Under the leadership of Col. Robert R. McCormick, The Chicago Tribune leases enough time on the Zenith Edgewater Beach Hotel station, WJAZ, to assure
program dominance. The Tribune obtains the call letters WGN (World's Greatest Newspaper) from Great Lakes skipper Carl D. Bradley.
That was on March 24th, 1924. On June 1st of that year, the radio station known as WDAP became known as WGN. You can hear WGN today from a good portion of the country at 720 on your radio dial.
Monty Python is one of my favorite shows of all time. I first watched it back in the 70's - on PBS. It was the show that many parents didn't want their kids to watch even though I don't recall my parents ever telling me I couldn't watch it. Still, there was something forbidden about it. Maybe it was the topless woman in the news shop. Maybe it was the incessant talk of bums and sex. Preteen boys like that kind of stuff, generally speaking.
I still watch it. My Tivo is full of it. It's insanely intelligent and offbeat. And it's still hot.
Two decades and a pop culture eternity later, "Monty Python" should by
all rights resemble a dead parrot. Passed on. No more. Ceased to be.
Expired and gone to meet its maker. Resting in peace.
Instead, "Python" is hotter than a Spam souffle. That's Spam as in
"Spamalot," the musical based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" that
is packing houses on Broadway, beginning a national tour March 7,
opening this fall in London and taking up a 10-year residence in Las
Vegas next spring.
...Make an involuntary mental substitution, though, and you might be
inclined to sing "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam" while deleting pitches for
mortgages and online pharmaceuticals. That we still remember these
"Python" gags, or that we might like to have our memories refreshed, is
the excuse for the new six-installment series "Monty Python's Personal
Best," making its debut Wednesday on PBS and continuing for the next
two weeks, with two episodes each night. Then, beginning in April, PBS
will air every half-hour of the original series, including two "lost
My favorite Python sketches (an incomplete list and in no order):
Twit of the Year
Fish Slapping Dance
Knowhatimean? Nudge Nudge
The Blancmange (I believe that's the first one I ever saw)
Update: I never could understand why the folks in the Federation got rid of money. Did they get rid of voluntary exchange too? Is the Federation just one big autarky party? How in the heck do they get stuff done and who decides what is to get done?
But this morning Boomerang broadcast – and Thomas watched – this episode of a series from the early 1990s called "Captain Planet."
It’s awful! For the first time ever I was tempted to prevent him from
watching the t.v. show he chose to watch. I resisted the temptation.
But overhearing the nonsense spewing from the television made my skin
crawl, my head ache, my blood boil, my soul deflate.
From what I could tell, an evil businessman had commissioned the capture and killing of elephants. As far as style and content, the show is what you expect to get when you cross PETA and rabid environmentalism with Pokemon. Don gives this account:
A beautiful (if rather constipated-looking) Mother Nature gazes upon
the earth and laments the destruction unleashed by we foolish humans.
When she looks more closely she declares, horror-stricken, "It’s worse
than I thought!"
The hellish industrial scenes are allegedly from the early 22nd
century. Later in the show, a young man is transported back in time to
when grass was still green and gorillas still existed. He’s stunned to
find how beautiful the world was before headless humanity ruined it.
Of course, this noble young man and some friends eventually
encounter an evil business man – one complete with raspy voice,
sinister laughs, and motivated only by pure evil.
I tried to change the channel to something else (something more enjoyable and real-life, like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), but my 4-year old durable, Alex, got upset. So I watched it with him and about tossed my breakfast an hour before I ate it. The show was that bad.