. Whew. In some ways it might be fun to sit and re-read all those political jokes which began with Clinton (4607) but it isn't obvious that the Center for Media and Public Affairs actually kept the actual jokes.
Here is their top ten list of Leno political joke numbers by person:
1. Bill Clinton - 4,607 jokes.
2. George W. Bush - 3,239 jokes.
3. Al Gore - 1,026 jokes.
4. Barack Obama - 1,011 jokes.
5. Hillary Clinton - 939 jokes.
6. O.J. Simpson - 795 jokes.
7. Dick Cheney - 673 jokes.
8. Michael Jackson - 505 jokes.
9. Monica Lewinsky - 454 jokes.
10. Bob Dole - 452 jokes.
We hardly ever have the tv on after 10:30 so our view of late night commedians isn't as knowledgeable as many others, but I did get a kick out of Leno when we did watch. I especially liked his man on the street general knowledge questions given to random people who most often had no clue.
If you have Charter, and we do, be aware that in February they will be requiring more equipment and in many cases you'll have to pay for it. If you merely have the cable line plugged into the back of your TV, you'll now have to get a digital box. This will give each of you TV's better quality imagery, but here are the cost break downs.
Customers currently on the “digital” service tier may receive one additional free box for one year.
Those on Charter’s “limited basic” service are eligible to receive two free boxes for two years.
“Limited Basic” customers who qualify for Medicaid may receive two free boxes for up to five years.
Customers with “expanded basic” service are eligible to receive two free boxes for one year.
Charter charges $6.99 per month to rent boxes over those limits. The company says 90 percent of its subscribers already have a box on at least one TV.
We have one box (which I will admit brings in fantastic high definition pictures) and are on the expanded basic plan which means we will get one year free for two additional TV's. This new system may give us more options but I'd bet each "more options" will come at a cost. After that each box will cost us an additional 6.99 a month. We can't do the satellite or dish because there are too many big trees blocking the signal.
And, Charter will no longer provide the local clear channels which have never needed a set up box.
When we watch the local weather reports, the weather person appears to be pointing at incoming cold fronts or rain or heat, but in reality that person is standing in front of a blank usually green board. Here's Chester Lampkin of Channel 5 in St. Louis this morning.
What we see is a weather map behind him on which he moves his hand to show the movement of a band of coming rain. How does he do this? It's weird and it's done by all tv weather people.
Here's Jim Kantori of the Weather Channel.
I mean, he's seeing nothing.
Here's one explanation on how this is done. First they superimpose the weather person onto a computer monitor which has the weather map. These computers are to the side and in front of the forecaster. "To keep track of where he/she is pointing, they look at the monitors on each side of the blue or green screen." It takes practice for sure. Most newsrooms have a green screen which is why most weather people never wear green clothes even on St. Patrick's Day.
Here's a woman who did wear green and she disappeared except for her face.
It's not so easy to find games on tv anymore, there are so many different cable sports channels vying with the 3 networks for the rights to broadcast the playoffs. Yesterday the Cardinals were on TBS while the Dodgers/Braves were on another station. None of the games leading up to the World Series will be shown on non cable channels like Fox, CBS, NBC or CBS. All have landed on cable.
So. Today's numbers for the noon (CST) game will go like this. It's on MLB
Charter 204 or 804
U-Verse 634 or 1634
Direct TV 213 or 214
Dish 152 or 9434
The second number on each station is the HD if you have that.
A year ago the Roy Rogers museum in Branson closed and the items were sold at auction. And they sold everything even the stuffed horse and pet dog. If I have to explain who Roy was, you're too young. Many of us grew up watching the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans tv western series. Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again...
There was his horse Trigger, dog Bullet, jeep Nellybelle and on and on Roy named everything. I watched this regularly as a kid and never thought too much about one regular thing on that show until I was older and was thinking back on it.
It was a western. Everyone rode horses, chased bad guys, had guns in holsters, even an old time town jail. But all of a sudden Nellybelle the jeep was part of chase scenes. How did an old western have a modern car in it when nothing else was 20th century.
Ironically the sale of Nellybelle at auction came in much less than Roy's personal 1964 Pontiac Bonneville. The Bonneville brought $254,500 while the jeep got $116,500. I'd have figured the jeep's history would have gone higher.
New Nielson survey results on TV watching by city, show that St. Louis is second only to Pittsurgh in the numbers of people who do live viewing. And, St. Louis leads the nation in Time Shifted Viewing. I had to look up the meaning of Time Shifted Viewing, which tells you how little programming we look at.
Time Shifted Viewing is the recording of programs (TiVo, DVR etc) to storage for watching at a later time. This is something we never, ever do, but know many people who use this method of watching TV more than any other.
Tomorrow night is the White House Correspondents Dinner, a fancy dinner for political reporters and the president which is also known as the 'nerd prom'. It's like the Academy Awards for journalists. Everyone dresses up, has dinner and then sits back to laugh at the commedian chosen to be the main speaker and then the president's humorous response.
This is televised in total by CSPAN with the cable news stations carrying the entertainment portion. What makes CSPAN's broadcast best is that they carry every minute of the evening from the red carpet arrival of big names in news, actors, rocks stars, athletes and the like, to people milling around their dinner tables to the exits.
Conan O'Brien will headline this year's event, hopefully he will be relaxed and confident enough to make fun of the president and press which has long been the purpose of the WHCA's dinner. During Obama's term, however, there has been a stiffness to the humor by other speakers and reporters because Obama is not one the media types really want to laugh at. Clinton and Bush were different. They seemed to enjoy the jokes and gave back as good as they got.
Whatever happens, it's a night of tv that is worth watching. CSPAN begins their coverage at 5:15 CST with the arrivals while the cable networks will begin at 8 CST.