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October 14, 2008


From Nicole Rittenmeyer…

"Many months ago, you very kindly took the time to call me after I emailed you, and we discussed a documentary special I was producing for History Channel. After nearly 24 months, I've completed it! It's called 102 Minutes That Changed America.


"The film features only amateur and rarely seen professional video recorded that morning between 8:40am and 11am. There are no interviews or other framing or context-providing elements. It simply plays out in 'real time,' in an effort to portray as authentically as possible, what it was like to be in New York that morning.

"Watching The World Change was a huge inspiration to me, and informed much of our approach from the very beginning. I really appreciate your advice and support in taking that early call…"

From Nicole Parke Acheampong…

"I read your article on the September 11th historic page, this moment frozen in time. Your article recaps the 1862 battle at Antietam where thousands also lost their lives.

"On the morning of 9/11/2001 while taking my sons to school the 1010 WINS [radio station] breaking news announced that the World Trade Center was hit by air planes, I became frozen in time, my sons kept asking mommy what's wrong why are you suddenly crying, I could not tell them because hey were too young to understand, but on my way back home I pulled to the side of the street to write the first song that depicted such horror. It is titled IN OUR HEARTS. These songs were written to pay tribute to the victims and the heroes of that horrific event.

"This song is very important to me because for 7 years it stayed in the closet, and for the first time it [is being] unveiled to this country and the world. 9/11 not only affected Americans that were killed on that tragic morning, it has touched the entire world. . . ."

[NOTE: As soon as I receive it, I will provide a link to the song so that readers/listeners can download it.]

October 3, 2008


Watching the vice-presidential debate last night I was pleasantly surprised at how consistently impressive, forceful, sharp, and presidential Joe Biden came across. While all eyes were on Sarah Palin, it was Biden who stole the show.

Yet even though the race is racing to a close, there's still enough time for Palin to bounce back and to hoodwink viewers. That's because she knows how to play to the damned camera, despite her rhetorical gaffes, her enormous Ditz Quotient, and her Rocket S. Squirrel perkiness. The lens loves her. And that's always dangerous.


As Libby Copeland observed earlier this week in The Washington Post:

"It starts with the way Palin's delivery allows her to leap through the camera into your living room. Perhaps in part because of her background as a television reporter and beauty pageant competitor, she seems to understand how the camera works.

" 'What she knows is that the camera is a thief,' says Republican strategist Ron Bonjean, who has worked for former House speaker Dennis Hastert and former Senate majority leader Trent Lott, among others. 'The camera will steal your emotions and make you flat, and what she's doing is over-emphasizing her emotions, over-emphasizing her delivery, in order to get that realness across to the camera.'

"The realness is what her fans talk about -- that she's like them, that she doesn't seem contrived. 'We feel like she talks like we do,' says Susan Geary, a Richmond retiree who attended a McCain-Palin rally in Fairfax last month. 'Like she's sitting in your kitchen.'

"There's a consistency to Palin's appeal -- if you go back and look at old clips of her, you see many of the same stylistic elements -- the warmth and the eager delivery, the voice that drops and rises emphatically, the dropped g's.

"'That's been her bread and butter for 20 years, from the day she sat down in front of the TV cameras to do her sportscasting,' says Anchorage-based pollster Ivan Moore. 'Her success in her political career has been based on being able to project this enormously friendly, enormously appealing physical presence -- and, some people would argue, use it to conceal this very much more ruthless and nakedly political character.'"