60 years ago, was Nashville on their minds?

Caught an odd reference to Nashville within dialog in a 1953 movie on TCM this week. In the B-level police procedural Vice Squad, Edward G. Robinson plays a chief of detectives in early-’50s L.A. He’s talking to another cop on the phone and learns that a suspect of theirs also has a warrant on him in Nashville. I don’t recall hearing a Southern city — especially one as small as Nashville was at the time — referred to offhandedly in movies back then. Their examples of Anywhere USA usually were in the Midwest or New England, and not the segregated South.

Vice Squad was made two or three years after broadcaster David Cobb coined the nickname “Music City U.S.A.” Makes you wonder if the growing marketing slogan was elevating Nashville in the national consciousness …


Operation “Abyssinia, Facebook” complete

My Facebook friends recently saw my note that said, in essence, I’d had enough of the continual rigamarole over Facebook changing its policies, and I was leaving the social network soon.

Well, “soon” has arrived. Last night, I finished harvesting the e-mail addresses of my Facebook friends. Then I unfriended them all and removed all personal info, except my photo, from my profile. I’m keeping my profile active to maintain the fan page that mirrors my 3 Chords A Day music blog. (That FB page is titled “3 Chords a Day” [no quotes]; the blog itself is at http://3chordsaday.com.)

It’ll be interesting to see how I fare in a Facebook-less world. Like many users, I became addicted to it, frequently checking my wall, joining pages and groups, and posting on others’ walls — from my computer and my smartphone.

I’ll be posting more frequently here, and I’m still connected on LinkedIn, Twitter, Ping.fm, FriendFeed and YouTube. I’ll probably be testing how all those services work with each other, so I apologize in advance for any trial messages that go out.

Aside from the linked sites above, here’s my other contact info:

E-mail: editor@charter.net, kevinpaulk@acnrep.com
ACN site: http://kevinpaulk.acnrep.com/

Hope to see you around the Web!

A valuable lesson from a new friend

Kenny Silva

Being out of work and all, I belong to quite a few networking groups and attend quite a few networking events.  That’s how I met my new friend Kenny Silva,  a real estate consultant based in Green Hills.  He epitomizes the good side of that old saw, “you reap what you sow.”  His crops will always be bountiful, because he’s all about helping folks.

He provides some great insight on that idea in his latest blog post, “One Word That Will Get You Everything You Want.” We’d all be a lot better off if we followed his prescription. As I meet people, look for a job and grow my recent side venture, I’m trying to do just that.

Bedford Falls and copyright law

Thanks to Instapundit for linking to this interesting discussion of copyright laws, based on the situation with the now-classic film It’s A Wonderful Life. I have tended to come down on the side of “copyrights/patents should last forever, to ensure the creator is paid for his creative equity.”  But this article introduced me to the idea that American culture at large benefits from creative works entering the public domain. And that’s a compelling argument.

Along with the article, much of the attached commentary is instructive as well.

Those of you who are songwriters, authors, artists or others in the creative pursuits, I’d sure like to hear your thoughts on the matter.  Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

A real farmer takes on the ‘agri-intellectuals’

I confess that I’m one of those people from the city (or, in my case, the suburbs) who’ve had a beef with modern agribusiness as it’s practiced in the United States.

I held a romantic’s view of farming, aided by the memory of five of my most wonderful growing-up years. In Huntsville, Ala., our subdivision was surrounded by the cotton farm it had been carved from. When we moved there in 1969, even the vacant building lot across the street was planted in soybeans. For a 7-year-old boy, nothing beats the thrill of seeing the big combine drive up the street and get to work just feet from your driveway, or coming home from school and heading out to the fields at harvest time to watch the mechanical cotton picker dump its fluffy load into gin-bound trailers.

Mainly my problem has been with the giant corporations like ADM and Cargill and not the individuals who operate industrial farms. Still, I know I’ve looked down on the huge Midwestern grain operations as somehow not worthy, the way many Southern romanticists look with a mixture of disgust and envy at modern-day Atlanta.

Which I why I found the two pieces linked below — written by a northwest Missouri industrial farmer named Blake Hurst for the journal of The American Enterprise Institute — so fascinating. He takes to task some of the “experts” who, in widely-viewed forums, criticize large farms by promoting misguided mythology about them. It’s nice to hear from a real expert on the subject, and my thanks to John J. Miller on National Review Online for pointing them out.

Take a gander, and if you’re so moved I’d love to hear what you think.

Edward Woodward, RIP

Click photo to read an obituary of Edward Woodward, 1930-2009.

Actor Edward Woodward has died at age 79.  He was great in Breaker Morant, and to me even greater in the TV crime drama The Equalizer.  What other hero drove a Jaguar, drank only the best wine, had a killer Manhattan apartment — and boasted an arsenal that would rival a small nation’s?

Here’s an insightful appreciation on The American Culture blog.

A Fortress flies at Collegedale

Aluminum Overcast, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber, made a stop near Chattanooga, Tenn., during the waning days of September. We were in town to visit family, and my father, brother and I went to the Collegedale airport the morning of Wednesday the 30th to see it. Go to my photo page to view some stills I shot, and watch the video below.

There’s more info about this plane and the organization that takes it on tour here. Be sure to check out the links down the left side and across the top.

UPDATE: On a related topic, I just found this photo gallery of the restoration of the Memphis Belle, the famous B-17 that was the first to fly 25 bombing missions in Europe. I hope Memphis wins the right to display the historic plane once the work is finished.