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Wrobot Writers

April 19, 2011

‘Robot Journalist’ writes a better story than human sports reporter — The Next Web (Headline – 4/19/11) What a cagey concept. The robot journalist. Think of the money we can save!  Think of the personnel issues we can eliminate! How does it work? It’s easy…. A ‘bot harvests the content farms and “writes” stories. No […]

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Hail Mary To The Chief

April 7, 2011

Regime change is about to happen in my adopted city of Chicago.  We will be Daley-less for the first time since 1989 – a whopping 22 years. While Rahmbo is trying to figure out his way to the patronage lists, there will be a small municipal power vacuum – kind of like skin ripping off […]

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The Japan Syndrome – Tuning Out So You Will Tune In

March 16, 2011

Even though I have not been a TV newsman for many years, I still find myself suspended in the tension between fearing random personal tragedy involving my family and hoping for the kind of world-class, big “T” Tragedy CNN trots its news personalities to. News big enough to break through the background of violence in […]

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Go At Throttle Up

February 19, 2011

Would you leave your wife’s side while she labored to recover from a much publicized assassination attempt, and go back to work – as commander of the Space Shuttle?  Would you pray your wife is strong enough to watch your launch in person? I have a million news images seared into my brain. Some that I witnessed firsthand. Others experienced via […]

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The Groundhog Day Blizzard

February 5, 2011

“…make the narrative a combined Diary and Autobiography.  In this way you have the vivid things of the present to make a contrast with memories of like things in the past, and these contrasts have a charm which is all their own.  No talent is required to make a combined Diary and Autobiography interesting.” Autobiography […]

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Ergo Sum

January 22, 2011

Look, I am not claiming supernatural powers. Its just that stuff happens.  It follows me around. And with no one else stepping forward to claim credit, I figure – why the heck not me. For instance,  my ever changing, adopted Sweet Home Chicago was recently crowned the Traffic Congestion King of America. Huzzah! And who […]

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The Viewser and Julia

January 19, 2011

A great benefit of being a field guy in a TV news operation is that you never know what your assignment is going to be or where you will wind up on any given day. A daily lotto drawing – courtesy of the assignment desk. I have been in settings as diverse as interviewing a […]

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Stealing Your Soul

January 13, 2011

Photographs/videos/audios or other recordings – actually do remove part of their subject’s soul. It is captured, subsequently removed, physically or mentally, and occasionally altered, clarified, extruded or othewise re-used. I am not enough of a soul man to know what exactly to call that something that is removed.  Soul will do for now. Is essence […]

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No News Until After Lunch

November 22, 2010

While I do my best to live in the moment, I also love to stir up the soup in my brain every once in a while. Watching that internal movie helps me remember how I got where I am, and why I think what I do. Sometimes a little scary.  Usually kinda fun. And nothing […]

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