I realize this show has been around for years but, as always, I am late to the party.
What a great show. Everyone is very calm
and serene. No over-the-top reporting. The stories are diverse and I find them interesting and informative.
Bus safety, The Black Keys (?), Cuban BBQ, Guam...they make it all very interesting.
Anyone else a fan to this sweet way to start Sunday mornings?
Been watching for years, op. Wonderful show.
The Wynton Marsalis opening never fails to capture my sweet cat's rapt attention.
What r2 said
I've been a fan of Charlie's since college in the 60's. He was very big on radio for years. In SF KCBS is the radio station where I first remember listing to him. He was always funny. He was just finishing his dissertation each morning as I pulled into the Shell Building garage on Battery St. I was really hooked on his chatter.
It wouldn't be Sunday without it.
Love this show
I use the Wynton Marsalis opening theme as my cell phone ringtone. I usually get very positive reaction when people recognize it.
AgreeOP. Loved it for years.
I rarely start a Sunday without it. Now that I'm on the west coast I have to DVR it so I can sleep in. I had some TV friends who were visiting and they had never seen it. These are guys my age who have movie studio jobs and write for tv They were making fun of all the fonts in the titles and did not get why it was so long and low key. I just love it. It's what TV should be.
I love CBS Sunday Morning, too.
They should bring this civilized attitude to prime time.
[quote]They should bring this civilized attitude to prime time.
YES! That's it exactly.
Sort of like NPR but even better. So calm, thoughtful and positive.
Call me naive BUT if more TV news were like this and not like FAUX new/CNN et al. warning of HURRICANES! TERRORISTS! EMEGENCY ALERT! - folks would be more peaceful, cooperative, and less partisan.
Someone else pointed out to me at all the stories are " feel good". There is nothing controversial in any of them.
Maybe, r13 but that's part of its charm. Stories of interest without necessarily being confrontational or "shocking". Imagine that!
There is nothing controversial in the rest of the television programming - it's just grotesque. Sunday Morning is shocking in that it is not grotesque. They have to hide it in the early Sun morning timeslot.
There used to be a CBS Sunday Morning troll on DL a few years back. He'd start a thread about that morning's show every few Sundays. His posts "read" very cute.
Check out his book about growing up in Baltimore during the '30s and '40s.
r15 nailed it.
I haven't watched in a while but it used to be one of few network shows that covered art, even in a minor way. Is that still the case?
R19 - yes. they did a story today on the Toldeo Museum of Art, and their studio glass collection.
I watch this with my Mom on Sunday evenings. It's a great program and a nice moment to share. Like Chopin played by Artur Rubenstein.
I like Steve Hartman and always thought he was funny and gay. Apparently I was wrong about one of those things.
I've been watching this gem of a program since Charles Kuralt started it. i love it. Perfect companion to a cup of coffee and the New York Times on a Sunday Morning.
I always look forward to this show. However, this morning they were showing cartoons followed by the US open in the mountain time zone. Was it pre-empted anywhere else?
Not on the east coast
It's like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for adults.
Another excellent description, R26. :)
Not that there's anything wrong with that, R26. I've enjoyed this show for years, it is a breath of fresh air for TV. However, recently I have found Steve Hartman's stories to be overly manipulative and tear-jerking.
One of the best shows on TV.
Hartman = not gay
Bill Geist = not gay (his son Willie is on Morning Joe)
Nancy Giles = not gay (not a dyke, although she gives off a slightly butch vibe sometimes)
Mo Rocca = GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY
Charles Kuralt = womanizer with a secret life "on the road".
Why do they always give Martha Tichner the food segments?
Great show. A wonderful relic of how much better TV news used to be, without all the shrill bells and whistles, over-the-top graphics, pandering stories, and so on.
I LOVE the "Moment of Nature" at the end...such a great sendoff.
R23 Another Charles Kuralt fan here. Loved his books as well.
I watch it every Sunday too. It is like going to mass. Calming, relaxing and colorful- but I hate Steve Hartman- I can't believe they pay him for that crap he calls stories.
Was it Charles Kuralt that used to just randomly knock on people's doors and ask them to share their stories while the people kept protesting how mundane and boring their lives were and there was nothing worth sharing?
And then they proceeded sharing the most
interesting and NON mundane stories that were always fascinating?
Or am I just making this all up?
I like the Moment of Nature also. Seta pleasant tone for the day...that is till some asshole fucks it up.
R38 - that wouldn't be Bob Scheiffer you are talking about now, is it?
More like David Gregory - Rethug shill.
It's a gentle way to start the week.
I've been watching since the Keralt days. Some on the show have been more enjoyable than others, but so far I've managed to wait them out.
Charles Osgood's son was a total hunk in high school. After high school, he was a personal fitness coach for awhile. Don't know what he does now.
The first 10-15 minutes are just a rerun of last night's news stories from the network, then 5 minutes of commercials. DVR it and ff thru most of it. Love that woman who does the commentary. She's the best thing on the show.
It's a great show. I always learn something new watching it and I feel better afterwards.
It's a decent show, but not nearly as good as it used to be.
I remember Charles Kurald. He was pudgy and folksy and came across like a favorite uncle. I liked him until I found out what he was really like. He died suddenly and it was discovered that folksy, trustworthy Charles Kuralt had been leading a double life and had been keeping a mistress and supporting her kids for decades. His image was shattered. After his death the detestable mistress sued for possession of some property she said he wanted her to have and she eventually got it. To add insult to injury his family had to pay the estate taxes on it. It was all very nasty business and I never saw Charles Kuralt in the same way after that. In reality, he was a dick.
The show today is much changed from the way it used to be. They do a lot of trivial stories on not very interesting, trendy celebrities and flash in the pans like Gaby Sidibe. You can see crap like that anywhere.
The commercials are maddening; there seems to be a series of them every ten minutes.
The nature scene at the end, which was always a very special moment, appears to have been slashed to only a few seconds.
And those talking heads! Ben Stein, Nancy Giles, Mo Rocca...they're all totally irrelevant and absolutely unbearable.
I never could stand Bill Geist. His voice alone makes me want to smash the tv set.
I'd say CBS Sunday Morning has its moments but is definitely not of the same quality as it used to be.
The Wilson sisters (Heart) still rocking and sounding great. Go Nancy & Ann!
Another new fan.
Now I wouldn't miss it..
The Vin Scully story this morning was great. Also loved the Japanese polka-dot artist.
No wonder health care is so expensive. The Cedars Sinai art collection is amazing.
(yeah, yeah...I know it was donated but some great pieces in the collection)
r2, the original version of "Abblasen" by a Canadian Brass group was better.
r32, our sister loves to eat. Always wears black and hides her chubby neck with colorful scarves.
You have to listen closely. They don't show names of people being interviewed. The original Executive Producer felt it was "distracting."
R57: the couple of photos they showed of him were always with another (unidentified) male so while they didn't come out and say it, it was pretty clear.
So Winslow was a Homer-sexual....
r56, keeping reading.
New York Daily News - July 3, 2012
CBS “Sunday Morning” correspondent Bill Geist broke the news to viewers that he has Parkinson’s disease over the weekend.
It was his first appearance on “Sunday Morning” in two months. His last piece, about seashell collectors on Sanibel Island, Fla., aired originally on April 22.
“Some of you had been speculating that I might have Parkinson’s,” he said in the taped announcement while seated on a park bench. “Well I do. I’ve had it for years. Told no one, not even my kids. Didn’t want them to worry, didn’t want to be seen as the sick guy.”
Nancy Giles gets kinda shafted on this show. They hired Mo Rocca and her presence went down. I like her better. Mo is overexposed. I don't dislike him but I tire of him as he's everywhere.
And such a bottom
See, he didn't even tell us - his kids!
Today NBC News appointed Willie Geist to be a host of the 9:00AM hour of the "Today" show, where he joins Al Roker and Natalie Morales beginning November 12.
Willie Geist is fug.
At least I can (almost) look at Luke Russert.
I just love this show. Terrific piece on Led Zeppelin. This show needs to be required viewing for kids.
So nice to see a healthy, 89-year-old Bob Elliott! What a great family. Chris is a genius. His work on the old Late Show was amazing.
The CBS Sunday Morning show is the only good show in the morning, it's like my "comfort show" when I wake up to have my coffee on Sunday morning.
Since I have retired I tend to get up earlier. Worked the evening shift and every weekend for years. I never got to watch any early Sunday programming but I started watching this show a few months ago and I concur with OP. It really is a gem. And I like that Osgood still wears a bow tie.
I agree. Along with Bill Moyer's Journal on PBS, this is the best program on television. Frankly, I was skeptical that Osgood would be successful replacing Charles Kuralt, whom I adored. But Osgood has done a brilliant job.
It's like the daytime version of 60 minutes.
Love this show and this morning was perfect
As someone mentioned upthread, this is always such a sweet and calm way to start the day.
Even their Newtown reporting wasn't as over-the-top as everyone else's has been.
Loved the piece on the Zep.
The only downside is it seems Bill Geist is getting shakier. Sad.
R71/R72 - Hissing Eldergays.
So old, they consider Osgood a hot youngster.
I loved the fact that it was not all about the Connecticut tragedy this morning. Frankly, many are not interested in wall-to-wall coverage of this disaster with no break. I'm looking forward to bits of Book TV today while I'm at home.
The woman who interviewed Led Zepplin has such a raspy voice I have to clear my throat when watching. Does she have a Diane Riehm problem?
The lady with the mannequin family made me LOL. What a great sense of humor she has.
It's the "older people's" Today. Now that I'm 50, I can admit to watching it over that train wreak over at NBC. CBS Sunday assumes its audience is intelligent.
Laura Dern interview was not stirring...but she doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb in the box.
I liked the New Mexico piece.
Aww. Happy Birthday Charles Osgood.
I really enjoyed the 7 Up story this morning.
And Mo Rocca looked really good with the beard! First time I ever found him sexy.
Mo needs to slap his big cock on my face.
R76 is a pissy cunt.
I love Sunday Morning because it's not tabloidy. They dig into the subjects and do actual reporting.
Of course, since it isn't talking every three seconds about Lady Gaga or the Kuntrashians, I'm sure all the 22 year olds will line up to tell us how boring and "eldergay" it is.
Re: the Up series, of which I've been a devoted fan since 28 Up (I was born a year later than this group), it really is true that the Brits age terribly. I do wish the cute future documentarian (!) who refused to participate after 21 Up would show his face to see what he looks like now.
I guess 56UPhas already aired in the UK -- when does it air in LA?
Most in the US weren't introduced to the series until 28UP in the 80s.
Occasionally there will be a nice segment about an interesting topic. But mostly it's disposable fluff. They do too many pieces on run of the mill or flash in the pan celebrities. And the commercials! There seems to a commercial break every ten fucking minutes!
The lovely little nature scene at the end of the show was always very special, but it appears to have been whittled down to a few bare seconds now. They've really trimmed it, presumably to make more time for commercials.
I can't stand Nancy Giles, Ben Stein, Mo Rocca and Bill Giest. ALL of them have nothing worthwhile to say and all of them have unbearably irritating voices. What the hell does this show do, seek out people with awful voices?
Charles Osgood is 80 today.
I remember in response to the LA Riots and OJ, in the mid-90s the show became, "Look at all the NICE Black people!"
R90, you have to appreciate that Mo Rocca parlayed his Vh1 gig into a very respectable job at CBS.
"you have to appreciate that Mo Rocca parlayed his Vh1 gig into a very respectable job at CBS."
He probably did it by sucking cock. Nothing to appreciate about that.
Didn't Mo Rocca start as a correspondent on The Daily Show?
It's on now! Tune in!!
Segment on Bonnie Franklin coming up!
Okay, guys, it's time you knew: Charlie is a staunch Republican. Completely gay friendly, as it happens (to the point that it's no issue at all), but even so......
(This is not false familiarity, by the way; "Charlie" is what he calls himself on my voicemail.)
I just saw the Bonnie segment.
Mo Rocca is looking HOT with his longer hair.
I wish Bonnie Franklin's segment had been a little longer.
Oh fuck, everything was fine, and then Ben Stein pops up on the screen and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down.
If I wanted that asshole I would watch FOX.
Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards!
Who is her GF?
I have been avoiding the basketball clip story on Facebook cause I knew it would make me weepy. So instead I see it on Sunday Morning while on the treadmill at the gym and everyone hears and sees me.
Did the same thing R103
Aww, hugs to R103 and R104.
Love this show!
I usually would agree with you R101 - he's a grump that puts Andy Rooney to shame - but I sorta agreed with him today.
[quote]Oh fuck, everything was fine, and then Ben Stein pops up on the screen and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down.
Even if I agreed with him politically and ideologically (I don't) I can't listen to him because I HATE his voice. Same with Al Sharpton. Why are these "voices" on TV?
r101 we believe in diversity, unlike viewers like you who only enjoy a program that regurgitates points-of-view you want to hear.
Charles Osgood Wood III
They will be having a Debbie Reynolds story this morning
Little Debbie turned 81 today. Somehow, it strikes me as very surprising that she is only seven years older than Ali McGraw.
Anywhere I can watch this show online? I usually miss it and I have no DVR.
I actually daydream of someone walking out onto the set, beating Charles Osgood to a bloody pulp when he starts with one of his tired poems, songs or limericks. It's not about you, you tiresome old show queen!
R112, it IS about him. Or his take on things, anyway. So if you find him a vacuous windbag (or dislike him because he's rabidly Republican), don't tune in. If enough people agree with you, CBS will dump him quickly. (They've already reduced his salary by $500,000/year, although it's still excessive.)
Osgood is really old and unwell and can't really walk anymore (which is why he's always seen sitting down). He'll be dead soon, along with Bill Geist, who has Parkinson's disease.
That will mean a new host for the show - Mo Rocca?
[quote] That will mean a new host for the show - Mo Rocca?
It'll be Lee Cowan.
Carol Burnett will be on next.
Watching also, R116. Can't wait for Carol.
Is Mark Harmon the nicest, sanest most humble actor/human alive? Almost too good to be true.
Since he grew a beard are they gonna make my Maurice the star?
Wow, Bill Geist looks terrible. Parkinson's has really done a number on him.
Mo Rocca looks like a schmuck with that hair swooping across his forehead.
Can't sleep, sinkhole might swallow me!
Cannot stand Mo Rocca. I almost sent a letter to CBS asking them not to inflict that nasal, lisping, grotesquely bearded monstrosity on the American public. Sorry, I know that sounds horrendously mean-spirited but holy hell he is annoying. His whole "schtick" is that he is "eccentric" or something. And it is so distracting. I don't give two shits that he is gay, either. No one wants to think about what that guy does in private. How has be gotten so popular? What network exec greenlit his presence in the media with "Yeah, people will want watch HIM!" ????????
Great show. I often record it since I work on Sunday mornings.
I actually prefer CBS this morning over any of the other morning shows weekdays. I cannot stand the fact that Today or GMA cram so much crap into 4 minute segments. Especially the food ones. Never enough time to get through anything and the last 30 seconds is usually the bum's rush.
I was totally shocked that I liked Gayle King as I had always thought of her as an Oprah creation foisted upon us. She, Charlie Rose & Norah O'Donnell have great rapport and appear to get along well.
Love the program. Can't listen to Rita Braver's strained gravel voice. She should be on public radio with the other annoying females.
Mommy's Day theme.
So now Sidney Poitier is writer of fiction? That interview was really, really bad. She couldn't have licked his ass more if she had tried. I love it when they ask questions that only have one answer and then the interviewer is overwhelmed by the answer. (Eyes closed, nodding knowingly and clutching at throat.)
I almost watched Maya Angelou, who was going to be on another morning show, talking about her mother, but I had gravitas overload from Sidney. Maya would have put me in a coma.
r127 would have been awakened from the coma when Maya screeched "I Rise, I Rise."
I want Mo Rocca inside of me quite deeply.
It features design color and architecture this week. And much more.
r129, you'll be tickled, not plowed.
Mo Rocca looks well-hung to me.
[quote]and then the interviewer is overwhelmed by the answer. (Eyes closed, nodding knowingly and clutching at throat.)
I used to love this show. I can't stand it watch it now.
It seems like there's a commercial break roughly ever 12 minutes, sometimes less than that.
Their stories featuring a particular person used to be very interesting. They would do pieces on legendary figures; actors, writers, musicians, dancers, artists. Sometimes they'd do a story about a very talented person who was not widely known; I'd never heard of the opera singer Sam Ramey until I saw him on CBS Sunday Morning. Now they do pieces on trendy celebrities. They did one on Gaby Sidibe! Their person stories now tend to be superficial and worthless.
I wish they would get rid of the fucking talking heads: Mo Rocca, Nancy Giles and Ben Stein. They ALL suck.
They used to do stories of ordinary people who were in fact extraordinary. One was about a little boy named Louie who had some kind of progressive disease; "Grace Under Fire" I think was the name of the segment on him. They don't seem to do anything like that anymore.
Bill Guiest...his voice is like fingernails on a blackboard. I can't stand it!
The show was at its peak when Charles Kuralt hosted it. It came as a shock to many, when, after his unexpected death, it was revealed that he was a philandering creep who'd been leading a double life for years. Yes, the charming, folksy, favorite uncle-like Charles Kuralt was a asshole with a secret mistress. After his death the slimy mistress sued for property she said was owed her on the basis of an innocuous note Kuralt had sent her. She ended up getting the property...and his survivors had to pay the taxes on it! Absolutely disgusting.
R134 is Charles Kuralt's illegitimate son.
I love Charles Osgood, but he's been looking quite frail in the last several months.
I've loved the slow pace of this show, but in the last few years they've had some pieces forced on them that don't seem to match. A profile of the Black Eyed Peas sticks out in my mind.
The ass-kissing in the interviews is frequently nauseating. The female interviewers are the worst; they sometimes come across like smitten schoolgirls. I can't remember the name of the interviewer, but I remember it was Rod Stewart she was questioning. She asked a question that went something like this: "Do you have any idea of the effect your voice has on women?" Stewart was so embarrassed by the stupidity of the question that all he could give as an answer was "uhhhhhh..."
They're on mens's swimsuits now!
CBS SUNDAY MORNING SUCKS UGLY CUNT!
I hate this show, the people on it, I hate it all especially that black chic, she sucks big time.
Wow r139 . Someone have a rough Saturday night?
R139 has a really ugly bathing suit and can't figure out any of David Copperfield's illusions and he's pissed off, R140.
Yesterday Bill Flanagan did a feature on why "No Problem" as a response from clerks and servers aggravates anyone born before 1980.
R144, yesterday's commentary should be required viewing for all. My mother & aunt - both in their 80s - have also incorporated this apparently all-purpose response into their daily lexicon. Even when I'm doing THEM a favor!!!
Is that a hairpiece David Copperfield, who was profiled on yesterday's show, was sporting?
Copperfield has always pinged, surprised he's straight. Gal pal mustn't speak English. Just stood there when interviewer asked simple question.
It's on! Sub for Charles Kuralt.
Today's topics: inroads against cancer, D-day, Bette Midler, and Adam Levine.
Let us settle in with a cup of coffee and watch.
Sub for sub Charles Osgood too. Heh. My age is showing...
Is the sub wearing a rug???
Maybe worth watching this morning: Harvey Fierstein AND Huey Lewis.
Huey is shown fly fishing near his ranch in Montana. So butch!
Harvey is shown walking through his "hood" and taking pics with fans.
Huey is gay?
Who is Harvey's partner?
Rembering Esther Williams is comming up
Huey looks pretty good for a 62 year old.
Very disappointed that there wasn't even the tiniest glimpse of the famous Huey bulge though.
How can Harvey say Shubert Alley is his "neighborhood" when he lives on West 83rd?
Yes, why was there no mention of Huey's wife? Or does he have one? Any kids? With the lifestyle that rockers lead, does he not have any past relationships that are "notorious?" Who HAS he dated or married? I don't remember any stories about him. Ever!
He surely couldn't be gay, could he? Or COULD he?
Married since 1984 with two kids, R158.
Well, that profile sure made ZERO mention of his wife or family. I mean, I know they are not famous and it was profile on him and the News, but still. Not a "comprehensive" piece on his life, overall. Many celebs include stories on the support they get from spouses and what their kids are doing with their lives, that sort of thing. Family men usually make mention of their families. Perhaps Huey and his family have a set up where they completely stay out of the limelight. Not a big deal but still a bit strange.
Huey did say "we" when he talked about buying the Montana ranch. I assumed he meant wife and family. Still, there is also no mention of spouse or kids on his Wiki page.
Is Cyndi Lauper going to win a Tony tonight?
Nancy Giles talked about bras.
In 3, 2, 1....
Summer repeat stories.
Cher is next
Loved seeing Cher this AM.
She looked great and was as funny and irreverant as ever.
Good show today.
Fall movies especially those looking good for award season.
Cher's interview was good too. She looked gorgeous and was her natural sassy self.
My lover adores this show, but hates it when Osgood is not the host. For the 90 minutes it's on, hubby is enthralled, and blissed out.Then he's back to the real world. I can take it or leave it, mostly leave it. It's a bit too Mr. Rogers sometimes. Favorite hoot piece: The pencil sharpening guy. What a great scam.
Seriously, how does Cher do it? It is impossible to look like that at 67, no? Is it a pact with the Devil??? I hear she can't move so well as she used to so her new tour will be less energetic. I hope she comes to Austin...
The show used to be much better.
I never felt the same way about it after it was revealed that Charles Kuralt was a douchebag with a greedy mistress. He was so closely associated with that show that for me his nasty secret life as a slimy cheating creep tainted CBSSM for me.
Do the producers of this show actually seek out very annoying commentators with terrible voices. Ben Stein, Nancy Giles, Bill Guiest, Mo Rocca...they're all unbearable and they all have voices that grate.
There are too many segments on flash in the pan celebrities and lightweight entertainers. They did a piece on Gaby Sidibe, for God's sake!
There seems to be a commercial break every ten minutes, really excessive. The show as a whole has become very commercialized and superficial.
They used to do stories about remarkable real people. Do they do those anymore? One very good story from way back was about a little boy named Louie with an incurable disease who nonetheless had a great attitude. I'd like to seem more stories like that instead of the insipid celebrity drivel.
The time for the nature scene at the end seems to have been cut. And they used to play a song during the closing credits; that's been cut way back too. I guess they needed to cut time wherever possible in order to get in all those commercials.
I can't watch the show all the way through anymore. Too many annoying people, nothing much interesting. Oh, something good might sneak in there once a while. But most of the time it's not worth enduring all the commercials for what you get.
Well, I love still love it! I record it and fast forward past the segments I don't like and the commercials. Cher was fabulous.
Forget about how good Cher looked. Her 87-year old, 8 times married mother looked absolutely amazing.
Agree with r170. Like everything else it has been "idiocracized" and dumbed down. More items about here today/gone today "stars" and reality stuff that is done better by local newscasts. I really can't see it lasting in its current form without even more tinkering for the masses (who aren't watching anyway).
r170 I bet your'e a hoot.
Yes, Cher's mom is beautiful. She was breathtaking back in the day.
Cher's mom should write a book. She's lived quite a life.
R170 is correct.
Who is gay at CBS News?
Charlie is not.
CBS has the best reporters
As I recently finished watching the "7 Up" series loved seeing that piece this AM.
I can't listen to Ben Stein. Not just
his voice but his views.
Maureen Maher pings!
She does indeed!
James Hetfield is hot as hell, yo!
Also, did you ever think you'd see twerking covered on this show? *That* phenomenon is officially over, for white folks at least.
R170 is a humorless cunt.
Yes, the show has been updated a bit. But I think its essence has been maintained, and it is still one of the best news programs anywhere.
Its weakest pieces are usually the celebrity ones, though they cover a wider range of actual famous people (authors, etc.) and not just the same TV/movie/music people that all the talk shows get.
I hate the woman who interviews all the male movie stars and kisses their asses and giggles like she's a 15 year old high school newspaper reporting 'interviewing' the school jock.
I also hate how biased it's become. It really needs some updating. The pieces used to be so interesting, focusing on the arts and interesting, indepth interviews. Now it's just shilling new movies and trying too hard to have the 'ironic/hip' piece done by Mo Rocca.
And would someone PLEASE kill David Edelstein?!?
r177, full-figured in black attire and colorful neck scarves, Martha Teichner.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but it's mostly about white men. White men tell the stories about some famous white man or a white man that has done something heroic, etc. Very few stories about women, if there are they have to mention how they balanced motherhood, or how sexy they are, etc.
I disagree R188 - it's a balanced program. Perhaps you were watching Fox and Friends?
Angelica Huston will be dishing about Jack Nicholson and Hollywood in general this morning.
the guy from twitter is on CBS AGAIN! who is the major stockholder at the network? Les?
Mandela coverage of course, but Gordon Lightfoot is coming up and I am afraid to watch. He was fucking gorgeous with a gorgeous voice back in the day. The small intro they showed before the show started shows a very old 75 year old and I hate to have my image of him shattered. Oh well, here goes.
Still sharp of mind, but boy, has Lightfoot aged badly. I guess all the drugs and booze caught up to him. He looks like a completely different person, not just an older version of himself.
He was involved for a while with a woman named Cathy Smith who was a high class groupie who also was the person accused of killing John Belushi by injecting him with the heroin that finished him off. She spent some time in jail for it.
My parents used to play the hell out of "The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald" back in the day. My mom was known to sing along to it after she'd had a couple glasses of Pinot. Fun memories!
Today's show had a segment on the show itself--how it started, why, memorable moments. It has only been on 35 years--starting in 1979. I thought it was on much longer. Suns and trumpets!
r195 Did they mention what a whoremaster Charles Kerault was?
r2,3,7 - the original recording by Canadian Brass was better. Marsalis makes a mistake at the end.
They should keep Osgood away from the piano.
Clarissa Ward pings! Anyone know about her?
Yes, it was very disappointing to find out that good ol' Charles Kerault was such a total douchebag, leading a double life with a horrid mistress. His mistress, a not particularly good-looking woman, lived off his largesse for all the years of their relationship; he bought her homes, put her kids through law school. He kept her very well. Afther his unexpected death, she used for some property she claimed was rightfully hers. She eventually got it and his family had to pay the taxes on it. She also wrote a book about their relationship, attempting to cash in further from her association with him. I wonder what she's doing now, now that the gravy train has long ceased to provide for her? Anyway, she's as cuntish and despicable as John Edward's crazy whore Rielle Hunter. Charlie sure could pick'em.
Kevin Spacey is going to have a segment on the show this morning.(5/4/14)
The story today on autistic children was incredible. They channel their thoughts and feelings through Disney films.
Kevin gives good interview.
Agreed, R202. I was channel surfing and just happened to land on it during that story. That was one of the most interesting pieces of journalism I've seen in a long time.
You might find this article very interesting about the Susskind family. The story is covered more in depth and more incredible in this article.
I can't watch this show anymore. They have a commercial break, it would seem, every ten minutes. Sometimes they'll stop for a break, the show will come back on and do a brief piece that lasts less than five minutes and then it breaks for commercials again! I can't stand it!
Thank you so much, R205, for posting that article. I am blown away by Owen, his family and his support team.
On a side note, I am fascinated by the "Disney effect". I'm middle aged and still feel that same sense of fun and contentment when I watch a Disney animated film. There is a really potent energy in those films and I guess it's just about connecting with the kid inside. But it's extra fascinating to see how Disney films were able to reach an autistic child and help him unlock some of his communication blocks.
Audra McDonald coming up to discuss playing Billie Holiday on Broadway.
Oh and Barry Gibb and his hair is going to be on talking about performing without his brothers.
Thanks for that reminder, R208. I just saw the segment. I really like her. She reminds me of Sandra Bullock. I didn't know there was talk of her costarring with Oprah in Night, Mother--that'll be something!
Audra and Oprah doing "night, Mother" on Broadway?
"People will go bananas!"
Oh brother, is this guy a lousy interviewer or what?
I don't like how she is doing Billie, she is trying too hard to be loose. Billie could not have been more laid back and/or out of it in her performances. That was part of her genius and charm, not unlike the performances of Amy Winehouse.
6/8/14 Coming up: A Tony Awards preview with host Hugh Jackman and a piece on Minnie Driver.
They just did one on little transgender kids. Interesting.
I thought the piece on transgender children was very sensitively done. Such a good show.
Agreed R212 and R213. Kids that don't know anything about gay or transgender or genes, etc. but DO know what they are, period. Pretty compelling and major kudos to the enlightened parents.
Just saw a commercial for Koch Industries on today's(15JUN14) program. What up with that? Thumbing their uber-rich, collective noses at us? Trying to be "just folks" and failing miserably since they are truly Satan's spawn. I am now too ill to go out an enjoy the nice brunch I was looking forward to.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
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