Charles Osgood introduced the stories for May 25, 2014, Memorial Day Sunday.
A title change, is the cover story by Barry Peterson, on Colorado's law on marijuana. Colorado marijuana. Second, Mo Rocca on MacDonald on Broadway as Billie Holliday. Third, Lee Cowan on O Henry punoff. Fourth, Anthony Mason on Barry Gibb. Fifth, Rita Braver. Sixth, David Martin. Seventh, Steve Hartman. Headlines: Isla Vista killer, Elliott Roger. Shooting in Brussels, Belgium. Pope Francis in Bethlehem. Ukraine presidential elections. Kanye West married in Florence (Belvedere Fort). Weather: Storms in midwest. Rain in northeast.
First up, Osgood on killings in Isla Vista. Danielle Nottingham is there. Billie Maples interviewed. Jacklyn Taylor. Elliott Roger is the killer. Santa Barbara sheriff Jim Brown. All weapons involved were legally purchased. Richard Martinez talked of his son, Chris, who died.
[From Los Angeles Times: In video after video, Elliot Rodger roamed Santa Barbara like an invisible man, narrating his lonely existence in a strange, clinical tone, consumed by a feeling of total alienation.]
Osgood makes reference to "Rocky Mountain High." Then byop, bring your own pot. 80,000 people at marijuana celebration in April 2014. John Hickenlooper opposed the pot law. "High on the Range" (1929). Keith Straup of NORML. Cab Calloway, funny reefer man. Then, reefer madness campaigns. Marijuana outlawed by federal government in 1937. In 1996, California allowed marijuana for medical use. Hickenlooper: marijuana creating jobs and taxes. But, growers and sellers have to deal in cash.
"Medicine Man" is a thriving business, but has to pay in cash. Sales in Washington will begin in the summer 2014. Obama administration has taken a look the other way approach.
48% of Americans say they have tried marijuana.
Almanac. May 25, 1889. Igor Sikorsky born in Kiev. By age 20, built first helicopter, that didn't fly. Then, four engine aircraft. Worked with Charles Lindberg on Pan Am. In 1940, VS-300. He died in 1972 at age of 83. Company makes Blackhawk. Also, Marine-1 helicopters.
[Note: Igor Sikorsky is considered to be the "father" of helicopters not because he invented the first. Yes, in 1908, Edison patented his own design for a helicopter. ]
Rita Braver on the real Gerber baby. Ann Turner Cook. Now 87. Dorothy Hope Smith entered sketch in 1928 in contest. Gerber HQ in Fremont, Michigan. Sally Gerber daughter of Dorothy Gerber. Cook became a high school English teacher. I can't think of anything nicer than to be a symbol for babies, and that's what I became.
David Martin on James Webb. Marine Corps gallows humor. Webb in Viet Nam in 1969, "Fields of Fire". We just went round the bush, and then we left. "I heard my country calling," published by CBS' Simon & Shuster. His office includes some "sands of Iwo Jima." James C. Ward, died May 9. "Arizona Valley." Incident between Bush and Webb about Webb's on in Iraq. If you were there, I don't need to explain it to you. "Not for fame or reward, (...) but in simple obedience to duty." The story ends with a tabulation of "the fallen."
Clip from 1980 film Airplane. Once a pun a time. Lee Cowan. O. Henry Pun-Off in Austin, Texas. Gary Halleck, chief kook and bottle washer. Linguistic terrorist. Matt Pollock. punpunpun.com . Darrin Walsh in a chicken suit. Had to Book a Rest. Alexandra Petri. Tanks but not tanks. Check my eyes an hour later. Ben Zeek. Pun on queue. I don't know if you're reggie jackson. Osgood: as good as it gets. When Bush comes to shove. Punslingers competition. I wasn't blackboard yesterday. Matt Pollock won the contest.
Next week on Sunday Morning: Mike Myers.
Moment of nature. Spiriva. Deep Hole at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County, FL.