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Jan 10th 2012 9:09AM The Wallenda family clearly has a genetic death wish. Young Nik is quoting his great-grand father Karl Wallenda's philosophy, but he would do well to remember how old Karl died. The Wikipedia says:
"In 1978, at age 73, Wallenda attempted a walk between the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a wire stretched 121 ft above the pavement, but fell to his death when winds exceeded 30 miles per hour. The Wallenda family attributes the tragedy to "several misconnected guide ropes along the wire" and not the windy conditions.
Karl Wallenda was quoted as saying, "Life is being on the wire; everything else is just waiting."
I would say being on a high wire is waiting to die.
Jan 23rd 2011 11:24AM I cringe every time a cop or detective tells someone who has had a member of his/her family killed "I'm sorry for your loss."
It wouldn't be quite as bad if the person saying it sounded like he/she really means it. But NOOO. It always comes out sounding like an automatic programmed response, completely devoid of feeling.
Dec 17th 2010 10:29AM As a southerner, I sometimes find Kyra Sedgwick's over done southern accent a little annoying, but I love her and the show. It's one of the best ensemble casts on TV. Each cast member has been allowed to develop his own character and they're simply outstanding. GW Bailey and Michael Paul Chan are my special favorites. They've become two of the most distinctive supporting characters on TV.
As for why the show is closing after this season, hey folks. Sedgwick is a very talented and successful TV, film and stage actress, and doing a full blown TV series every year cuts into her ability to do other things. It's also true that people who ARE talented get tired of doing the same role after a few years.
Nov 9th 2010 9:09AM For reasons I can't explain, I've always been drawn to the echoes of medieval mysticism in this song. God bless Annie Lennox. She heard those echoes too, and found ways to turn them into visual images in this video. This just blows me away.
Nov 30th 2009 5:47PM Little known facts about Carl Kasell:
NPR works hard at getting its "personalities" out to the NPR affiliates around the country to help them promote themselves and raise money. They're usually the guest speakers at the periodic "Member Appreciation Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Tractor Pull, whatever.
I work at the NPR affiliate in Houston, and, without mentioning any names I can testify that some NPR types take that part of their job more seriously than others. Frankly, some of them leave a bad taste in everybody's mouth and they don't get invited back.
Carl Kasell is NOT one of those. He absolutely loves getting out of Washington to visit the affiliates and do whatever he can to help them. He was the draw at a member appreciation dinner we had a few years ago and he was a huge hit.
On top of being a very funny and entertaining speaker, he's an amateur magician of considerable skill, and he had our audience of station members and staff calling him back out for encores. We didn't want to let him go.
Sep 4th 2009 10:20AM I think "Quits" would be a good name for the next one. As in, wife saying to husband, "honey, let's call it Quits."