Sunday, March 1, 2015

Albuquerque Storm Update

What a difference a day makes:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

THE Storm of 2015

It's really unusual, folks, for Albuquerque to have measurable snowfall.  To have 8 inches of!

Here are a couple of snapshots from our backyard this morning, Saturday, February 28, 2015.

And, the forecast...more snow and then rain!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Legislature Coverage Throwback Thursday

Way back when I covered the New Mexico State Legislature for KOAT-TV.  I was the first full time television reporter to be assigned to that beat.

It was a terrific learning experience, something today's TV reporters should have to experience - learning how to tell a story, accurately.

In this old yellowed newspaper clipping I can be seen focusing our cheap camera in on some activity in a legislative committee.  In the foreground, Senator Ike Smalley from Deming - one of the most feared legislators - but one with a kind heart.   The legislature needs people like him, today.

While attempting to watch some local TV news recently I have been reminded how things have changed.  Not the stories that get covered, necessarily, but what is in those stories.

Last evening a reporter for KRQE sent down a story that included comments from "democratic speaker" Brian Egolf, and comments from "majority speaker" Nate Gentry.

Who?  What?

There is only one "Speaker" in the House of Representatives - it's a gentleman from Socorro by the name of Don Tripp.

There is no "democratic speaker".  Nor is there a "majority speaker".

Imagine how confused students of government must be.

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy - throw us back this Thursday to the times of yesteryear when facts made a difference!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Media Mess

Coming from a lifetime of work in and with the media, television, marketing and the like, I just can’t let the present situation go without comment.

Brian Williams – how sad.   We all tell “war stories” and get away with enhancing the story to make it a bit more fun, palatable, or worth telling.  But, Brian ol’ buddy, what you say while telling stories while drinking a cold one with pals, and what you say on national television – there’s a difference.  

I understand a lot of your co-workers don’t like the way you’ve swaggered around the campus, being the BMOC, but swagger is good – and deserved – if you deserve it.   Your 6 months sabbatical is what you deserve.  You might even deserve a swift kick in the butt.   Clean up your act and come back.  You’re a great story teller, a great communicator.  Use your skills to make this a better place for everyone, not just Brian Williams.

John Stewart – OMG.  We’ve just begun to know you, and poof, you’re gone.  Comedy Central was built around you and your trusty corral of magnificent writers, observers, and bit part players.  Hope you find another avenue to continue your good work.

David Letterman.  Stay,Dave, the comedy world needs some silver haired Daddy to maintain the balance.  You’ve seen a lot, you accept your entertaining guests for what they are – and we laugh every night you’re on.

As a society of tv watchers, newsmen, and casual observers of the social and political scene, we’ll survive the loss of all these guys.  But it won’t be the same.

It’s not the same without Larry King, Johnny Carson, Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Regis, and Dan Rather.   Some of you still pop up now and then, but not regularly 

We’ve gotten along without you…but it was sure nice having you there.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Home Office Beep Beep

Beep Beep

A sight out the home office window

Thursday, February 5, 2015


In more ways than one, this is a throwback

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Office Staples Depot

Office Depot and Office Max merge

Staples buys them both

What's going to happen to prices?

Any bets?