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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mormon Massacre Monument Dedicated Today

The southern Utah site of a pioneer-era wagon train massacre is being dedicated as a national historic
landmark.The 760-acre Mountain Meadows Massacre site becomes a monument today. It marks the spot where 120 members of an Arkansas wagon train were shot and killed by a Mormon militia on Sept. 11, 1857. The Baker-Fancher wagon train was on a stop-over in the meadows on their way to California when it was attacked.Officials, church leaders and descendants of survivors are holding a public dedication ceremony in the meadow 30 miles north of St. George. Descendant organizations have worked for nearly a decade to
elevate the meadows to historic landmark status. The Mormon church once downplayed its role in the massacre, but joined the push for landmark status in 2008

Las Vegas Firefighters show solidarity by climbing Stratosphere

About 275 southern Nevada firefighters and police officers ascended the tallest building in Las Vegas to mark
the memories of colleagues killed in the collapse of New York's World Trade Center towers 10 years ago. It was tough for firefighters wearing their usual 50 pounds of protective turnout gear and air supply tanks for Sunday's 108-story climb up the Stratosphere casino tower on the Las Vegas Strip.But Las Vegas Firefighter Gregg Burns says it's nothing compared with what rescuers in New York faced after the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks.The 49-year-old Burns calls those men and women his heroes.Burns stuck an American flag to his helmet and carried photos of New York firefighters Thomas Gambino Jr. and Stephen E. Belson during his climb up the stairs.

9-11 slowed box office does not slow down "Contagion"

Contagion was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend

From the LA Times Company Town. For the rest of this story and additional entertainment news go to the LA Times on-line.

"Contagion" managed to catch on at the box office this weekend, but ticket sales for three other new films were anemic.

The Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller about a deadly virus spreading across the globe opened to a solid $23.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. That was enough to weaken "The Help," which had been No. 1 for the last three weekends. This time around, the film made $8.7 million and had to settle for second place -- the same spot it landed in upon its debut four weeks ago behind "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." After 33 days in release, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel has collected $137.1 million.
The prognosis wasn't as good for three other films that opened this weekend -- resulting in the slowest moviegoing weekend of the year so far. "Warrior," a mixed-martial-arts drama which has received excellent reviews, was sent to the mat with a weak $5.6 million. "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," an R-rated comedy from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, took in a laughably bad $1.5 million. "Creature," a low-budget, independently released horror film, fared far worse with an embarrassing $331,000.

Screen Actors Guild mourns the passing of actor Cliff Robertson who served as a SAG Board member for 30 years.

Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of former National Board member Cliff Robertson. The actor died Saturday in Stony Brook, N.Y., one day after his 88th birthday.
Cliff Robertson, Former SAG Board Member, Dies at 88

Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of former National Board member Cliff Robertson. The actor died Saturday in Stony Brook, N.Y., one day after his 88th birthday.

Robertson’s career as an actor on television and in film spanned nearly six decades, and he served as a Screen Actors Guild Board member for 30 of those years. He began his board service in 1962 with a three-year stint in Hollywood and then served as a National Board member from the New York Division for 27 consecutive years, 1978-2005.

In 2008, Screen Actors Guild New York Division paid tribute to Robertson. He said then about his service on the board:

“Actors are predisposed to bending a little bit if they have to, whether it’s on overtime, or a meal penalty, and it’s mostly born out of a fear of the inability to work. I can’t blame actors for bending a little bit if they have to—they have to get food on the table for their families. But I learned the hard way that you can’t look the other way when people are breaking rules on a set or anywhere else in life. I am proud and grateful for my service to Screen Actors Guild and to my fellow actors.”

With a background in theater, Robertson made the transition to live television in the early ‘50s. In the 1963 World War II film PT-109, playing a young John F. Kennedy, Robertson had the distinction of being the first actor in a film to portray a sitting president.

He won an Emmy in 1966 for his television work in The Game for Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre and in 1969 won an Academy Award for playing a man who is mentally challenged in Charly. In recent years he appeared in three Spider-Man films. In 1987, Robertson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honorable man," daughter Stephanie Saunders said in a statement. "He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. He made a difference in all our lives and made our world a better place. We will all miss him terribly."

Robertson served for 30 years of Guild unpaid volunteer services on boards and committees. 

Robertson received five honorary doctorate degrees and was also a member of AFTRA, AEA, DGA and WGA. His funeral is scheduled for Friday in East Hampton, N.Y.

Academic Source Credibility

Academic Sources, Internet
Capella University
Professor Bernard Klein

Here are some additional writing and citing tips. Are Internet references appropriate for academic writing? They can be. For example, an online refereed journal whose editor is an established authority in his or her field is as valid as the same material would be in print. Government sites with statistical information are generally fine. These are some examples of acceptable types of sources. However, if you wouldn't attach credibility to some material in print, don't accept it from a web page. If the authorship is unclear, if the writing is of poor quality, if there is no way to judge the qualifications of the author, then ask yourself if you want to use the material. If the site looks like it was put together by a crackpot, it probably was. What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? A primary source is one from which you are citing the author's words directly. A secondary source is one in which someone else is citing the author, and you are telling what the someone else is saying. Primary sources make better citations than secondary sources do. That's because with secondary sources you're relying on someone else to tell you what was said, and it may or may not be accurate. What sorts of resources are appropriate for scholarly writing? Generally, resources that are written by academics and appear in books or refereed journals (that is, those journals with editorial boards that review submissions for scholarly rigor) are what you want to shoot for. Woman’s Day and Farm Journal do not generally meet this standard. Commercial web sites generally don’t either. Web sites put up by someone’s kid brother are usually below par.

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When President Obama speaks tonight, America's creative community will, like all Americans, watch and listen and hope that our leaders will come together, help correct the course, and set our economy back on the right track. And, like workers and businesses in every sector, the creative community knows the importance of putting this nation's economy back on its feet and Americans back to work.

We have a long and storied history of promoting and practicing what is great -- and what is possible -- in our nation, and we are confident that the men and women who make American movies, television shows, and other creations will be part of the ultimate solution.

While people are familiar with the big screen and the red carpet; the Oscars and the Hollywood sign, they might not be aware of what the American creative film and television community means in terms of jobs. In a struggling economy that has 9% unemployment, the U.S. film and television industry stands out as a unique and worthy asset to the American economy. We have weathered hard times and grown while keeping our products affordable and creating new jobs in every region of the country.

Over 2.2 million Americans are employed as a result of film and television production. Those jobs result in $137 billion dollars in wages to hard working, mostly middle class, men and women each year. These jobs are not just in California and New York. Motion picture and television production occurs in ALL 50 states; states such as Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Mexico, Utah and my home state of Connecticut. In many of these states, infrastructure is being built to support production and local workforces of skilled technicians are developing.

And when production comes to a local community it means business not only for those whose work centers on film and TV, but for caterers, hotels, dry cleaners, and lumber yards too. These businesses are local and, time and time again, plow the money they make directly back into their communities, generating even more returns from local production. Vendors and suppliers, predominantly small businesses, earn over $38 billion in payments annually from the film and television industry.
Films and television series produced in America are also a leading export and help the United States remain competitive around the globe. For the three-year period of 2007 to 2009, the production industry generated a $36.4 billion trade surplus.

The coming year will bring a great debate about the best, most cost-effective way to produce new jobs and protect those we now have. Our voice in this debate will be clear: the craft of making films and television series is clearly worthy of our efforts to protect jobs here at home and to grow even more as the economy recovers. While America's creative film and television community is indeed thriving, the global economic downturn remains a serious challenge today -- and an inescapable threat in the future -- to us, as it does to most American businesses.

Further, the threat posed by theft of the products we create, by thieves both foreign and domestic, is real and has a direct impact on the millions of jobs created by our community. When people steal film or television, it is these workers that suffer.

Fewer jobs are created and health and pension benefits are harmed. Strong protections for intellectual property will help sustain a craft that historically and consistently makes such a valued contribution to America's economy.
So while our leaders in Washington spar over how best to resolve this crisis, we can never lose sight of the enormous good film and television production brings to our country and to our people -- a source of well-paying jobs for hardworking men and women, of valuable trading opportunities, of astonishing technological innovation, and of stories that endure forever.

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Broadcast Concert for 10th Anniversary of 9-11

The 9-11 Concert will be broadcast live on KNPR, 88.9 and starting at 5 this afternoon.

9-11 and France

The largest outdoor remembrance of 9-11, in audience and length, is not even in the US. It is in France. Radio and TV have gone non-commercial there for the day, more than can be said in the US. Two 100 foot towers were built and placed so from the audience you can see the Eiffel Tower between them. One tower has the names of victims on it, the second letters and remembrances from the French to America. France was third in the number of lives lost and the first to show same day support for the US, and to join in the war on terrorism.

9-11-11 at Nevada Public Radio

I am on the live broadcast board here at Nevada Public Radio, KNPR, during National Public Radio's live coverage of the 9-11 memorial services today in NYC, Washington DC, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed, after the heroic sacrifice of passengers on that hijacked plane. I am live during local breaks from 5AM to 2 PM when my boss, Program Director Dave Becker, will take over.

Watching the bagpipers march by the memorial on tv and listening to NPR commentary is really quite moving and in a strange way a proud moment to be an American, sad but at the same time proud.

The mood is somber, quiet and respectful.

If you did not see this live, watch it on YouTube or on a network refeed. It is worth the time.

Cliff Robertson, Oscar-Winning Rebel, Dies at 88

Cliff Robertson RIP

Associated Press
Cliff Robertson starred as Lt. John F. Kennedy in the 1962 film “PT 109.” Less memorable was “Too Late the Hero,” in 1970.

Cliff Robertson, RIP. Cliff was honored in NY in 2008 at the SAG NY Membership Meeting. A clip retrospective of his remarkable career; and many spoke of his SAG Board service in NY. I believe it was  30 years.

Cliff remarked that night that the celebration of his service to SAG meant more to him than his Oscar win.

I am in awe of his amazing talent, grace, and commitment to serving the membership. I am so happy I was there that night to share in that celebration. He was a giant.


Click here for coverage from the New York Times.  Here for coverage from the Hollywood Reporter.
Academy Award winning actor, long time Screen Actors Guild Board Member and my friend, Cliff Robertson, passed away this weekend. He had just turned 88 on Friday.- Art Lynch

Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F. Kennedy and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor, died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday. (Los Angeles Times / September 11, 2011)

Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F. Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie "Charly," died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday.

Robertson, who also played a real-life role as the whistle-blower in the check-forging scandal of then-Columbia Pictures President David Begelman that rocked Hollywood in the late 1970s, died at Stony Brook University Medical Center on New York's Long Island, according to Evelyn Christel, his longtime personal secretary. A family statement said he died of natural causes.

In a more than 50-year career in films, Robertson appeared in some 60 movies, including "PT 109," "My Six Loves," "Sunday in New York," "The Best Man," "The Devil's Brigade," "Three Days of the Condor," "Obsession" and "Star 80."

Oscar-Winning Actor Cliff Robertson 

Dies at 88

Cliff Robertson

The "Charly" and "Spider-Man" actor died Saturday, one day after his birthday.

Click on "read more" below to continue and for links for other coverage of Mr. Robertson's life.

For Your Info:

A three day event is planned for Sept 9, 10 and 11 in Las Vegas to commemorate the victims of 911.  Organized by the Marine Corps Riders the event with focus activities around the Fremont Street Experience Sunday will have a "Heroes Parade" through the streets of Las Vegas simultaneous with the same parade (and same events) occurring in New York City and televised live finishing up with a ceremony at police memorial park led by the sheriff.

The event was organized by the Marine Corps Riders, the Marine Corp League, the Women’s Marine Association and is supported by numerous other groups including the Nevada Patriot Guard, the Nevada Highway Patrol, Las Vegas police, Las Vegas Constables office, the City of Las Vegas, the LVCVA, Red Rock Harley Davidson and numerous military men and women from Nellis and other military units.

This is likely to be a once in a lifetime event and more information can be found at

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