The Short Attention Span Philosopher #305

#305 Jay Gould

Gould was famous for getting control of a railroad and then looting the assets. He and his rivals had agents delivering cash bribes to legislatures. An honest politician only took money from one of them

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Renascence by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) wrote this poem in 1912 when she was 20. Although she wrote many other poems that were published, this is the one poem most often associated with her. It became known to television viewers in the 1950s when TV host Dave Garroway used a portion of the last stanza for his signature on the program “Wide Wide World” (1955 – 1958)

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #304

#304 Henry Ford

It’s interesting that in not asking people what they want, He and Steve Jobs were on the same page.

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #303

#303 Otto Von Bismarck

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #302

#302 Rebecca West – author. (1892 – 1983) Real name Cicely Isabel Fairfield

She had an affair with H. G. Wells which produced a son, Anthony West. She was rumored to also have had an affair with Charlie Chaplin. She went through school only until she was 16 and after that was self educated.

 

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Capt. Z-Ro website

Capt. Z-Ro

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Captain Z-Ro is dead

Roy Steffensen (aka Steffens) has passed away (1914-2012)

He was a television pioneer who created Capt. Z-Ro, a time travel program in the early 1950s that took him and his supporting cast to historical events. He had a young sidekick named Jet who was first played by Bob Trumbull and later by Bruce Haines.

It was done at a time when the only TV special effect was the dissolve. The show was done with only 2 cameras.

The program was first broadcast live on KRON-TV, San Francisco. Later both kinescope recordings and programs shot on film were made available in syndication. They are now available on DVD.

In later years Steffens was a set designer and art director at Universal Studios. But he always relished his role as Capt. Z-ro.

We talked on the phone a few times and exchanged letters. As a kid I’d watched the program and my last TV job was at KRON-TV. He told me a story about a mishap on the show that was scary. A flash powder charge had been set for an explosion. It turned out to be stronger than planned and he was looking right at it when it ignited. He was temporarily blinded. He acted out the rest of the show unable to see a thing. That was live TV.

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #301

#301 Billie Burke (aka Glinda the good)

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Gallus Gallus Mechanique by Roy Trumbull

As micro electronics hits the wall it’s biology’s chance to take over the job of making things smaller and better. For starters, hens laying hard drives.

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Cogito Ergo Sum by John Foster West

This philosophical wheeze is attributed to Rene’ Descarte. As it is a philosophical statement it can have no meaning as that is the mission statement of philosophers. They are dead against anything meaning anything. Most would have learned more by having a bowling ball dropped on a foot than taking 30 units of butt time in grad school. In this story a freak circumstance separates consciousness from body.

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #300

#300 author Jimmy Breslin

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Storyspieler Shows Group 2 – Science Fiction

These programs consist of Sci-Fi short stories with a length or 30 minutes or less. Suitable to take with you and listen to when you’re on the road or have some time on your hands.

Program 1 The Measure of a Man by Randall Garrett

Program 2 The Hated by Frederick Pohl

Program 3 Unborn Tomorrow by Mack Reynolds

Program 4 Heist Job On Thizar by Randall Garrett

Program 5 Survival Tactic by Al Sevcik

Program 6 The Stoker and the Stars by John A. Sentry

Program 7 Beyond the Door by Philip K. Dick and Vanishing Point by C. C. Beck

Program 8 All the Earth A Grave by C. C. McApp and As Long As You Wish by John O’Keefe

Program 9 Solomon’s Orbit by William Carroll

Program 10 Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick and The Smiler by Albert Hernhunter

Program 11 A Bottle of Old Wine by Richard O. Lewis

Program 12 Hall of Mirrors by Frederic Brown and An Ounce of Cure by Alan Edward Nourse

Program 13 In Case of Fire by Randall Garrett and Earthmen Bearing Gifts by Frederic Brown

Program 14 Accidental Death by Peter Baily and Gallus Gallus Mechanique by Roy Trumbull

Program 15 Stopover Planet by Robert E. Gilbert and Of Time and Texas by William F. Nolan

Program 16 I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Mack Reynolds and Circus by Alan Edward Nourse

Program 17 Disturbing Sun by Philip Lathem

Program 18 The Altar At Midnight by Cyril Kornbluth and A Filbert Is A Nut by Rick Raphael

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #299

#299 Ethel Barrymore

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Storyspieler Shows Group 1 – The Indian Why Stories

Storyspieler Shows are half hour packages of short stories suitable for listening on portable devices or in your car. Group 1 consists of Indian Why Stories (aka Old-Man stories) by Frank Bird Linderman narrated by Roy Trumbull

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #298

#298 Patti Smith

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #297

#297 Jack Kerouac

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #296

#296 Henry Miller

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At The Bar by Frank Bird Linderman

A Navajo horse blanket is missing. A sheep herder is suspected. The sheriff and his posse round up the suspect and he is brought to trial. But as this town had no sheriff, judge, or court, the terrified sheepherder is actually getting the squeeze to provide as many rounds of drinks as possible to the mock court before his funds run out.

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Pap’s Pinto by Frank Bird Linderman

Two hunters have had their pack horses run off. While sitting at their camp fire that night an old prospector joins them. He’s tried horses for packing and after much grief came to appreciate burros. He tells the tale of his last pack horse, an ornery pinto.

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A Gun Trade by Frank Bird Linderman

A beautiful Colt 45 with mother-of-pearl handle is traded. It’s a mechanical disaster and the only one in danger from it is the person who tries to fire it. The trick is to trade it while the next mark is still in the thrall of its beauty and to get as far away as possible before the new owner tries to fire it.

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