Sunday, July 11, 2010

"CBS Sunday Morning" recycling on July 11, 2010

Although the lead-in to the CBS Sunday Morning cover story by Tracy Smith on TMZ included recent events surrounding Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson, the story itself was re-cycled from an earlier Sunday Morning story. Does the brief gloss to July 2010 news amount to putting lipstick on a pig? The second preview was to a story by Katie Couric on the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, including a visit to Monroeville, Alabama. The third preview was to a story on Joy Behar, also recycled.

Headlines: Day 83 of the oil spill robotic submarines removing the cap; 23 deaths in Afghanistan this month; only about 10% of pledges to Haiti relief were honored; Avandia; Wall Street is hiring (2000 jobs since February). A lead-in to a story on Merle Haggard.

The Almanac for "July 11, 2010" was directed to July 11, 1931, the birthday Arthur Andrew Gelien (Tab Hunter). Snippets included Island of Desire. 1955 story in Confidential suggested Hunter was gay. Record "Young Love." 1981: movie Polyester. Book: Tab Hunter: Confidential. Interestingly, even the Almanac story was re-cycled, from a CBS Sunday Morning story "Tab Hunter Tells All," which was first broadcast July 16, 2006, which was showcasing his book:

But he's still as gracious to fans as ever and those one-time hysterical teenagers are flocking to book signings.

The book, "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star" describes a shy boy, abandoned by his father, raised by a domineering mother. His real name is Art Gelien. An agent simply made up "Tab Hunter" saying he needed to "tab" him something.

The pushpin art story was recycled from 29 November 2009. It mentioned a Grand Rapids, MI art competition on art from pushpins. "Nessie" a sculpture in the river.
There is an allusion to the art of Chuck Close. Pushpins invented by Edwin Moore in 1900. [The discussion of pushpins appears on a previous IPBiz post:
Invention of the push-pin

The story on Merle Haggard was by John Blackstone, and was re-cycled from May 30, 2010: MERLE HAGGARD - Correspondent John Blackstone profiles the man who put Muskogee, Oklahoma on the map: country music great Merle Haggard. Merle Haggard spent two years 9 months in San Quentin and got a lot of song material there. A good line, from Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard: Merle, you're the guy people think I am.

There was a story on the spy swap, which included pictures of Obama eating burgers with the Russian leader. Olga Olnicher (of Rand) described this as a win-win. Anna Chapman was stated to be about to leave the country. Jay Leno with Biden saying: it wasn't my idea to send her back. Russians spun it as a conspiracy of conservative circles. (Oleg Kalugin). Laptop in a Starsbucks (Peter Ernest, who runs the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC). Friday's spy swap seemed so boring compared to previous exchanges. 1962: Francis Gary Powers. 1986: Sheransky.

Good news/bad news feature: 61% are optimistic of nation's future. Bad news: 53% think the US will be less important in 2050.

Of the story on Mockingbird:

50th ANNIVERSARY OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Fifty years ago this month, an unknown young writer from Alabama published her first novel. Today, Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, "To Kill a Mockingbird," still sells almost a million copies a year and remains one of the most beloved books in all of America's literary canon. Published in 1960, "To Kill a Mockingbird," told the story of racism and social injustice in a small southern town as seen through the eyes of a child. CBS Evening News anchor and Managing Editor Katie Couric will take a look back at the book and story that changed so many people's lives forever. Refer also to CBS Evening News on July 9, 2010.

Katie's story began with a quote from Oprah, followed by material from Tom Brokaw. "Tequila Mockingbird" is the drink of Monroeville. Haroer Lee hasn't given an interview since 1964.

There are different recipes for a Tequila Mockingbird on the internet. One of the more complicated:

Tequila Mockingbird

1 ounces Tequila
ounce Triple Sec
ounce Blue CuraƧao
2 ounces Orange Juice
1 ounce Cranberry Juice
Fill highball glass or tumbler with ice. Add tequila and Triple Sec, followed by orange juice and cranberry. Add blue Curacao. Do not mix. Garnish with a lemon or a cherry if desired and serve in a highball glass.

A simpler Tequila mockingbird:

Quantities for one drink:
1 1/2 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Green Creme de Menthe
Juice of 1 Lime

The July 11, 2010 Sunday Morning described the final picture element as "the moment of nature." The scene was from Slaughter Beach in Delaware, showing horseshoe crabs.


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