Good Morning. It’s Sunday, 26 February 2017 and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.
The Academy Awards are tonight: expect glamour (and some big misses) on the Red Carpet, a Hollywood-style opening for tonights’ host, Jimmy Kimmel (good luck, Jimmy–the long knives will be out) and lots of political comment from award winners (who will run over their allotted time for thank you speeches). The show will also run long, but America will tune in. Good luck to all the contestants.
In other news, there was an Obama sighting in New York City; Rickie Fowler is leading the Honda Classic PGA Tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (bring it home Rickie); the Daytona 500 stock car race is today –coverage has been surprisingly muted; the Democrats selected Tom Perez, former Labor Secretary, to head the party going forward.
Donald Trump has said he would not attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner–given the fractious atmosphere between the media and trump, that’s no surprise. Chas Danner, who writes for New York Magazine’s excellent “Intelligencer” column, pointed out this telling fact: the last President not to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner was Ronald Reagan, who was recovering from an assassination attempt; Reagan still made an appearance via video link.
And, finally, yesterday was the birthday for George Harrison, the famous “quiet Beatle” who was the lead guitarist for the band. Harrison would have been 74. Harrison died in 2001 and was the youngest member of The Beatles. He was so young when he joined The Beatles that he was once sent home from playing with the band in Germany because he was under age. George Harrison introduced Indian and world music influences to The Beatles’ music, pioneered the use of the Rickenbacker 12 string guitar (the 360/12 model), and wrote some of The Beatles greatest songs, including “Here Comes The Sun” and “Something”. In addition to a fine solo music career (his “All Things Must Pass” and “Concert for Bangladesh” albums are classics-especially if you have them in vinyl), Harrison was also a fine film producer and possessed a sharp sense of humor. He’s missed but he’s still with us.
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