Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vallarta views

Just sayin'

Ahhh   Playa Royale at Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Albuquerque Press Club

On this throwback Thursday, some pictures from "doings" involving the Albuquerque Press Club.

Back in the day the news folks from various outlets congregated quite frequently at one of the many haunts that played home to the press club.   Being journalists, we had no money - and the club had no money - so every so often we'd move in the dark of night (chuckle chuckle) to another location.

My first visit to the club was when it was in the basement of what then the Hilton Hotel (now it's the Hotel Andaluz)...then the "club" moved to the hotel at 8th & Central - where we stayed for many years until purchasing the current site in the park near Central and I-25.

Somehow or another I got elected President of the club on two occasions. The first time in the early 1970's, and this news clipping about the second time around.

The biggest function of the year was to host the Gridiron - which we did for many years.  It was the place to be seen - politicians and newstypes - all having a good time - in the same room at the same time.  Oh for those days, again.

Here Paula Maes (now Executive Director of the New Mexico Broadcaster's Association) and I prepare to hand out the "Apes" - the press club version of those golden statues that are given away to movie actors each year.  The Apes were for excellence in a number of categories involving covering the news.

It was a revered statue in the days - a couple of them missing the cigar and a couple toes remain in my home office to this day - and there must be other winners whose statues are collecting dust in the garage, or in the dark deep corners of storage sheds.

I'm not sure such a local journalism competition exists today.

I have no comment about the general quality of news coverage today, or if any of it would win awards (to all rules there are exceptions)!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MWC Tournament Throwback

Here are a few images from the Las Vegas area during the busy college basketball tournaments.

This was the championship game of the WAC featuring the NMSU Aggies and Seattle.  It was held in the Orleans Arena.  The Aggies won, moved on to the NCAA where their fate was sealed.  Maybe next year!

Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV Campus ready for the Mountain West Tournament.

Lots of fans for the UNM Lobo Women's game.  The most of any team, easily.

EVERY seat in Thomas & Mack is a "chair"... cushion seats and backs.  Sure is nice!

Perched high above, in the 2nd deck - during the Championship Game that was won by the Wyoming Cowboys.  Thus all the yellow!   Lots of fans...and they stand out...lots of teams have red or black, so counting the fans can be confusing.   Not so for the Cowboys!

This was taken from my assigned seat.  That's why I headed for the top deck for most games.

The best part of games at Thomas & Mack.  Gin & Tonic, and you can take it to your seat & enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dr. George - what TV used to be

Received news reports that one of New Mexico's 
most cherished TV notables, Dr. George Fischbeck, has died.

He was 92.

Dr. George Fischbeck

This LA Times photo shows him at his finest!
Enjoying the time, and telling a story.

Shortly after Dr. George left the Albuquerque market to work at KABC-TV in Los Angeles I had occasion to visit him. 

Although we never worked at the same place, we worked in the same business.

He was already a hit on TV, having been there only months.

At the TV studio that night, as he was often to do, he went about the "scientific" explanation of smog.

He was going to do it by breathing air (fog) into a 5 gallon water bottle that was filled with smoke. 

Well, as he approached the water bottle and proceed to take a deep breath, preparing to blow into the bottle, he got too close to the bottle and inhaled smoke and started coughing.

The experiment to make studio smog ended with Dr. George coughing and waving and the anchorman saying good night. 

It was so Dr. George.

Thanks for the memories - and for touching so many thousands of people.

Rest In Peace - and keep teaching!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Las Vegas Unbound

After spending a few days in the glory that is the glitz and “glamour” of Las Vegas, these observations:

Bugsy Siegel, the mobster who built the Flamingo Hotel, died in 1947.  Well, not!  He's alive and well.   Here's proof:

The drive back was longer than usual.  It took more than an hour to get through Boulder City (I think it’s a ploy to get people to stop and do business with the locals).   Then on the new highway from Hoover Dam’s bridge to Kingman…this…another hour delay.  A Photo essay.

I don’t know the fate of the driver.  I do know that along the way, I saw another 18-wheeler crunched up along I-40, and approaching Flagstaff a pickup towing a recreational boat scrunched up along the embankment.   

It’s good to get home. 

Friday, March 6, 2015