Sunday, September 05, 2010

"CBS Sunday Morning" on September 5, 2010

Of interest on the news of September 5 which included Earl, the earthquake in New Zealand, and the raising of the BP well cap, were the actions of Charles Osgood very obviously reading the news from written notes.

The cover story "Above and Beyond," detailed the story of Scott Smiley, a West Point grad who was blinded in Iraq. Smiley fought to continue in the Army, and became the Army's first blind active officer, leading a transition team ("Warrior Transition Unit"). The piece pushed a book by Smiley (Hope Unseen), published by Simon & Shuster, an affiliate of CBS. The last words of the piece "clearly in sight." The transcript is available on the internet A Blind Army Officer's Challenging Vision

Almanac did Jesse James, who was born on Sept. 5, 1847. James was an officer in the Confederate army during the Civil War. There are 40 movies concerning Jesse James. The raid in Northfield, MN in 1876 was discussed. Robert Ford was mentioned. In 1995, James body was exhumed. Jesse James made the headlines again.

Artist of Record on Mary Whyte (White) was done by Martha Teichner. The Hi-Way 50 Drivein in Lewisburg, Tennessee, a last picture show. For the last 3.5 years, Mary White has been documenting people in the South who have stories that need to be told. Following pictures, White does paintings. "By a thread" on a mill closure. Funeral bands. Her final paintings are done in water color. White is based in Charleton, SC, but works in Simpsonville, SC. Doug and Billie Hogg are her landlords. They eat promptly at noon everyday. Doug and Jane Hogg tend to bees (The Beekeepers Daughter). Spinner. Greenville Museum of Art will display her work. [from The exhibition, Mary Whyte: Working South, will open March 2, 2011 and run through October 2, 2011. Whyte has spent nearly 3 years preparing for the exhibition, which features images of people in jobs that are fading away. ] Anguish, dispair, and rage. Shoeshine man in New Orleans. Near Bishopville, SC: a cottonpicker. 15 Minute Break on industrial oven cleaners. Absolute weariness. Quilters in Berea, Kentucky, featuring the skin of hands. The resume of a region is brought to life. Whyte and her husband maintain Coleman Fine Art, 79 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Whyte has a B.F.A. from Temple University. [As an update, the story on Whyte was clearly the hit of CBS Sunday Morning on September 5, 2010.]
Transcript: Preserving on Canvas a Vanishing Way of Life

South by SouthWest [SXSW] was featured in a piece on a summer song. For a few days during the year, Austin TX becomes the capital of music. The world's most influential music festival. The group Quiet Company offered free hugs to attract attention. The Dixie Chicks were interviewed. Two of them appeared this year as The Corrtyard Hounds. Smokey Robinson discussed declining CD sales. "It's frightening." The days of the minstrel when you do music and nobody pays for it. Swenson presides over the festival from an office called director's hell. 10,000 acts applied for 2,000 festival slots. Rachel Ray is a regular. A really cool block party. "British Musical Embassy" opened in a bar. Dennis Hensil had a guitar shaped as the state of Texas.

In the next piece, a black BMW 5 was shown to introduce a story on the workforce at BMW. The issue was Losing a race against time for the 18,000 workers who build BMWs which workers are getting older and older. The silver tsunami. 16% of population in US will be over 65 in ten years. Less flexiblity and strength among workers. A mention of a social contract in Germany. Germany does not have enough younger workers. Average age of workers to be 47, the true average age in 7 years. Rear axle gear boxes. Special shoes and wooden floors. Bigger type on computer screens. Project only cost $50,000. Productivity went up 7% and defect rate went to zero. Re-engineering for an older work force. Not called a project to aid the elderly but merely a plan to improve productivity.

Mo Rocca gives a once over on the Obama White House Oval Office makeover. "Yes, we tan." They stayed away from Muslin for obvious reasons, but the color is fawn. Steer a bolder course to bronze. The carpet known as oatmeal. Show us more of hard wood flooring. An oval office that tries too hard to say nothing. Transcript: The Obama Office Makeover: Yes, We Tan! .

Osgood talked about earlier pieces on Sunday Morning relating to "Happy Campers." This week was "rock and roll" camp. Here, a New Jersey physician named Jonathan was featured, with a quote from Todd Rundgren. Bill Brooks (IT) had a Amazon parrot on his shoulder. "It's all about me, now" at age 53. It's my time. Rock n Roll fantasy camp. Spike Edney of Queen. Crash course in rock stagecraft: keep it simple. Jack Bruce of Cream shows up. Flash from the past becomes a joy for the boys. To be 18 in 1963 in London. Bruce jokes about brain surgeon camp. There was a piece on The Cavern where the Beatles used to play. Affirmation of my own confidence. The beat goes on. [Note this story is a part of a series of "happy camper stories.]

Osgood presented Mike "The Situation" Sorentino of Jersey Shore. Tim Greenfield did a Saturday night in Hollywood on the men and women of Survivor, which changed TV to its core. Survivors' success spawned a variety of shows including American Idol. 1 in 4 shows in prime time now fall into the reality category. An hour of reality can cost a hundred thousand dollars to produce compared to millions. Martin Kaplan of the Annenburg on the reptilian brain. Gossip over the back fence. In July, Disvoery Channel on "The Deadliest Catch" presenting Captain Jones die. The fabric of reality tv is conflict. It's not about writing a symphony. It's about a bunch of people who don't really have an ambition. Nothing to challenge your brain. People are drawn to dysfunctional behavior. "Jersey Shore" giving ethnic stereotypes. Pathological behavior. Yes, balloon boy showed up. The real housewives of DC. Mark Marcuse now runs "Real Management." Queen for a Day was recollected, as was Beat the Clock. Today, the sheer volume of reality shows is notable. Affect us for the worse. Toxifying the culture? Poison potion. A symptom of what people want. IPBiz notes that the novel "Turn of the Century" accurately predicted the rise of reality television. [The piece on reality tv was a recycle from February 7, 2010. ]

A plug for next week: Ben Affleck story. [Last week, Sunday Morning promised a bed bug story for this week, which bed bug story wasn't delivered.]

The "Check the mail" feature (not presented in a long time) was next. Mistake on last weeks almanac feature on Ingrid Bergman, no Oscar for Notorious. Robin Skeet. Supervising editor. Picture. A letter from 9 year old Alexa praising CBS Sunday Morning. A note from Harry Smith on Face the Nation.

Pulse segment: 60% of respondents say Labor Day arrival makes them happy.

Bill Geist on Royers Cafe of Round Top, Texas. Delivers pies for life. An onslaught of pies. In the Cafe, there is a 50 cent surcharge if you don't have ice cream on your pie. The line: "An old family recipe, just not my family." 10,000 pies per year at the Cafe. Most pies are made in Houston. Of the Pie for Life program, the price varies by age. Effect on life span of eating pies. For Geist, the pie annuity a bit over $6000. Nobody has signed up yet. Of the relationship to IP, note
The Invention of the Best Sandwich In the World , which includes -- With no culinary training or kitchen experience, Bud Royer and his family, have built and marketed the café into a well-recognized Texas institution. -- IPBiz observes this story illustrates the value of MARKETING (rather than invention) in innovation. [Note: the pie story was a recycle from November 11, 2009. ]

Moment of nature: Wildflowers of the Colorado mountains.


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