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Friday, December 10, 2010


Hit Show closing for lack of younger and lower educated viewers


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The trend to cancel "hit" shows because they lag in youthful viewers continues, even on cable. Top rated "The Closer" will despite over 8 million viewers a week, due to lagging in the "adult" (18-40) ratings. Here is the story from the Hollywood Reporter:
TNT announced its long-running crime drama The Closer will end after the upcoming season.
“It’s impossible to fully express our appreciation to Kyra Sedgwick, series creator James Duff and all of the other talented people who brought The Closer to TNT viewers,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks.  “The Closer was a pivotal series in setting a new course for TNT’s original programming, while also serving as a prime example of the storytelling strength possible on cable television.”
The Closer has been a massive game-changing hit for TNT since its launch in 2005. It's seventh and final season will air 15 episodes next year.
“I cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we’ve created on The Closer,” Sedgwick said. “I will always be grateful to James Duff for his love and friendship, as well as for creating such a rich and complex character who I have loved living with year after year.  Mike, Greer, Rick and all of our outstanding cast and crew are forever in my heart.  I want to thank TNT and Warner Bros. Television, as well as the incredible fans of The Closer, for all of their unwavering support over the last seven years.”
This year, The Closer and TNT's latest procedural Rizzoli & Isles ranked as two of basic cable's most-watched shows of all time, both averaging more than 8 million viewers once DVR is added. But while The Closer continues to generate a large mass of viewers, most of them skew older than advertisers prefer.

7th Calvary, Holocost, Of Germany and Russia

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$2,210,510, the amount paid for the US Flag that fell with Col. Custer at the Little Big Horn. 

It was the only flag not captured or lost in the battle.

t was discovered after the battle lying under the body of one of the 7th Cavalry. A few years after the 1876 battle the flag was taken to the Detroit Institute of ArtsThe flag, just 27½in by 33in, and was a battle "cutter" flag.

Of those who died with Custer, 45% were native US born Caucasian, 20% born in Ireland, 20% Germany and a smattering born all over Europe and south of the US boarder. Italian, Swedish, Polish and other soldiers rode with Custer to their death. The burglar who was sent for help, and lives, was born in Italy.

Proof has surfaced that Joseph Stalin ordered millions of unarmed Catholic, Asian, nomad and other population as part of the "scorched earth policy" in the battle against Hitler. Entire populations of Kurds, Ukrainians, Poles, ethnic Germans, ethnic Italians, Slavs and others were systematically destroyed by Stalin, including his part in the planned extermination of the Jews.

Stalin and not Hitler, was the first to collect Jews and herd them into camps. The difference is that Stalin did not feed them and let them freeze in the harsh winters. "The final" solution was a Nazi German extermination attempt. Stalin also ordered the slaughter of Soviet captured by the Germans, who were later "liberated" because of his "no retreat, no surrender" mandate.

It is not sure which country, Germany or Russia, Nazi or Soviets, murdered the most people. although Stalin is now considered the worst war criminal in history by most nations. A key difference is that Hitler was defeated, whereas Stalin's slaughter continued into "peace time."


Meanwhile, to raise money, artifacts of Soviet Russia are being sold at auction. One young real estate entrepreneur bought a bust of Stalin, saying it would look "pretty" in her office.

A gracious man, too nice for Baseball's Hall of Fame


``We’re going to do this with a smile because that’s the way Ron would want it,’’ Monsignor Daniel G Mayall said in opening the mass, revealing his own life as a diabetic since the age of 19. He called Santo, who raised millions of dollars in the course of his adult life for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a man of three virtues--joy, hope and courage. - Chicago Sun Times

Hall of Fame snub wounded Ron Santo deeply


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Billy Williams (from left), Ron Santo and Ernie Banks at Daley Center Plaza in 2008.
I've got Cubs media guides going back a long way, and the covers of them are cheerful and hopeful (as they need to be).
Then there's the 2005 cover, and it's kind of sad.
I don't mean sad by design; I mean sad by exclusion.
Above the words ''Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame Legends'' are Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg, all of them smiling, wearing Cubs jerseys from their respective eras, holding bats or, in Fergie's case, a red-seamed National League baseball.
Where is Ron Santo-
Probably out shouting his eternal love for the Cubs.


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The Great Ron Santo





"Joy was a virtue for Ron ... joy was part of his life, every day and every season. ... Ron Santo was a joyful man." -Monsignor Daniel Mayall


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Santo and the third baseman for the 1969 Chicago Cubs team that faded before the Miracle Mets.


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    Santo, a player and broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs waged a long battle against juvenile diabetes.

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    Santo at Wrigley Field in 1973, his last season with the Cubs.

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    Ron Santo, left, interviewing Cubs Manager Lou Piniella for WGN Radio in 2009.
    On December 3rd and icon of my childhood and a hero in Chicago passed away...The poster boy of hope, the team player who helped Cubs fans coming back and who brought positive energy and a smile to every event and crisis is dead. Chicago Cub icon Ron Santo. He suffered from juvenile diabetes and worked for awareness sand prevention since the 1960's.

    He treated people the way he wanted to be treated. He was a dedicated Roman Catholic who practiced his faith.

    The following is from the New York Times:

    Ron Santo, a star third baseman of the Chicago Cubs and their longtime broadcaster, who became a revered figure for his exploits on the field and his battle against juvenile diabetes, died Thursday in a hospital in Arizona, where he lived during the off-season. He was 70.
    The cause was complications of bladder cancer, said WGN Radio, where Santo was a Cubs color commentator for the last 21 years.
    Playing for the Cubs from 1960 to 1973, then for a final season with the Chicago White Sox, Santo hit 342 career home runs. He won five Gold Glove awards for fielding every season from 1964 to 1968 and was named an All-Star nine times. Although repeatedly passed over for the Baseball Hall of Fame, he was the leading vote-getter in balloting by a veterans committee in 2008.
    For a video tribute from WGN, where he worked as a broadcaster, click here.Ron Santo is finally "Home" from the Chicago Tribune. Chicago's WGN went all news, without commercials, for the entire funeral, and funeral procession past Wrigley Field and to his final resting place.

    Blog on Watching SANTO funeral on WGN


    I watched live coverage of Ron Santo's funeral in Chicago on WGN-web this morning.
    would thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans and Cubs fans around the world.

    I cried.

    Ron Santo was a star in my youth. He was the younger Ernie Banks.

    He went on to other teams and to be a broadcaster for WGN. 

    A Catholic, his funeral was held at Holy Name Cathedral downtown.

    He was wheeled to ICU moments before he was to share a last supper Eucharist with his best friends at the hospital.

    Money was not the issue for ball players in the 1960's. Players and fans were passionate about baseball.

    The eulogies has me crying.

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selllig, who grew up a Milwaukee Braves fan.  said no player embodies baseball more than Ron Santo. "If you love baseball, you love Ron Santo."

    The priest spoke of "what a joyful man" Santo was, and how he always looked at the positive and the future.

    After the service the funeral procession made a final circle around Wrigley Field...via the Tribune Tower...

    Wrigley field takes the place of the family home, in Catholic tradition, because Wrigley was his home (even when he was on other teams...).

    Thousands of fans are outside Wrigley in the freezing cold, and have been for seven yours or more, to pay a final respect as the hearse drives by.

    Ron was ill with complications of Diabetes and could not attend the game at which the Cubs won their first National League Pennant (now misnamed the Championship) since 1908. He fought his primary disease was diagnosed in 1959, but he did not reveal he had diabetes until "Ron Santo Day" in August of 1971. Diabetes almost kept him out of baseball when he was 18. He lost his legs to diabetes and continued to work as a coach and broadcaster. When Ron was playing for the Cubs his parents were on his way to see him play in Spring Training and were killed in an auto accident.

    He was given no more than twenty years to live in 1959....since then he led the charge for funding diabetes research.

    Some broke out spontaneously into "Take me out to the ball game..." and "We love you Ron."

    As the procession proceeded through the streets of Chicago, crowds erupted into spontaneous applause, threw flowers and proudly wore or held up Chicago Cubs memorabilia (despite the cold). 

    You can hear tears in the voice of some of the WGN Broadcasters, the women. 

    I was born in 1955. May dad took me to Cubs games (and occasionally SOX mostly see the scoreboard explode at the old Comiskey Park whenever the Sox hit a home run). In later years I ate "Ron Santo Pizza" at both ball parks. He was a part of growing up in Chicago and a real part of my relationship with my dad.

    Life is slipping away, one life at a time.

    Ernie Banks and Ron Santo will forever be the the two Mr. Cubs.


    The photo above is of both of their retied roster numbers flying over Wrigley Field.

    Miramix is back


    New Miramax will look to acquire completed movies and other libraries


    Miramax to return first as a film library, followed by distributor and eventually as s developer and studio.



    Under its new chief executive Michael Lang, Miramax Films will initially seek to acquire completed films and eventually buy movie libraries.

    In an interview Thursday soon after he was officially named CEO of the specialty film studio, Lang said that he plans to be active at film festivals beginning in 2012. And within a few years, he added, Miramax will look to acquire other film catalogs to boost its 700-plus picture collection.

    Last week, the Miramax library and name was sold by Walt Disney Co. for $663 million to a group of investors led by Colony Capital and Ron Tutor.

    "We plan to stay active in acquisitions on an opportunistic basis," he said. "What has made this company so great in the past is its ability to attract exciting, emerging filmmakers, and I want us to continue that."

    Miramax will eventually return to film production as well, Lang said, but not in the foreseeable future.

    A former News Corp. business development executive, Lang was tapped for the Miramax CEO job primarily to utilize his experience in television and digital distribution to make money off the studio's library. He said he would hire executives with experience in acquisitions to handle that side of the business.

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