Gabatron Morning Briefing 1-7-15 – Time In A Bottle

Breaking news! Reports are coming in that it is cold in January. We’ll have more as the story develops.

They finally cracked open the time capsule in Boston that was buried by Paul Revere in 1795. In it they found five tightly folded newspapers, a medal depicting George Washington, a silver plaque, two dozen coins, including one dating to 1655, and the seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Maybe life was a lot simpler back then, but that doesn’t seem to give much a glimpse into what life was like. The newspapers help, but it’s nothing we didn’t already know. A personal message from Paul Revere would have been better. If you had to encapsulate life in 2015, what would you use? A model of a Malaysia Airlines airplane? An invitation from your friends to play Farmville on Facebook? A copy of that picture of Kim Kardashian that broke the Internet?

Bill Dougherty from Stone Harbor, New Jersey recently decided to celebrate his 90th birthday by doing 1,000 stomach crunches. It took him about 24 minutes. He did 50 extra just in case he missed any. I’m ⅓ his age and I don’t know that I could do that. Could you?

Football could be headed back to Los Angeles. The Rams owner recently purchased enough land to build a stadium and now he’s trying to get St. Louis to show him some love. They say they won’t get into a bidding war. So it would seem they are probably heading west. If I were St. Louis, I wouldn’t worry. In ten years they’ll move back… again. Meanwhile in Chicago, the Cubs are using their own money to renovate their ballpark that they own. Like savages.

2014 had the lowest North American movie attendance since 1995. It seems like these days there isn’t much of a middle ground, either they do phenomenally well like the Marvel movies and Interstellar or they barely move the needle, like say The Theory of Everything. Admittedly that one was kind of a unique movie, in the “Nerdy Physicist Romance” category. But it was still good. Are the moves actually a destination anymore or do you just wait until they come out for viewing on your gigantic Internet-ready TV at home?

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.