WhiteBoardness - 6/10/96
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 96 18:20:20 -0700
Subject: WhiteBoardness - 6/10/96
Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for Monday, June 10, 1996
I'll take "embarrassing mix-ups," for $1,000, Alex.
Jeopardy viewers in 22 Chicago suburbs on Thursday found themselves suddenly
watching cavorting, naked women rather than the usual three contestants
phrasing answers in the form of a question.
About 10 minutes of the Playboy Channel was inadvertently broadcast during
the time slot normally reserved for Alex Trebek's show.
"Some equipment we use to cablecast was having some problems," Continental
Cablevision spokeswoman Susan Bisno said.
She gave no details. "There's no defense," she said. "It was awful."
The mix-up affected scattered suburbs from Evanston just north of Chicago
to Burbank, to the southwest. Continental said it will apologize in writing
to customers who complain.
"This means a lot to me, because as you know, I'm an emotionally unstable
and desperately needy little man."
Nathan Lane, actor, accepting his Tony Award for best actor in a musical
for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
"I wanted to do something that had real significance. I had six cats, and
they are nice and everything, but I thought I had a lot of energy to give.
I was wrong, as it turned out. I didn't have a fraction of what I needed."
Paula Poundstone, comedian, on raising by herself two foster children, ages
5 and 2.
Vice President Al Gore said he wouldn't be remembered as the "stiffest
speaker" in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"I thought that when he started talking about distributive systems and how
things worked...some people's eyes were glazing over a bit," said Shawn
Becker, a 33-year-old doctoral student.
Gore began his 45-minute commencement speech Friday with a reference to
school founder William Barton Rogers, who died while delivering a speech at
graduation ceremonies in 1882.
"As a result, I have the rare comfort of knowing that whatever your reaction
today, I will not be remembered as the stiffest speaker in your school's
history," Gore told the crowd. "I am fully prepared, however, to be
remembered as the second stiffest."
© 1996 Peter Langston