Sunday, November 29, 2015

CBS Sunday Morning on November 29, 2015

Charles Osgood on "the empty chair," introducing the Susan Spencer cover story on the 84,000 deemed "missing." Lee Cowan on striking a chord on Utah musicians. Ben Tracey does Sunday Morning Profile on Carey Mulligan. Luke Burbank on Bentonville, Arkansas and the squirrel cook-off. Erin Moriarty on David Remnick
Headlines. Robert Louis Deer in Colorado Springs. Pope Francis in Central African Republic. Deaths blamed on stormy weather. Egypt on King Tut's tomb. Weather: rain, ice, snow.

Fact: In store sales down 10%; online sales up 14.3%

Susan Spencer begins with Andrew Meacham of Tampa on Stuart Fletcher Currin. Fletcher srarted to think FBI after him. Then he fell off the eather, around August 1999. Last seen in Seminole, FL at age 44. Meachem tried to find Fletcher. How does someone fall through the cracks. At any given time, 84,000 people are deemed missing. B.J. Spalmer of NamUs, a database of missing persons. Laws are more geared to finding children. No missing person report ever filed for Fletcher. Nanmus case number 99-1145. Bill Pellan of Seminole County, FL. No family members of Fletcher to obtain DNA. Extract DNA from envelopes seal? Yes. The DNA was a match to a body found in Seminole County. Meachem: you don't just let friends disappear. This case is an example of DNA identification from the saliva used to seal an envelope. [See also June 20, 2015 story at Also:]

Almanac. Nov. 29 1890: first Army-Navy football game. Contest almost died in 1894. Teddy Roosevelt got game back in 1899. Harry Truman came to games. Kennedy in 1962. In 1963, score 21-15, Navy [The 1963 game was played on December 7. Remember Roger Staubach and Rollie Stichweh and the ending: Army’s Ken Waldrop falls 2 yards short of the goal line with 18 seconds left in 1963 Army-Navy game, and the Cadets can’t get off another play in 21-15 loss. ] First instant replay used in the 1963 game. Results to date: Navy 59 wins Army 49.

Fact: Day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers.

Luke Burbank on "tale of the squirrel" on cooking squirrel in Bentonville, Arkansas. "It just is. Tree to table." Sustainable use of wild game as table fare. Note: buying or selling wild game meat is illegal. Squirrel sliders. Squirrel bisque. Eating what you hunt, even if it's a rodent. How does squirrel taste? Squirrel desserts, including ice cream. Winner: squirrel empanadas.

Erin Moriarty on David Remnick, 17 years at the New Yorker. He chooses the covers. Satire is about not going far enough. Good humored brainiac. Legendary cartoons. "The New Yorker Festival." Lenin's Tomb. Remnick started at the Washington Post. Married in October 1987; went to Moscow. Hired by Tina Brown. Brown left to form "Talk." Remnick brought stability to the New Yorker. Spirit of collaboration. Wife: the pragmatics of it is in my hands. Week after 9/11, all cartoons removed from the New Yorker.

Paula Pondstone on screen devices. Addiction hampers judgment. Brain retains information better when read from paper than from a screen. Our children will need fully functioning brains for the future.

Text: The tech industry has profited from the "Every child must have a laptop in the classroom" push, but education hasn't. Research shows that the brain retains information better read from paper than from a screen, and students who take notes by hand are more successful on tests than those who type their notes on a computer.


Ben Tracey on Carey Mulligan. Born in London. Saw Kevin Bacon doing a one man show in New York. Mulligan received widespread recognition for her performance in the 2009 film An Education. Far from the Madding Crowd.

Next week on Sunday Morning: Frank Sinatra at 100.

Moment of nature. Moose at Gros Ventre Wilderness in Wyoming. Note Gros Ventre is also known for a landslide: the Gros Ventre landslide occurred on June 23, 1925, following the melt from a heavy snowpack and several weeks of heavy rain. Approximately 50,000,000 cu yd (38,000,000 m3) of primarily sedimentary rock slid down the north face of Sheep Mountain, crossed over the Gros Ventre River and raced up the opposing mountainside a distance of 300 feet (91 m). [from Wikipedia]

***Patent connection for November 29:

With certain exceptions, nonprovisional utility and plant applications for patent filed on or after November 29, 2000 are published promptly after the expiration of a period of eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is sought under title 35, United States Code (eighteen-month publication or pre-grant publication (PGPub)). See 35 U.S.C. 122(b).


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