News of the Week: Great Beaches, Typewriter Art, and Can You Be Rude to Your Robot Assistant?

In the news for the week ending May 6, 2022, are 27,000 comic books, 148 Kentucky Derbies, 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and 1 awesome picture of Tom Hanks.

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Sand and Surf

I’m not a beach person. The sun (ugh), the heat (eek), the blistering sand (ouch), and the large crowds (#*$%!) all make me want to stay inside.

But I do live in a big beach town. In fact, I’m typing this just a short walk from Good Harbor, one of the beaches mentioned on Travel & Leisure’s list of the 25 best beaches in the U.S.

Well Hello, Dolly

Dolly Parton asked not to be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but she’s in it anyway (and she says she will accept it gracefully). Other 2022 performer inductees are Lionel Richie, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eminem, and Carly Simon. The ceremony will be held on November 5.

This Man and His Son Have Read All 27,000 Marvel Comics

Uploaded to YouTube by CBS Sunday Morning.

Tech Talk

Hey, let’s check in with Miss Manners. She handles all sorts of etiquette questions: table manners, why you should send handwritten notes, what to do at parties and weddings, being courteous to robot assistants.

Wait, what?

This week someone wrote in to ask what they should do if they are no longer able, because of some sort of tech glitch or software change, to say “thank you” to her voice-controlled assistant (I assume it’s Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri) to shut off an alert , though the assistant still says “you’re welcome.”

I use Siri but I never say thank you when it (she) completes a task for me. I’m not going to thank my refrigerator for making my food cold either.

Tom Hanks, in Periods and Commas

Hanks, the world’s most famous typewriter collector, is just one of the people drawn by 25-year-old British artist James Cook using a typewriter. They’re called “typictions” (for “typed depictions”). It takes him about 15 to 20 hours to make each one, and the results are rather astounding. It’s a lot harder than typing “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” (Hey, he should draw a picture of that.)

Of course, Tom Hanks being Tom Hanks, he wrote a nice letter to Cook thanking him for the picture.

Headline of the Week

“Canada Now Willing to Punish Crimes Committed on the Moon”

RIP Naomi Judd, David Birney, Neal Adams, Norman Mineta, Joanna Barnes, Klaus Schulze, Jerry Ver Dorn, Ric Parnell, and Don Rubin

Naomi Judd was half of the popular country duo The Judds (with daughter Wynonna). She died on Saturday at the age of 76, and The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the next night.

David Birney was a veteran stage and screen actor who starred in the ’70s CBS show Bridget Loves Bernie and later NBC’s Serpico and St. Elsewhere. He died last week at the age of 83.

Neal Adams was a giant in the comics field who reinvigorated the Batman character and fought for the rights of comic book artists and writers. He died last week at the age of 80.

Norman Mineta was secretary of commerce under President Clinton and transportation secretary under President George W. Bush. He died Tuesday at the age of 90.

Joanna Barnes appeared in movies like The Parent Trap, Auntie Mame, Spartacus, The War Wagon, and Tarzan, The Ape Man and was a regular on the TV shows The Trials of O’Brien, 21 Beacon Street, and What’s My Line? She was also a novelist and TV host and reviewed books for The Los Angeles Times. She died last week at the age of 87.

Klaus Schulze was a pioneer in electronic music. In addition to releasing several solo albums (he released a 50-CD set in 2000), he was a former member of Tangerine Dream. He died Tuesday at the age of 74.

Jerry Ver Dorn had a long career in soap operas, playing Ross Marler on Guiding Light and Clint Buchanan on One Life to Live. He died Sunday at the age of 72.

Ric Parnell was the drummer for the movie and real-life band Spinal Tap. He died Sunday at the age of 70.

Don Rubin was one of the great puzzle-makers, creating the popular The Real Puzzle, cited as “one of the greatest puzzles of all-time,” for The Real Paper and later The Boston Phoenix and syndication. He died earlier this month at the age of 77.

This Week in History

Alan Shepard Becomes First American in Space (May 5, 1961)

It was aboard the Freedom 7 spacecraft, as part of the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission.

The Hindenburg Explodes (May 6, 1937)

The incident occurred while the German airship was trying to land in Lakehurst, New Jersey — 35 of the 97 passengers and crew were killed, along with one member of the ground crew.

This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Smith-Corona Ad (May 3, 1958)

A Smith-Corona typewriter ad

You could buy one of these to create your own typewriter art (just make sure there’s an actual typewriter inside the case).

Kentucky Derby Recipes

The 148th running of The Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC — the actual race is at 6:57 but apparently there’s a 4-1/2 hour pre-game show — so I thought I’d link to some recipes for the event (and no, none of them involve horses).

We have to, of course, start with the classic Southern drink for the race, so here’s Emeril Lagasse’s Mint Julep. Taste of Home has an Easy Pimiento Cheese recipe, Country Living has a Benedictine Spread, and Southern Living has these Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches. And for dessert, try Food & Wine’s Chocolate Pecan Pie with Bourbon.

Next Week’s Holidays and Events

Free Comic Book Day (May 7)

This would be a good day to start reading all of the Marvel comics (or DC, if that’s your preference).

Mother’s Day (May 8)

There’s a special place in Hell reserved for people who send a text or Facebook message to wish their mom a Happy Mother’s Day instead of calling or visiting (and that place is Facebook, actually).

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  1. I was just giving Troy’s TV Moms feature another look on this Mother’s Day, and realized I’d forgotten to mention anything about ‘robot assistant’s’ like Siri on the iPhone. I find with those I DO say thank you, especially if she’s been helpful. I’m polite by nature, and it extends to non-humans as long as they’re helpful.

    What I really hate are ‘automated attendants’ that NEVER get anything right despite very clear diction/enunciation. SO aggravating and I wind up having to speak to a person anyway, which is what I wanted to do in the first place!!

    I’m looking at the typewriter ad again and am thinking it may have been a ‘publicity stunt’ type that was done for attention to get talked about for its oddity. A largely wide open page space oddity. I like mine better. The only change there would be having Suzy Parker in it, if the right deal could be worked out.

  2. I want you to give the Good Harbor beach a chance, Bob. You’re only a short walk from it. Just try and find days where it’s a good compromise of the weather and crowds. Not that big on the beach myself (I prefer the pool) it’s a long trip on the 405 fwy to get to Santa Monica, then the parking is another drag on top of that. The Pier is still really nice on a weekday, but Venice to the south is a mess, unfortunately.

    The R & R Hall of Fame (like Venice) isn’t what it used to be. Still, I like the inductees very much except for Eminem. 27.000 Marvel comic books. Too mind boggling. I have a comic book store about 6 miles away I check out every now and then. I love the art work in certain ones, particularly of the Old West. So I’ll buy one occasionally. I actively bought the beautifully illustrated comic books in 1992 & ’93 based on the ’91 Dark Shadows starring Ben Cross and Barbara Steele. Unfortunately the company in Wheeling, West Va. folded in ’93.

    Then it skips ahead to 2012-’14 where I bought the dozen or so new comic books based on the 1966-’71 series and Batman ’66. The former may have been one of the only good things to come out of the disastrous Johnny Depp/Tim Burton film. 10 years ago (5/10/12) it came out. Today, they’re both where they should be after that.

    Very tragic about Naomi Judd. To think that nothing worked in helping her with her illness shows medical science still has a long way to go. I’ve seen this Hindenburg explosion footage before. It’s always horrifying. I can only imagine what that man was experiencing, and his nightmares for years to come.

    Sorry, but that 1958 Smith-Corona typewriter ad is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. I read the attached note, and figured they were emphasizing how in demand it was. If I was working at McMann & Tate and given the assignment of creating it, I’d do a split photo of a happy secretary pulling up a finished page she’d typed with 10:45 am at the top, then returning from her coffee break (11 am) with a shocked look on her face seeing it had vanished! “The 1958 Smith-Corona portable typewriter. Could it be TOO portable?!” There. I just made that up.

  3. Maybe not saying thank you to your “fake” assistant is one of the reasons so many people are grumpy and rude anymore?


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