50 years ago today: Nov. 22, 1963

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Fifty years ago today it also was a Friday. I was 13, an eighth grader sitting in John Williford’s wood-shop class at Olathe Junior High School.

It was sometime between 1:30 and 2 p.m. when Mike Newson’s dad came into the class with Mike’s football uniform. I still can remember the haunting, concerned look on his face as he walked through the shop class door and then told us the news: President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas.

The echoes of students hammering stopped. Saw blades and drills slowly whined to a halt. The stunned silence in the room was deafening. Continue reading

Sexy NBC cop drama on wheels makes debut

But will this fall’s ‘Ironside’ survive cripple stereotype?

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance writer/editor

He  rolls up to the couch. A dead man is lying with a knife in his chest.  A swarm of crime scene investigators turns up no clues to the man’s death.

But from his vantage point, Robert Ironside, a New York City TV detective paralyzed on duty by an assailant’s bullet, instinctively hones in on the instrument of death — a silver handgun.

“How the hell did you see that?” his partner asks. “I’ve got a different view of the world from down here, ” Ironside responds in dead-pan fashion. Continue reading

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