Monday, January 10, 2011

Andy Rooney makes a mistake in finding mistakes

Andy Rooney's piece on "60 Minutes" on January 9, 2011 (the "Rendell episode" of "60 Minutes") highlighted mistakes found in a school history textbook. One issue was misspellings. Among other words, the word "secession" was stated to be misspelled.
It wasn't.

The issue of blacks in the Confederate forces also arose. Some details of this may be found in the wikipedia post
Military history of African Americans in the American Civil War , which includes requests by General Patrick Cleburne (a practicing lawyer, who would die in the Battle of Franklin) and General Robert E. Lee.

A post on cbsnews notes the article Blacks Who Fought For The South by Walter Williams.

Separately, also on the the January 9 episode was a piece on publicity rights of dead people (including Albert Einstein, of interest in the Princeton area), which piece was recycled from a previous "60 Minutes" episode.

Andy Rooney's birthday is January 14.

**On trademark issues with Einstein, see IPBiz post of 17 September 2005:

Right of publicity and trademark disputes over Einstein?


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