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09/04/2011 - 9:28pm

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  We’ve heard this dire warning for decades however we continue to ignore it.  While this admonition is meant for more important and serious events like wars, economics and elections, it also applies to those who create and produce our popular entertainment.  A few weeks ago, three of the four wide release movies were sequels, remakes or reboots of previous films.  While I’m sure every effort was made to create the best movies possible, none of those films has done very well at the box office. 

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08/28/2011 - 6:36pm
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08/21/2011 - 11:30pm
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08/14/2011 - 5:50pm
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07/31/2011 - 9:58pm
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07/24/2011 - 9:50pm

There was for a short time a TV show called “The Swan.”  A group of women who were judged unattractive were given free cosmetic surgery and then competed in a post-surgical beauty contest.  It goes without saying the show attracted a fair amount of criticism for praying on the vulnerabilities of the contestants and selling a version of beauty promoted by the fashion and cosmetics industries.  The fact it aired for two seasons also says a great deal about a portion of the American publics’ obsession with beauty and physical perfection.  This week’s

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07/17/2011 - 7:14pm

While I enjoy going on vacation, the parts I dislike the most are the driving there and the driving back.  Long journeys in a car are very boring to me.  Some people enjoy a long car trip because they like looking at the passing scenery.  Not me.  I’m one of those “it’s not the journey, it’s the destination” travelers.  If I wanted to spend my entire vacation on the road, I’d own a motor home.  Nope, I want the journey to be over just as soon as the trip begins so I can enjoy the destination.  But what is true about a ca

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07/10/2011 - 4:28pm

Early in my radio career, I worked for a station owner who seemed completely out of touch with what was going on in the business he had been in for over 30 years.  He had me and my co-workers playing a mixture of music from numerous genres and decades.  You might hear the Bee Gees followed by Hugo Montenegro followed by Garth Brooks.  It was a mess of a format that would never work.  I and the other jocks would often refer to the station at WREK, a wreck of a radio station.  The mishmash of styles didn’t attract an audience, advertising dried up and he had to

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07/04/2011 - 1:51am

When my wife and I were dating, we would frequent a restaurant and ice cream parlor called Swenson’s.  One of their featured desserts was a massive sundae they called the Earthquake.  This diet buster was made with eight scoops of ice cream, several different kinds of sauces, fruit toppings, nuts and whipped cream.  Whoever created it must have decided to throw as much stuff in the biggest bowl he could find and see if anyone would buy it.  It was very popular with big groups of friends out for a casual evening that would pile into a booth and drool until the froze