Saturday, July 08, 2006

60 Minutes

OK, so I couldn't stay away from the computer. And my wife is in the shower. So that gives me two minutes to sneak in a post, even though it is weekend.

Here's the reason I'm writing. Andy Court, one of the producers at "60 Minutes" sent me a note, and I thought you might be interested in watching this:

From: Court, Andy
Sent: Friday, July 7, 2006 3:49 PM
Subject: story on 60 Minutes this Sunday

A story I produced will be re-broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday, July 9th. It’s called, “39 Years, 6 Months, 4 Days,” and it’s about an American who spent all those years in North Korea and lived to tell the tale. Scott Pelley is the correspondent, and Jill Landes is my co-producer.

Hope you’re well.

This story is about Charles Jenkins, the former soldier who deserted to North Korea, who speaks about the abuse and control he suffered over his nearly 40 years there.


Anonymous said...

antishill -- I would agree.

This reminds me of the runup to the invasion of Iraq when the history channel (or any channel) could have featured something (anything) relating to the history of ancient Babylon. What we got instead was Hitler/Hitler/Hitler -- their standard fare. We're so much better than Hitler - was the message. DUH. And then the slaughter of Iraqis began.

Anonymous said...

Actually this should be interesting to see. I followed what little was talked with regards to this guy. Most of it was the usual "He's a traitor" "He should be shot" etc.

BUT sometimes, things aren't so black and white. Well except in La La Land where Rush Osamabinlimbaugh, Bill O'dious, Ann "I am NOT a man" Colterguiest, and their ilk.(COLTergiest cuz let's be honest, if that isn't a horse face then I don't what is; heh heh heh....sometimes I crack myself up)

So I'm going to watch it. BUT what I find intersting, is that someone from 60 Minutes contacted the doc to let them know about it.

MAYBE, just maybe, he might be able to get 60 Minutes interested in the goings on at THP. Yeah I know, but they call them longshots for a reason. Sometimes they hit.

shooter said...

C'mon Doc. Your wife is in the shower?....2 mins?.....what have you got, a run-thru shower? Get in there and show her what a REAL shower is like on a Saturday.....And don't forget your "luffa."

Peter Rost said...

Sounds like an explanation is needed.

Andy Court is the producer I worked with on the most recent collaboration I had with 60 Minutes . . .

. . . the one about growth hormone and anti-aging. So he's stayed in touch afterwards. I haven't put up his other e-mails, but this story sounded interesting.

And yeah, that IS viral marketing. It's a tough world out there, even for 60 Minutes.


Anonymous said...

Primer for those who intend checking out the 60 mins. piece this evening - &

For all you Coultergeist fans -

shooter said...

Hello Zap....I tend to get a little loquatious when I write, so I'll double my effort to make this as brief as I can. I don't adhere to any organized religion, but while I studied the ten commandments in pre-school and beyond, I would have replaced one of the silly ones with " Thou shall not adopt a superior, judgemental attitude." You have something to say? C'mon spill your guts, we're all ears. The Doctor is having a good time with this blog and so are we. I made a joke about his weekend off? You didn't find it funny? Fine. Move on. I got news for you. I re-read your 2 contributions to this blog. Beeta, and some of my other friends, thankfully responded to you in a thoughtful, honest, sincere and welcoming way. I was born in Stalingrad and raised in the Bronx. I ain't so nice.

You want me to respond to some questions from your first post? Show me a question. Your frustrations and outbursts didn't exactly break new ground. Anyone who can speak without drooling down their chin knows what's happening to our country. We should smack our heads and scream, Eureaka! Zap has seen the Holy Grail! We should bow our heads in supplication and accept, submissively and gratefully, your rants and condemnations. Like I said before, thank God, my fellow bloggers are more understanding and friendly than I am.

I don't know where this Blog is going. I do know I've seen people of good will talk with others of good will, opposite as their views might be. And I've even seen some views being changed because of the atmosphere we've created here. So keep on posting here. You're more than welcome. But if you think I'm going to sift through your disjointed, rage filled tantrums, and be called sophomoric names to boot, you got the wrong number, Pal. So you'll excuse me if I keep on posting. Sometimes what I write will be accepted well, sometimes I'll be open to criticism. That's what happens when you lay yourself out there. So next time the urge to lash out at people who don't meet your standards overcomes you, do me a favor, don't threaten us with " I'll never post again."

p.s. At least we have one thing in common. My little doggie loves me too. I got a 9 yr.old Dobie who thinks she's a 9 month old pup.

Anonymous said...

I have a 9 year old Maltese who still thinks he's a puppy. Well as small as he is, he can pass for a puppy. But he loves me without any need for return although he couldn't get more spoiled if he tried.

Still I take him everywhere with me when I run errands here in town and he is so well known in the bank, the post office, the liquor store(lottery tickets I don't drink), the dry cleaners, the local Ace hardware and probably a quarter of the shops here in Solvang, that my brother who was staying with my mother while I was visiting my son in Las Vegas, took him to the ACE hardware store.

He said that within thirty seconds of entering he felt the staff watching him as though they had seen him on America's most wanted the night before. He said hi to the two girls behind the counter and the first one said (as he decribed it, FROSTILY) "We know who he is (pointing to Lilbit) but who are you?"

He said he spent the next few minutes convincing them that he was my brother and that Lilbit was being taken care of him while I was in Las Vegas and even after they stopped staring at him, he felt like they were watching him until he left and was pretty sure they took his license number down.

He decided not to take Lilbit anywhere after that for fear of a cop pulling him over.

SO when I got back a few days later, and he told me about it, I took Lilbit with me to the hardware store just to let them know my brother was okay.

So I have always felt that if anyone took him, they had better leave the county.

Well that's my Sunday nite post.

See ya all tomorrow.

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