By 1980, I was in the 8th grade. And while my love of Bugs Bunny has never diminished, during junior high school, my after school TV habits shifted to reflect my uneven, lurching path towards manhood.
There was the 4:30 movie, which often featured Japanese monsters or Elizabeth Taylor. There were repeats of various sitcoms from the 1960s, sporadically in black and white or color on our 19″ Zenith, which seemed really quite large at the time.
And then came Jim Rockford. Read more »
Mudiay was born in Zaire. Remember Zaire?
Central Africa, often called the Congo for the mighty river flowing through it, was a Belgian colony from the late 1800s until the mid-20th century. During that time, Belgium amassed one of the most ruthless colonial records anywhere in Africa. Common practices included slavery, whippings and beatings, mass murder, rape, genocide, and the mutilation of children; a practice known as “red rubber” included chopping off the hands of children to encourage their parents to work harder.
The Congo finally achieved independence from Belgium in 1960. The Democratic Republic of the Congo had emerged from the horrors of colonialism, but the transition was rocky as Belgium continued to meddle in the affairs of its former colony, abetted by the United Staes. Violence plagued the new nation.
In early 1961, Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, the country’s first democratically elected leader, was executed. Belgian forces oversaw his murder, initially blaming it on angry villageers. The United States was complicit, having previously tried and failed to assassinate Lumumba. Belgium finally issued a formal apology in 2002.
A Congolese army colonel named Joseph Désiré Mobutu had been instrumental in the coup against Lumumba. In 1965, again backed by the Belgians and the CIA, who saw him as a loyal Cold Warrior, Mobutu took over completely.
Typically they dangle an undisclosed amount of cash in front of me, with promises of serving up guest content that will be “consistent” with my site. They also assure me that I’d have final say about the content. As if they’re doing me a favor by letting me decide what goes up on my own website. So kind.
Of course it’s a quasi-scam. They’d give me nothing more than a thinly veiled commercial to run. And for that, how much are they willing to pay?
I don’t know, I’ve never followed up. Whenever one of these offers pops up in my Inbox, I just trash it. If they’re persistent, and some of them are, I spam it.
Recently, however, a new kind of commercial offer came my way. Something a little more insidious, perhaps, than supplying material for the website.
I’ve been offered a form of payola. Read more »
There are many obstacles to soccer becoming substantially more prominent. However, I believe most of them can be overcome, and the key is better marketing.
Let’s begin with a quick rundown of perceived major obstacles to soccer becoming more popular in the United States.
- The U.S. marketplace for spectator sports is already saturated
- Soccer is low scoring and Americans hate low scoring sports
- Most Americans don’t really understand soccer
- Most Americans won’t embrace soccer because they perceive it as “foreign”
So when looking to briefly explain that Monroe was a talented actor despite being typecast as the ditzy blonde, I mentioned her performance in the Arthur Miller penned movie The Misfits, in which she co-starred with Clark Gable and Eli Wallach.
The implication is clear. If you could hold your own alongside Eli Wallach, you could really act. Read more »
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