Friday, May 9, 2008

Happy Birthday to Reno, Nevada!

Upchuck reminds us that today is the 140th birthday of Reno, Nevada, which is probably where he works today.

Today is also Europe Day, for those of you of a European persuasion, and the 115th birthday of William Marston, a psychologist who co-invented Wonder Woman. (This is not the same William Marston as appears in "Forgotten but not Gone.") Interestingly, Marston worked for a time at Tufts University, which is thought to have been the model for Raft University, where Daria Morgendorffer went off to college.

By a curious twist of fate, today is also the day when, in 1961, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Newton Minow, called TV programming a "vast wasteland." My, that was prescient of him, wasn't it? Good thing Daria was there to balance it all out.

More soon.

5 comments:

the nightgoblyn said...

My room mate has digital cable, with about a hundred channels and the whole OnDemand thing where you can order movies without getting up from the couch.

I still can't find anything worth watching except the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

The Angst Guy said...

When MTV was new, I watched that and CNN. Now I just click through everything when I have the chance to use cable. Otherwise I watch little.

E. A. Smith said...

Even the History Channel has lost its luster, since it appears to have now turned into the WWII/End of the World Channel (oh, and logging).

The Angst Guy said...

Yeah, I saw that logging thing. WTF?

KatrinaMedina said...

I always called the History Channel the "Hitler" channel, because everytime I went to it, there was always something on about Hitler, or Kennedy, or both!

The logging thing, I know some of those loggers. Scary. Didn't watch it (yet). It's in the DVR.