Charles Osgood introduced the stories for Sunday Morning on April 17, 2011. These are taxing times. The cover story is by Seth Doane relates to turmoil over taxes, understanding America's tax code. The second story related to The Great Gatsby. The third story was about Robin Williams, done by Harry Smith. The fourth story was by Bill Geist, on a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stories on Jerry Seinfeld. Molly Ringwald.
Headlines. Death toll at least 35 from storm system in the US. FAA taking action after another controller fell asleep. Hillary Clinton met with Japan's Emperor. Palm Sunday at St. Peter's Square.
Weather: Drying out after rains.
Taxing times. Turmoil over taxes, starting with a quote from Barack Obama. "A mess." Nina Olsen, the "national taxpayer advocate" of the IRS. The IRS does what Congress tells them. Last year, 579 changes in the tax code, more than one a day. Joe Thorndike of TaxAnalysts. The US Constitution as a tax document. The Civil War prompted income tax and tax on consumer goods. World War II made income tax: class tax to mass tax. Highest rate: 94% to 35%. David K. Johnston at Syracuse Law School. Individual and corporate tax breaks. GE spent 39 million lobbying. Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute: bulk of tax breaks are for middle class. Leo Hendry, a multimillionaire was interviewed; member of "Patriotic Millionaires." Nina talked about "unreported income" as being the biggest tax loss. If everyone reported properly, everyone would pay $2200 per year less. Paying taxes: moment of awareness. How much civilization do you want. Pulse (poll) stated 51% of people thought they paid fair share.
April 17, 1970. Apollo 13 landed. It was to be third manned lunar mission. James Lovell: much like playing solitaire. NASA: "a successful failure." Lovell and Hayes are still alive.
1983 film Yentl. Passover starts tomorrow. Rita Braver talks about Museum of Jewish History, the opening hosted by Jerry Seinfeld. I didn't learn all this; some of this was put in me by other Jews. Pipe of Einstein; glove of Koufax; piano of Irving Berlin. Josh Perlman on Estee Lauder (matzo
as well as makeup). Michael Rosenzweig. A Torah dating from colonial times. Levi Strauss. Jacob Garfinkel. Emmanual Goldenberg.
Molly Ringwald. In 1984 movie "16 Candles." Jazz music as comfort food. In "Facts of Life." John Hughes saw Ringwald as a kindred spirit. Hughes remembered his locker combination. Charismatic normality. Turned down leads in Ghost and "Pretty Woman." Movie to Paris and died her hair blond.
"In stiches." Holbein picture: Henry VIII wearing his wealth. Hampton Court Palace. In 1539, Henry may have taken up embroidery. Susan K. Williams, Royal School of Needlework. Carpenter's Coat. Naturalistic silk shading. French notes. Black work. In 1872, Lady Victoria Wellby opened school of embroidery. Kirsten Fitzgerald is a student. In Henry VIII's time, embroiderers were all men.
Randy Wood. Dot Records. Ain't That A Shame. Tutti Frutti. Covered by Pat Boone. Little Richard on the covers: I later recognized that it gave me recognition, but at the time I didn't feel that way. Tab Hunter. 1978: Dot was shut down for good.
The Great Gatsby. House that served as inspiration torn down yesterday [April 16, 2011] Land's End. Built in 1902 at Sands Point. Gold Coast: Great Neck to Huntington Bay. The "Sunday Morning" piece put a "loss of history" take on the demolition. However, the New York Post put a different spin on the historical significance
:Pace professor Walter Raubichek said that no one can be sure of Lands End's claim to fame.
"It's certainly possible," he said. "But Fitzgerald never made any direct statement about it. Because he knew that area well, there are a few homes that people sometimes think could have served as an inspiration."
The current owners believe that its pedigree has been overstated. "To be honest with you there isn't anything really special about it," said David Brodsky, who along with his father bought the property for $17.5 million in 2004 from Virginia Payson, the late wife of former Mets owner Charles Payson.
"We did a lot of research on its history and there is really no evidence that Fitzgerald was even ever there," he said.
The father is Bert Brodsky, chairman and chief executive of Sandata Technologies Inc. [Sandata's mission: To be at the forefront of Home Healthcare, driving quality, efficiency, and outcomes across the continuum of care. History: In 1980, the City of New York formed its Human Resources Administration (“HRA”) to administer the Medicaid program. Sandata worked with the HRA to design systems that met the specialized needs of the home care agencies under contract with the HRA.]
"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." Robin Williams. British Royal Family: All that money and no dental plan. Weapons of self-destruction. Cow valve. Of life: just enjoy it, there's no rush.
Opinion by Ben Stein. Are we about to go broke? No. debt about = to gnp. The Federal Reserve can print money. Ben quotes Herbert Stein. Social security and Medicare will be changed a lot. No more voodoo economics.
Johnny Grant, of the Walk of Fame. Bill Geist filled out form. Lassie made first film in 1943. 2437th star.
Next week: Mavis Staples.
Moment of nature: Sonoran desert of Arizona.