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Re: Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Chet,

It’s worth remembering.

I don’t know if you are on Facebook. In case not here’s a comment posted by Bill Oglesby on the Virginia AM/FMTV page.

Ross
71-86
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In the fall of 1973, Chet was a senior at Washington and Lee, older than most after a stint in Vietnam. I remember how he already had a shock of grey hair. I was a freshman broadcast wanna-be who was alone in the campus radio newsroom the afternoon of October 10.

Suddenly, the large teletype machines came alive with bells ringing like I had heard they did for important bulletins. I ran to see the single alert that Vice President Spiro Agnew had resigned as part of a plea agreement with criminal prosecutors.

I was almost frozen with fear. What do I do? Almost before I could act, Chet Burgess appeared. He ran in knowing what had happened and firmly but calmly directed me.

Even then I was aware he could have pushed this 18-year-old freshman aside and done it himself, but he kept me in the middle. We prepared our story, and he directed me to the anchor chair while he ran the board. I announced the VP's resignation in what even today I remember as a shaky monotone voice.

When I was done, he simply said, "Good job." and then handed me a small box containing a reel- to-reel audio tape. Chet had somehow had the foresight to realize he should roll a tape on a historically significant announcement and give it to me as a memento of my first "big one." I still have that audio tape in its box almost 42 years later.

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On Jun 1, 2015, at 11:53 AM, 'Chet Burgess' chet@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:


Ross,

 

Many thanks for remembering the CNN anniversary!  Many in the news business thought of it as “Ted’s Folly.”  It sure worked out!

 

Too bad the network has rather lost its way the past 15 years…

 

chet

 

chetburgess PHOTOGRAPHY

4 Montclair Dr., NE

Atlanta, GA 30309-1527

chetburgessphotography.com

404-892-1449

 

From: WJMA@... [mailto:WJMA@...] 
Sent: 06/01/2015 6:58 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning

 

  

CNN launched 35 years ago on June 1, 1980. Among the CNN employees on day one was Chet Burgess. Chet had stated the WJMA news department in 1974. In the Fall of 1976 he left to take a job with WTAR radio and TV in Norfolk. In February 1980 Chet and Bonnie moved to Atlanta to help launch CNN. Here’s a picture of Chet anchoring an early newscast at CNN. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_101.html

 

During his 20 years at CNN he did many things: copy edittor, anchor, supervising producer, executive producer of live programming and environmental coverage, executive producer of interactive programming and technology project manager in the CNN R&D unit. He was executive producer in the live CNN control room during the Gulf War, the Tainanmen Square massacre in Beijing, the "people power" revolution in the Philippines and various plane crashes over the years. Chet wrote the initial business plan for "CNN Online" in 1993 that grew into cnn.com, and spent the last five years there creating interactive connections between CNN's television and online operations. 

 

The “TalkBack Live” interactive talk show (3 p.m weekday eatured the interactive connections he set up in 1993. He planned and produced the first web coverage of national political conventions in 1996, along with TV reports and live shots of the web activities at both conventions in San Diego and Chicago. Chet left CNN in mid-2000.

 

In this clip from the WJMA documentary “Now This…” Chet talks about how working at WJMA served him well when he stated at CNN. https://youtu.be/AG97hC04BBY

 

Ross

71-86

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My YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1CiSk09

AHHA Productions YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1GSqtXm

Old School Radio Show Summer Songs: http://bit.ly/1KieoJo

 




Re: Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning

Chet Burgess
 

Ross,

 

Many thanks for remembering the CNN anniversary!  Many in the news business thought of it as “Ted’s Folly.”  It sure worked out!

 

Too bad the network has rather lost its way the past 15 years…

 

chet

 

chetburgess PHOTOGRAPHY

4 Montclair Dr., NE

Atlanta, GA 30309-1527

chetburgessphotography.com

404-892-1449

 

From: WJMA@... [mailto:WJMA@...]
Sent: 06/01/2015 6:58 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning

 

 

CNN launched 35 years ago on June 1, 1980. Among the CNN employees on day one was Chet Burgess. Chet had stated the WJMA news department in 1974. In the Fall of 1976 he left to take a job with WTAR radio and TV in Norfolk. In February 1980 Chet and Bonnie moved to Atlanta to help launch CNN. Here’s a picture of Chet anchoring an early newscast at CNN. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_101.html

 

During his 20 years at CNN he did many things: copy edittor, anchor, supervising producer, executive producer of live programming and environmental coverage, executive producer of interactive programming and technology project manager in the CNN R&D unit. He was executive producer in the live CNN control room during the Gulf War, the Tainanmen Square massacre in Beijing, the "people power" revolution in the Philippines and various plane crashes over the years. Chet wrote the initial business plan for "CNN Online" in 1993 that grew into cnn.com, and spent the last five years there creating interactive connections between CNN's television and online operations. 

 

The “TalkBack Live” interactive talk show (3 p.m weekday eatured the interactive connections he set up in 1993. He planned and produced the first web coverage of national political conventions in 1996, along with TV reports and live shots of the web activities at both conventions in San Diego and Chicago. Chet left CNN in mid-2000.

 

In this clip from the WJMA documentary “Now This…” Chet talks about how working at WJMA served him well when he stated at CNN. https://youtu.be/AG97hC04BBY

 

Ross

71-86

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My YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1CiSk09

AHHA Productions YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1GSqtXm

Old School Radio Show Summer Songs: http://bit.ly/1KieoJo

 


Re: Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning..oh the typos

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

This is the corrected version. I deleted the typo version from the Yahoo site, but it still was distributed to various email readers by Yahoo.

Ross 
 
 
 
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My YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1CiSk09
AHHA Productions YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1GSqtXm
 

On 06/01/15, 'Patricia McArver' pmcarver@... [WJMA]com> wrote:
 
 

Typos?  I didn’t see any typos.  At first I feared something had happened to Chet and then I realized it was the anniversary you were commemorating.  …I’m slowing down.  J

 

Patricia

1978-84

 

From: WJMA@... [mailto:WJMA@...]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 7:08 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning..oh the typos

 

 

Let me try again without the typos…or perhaps some new ones…

 

Ross

71-86

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CNN launched 35 years ago on June 1, 1980. Among the CNN employees on day one was Chet Burgess. Chet had started the WJMA news department in 1974. In the Fall of 1976 he left to take a job with WTAR radio and TV in Norfolk. In February 1980 Chet and Bonnie moved to Atlanta to help launch CNN. Here’s a picture of Chet anchoring an early newscast at CNN. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_101.html

 

During his 20 years at CNN he did many things: copy edittor, anchor, supervising producer, executive producer of live programming and environmental coverage, executive producer of interactive programming and technology project manager in the CNN R&D unit. He was executive producer in the live CNN control room during the Gulf War, the Tainanmen Square massacre in Beijing, the "people power" revolution in the Philippines and various plane crashes over the years. Chet wrote the initial business plan for "CNN Online" in 1993 that grew into cnn.com, and spent his last five years there creating interactive connections between CNN's television and online operations. 

 

The “TalkBack Live” interactive talk show featured the interactive connections he set up in 1993. He planned and produced the first web coverage of national political conventions in 1996, along with TV reports and live shots of the web activities at both conventions in San Diego and Chicago. Chet left CNN in mid-2000.

 

In this clip from the WJMA documentary “Now This…” Chet talks about how working at WJMA served him well when he stated at CNN. https://youtu.be/AG97hC04BBY


Re: Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning..oh the typos

Patricia Mcarver
 

Typos?  I didn’t see any typos.  At first I feared something had happened to Chet and then I realized it was the anniversary you were commemorating.  …I’m slowing down.  J

 

Patricia

1978-84

 

From: WJMA@... [mailto:WJMA@...]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 7:08 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning..oh the typos

 

 

Let me try again without the typos…or perhaps some new ones…

 

Ross

71-86

…………………………………..

 

CNN launched 35 years ago on June 1, 1980. Among the CNN employees on day one was Chet Burgess. Chet had started the WJMA news department in 1974. In the Fall of 1976 he left to take a job with WTAR radio and TV in Norfolk. In February 1980 Chet and Bonnie moved to Atlanta to help launch CNN. Here’s a picture of Chet anchoring an early newscast at CNN. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_101.html

 

During his 20 years at CNN he did many things: copy edittor, anchor, supervising producer, executive producer of live programming and environmental coverage, executive producer of interactive programming and technology project manager in the CNN R&D unit. He was executive producer in the live CNN control room during the Gulf War, the Tainanmen Square massacre in Beijing, the "people power" revolution in the Philippines and various plane crashes over the years. Chet wrote the initial business plan for "CNN Online" in 1993 that grew into cnn.com, and spent his last five years there creating interactive connections between CNN's television and online operations. 

 

The “TalkBack Live” interactive talk show featured the interactive connections he set up in 1993. He planned and produced the first web coverage of national political conventions in 1996, along with TV reports and live shots of the web activities at both conventions in San Diego and Chicago. Chet left CNN in mid-2000.

 

In this clip from the WJMA documentary “Now This…” Chet talks about how working at WJMA served him well when he stated at CNN. https://youtu.be/AG97hC04BBY


Re: Chet Burgess & CNN's beginning..oh the typos

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Let me try again without the typos…or perhaps some new ones…

Ross
71-86
…………………………………..

CNN launched 35 years ago on June 1, 1980. Among the CNN employees on day one was Chet Burgess. Chet had started the WJMA news department in 1974. In the Fall of 1976 he left to take a job with WTAR radio and TV in Norfolk. In February 1980 Chet and Bonnie moved to Atlanta to help launch CNN. Here’s a picture of Chet anchoring an early newscast at CNN. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_101.html

During his 20 years at CNN he did many things: copy edittor, anchor, supervising producer, executive producer of live programming and environmental coverage, executive producer of interactive programming and technology project manager in the CNN R&D unit. He was executive producer in the live CNN control room during the Gulf War, the Tainanmen Square massacre in Beijing, the "people power" revolution in the Philippines and various plane crashes over the years. Chet wrote the initial business plan for "CNN Online" in 1993 that grew into cnn.com, and spent his last five years there creating interactive connections between CNN's television and online operations. 

The “TalkBack Live” interactive talk show featured the interactive connections he set up in 1993. He planned and produced the first web coverage of national political conventions in 1996, along with TV reports and live shots of the web activities at both conventions in San Diego and Chicago. Chet left CNN in mid-2000.

In this clip from the WJMA documentary “Now This…” Chet talks about how working at WJMA served him well when he stated at CNN. https://youtu.be/AG97hC04BBY


Re: Youtha Whitten

Laurie McCullough
 

I think she came the same year I moved to Charlottesville, 1980.


On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:27 PM, Peter York york_p@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

 

Youtha and I were part of a group of four who began at the same time to do the 6 to sign-off time period.  We began either late 1979 or early 1980.  Youtha is a class act all the way.  I remember she had a great radio voice and a very positive outlook and attitude.

On another note, I always read the posts but have never written until now.  I still marvel at the long-term benefits that have accrued to me as a result of my brief affiliation with Radio Orange, Arch Harrison, Ross Hunter, et. al.  Time management (30 seconds is a long time) and attention to detail being two of them.  And I hardly ever pop my P's.....
Pete York



On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 6:46 PM, Mark Johnson rmj142@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:
 

I remember Youtha well.

Ross, you list her as working at the station in 1980. I don't know when she began but she was there at least through 1983 and maybe into early 1984.

Youtha was the Friday night announcer.

Mark Johnson
81-84
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On Sun, 4/19/15, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

Subject: [WJMA] Youtha Whitten
To: WJMA@...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12:39 PM


 









Yesterday at Montpelier, I saw Youtha Whitten (now
Youtha Hardman-Cromwell). She had come to be part of the
ceremonies for the dedication of Montpelier’s South Yard
reconstruction project. The South Yard is where some of
Montpelier’s enslaved community lived. The restoration is
being funded by part of a recent gift of 10 million dollars
to Montpelier by David Rubinstein.
Youtha was a part-time weekend
announcer in 1980. She’s now a Professor of Practice in
Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in
Washington, DC. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/en-us/faculty/facultydirectory/youthahardman-cromwell.aspx
And here’s a link to a photo we
took on Saturday. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA
photos/WJMA people/pages/page_219.html
Ross71-86









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Re: Youtha Whitten

Mark Johnson
 

Hey Pete!

You were leaving WJMA just as I arrived.

If I recall correctly you worked on Tuesday nights.

When I was hired in the Fall of 1981, after graduating from the Ace Announcing Academy, Saturday was my designated night but in short order, Jean Love decided to give up her Sunday afternoon shift, you left your Tuesday shift, and then within six months or so Nancy and Debbie also left.

I picked up all those shifts and thus went from one night a week to six.

For once in my life I had good timing!

Mark Johnson
81-84
--------------------------------------------

On Sun, 4/19/15, Peter York york_p@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [WJMA] Youtha Whitten
To: WJMA@...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7:27 PM


Youtha and I were part of a group of
four who began at the same time to do the 6 to sign-off time
period.  We began either late 1979 or early 1980.  Youtha
is a class act all the way.  I remember she had a great
radio voice and a very positive outlook and
attitude.
On another
note, I always read the posts but have never written until
now.  I still marvel at the long-term benefits that have
accrued to me as a result of my brief affiliation with Radio
Orange, Arch Harrison, Ross Hunter, et. al.  Time
management (30 seconds is a long time) and attention
to detail being two of them.  And I hardly ever pop my
P's.....Pete
York


Re: Youtha Whitten

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Thanks and Mark and Pete. I used what I had on the All-Time Staff list, but I see that has a question mark by the date. I’ve sent  link to the picture and web site to Youtha. When she responds, I’ll ask her about the dates. If she doesn’t recall, I’ll use what you two recall.

Ross
…………………………………………………………………...
My YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1CiSk09
AHHA Productions YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1GSqtXm





On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:46 PM, Mark Johnson rmj142@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

I remember Youtha well.

Ross, you list her as working at the station in 1980. I don't know when she began but she was there at least through 1983 and maybe into early 1984. 

Youtha was the Friday night announcer.

Mark Johnson
81-84
--------------------------------------------
On Sun, 4/19/15, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

Subject: [WJMA] Youtha Whitten
To: WJMA@...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12:39 PM


 









Yesterday at Montpelier, I saw Youtha Whitten (now
Youtha Hardman-Cromwell). She had come to be part of the
ceremonies for the dedication of Montpelier’s South Yard
reconstruction project. The South Yard is where some of
Montpelier’s enslaved community lived. The restoration is
being funded by part of a recent gift of 10 million dollars
to Montpelier by David Rubinstein.
Youtha was a part-time weekend
announcer in 1980. She’s now a Professor of Practice in
Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in
Washington, DC. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/en-us/faculty/facultydirectory/youthahardman-cromwell.aspx
And here’s a link to a photo we
took on Saturday. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA
photos/WJMA people/pages/page_219.html
Ross71-86









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Re: Youtha Whitten

Pete York
 

Youtha and I were part of a group of four who began at the same time to do the 6 to sign-off time period.  We began either late 1979 or early 1980.  Youtha is a class act all the way.  I remember she had a great radio voice and a very positive outlook and attitude.

On another note, I always read the posts but have never written until now.  I still marvel at the long-term benefits that have accrued to me as a result of my brief affiliation with Radio Orange, Arch Harrison, Ross Hunter, et. al.  Time management (30 seconds is a long time) and attention to detail being two of them.  And I hardly ever pop my P's.....
Pete York



On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 6:46 PM, Mark Johnson rmj142@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:
 

I remember Youtha well.

Ross, you list her as working at the station in 1980. I don't know when she began but she was there at least through 1983 and maybe into early 1984.

Youtha was the Friday night announcer.

Mark Johnson
81-84
--------------------------------------------
On Sun, 4/19/15, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

Subject: [WJMA] Youtha Whitten
To: WJMA@...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12:39 PM


 









Yesterday at Montpelier, I saw Youtha Whitten (now
Youtha Hardman-Cromwell). She had come to be part of the
ceremonies for the dedication of Montpelier’s South Yard
reconstruction project. The South Yard is where some of
Montpelier’s enslaved community lived. The restoration is
being funded by part of a recent gift of 10 million dollars
to Montpelier by David Rubinstein.
Youtha was a part-time weekend
announcer in 1980. She’s now a Professor of Practice in
Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in
Washington, DC. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/en-us/faculty/facultydirectory/youthahardman-cromwell.aspx
And here’s a link to a photo we
took on Saturday. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA
photos/WJMA people/pages/page_219.html
Ross71-86









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--
Peter York
Associate Head of School
James River Day School
5039 Boonsboro Road
Lynchburg, VA 24503
434.384.7385


Re: Youtha Whitten

Mark Johnson
 

I remember Youtha well.

Ross, you list her as working at the station in 1980. I don't know when she began but she was there at least through 1983 and maybe into early 1984.

Youtha was the Friday night announcer.

Mark Johnson
81-84
--------------------------------------------

On Sun, 4/19/15, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

Subject: [WJMA] Youtha Whitten
To: WJMA@...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12:39 PM


 









Yesterday at Montpelier, I saw Youtha Whitten (now
Youtha Hardman-Cromwell). She had come to be part of the
ceremonies for the dedication of Montpelier’s South Yard
reconstruction project. The South Yard is where some of
Montpelier’s enslaved community lived. The restoration is
being funded by part of a recent gift of 10 million dollars
to Montpelier by David Rubinstein.
Youtha was a part-time weekend
announcer in 1980. She’s now a Professor of Practice in
Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in
Washington, DC. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/en-us/faculty/facultydirectory/youthahardman-cromwell.aspx
And here’s a link to a photo we
took on Saturday. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA
photos/WJMA people/pages/page_219.html
Ross71-86









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Youtha Whitten

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Yesterday at Montpelier, I saw Youtha Whitten (now Youtha Hardman-Cromwell). She had come to be part of the ceremonies for the dedication of Montpelier’s South Yard reconstruction project. The South Yard is where some of Montpelier’s enslaved community lived. The restoration is being funded by part of a recent gift of 10 million dollars to Montpelier by David Rubinstein.

Youtha was a part-time weekend announcer in 1980. She’s now a Professor of Practice in Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/en-us/faculty/facultydirectory/youthahardman-cromwell.aspx

And here’s a link to a photo we took on Saturday. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA photos/WJMA people/pages/page_219.html

Ross
71-86


Bill Little on WVIR news

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Senator Tim Kaine visited Orange today and Bill Little got a few seconds of time on a WVIR channel 29 story. http://www.nbc29.com/story/28755763/sen-kaine-meets-with-town-of-orange-leaders

Ross
71-86
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Stan Freberg

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

A genius has died. Stan Freberg was 88. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stan-freberg-dead-acclaimed-satirist-787007


Here are a couple of Freberg classics on behalf of radio…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyenSyjSr7k (Sarah Vaughan vocal at the end)


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Re: A bit of Arch history

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Yep, that sounds like Arch.

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On Mar 26, 2015, at 8:58 AM, Les Myers baroque@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

I discovered this story on the computer the other day. Arch sent it to me in 2005. I apologize if I have shared this with any or all of you already. It's worth retelling, in any event:

A truck driver is heading west across the Arizona desert. He's been 
 driving all night and as the sun starts to rise, he feels the need to 
 stop and commune with nature. He pulls to the side of the road, 
 parks, and walks out into the sage brush.

 As he is standing there looking around at the beauty of the early 
 morn, he notices a lever sticking out of the ground. After a few 
 moments he walks over, walks all the way around, and then reaches out 
 to grasp the lever. As he does he hears a voice say, "Don't touch 
 that lever!"

 The driver jumps about two feet off the ground and as he comes down, 
 he looks around. No one is to be seen. Thinking it was just his 
 imagination he again reaches for the lever. Again the voice yells, "I 
 said don't touch that lever!"

 Being more prepared, the driver senses the location of the voice and 
 looks down under a sage brush.  There he sees a small snake.

 The driver, in much astonishment, said, "Was that you that spoke?"

 The snake said, "Yes. I have to keep people from touching that lever. 
 If the lever is moved it will be the end of the world."

 The driver, still rather astonished, said, "What is your name? And 
 will you talk on TV?" The snake said his name was Nathan, his friends 
 called him Nate, and that he wasn't interested in going on TV. Anyway 
 he had to stay and watch the lever to see that it wasn't moved.

 The driver said, "Look, I will get the networks to send out camera 
 crews.  That way you can inform the entire world about the danger of 
 the lever."

 Nate thought that over and allowed as how there was a great deal of 
 sense in that idea. The driver, true to his word, got the
 network camera crews out. They put on broadcasts in which Nate warned 
 the entire world of the dangers of moving the lever.

 A few weeks later another truck driver was passing through the area. 
 He was following an oil tanker and the tanker sprang a
 leak.  When the truck behind hit the oil slick it went out of 
 control, and the driver found himself headed straight for the lever.

 He remembered seeing Nate on TV warning about the lever. He knew that 
 if he hit it he would cause the world to end. He
 strove with all his might to maneuver the truck.  Finally, at the 
 last possible moment, he was able to swerve away from the lever but 
 he ran over Nate and killed him.

 The truck driver was elated at missing the lever but sad that he 
 killed Nate. He dug a grave for the dead snake and performed a solemn 
 burial. Then he erected a wooden tomb stone and pondered what epitaph 
 to write. Then it came to him: "Better Nate than lever."

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A bit of Arch history

Les Myers
 

I discovered this story on the computer the other day. Arch sent it to me in 2005. I apologize if I have shared this with any or all of you already. It's worth retelling, in any event:

A truck driver is heading west across the Arizona desert. He's been
 driving all night and as the sun starts to rise, he feels the need to
 stop and commune with nature. He pulls to the side of the road,
 parks, and walks out into the sage brush.

 As he is standing there looking around at the beauty of the early
 morn, he notices a lever sticking out of the ground. After a few
 moments he walks over, walks all the way around, and then reaches out
 to grasp the lever. As he does he hears a voice say, "Don't touch
 that lever!"

 The driver jumps about two feet off the ground and as he comes down,
 he looks around. No one is to be seen. Thinking it was just his
 imagination he again reaches for the lever. Again the voice yells, "I
 said don't touch that lever!"

 Being more prepared, the driver senses the location of the voice and
 looks down under a sage brush.  There he sees a small snake.

 The driver, in much astonishment, said, "Was that you that spoke?"

 The snake said, "Yes. I have to keep people from touching that lever.
 If the lever is moved it will be the end of the world."

 The driver, still rather astonished, said, "What is your name? And
 will you talk on TV?" The snake said his name was Nathan, his friends
 called him Nate, and that he wasn't interested in going on TV. Anyway
 he had to stay and watch the lever to see that it wasn't moved.

 The driver said, "Look, I will get the networks to send out camera
 crews.  That way you can inform the entire world about the danger of
 the lever."

 Nate thought that over and allowed as how there was a great deal of
 sense in that idea. The driver, true to his word, got the
 network camera crews out. They put on broadcasts in which Nate warned
 the entire world of the dangers of moving the lever.

 A few weeks later another truck driver was passing through the area.
 He was following an oil tanker and the tanker sprang a
 leak.  When the truck behind hit the oil slick it went out of
 control, and the driver found himself headed straight for the lever.

 He remembered seeing Nate on TV warning about the lever. He knew that
 if he hit it he would cause the world to end. He
 strove with all his might to maneuver the truck.  Finally, at the
 last possible moment, he was able to swerve away from the lever but
 he ran over Nate and killed him.

 The truck driver was elated at missing the lever but sad that he
 killed Nate. He dug a grave for the dead snake and performed a solemn
 burial. Then he erected a wooden tomb stone and pondered what epitaph
 to write. Then it came to him: "Better Nate than lever."

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must see documentary

Ross Hunter <ross@...>
 

Unlike most of you, I probably wasn't paying enough attention to the backstory of 1960s and 70s music. This morning on NPR I heard a review of what sounds like a fascinating documentary. 

First a link to the Kenneth Turan review of "Wrecking Crew" and then an Ella Taylor review of the same documentary. I've also pasted the Taylor review below, but if you don't follow the link, you'll miss a good picture with George Harrison.




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In the mid-1960s, pop music moved its center of gravity from New York to Los Angeles. It was a seismic shift, but growing up in the cold drizzle of post-World War II London, what did I know from the West Coast Sound? I was just a rapt kid with my ear glued to Top-40 radio, dreaming of sun, surf and sex via the Beach Boys, the Mamas and Papas, Sam Cooke, The Supremes. In my fevered imagination, Spector's towering "wall of sound" had to have been recorded in a cathedral.

In fact, according to an infectiously exuberant new documentary, the tracks for "Da-Doo-Ron-Ron," "Be My Baby" and the rest, along with much other West Coast pop, were laid down in a modestly sized room by an elite group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, with vocals often recorded on top by the bands. The studio musicians rarely got credit on or off the albums. In The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco, whose father was a Wrecking Crew guitarist, rights that wrong.

Tedesco began shooting in the mid-1990s as a tribute to his father, who, despite suffering a stroke, appears in the film as a hilarious raconteur along with a bunch of fellows whose names won't ring a bell, unless you count an ordinary-looking chap named Glen Campbell who later became that Glen Campbell. Along with one lively woman bassist, Carol Kaye, who insists she always felt like one of the boys, they're a refreshingly practical, down-to-earth crowd afflicted with little of the raging egos or pumped heroin sagas you may have seen in the current flood of burned-out-rocker docs. Some speak with regret of the family life they missed out on in long working days or travels with bands: one racked up six marriages, while another admits ruefully that he's a better grandfather than he was a father.

Mostly, though, they seem delighted to reunite and to hear better-known luminaries like Dick Clark, Brian Wilson, and the late Frank Zappa testify — however belatedly — to their genius as musicians whose openness to experimentation and willingness to travel between high and pop culture helped them survive in a notoriously cutthroat business. The Wrecking Crew moved with ease between R & B, jazz, pop, and soundtracks for movies and television. They laid track for everyone from Frank Sinatra to Alvin and the Chipmunks to the Bonanza theme, all of which appear on the soundtrack and generated several decades' worth of licensing headaches for the production.

The Wrecking Crew was perfectly attuned to the fizzy inventiveness of the West Coast in its heyday. Then came the '70s: recording artists started to bring their own musicians, the phones stopped ringing, punk rock arrived. Today, the sound of music in Los Angeles is different. But not long after I moved to L.A. in 1989 to work as a film critic at LA Weekly, I was reminded of the magic of that time by a lovely scene in British director Terence Davies' semi-autobiographical1992 film The Long Day Closes. A small boy with a pinched face looks out of the window of his drab tenement home in the North of England. There is endless rain, of course, but on the soundtrack is Debbie Reynolds singing "Tammy." That was us, California dreamin'.


Re: House of Cards alert

Clint Estes
 

That is so cool!!!  Way to go Al.
 
                  Clint Estes
 
 

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From: Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA]
To: WJMA Sent: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 10:16 pm
Subject: [WJMA] House of Cards alert

 
Heads up "House of Cards" fans. WJMA alum Al Gaige makes a brief appearance in a season three episode. Details from Al are in the caption of the picture at this link. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA photos/WJMA people/pages/page_218.html

Ross
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House of Cards alert

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Heads up "House of Cards" fans. WJMA alum Al Gaige makes a brief appearance in a season three episode. Details from Al are in the caption of the picture at this link. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA photos/WJMA people/pages/page_218.html

Ross
71-86


Seth Williamson case settlemen

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

A friend sent me this story rom yesterday’s Roanoke Times. It’s an interesting, but sad story.

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Joseph Seth Williamson
Died after hernia surgery.
Seth Williamson device case settlement 

Dated: Friday, February 20, 2015 7:10 pm 
By Jeff Sturgeon jeff.sturgeon@... 981-3251  


The children of radio personality Joseph Seth Williamson will collect $500,000 from the maker of an infusion pump in use at the time of his death at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, according to papers unsealed Friday in Roanoke federal court.

The settlement ends a product liability case that pitted Williamson’s daughters — Deirdre Jain, 35, of Fairfax and Emily Williamson, 34, of Roanoke — against the corporations responsible for the Hospira LifeCare PCA 3 Infusion System.

Williamson, a voice heard frequently on WVTF, died in 2011 at the hospital near Blacksburg. He had gone in Oct. 5 with abdominal pain, underwent emergency hernia repair surgery Oct. 6 and died early Oct. 7 while hooked to the pump.

Shortly after his death, the hospital focused attention on the pump’s performance and programming. Although it had been designed and marketed as an improved device to prevent medication errors, it had dispensed excessive amounts of painkiller to Williamson after a programming error by hospital nurses, court papers said.

First, the daughters took action against the hospital. The hospital paid the daughters in a confidential settlement of medical malpractice claims in 2012. The parties handled it quietly in an adjacent county with sealed records.

In 2013, the daughters filed a federal lawsuit against Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Illinois, which brought the PCA 3 to market, and Abbott Laboratories Inc. based north of Chicago, which once owned Hospira. That case settled Friday.

The companies said in court papers that they settled the case to avoid the expense and inconvenience of a trial. Both companies said they continue to deny liability for Williamson’s death.

But in addition to paying the women $500,000 and a total settlement of $900,000 to cover legal expenses, the companies pledged to investigate 50 reported incidents involving misprogramming of the pump, court papers said.

In suing Hospira and Abbott, the daughters said the pump had inadequate operating instructions and warnings and that that issue had led to hospital nurses misprogramming the device. Williamson received five times as much painkiller as his doctor prescribed, causing an overdose that killed him, the suit said.

But defense lawyers said the daughters failed to tie Williamson’s death to any issue with the adequacy of the pump’s instructions and warnings. They said the instructions and warnings were adequate.

The defense also argued that hospital nurses knew the well-understood perils of misprogramming an infusion pump and failed to adequately monitor Williamson after hooking him to the misprogrammed machine.

In fact, he should have been checked at least seven times for pain relief, sedation, breathing quality, nausea and itching between 9:22 when nurses connected the pump to increase his pain medicine and 1:10 a.m. when they found him unresponsive, according to Polly Zimmerman, a nursing expert brought in to assess the incident. But nurses checked him just three times during that period, Zimmerman said in court papers.

Two hours and 10 minutes passed between his second-to-last check and the check that found him nonresponsive, which Zimmerman called a departure from normal nursing care standards. Zimmerman also opined in favor of the pump, saying its instructions were clear and that “my nursing students at a public community college consistently are able to understand and independently apply these instructions with minimal assistance during their basic nursing education.”

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski said the pre-trial settlement made sense to him because Williamson’s daughters had no guarantee they would have won at trial against the pump companies. “It could have gone either way,” the judge said.

In their favor, the daughters had a discharge report by Williamson’s physician that said he received 12.5 milligrams of Dilaudid versus the 2.5 milligrams prescribed.

On the other hand, Williamson’s autopsy found that he died of heart disease. The 355-pound Williamson had a variety of health problems, court papers said.

Of note, his system contained a therapeutic dose of painkiller in his system when autopsied, according to the report from the Roanoke medical examiner’s office. The conflicting claims that Williamson received too much painkiller and that he died of heart disease were never resolved.

Williamson’s daughters, who appeared in court Friday, told the judge they agreed with the settlement. Plaintiff’s attorney Robert Hall is entitled to $360,000, or 40 percent of the money the companies will pay, plus about $40,000 toward case expenses. After those deductions, each daughter will receive about $250,000. The daughters previously advanced Hall about $40,000 toward case expenses.

Lawyers for pump companies and the daughters tried without success to keep the settlement confidential.

On Jan. 26, the lawyers presented their settlement of the federal lawsuit against Abbott and Hospira under seal to a state court judge, David Williams of Patrick County Circuit Court, who granted his approval. That move led to a dramatic conflict between the lawyers and Urbanski, who accused the lawyers of attempting to improperly seal the settlement from public view.

“You all knew the federal court was not going to allow you to put this settlement under seal,” Urbanski told the lawyers two days later. “Without letting me know and while my case is pending, you all went running off in Patrick County and got this settlement approved down there without me knowing about it while a case is pending here in federal court and you’ve done it under seal to hide these issues from the public. I’m appalled.

“The settlement you just got approved in Patrick County is void,” Urbanski said.

State law requires court review of any wrongful death settlement in the same court where the parties filed the underlying lawsuit, the judge said. During the review, the settlement must become public, Urbanski said as he ordered the lawyers to return the matter to his court.

Friday, with the lawyers back in his court, Urbanski refused to seal any part of the settlement document and released it publicly. A lawyer for The Roanoke Times appeared at the hearing to argue against keeping any part of the settlement confidential and to ask for full disclosure.

That ended the federal-level litigation over Williamson’s death against the pump maker.

But a seal still protects from public view the hospital’s 2012 settlement with Williamson’s daughters. It is under seal in Patrick County Circuit Court at the request of the lawyers for Hospira, Abbott and Williamson’s daughters, who were free under state law to choose to process the claim in any county’s state court.

It was sealed by Williams, the same Patrick County judge who approved and sealed the $900,000 federal settlement — until Urbanski told the lawyers he would not let them do that.

Urbanski, as he noted Friday, has had no control over the 2012 hospital case, which was never before him. He said Friday he hasn’t seen the terms of that settlement either.


BOS resolution for Jean Love

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

On Tuesday (2/10) I went to the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting to accept a Resolution of Appreciation on behalf of Jean Love’s family. Next week I’ll send the resolution and a pile of Jean’s air checks on CD to her niece in Florida.

Two pictures are linked below. The second one is the resolution.

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http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA photos/WJMA people/pages/page_216.html