At the beginning of last month, I took an online test for potential contestants of Jeopardy!, in the New York area. I learned about it about an hour before it started, and signed up as a bit of a lark.
Not surprisingly, it was pretty rapid-fire. The test lasted about 15 minutes, and they don’t tell you your score. They just say you’ll be contacted if you did ‘well enough’. I thought I did OK, not great, and probably not well enough to make the grade. I thought that was that and forgot about it.
Apparently though, I did OK enough, as I’ve been invited to the next round in a couple of weeks. I’m not expecting though, to be co-hosting Today with J. Fred Muggs, anytime soon.
So the History Channel has decided not to air their own mini-series about the Kennedys. The late Ted Sorenensen, special counsel and adviser to JFK, who reviewed the script, said,
“Every single conversation with the president in the Oval Office or elsewhere in which I, according to the script, participated, never happened.”
Nigel Hamilton, author of the Kennedy bio, Reckless Youth, wrote,
Relentlessly and titillatingly, Kronish’s script flitted from sexual escapade to escapade, trivializing history as it did so — causing me to wonder if it had been commissioned by National Enquirer rather than the History Channel. And later: was it possible that having reduced great historical events to the most juvenile of accretions, the script had left out the Cuban Missile Crisis: possibly the most important example of presidential leadership since World War II?
So HC, I agree with your decision that it was “not a fit for the History brand.”
But I do have a beef with you about your series, Ancient Aliens, which discusses,
“According to ancient alien theorists, extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations and forever changing the course of human history. But how did this concept develop, and is there any evidence to support it?”
Today while walking in the West Village, I came across Danny Bonaduce being taped for who-knows-what.
I never watched the Partridge Family when it aired in prime-time, but in the mid-seventies, it was on in re-runs after school. Of course, I had a crush on Susan Dey, but identified with Danny, the wiseacre character. Here he is, about age ten, battling the Vegas Cosa Nostra, with a constellation of 70’s sit-com actors.
“You think I don’t take diversity seriously? Only a fool doesn’t. Diversity is the engine that drives this country.
We are an immigrant nation. The first generation works their fingers to the bone, making things; the next generation goes to college and innovates new ideas; the third generation…snowboards and takes improv classes.”
I mentioned the other day that I was searching for ‘coco goya head images’ — the reason was, I had received an invitation to a charity event, and it said “cocktail attire”. My thoughts immediately turned to those old Coco Goya ads with the tuxedo-clad guy, whose head was a giant can of Coco Goya, charming the ladies at some debonair function. Growing up, those ads were a constant fixture on New York television, but try as I might, I couldn’t find any pictures of it on the Internets.
Then I remembered, back in the early 80’s, I took a picture of someone in that costume at the Village Halloween Parade, Before the parade became, like a lot of other things in New York, (such as watching the Macy’s parade balloons being inflated on 77th Street), ruined, an ‘event’.
It stayed mostly on the side-streets, was a real neighborhood affair, with lots of originality. A person like me could jump into the middle and take pictures, no press pass or anything. Here’s another pic, and I’ll be posting some more as Halloween approaches.