(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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In 2014, two big stories were the deaths of Eric Garner
and Michael Brown, and the truth nature of their deaths
was kept as quiet as possible by many members of the media
and by Barack Obama and his associates.  For instance,
Michael Brown attacked a police officer in Ferguson,
Missouri, and the police officer was forced to shoot and
kill Michael Brown [Michael Brown was a screw-up].
Barack Obama used the deaths to promote the idea that
police officers in the country are rotten as a rule, such as
racists, and Barack Obama's actions promoted violent
protests (based on lies).  On December 19, 2014, acting
on the lies about the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael
Brown, a man named Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed
two police officers (non-"whites") in New York City, and
the killings were revenge killings (though everything was
based on lies, such as those upheld by Barack Obama
or not dispelled by Barack Obama).  I can say that,
since I published the previous edition of T.H.A.T.,
Barack Obama's actions helped lead to the deaths
of two police officers in New York City.

- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 129 - - -

    Since I published the previous edition of Television History and Trivia, the big story--or one of the big stories--has been or was the Sony-hacked-by-North-Korea-people incident, which seemed to be related to a movie called The Interview, and I bet your local television newscast probably covered the story well.  I doubt it!  The incident shows that a rotten little depressed dictatorial-type country--in which almost all the people are dirt poor and there is little electricity (a photographs from satellites show)--can get through computer-security measures in the United States of America.  A person has to wonder what such bad people--people tied to North Korea--can do to damage the electronic computer networks of the country right now or to steal computer information and data and technology.

    On Saturday, December 13, 2014, a well-known television personality, who called himself a newsman or news anchor died, and that man was Bill Bonds--he had worked in the television news business in Detroit for many decades [I shall let you look up the amount of time, since I am not interested in the moment in wasting time looking up Bill Bonds in my files].  Bill Bonds was given a lot of praise by WXYZ-TV after Bill Bonds had died, especially in newscasts on Sunday, December 14, 2014, and other stations had staffers who praised him, such as Huel Perkins (of WJBK-TV).  By the way, Bill Bonds died at 82 years of age.  One thing that Bill Bonds must be remembered for is being chummy-chummy with Mayor Coleman Young (of Detroit), especially in the 1980s--Coleman Young was a communist, and Coleman Young was just one of the many politicians, especially black politicians, who helped kill Detroit.  By the way, you may have heard that, recently, Detroit got out of bankruptcy proceedings, and now a lot of people say that Detroit is on the come-back trail.  I note--Only the financial structure was temporarily repaired during the bankruptcy period, and nothing else, such as the real culture of the citizens, was changed for the better, and there has been no real gain, especially given Detroiters as a whole seem to be supporters of, for one, a rotten, rotten man, Barack Hussein Obama.  Bill Bonds was just another fluff thinker on television, and he was just another in the long-line of television newscasters who passed or pass on nonsense.

     In October 2014, Kam Carman left WJBK-TV (Channel 2); she had been there since 1991.  In November 2014, Kimberly Gill became a member of WDIV-TV.  In with the old communism supporter (Kam Carman), and in with someone else of something or other.  The faces change.

    On Friday, December 19, 2014, Barack Obama held a news conference.  At first, Barack Obama gave opening remarks.  By the way, as usual, the event was a delayed-start event because of Barack Obama.  Then came a question-and-answer session, and the first six questioners were from women.  And that is the women's movement in action--female socialistic and communistic news people on the move, pitching fluff questions to Barack Obama just as the men can, if not worse (given women are more prone to take up being nice and social than men are--it is in their nature to be nurturing and less confrontational).

    On Saturday, December 20, 2014, WJBK-TV, Channel 2--actually though Channel 2.1--in Detroit aired a program called Happy Holidays Detroit!, in which members of the on-air staff talked about past holiday memories.  Thirty-one members of the on-air staff got to be on the simply made special, and the show had Rich Luterman, Jennifer Hammond, Ron Savage, Alan Longstreet, Taryn Asher, Charlie Langton, Derek Kevra, Roop Raj, Deena Centofanti, Amy Lange, Woody Woodriffe, Huel Perkins, Monica Gayle, Robin Murdoch,  Anquette Jamison, Maurielle Lue, Amy Andrews, Jason Carr, Lee Thomas, Jay Towers, Sherry Margolis, Jessica Starr, Murray Feldman, Dan Miller, M.L. Elrick, Rob Wolchek, Ryan Ermanni, Erika Erickson, Andrea Isom, Randy Wimbley, and Charlie LeDuff.  At the very least, the program was put together to showcase the current on-air staff and to promote the staff as nice and like regular people.  It was a fluff program for the most part.  One part of the program really showed up some rottenness.  Charlie LeDuff recalled--during his first appearance in the program--a Christmas moment from 2001, when he and an engineer were up on the top of the Empire State Building and were able to look down at the rubble of the former World Trade Center complex (the complex had been attacked by aircraft several months previously).  At one point during the recollection, Charlie LeDuff noted that the engineer said something like--"Why do they hate us?".  The "they" were the attackers.  The question reminded me of the thought about many "liberals," and it is that they think, if they are good and nice to other people, the other people will not hate them or hurt them.  It is an idiot thought.  A person can ask--Why did Hitler kill so many Jews? and why did Mao kill so many Chinese who were not followers of communism and why did Stalin imprison so many Russians who were not followers of communism and why did Saddam Hussein kill many countrymen when he too power and why did Castro kill or imprison political opposers and why did....?  I ask Charlie LeDuff--Why do some so-called "reporters" plagiarize?  I state--Some people like--if not love to hurt--other people, and that is a way of life.  People who are supporters of "Sharia" (or Islamic Law") like to hurt other people on behalf of "Allah."  I add that Barack Obama--a supporter of "Sharia"--is one of those persons who likes or loves to hurt others, as can be proven by examining the work and deeds of Barack Obama over the years.  So during the special with Charlie LeDuff and the other low-level thinkers, viewers had to be exposed to the "Why do they hate us?" crappy idea.  As a minor point, Andrea Isom talked about the Christmas Day bomber story that she had to work--remember, the "underwear bomber"--and she noted that she is a "news junkie."  Basically, today, television reporters may be "news junkies," but the news that they usually cover is useless news--traffic and weather (every ten minutes), car crashes, fires, chases, robberies, et cetera.  It is the same old stuff over and over and over that has no real value, especially given all the rottenness going on around Barack Obama and given all the rottenness that Barack Obama is doing.

    On November 14, 2014, a man named Glen A. Larson died.  This man was a writer and producer of television shows (or series) between the late 1960s and the date that he died, though his heyday was in the 1970s and 1980s, when he was involved with, for instance, Battlestar Galactica (the first version made for television, which was sort of a rip off of Star Wars) and Knight Rider.  In the early years of the television career, Glen A. Larson was working for or with Universal TV, and one early writing project was the final episode of a television series entitled It Takes a Thief, which ran from 1968 to 1970 and which has been shown on television every since 1970.  The final episode of It Takes a Thief--which was entitled "Project X"--is a good example of a television show that that was used to preach big nonsense.  In the story, Alexander Mundy (who was played by Robert Wagner) was given the job of protecting a scientist (who was played by Wally Cox) on an airplane trip to a convention, and during the trip, three scientists were killed.  At the end of the episode, which was first shown to viewers on March 23, 1970, one line spoken by Alexander Mundy was--"The ecology crisis has to be told and retold till it does some good."  That piece of dialogue was followed by works spoken by Wally Cox's character--"He's right.  It's no exaggeration to say we are rapidly making this planet uninhabitable."  Yes, Glen A. Larson may have made some fun television shows, but he certainly left a legacy of rottenness, as shown in the two sentences presented in quotation marks, and the nonsense is yet being seen on television today.  It was a lie!  It was 44 years ago that the episode was shown, and yet the planet has not become uninhabitable!  And, today, rotten people are still pushing the idea that the planet is soon going to be crap and dead, and some of those persons are Barack Obama (the U.S. president), Al Gore (a former Vice President of the United States of America), Michael Moore (the filmmaker), and some of the people are saying the planet will be done for by 2015.  Incidentally, Glen A. Larson was involved with a television series entitled Quincy, M.E., which had Jack Klugman playing the main character and which was a socialistic series that was very preachy.

    On January 5, 2015, ABC-TV began running another season of The Bachelor (the first episode of which was really called The Bachelor Live).  Thirty gals were introduced to the bachelor, and eight were from California, and three were from Illinois, and three were from New York.  Four states--Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and Utah--were represented by two gals.  Six states--Tennessee, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, and Kentucky--had one representative.  One gal was from Washington, D.C., (who was a television news producer), and one gals came from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  What I see in those statistics is trouble for the bachelor, if he is a good guy.  He is a farmer.  The California, Illinois, and New York gals, who live in highly socialistic states, are probably useless.  That wipes out 14 gals.  New Jersey is a rotten state politically, too, hinting that women from that state are not very likely to be useful, and that wipes out two more gals.  Oregon and Washington are not-so-good states politically, and that discounts two more gals.  I have discounted 18 out of the original 30 already.  Generally speaking, all the gals had the same general type of look--model-types who have done nothing and would be useless on a farm, and one looked like she had an eating disorder (the woman was a widow).  Two gals had bad or irritating voices--Alissa (from Hamilton, New Jersey) and Whitney (from Chicago, Illinois).  The group was overall a bad collection of gals for a farmer, but that is to be expected since, of the fifty states of the country, only 13 states were represented, and most of those 13 states are places were the gals are very likely to be tied to the Democratic Party (such as as voters).  One gal was a television news producer from Washington, D.C., and I would say that the gal--very most likely a rotten television news producer, being "liberal"--is a waste of time, and one gal was a freelance journalist (another fluff-minded gal probably).  That is my take on The Bachelor.

   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.

    In the early 1970s, the Easter Seal Telethon became another annual telethon on the television screen (for quite a while), and on December 16, 2014, while I was at the Mardigian Library of the University of Michigan (Dearborn campus)--that is the university that was in the news recently because a female professor (a "liberal" or "socialist" or "communist" or hard-line feminist) wrote about her hate for "Republicans"--I stumbled across a television listing for a television show that I was sort of associated with.  On Saturday, March 22, 1975, a two-day nationally broadcast telethon began (and ended in the early evening on Sunday, March 23, 1975), and it was informally called the Easter Seal Telethon, and it began very late in the evening, and stations around the country picked up the national feed and were allowed to air local inserts each hour.  Before the event would take place, a professor at Wayne State University recruited me and another student at the university to help out in directing local segments for the two-day broadcast; the professor had been asked by the local station (WXON-TV) that would be carrying the program to provide some directing help, which he had done by getting two students who had been in through his television-directing class recently.  Things did not go well with the local production over the first several hours.  For one, the producer pushed the limit on the first-insert length, and it went 25-minutes long at least (it was only supposed to be five-minutes long or so), and that means the station cut off the national feed, which, in the television business, is a big "no-no."  Behind the scenes, the event was unorganized, and the other student and I did work to help get things organized, sort of acting like assistant directors for the first few hours for the main director (who was not--if I remember correctly--a staffer of WXON-TV).  The main director said to us some time a little after midnight that we were not going to get a chance to do any directing after all, since staffers of WXON-TV were pushing to not allow us to do any directing (it seems the other student and I were showing up WXON-TV people).  For the local-insert parts, Bob Hynes and Dollie Cole were the hosts, and the production was done at the Tel-Twelve Mall (which was located at Telegraph Road and Twelve Mile Road and which was used in the early years for The Great TV Auction of WTVS-TV, Channel 56, Detroit).  The national host for the 1975 program was Peter Falk.  By the way, the 1975 broadcast was the first for the Easter Seal Telethon on a television station in the Detroit area, and it was the fourth annual telethon.  WXON-TV was the Detroit affiliate for the 1976 telethon, which took place on March 27, 1976, and March 28, 1976, and the station carried the telethon for March 1977, the telethon for April 1978, and the telethon for March 1979, and between 1976 and 1979, the other people involved in doing the hosting for the local inserts were Dollie Cole and Marc Avery.  The heyday of the annual East Seal Telethon broadcasts was between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, and Channel 4 in Detroit (WDIV-TV) was the station that carried the annual telethon for viewers in the Detroit area in the 1980s, and it was staffers of Channel 4 who were involved in hosting the local inserts, such as Mort Crim (the first main host).  Incidentally, I stumbled upon the date for the 1975 Easter Seal Telethon while I was hunting down information about the history of the annual Channel 56 auctions (WTVS-TV), which were broadcast annually from 1969 to 2000, one name for which was The Great TV Auction, and it is a subject that I will cover in an upcoming edition of Television History and Trivia, a part of which will show what led to the decline of the annual event (which will have ideas that you probably have never heard before).

    By the way, while looking up information about the WTVS-TV Auction programs, I stumbled across a listing for a forgotten television series that aired on WGPR-TV (the black-owned television station).  The series was BJ's Latin Detroit.  It was a "variety" show that ran one hour.  I know one episode aired on Saturday, April 4, 1976, which was about six months after WGPR-TV had come on the air.  That is all that I know about the show at the moment.

    The television channels that I usually watch are Cozi TV, Antenna TV, Movies TV, this, and Bounce, and, recently, Cozi TV added some news-for-it series, such as Murder She, Wrote (which began to run originally in 1984) and Zorro (which began to run originally in 1957).  The Lone Ranger (which got started in 1949) is being shown on Cozi TV.  By the way, early in the series, viewers learn where The Lone Ranger (played by Clayton Moore) gets his silver bullets.  A man named Jim Blane (played by Ralph Littlefield) operates a mine with or for The Lone Ranger--a silver mine--and Jim makes the bullets for The Lone Ranger.

    On August 18, 2014, Katz Broadcasting launched a network for subchannel use called "Grit", and it was designed to carry mostly movies and to be aimed at men, and the network has yet to show up on a subchannel of any Detroit-area television station.  On Friday, January 9, 2015, I discovered that the station group called "7&4" (of, for instance, northern Lower Michigan) is now carrying "Grit"--on "4.3" or "8.3."  I shall watch to see if there are enough movies that are worthwhile--a lot of newer movies are rotten.

    Oh, on Friday, January 9, 2014, the first episode of the new and final season for Glee (a weekly series) was broadcast on Fox TV.  I saw the opening so that I could see the opening credits.  What crap it was!  It was a good example of crap television, and it is one reason I regularly watch Cozi TV, Antenna TV, et cetera.

    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.

Stay well!


copyright c. 2014
Date published: January 10, 2015

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