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1994 vs 2015 & Couric / Gumbel B-roll interviews


With the Super Bowl upon is this coming weekend, many of you will be tuning in to the big game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

What some of you may not know that since 1994, no one really knew what the Internet really was compared to the internet today. But, that also make times and changes with differences in technology from 1994 to 2015 – today, the Internet is BIGGER in presence worldwide, except for countries that don’t allow such access the free world and the internet alone.

Today’s internet is far greater than that back in 1994 – I remember one television commercial with Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel when they were than on the NBC Today Show together, they were talking about the internet at the time and Bryant Gumbel had a hard time understanding email addresses and how they were set up at the time.

Fast forward to 2015,  this Super Bowl Sunday, the veteran American Newscasters team up for a BMW Electric Car Commercial to sponsored by BMW.

Here is an interview and the making of that commercial that mimicked the 1994 video of Couric and Gumbel discussing the internet on the “Today Show.”

It’s actually good to see the two veteran newscaster doing a commercial for the BMW during this weekend’s, Super Bowl – what seems to make the Couric – Gumbel team a prized winner, the two make BMW and the future stand out among the rest, not to mention still some hefty competition among other big wig ads like “GoDaddy.com”, Budweiser and more.

Super Bowl Sunday should be a good game between the Pat’s and the Seahawks – but the real deal will be the Ads that air between game takes and more and also during the half time show!

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The art of treasure hunting with Castle and KB


You thought this blog post was about “diggers and treasure hunting, right?” – wrong, try again, Simon. The idea behind the idea of “treasure hunting” was to look at ways, writers and bloggers alike look to do their “detective work” in researching for their blog posts and other writing projects, they snuggle up to work and write for their target audiences and more.

Cranky as it can be, writing is therapeutic to say, for others, its an art to pen, search and inform to one’s vast knowledge of inspiring the treasure trove of knowledge on the given subject. Simple case, simple knowledge is all it takes to write and blog on any given subject, “simple as a grain of salt,” I say.

There are simple tools of the trade in the bloggers treasure chest. Incidently, I really don’t need a big tall pirate ship that cruises the high seas in search for gold and sliver from innocent ships and trying to evade capture of maritime pirates and their loot, i.e., “Captain Blackbeard” and his hidden gold and booty still hidden somewhere on the Orcacoke Island Inlet of North Carolina coast (“really? – I don’t know if this is true or not? One can never know!”), unless ole “Captain Morgan” beat my cranky ole western Oregon ass to the booty and the loot! “Damn…,” Morgan is good, I’m thinking?”

So much for my invasive luck at ever obtaining a share of Blackbeard’s loot and the dirty booty he left behind, which may never be seen in the eyes of the ole yonder.

I would rather write about the missing loot and booty – but, when it comes to the fate and the silver lining of Rick Castle and Detective Kate Beckett and squad, the silver lining of 100 episodes and cases worked between Castle and KB, theirs a special meaning to it between the chemistry of the two characters of ABC’s hit drama series, “CASTLE.”

Monday night’s episode “The Lives Of Other’s” opened with the 100th episode of the hit series to a strong following on a day, when April Fool’s just happen to be on the same day, as the series started with the first day of the month. Cleverly produced by series creator Andrew Marlowe and crew, Castle had a perfect attendance record, while in the strut it out of an “April Fools joke,” which was evidently produced and staged by his beloving mother directing behind the scenes of an entire assemble of cast members in a “mock-up” of suspense, murder and whodunit, while Castle is nursing a broken leg from a recent ski trip.

The 100th milestone of the series has come a lone way since, it premiered in March 2009 on ABC and has proven to be a viable concept and vehicle for the television network – with four novels now published and one to be released later this fall by Hyperion Books, Castle’s books are still a fan favorite and still topping off the New York Best Sellers List in both book form and ebooks versions of his novels – as the crime fighting duo of Kate Beckett and Richard Castle continue to work the magic wonders in the lives of those who work the 12th Precinct and the squad of detectives in Homicide, Castle will continue to be a rolling and power vehicle and police procedural drama series for ABC as long as the stories keep coming and the network continues to renew the series each season, Castle and the crew behind the show will likely have continued success in the season ahead of them.

It’s only been 100 Episodes and it’s now 2013, it all began in 2009 as a mid season replacement, four years, 100 episodes and four books later, the series is still surviving with fresh stories each week on ABC – Hopefully, the network will keep the show on the air until it run low on vehicle and star power, which I don’t see going away anytime soon.

It’s too good to leave behind on Monday nights – Cheer’s and Sam Malone were the only exceptions on all those Thursday nights in downtown Boston.

It’s Oscar-mania!


  This Weekend the Stars come out for the biggest night in Hollywood – “The Academy Awards,” also known as the “Oscars.” The 84th Annual Academy Awards would be televised LIVE on ABC from the Kodiak Theater in Los Angeles.

This year’s awards ceremony brings back, host Billy Crystal after a several year absence from the podium. Crystal’s demeanor as a host of the annual awards show, brings the funny laughs to those attending the Academy Awards and those watching at home.

The Oscars have always been a fan favorite. The movies that vie for being the “Best Picture,” along with the “Best Director, Writer, Original Screenplay and Screenplay Adaption, Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress,” all become the movie fan’s best bet of the year. Even though, winning “Best Picture and Best Director” brings in some special perks along the way for the Major Hollywood Studios, along with the production companies that produced the winning film directly for the screen.

Considered the BIGGEST Night in Hollywood and the Movie Industry, there will be plenty of surprises and low downs on and off the Red Carpet as well, as those winning an Oscar.

What is so special about the Oscars and the Red Carpet – if you ask me, you get to see some of Hollywood’s biggest names in Show business, like George Clooney, who’s up for an Oscar in the Best Actor Category.

But, that’s not all – being on the Red Carpet it also seeing your favorite stars in their most elegant fashions by some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The actresses are always hot and sexy in their evening gowns for the event as well as those of the men as well.

Remember this isn’t your mother’s normal black and white tie party, this is HOLLYWOODS biggest party of the night, where anything goes and anyone wins – and, who wins the Oscar is yet to be seen.

Watch the Oscars tomorrow on ABC-TV and check your local listings for show times. One other thing to watch after the Oscars is Jimmy Kimmel Live as well, as Jimmy has been doing an after Oscar show for a number of years now, should make things go smoother tomorrow night!

Enjoy the show and keep your fingers crossed for your favorites on winning big! After it is Hollywood and the biggest show on earth for a Sunday Night!

Review: Rick Dancer TV


  You may remember him has a local newsman – for twenty years he anchored the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts on KEZI-TV’s Eyewitness News, now known as KEZI 9 News in Eugene, Oregon. He left the news business to run for state office of Secretary of State, lost the election and fought a battle with Cancer.

Longtime Eugene Newsman, Rick Dancer, who anchored the 5 and 6 P.M. newscasts at KEZI for nearly twenty years is back in the limelight, after a strong battle with Cancer and a new business venture that is gaining some steam and momentum at the same time.

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“Lost” finale comes to an end


the gathering
the final gathering of lost
“Lost” became a finale to watch last night in one of the biggest nights in television history of ABC-TV – with a large two hour recap of the last six years since the castaways were ditched on an island thousands of miles from the mainland in the middle of nowhere. Jack Shepard finally made his wish known, he became the protector of the island after promising Jacob, that he’d take it as long as he could – only to lose it in a nasty fight for all with John Locke on the edge of a high shearing cliff where Locke planned his escape route after making a ploy with Ben that he was going to destroy the island, regardless who was choosen to protect it.

Lost fans wondered in the past six years, if many of the answers would be answered in the season finale after six years on the year? – In fact some of them were and some of them weren’t. Fans will never know what had become of the so called “smoke monster”, after Jacob and his brother fought over the death of his mother and the protection of the “light”.

As a fan of the series myself, I had always thought there was more than to smoke monster and the island’s past. The “light” wasn’t one of them until the last two to three episodes took place the week before. The alternating story lines between, past, present and future, seemed more like a switchback from “Highway to Heaven” to “Touched by an Angel” – the series was a sort of go between the two concepts of television, in what, I thought was a well scripted drama that would keep fans hooked to the series in a weekly manner. The concept worked well for the producers of the series.

The finale still leave some lingering questions, including those whom always wondered if the lsland and the events were real. While the cast had gathered at the church before the series ended, Jack’s father had confirmed the events were “real” and he was in a place where they all came together before the light and the meaning of life. I had admired Jack’s father for telling him the truth.

“Lost” will go down in televison history has as one of the foremost televised series with a concept that took meanings of life in strange ways from the crash of Oceanic 15 to the castaways living and working together to stay alive and surviving their ordeal on an island with a strange and immortal history and past.

In the end, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Charlie, Jack’s Son, Locke, Jack’s father and several other cast regulars decided the time to see the light was best to understand the reality of life. Ben however, decided to stay behind, as it wasn’t his time to join them in the final moments of life. However, leaving Ben behind leaves the most doubting answer? Where did he go? Back to the island where it all began or back to his own time where he no longer remembers what happend in his previous life?

Only time will tell. But, the carefully crafted televison drama lifted ABC-TV to a winning night in the ratings over NBC with Donald Trump’s Apprentice spin-off, Celebrity Apprentice, where singer Bret Micheals won the the grand prize in the NBC reality show in a head to head battle for the Sunday night Finale winner takes all.

“Lost” will be remembered graciously – we all knew it was real one way or other, in fact, there’s still some lingering questions to the numbers data and the light and who remained on the island to protect it after Hurley passed on the torch.