Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Careful What You Wish For...

'Do you remember when you weren't in the TV business?' asked the on-line thread...

I remember...

I remember when the six o clock news seemed like a dispatch from God, delivered by silver-haired, infallible beings in sharp suits and huge lapel microphones.

I remember when the rundown shack of a radio station down the street enthralled me with the magic voices that emanated from within.

I remember when the burned-out hippie photog from the local newspaper struck me as the most dashing human on the planet.

I remember dropping to my knees in adolescent wonder as the Raleigh TV station unveiled their latest toy - an honest to God news chopper named 'Sky Five'.

I remember being interviewed by a local reporter about the weather, and then racing to my girlfriend's house to catch my dopey mug on Tee-Vee.

I remember watching young reporters in my small market town and imagining what their glitzy, glamour-filled lives must be like.

I remember riding past the ramshackle CBS affiliate two towns over and coveting the fate of those lucky enough to be allowed inside.

I remember shooting pool with my old man and proudly announcing I'd scored a production job at that very station. He broke into a wide grin and slapped me on the back, congratulating me for landing the minimum-wage gig.

After that, it's pretty much a blur...

3 comments:

Fecund Stench said...

Did I briefly glimpse your hairy jaw under a camera as Fox 8 News came on last night?

BTW, if you ever get in the same room with Geraldo Rivera, smack him for me, please.

Lenslinger said...

Yes, that was my hairy jaw you saw. I'd like to take this opportunity to extend an apology to any disturbed viewers.

About nine years ago or so, I went to a TV promotions junket in L.A. and attended a luncheon with Geraldo. I left unimpressed with the man but quite taken with the moustache and the 500 dollar suit.

Colonel Corn's Camera said...

Geraldo is a joke. After his showboating in Iraq and switching from MSNBC to FOX, he has lost all respect from me. NOT because he went to Fox but because he put down his "Former Employer" on the air while getting cheers from Marines in Iraq. What a cuke.