Anne Hillerman takes over for father Tony with "Spider Woman's Daughter"
Cruisin’ and perusin’ on a January afternoon in warm Scottsdale. I see where Boston has 14”of snow; too bad!……..Thanks to everyone who has commented favorably on the blog getting back to the old format. It’s almost like when the blogs started at AZ Central on December 5, 2006. If they hadn’t cancelled them we would be starting our 8th year. Actually we are; it’s just not called AZ Central anymore. Too bad in a way; I have always missed having readers being able to post photos or other items………Speaking of snow I see where three of the four NFL teams in the playoffs this weekend have been unable to sell all their tickets in order to avoid a local blackout of TV coverage. I think a lot of it is about greed. The public can only take so much and when parking, refreshments, tickets, and souvenirs get priced too high there will eventually be a backlash. Plus, unless you are like 109,000 hockey fans who sat in 12 degrees plus snow this week for the NHL Winter Classic game, wouldn’t you rather watch football from the comfort of a bar or your living room on a large flat screen TV? Someone must agree; Green Bay can’t even sell out as of this writing. I guess they forget the great “Ice Bowl” game of 1967. Too bad “Dandy Don” Meredith and Bart Starr can’t play anymore……..Has anyone been reading the “Seeing Red” blog that I have mentioned before? If you like a conservative political point of view from a good Phoenix writer, check it out……..If you are a Tony Hillerman fan who enjoyed his mysteries involving the Navajo Tribal Police in Arizona and New Mexico, there is good news! Tony unfortunately died in 2008 at 83 but his daughter Anne has taken his place continuing the Navajo police stories. I’m 73 pages into her first book and she writes just like her dad……..We’ve seen the demise of newspapers up close with the decrease in the circulation and size of the Arizona Republic. A couple months ago they cut the payroll by 29 more people in addition to two earlier personnel cuts. The neighborhood inserts have been cut to three per week and have fewer pages. It’s not as though they were doing that well anyway since as early as 1942, 73% of Americans relied on radio for news and as early as 1933, radio commentators were ordered not to report news that was less than 12 hours old in order to justify the need for newspapers. Why? Because ONE FOURTH of all radio stations were owned by newspapers! It all seems a bit quaint now as we watch some formerly great papers go down the tubes. Is it progress? In some cases, yes……..What would Benson would do if the Republic folded?……..I did a blog a couple weeks ago about the great radio and TV show “Amos ‘n’ Andy” that ran on radio from 1928-1960 and TV from 1951-1953. Strangely, that blog with its accompanying film clip has disappeared from Google. Is this big brother at work? I don’t care what anyone says; it was a popular show enjoyed by blacks and whites and never portrayed black people in any other way than as middle class Harlem residents of their era that had jobs and families and got into funny incidents the same as whites would in a sitcom. Shame on Google for deleting my post……..Thanks for reading…….. later.
Bart Starr of Green Bay plunges into the end zone for the
winning touchdown in -17 degree weather to win the 1967
NFL Championship Game over Dallas. (AP)