Throwback Thursday: The ABC 4:30 movie in New York!

Here’s another very obscure Throwback Thursday post about broadcast television in the New York metropolitan area — this was the intro the ABC 4:30 movie.  People commenting here at its Youtube entry remember it from the 1970’s … I thought I remembered it from the very early 1980’s as well.  But I could be mistaken.

One commenter said that, as a young child, he thought that the image of the spinning camera-man looked like “a mechanical frog monster.”  I thought that as a kid too!

 

The River

Allison Grayhurst

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The River

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Toads and kestrels shape

the river’s being.

Being what? But song

and bird’s breath

and even lovers who need

her current, her living fury

that communes equally with the sun and moon.

Seedlings and butterflies,

the river engulfs all in her rushing blood.

Death reflects beautifully in her

foaming shine. And the devil’s rage

the salmon’s struggle, the child’s tossed-in penny

shapes her surly figure, is wine to her thirsty veins.

Branches and stones

vanish in her womb where never

the light has crept. Snails ride

her flesh to shore.

And though she is tired, she never rests,

desperate to embrace the sea, to ride

his undulating loins, and be bonded forever

to his salty grandeur.

© by Allison Grayhurst

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I would like to see my creative work get a little more grounded.

I still realize that my habit of photographing the ground at my feet will seem weird to a lot of people.  But sometimes the patterns that you can find there are interesting — especially when confined within the contours of a viewfinder.

Besides, half the fun is finding battle environments where I would have loved to deploy my “G.I. Joes” when I was nine.  Oh, to be a boy again.

 

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“I Am Death,” Indiana State Board of Health Advertisement, 1912

Indiana State Board of Health Monthly Bulletin.  Artist undetermined.

Public servants in 1912 were a weird bunch.  (Although I’m not sure that Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions are a huge step up.)

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