October 15, 2006 - 9:58pm : Billy Ingram
The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator John Edwards who is out now promoting her book, Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers. (If I'm not mistaken the proceeds from this book go to charity?)
The founder of Redstate.com, one of those Bizarro-world conservative blogging communities, expected - as did I - that her message would be tainted with politics, or at least be a prolonged plug for her book. That would have been only fair, after all. Instead, I found her to be a genuinely nice person, what I think of as the modern southern lady, the kind of folks I grew up with. Insightful and inclusive in her remarks (with no books in sight - I mean at all), Ms. Edwards was wonderfully down to earth - especially when you consider she had just made an appearance on Oprah a few days earlier.
She had a lot to say about creating and being involved in online (and offline) communities; it's what her book is about, essentially. Apparently. I haven't read it. Her presentation was unprepared and casual and I couldn't have been more impressed. There's a certain joy in watching someone who is clearly used to public speaking kick back and engage an audience off the cuff. That takes a certain talent that few people possess.
I was going to say that she's the polar opposite of Laura Bush - without that being a slam on either lady; how impressive it was that someone can be that plain spoken after all she's been through in the public light. I certainly wouldn't expect to see much humility in Hillary Clinton or Mrs. George Allen or Tipper Gore.
Ms. Edwards mentioned in passing that her husband has a hard time blogging because he doesn't type very well. I sympathize. I type with one finger - two when I really get into the groove. I type quickly, almost as fast as someone who types for real - but the text is riddled with mistakes that I have to go back and correct. Overall it's a frustrating experience. So why don't I take a typing course as has been suggested to me? If this old dog learns any new tricks it will be a skill I don't currently possess - like writing.
Anyway, the blogger's conference got me thinking about whether I should start blogging about my personal life - or what I think about this and that. Maybe I will. Truth is, I don't find my life all that interesting right now and I can't imagine anybody else would either. The TVparty Blog is the Un-Blog?!?
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Red Skelton and Martha Raye in a rehearsal for The Red Skelton Show in the 1960s. Red would do a run-through for the CBS staffers before taping his program each week. It was anything goes at these rehearsals where the dirty jokes flew. Martha Raye happily joined in.
Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen / early-1980s
CBS 1986 Saturday Morning transitions
Did you know William Shatner sold Olds in 1987 with his daughter - part of the 'Not Your Father's Oldsmobile' campaign.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 4:44pm
: Billy Ingram
Also from those tapes - Gilda Radner announcing a two week hiatus for SNL on 10-30-74.
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