Friday, December 5, 2014

Save the Horned Frogs now!

TCU Cheer

                                                                                                               repost....go TCU!
Dear Mr. Major:
      I am writing you on behalf of the Save the Horned Frogs Society in Texas.
     We have been aware of the “Redskins” name battle and now we would like to insure that TCU retains our beloved nickname for their fine university.
     We are also aware there is a growing movement to replace the nickname because it is too synonymous with the phrase “horny toad” and we all know what that means...right girls?
     So please do what you can to help us.  We’ve been the TCU nickname since before 1900...and that’s a lot of history for us and that great university.
     Many thanks, 
     Executive officer

Sunday morning panic at NBC Radio

       I was a news writer at NBC Chicago in 1969...before going to Nam as their correspondent.
       NBC Radio network had a thing called the “rack” which was a manuel switcher between New York and Chicago. Chicago originated news on the hour several times a day with John Dancy or Jim Ruddle so New York would “flip” the rack and when Chicago finished we’d “flip” it back.
       One sunday morning I was writing the newscasts and Jim Ruddle read one at the top of the hour on the whole NBC Radio Net.  Engineering went through their normal routine but  we couldn’t get the rack back to New York!
       The very popular “Monitor” program was set to begin the next hour so panic began to set in.
      We were told in Chicago that we would have to improvise “Monitor” until the rack problem was corrected.
      Faxed scripts were coming in...Jim Ruddle was standing by to host and all hands were digging through wastebaskets for tossed copy to use as filler.
      Ruddle was cool...but the rest of us were shook-up! 
      Then about five minutes before the top of the got the “rack” back to NYC....and Monitor went on the air as scheduled!

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