…….in case you missed it…
Some of you might remember Jan from SNL or Designing Women or Third Rock from the Sun As for me and mine, I remember her from way back, even before that, back to the earliest days of WTBS.
Those of you who care or pay attention know that WTBS out of Atlanta was Ted Turner’s first station, the origins of an empire which led to TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies…etc.
But before any of that was WTCG – channel 17 – an independent station that showed reruns, the Atlanta Braves and featured one Bill Tush as new anchor and entertainment impresario.
I am not sure how – I’m assuming the earliest stages of cable – WTCG reached our house in Knoxville. When I was in high school, Bill Tush had a very strange, wild, late night news show.
A couple of years after that, he had a sketch comedy show called, appropriately, “Tush,” featuring a merry band of comedic actors and writers, including Ed and Bonnie Turner, and …Jan Hooks.
When the news came across the wire (okay..Twitter) today than Jan Hooks had passed away, I was shocked, not only that she had died, but that the headlines reported that she was 57 years old. Wait, what? I’m 54. No way she was only 3 years older than I am….I mean…wasn’t I a teenager when I became a fan, and didn’t I at the time peg her has about ten years older?
I don’t know. I guess I got confused, thinking that “Tush” was what I’d watched in high school…but no. It must have been just Bill Tush’s crazy late-night news antics then. “Tush” was a few years later and now, re watching what’s available – sad YouTube renditions – geez, you’d think that someone would get us a decent set – I can see how young she was.
Rest in peace. What a talent.
(The oddest thing about revisiting these Tush sketches today was how familiar they were. I must have VCR’d them back in the day because today, 30+ years later, I could almost recite some of them…)
Michael and I took a field trip this week on our only available day – Wednesday. We (I) drove about an hour to Oneonta, to Palisades Park, which provided us with a decent little woodsy hike and some views, and then to a couple of covered bridges. Blount County, Alabama boasts of three covered bridges. We’d been to one a couple of years ago, so today, we crossed off the other two One was small and nothing to brage about, but the other – Horton Mill Bridge – was quite impressive.
It’s the highest covered bridge in the United States – 70+ feet above the waters of the Warrior River.
What was even more impressive was the approach. I drove north of Oneonata on 231….putter, putter…and saw the sign. It pointed left and said, “covered bridge.” I turned, expecting to drive a bit more before I hit it. Nope! It was RIGHT THERE! Still in use, not two hundred feet from the state highway. Well.
Michael and I attended a short presentation on a cultural/historical matter at a local cultural institution this week. In the midst of the very mediocre presentation, the presenter referred to Michael and said, “I know you must be bored…”
…when in fact, what I’m sure he was thinking, “I’m nine and I know more about this than you do lady, so yeah, maybe I AM bored..”
Oh, people, I was a Junior Brown fan long before this.
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