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On a whim, Sharon and I decided to watch episodes from our boxed sets of the late, lamented Fox series Millennium. A bleak way to spend a holiday weekend, to some; the series was a grim look at the battle between good and evil through the eyes of world-weary former FBI profiler Frank Black. Black, as portrayed by the excellent Lance Henriksen, always looked like he was about one crime scene photo away from his next nervous breakdown.
The series ran three seasons and should have had a longer run. At its best, Millennium produced some of the finest and most intelligent episodes of drama ever broadcast on television.
So given that, and considering that apocalyptic prophecy was a recurring theme, you’d think that a producer or script editor would have fixed the scripts at some point so that the characters quit calling the last book of the Bible Revelations!
My “seemer” (as in, “Something doesn’t seem right about this”) is apparently right again — this time, about the flood of pink at NFL games this month:
It is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the NFL is doing its part to support the cause as the league has become saturated in pink. However, off the field, it is a different story.
Many of the items seen on the field can also be purchased in the NFL’s online shop. But while the items on the field will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, it is less clear how much of the sales of pink gear in the NFL Shop go towards research.
According to the website, by purchasing pink items in the NFL Shop, fans can “support the fight against breast cancer with pink NFL breast cancer awareness gear.” Of course, there is a huge difference between supporting “awareness” and donating money to research. In the case of the former, most of the money ends up in the pockets of billionaire NFL owners.
“Awareness” is difficult to quantify. As the #2 cause of death among American adults, it’s a good bet that most of us are “aware” of cancer. And while it’s good to encourage women to be screened on a regular basis, I question the effectiveness of pink shoes on a 350-pound offensive lineman as a reminder.
It seems to me the pink tsunami every October has more to do with NFL owners creating more officially licensed inventory for their stores than with finding a cure.
This is what I was doing 26 years ago this month…
Where this recording came from, I have no idea. My old friend — and I am officially of an age to have old friends — Gene Stern, who I worked with at KZ-93 in Peoria, Illinois before I took the job at WTRK in Philly, somehow stumbled onto this video and forwarded the link.
My old aircheck tapes went into the trash some years ago. Obviously, somebody in the Philadelphia metro was listening back then — although they apparently never got their hands on an Arbitron diary.
It’s just as well; I might still be in that business if things had gone well at WTRK (and later, WEGX), and the steel business has treated me and my family far better than broadcasting ever did.