April 10, 1989 |
It's adored and it's vilified. It's feared by some as a mind-altering drug or a subliminal messenger, ridiculed by others as a trivial boob tube, an idiot box, a vast, gray, barren, parched wilderness. To still others, it's a revolution, a religion, a behemoth and quite simply the most profound development of modern times. It's a diversion, a companion, a family member, a Big Brother, a Big Baby-Sitter. You watch it, it watches your kids. And this is the year that American television turns 50. Only a shrinking minority of Americans can recall when there wasn't TV, or even when it began.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1988
In response to Jeane Kirkpatrick's column "Damning Ambiguity to PLO's Declarations," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 18: Why does The Times bother to print this woman's articles on the Middle East? It is a known fact she is a blatant supporter of the Zionist cause, plus being anti-Arab as well as anti-Palestinian. Her disgraceful negative attitude on ABC's "Nightline" would make these points clearly evident to anyone. Spare us this woman's misplaced venom. JACK LAUTERBACH Los Angeles
June 16, 1989 |
On the screen Wednesday night was Ted Koppel in Beijing. Watching the screen Wednesday night was Steve Futterman in Los Angeles. Only recently, it had been almost the reverse: Koppel was doing ABC's "Nightline" from his usual New York base, and Futterman was grabbing occasional glimpses of America on the television set in his Beijing hotel room when he wasn't on the streets covering one of the major stories of the decade. What a difference 48 hours made. "There was a little bit of surrealism as I saw the latest footage from Tian An Men Square," said Futterman, a reporter for NBC/Mutual Radio, who had just returned from three weeks of intense China duty that included witnessing the military's bloody repression of protesting masses.
June 13, 2012 |
Just one week after Orvillecopter took the Internet by storm, the APSCA has released Hovercat -- a new video that offers a less morbid take on the flying cat phenomenon. As you may recall, the Orvillecopter was a dead, stuffed cat that was turned into a remote-control helicopter by its owner -- Dutch artist Bret Jansen. The "Katkopter," as the Dutch press came to call it, debuted at an art festival in Amsterdam and created a stir around the world. For those who couldn't abide Orvillecopter (and we heard from plenty of people who could not)
February 10, 2012 |
David Choe, the graffiti artist who made headlines for having an estimated $200 million in Facebook stock, spent the last week in New York, granting interviews to a lucky few media outlets. He snubbed the New York Times and Wall Street Journal but did agree to speak with Howard Stern, Barbara Walters for ABC's "Nightline," and the Taiwanese animated news service Next Media Animation. Interesting choices. Howard Stern offered to adopt Choe, after double checking that the artist still had the Facebook shares.
January 20, 2012 |
In the increasingly volatile race for the Republican presidential nomination, at least one analyst suggests that Newt Gingrich's ex-wife's claims about his infidelity will help power him to a win in the South Carolina primary. Why? Because Gingrich was served “a fastball down the middle” on the matter at Thursday night's debate and “just knocked it out of the park.” So says Matthew Dowd, the GOP strategist who was on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Friday. “This moment was a gift for Newt Gingrich,” Dowd said.