(Television History and Trivia)
Victor Edward Swanson,
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Today, many well-known so-called writers or journalists or reporters or documentarians or "pundits" on or for television are bad people. They pass on false information, or they avoid reporting information that the public should know, and they do their bad work purposely. They do their work to promote an enslavism form of government for the country and to enrich themselves at the expense of the country and the good citizens of the country. In this edition of T.H.A.T., I show off rotten people tied to television in some way so that you can learn the nature of rotten people--people who should be spit and ridiculed and more. Oh, do I talk about at least one thing good in this edition of T.H.A.T.? Well, finding good people on television today is hard. Maybe I shall have something good and maybe not. You will have to see.
In the previous edition of Television History and Trivia, I reported that, in this edition of Television History and Trivia, was would talk about "mind polluters" and Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television (a television special that was first shown to Detroit-area viewers on December 2, 2013, through WTVS-HD, Channel 56.1), and, indeed, this edition of Television History and Trivia, I do cover "mind polluters" and Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television. In addition, my discussion also includes a tie-in with USCGC Mackinaw WAGB-83: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen, which is a book that was published in 2005. Really, the discussion comes down to talking about a couple specific cases bad journalists or reporters and their bad work, and the journalists or reporters are Mike Fornes, Tim Kiska, Ed Golick, and Michael Collins.
Mike Fornes wrote the book entitled USCGC MACKINAW: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen. In 2008, I began to collect information about the ship called The Mackinaw WAGB-83 (originally The Mackinaw WAG-83), which was an icebreaker on the Great Lakes from 1944 to 2006, because I was talked into being a volunteer guide on the ship in 2008--the ship had become a museum at Mackinaw City, Michigan, in 2007; I wanted to have something to say to visitors, which would be correct, so I started to learn the history of the ship and the parts of the ship, given the operators of the museum knew almost nothing about the ship and had even wrong information (as I would find out later). For four summer tourist seasons, I spent a few or a small bunch of days (each season) on duty as a volunteer guide at the museum, always stationed at the bridge of the ship, and the days that I was at the ship were usually Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Around 2008, I went to, for example, the office for the newspaper for Cheboygan, Michigan, where the ship had been stationed when it was active, to see if I could get information about ship, and I was pushed over to Mike Fornes, who was an employee of the newspaper, and, in essence, he acted as if he was the authority on the ship and as if nothing more really need to be said about the ship, and he basically "blew me off" (I was with a friend at the time, and so it could be said that we were "blown off"). I continued to gather information, and I was discovering that Mike Fornes' book about the ship was highly flawed, and, today, evidence of the flaws can be found in my documents (available on the Internet) entitled A Look at the Book Entitled USCGC MACKINAW: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen and Photograph Errors in It (which can be reached through this WAGB83 link) and A Look at the Book Entitled USCGC MACKINAW: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen and the Main Text Errors in It (which can be reached through this WAGB83x link). At one point, I presented information about the photograph errors in the book through an email message to Mike Fornes so that Mike Fornes could make corrections to the next editions of this book (new printings), and Mike Fornes disliked my showing up the errors in the book, and, in fact, it even came to the point later in a public meeting at a bookstore at Cheboygan, Michigan, which was called "Logmark," that Mike Fornes was eager to take me to a back alley and fight it out. By the way, at that time, I had yet to really tackle the text of the book to see what text errors the book had. At the time I knew, basically, Mike Fornes never learned much about the ship before he wrote his book about the ship, and it did at the very least sloppy work or lazy work. Incidentally, he might have even wrote the book so that he would gain clout in the community, such as that which might make him more of a celebrity in town (Cheboygan, Michigan) and provide better treatment at restaurants. Later, finally, I had enough information about the ship so that I could examine the usefulness of the text of Mike Fornes' book, and I found problems, one of the biggest dealt with the first big mission that the ship had in January 1944 (which you can learn about in A Look at the Book Entitled USCGC MACKINAW: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen and the Main Text Errors in It). If I talk about only the outside of the ship, I now have over 1,000 digital images of the ship, covering 1943 to 2006, and I have a document that is 435-pages long (in single-space form designed with WordPerfect) with information about the ship, and if you were to ask me where the ship was on a certain date between December 1944 and June 2006, I could probably tell you were she was or I could do better than anybody else could. In November 2013, I learned Mike Fornes recently retired from the newspaper at Cheboygan, and that is that with the story of Mike Fornes--a bad journalist--who has left behind a highly flawed book that people in the future might think is well done.
Now I come to Tim Kiska. In the past, I have talked about his man and his bad work dealing with television history. Particularly, I have shown up the bad work that he did in his book entitled From Soupy To Nuts! A History of Detroit Television (which was published in 2005, and information about the bad work exists in my document entitled Television History and Trivia #36, which was published on April 10, 2007, and which can be reached by using this T.H.A.T. #36 link. [I find it fascinating that From Soupy To Nuts!: A History of Detroit Television and USCGC MACKINAW: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen, both of which are bad books, were published in 2005.] In Television History and Trivia #71, which was published on March 10, 2010, and which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #71 link, I talk about an obituary about Soupy Sales that was written by Tim Kiska, and I show problems with the obituary (which was published in the Detroit Free Press on October 23, 2009). Today, Tim Kiska, as he has been for some time, is a professor of communications at the University of Michigan--Dearborn Campus, and he has a "Ph.D." His having a "Ph.D." means nothing to me, given his From Soupy To Nuts! A History of Detroit Television shows that he does bad work in presenting history correctly.
Tim Kiska and Mike Fornes come off as the same type man to me, and they come off to me as what a person might think of as an "elitist journalists" (even propagandists), who really do not present truth in their writings or can be expected not to tell the truth and the facts.
Now I come to Ed Golick, who considers himself a television historian. I have found more problems with Mike Fornes and Tim Kiska's work than I have with Ed Golick's work, because I have come across more work from Mike Fornes and Tim Kiska than I have from Ed Golick. But I have come across problems with Ed Golick. Some information that I have written in relation to Ed Golick can be found in Television History and Trivia #84, which really focuses more on Ed Golick's friend named Eileen Trombley Glick, who was running and does still run detroitmemories.com, a website that has featured from time to time television-history information from Ed Golick. Television History and Trivia #84 can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #84 link.
Oh, I should report that I can be considered a television history, and since 1972, I have gathered about 150,000 index cards with information about television, and that includes cards with information about Detroit television history--from the first days to today--and since April 2004, I have published monthly as a rule a document about television history or simply television on the Internet, and the documents are generally known as Television History and Trivia publications, and this document is the 117th edition. In my document informally called T.H.A.T. #49, which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #49 link, I talked about the two editions of the umbrella series called Motor City Celebrities that were aired on April 7, 2008, by WTVS-HD, Channel 56.1, and the programs focused on (1) Marilyn Turner and John Kelly and on (2) Lou Gordon. On December 10, 2008, WXYZ-HD aired two programs that focused on television history tied to WXYZ-HD or WXYZ-TV, and they were Best of Kelly & Company (which focused on a local television program called Kelly & Company, the main host of which was John Kelly) and From the Heart: 60 Years WXYZ-TV/HD, and to reach the document focusing on the two programs, you can use this T.H.A.T. #56 link (by the way, a portion of the second television program noted in this sentence focused on Soupy Sales). T.H.A.T. #76 has information about a television program called Soupy Sales: The Whole Gang is Here!!!, which was aired by PBS-associated stations in July 2010/August 2010 for the first time, and document can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #76 link. In T.H.A.T. #96, which can be reached by using this T.H.A.T. #96 link, I talked a bit about a television special called Bob Allison: 50 Years of Ask Your Neighbor, which was broadcast by WTVS-HD for the first time on March 18, 2012; Bob Allison (whose real name is Bob Allesee) has hosted a radio program in the Detroit area--entitled Ask Your Neighbor--for decades, some years ago, he hosted a television show called Bowling for Dollars (the main format for which was being used this television season by a locally produced weekly show called The All New Bowling for Dollars).
I provided the previous paragraph so that you can see what types of television specials about Detroit television history have been done recently, and two covered at least in part Soupy Sales, and it is not as if more programs about such people as Bob Allison, Soupy Sales, and Bill Bonds as the focus were or are needed, given there are so many other people and television shows that could be covered in a new program focusing on Detroit television history
Now that you have all the information that I have provided, I go on to really look at Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television. For some time, some years, I knew Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television had been in the works, and when I heard the program was soon to be broadcast, I expected the program to cover some same old things--that is, it would cover people who seemed to be adored or worshipped by, for instance, Tim Kiska, and some of the people that I expected to be covered were Soupy Sales, Bob Allison, and Bill Bonds (the latter of whom worked at WXYZ-TV as a news anchor for many years). I did hope the program would cover television history, such as the early days, showing people involved in the early days of Detroit television who are long forgotten. The show gave me what I had expected, and to me, that is bad
Here was the main format of Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television. The program opened with a bit of early history, talking about the late 1940s. Then there was a segment on Soupy Sales. Then there was a segment on Wixie's Wonderland, which was a television program shown on WXYZ-TV in a portion of the 1950s. There was a segment on one of the two men who played "Milky the Clown." There are bits about Johnny Ginger, Captain Jolly (who was played by Toby David), Sagebrush Shorty (who was played Ted Lloyd), "B'wana Don" (a.k.a. Don Hunt), Auntie Dee's Little Rascals (a television series shown on WXYZ-TV in a portion of the 1950s on the weekday afternoons), Robin Seymour (who hosted such dance shows as Teen Time and Swingin' Time), Bill Kennedy (who in television history was the narrator during the opening of Adventures of Superman and who was a host for movies shown in the Detroit area by WWJ-TV, CKLW-TV, or WKBD-TV between about the 1940s and the mid 1980s), Bowling for Dollars (and Bob Allison), CPT (which would become known as Detroit Black Journal and later American Black Journal), Sonny Eliot, Ray Lane (who was involved in presenting sports reports or sporting events as a reporter or announcer for many years), and Bill Bonds.
After seeing the entire program, I thought--The program was boring because the program ran through much of the same material that had been offered in other special programs in recent years and it presented nothing new (or something old that was new to many viewers of television today).
Where was "The History of Detroit Television"? Where was a program that gave a general impression of what Detroit television was, such as how television was between 1946 and the 1970s, when television stations produced a lot of local programs, and between the 1970s and today? Where was the program that matched the title of the program?
Right from the start, the program presented wrong information. The program opened by noting that the year (as far as that being presented in images on the screen) was 1946. The city was booming, and people were getting back to their regular lives, after having had tough times with World War II. The program hinted that the public was exposed to actual television broadcasts from Detroit for Detroit for the first time at "The Golden Jubilee to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American Automobile" in May 1946. The program noted how WXYZ-TV, WJBK-TV, and WWJ-TV were involved in television broadcasting tests around this time. And the program noted that on March 4, 1947, WWJ-TV (Channel 4) was the first on the air.
Let met tear apart the general impression given by the program of the very early days of television in Detroit. It was on Wednesday, October 23, 1946, that people were really exposed to television broadcasts from Detroit for Detroit. The presenting was done through an experimental television station owned by the company that published The Detroit News (a newspaper), and the station was called WWDT-TV, and the station only had a 500-watt transmitter, which had only been delivered to Detroit on the previous weekend (with other equipment, such as the "chair" (which, for example, was made up of cameras and the "control," that had been last used to broadcast a "foot ball" [now considered "football"] game at Yankee Stadium)). Images of television broadcasting were shown on television sets at a convention hall in downtown Detroit, where new products for the year were being shown to the public, and broadcasting began at noon and ran eleven hours, and viewers got, for example, a test pattern, a newscast, entertainment segments, Ty Tyson (talking sports). Generally speaking, between October 1946 and June 1947, the managers and operators of the station did "test" broadcasts, even though there were, for instance, entertainment shows broadcast and even after a more powerful permanent transmitter/antenna system was installed in late April 1947 on top of a famous building (the Penobscot Building) in downtown Detroit, where the first transmitter/antenna system had been. I report here--Between October 23, 1946, and June 3 1947, writers at The Detroit News, such as Herschel L. Hart, used "experimental" and "test" when talking about WWDT-TV and broadcasts done by the station. It was not till on Tuesday, June 3, 1947, that the station became known as WWJ-TV (Channel 4) and became a true commercial television, and the first true commercial broadcast event was a short ceremony focusing on the station and then a baseball game broadcast from Briggs Stadium, which pitted the Detroit Tigers against the New York Yankees, and after the game was broadcast, the station shut down broadcasting for a few hours, and in the evening, the station was on the air for a couple more hours. WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) were not around in 1946 or in 1947, and they were not conducting any tests. WXYZ-TV got involved in test broadcasting in late 1948, and officially WXYZ-TV went on the air as a commercial television station on October 9, 1948, and WJBK-TV got involved in real testing in late 1948, and WJBK-TV went on the air officially on October 24, 1948. In essence, WWJ-TV was the only television station broadcasting in the Detroit area for about a year, and at first program were only shown in the afternoons (as a rule) and on a few days of the week.
Right from the start, Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television was a screwed-up television program.
The opening part of the television special (Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television) should have shown clips (kinescope bits) of some early programs or at least present a bunch of old photographs tied to old shows and television personalities that viewers were exposed to on their television sets in the first year or so, and while focusing the early days of WJBK-TV and WXYZ-TV, the program could have added more early television history that would give people a real idea of what was going in television in the 1940s, and, for example, the program could have touched on when the other two stations when on the air, the race-car shows, the hockey broadcasts, the baseball broadcasts, the football broadcasts, the special-events broadcasts, the university-based course programs, the entertainment shows, the news shows, and news-reel shows (such as those having newsreels produced by the camera department of The Detroit News), et cetera.
The program never mentioned when more stations showed up, at least noting when CKLW-TV (Channel 9), which was based across the Detroit River from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, WTVS-TV (Channel 56), and WKBD-TV (Channel 50) came on the air.
Gosh, the television special could have even shown photographs or images of some of the first types of television sets that people could have seen television programs on, but none were shown in the special for WTVS-TV.
So at this point in my discussion of the television special, there are only the main segments left to talk about. The program seemed to jump from one time period to another, and nothing came together so that, for instance, a person who saw the program--the title of which seemed to by about Detroit television history--might be able to explain what happened in a very general sense on television in Detroit to a friend or family member or acquaintance. Interspersed with the main segments that I have reported, there were hints at other television programs or television personalities, and the hinted-at information was vague
There was a useless segment about Gilda Radner (who became famous as an original member of the cast of Saturday Night and later Saturday Night Live for NBC-TV). It noted how she was in a television studio as a child--it was unclear where--and when the host or someone asked what the magic word was, she said "Twin Pines." "Twin Pines," a maker of milk products, was the sponsor of Milky the Clown's television program for many years. I guess the producers of the special about Detroit television history just wanted to plug Gilda Radner, and to help the useless segment along, the program had Gilda Radner's brother--Michael Radner--as an interviewee. Instead of presenting the Gilda Radner/Michael Radner stuff, the program should have actually presented something else about Detroit television history, such as information about the other actor to play Milky the Clown, who was Karrell Fox. Gilda Radner's segment, though it covered a bit about "Twin Pines," seemed be more about Gilda Radner than Detroit television history.
When the program talked about Auntie Dee's Little Rascals, the program had Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor and her sister, Sharon Wright, both of whom had been on the show as children, present thoughts and recollections. The segment came off more about Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor and Sharon Wright than about Auntie Dee and Auntie Dee's television program. I note that Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor became famous in the Detroit area for being first woman traffic reporter (in a helicopter) in the Detroit area, doing work for CKLW-AM, and Sharon Wright went on to be a news reporter on television in Chicago, Illinois.
The television special had Geoffrey Fieger (a well-known Detroit-area attorney) as an interviewee, and he was presented during the segment focusing on Robin Seymour and some of Robin Seymour's television programs. There was no reason to put Geoffrey Fieger on the program. By the way, Geoffrey Fieger is a highly liberal or left-wing person, and he is a big supporter of Barack Obama, the communist and the man who is worse than a communist is. Although Geoffrey Fieger was talking about seeing the rock bands on the television programs years ago, the segment had no real value to a program that was supposed to be about "Detroit television history." By the way, it was as if the producers of the special put Geoffrey Fieger on the special because they were friends of his or like Geoffrey Fieger. I say the producers' decision to have Geoffrey Fieger was sort of a political decision--used to promote Geoffrey Fieger. [Yes, this Geoffrey Fieger was the attorney tied to Jack Kevorkian. Look it up, if you wish to. Incidentally, in two past editions of my Television History and Trivia--T.H.A.T. #99, which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #99 link, and T.H.A.T. #105, which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #105 link--I expose some of the rotten nature of Geoffrey Fieger, which viewers got to see in two of his television commercials of 2012.]
Oh, there was a good portion. When the program was talking about Auntie Dee's Little Rascals, the program showed an old clip of Ursula Walker as a girl while she was singing (Ursula Walker was interviewed for the program as she is today, and she is a well-known jazz singer), and as a girl, she was a wonderful singer, and it was nice bit to see. Yet, the special focused more on her, especially her today, than on Auntie Dee's Little Rascals.
One of the interviewees on the special was Mitch Ryder. Mitch Ryder became famous as a rock-music performer in the 1960s and early 1970s, such as with the group known as Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Too much of Mitch Ryder was shown during the special. Much of the time should have been devoted to other new interview bits or more old television history. Anyway, Mitch Ryder came off a bit like an old rock "druggy" with sloppy speech (though I am not saying that he is a druggy)--his presence was a downer for this show that was supposed to be about "Detroit television history."
The Bowling for Dollars segment could have been improved so that it would not be like a retread segment for viewers. The way the special was put together, a person (a novice about Detroit television history) might think Bowling for Dollars (which was broadcast by WWJ-TV) was the biggest deal in bowling shows in Detroit. I say that Bowling for Dollars owes a lot to Beat the Champ, which was broadcast by WWJ-TV from 1965 to 1974, some times broadcast up to six times a week. Beat the Champ, which was hosted by, for instance, Don Kremer, should have been a lead-in idea for the Bowling for Dollars segment and given more air time. But it seems the producers of the television special wanted once more to cover or push Bob Allison.
Here is a history note--Since February 13, 2010, a promo called "The History of Detroit Television," which was designed to promote the coming of Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story in the future, has existed on YouTube, and that means it took over three years to get Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story on the air.
So, what would have been a better program--which would fit the title? I have a suggestion. First, on YouTube, you should see the video entitled "WXYZ Reunion History by Megan Saunders and Erik Smith," which was uploaded to YouTube on September 26, 2013. This video runs about eight minutes, and it presents a rough history of WXYZ-TV.
Now, here is what a general format for a history program about Detroit television could look like:
Introduction and general overview -- 10 minutes
WWJ-TV (Channel 4 and today known as WDIV-TV) -- 10 minutes
WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) -- 10 minutes
WJBK-TV (Channel 2) -- 10 minutes
CKLW-TV (Channel 9 (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)) -- 10 minutes
WKBD-TV (Channel 5) -- eight minutes
WXON-TV (Channel 62 and then Channel 20 and today known as WMYD-TV) -- six minutes
WGPR-TV (Channel 62 and today known as WWJ-TV) -- six minutes
Closing -- five minutes
So, you can see the total running time is about 75 minutes (not unlike the true length of many made-for-television movies that fill about 90 minutes of time with commercials contained within them). The individual segments about specific television stations can sort of be like the video entitled "WXYZ Reunion History by Megan Saunders and Erik Smith," though they should not contain almost any information general managers and such (since general managers and such were not what audiences saw on television and since the history program should pack in as much as possible about what audience saw on their television sets). You should see the last two stations in the list only get six minutes, and that is because those two stations since the 1970s have not made as much live or in-house-produced television shows as the other stations have had, especially the first four stations in the list.
Once a person saw a television program blocked out in a similar format with that which I propose, the person would have a general understanding of the history of television in the Detroit area.
I say that Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television was a program put together by a "clique" to promote the "clique" and the clique's favorites or friends--it was not a history of Detroit television as a person might really hope for.
By the way, on Monday, December 9, 2013, I went for a hair cut, and I happened to get on the subject of the television program while taking with my "hair stylist" (or whatever she calls herself). [I have never over a number of years asked her what she calls herself.] My hair stylist mentioned that she bought the program (Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television) on DVD from WTVS-HD as a gift for her father, and I told her about the problems with the program. I do hope she did not buy the DVD for a program called Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story, which WTVS-HD put together and aired for the first time on Thursday, November 11, 2013, since the program was bad, as I show soon in this document.
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On Thursday, November 11, 2013, in the evening, I was at the Detroit Opera House, and in order to see Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story as soon as possible--and to make sure I would see it and see the credits--I recorded the program, and what I saw at the Detroit Opera House was a product called Elf The Musical (the Broadway musical version). Before I would see the program, I walked around the Detroit Opera House, which some years ago had been renovated or restored. Generally speaking, the building was well restored. I was disappointed in some cases. For instance, when I was in the mezzanine corridor and such--outside the theatre proper--I looked at the raised panels on the walls, and notice sloppy painting work, which was evident through strokes of gold paint being on the wall proper around parts of the raised panels, and that shows me that the painters were not careful in doing their work, as I would be, and use, for instance, half-inch-wide or one-inch-wide horse-hair brushes (the type with wood handles that can be bought for less than eighty cents each any hardware store), which would have made it easier to do good work. When you really look at things, you can see maybe things are not so good. The production of Elf The Musical that I saw I would not recommend to children. For instance, there was no reason to mention in any way PETA or Al Gore and climate change or shooting at whale boats, and one scene had a portion that was related to a guy already having a "boy friend." A big problem that I found is that some of the actors do not know how to deliver lines. Kevin Rockower played Mr. Greenway, and his delivery was flat--having the same tone throughout--and the actor who played Walter had the same problem; for instance, when they were supposed to express anger or have a raised voice, there was no change in the voice tones from what they had been giving. There was no contrast in delivery! The two actors had the same sentence rhythm and style; that is, they did not vary the timing of the delivery, using slight pauses between words at times to give emphasis, and they did not vary the volume so that a raised voice came off as a raised voice, and they very the emphasis of particular words. Oh, I heard one bad combined note--when the Santas were about done singing in the second act, a combined note bothered me. At the beginning of the show, Santa talked with Mrs. Claus, who was not seen, and to me, the voice of Mrs. Claus' was too young in tone; it sounded as if Santa was talking to his daughter, and that is a casting problem. The sets and lighting were adequate, and the staging was adequate, and the stage business was passable. And that is what I saw when some Detroit-area television viewers were watching Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story for the first time.
Now, on Sunday, December 15, 2013, WXYZ-HD, Channel 7.1, aired a syndicated program called The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (that was the informal title), and it focused on an annual parade in Chicago. The program was hosted by Alan Krashesky, Cheryl Burton, Janet Davies, and Stacey Baca, and much of the time, the hosts came off as phony, having a delivery that seemed fake, it coming off as pushing too hard to seem excited about what was going on, and the biggest phony was Stacey Baca. Some of the guest performers on the show were Debbie Gibson, Debby Ryan, and Grace Phipps. Cast members from the Broadway production of Elf The Musical sang a song, and, in this case, Buddy was played by Matt Kopec and not an understudy (whom I was exposed at Detroit). Unlike the understudy, Matt Kopec's Buddy came off as a young man who was lighthearted; the understudy had come off to me as being gay, which is a sign of bad acting, not being able to hide the gayness. Oh, Matt Kopec has a better voice than the understudy has. [I believe the understudy for the Detroit performance was Christopher Timson.]
Announcement for the novice again: To get useful television-delivered news or Internet-delivered news, go to Fox News Channel, WorldNetDaily.com, "The Drudge Report," and CNS News (which is on the Internet and which was launched on June 16, 1998), since the entities do not blindly support Barack Obama, as do CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV (to learn about bad journalism, you might tune in to CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV from time to time to see how they differ from the Fox News Channel and those mentioned with it in presenting political stories and events, and you should discover CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV avoid covering things that make Barack Obama look bad or show his true nature, which could harm you). If you are unclear of my intentions, I say in different words that you should boycott CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV and hope they lose more ratings and advertising revenues, since they are expendable, and it is time for you to find the guts to be mean and heartless and cancel them--since they are hurting you.
Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story--that title should make you think that the program was going to be a history of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The title was a lie. The program was a propaganda piece, much of which focused on the push to raise money over the last few years to keep the Detroit Institute of Arts going, such as through a ballot initiative. Besides the heavy push to raise money, the program passed along, as a whole, pseudo-intellectual statements about culture and art. To me, it looked like a piece designed to make people feel sorry for the Detroit Institute of Arts and the people of the Detroit Institute of Arts in this day and age of a dead city, based on rotten culture (such as politics). One of the first pieces of nonsense was a line that had "...With wealth comes culture...." That is nonsense. Go to a tribal village in South America, and you will find the small tribe. It will have a culture. Go to a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It will have a culture. Really, "wealth" allows a city or museum to collect expensive art and support a museum that collects expensive art. Culture is social values and political values, which can often be rotten, an example of which is communism, and culture is what people do, et cetera. If I were to hold a lecture about the television program, I could show off all the nonsense statements made in the program, and there are a lot, but here I will only show off a few examples. Early in the program a woman named Yao-Fen You made some statements, some of which were heard while she was riding on a bicycle [it looked like a cliché image of a "liberal" promoting the riding of bicycles instead of riding in cars so that the planet can be saved, which is communistic nonsense, as is the entire manmade-global-warming hoax], and she said for instance: "...People don't realize that they live in this intensely visual culture. And what I feel like my job is is to help them decode the language of lines, language, and colors. Everyone has a reaction to it, but it's that you're not schooled because we are very text-based society. And people don't realize is that they are responding to visual stimuli. Even if you can have Google art, even if you can have three-hundred-sixty-degree views, nothing replaces the experience of being in front of an object--nothing can approximate that scale." That is flap-doodle, especially the idea about "text-based society." But more hideous statements in the program were made by Graham Beal, who is in charge of the Detroit Institute of Arts; at one point, he said: "My personal background is, is a little bit complicated. But I grew up in a class-conscious society, where I experienced a degree of discrimination. You get that shading. You have a sense of places that you're, you know, you're not really supposed to be, you know...." This is a statement that can be called crap! [There was more crap from Graham Beal, covering his youth, but I leave it out of this document.] What is this crap talk about "discrimination"? The Detroit Institute of Arts has been open to everyone for decades and decades--even to blacks. A smart person can see that Graham Beal was pandering to the blacks of Detroit. Such rottenness his theme is! It should not have been in the special! During the program, several times, a teacher was talking to children, and late in the program the teacher said: "...Don't you think those pictures, sculptures, and documents were important to those people's families. But they were willing to part with them and to give them to a museum so that everybody can appreciate them. So that's what we're talking about. So think about that when we say the greater good...." "Greater good," like "common good," is a set of words commonly used by communists and such when talking about the individual having to do things for the common good or for the government. [Oh, read her comments again, and you will see she was pushing "communism" on black children.] At the end of the program, a man said: "I'm not surprised Detroit has turned out in a big way [for the museum], because I know Detroit, and we're not gonna die. We've been down, but we're not out--dogged determination, Detroit style." Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story was rotten, and I do not recommend buying the DVD of Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story, which is designed to bring money to WTVS-HD and keep WTVS-HD running, since the program is something that, in the future, a person cannot look at and learn about the history of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Yes, do not buy it! The program was put together by and involved "mind polluters," such as Genevieve Savage, who was credited as the writer, director, and producer.
[Note: Graham Beal is worried about his art. Art does not drive a society, as he might urge you to believe. If Graham Beal were a smart man, he would organize a permanent tool museum for all the world to see (something that, in the past, I have proposed to be set up in the country), where all types of tools are shown off, covering from big machines that make parts for things to hand tools to sewing tools to whatever), and it would cover old-time tools and modern-day tools, and the tools would be provided with descriptions of how they are used. There could be kiosks showing how they were used, and, at least, on a weekly basis, demonstrations could be given to visitors. The museum could be housed in a big once abandoned warehouse. Boys and girls then who visit it would really learn about the world and what makes the world work and how parts and things are made. That place would really drive creativity and teach. By the way, have you looked a well-made tools, from hand tools covered with chrome to big machining tools--they are works of art. As I have said in the past, if works of art from the Detroit Institute of Arts have to be sold off to pay off the debts of Detroit, so be it, since it is not as if the pieces are going to be destroyed, they will simply be guarded by those who wish to take up the task of watching over them and guarding them. Detroit, following the ways of communism and socialism and rotten Detroit culture, which Graham Beal seems to support and does not talk against, is a failed city, and that is that.]
Well, I have reported in the past that I can almost tune in at any point during the showing of such political talk shows for Sunday as Face the Nation, Meet the Press, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos and hear rottenness. On Sunday, December 15, 2015, I happened to tune into This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and I caught Cokie Roberts (a socialist/communist) bring up the idea of "income equality" and about doing something about it. Later, in the program, there was the round-table discussion with such persons Cokie Roberts, Newt Gingrich (a "Republican"), and Robert Reich (a communist, whom I have talked about in other documents that are available at the web site for The Hologlobe Press, which can be found by doing a word search with "Robert Reich" and "hologlobepress.com), and Robert Reich brought up the idea that the "War on Poverty" in the U.S. is about to hit the 50-year anniversary, and he seemed so excited about that (supporting the "War on Poverty," in which the federal government takes money from some people and gives it to others (who have not worked for it, basically)), but Robert Reich hinted that the "War or Poverty" is not working well today and said that the "War on Poverty" worked for a while, but, but the war began to fail because Republicans helped stop it from working, such as by not supporting jobs bills. [I note that "jobs bills" do not really create jobs in the long run.] Generally speaking, the edition of This Week with George Stephanopoulos was trying to make it seem the Republicans were bad, and it also worked to show the country was bad since, in relation to all the countries of the world, there was income disparity (the U.S. has too much money compared with other countries). Cokie Roberts and Robert Reich are types of person who think (though I say that they really do not "think" it or "believe" it) that so-called poor people can be helped by taking money from some people and giving it to other people--that is "economic justice." "Economic justice"--it rottenness, pushed as something good by people with rotten minds, since, in the world, there will always be "income inequality," such as because people have differ skills and knowledge, which get rated by the members of a society as a whole with higher or lower values, and the topic of why there is "income inequality" can take quit a while to explain, but one reason for it, at least in relation to the world, is many countries are run by tribal kings and dictators and other rotten people who rule in political systems, such as tribal systems, that provide the elites with prominence and riches and lock in the many people of the countries with barely the basics of life so that they cannot challenge the elites. In fifty years, nothing has been nothing gained through the "War on Poverty" in the world and in the United States of America; for example, look at how the main cities of the country, such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit, which are run by "Democrats" (such as socialists and communists and black racists), working to achieve "economic justice" and "income equality," have killed the cities and have made no gains in so-called "economic justice" or "income equality." Detroit is a bankrupt city! During the edition of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, a woman (a so-called "journalist") named Andrea Elliott was interviewed, and it seems she wrote a story for The New York Times (a communist-based newspaper) about her being with a homeless family in New York City, New York, for a year, and she was praised by the interviewer for her work--I report that she got praise for having done nothing in a year and having wasted a year, where she actually could have done something to help the family get out of trouble within weeks probably. Yes, Andrea Elliott was praised as having supposedly done something really important, working to show off "income disparity" in the country, though it was really doing nothing. Also during the show, the round-table discussion brought up Pope Francis as a topic. Recently, Pope Francis put down "capitalism" and really the United States of America through some of his writings, and he showed his support for, in essence, communism or socialism, and soon after the comments had been made public, he tried to walk back or take back his statements a bit after having gotten bad reviews. During the round-table discussion, panelists praised Pope Francis; for example, Cokie Roberts called him kind and humble. However, at the beginning of the segment, the program noted that Pope Francis supposedly said he that was against "Marxism" (which is an enslavism form of government, an example of which is communism) but that he has met Marxists who were good people or are good people. That is idiot thought from Pope Francis! A Marxist cannot be a good person! A Marxist is an enslavist or a person who enslaves others, and when such a person gets big political power, the person uses force and violence and coercion to get what the person wants done, and the person kills people, as Mao did in China in the last century. Marxist and such have ruled countries and do today, and there is no good example of a country run by Marxists and such that is a good country--for most citizens, China is shit, and North Korea is shit, and Cuba is shit, and Russia is shit, and Venezuela is shit, et cetera. Pope Francis is a type of person who wants to take money from some people, such as the people of the United States of America, and give it to others, thinking it will save people, but he and so many persons on the edition of This Week with George Stephanopoulos did not report that taking money from some people and giving it to others does not make people better and that the reason so many poor people are poor is the trouble is based in the political systems of the countries in which they live. Enslavism only works for the enslavers. Usually, when you look around the world, poor people are usually poor because the political systems in which they live result in their staying poor--the leaders take up control of all the assets, or the leaders are so busy holding on to power and suppressing people and ideas and the ability to do things that the society cannot evolve [by the way, in Africa, continual tribal fights hinder the ability to create things, since people's time is spent fighting and defending and not creating, and when the "little people" make things, the things get confiscated or destroyed in fights]. Really, one of the main themes of This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, November 15, 2013, was the United States of America is a bad place and it should give up money--it is too rich. [In the history of man, some types of man have disappeared, such as the Neanderthal, because they could not adapt to the environment, or they were ignorant societies that stalled, or they got diseased, or they failed to work, et cetera, and in the history of man to come, some types of man will disappear or fail, as is happening in Detroit with those following the defective culture pushed along by socialistic and communistic blacks.]
On Sunday, December 22, 2013, I again tuned into This Week with George Stephanopoulos for a few moments, and I heard rottenness--a big lie. One of the guests for the round-table discussion was Steve Rattner, who speaks like a communist and a pusher of enslavism (he is a "Democrat," and, today, the "Democratic Party" is a communistic-based political party). At one point during the discussion, Steve Rattner pushed out the lie that George W. Bush's work was that of having a small federal government and the work did not work. Steve Rattner lied! George W. Bush--who I think of as semi-socialist--pushed along more big spending by the federal government and did nothing to reign in the spending of the federal government. I report that Steve Rattner pushed out his idea, hoping to convince idiots in the television audience that we need more government control and a bigger federal government, and that is the sign of a rotten man.
So, on Sunday, December 29, 2013, I happened to come cross--while, in essence, spinning the dial--crap being pushed on the television audience by people on Meet the Press with David Gregory (remember I have reported that I can tune in at an time during those Sunday-morning political talks show and come across crap--I do not have to want an entire program waiting to have a crappy segment show up). The crap was tied to segment featuring David Kirkpatrick of The New York Times as the main guest, and another person--beyond the host--taking part was Andrea Mitchell (a communist and a staffer of NBC News). The segment focused on David Kirkpatrick's article--which I see as a propaganda piece--that had been published in The New York Times (the communist newspaper) entitled "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi on December 28, 2013 (Kirkpatrick, David D., and Osama Aloitor, and Mayy el Sheikh, and Suliman Ali Zway, "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi." The New York Times, 28 December 2013.), and the newspaper story was pushing the idea that al-Qaeda had nothing to do with the killing of Americans (such as an U.S. ambassador) in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, and the story was using the idea that al-Qaeda had nothing to with the killings to discredit the entire range of evidence and thought from (roughly) Republicans that the attack was a terrorist attack. By the way, the story seemed to be written by David Kirkpatrick (a white guy) and three Islamists or Muslims [Keep in mind that those persons who support Sharia or Islamic law uphold the rule that they can lie and lie and lie to further their goals, one of which is to impose Sharia on the world, even to the point of using murder to accomplish the goal)]. One of the main points about the attack that the television segment did not address, as had not the article by David Kirkpatrick, was the question--What was Barack Obama doing during the attack? Barack Obama did nothing (and more about the thought can be found by reading by document entitled The "Benghazi Killings Scandal": A Short Information-and-Status Report, which can be reached by using this Benghazi link). Oh, notice the article was published during the holiday break when most of the people who might well discredit the article--such as true "conservative" media people and anti-communists--were on vacation and were not, for instance, doing maybe radio talk shows. I think whether or not al-Qaeda was involved in the terrorist attack has yet to really be determine, given the main writer of the article works to The New York Times (a communist newspaper and an anti-U.S. newspaper), and even if al-Qaeda was not directly involved, the attack was a terrorist attack, and, in the end, Barack Obama did nothing to help protect Americans under attack, and to this date, it has yet to be reported where Barack Obama was and what he was doing during the roughly seven-hour attack. The segment on Meet the Press with David Gregory was a good example of the rottenness in the American media. [Morgenstein, Mark, and Chelsea J. Carter. "New York Times report cast doubt on al Qaeda involvement in Benghazi." CNN, 29 December 2013, updated 12:06 a.m. EST.; Stanglin, Doug. "N.Y. Times probe finds no al-Qaeda link to Benghazi raid." USA Today, 28 December 2013, 3:56 p.m. EST.]
This past fall, Arsenio Hall's new late-night talk show got started in syndication, and the program is shown on WKBD-TV, Channel 50, in Detroit. I happened to be spinning the dial on January 6, 2013, in the eleven o'clock hour in the evening and came across a showing of Arsenio Hall's show, and he got on a little interview segment with a guy named Sean Azzariti, who was in Colorado. The studio audience was all excited with the interview because Sean Azzariti was the first person to buy marijuana in Colorado under the new Colorado law that allowed people to buy "recreation marijuana" in Colorado. The audience applauded regularly, and I say that it was all crap--the glorification of the ability to buy and use marijuana, a mind-altering drug, which some people called "dope." Such a rotten man Arsenio Hall showed himself to be once again, and, by the way, every person in the audience who thought the segment was great showed off rottenness. I guess I should say that it was "dopes" pushing a "doped-up world" on the viewers, especially young viewers. For decades, marijuana has had the word "dope" tied to it for a reason--it screws up lives, and it screws up minds.
Oh, on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., WXYZ-HD aired a special that had originally gotten aired in 1990, and the special was called South Africa in Black & White, and Bill Bonds was the host. The special was about segregation and such in South Africa, and I do not here officially review the program, but I do have to show up some rotten left behind by Bill Bonds. In the program, Bill Bonds noted that it is "conservatives" who are hoping to keep the races segregated. Well, Bill Bonds taught ignorance to the people of Detroit--a city most made up of blacks--back in 1990 and today through his comment. The "conservatives" of South Africa have nothing to do with the "conservatives" in the United States of America. In the United States of America, "conservatives" have had nothing to do with segregation--it has been the Democratic Party (which is not made up of "conservatives" and never has been) who have pushed to keep segregation in the country over the decades! "Conservatives" is the United States of America--who can be whites and blacks and Asians and whatever--push for following the ways of The United States Constitution, which is designed to keep the country as a non-dictatorship, which can end up being run by really, really rotten people, like Barack Obama. South Africa has not had a constitution like that for the United States of America. Bill Bonds' use of "conservative" in the special taught wrong information--he did not explain the meaning or the word as it is applied in South Africa and he did not note it does not have the meaning as "conservative" in the United States of America. That means a lot of blacks in America, especially in Detroit, were taught crap by Bill Bonds. And since the program was rerun, the rottenness of Bill Bonds showed up again on television and taught rottenness.
On Sunday, December 15, 2013, WWJ-HD, Channel 62, presented a fluff program and useless program, which was put together by the station, and it was hosted by Carol Cain (who received a "senior producer" credit). The program was called Eye on Detroit: Detroit's Next Chapter, and it ran for thirty minutes with commercials (one of which was a commercial for Geoffrey Feiger's law firm). The show was a collection of comments--snippets--from thirty-one persons, from the current mayor of Detroit (Dave Bing) to former mayors of Detroit to former football players to the governor of Michigan (Rick Snyder) to a couple persons who operate small businesses in the city (such as one who has a bakery of sorts that makes things out of sweet potatoes) to whatever. It was a collection of feelings and impressions about Detroit, and some persons thought it would be politicians who would be able to develop Detroit into something big again, which I say that idea is nonsense. The biggest piece of nonsense came from the current police chief, James Craig, who said at one point near the end of the program--"If Detroit fails, America fails." James Craig is an idiot! Over the last two centuries or so, cities have been started up and some have died, and that is why there are "ghost towns" around the country, some of which are tourist attractions, and even though some cities have died out, America has kept moving on and growing since the country has been made up of thousands and thousands of communities all doing on their own--not under a central planning board, such as the federal government. If one fails, others keep going; as happens with people, if one dies, others continue on. I say that, if the country adopts the ways of Detroit, which a number of cities have, those cities will fail and, in essence, the country is hurt, and that will be some failure. Basically, what was offered in the program as solutions to help that city were fluff thoughts, and no one really focused on changing the political ideology of the city or the community to make the city work--and what is meant by that is the people that socialism and communism and black radical theology is crap (which is something one of the interviewees, Bankole Thompson (a big-time editor at the Michigan Chronicle, would never promote)).
At this point, I could have ended this edition of Television History and Trivia, but I have to talk about the political events tied to Duck Dynasty, which has been a television program presented by the A&E network for several years. Phil Robertson has been the guiding force on the show or for the show, and around December 18, 2013, people were commenting on some things that he had said for an interview in GQ magazine for January 2014. I state that Phil Robertson is ugly to me, since he is a guy. Oh, I could say that he is an ugly looking dude. But I am more physically attracted to, for example, persons like Ema Hayasaka [What is her email address?]. Despite what Phil Roberston looks like, I have to back up Phil Robertson strongly here. On December 18, 2013, media outlets reported that Phil Robertson was being suspended from his show for what he had said in GQ. One thing he said was--"...It seems like, to me, a vagina--as a man--would be more desirable than a man's anus...." [Sacks, Ethan, and Don Kaplan. "'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson suspended from show after equating homosexuality with bestiality." Daily News (nydailynews.com), 18 December 2013, 11:29 a.m. (updated 19 December 2013, 12:19 a.m.)]. Let us examine the nature of man or the human being (and, for now, forget about religion). The male penis has evolved into something that is used to get sperm in to a female--the vagina--so that babies can be created and the species can continue on, and that is the norm and the way life and the way of nature, and the anus of a human is used to port for waste material from the body of a human and was not designed to accept a penis. Phil Robertson passed along fact and truth. Yet, A&E penalized Phil Robertson for his having spoken the truth about nature, and that shows the rottenness of A&E.
Oh, this edition of Television History and Trivia really got started with talk about Detroit television history, and in the early days of television, there were subjects that would never be mentioned on television programs, since the general public felt such subjects should not be mentioned on television programs. On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, the actress known as Jennifer Lawrence was a guest on Conan, and the host of the show, Conan O'Brien, and Jennifer Lawrence got on the subject of "butt plugs." During the talk, the audience laughed. It was all a crude event and a lousy event and a rotten television moment, and the event showed off the crappiness of Conan O'Brien and Jennifer Lawrence, presenting a crappy subject. Jennifer Lawrence is not beauty, since there is ugliness in her mind (and, by the way, she is another actress being pushed today who has no boobs and has the boy look).
And I finally get around to noting something that has to be called a "for-the-record" section. On Thursday, November 28, 2013, ABC-TV broadcast a television special entitled Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, which a person might concern to be a "family" program and a program for children. Well, in essence, the Muppets got together and made a highly political show, which was more designed to push a political idea than entertainment first. The host was Lady Gaga--a "gay icon." The main "guests" were Elton John (gay), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (gay), and RuPaul (a something or other). One other main guest was Kristin Bell, a gay-rights activitist, who had made in clear in the past that she would not get married till her gay friends could get married. [If I had any young children, I would not let them watch Sesame Street, and I would not spend any money on products associated with Sesame Street characters and such.]
Boy, this edition has shown up a lot of crappy people tied to television these days, and if I purposely worked to find more incidents that show off crappy people, I probably could have found a lot more.
So, did I see anything good on television since I had published the previous edition of T.H.A.T.? Well, while I was involved in putting together the sections on Jennifer Lawrence and Phil Robertson, I had the television set on and tuned to the Movies! network (it was December 18, 2013), and the network was running the 1953 movie called Mr. Scoutmaster (featuring such performers as Clifton Webb, Edmund Gwenn, and George Winslow), which I had not seen in many years. It is a fun and pleasant movie.
Since this edition of T.H.A.T. was published late--purposely--I am able to talk about Detroit Titans Court Report or at least one episode of the series, which was produced locally in Detroit. I saw an episode of the six-episode series on January 11, 2014, on WADL-TV, Channel 38.1, which seemed to have been originally shown on December 14, 2013. The show focused on the basketball team known as the Titans of the University of Detroit Mercy, which is led by Head Coach Ray McCallum. The production was good (worth a local Emmy)--the shot framing was good, and the sound was good, and the lighting was good, et cetera. There was a male narrator, but he was not listed in the ending credits; but no technical credits at all were given at the end of the episode (there may have been opening credits, but I was unable to see if there were any since I was yet repairing a sink for a neighbor when they may have run). The program had one problem--many of the players came off as lackluster and lazy or even stupid because they did not speak well. All the players who were interviewed for the show should see the program so that they can see how bad they might sound to, for instance, cute gals who do not want to be around guys who sound stupid. The series is in the fourth season.
Remember: The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan was a television show that was produced across the pond and shown on CBS-TV in the late 1960s, and I urge you to find The Prisoner on DVD, maybe from a library, and watch it, and you should show it--all the episodes--to teenagers, or buy it as a present for teenagers.
P.S.: Generally speaking, it has been the rule that employment picks up for the holiday season (the general Thanksgiving Day/Christmas Day period) because people are hired to help out with the holiday shopping crowds, and, generally speaking, the country needs at least 400,000 jobs added every month to make it so that it can be said that things are going well with employment in the country (remember the population is growing every day). For December 2013, the pick up in employment was roughly 197,000 jobs; it had been about 241,000 for November 2013. Are things going well? No! But the federal government reported that the unemployment rate in December 2013 was better than it had been, and it was now 6.7 percent (it had been 7 percent). In December 2013, the labor participation rate dropped again--making it now 62.8 percent in the country and falling from 63 percent. More people gave up looking for work--because there are no jobs to get. If you hear Barack Obama say that a economic recovery is taking place, you are hearing a lie, and you should think about telling him to stick it up his ass. (If you hear a reporter or a political pundit say that the economic conditions are improving, you know what to do!)
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