It would be interesting to know if the history/civics class, welcoming such a distinguished liberal columnist tried to find a local conservative leader to provide some balance. Anyone want to bet a beer that the teacher didn't lift a finger to get an alternative view. (By the way, Tom, what does the focus on television have to do with history or civics? How did you tie your interesting story - which I really like - into history/civics? Bet the columns the kids had to read were, shall we say, typically one-sided.
PS. If the teacher needs a hint of a superb balancing figure from the conservative side, I would recommend John McElroy, Emil Franzi, Carolyn Cox, John Munger, or any other of a whole bunch of folks.
Nice piece Tom, I do take issue with one thng, TV was not the greatest invention of the 20th century - that credit should probably go to the transistor - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transistor which arguably has brought us the computer revolution and the internet. In fact the transistor is in some many places you probably have 4 or 5 on your person as I type.
Great article, but I think you missed the most important part of the story...
..where Sarnoff sold his soul (or what little there was of it) to Comcast!
Any kid who watched the Syfy series "Warehouse 13" should have realized that Farnsworth was the inventor of TV. After all, the agents carried around portable TV communicators called "Farnsworths!"
Great article and since I grew up in the vacuum tube days before color TV, it brought back memories of many of the stories I read about inventors.
Most folks don't remember that A. G. Bell was working on something to help deaf people. They also don't remember that Elias Gray actually invented the telephone and Bell beat him to the patent office by a few hours. He later let Gray manufacture equipment for him and two companies came out of that, Western Electric and Graybar Electric. Yes, the same Graybar that exists today selling to contractors.
Wow, a well written interesting article, keep up the great work Tom
Regarding Common Core, I wish there was more discussion on the corporate tests that claim to measure the standards. As a parent, I support the teachers who know what works in the classroom to help students achieve in developing critical learning skills. However, I question the assessments tied to the standards that must be given on computers that many school districts can ill-afford due to underfunding by the state. Why are we going down the path when tests will lead to sharp drops in scores and proficiency rates? This corporate reform is not true reform. http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assess…
Senator Melvin might have a point about the flags. It's not scientific, but on my street three flags are flown every day. On holidays there are four. That's fewer than a third of the houses on the street, but Republicans live in every one. I have a Republican friend in another state who flies his flag every day (retired military). I'm guessing Melvin could be fairly accurate in his neighborhood conclusions.
want civil? buy a dog teabilly asshole and get a shirt with sleeves, your armpits smell like campbells chicken noodle soup. you're so 'PC'
Is there such a thing as a bigoted, redneck, idiotic, gay bashing Democrat ? Or it that strictly reserved for Republicians? Am I gonna be sorry I asked. I don't understand, Tom. For a newly anointed conservative, you make alot of liberal points.
That's 90 seconds I'll never get back
"which has nothing whatever to do with the firestorm you guys create with your limited focus on liberal sex habits." You guys create!!?? I guess you missed the part about the bill he's talking about being a GOP bill. If you guys want to talk about business policy stop the incessent nonsense about gays/god/guns/abortion/school prayer/gold standard/or whatever issue you guys use to whip up your base.
Who knows whats in the Common Core? They're freely available on the internet at http://www.corestandards.org/ I know what's in it because I read it. Anyone can read it. All it would take is for Senator Melvin to care just a little what is actually in the standards, but that's too much to ask.
You know, those that speak the loudest against something, have that something to hide...... just saying
Give Cap'n Al his props. Not everyone can channel Alan Hale like the Saddlebrooke senator does.
The Al Melvin bashing is cute but shallow. Tom, why don't you look into Al's main agenda item, which has nothing whatever to do with the firestorm you guys create with your limited focus on liberal sex habits. I refer to his extensive and promising work on creating almost single handedly great interest in Arizona and Mexico concerning a trans shipping base for this state, first near Picacho, and later in a Mexican port. His plans are large enough to excuse his not paying attention to the nonsense that goes on. Re Common Core, no one knows what is in it. Surprise? How many times have you called Pelosi on wanting to pass a bill that will ruin this country, just to find out what's in it?
Is it normal for any heterosexual male to be so emotionally obsessive about homosexuality?
Really, who would be surprised if Senators Yarborough, Melvin, and Representative Kavanagh were "outed?"
"conservative writers like Danehy" - it is to laugh...
See, Tom. I wasn't kidding.
You don't look like a stoner or a law breaker, so I can only assume it's the medical marijuana that's causing your delusions. Conservatives like Danehy??!! Middle of the road Weekly??!! Now, I've heard it all.
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