Good morning campers to Monday where the thought of the day is that we will be fearless against monsters. You might be wondering where that is coming from so I’ll tell you a quick story about how the director of The Legend of Boggy Creek, who also write the famous Dirty Harry line, “To ahead and make my day” died in a nursing home on Friday in Dover. His name was Charles B. Pierce and hailed from Arkansas, the home state of our very own Steve Ross. Pierce made movie-making a hell of a lot more fun for me when I was a kid. He is considered one of the first independent filmmakers and decided to settle later in life in Dover, which he loved according to news reports.
- It was a snooze-a-rama at the Oscars last night, but it was pretty groovy to see history made with Katherine Bigelow’s Oscar which, as Sharon Cobb writes, broke the glass ceiling, and it did. Being that it is Boggy Creek Day, I suggest you also check out her brilliant movie “Near Dark.” And that she beat her ex-husband in the category was interesting. He, of course, was up for a movie many of the Tennessee like to call Thundersmurfs.
- RNC Chairman Michael Steele says good things about Harold Ford Jr. No, I am not lying.
- It’s non-controversial day in the state legislature. Tom Humphrey says that some of the bills are actually reasonable.
- Sen. Roy Herron, who is running in the Eighth, says he is against health care reform.
- WPLN is discussing the “Equal Time” bill this morning where you can hear where the bill would split a child’s time between two parents in mandatory fashion. I think each child’s situation is different and shouldn’t be blanketed and that’s part of what they are talking about.
- Meet Otis Sanford from the Commercial Appeal.
- Chas Sisk has a story this morning that lawmakers are considering a bill about who sits on a regulatory commission slot. There is a great deal of debate about the issue.
- Delbert McClinton is playing Franklin tonight at the Make It Blue event sponsored by the Williamson County Democrats at the Kimbro Cafe.
- Today’s editorial in the Commercial Appeal looks at new ways to reinvent The Med.
- What a difference four years make in Memphis media. Mediaverse looks at the sweeps and how it impacted local news-watching habits on the Bluff in the big Muddy.
Let’s see what the week has in store for us, or at least, let’s plan on heading to Happy Hour early in case it turns into a typical case of the Mondays.
And RIP, Mr. Pierce. Thanks for all you did for making life a little bit better.