December 06, 2002

Take a letter (Back!)

If you've ever watched any sporting event on television, you've seen his innovation. Remember John Madden's "one knee equals two feet" describing whether a player was in-bounds or not? Did Kristi Yamaguchi really hit all her revolutions and land single-footed? Slow-motion replays, multiple cameras, sports as journalism; Roone Arledge was responsible for all that. He was also responsible for Howard Cosell and Dandy Don on Monday Night Football; your call on that decision.

You may have read a few stories about the "Mayberry Macchiavellis" in the White House, and the subsequent spin Fleischer et. al. have attempted. Here is the text of the letter which started the flap. It's from John DiIulio to the Esquire reporter who later wrote the story (excerpts here), and despite DiIulio's attempts to soften it after the fact, it's pretty damning.

Gadget lovers, rejoice. DVD and VCR players have gotten hitched!

Posted by Linkmeister at December 6, 2002 02:07 PM

Hi Linkmeister,
I copied the article on DVD/VCR recorders from the Times. We were thinking of buying one, but after reading the article I think we should wait on it.
As my father used to say regarding color TV:
"I don't wanna buy it because its not perfected yet"!
I think it may be true in this case.

Posted by: toxiclabrat at December 7, 2002 02:36 AM

Well, they all seem to have some faults at the moment, but it's an encouraging prospect nonetheless, I'd say. Repeat after me: the price will fall, the price will fall. ;)

Posted by: Linkmeister at December 7, 2002 07:32 AM