December 25th, 2009

Whale fluke

The man behind the Sports Machine has passed away

Washington D.C. sports broadcaster George Michael has died. He was 70.

You may have heard of him. He hosted what became The George Michael Sports Machine, a nationally syndicated sports highlight show. And you may have heard him without even knowing it: he had a cameo in The Silence of the Lambs, appearing on a newscast ("I'm Gene Castle with sports"), because director Jonathan Demme was a fan of Michael's from his days in rock radio (he'd broadcast in Philadelphia then New York).

Here is the Washington Post obit for Michael.

I hope there's some mention or acknowledgement of him in Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys game.

*raises glass*
Me 2 (B&W)

The gift of a quiet morning

We're all easing into Christmas here at my folks'. No mad scramble to open stuff. Food, drink (tea for me, coffee for Mom and Dad), and the paper. Plus my brother T.J. calling from family Christmas over in Philadelphia.

May your Christmas be gentle.