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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CHICAGO WINS

BLACKHAWKS WIN THE STANLEY CUP!!!


FIRST TIME IN 49 YEARS!!!

The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 for their first championship since 1961.

I was 5 years old watching a black and white TV with my dad the last time the Blackhawks took the cup. He was a hockey fan but except for an exhibition game against Northwestern in the outdoor ice rink where they practiced (Ridgeland Park, Oak Park, IL) we were not well off enough to see them live. 

Of course he also shared his love of baseball (Cubs and Sox in that order) and football (Bears and Green Bay in interchangeable order), and we did go to both together at least once a year (more often for baseball). Both football teams did well, but for baseball the second best team in its league (American) kept losing to the Yankees, and except for coming close in 1969, you now how the Cubs faired. 

Well, the Second City has a reason to celebrate tonight!

Hull to Blackhawks: Savor the Stanley Cup moment

FILE - This April 16, 1961, file photo shows a jubilant Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks, left, shouting to a fan in the final moments of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory against the Detroit Red Wings, in Detroit. At right is teammate Eric Nesterenko. As Chicago inched toward its first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years, Hull had some advice. "Take advantage of it now. You're so very close." (AP Photo/File)
Anonymous / AP
By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer

updated 2:31 p.m. PT, Wed., June 9, 2010
CHICAGO - It wasn't until decades later, after his son Brett won it all, that Bobby Hull finally got to drink out of a Stanley Cup.
At a golf event, not after a clincher. And his shoulders were so bad he couldn't lift it.
So as the Chicago Blackhawks closed in on their first championship in 49 years, Hull had some advice: "Take advantage of it now," he said. "You're so very close. You're right on the edge of it here."

Democratic National Committee sums up Senate races



Nevada

Nevada Republicans had the choice of three very flawed candidates, and they chose the most extreme to take on Sen. Harry Reid in November. Sharron Angle wants to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. She wants to eliminate the Department of Education. She was twice voted "Worst Legislator of the Year" in Nevada. And she wants to bring nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain and build a processing plant there. Those fringe ideas might sell well with the Tea Party set, but they are not good ideas for Nevada. Angle is simply too dangerous, and Democrats will make sure Nevadans know the facts when they head to the polls.


California

In California, failed CEO Carly Fiorina was able to position herself far enough to the right - and dip into her $42 million golden parachute from Hewlett-Packard - to win the Republican primary. But Fiorina will have more trouble unseating Sen. Barbara Boxer. Fiorina has spent the past year proving herself a right-wing extremist - opposing a woman's right to choose, supporting the Arizona immigration law and supporting allowing people on the "no-fly" list to buy guns. Fiorina will have a tough time explaining these radical positions and her history of outsourcing and laying off 32,000 people at HP to Californians.


Arkansas

In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln won a hard-fought primary and will continue to demand that big banks and Wall Street be held accountable. The contrast with the Republican candidate, Congressman John Boozman, couldn't be more stark. Boozman has opposed common-sense job creation measures and supports privatizing Social Security, a move that would put benefits for 600,000 Arkansans at risk. Boozman helped create the Bush economic mess that Democrats are still cleaning up. The last thing we need is a return to the same Boozman-approved policies that drove our country's economy into the ditch.


Iowa

Roxanne Conlin's victory in the Iowa primary has left Democrats with the best possible candidate to take on Sen. Chuck Grassley. Conlin has spent her career taking on the special interests, while Grassley has moved farther and farther right in order to defend them. Whether he's suggesting that health care reform will allow the government to "pull the plug on grandma," or voting against a bipartisan jobs-creation measure, Grassley has grown seriously out of step with Iowans. And they know it. Grassley is dropping in the polls, and last quarter, Conlin outraised the Republican incumbent.


To sum up: The choice couldn't be more clear between the Republican candidates and ours. While Democrats are focused on repairing our economy, creating jobs and strengthening America's middle class, Republicans are more interested in appealing to the right-wing fringe. Let's make sure every voter knows it in November.

Sincerely,

J.B. Poersch

Vegas Fringe Festival pass a worthy investment




I recommend you buy a $90 pass and see all 10 plays at Las Vegas Little Theatre's Vegas Fringe Festival this weekend. If you'd prefer to be more selective, here's a blow-by-blow account of the small-scaled, under-an-hour productions, in order of preference.

Transmedia Storytelling

There is an increasing trend in the entertainment industry of transmedia storytelling, or multi-platform production. 


Transmedia story telling involves using various media and platforms to tell different aspects of the same saga or story. The best example is what George Lucas's company has done with "Star Wars", with paperbacks, graphic novels, video games, movies, television programs, animation, and internet platforms.


Another way of looking at it is that transmedia story telling is the increasingly popular method of scattering a narrative across multiple platforms. Instead of repeating one yarn, transmedia storytelling uses the strengths of different mediums to tell unique parts of a story typically set within the same fictional realm. Additional income, exposure and support may include everything from toys to clothing, high end art to the development of controlled fan web sites and group generated stories.


While it began with video games, the promotion of and production of a film, video game, spin off shorts and movies, toys, music, live concerts and other media is not being championed by most major studios, with Disney raising it to an art form. The motivation is simple...if you investing a large budget you need to maximize both short and long term income from that property. 


Actor are being asked to shoot extra scenes, or scenes that are in the script are in there with no real intent of use in the film (always an eye to secondary use). 


The demand for increasingly realistic, and frequent updates or new video games led the way, but a decline in sales by toy companies (Matel and others) quickly became a trend for fast produced toys and games supporting video games as well as movies and television shows.


"High School Musical" (Disney) and "Glee" (FOX) are prime examples of cross-platform marketing and in some cases, strong transmedia storytelling. Both have led to television, concert, recordings, books, magazines, internet and toys. "Glee" is in pre-production for a movie, while a regular network series based on "High School Musical" is in the works for ABC or Disney/ABC's cable outlets. 


Ideally all of these platforms contribute to, advance and fill in information that supports and reinforces the brand and the overall story arch. That is not an easy task, and often story lines depart and the overall audience is disillusioned and loses interests.


Actor's version of this story at: http://sagactor.blogspot.com/2010/06/modern-story-tellers-broad-canvas.html


Graphics from: http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/news20070222.html and
http://www.dreamlandcomics.com/html/searchenginecatalog/star-wars-clone-wars-volume-3-last-stand-on-jabiim-gn.htm

National Media begins to put their slant on Nevada elections

Reid Vs. Angle: It's Likely To Be Nasty In Nevada

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will mount a scorched earth campaign against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, who just won Nevada's GOP primary, analysts say. That could save his job." -NPR