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A person can be surrounded by or read hundreds of books and yet be misinformed or even stupid, and a person who writes a book or books can pass along a lot of defective information. In the past, I have shown up the numerous errors in From Soupy to Nuts! (from Tim Kiska), and I have shown how a few other books are defective, such as Soupy Sales and the Detroit Experience: Manufacturing a Television Personality (from Fran Shor). Recently, I have been showing the problems with a number of articles on the Internet that try to tell television history, and, for example, some have been about Ms. Anna May Wong. In this edition of Television History and Trivia, I have to show off the errors about Detroit televison history, such as in someone's writing that is on the Internet, which is truly a mess, though the person happens to operate a bookstore in the Detroit area. In essence, all the problems and errors that I show through the sections of this document help prove that we--the people of this country at least--are in "The Pseudo Information Age and the Age of Ignorance." Hey, get this! A so-called writer wrote a book about The Mackinaw WAGB-83 that got published in 2005, and I reported to him that it had more than a dozen mislabled photographs in the book, such as in relation to dates, and the so-called journalist got all pissed off (because I showed up the errors), and now the jackass book, which is screwed up, will be seen for years, as will From Soupy to Nuts!. Such is the state of journalism today. There are a lot of screw-ups in the writing business, and many are big-name people. And now welcome to yet another edition of Television History and Trivia, and you will see what I mean about the state of journalism.
I have to go back in time, which is commonplace for editions of Television History and Trivia, but I do have a twist this time, since I am going back not only in time in relation to television years ago but also in relation to what I did in October 2022. On October 6, 2002, I decided to see if I could determine how I got two hand puppets in 1959 or 1960 that were tied to a Detroit-area television series called Jingles in Boofland (at least); in 1959 and 1960, I was in kindergarten, and I do not have the puppets today. Jingles in Boofland (at least) was a television series aired by CKLW-TV, Channel 9. I think I got the puppets through some connection to a local dairy company, and I got, for example, a puppet of Jingles (the main character--a live person--of the television series), which had a rubber head and a cotton cloth body. Jingles was a jester-type character, and Jingles had such friends (in puppet form) on the series as a dragon (called Kerkimer Dragon) and a rabbit (called Cecil B. Rabbitt). On October 6, 2022, I went looking for possible advertisements in old editions of the Detroit Free Press, which might tie the selling of the puppets to some product, but I found nothing. While searching, I stumbled across an article called "A Key to Boofland Babylon", which was associated with the website for a bookstore in Oak Park, Michigan, and the bookstore was and is The Book Beat (which is located at 26010 Greenfield). I skimmed the early part of the article, and I instantly found a lot of bad information about television history in Detroit, such as about the Jerry Booth-hosted television series. No author was listed on the article, so I sent an email to The Book Beat to see if someone would report who the author of the article was, and I quickly--on the same day--got a response, and the author was reported to be Cary Loren, who is one of the owners of the bookstore. Really, the article is not written well, and it is even convoluted and without focus, but I am only concerned with stuff in "part one" of the piece, which had some so-called television history. I now present the main section that really was and is a mess.
In the '50s and '60, Detroit youth were raised on a steady diet of Popeye, Tex Avery, Looney Tunes, Flash Gordon, Tarzan and Three Stooges episodes. Wixie in Wonderland (1948) on WXYZ-TV was one of the first shows nationwide to screen cartoons, and starred Marv Welch as Wixie-the Pixie, who in the evening was a local X-rated night club entertainer. Wixie set the standard that would be followed in many variety cartoon shows aimed at children.That completes the main section that really caught my attention, and now I talk about the problems with the three paragraphs. In the first paragraph, Cary Loren talks about "Wixie in Wonderland". I report that, officially, the television series was called Wixie's Wonderland, and the series was broadcast on weekday mornings from roughly 1953 to 1957, and, really, it had two periods on the air. Period one was from September 1953 to February 1954, and then the show was cancelled and off the air for a very short while, but people complained, and the show was put back on the air, and the second period of the show was from April 1954 to April 1957. Now, I have some television history to put in as an aside of sorts. Commercial television began in Detroit in June 1947, and the first station on the air was WWJ-TV, Channel 4. Two more stations showed about about a year later; for example, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, showed up in October 1948. Between October 1948 and October 1950, there was, in essence, no weekday morning broadcasting on Channel 7. In the fall of 1950, Channel 7 began to offer morning programs on weekdays to viewers, such as by presenting Coffee and Cakes and Dreambusters. Those two series featured Johnnie "Scat" Davis (or Johnny "Scat" Davis). Johnnie "Scat" Davis was well known around the country in 1950, such as for having been the lead singer of "Hooray for Hollywood" at the beginning of the 1937 film called "Hollywood Hotel". You can see that Cary Loren suggests that Wixie's Wonderland showed up in 1948. That was not the start date. Wixie's Wonderland began on Monday, September 28, 1953. The main character of the series was called Wixie, and that character was played by Marv Welch. Cary Loren pushes out the idea that Marv Welch was an X-rated comedian or an "X-rated night club entertainer". I disagree with the theme at least in relation to the 1950s, and I am only going to focus on the 1950s (in essence). In the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, clubs and "supper clubs" were commonplace in the Detroit area, as they were in other areas of the country, and these places could offer guests a place for a dinner, music, dancing, and a show, which could feature an emcee (or "m.c."), who was often a comedian or a singer, and the show could involve a band and a person singing what are considered "standards" today, or there could be a jazz band. The heyday of clubs in the Detroit area was fading out in the 1960s, and one reason for that is young people--dating people--were not interested in singers doing standards but in singers doing rock music. [I report that rock-and-roll shows in the Detroit area began in the late 1940s, hosted by local disc jockeys, such as Robin Seymour, and I talk about that idea a bit in my document about WKMH-AM and WKNR-AM, which can be reached through this WKMH-AM/WKNR-AM link.]. In addition, strip clubs--as they are formatted today--began to show up in the country after World War II, and they sort of evolved out of burlesque clubs (a theme that gets a bit of attention in a recent edition of Television History and Trivia, which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #222), and it seems the heyday of strip clubs or nudie bars started to show up in the middle of the 1950s in the Detroit area. Now, I focus in on the period of from 1953 to 1957. In that period, Marv Welch was a famous night-club entertainer or supper-club entertainer; he was a singer and musician and comedian and emcee (for shows). Generally speaking, from 1953 to 1955, he was a featured performer in the evenings at Harry's & Alma's Supper Club, which was located at 26051 Gratiot Avenue (Roseville, Michigan) and which had already been known as Harry and Alma's Show Bar (such as in 1952), and from 1955 to 1956, Marv Welch had a place called Marv Welch's Supper Club (which was located at 26051 Gratiot Avenue), and, for example, in 1957, he did appearances at the Gay Haven Supper Club (or Club Gay Haven), which was located on Warren at Greenfield. The clubs listed were not nudie bars or strip clubs. Now, Marv Welch may have done off-color jokes or sort of risque jokes, but he was not considered an X-rated comedian in the 1950s. In a search, I did not find Marv Welch listed as an "X-rated" performer till the middle of the 1970s, such as at Sammy G's or the Roosertail (the latter of which was in Windsor, Ontario, Canada). Cary Loren has this in the first paragraph--"...Wixie in Wonderland (1948) on WXYZ-TV was one of the first shows nationwide to screen cartoons....". That quoted material is defective. Television stations existed on the East Coast of the country before WWJ-TV would exit, and stations played cartoons, and even between 1948 and 1953, cartoons aired on television stations in Detroit, and I know not what was the first cartoon show with a host in the country. It is very unlikely Wixie's Wonderland set a first in the country. By the way, commercial television in the country began on July 1, 1941. Now, I can jump to the second paragraph. I note that, in the past, I have talked about the Soupy Sales television series a number of times (or in a number of issues of Television History and Trivia), and the last time that I did was in Television History and Trivia #222, and I have showed up a lot of bad information that exists on the Internet about the television series that featured Soupy Sales. Here, I note that Soupy Sales was in Detroit from 1953 to November 1960. That information from me proves that "...In early '60s Detroit..." from Cary Loren is wrong. In Television History and Trivia #222, I report on television series done by Soupy Sales in Los Angeles--at KABC-TV--in the 1960s. And I do note that, in roughly 1965, Soupy Sales was on television in Detroit, but what was seen of him were videotaped shows made in New York City and syndicated to television stations all over the country. Cary Loren talks about Frank Natasi in the article. Basically, Frank Natasi was not associated well with Soupy Sales till Soupy Sales was on television in New York City in the middle of the 1960s, and Frank Natasi did the work that had been done for years by a man named Clyde Alder (at WXYZ-TV in roughly the 1950s and at KABC-TV in the early 1960s). Clyde Adler did not want to go to New York City in the middle of the 1960s, so Frank Natasi took over playing Pookie and other characters. "White-tooth and Black-Fang, and Pookie the sassy Lion"--this part of the article is a big bomb. The main characters referred to are really "White Fang" and "Black Tooth" (both of whom were big dogs). I disagree with Cary Loren's using "subversive edge that made it conspiratorial viewing....". The theme does not fit! I report that "subversive edge" and "conspiratorial viewing" should not have been used, and you can come to deduce why they are wrong by seeing Television History and Trivia #215, which talks about the book called Soupy Sales and the Detroit Exprience: Manufacturing a Televison Personality (which was written by Fran Shor of Royal Oak, Michigan), which is a very bad book, and that edition of Television History and Trivia can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #215 link. The third paragraph talks about, for one, Shock Theater. Shock Theater (at least from 1958 to 1962) was hosted by "Mr. X" (who was Tom Dougall). Shock Theater showed up on Friday, February 7, 1958, at 11:30 p.m., and the first movie shown was Dracula, and the second episode of the series (the umbrella title) was aired on Saturday February 8, 1958, at 11:30 p.m., and the first movie shown on Saturday night was Dracula. What happened for a short while is Channel 7 showed the same movie twice in a weekend--Friday night and then Saturday night. The name Shock Theater was inspired by the distributor of the movies that aired under the name (the umbrella title). The "Shock Theater" movie package that stations bought contained horror movies from Universal (the movie studio), such as Dracula. By the way, for the fall of 1959, the station began airing movies of a related movie package (related to "Shock Theater") called "Super Shock." Later, in the history of Shock Theater on WXYZ-TV, for example, the series was only on on Saturday nights, and, in July 1962, it aired on only Friday nights. I do have to note that Shock Theater had a heyday (as I look back) between Monday, August 9, 1959, and Saturday, October 30, 1959, and that was when the umbrella title was used six-nights a week (Monday through Saturday), almost always airing at 11:30 p.m.. I will not give the full air-date history for Shock Theater here, but based on old newspapers, it seems the use of the original umbrella by Channel 7 ended in about July 1962, and the umbrella title did not get used again till the fall of 1964, and it was used from the spring of 1965 to the early fall of 1965, and then it was used in the 1966-1967 season late on Friday nights or, really, early on Saturday mornings (at 2:15 a.m.) [Note: I have yet to finish studying the history of Shock Theater, such as through TV Guide and The Detroit News.]. In the edition of Television History and Trivia for September 10, 2022, I present history of Morgus the Magnificent in Detroit, and that edition can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #221 link. For this edition of Television History and Trivia, I report that Morgus was associated with movies on WJBK-TV, Channel 2, from February 1964 to January 1965, and was associated with movies on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, from January 1965 to April 1965. I have to report that the main section of the article from Cary Loren that has been presented is preceeded by something else that is wrong, and the material mostly focuses on a television series hosted by Jerry Booth, and the material that caught my eye is--"...Boofland was a cheap children's variety show of sing-alongs, puppets, cardboard castle sets, starring Jingles, a balladeeer jester played by Jerry Booth. The show was a surrealistic set with puppets as local natives, slightly deformed and sad creatures. It was a parallel world to the Soupy Sales shows, produced in the early sixties and utterly mysterious and mesmerizing....". Jerry Booth became famous in the Detroit area for playing "Jingles" from September 1, 1958, to May 18, 1963 (the last day of a short run of Saturday showings only since March 1962) on CKLW-TV, and over the period of time, Jingles was seen in shows with various titles, such as Looney Tunes with Jingles in Boofland, Jingles in Boofland, and Jingles. Boofland was the setting for Jingles and his associates on television. And "Boofland" was an amusement park that was open in, basically, Windsor, Canada, from April 1960 to September 22, 1960, when a fire led to the closing of the amusement park. Now, I back track, going back to paragraph one of the article from Cary Loren. Cary Loren has this in the article--"...a steady diet of Popeye, Tex Avery, Looney Tunes, Flash Gordon, Tarzan and Three Stooges episodes....". Yes, children got Popeye cartoons (starting in 1957), Looney Tunes (starting in about 1955), and The Three Stooges (starting in 1958), and there was a Flash Gordon television series in syndication in the 1953-1954 television season, and the 1930s theatrical serials with Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon got some showings in the 1950s, but I think the "Flash Gordon" bit does not really fit the group given, and the Tarzan-type movies were more a late-1960s thing (at least in earnest) and the 1970s (especially on CKLW-TV). And that covers the television stuff in the article by Cary Loren, and because the television stuff is mostly defective television history, I cannot recommend the article as something to read, especially since the remainder of the article is not written well. Incidentally, "Boofland" seemed to be a main theme of the article, so why was there any talk about Soupy Sales, Marv Welch, and more? Even the television section was a jumble of themes or ideas that were barely developed and could be called fluff, and given how a bunch of things were hinted at, a person who reads that article will have a vague idea of what "Boofland Babylon" was or is really about and will then have a hard time explaining what it is clearly to another person. The article had several photographs attached to it. One photograph, which I have seen in the past, is reported to be the work of Norman Zadoorian, and in the photograph, there is a boy, who is reported to be Norman Zadoorian's son Michael. Other persons are shown in the photograph, which is related to Thanksgiving Day for 1962 (November 22, 1962). Actually, besides the boy, the article notes that these guys are in the photograph--"...Captain Jolly, Poop-deck Paul, Milky the Clown, Ricki the Clown, Larry Sands, and Jerry Booth....". There are some errors in the listing. For one, "Poodeck Paul" is really the name that should be used, though a few people in history have used "Poop-deck" Paul. "Ricky the Clown" is the proper listing for what Cary Loren has as "Ricki the Clown." Officially, in the photograph in the upper row (from left to right) are--Larry Sands (who was, for one, the puppeteer for Jingles in Boofland), Jerry Booth, Milky the Clown (as played by Clare Cummings, who was the first person to be Milky the Clown), and Sagebrush Shorty (who was played by Ted Lloyd). The bottom row of the photograph has (from left to right)--Ricky the Clown (who was played by Irvin Romig), Poopdeck Paul (who was played by Paul Schultz), Captain Jolly (who was played by Toby David), and the boy (Michael Zadoorian).
In early '60s Detroit, Soupy Sales was the undisputed king of daytime TV. His show was pure vaudeville, with borscht-belt humor and an odd assortment of puppets. Giant dog puppets: White-tooth and Black-Fang, and Pookie the sassy Lion were all played by Soupy's sidekick Frank Natasi. The Soupy show had a subversive edge that made it conspiratorial viewing. If Soupy told you to have tomato soup or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch--that's exactly what you'd eat.
In the late fifties on Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m., Shock Theater would begin with creepy Doctor X reciting, "Lock your doors, close your windows, and dim your lights. Prepare for Shock." Then his face would dissolve into a screaming skull or hypnotic eyeball to being the monster film feast. The skull and op effects scared the hell out me. The opening was so frightful and psychotic I rarely could stay up for the movie. For a few years after Shock Theater, Detroit was home to Morgus the Magnificent, a mad scientist who was also an afternoon weatherman. I was enamored with Morgus and started my own mad-scientist club. Detroit was filled with character actors who played horror and cartoon hosts -the unsung heroes and presenters of the insatiable low budget fare we became addicted to.
And that is the first main part of this edition of T.H.A.T..
Announcement for the novice again (reworked in March 2019): To get useful television-delivered news or Internet-delivered news, try Breitbart News Network (the history of which goes back to 2007), WorldNetDaily.com, Newsmax TV (which was started up in 2014), CNS News (which is on the Internet and which was launched on June 16, 1998), and One America News Network (a.k.a. OAN), since the entities do not blindly support Barack Obama-type people (communists, socialists, progressives, liberals, and Shariaists), as do CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV (Note: 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 better places mentioned). I note that the Fox News Channel is evolving into a rotten channel, becoming like those that I have put down in this paragraph. 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 even now much of what is on the Fox News Channel 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 2019, "The Drudge Report" was sold, and it should be treated as suspect for now. [Note: Everyone in the Democratic Party in the country is rotten, and the Republican Party establishment has shown itself to be socialistic and communistic within the last few years, and only a few of the rotten people tied to the Republican Party are U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie.]
[Note: Here is an example of Chris Christie's rottenness. On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Chris Christie was a guest on This Week with George Stephanopoulos (of ABC-TV), which had Martha Raddatz as the host, and Christ Christie pushed out crap. For example, Chris Christie said--"...And let's face it. Let's call it what it is. January 6 was a riot that was incited by Donald Trump...an effort to intimidate Mike Pence and the Congress into doing exactly what he said in his own words last week--overturn the election. And he's trying to do a cleanup on aisle one here...." and "...He actually told the truth by accident. He wanted the election to be overturned....". That is bullshit!]
Now, I have to jump over to WDIV-TV, Channel 4. Evrod Cassimy, who has always come off to me as a feminized man, is gone from his morning anchoring or hosting job on the station, and he is back in Chicago, the communistic and socialistic city, where Kimberly Hill (a main news anchor at the station) had come from. Remember the main anchor at WDIV-TV is Devin "Cuba Lover" Scillian, a name that I have used for a number of years. The station has a fairly new weatherman on the staff, and his name is Bryan Schuerman. When I first saw him, I was not pleased with him, since he came off as rather liberal in nature and even unpleasant (like a socialist). On October 10, 2022, I went to the website for WDIV-TV to see what was listed about the guy. For one, I found this text--"...Currently, Bryan serves on the Diversity Committee and the Social Media Committee as well as a member of the National Weather Association, a member of the American Meteological Society, and a member of the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in addition to the National Weather Association....". Forget for the moment that the sentence is poorly written. Okay, a person on Detroit television can be gay or lesbian, and there have been some, but when a person pushes the idea that the person is involved with "diversity" and such, I hear political shit. It must be kept in mind that people tied to "diversity" and LGBTQ+ (or whatever) can be involved in helping push along the idea of "transgenderism," such as the teaching of that to children, which leads to little children wanting to tear off parts of their bodies to sort of look like what they are not. "Transgender" stuff is learned stuff--stuff that is programmed into kids by evil adults and self-taught by ill minds--and it is not DNA stuff! If you are linked to shit, you are shit, and Bryan Schuerman (whose boyfriend is Johnathan) is shit! Understand what Bryan Schuerman is! He is rotten, and his unpleasantness shows. And I have this additional thing that shows off the evilness of Bryan Schuerman and what he stands for and what it leads to. On November 16, 2022, I discovered a article called "San Francisco launches guaranteed income program for transgender people" [Betz, Bradford (Fox News). "San Francisco launches guaranteed income program for transgender people." msn.com, 16 November 2022.], and the story reported that a transgender of San Francisco will be given $1,200 (taxpayer money) each month for up to 18 months. Yes, cut of that dick and cut off those tits and get free money! That is the freakiness that comes from defective minds, like that of Bryan Schuerman! In addition, there is more crap. On November 4, 2022, the University of Michigan used taxpayer money to hold a "Trans Passport Day," and a press release from the university had this material--"The School of Social Work Office of Global Activities, U-M Spectrum Center, and U-M Center for Global and Intercultural Stiudy are collaborating to host Trans Passport Day! The Washtenaw County Clerk's office will assist students and community members to apply for, renew, or update their passport in the form of a name change or an updated gender marker. This event is also open to students and community members who need to renew or apply for a first time passport, without needing to update a gender marker or make a name change....". "Gender marker"--this is a crap term used by people with defective minds. A person can only be a male or a female, and anything else reported is rottenness. By the way, Paul Gross (a weatherman of WDIV-TV) came out of the University of Michigan, though back in the early 1980s. [Note: I wonder if Paul Gross was instrumental in getting Bryan Schuerman to be a staffer at WDIV-TV, and I could easily write a long, long document about all the crap going on at universities in this country in relation to defective gender themes, covering such schools as Harvard University and the University of Toledo.]
Announcement: Recently, I have added some new documents to the collection of my documents at the website for The Hologlobe Press. One of the documents is entitled A Document that Dispels Myths and Nonsense of Science-Fiction Books, Movies, and Television Shows (A Logic Puzzle), which can be reached through this Myths link. Another document is And So You Think You're Going to the Moon, Mars, or the Stars..., which can be reached by using this Moon link. And yet another of the documents is entitled And the Stupid Women Shall Lead--and Lead Every Good Individual into Shit, Driven on by Communism, Feminism, and Defective Female Beliefs and Little-Girl Thinking, which can be reached through this Stupid Women link. And here are other documents--A Review of What Television Controlled by Socialists and Communists Worked to Sell as Truth in Relation to the U.S. President Donald J. Trump Impeachment (at Impeachment) and T.H.A.T. Special Edition--The First Helicopter-based Traffic Reporters on Radio for the Detroit area of Michigan (at Helicopter Traffic).
Okay, I finally am presenting a review of a two-hour special called Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV, which was shown on WDIV-TV, Channel 4.1, on Friday, November 4, 2022, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. At that time, I was 270 miles way from Detroit, so I set my schedule so that I could see the special on the Internet through the website for Channel 4.1. Right from the start, things went to crap. I got ready to see the special through the Internet, using a good computer, and I clicked on what had to be clicked on to see the special, and all that I was able to get was a spinning circle for minutes and minutes and minutes--the show would not fire up--so I dropped out. I discovered very early in the nine o'clock hour that the special had been put on the Internet--specifically on YouTube--about an hour previous to broadcast time on WDIV-TV, and the presentation (which ran about one hour and 35 minutes) had no commercials, so I watched it on YouTube at about the time it was being shown live on Channel 4.1 in Detroit (and the video on YouTube fired up immediately). Before I talk about the special, I have to present the names of some of the people credited with making the special (information that was presented at the end of the show). An executive producer was Ro Coppola, and another executive producer was Eli Zaret, who had worked in the sports department of WDIV-TV from about 1980 to 1986, and Eli Zaret was credited with writing the special. The show had three narrators--Dick Purtan (covering, in essence, part one), Eli Zaret (covering part two), and Devin "Cuba Lover" Scillian (covering part three). Tim Kiska, whom I have talked about as a defective television historian, was called the associate producer and the script consultant. People who offered footage were Bill Kubota, Ed Golick (whom I have talked about in the past), Michael Collins, Erick Hetherington, Mary Wallace, and Sean Forsyth. I report here that, generally speaking, the special was a disjointed and unfocused special, and it looked as if there was no clear purpose to link everything together--it seemed to be just a bunch of snippets and segments put together in a group almost randomly, and there was wrong information at times and deceptive information and useless filler. Was the special supposed to be about the television station from 1946 to about today or only about the station in the 1970s and 1980s? If it was only about the 1970s and 1980s, why was the other stuff there? And the last 25 years were forgotten. In essence, the opening three minutes or so of the show were nothing more than the promotional video that I had first come across on October 24, 2022. Right after the title of the program was presented, the first big screw-up took place (at about three minutes and 43 seconds). It was said (by Dick Purtan) that the station began on October 23, 1946, and what was presented on the computer screen was this old text thing--"WWJ-TV special closed circuit presentation". That graphic stuff was deceptive and wrong stuff! Why was "WWJ-TV" shown? On October 23, 1946, it was WWDT that was fired up as an experimental television (using a tiny transmitter), and it only broadcast for a short while on that day, and then the station went dark for days and days. The "WWJ-TV" stuff should not have shown up on my screen! Between March 1947 and June 1947, WWDT did some intermittent broadcasting as an experimental television station, and, for example, some stores in the Detroit area had television sets fired up through which people could see the broadcasts, such as on some Tuesdays and Fridays for a few hours, which happened at Warren Furniture Mart (of 5427 West Warren, Detroit). On June 3, 1947, WWDT evolved into a real commercial television station called WWJ-TV, Channel 4, and, for example, the station aired on the first day a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees and soap-box derby film. The television station was the only television station in Detroit till October 1948. Basically, the special from WDIV-TV--really Eli Zaret and associates--missed talking about the 1940s. It would have been nice of the makers of the show to at least present information on some of the early television personalities, such as Ted Grace (who did news and talk shows, before getting into the car-selling business with his brother), Jane Durelle (of Fun and Fables), Fran Harris (Junior Jamboree), Kay Harrison (Circles in Clay), Tony and Dorothy Weitzel, Dave Zimmerman, and Jean McBride, and I could name others. Are you going to tell me the "morgues" of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press do not have some stills of early television performers in Detroit? And there should be stuff at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. By the way, Bill Kennedy's fabulous files are available, and it seems very likely his files have some stuff from the early 1950s, given he was at WWJ-TV in the early 1950s, acting as a movie host (on Your Hollywood Host) and doing news inserts in The Today Show, the NBC-TV show that got hinted at during the special [Note: Stuff about The Today Show could have been left out so that early WWJ-TV stuff could have been covered and presented, and Bill Kennedy was never mentioned in the special.]. The production team of the special could have shown a still of each person chosen from the past with graphic information since that would have been helpful and fun. Certainly, about a dozen of the people from the 1940s could have been shown, and some of the filler crap, such as some stuff about the Detroit Tigers in the 1980s, could have been cut out of the special. Yes, Sonny Eliot got a lot of mentions in the special, and clips of him in an interview from 2012 were presented, but the show did not mention enough series that Sonny Eliot was associated with, and the makers of the special could have presented a bit about Let's See Willy Dooit, Eliot's Almanac, and Beat the Band. The program did show film related to The Glenn and Mickey Show (of the 1952-1953 season), which showed, for one, Sonny Eliot and a puppet, but the special did not report to which show the clip was tied, even with a little graphic line (but maybe, for one, the production crew of the special had no idea what the show was). Milky the Clown was mentioned, but there was no mention that the character was played by two guys over the years, so talk about Milky was vagueness. The special talked about Playschool and Romper Room, but when those shows were on was not identified. What bothered me well was the special hinted that Kukla, Fran & Ollie and The Howdy Doody Show were on WWJ-TV years ago, but the special made it seem the shows were Detroit-based shows--by saying nothing--but Kulka, Fran & Ollie was based in Chicago, Illinois, and The Howdy Doody Show was based in New York City, New York. When were the shows on? That was sloppy reporting by, for example, the writer of the special (Eli Zaret) and the script consultant (Tim Kiska). The hint that Channel 4 aired Hopalong Cassidy (which was made up of re-edited theatrical movies and which was aired in the 1940s by NBC-TV) and The Roy Rogers Show (which was aired by NBC-TV in the 1950s) came off as shallow history, as did, for example, the reporting that WWJ-TV aired Bonanza (as did other NBC-TV affiliates around the country). The special reported that the station once had The Cactus Dan Show, but it was not said when it was on, which--I report here--was for only a short while in 1956, and I think other shows of the 1950s could have been highlighted first if only in stills, and some of those shows could have been University of Michigan Presents, Michigan Barn Dance, Cinderella Weekend, After Allen, Mr. Twinky Presents, The Bill Morey Show, Telephone Storybook, Motor City Fights, The Jim Deland Show, Traffic Court (which actually got started in 1949), The Minnie Jo Show (with Minnie Jo Curtis), and Club Arthur Murray (with Doris Eaton Travis, who was once a Ziegfeld girl), and some movie shows with movie hosts could have been mentioned (if only in passing), and I can name other shows that could have been mentioned (even if only in snippets) [Note: Channel 4 had a Cactus Jane in the early 1950s for a short while.]. Yes, the special did mention the people who usually get mentioned in relation to the history of WWJ-TV, such as Mort Neff (who hosted Michigan Outdoors on Channel 4 from August 1951 to April 1963 and who hosted Michigan Outdoors on Channel 7 starting in May 1963) and George Pierrot (who was sort of put down at one point in the special, such as for maybe falling asleep during shows, an idea that could have been left out of the special) [Note: Actually, George Pierrot got started on television in Detroit with World Adventure Series, which was seen on WXYZ-TV from October 1948 to December 1967, and George Pierrot had other series on Detroit television, such as The Explorers (which was aired by WXYZ-TV for a short while in the 1950s), and George Pierrot got started working with WWJ-TV in November 1957, and he was associated with Channel 4 (such as through George Pierrot Presents) till September 1975. For a bunch of years, Mort Neff hosted Michigan Outdoors on Channel 7, and then he hosted the show with Jerry Chiappetta, such as in the early 1970s, on Channel 7 (and that is where I leave off on the history of Michigan Outdoors for now).]. Carol Duvall, who worked at Channel 4 for many years before heading off to do nationally-distributed cable shows, got mentioned in relation to Living (and not in relation to any other stuff), but when Living was on the air (such as by noting it through a simple graphic line) was not made clear [Note: Living was a weekday series that was aired on Channel 4 from February 1962 to September 1967, and also on the series regularly were Ed Allen (the exercise guy) and Lorene Babcock, who was sorted of put down by Eli Zaret's script, and the sort-of-put-down about Lorene Babcock could have been left out of the special.]. Hold it! I have to back up in time in relation to the airing of the special--When I got to the thirty-three-minute mark of the special (as noted by YouTube), I was already bored with the special and I was wishing that it would end soon, and I felt as if I had to force myself to see the special, and that was even though I am a Detroit television historian. Now I continue on with my review. There was too much civil-rights material, which really took the focus off the history of the station. For example, The Amos 'n Andy Show was a television series of from 1951 to 1953 that was originally aired on CBS-TV, but Channel 4 (which has always been an affiliate of NBC-TV) did air the series in repeats through the syndication process for a while a little later, such as in the late 1950s, but when the series was aired was not made clear by the special (in relation to CBS-TV and in relation to Channel 4), and viewers got a quick glimpse of Alvin Childress as Amos, and I have mentioned in the past how Alvin Childress came off as a very good and likeable person in the series, and he certainly should go down in history as not being a gutter-talking type like so many blacks on television today, such as Steve Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Griffin, Niecy Nash-Betts, Keke Palmer, Queen Latifah, and Quinta Brunson, and yet the special sort of put down The Amos 'n Andy Show (not a topic that should have been associated with the special). Really, Eli Zaret and his associates had no reason to mention in any way The Amos 'n Andy Show in the "Go 4 It" thing. Yes, the special, as I had expected, covered "black" stuff to pander to blacks, such as in relation to the Detroit riots and the life of Martin Luther King Jr., hinting bad coverage by Channel 4 of those things led to the downfall for the news ratings for the station, which would last for a decade or so. The show seemed to be more about "black" stuff than the history of WDIV-TV for a while, and then the show seemed to be too much about the Detroit Tigers. Why was the Kennedy-Nixon debate mentioned in the program, when other stuff could have been covered? When the special was talking about the rise of the news department in the late 1970s and in the 1980s, too much focus was given to the "Go 4 It" theme in helping the news ratings go up (which was also helped by the winning Detroit Tigers of the middle 1980s and the rise in the ratings of some series of NBC-TV (which was noted in the special)), and so the special looked as if it was padded, and I did not feel the excitement that the makers of the special maybe wanted the television audience to feel in relation to the rise of WDIV-TV [Note: Channel 4 carried Detroit Tigers games from the 1975 season through the 1994 season.]. The "Count Scary" segment was shallow history [Note: Tom Ryan played Count Scary, and Tom Ryan worked on radio with Dick Purtan for years and years, and Dick Purtan was associated with some Michigan Lottery television shows, and no history of the Michigan Lottery on Channel 4 was mentioned, which also involved for a while Chuck Gaidica as a host of shows, and I can argue well the lottery broadcasts helped the ratings (maybe more than that "Go 4 It" theme).]. When was Count Scary around really, guys (Tim Kiska and Eli Zaret)? [Note: I know, since I can pull the cards for all the shows.] Oh, Eli Zaret got to sort of put down "Bless You Boys"-guy Al Ackerman (a famous sportscaster), noting Al Ackerman's downfall was somewhat related to changing technology, and I say that the talk should have been left out of the special. By the way, while I am on the subject of sports, I report that the special (which was written by a sports-reporter guy) stated that Channel 4 had some firsts in relation to the broadcasting of sports games, and I make clear that Channel 4 aired the first Detroit Tigers baseball game on television and the first Detroit Red Wings game, and I state that WXYZ-TV aired the first Detroit Lions game (a game involving the Boston Yanks) on October 9, 1948, from Briggs Stadium in Detroit [Note: Oh, on Friday, September 5, 1947, a special Detroit Lions-Variety Club cancer football game--the second annual such game--was aired by Channel 4, but that was not a professional football game, and funds raised at the event, which was held at the University of Detroit Stadium, went to the American Cancer Society. And, in essence, there was almost no broadcasting on Sundays by Channel 4 in the fall of 1947, when Detroit Lions games were played.]. In the television special, Carmen Harlan talked about Channel 4 management's caring about journalism and journalists, and Carmen Harlan talked about how viewers' losing respect for the journalists at a television station can lead to the downfall of the station. Hey, I note that, if Channel 4 had done better at telling what Detroit really was and where it was going in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, maybe Detroit would not have taken the path down to bankruptcy (people having not voted for crappy people, socialists and communists), but the news people and the station got good ratings at least in the 1980s so the people at the station were happy it seems [Note: And today Channel 4.1, WDIV-TV, is well tied to NBC News, which clearly has a socialistic-ideological base and a communistic-ideological base and is a corrupt news entity.]. At the end of the special, Mort Crim, Carmen Harlan, Chuck Gaidica, and Bernie Smilovitz (who were the main news team for a number of years at WDIV-TV) were seen together (as they are today), and it hinted at some type of reunion for November 23, 2022, at 10:00 p.m.. Between June 2, 2022, and November 4, 2022, I was holding the impression that Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV was sort of going to celebrate 75 years of commercial television broadcasting in Detroit, especially in relation to Channel 4 (or Channel 4.1), and although the management of WDIV-TV tries to sell the idea today that you can "Expect More" from WDIV-TV (especially the news people), the expectations were not met with the special, and the special had bad information and it had missing information and it had several slight put downs (it seems out of the mind of Eli Zaret, the script writer, who regularly comes off as a jackass) [Note: Sonny Eliot could be an arrogant jackass in person, as I discovered in meeting him at WWJ-AM and as a friend of my discovered while working with him when doing "auction" duty at WTVS-TV, Channel 56, behind the scenes. Eli Zaret sort of put down Sonny Eliot for not changing with the technology related to weather reporting. That should have been left out. That is, talking about why Sonny Eliot was let go should not have been covered.]. Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV was very shallow in presenting what WWJ-TV offered people between 1947 and the 1970s, especially in the 1940s, and Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV left out, in essence, station stuff from the 1990s to today. I ask again--What was main purpose of the special, and was the special supposed to be about 75 years of commercial television in Detroit and be a celebration or not? Eli Zaret was a bad choice for being the guiding force of such a special, since he is only a sportscaster (not a high-thought job). I report that Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV was a bad television special.
[Special note and commentary: In 2022, I noted in T.H.A.T. documents that I am the best Detroit television historian in the country, and no one can argue that. For one, I have some 170,000 index cards with information about television, collected over a fifty-year period, and some 17,000 are tied right to Detroit television history. No one else in the country or in the world has such a collection. Yes, I do not know all, and some people know things that I do not, but no one knows more as a historian related to shows and such. This past year, Ed Golick did send a little email challenging my claim, and that is one of those foolish moments from Ed Golick, who has a website on the Internet that talks about a few Detroit-area television shows and performers and who has a close connection with Tim Kiska, who has put out some Detroit-area television history books, such as the highly defective From Soupy to Nuts! (the informal title). Ed Golick and Tim Kiska were and are associated with Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV, but I could say that Ed Golick was mostly on the sidelines compared with Tim Kiska in relation to that so-called special. On November 6, 2022, I sent an email to Ed Golick that reported I would send him a review of Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV and that the document would be a draft document, the full version of which would be published on December 10, 2022. Then on November 7, 2022, I sent the draft as an "abridged draft" (which lacked other things that now exist in this document), and I urged him to pass along the document to such persons as Mr. Eli Zaret (the writer of the special), Mr. Dick Purtan, and Mr. Devin Scillian (given I did not have contact information for them and Ed Golick probably did). I expected no response, since my review showed up how bad Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV was and is, especially in relation to television history. I did purposely put in a piece of wrong information in the document (which, being a "abridged draft," should have been considered as rough information and a not-ready-for-public-use document), hoping that bit of stuff might give Ed Golick something to write me about, thinking he was showing me up. Ed Golick never responded, because he could not recognize the error (not being so good in relation to Detroit television history) or because he could not defend Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV or because of some other reason, such as he is a "Democrat" that got attacked and beaten by a non-enslavist (a non-socialist and non-communist). In addition, I received no response from such persons as Eli Zaret and Devin Scillian, to whom Ed Golick had been urged to send the draft of my review, and that means such persons never saw the draft document or were gutless and unable to defend Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV. The no reponses from people--if they saw the draft--can show the nature of the people, and it is not good.]
It was not till November 14, 2022, that I saw a newspaper article about the special--a promotional piece--in the Detroit Free Press, which was for the edition of November 4, 2022; when I am not in the Detroit area, editions of the Detroit Free Press are held at a store for a while, till I can pick up a bunch weekly on the same day of the week each week, and mostly the editions are used (by a friend) for the puzzles, and there is little useful information in the editions for me to see, but I can see things that I can attack, such as the article of November 7, 2022, called "UN report: Climate issues worsening" [Borenstein, Seth. "UN report: Climate issues worsening." Detroit Free Press, 7 November 2022, p. 8A.], which was and is communistic propaganda, the theme of which may have been reported on by the news team of WDIV-TV. The promotional piece for the television special was called "Mort, Carmen and 1984 Tigers are part of WDIV's special" [Hinds, Julie. "Mort, Carmen and 1984 Tigers are part of WDIV's special." Detroit Free Press, 4 November 4, 2022, pp. 4A and 5A.], and it was a fluff piece, much like the special was. The seventh paragraph in the story was--"The project took nearly a year to complete and involved conducting numerous interviews and searching for hard-to-find footage in order to visually tell the story....". Are you going to tell me it took a year to put together the shallow and disjointed product? What was the year of work really? Was the work a few hours a week done over a year? In addition, where are all the results of "numerous interviews", given a number of interviews were from 2012 and given, in relation to WDIV-TV history, Lance Parrish, Alan Trammell, and Kirk Gibson--three former baseball players--offered up nothing useful, and there were only about 24 persons offered up in interview clips (one of whom was George Baier, who got started in radio at WAYN-AM (of Wayne State University), being there for a short while in 1976, where I was, and who worked at WRIF-FM doing voices for years and who--as far as I can remember at the moment--has no great ties to WDIV-TV, and so I wonder why George Baier was on the special). There really is not much that I can say about the article, given it was fluff (a long piece of fluff). The second-to-the last paragraph was--"From clips of vintage shows like 'Bowling for Dollars' with host Bob Allison to a 'fascinating and surprising' anecode about Channel 4 and the 1975 premiere of 'Saturday Night Live' (no spoilers, but if you were around then, you may still be fuming over it), Ellis says 'Go 4 it' was an enlightening journey even for him.". [Note: The "Ellis" of the previous quoted material is Bob Ellis, the current vice president and general manager of the television station.] I report that, on October 11, 1975, NBC-TV (to which WDIV-TV was affiliated) began to push out NBC's Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night (later to be called Saturday Night Live) on a mostly weekly basis, but Channel 4 did not carry the series (for a while), and on October 11, 1975, at 11:30 p.m., Channel 4 aired a movie called Pillow Talk (featuring Rock Hudson and Doris Day) [Note: Around the time, Channel 4 was airing movies on Saturday evenings under the Saturday Night Movie 4 umbrella title, competing with movies on Channel 2 and competing with "The Ghoul" with movies on Channel 50). Back in the middle 1970s, Saturday Night had some fun moments and skits, and it was watchable, and since 1975, Saturday Night Live has evolved into a highly rotten series, pushing communistic and socialistic propaganda and almost always having no comedy (really) and having almost always crappy so-called musical guests (such as the lousy gutter-type rap-like performers [forgettable people], having songs--"tunes"--that would never have been aired on good radio stations in the 1970s, being unlikeable and having bad singing and bad instrumentation). I wonder if Bob Ellis would defend the Saturday Night Live of today as something that is not rotten. If Bob Ellis defends it--and he probably does, given Bryan Schuerman in a staffer at the station--Bob Ellis is a rotten man. By the way, Channel 4 did not begin to carry Saturday Night Live till September 9, 1978; Saturday Night Live had not been aired by any station in the Detroit area from October 11, 1975, through July 10, 1976, and from July 17, 1976, through September 2, 1978, WKBD-TV (Channel 50) had carried Saturday Night Live on Saturdays, unless there had been instead a substitute show on the schedule from NBC-TV, which had often been another NBC-TV-related show called Weekend, or had been some other presentation [Note: There is one main reason Saturday Night did not start out as Saturday Night Live, and that reason is Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell began to run on ABC-TV on a weekly basis in prime time on Saturday, September 20, 1975, and it lasted through Saturday, January 17, 1976.]. I think Eli Zaret--who has no real background in history-tracking work--was involved with the television special so that he could sell the idea that he was part of the rise of WDIV-TV and so that he could put himself in the spotlight and promote himself, or Eli Zaret wanted to guide the reporting--as he wanted--on the history (which sometimes could include being able to put in put-downs of others) to make himself feel good and look good to others.
On Monday, November 21, 2022, I finally finished dealing with the big snowstorm group that hit the northern region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan mostly on Thursday, November 17, 2022, and the weekend of Friday, November 18, 2022, and that means I finished shovelling out the yard and lane and partially removing snow from the eves of a house, and, in fact, I can report that I worked four days outside to move snow away, which ranged mostly between ten inches and fourteen inches, but parts of the work involved moving some 28 inches of snow (related to a several snow-fall periods over the four days) away from the head of the lane, which touches US-23, and I estimate that, in essence, I did work covering some 450-feet of lane in total at least (a part of which is actually a parking area, which had to be completely cleared). I could have used the big machine, but I--at 69 years of age--can still handle such work. Anyway, I have been shovelling big snows since at least the middle of the 1960s in Michigan, mostly those of the Detroit area, such as that of December 1973 and that of January 1982 (a month during which I reported on radio on three bad weekends for traveling long distance in Michigan when I was a broadcaster for AAA Michigan), but I never had 80 inches or so of snow to deal with, like that of the Buffalo area of New York over the weekend of November 18, 2022. On Monday, November 21, 2022, after having taken a shower, I went to the website for WDIV-TV to see who was scheduled to report in the America's Thanksgiving Parade (for 2022) telecast, and I did that to make a card for the event for my Detroit television history files (though I might catch glimpses of the broadcast of the parade by WDIV-TV on the broadcast day). I immediately got exposed to a headline at the webpage--"Paul Gross: Why you should sign up for our climate change email class". What need is there for a "climate-change" class? "Climate change"--as is being pushed by the main media--is crap! Man is not killing the planet by using carbon! That is a statement made through having used facts and deduction. In addition, I have knowledge in the brain that is related to how idiots and evil people pushed the idea that man was causing the planet to get colder, which was done some decades ago, and how idiots and evil people (such as so-called prominent scientists) were involved in faking climate data that led to "Climategate," and how idiots and evil people are pushing the idea that man is making the planet warm by using carbon and is killing the planet (such as plants, which like carbon dioxide). Plus, I have a document called "CAP AND TRADE" and Carbon Dioxide Facts and Nonsense (which is some 80-page long at least and can be reached through this Carbon link) and a document called Countdown to the End of the World--Putting Down the Nonsense from the Democrats that Climate Change Will Kill the Planet in 12 Years (or less, really, given time has passed since the prediction was made in October 2018) (which is at least 63-page long and can be reached through this Countdown link) that show what I have uncovered about the whole "climate-change" foolishness [Note: My estimate about the lengths of the documents comes from page-downing though each document on my writing program (Netscape Composer), and I bet when the documents are printed out, the lengths will be seen to be double, totalling around 300 pages of material.]. It does not take a meteorologist to determine the planet is not dying because of man! By the way, there is a problem with scientists, they can be so specialized that they are stupid about most other things out of their fields and can be common-sense defective. The document at the website for WDIV-TV focusing on Paul Gross was dated October 11, 2022, so, for over a month, people might have been running across nonsense from Paul Gross. Here are opening segments of the article from Paul Gross--"Fake News. It's a term that has become a common part of our vocabulary, and there is probably no subject where there is more Fake News out there than Climate Change. Social media gives people with no education whatsoever in atmosphere or climate science a mouthpiece to spread false information, and these 'mediaologists' all but drown out legitimate information being communicated by the world's climate scientists. Have you ever wanted to separate fact from fiction and learn the TRUTH about Climate Change without the politics? Well, that time has come, and it won't cost you a dime. I spent months writing a six-part Climate Change Class that breaks this science down into simple topics anybody with a high school education can understand. My Climate Change Class comes to you as a single e-mail once a week for six weeks....". [Note: The term "climate change" has a reputation for being tied to crap.] By the way, WDIV-TV has been associated with NBC-TV since 1947, and that means the station has been tied to NBC News for decades, and Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News (of NBC-TV) was forced to give up the job of anchor for having done "fake news" [Note: Also NBC-TV has pushed out the nonsense "climate-change" stuff (toward killing the planet) for years, such as during newscasts when there have been storms over big regions of the country, and, for example, Al Roker (a weathercaster and television personality for NBC-TV and not a true meteorologist attached to a college degree) has pushed out regularly the theme in weather reports that millions and millions of people are "at risk," when no such number of people--if any--are really "at risk," and the use of the tactic involving the theme "at risk" is really a scare tactic, and the use seems to have been taken up to teach and reinforce the crap that the planet is in trouble because of man.]. What does Paul Gross mean when using "climate change"? The climate changes every moment, and sometimes there are big snowstorms and sometimes there are sunny days (with a few gals in sundresses) and sometimes there are tornadoes, et cetera. If Paul Gross is focusing on the changing of weather, why did he spend months putting together a class--an unneeded class? Paul Gross does the weather on television (as he has for decades at WDIV-TV) and the station offers weather reports regularly. If Paul Gross is pushing the climate-change thing tied to man killing the planet, it is all crap, and Paul Gross is teaching crap. No person--even a scientist--can predict what the planet will be like in one year or ten years or a hundred years, since there are too many unknowns about the future and too many events to calculate into a useful conclusion. Which group of "scientists" is Paul Gross aligned with? There is one group of scientists--a big group (at one point some years ago set at about 30,000)--that is made up people who say that the idea that planet is dying is nonsense! Really, Paul Gross should already have determined that the planet is not dying. The article is vague and shallow, such as about which scientists and which social media-people, and it gives no real reason to sign up for the class. Where does Paul Gross stand? The "where" should have been stated in the article or hinted at. The article from Paul Gross hints to me that the information in the class has to be avoided.
I am not done with Paul Gross (Paul P. Gross). It looks as if Paul Gross has been pushing the climate-change idea tied to man killing the planet since at least 2014, and, in 2019, Corrie Colf put together an article about Paul Gross, which mostly offered thoughts from Paul Gross, for The Detroit Jewish News [Colf, Corrie. "Paul Gross Sheds Light on Climate Change." thejewishnews.com, 18 June 2019, 10:07 a.m..]. Here is a portion of the article tied to Paul Gross--"...Although some people try to make this complicated, it really is not. There are three things that largely determine a planet's average temperature: the distance from its star -- in our case, the sun, it's surface albedo (color), and the composition of its atmosphere. Neither our distance from the sun, or our albedo has changed in the past 100 years. However, humans have changed the composition of our planet's atmosphere -- that's the only thing that has recently changed. Remember that heat results from energy coming in minus energy going out. Adding carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to our atmosphere, which mostly come from human activity, means that less heat is escaping to space. So the planet warms...." A person who reads the quoted material has to wonder what the change in the core--the hot core--of Earth does to affect the weather. The climate-change pushers never talk about the core of the planet. A person is aware that volcanoes--above ground and below water lines--can affect the weather. I never hear anything mentioned about the below-the-water-line volcanoes. So the atmosphere changes over time, but no one really knows what is really needed as a change in the atmosphere to be tied to killing the planet, especially in eight years, which the big prediction has as a time now. So there is a little more carbon dioxide. Back when the dinosaurs were around, the planet was hotter, and there seemed to be an abundant amount of carbon dioxide in the air that helped great degrees of plant life to grow, and when the dinosaurs had a lot of plants to eat (full of energy), the dinosaurs grew big. The more food in the form of carbon dioxide that plants have, the more that they can grow. The article had no talk about heat energy being changed into other energy or being absorbed, such as by humans and cows and bears and birds and squirrels and chipmunks and fish and elephants and plants.... The article ran off a lot of the clichés that climate-change nuts push--"...We are seeing an increase in extreme precipitation events [in Michigan], and the reason is very simple: in a warmer world, more ocean water evaporates into the atmosphere. That atmospheric water vapor is what storms turn into precipitation, so it's easy to see why the big storms are dropping more rain. But it's not just rain. It's the big snowstorms, too....". If Paul Gross is correct about the amount of water, is not the water absorbed and good for plants, such as in dry areas, and good for water tables? Yet, there are desert areas on the planet. The article provided some tips from Paul Gross about saving the planet from climate-change, such as the final tip--"...Reducing car emissions is a big help. Keep your car tuned up, drive efficiently, avoid rapid acceleration, combine errands into one trip and do anything that generally improves your fuel economy. I drive a hybrid that gets 40 mph. I love it, and especially love that I'm doing my part to help.". Paul Gross is a walking cliché for the communists and socialists and progressives who are leading the way in pushing the climate-change idea tied to man's killing the planet. I say in jest--But Paul Gross is saving the day and saving the planet, so is he not great, great, great? Such crap it all is from Paul Gross. Oh, the climate-change nuts--I call them "nuts"--push out the idea that the so-called ever increasing methane from people and animals is a big cause of the warming planet, so animals--at least cows and sheep--have to be killed off and made to produce fewer offspring to save the planet. And are you going to tell me the sun has stayed constant--really constant--in output of energy, such as in relation to gamma rays and whatever, over the last few decades? Hold it! Hold It! Paul Gross can predict the future. The article had this material--"Understand that special interest groups and politicians have created a lot of confusion, and there have been some radical statements made by both sides. I've heard left-wing groups say that we must 'stop' global warming. Well, we're past the point of being able to stop it. Some of the changes that have already occurred are irreversible for 1,000 years or more....". What the hell does Paul Gross base his "1,000-years" thing on? [I wonder if the "1,000" comes from the now-dead scientist named Stephen Hawking, who noted at one point that we have to get off the planet in 1,000 years, a comment that I think is defective thought.] Again I urge you to see the two documents of mine that were talked about in the previous section of this document. Paul Gross had this idea in the article--"Conversely, I've heard right-wing groups completely deny the science, and these are very well funded groups who are adept at spreading their gospel. Some of the misinformation I've seen coming out of these groups is the most factually ridiculous communication I've ever seen." I state--Think about the "1,000 years" idea from Paul Gross again. [Note: Really, Paul Gross barely attacked the left-wing people and heavily attacked the right-wing people; he was probably hoping no one would notice his trickery, his work to pretend to attack the left-wing people.] The next paragraph in the article showed off Paul Gross's little-boy mind--"Back in 2001, I had the privilege of putting a letter in the Detroit time capsule that was being sealed, not to be opened until the year 2100. I wrote about climate change, explaining the state of the science at that time and, in that letter I made the following closing statement, that I'll have to paraphrase: 'I hope that, one-hundred years from now, you aren't asking why we didn't do anything one-hundred years ago when we knew what was happening and had the chance to take steps to reduce the warming.'". And I state that no one yet has proof that man is killing the planet!
And I am yet not done with Paul Gross. On Monday, November 28, 2022, I was exposed to an article on Yahoo! called "What happened to autumn? Scientists point to climate change" [Adler, Ben. "What happened to autumn? Scientists point to climate change." Yahoo! News, 28 November 2022, 2:29 p.m..]. Of course, it seems to me that the title was chosen to scare people into thinking autumns are going to disappear all over the country or planet, though the fall was like fall where I was in Michigan this year, and, generally speaking, it was a cooler spring and summer and fall where I was "up north" most of the time this year, and the water level for Lake Huron is down to about what it mostly has been over the last 15 years for me, and it was the biggest tick season ever. Here are the opening sentences of the article--"Regarded by millions of Americans as their favorite season, autumn for many regions of the United States has traditionally been marked by the gradual transition from hot summer weather to frigid winter temperatures. But in recent years, fall seems to have all but disappeared -- especially in the Northeast -- and experts say climate change is partly to blame. Throughtout October of this year, a time normally associated with crisp weather and changing leaves, many parts of the Northeast saw temperatures upwards of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. And, then seemingly overnight, the weather turned much colder. In Spokane, Wash., the warmest October on record was quickly followed in early November by the season's first freeze and snowfall. By the end of the third week in November, snow had fallen all over upstate New York, and Buffalo, N.Y., received a record-breaking 6 feet of snow. 'We're seeing this weather whiplash here in the fall, where it can be so warm, it can have record warm temperatures, and then very quickly we can transition into a very cold period,' Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, told Yahoo News....". I noticed no unusual weather stuff for the period of April 2022 and October 2022 for the northern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, except it seemed I had fewer days to paint outside, such as on an automobile, because of coolness or rain. Given each date of the calendar has different weather each year, I dealt with each day in a way that was dependent on the weather. When I read the material that you have seen in quotations, I remembered what I found while doing research about The Mackinaw WAGB-83 (a museum at Mackinaw City, Michigan) over a period of years starting in 2008, when I was a volunteer guide at the ship, and I remembered some of the things in my 660-page document (in single-space form as determined by WordPerfect) about the ship [Note: I am the best historian in the world covering The Mackinaw WAGB-83), and some of those things are how the ice conditions were tough in some years and somewhat easy in other years for the Great Lakes between about 1900 and 2006, and one of the tough years was 1947, when the icebreaker was out of port for one period of time for about four months. Over the one-hundred-or-so-year period of time, weather conditions and ice conditions varied, and so goes nature. In the evening of November 28, 2022, I went to YouTube while waiting to see Snoopy, Come Home(a 1972 movie) on a television set, which I had recorded on a VHS machine the previous evening off of MeTV, and when I got to the main page of YouTube, I was given a bunch of things (automatically), and one thing was a video called "'There's no emergency' -- dissident climatologist Dr. Judith Curry on climate change"; I went on YouTube to see if something new might pop up from "The Man of Steel," who gives instruction in "paintless dent repair" (or PDR), or from "Emma Life" (featuring a wonderful looking asian gal) or "Dare Wears" (featuring cutie Dare Taylor). I left the computer set to the page, and I let the computer sit, and I fired up Snoopy, Come Home for me and a friend. Later in the evening of November 28, 2022, I fired up the video featuring the interview with Dr. Judith Curry, and it is a video that I recommend to everyone, since Dr. Judith Curry--a real scientist--gives opposing views in a common-sense way on the climate-change crap being pushed by such people as Paul Gross, who has degree papers related to weather from the University of Michigan, and, by the way, Paul Gross well boasts about the degree stuff to try to sell the idea that he is a great authority. In the video with Dr. Judith Curry, Dr. Judith Curry notes that about the only problem there is is some places of the planet could--might--see rising water if a lot of ice on the planet melts, but people can move, and Dr. Judith Curry rightly notes that big floods and big storms have been happening, such as in the region with India, for years and decades and such events will probably still happen even if there is no more rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere--weather does what it does. Incidentally, Dr. Judith Curry is in private business or in the private sector now, given she was sort of blocked from going farther in her career or field by those tied to shutting down people with alternative views about the climate-change movement, and she has had ties to the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of the Georgia Institute of Technology. And Dr. Judith Curry did not bring up the little-boy thought that she is doing her thing to save the planet by owning and driving a hybrid. See what Paul Gross does not talk about by seeing what Dr. Judith Curry does talk about!
Hey! I now have an Olympia SG-3 typewriter, which I bought at a little community garage sale this past summer, and it is like one that was at WAYN-AM (of Wayne State University) in the early 1970s, and it is like one that I saw in a clip with Mort Crim talking about U.S. President Jimmy Carter during The Reunion: Mort, Carmen, Chuck & Bernie on WDIV-TV on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and my typewriter probably would have been junked and destroyed if I had not bought it. I saw the special (informally called The Reunion) on YouTube, starting at about 9:46 p.m. (instead of on WDIV-TV starting at 10:00 p.m.), and it ran about 41 minutes on YouTube, and it lacked commercials. The program was mostly a light-hearted talk and laugh-and-giggle session with Mort Crim, Carmen Harlan, Chuck Gaidica, and Bernie Smilovitz. Viewers--probably fans of the people--must have found the show to be pleasant and a nice diversion [Note: I am a fan to no one in television, movies, sports, music, newspapers, books, or anything else!]. There were some sort-of serious moments, such as when Mort Crim noted how the group was involved in honest journalism back in the day, how local television stations around the country still try to tell the truth [it seems], and how people (viewers and all) do not seem to agree on the facts today. Of course, the special did not really expose the true nature of the four featured persons' minds and what the persons stand for, but that is all right (given they were not presenting so-called news and information that could really affect the lives of others, especially adversely). Oh, Bernie Smilovitz noted that he started to put comedy into his sports reports years ago because only about five-percent of the people who tune into a newscast are interested in sports. Chuck Gaidica noted that it has been three years and a half since he was involved in the production of the infomercial related to health care that you probably have come across numerous times on television, and he noted that a new product is going to me made soon. I can report that Mort Crim, Carmen Harlan, Chuck Gaidica, and Bernie Smilovitz got equal time, and the program presented clips of things that each did beyond the newscast stuff, such as the "Bernie's Bloopers"-themed shows (only 14 of which I have dated for my files so far, which is a collection of half-hour shows and some one-hour shows and which is not a collection of one-hour shows, as hinted at by Bernie Smilovitz during the special) and Carmen (a one-shot special). Hey, again! I still prefer my Underwood TM-5 typewriters (four of them) over other typewriters, though the Olympia SG-3 is an adequate super-heavy-duty machine.
In the middle of 1948, WWJ-TV, Channel 4, was playing movies--usually movies--on Saturday evenings, and one of those movies was The Dark Hour, which had been released by Chesterfield Motion Picture Corporation in 1936. The movie is now the presentation of my regular Looking at the Movies segment of Television History and Trivia documents. The movie was shown by WWJ-TV on Saturday, March 27, 1948, beginning at 8:30 p.m., and it was a murder/blackmail mystery. You pobably know none of the main performers, but maybe you know Hedda Hopper, who became a famous gossip columnist and who was the mother to William Hopper, who was a main performer in the Perry Mason television series of the 1950s and 1960s. Some of the top-listed performers in the film were Ray Walker, Berton Churchill, and Irene Ware. When you are done working to understand the other material in this document, go look up The Dark Hour on YouTube.
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.: You are urged to see my document entitled One of "The Rules of Man"--A Rule About Health Care that No Politician May Supersede with Law, which can be reached through this Rule1 link. I have deduced that all the Democrats and most Republicans support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and have no intention of killing it, though it should be killed for violating, for one, "The Rules of Man." For example, Republicans Jeb Bush and Chris Christie support the rotten law, and that is one reason that I define them as stupid men and not men who are good enough--in this day and age--to be the U.S. President. I note that the "mandate"--which forces everyone to buy government-approved health-care insurance--violates one of "The Rules of Man," and it is a rule that is attacked in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Anyone who supports the "mandate" is not a good enough person or a smart enough person to be the U.S. president--the mandate is "enslavism," and the "mandate" allows government people--who are often usually bad people, as history shows--decide what health care a person can get, and that is bad.
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