Wednesday Trivia Question

Who starred in the title role of the American Playhouse presentation of Pudd’nhead Wilson? Continue reading


Sounds Familiar

“In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky – her grand old woods – her fertile fields – her beautiful rivers – her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slaveholding and wrong – when I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten, that her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.” – Frederick Douglass (Morgan Freeman), The Civil War 

My Top Five: Detectives

There are loads of private investigators to choose from on the many series UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. One series alone (Mystery!) is pretty much devoted to the genre. So I started thinking: who are my personal favorite detectives?

I tried to gravitate towards characters that are sleuths first and foremost rather than police constables who utilize procedure to apprehend criminals. A fine line, I agree – but it narrowed the focus a bit.

As always, these are MY TOP FIVE. Not the best, not the most popular – just my personal favorites. Thus, without further ado, here are MY TOP FIVE: DETECTIVES…

5) The Gumshoes of ACME, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? – The sleuths of ACME come perilously close to falling under the “police” category since they are part of an organization, but they are gumshoes (it’s in their name) so I had to include them. Throw in Special Agent Greg Lee and Lynne Thigpen as The Chief and the WITWICS gumshoes will always be cool. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Ten years ago, PBS presented a four-part series on the nation’s highest court. Produced by WNET in New York, The Supreme Court premiered on January 31, 2007 and was repeated on UNC-TV a handful of times over the next few years. Chances are, you may not remember the program. I barely did and I work here. However, I noticed this souvenir from the series in a co-worker’s cubicle and thought it was pretty darn nifty.

Like so many of these mementos, my guess is this was picked up at a PBS conference somewhere along the way. It’s really cool how inventive and creative many of these promotional items can be.