A Few Ideas

One of John F. Kennedy’s few accomplishments was the advertisement for Evelyn Wood’s Reading Dynamics and the handling of the Cuban Missile . Is this a scam or could I, now 70, learn the knack of it now.
I noticed many novels written by Pearl Buck in your library, which was not exactly a big surprise.   I read mostly American novels.   When you are in the setting of a novel and/or the writer is from a familiar  place it enhances your interest and is much easier to understand.
Back in the 60s and to this day,  Democrats are invoking JFK to pass social programs.  In doing so, they are painting a picture of a historical figure that has limited connection to reality.  JFK in his first Senate race in 1952 was clearly to the right of incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge.  Once again,  Kennedy did the same thing in 1960.  Republicans are using the same techniques now with  Ronald Reagan.
Remember the 1960 Campaign:
–the missile gap;
–going to the moon;
–fixation with Castro;  Kennedy said we lost Cuba as if it was ours to lose;
–In action with regard to the Soviet rape with Hungary; what could we really do;
–inflammatory inaugural address;
–raised troops in Vietnam from a few hundred to 17,000;
–and gave us the biggest military peace time buildup in history until RR in 1980;
–took no action on Civil Right until the March on Washington in the summer of 1963.
Now let’s look at this closer
As far as I see it, Kennedy handed the Cuba Missile Crisis  very well.  He installed the hot line between Moscow and Washington to insure communication especially in  crisis moments. JFK presented the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to the Senate in August of 1963.  President Eisenhower and Minority Leader Everett Dirksen supported the Treaty.  It passed 81 to 19.  For these actions, we do have to be grateful to President.

See the Dog

Hang on Folks. The last time we had symbolism was in 2008. Andy Reid said he was not going to shave until the Eagles got into the Super Bowl. Well Reid shaved earlier than he and the Eagles wanted to. Too bad; see below for a big rise and a decline.
— Thanksgiving night at the link. The Eagles easily defeated the Arizona Cardinals 48 to 20. The Cardinals were 9-7.
— Two wins, both on the road, over the New York Giants. The scores were 20 to 14 and 23 to 11. The Giants were 12-4. Philadelphia showed they could defeat the best team in the NFC.
–A playoff win over Minnesota Vikings 26 to 14. The Vikings were 10-6.
–A win over Dallas 44 to 6. This was the biggest regular season win in the Reid era. The Cowboys were 9-7.
The loss 32 to 25 at Arizona was the biggest loss for me in 62 years of following the Eagles.

Hypocritical Tribute to Patti Burns-Pittsburgh 2001

The lengthy tribute KDKA-TV paid on its newscasts to Patti Burns after her untimely death certainly was fitting given the former anchorwoman’s enormous popularity. It also was highly hypocritical.  Yet no one fleetingly familiar with the cannibalistic climate of TV newsrooms should be surprised by the station’s two-faced treatment of its one-time star.  One of Pittsburgh’s  most recognizable faces, Burns, 49, succumbed to cancer at her Shadyside home. 

In the 20 minutes or so spent summarizing Burns’ career, KDKA  lovingly lauded her longevity at the station. Touted that tuning in to Patti during her various stints at noon, 6 and 11 p.m. anchor had been a Pittsburgh tradition.  The station  virtually ignored how the queen of KDKA Country, after 23 years at the station, was unceremoniously cut loose in 1997.

The Mt. Lebanon native joined the station in 1974 after a brief stint as a TV reporter in Dallas. Within two years, she was anchoring the noon news with her father, legendary local newscaster Bill Burns.  The nation’s only father-daughter news team continued until the elder Burns retired in 1988.  He died in 1997, about nine months after Patti and KDKA went their separate ways.

The parting was not particularly pleasant.  Friction between Burns and station management developed during the mid-1990s. During contract negotiations in 1996, the station decided it no longer wanted the veteran anchor on a full-time basis.   “They told me, ‘You’re linked to tradition and longevity, and we’re not going in that direction,'” Burns told Pittsburghs’ newspapers in December of 1996.

The station offered to extend her contract, but only on a part-time basis. At the time, Burns said she would have had to accept a pay cut of more than 50 percent and a substantially reduced on-air presence.   When an agreement on a new pact could not be reached,  KDKA sent Burns a notice terminating her employment, effective the date of her contract’s expiration – Jan. 31, 1997.

What happened to Burns was not uncommon.  The TV news business frequently eats its own. The industry digests middle-aged anchors at the height of their earning power, anchors who may not be popular enough among the younger audiences coveted by stations and their advertisers.

But what happened next was not as common. Two weeks before Burns was scheduled to depart, news director Sue McInerny abruptly told her the next day’s broadcast would be her last.   That did not exactly leave Burns a whole lot of time to prepare farewell remarks to her loyal viewers.  Burns said back then that McInerny told her that KDKA “had to get on with the transition.” At the time, McInerny said, “Since Burns chose to move on, there was no reason to make her work until the very last day of her contract.”

Her commercial broadcast career effectively over, Burns moved on. She founded her own media production company, performed charitable work, and contributed to public television station WQED’s “On Q” news magazine.  In the spring of 2001,  when she was diagnosed with the disease that would kill her.

The tribute provided Burns by the hypocritical station that spurned her was tantamount to a royal funeral.  Pity it took her death for the queen of KDKA  Country to finally return from exile.