Sunday, March 30, 2014

CBS Sunday Morning on March 30, 2014

Charles Osgood introduced the stories for March 30, 2014. 46 years ago tomorrow, LBJ announced he was not running for President. David Martin on Bryan Cranston as LBJ. LBJ went against the norm. Triumph and tragedy. Second, writing on the wall, from Book of Daniel. Rita Braver on graffiti. Is it art or vandalism? Third, Tracy Smith on "up in smoke," about father who dealt marijuana. Fourth, Susan Spencer on comedians, David Letterman's writers. What makes something funny. Fifth, Anthony Mason.
Headlines: Number missing in Washington put at 30. Flight 370. Holly Williams in Perth, Australia. Southern Indian Ocean. The Rolling 40s. Jeff Thomas, aviation expert, interviewed. More than 100 aftershocks have hit Los Angeles region.
Earth Hour marked last night. Photo of Prince George, prior to Australian trip. Weather: rain storms on east coast.

The cover story is by Susan Spencer on "What's so funny?" Example from Letterman, check in with Bruce and Linda. Comedy bit on "Weekend Late Show." Writer Steve Young, on hitting the sweet spot. Not the first guest to leave a trail of slime. Susan Spencer in front of "The Comic Strip." Joe Moran at the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. Moran puts people in MRI machines and watches their brain while watching Seinfeld. "Humor detection" and "humor appreciation." Humor takes brains. Children as young as 10: correlation between appreciating humor and intelligence. Set up expectation and violate that expectation. Scott Weems book “Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why.” I've had a wonderful evening but this wasn't it.

Almanac gives a story with an intellectual property angle. March 30, 1858. Philadelphia inventor Hymen Lipman, gets patent on pencil with eraser. Patent later invalidated by Supreme Court. ferrule. Mention of David Reese, professional pencil sharpener in story by Mo Rocca on Sunday Morning. Lower your golf score? Bring a pencil with an eraser.

[from US Patent 19783 : Be it known that I, HYMEN L. LIPMAN, of Philadelphia, in the county of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Lead Pencil and Eraser; and I do hereby declare the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawing and to the letters of reference marked thereon. (...) from wikipedia: In 1862, Lipman sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000, who went to sue the pencil manufacturer Faber for infringement. In 1875 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Reckendorfer declaring the patent invalid because his invention was actually a combination of two already known things with no new use

Painting Buff by Lee introduces first part of story by Rita Braver. Futura2000. Lady Pink. Dave. Sean Corcoran curates exhibit on graffiti. Heather MacDonald speaks of corrosive effect on city's spirit. Graffiti is vandalism. Shepard Fairey of Obama Hope. Is graffiti art? 51% say no.

Bells rang out in Washington State re: mud slide. John Blackstone has Sunday Journal interviewing people about feelings after mud slide.

Tracy Smith on father/son relationship. Tony Doucopil. Miami in 1980s, paradise lost. 1984: Miami Vice debuted. "Sold real estate in Vermont." When Tony, Jr. was six, father walked away. Freighter goes north, then returns south, and meets sailboats to distribute. Book "The last pirate" Buried cash in coolers. The father, now 67, lives in Cambridge, MA. See post NBC News writer, Tony Dokoupil, tells the story of father’s marijuana millionaire life in new book ‘The Last Pirate’ . Doucopil in Czech means "I bought it all."

Sunday Passages. Senator Jeremiah Denton died. Baltimore Museum of Art displays "On the Shore of the Seine" by Renoir. In 2012, bought at flea market. Court case over ownership.

David Martin on "LBJ" on Broadway. Bryan Cranston. "All the Way" covers the first year of LBJ's term. LBJ went against the norm. He could have left things status quo. Civil Rights Bill. Teaching school at Catula. LBJ: encyclopedic knowledge of Congress. He tape recorded his conversation. Example given: call with Everett Dirksen. Civil Rights Bill on July 2, 1964. Statement by John Lewis. Joseph Califano: we were passing 100 significant bills a year. Johnson's Great Society. Califano: LBJ is the president that impacted the US today more than any other president. LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. Grandaughter Linda Robb. By 1968: half million troops in Viet Nam. Lewis: Johnson did more to liberate black America than anyone.

Steve Hartman.

How I met your mother. Anthony Mason, Sunday Profile. Smoulders lived in meat-packing district in NYC. Oceana.

Commentary by Joel Sartori on sand hill cranes. Platte River in Nebraska. Waste grain in farmer's fields. Can live up to 40 years.

Monday: enrollment deadline for ACA. Tuesday: April Fools Wednesday: Peabody Awards Thursday: Queen Elizabeth Friday: Doris Day Saturday: Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

Next week: Nicholas Cage.

Moment of nature. Spiriva. Snowy owls of Dayton, New York.

But recall: March 11, 2012, 2:10 PM|This "Sunday Morning" moment of nature leaves you out in the cold with snowy owls at Montana's Pablo National Wildlife Refuge.


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