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Thursday, March 18, 2010

CNN's Christiane Amanpour moves to ABC

It's official: Christiane Amanpour to anchor ABC's "This Week"


Variety reports that the star of CNN world coverage, known for her undercover work in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as countless other international locations, and for her specials focusing on issues for CNN, is leaving the network to become the new Sunday Morning talk show anchor for ABC, and a correspondent for that sagging network.

ABC remains the most credible network for new coverage, as studied by communication scholars who rate bias and accuracy with methodologies that are designed to filter out the studies bias or subjective judgment. 

The move occurs as as ABC braces for the third round of major budget cuts and newsroom shifts since ownership was assumed by Disney.  

Amanpour takes over as host this August.

Davy Crockett...there can be only one

Fess "Davy Crockett" Parker, gone at 85

Fess Parker,  star of the Disney television, has passed away at the age of 85. Remembered as the father in "Ol' Yeller" , as both "Daniel Boone" and "Davy Crockett", and as a recurring character in a dozen television series, the actor's career spanned over 40 years as an active actor and performer ("The Ballad of Davy Crockett" as an example).

Fess Parker, the actor best known for playing American folk hero Davy Crockett, was found dead at his Santa Barbara Winery home at the age of 85, the Los Angeles Times reports. He appeared as a guest artist on television and film as recently as last year. The paper reports Parker, who became a successful winery owner and real estate developer after retiring from Hollywood in the 1970s, died of complications from old age at his home.

Another icon of my childhood is no longer with us. In addition to watching him on television, I remember "Ol' Yeller" being screened - on film- as part of a freshman high school English class, watching reruns of "Davy Crockett" on the "Wonderful World of Color" and listening to his soft tones on the radio, television and occasionally at the movie theater. The most recent appearance I recall was an episode of "Psych" on USA.

A dedicated professional actor, artists, wine master and businessman.

So long "Davy". There can be only one.

Fess Parker's recording of "Davy Crockett": Click here.

Disney long version (various artists): click here.

Slide Show Tribute link here.


In the 50s, 60s and 1970s Fess Parker defined the actor in the Western. Parker was a contract player at Warner and appeared in a series of small roles when he auditioned for the role of Davy Crockett at Disney. The three episode mini series made him a household name, and sent a generation of moms to the store to buy their boys coonskin caps and toy rifles.

New York Times:

A more accurate and detailed obituary, done as only the New York Times can, reveals a great deal about the actor, the character and his impact on two generations of Americans. Two versions can be accessed at:

and with the full length "Ballad of Davy Crockett":

From NPR:

Fess Parker, Star Of 'Davy Crockett,' Remembered

March 18, 2010 Fess Parker, the start of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, in the 1950s and '60s has died. He was 85. ... Share. Fess Parker, Star Of 'Davy Crockett,' Remembered. ...

Jurried Academic Sources, Some would kill to bet published

We have discussed "juried" academic research. My daughter sent me a YouTube video that explains what it is like to be juried and how difficult it is to be published. The satire involves some offensive language and Adolph Hitler.

And a serious explanation of peer review "jurries" in the area of Science:

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