Commentaries Archive

Too Much Dancing in TV Ads

Posted January 16, 2024 By Triad Today
A dancer in a TV commercial for prescription drug Jardiance

I have nothing against dancing. In fact, once in junior high my partner and I won a waltz contest. And like most red-blooded American boys of that era, I thought there was something rather sensual about Ginger Rogers and Rita Hayworth pressing the flesh with Fred Astaire. Hell, I was even rooting for Maria and Captain […]

Too Damn Many Bowl Games (and Sponsors)

Posted January 9, 2024 By Triad Today
Cartoon character Popeye squeezing a can with a football popping out instead of spinach

Popeye the Sailor Man was normally a quiet, peace-loving guy, but when pushed to the brink, he sprang into action, saying, “That’s all I can stands. I can’t stands no more!” I reached my brink on December 27 when West Virginia’s head coach was doused with a huge container of Duke’s mayonnaise after his team beat North […]

Catching Up With Ed Begley, Jr.

Posted January 2, 2024 By Triad Today
Ed Begley Jr. as he appears on the cover of his book, To the Temple of Tranquility and Step On It

Say what you will about the six degrees of Kevin Bacon, but truth is the most connected man in Hollywood is Ed Begley, Jr. That’s because Ed knows or has worked with just about every major celebrity in the universe. Now, thanks to his new memoir, we can all feel connected to Ed. To the […]

Plenty of Ways to Give This Holiday Season

Posted December 19, 2023 By Triad Today
Hand offering holiday gift to charity

As we celebrate this holiday season, let’s not forget that there are people beyond our immediate circle of family and friends who are suffering, and could benefit from our love and generosity. Over the past decade, I’ve been able to showcase scores of community organizations on my Triad Today television show, and in the process, […]

Nickel and Dime TV

Posted December 12, 2023 By Triad Today
An old television set from the 1960s with nickels and dimes filling its screen

The first movie theaters in America were called “nickelodeons” because it cost five cents to get in. Today we can watch movies at home on a variety of channels, and though it costs a lot more than a nickel to view, we can access those channels through a variety of delivery systems such as cable, […]

Remembering Piper Laurie

Posted November 28, 2023 By Triad Today
Actress Piper Laurie

Not many people can boast that they lost their virginity to Ronald Reagan, won a Golden Globe for cross-dressing, and are famous for wielding a knife at a telekinetic prom queen. Come to think of it, there’s only one person I can think of who can make those claims. Piper Laurie came up through the […]

JFK and the First Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2023 By Triad Today
President John F. Kennedy

Presidents are only human, so they make mistakes. No, I’m not talking about Bill Clinton hooking up with Monica Lewinski, or Joe Biden forgetting which way to walk off stage. I’m talking about John Kennedy, and how he misread history, unintentionally insulted the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was compelled to make amends. The story begins […]

Gerrymandering Can Affect Your Water

Posted November 14, 2023 By Triad Today
A graphic depicting two maps for proposed congressional districts for the state of North Carolina

Patrick Henry hated two things: tyranny and James Madison. That’s why in 1788, Henry persuaded the Virginia General Assembly to re-draw the 5th Congressional District to favor his friend James Monroe. The ploy didn’t work because of Madison’s popularity across party lines, but it does mark the first documented case of gerrymandering in America. Since […]

Time For Foxx to Retire

Posted November 7, 2023 By Triad Today
Representative Virginia Foxx on the set of Triad Today in 2006

Virginia Foxx is not like most Washington politicians who grew up with a silver spoon in their mouths. In fact, she may not have even had a spoon. Growing up in Avery County, Virginia’s family was so poor that in order to make ends meet, she took a job as a janitor at the high […]

GOP-Drawn Map Suppresses Votes

Posted October 31, 2023 By Triad Today
A graphic depicting two maps for proposed congressional districts for the state of North Carolina

I once asked the Rev. Jesse Jackson if voter apathy was the biggest threat to democracy. “No,” he said. “It’s voter suppression.” He was right then and he’s especially right now. Want proof? Then just take a gander at the newly drawn Congressional districts being proposed by our Republican-controlled State Senate. Voter suppression comes in many […]

Remembering Suzanne Somers

Posted October 24, 2023 By Triad Today
Actress Suzanne Somers

While moderating a star-studded event in Hollywood back in 2009, I introduced Suzanne Somers by saying, “She is the author of a book titled Touch Me, about the effect of the Thigh Master on global warming.” Suzanne laughed loudly. In fact, the superstar actress turned superstar entrepreneur loved to laugh, and she laughed a lot. That was […]

America Needs a Dress Code

Posted October 17, 2023 By Triad Today
Senator John Fetterman wearing a hoodie

Back when the Mafia pretty much ran Las Vegas, casino patrons, and concert-goers were expected to “dress up.” Translation? Men wore pressed shirts, slacks, a blazer, and usually a tie. Women wore dresses or skirts, and generally walked in high heels. My first trip to Vegas was in 1980 for a meeting of Jerry Lewis […]

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