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permlink Color $20s

Color's almost here: Peach/blue/green $20 bills to arrive Oct. 9 [Washington Post] permlink     1 comment(s)  
color is a good thing-it will put us on par with much of European currency which I found much more interesting to have in my pocket.
      ...posted by Cher on September 14, 2003 1:25 PM
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permlink Letterman on Zevon

I missed this last night; luckily, there's searchable news:

Letterman Bids Farewell to Zevon [AP]
The star of CBS's "Late Show" spent several minutes of Monday night's broadcast reminiscing about his friendship with Zevon and his admiration for his music. Soon after Zevon announced last year that he was dying, Letterman turned over an entire program for a visit with him, and he showed clips from that show Monday.

"He was a poet and a storyteller and a good friend of ours," Letterman said. "We all knew this was coming, hoping that it wouldn't, but yesterday afternoon in California the inevitable happened. So we're very sad about that."

He noted that Zevon had appeared as a guest on the program and Letterman's old NBC "Late Night" show more than a dozen times and had filled in for bandleader Paul Shaffer nearly two dozen times.

"People are always asking me what do I like about his music," Letterman said.

"It was just thundering and exciting and rhythmic and complicated and unusual rock 'n' roll," he continued. "It was not the kind of rock 'n' roll you would hear much of. And then the lyrics, oh my God, the lyrics were so vivid. Just very evocative and each song that you listened to was like watching a motion picture."

Shaffer and the band played Zevon's songs throughout the show, which ended with Letterman speaking to the camera, saying, "Goodnight, Warren, we'll see ya."
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I missed that night's show too. Actually I haven't stayed up to watch Letterman in years but I would have liked to see the Zevon appearance. Thanks for the update.
      ...posted by Mike on September 18, 2003 1:21 PM
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permlink Berke Breathed's Back

Berke Breathed returns?

Opus the Penguin Back In the Funny Business [Washington Post]
After eight years away from newspapers, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is creating a new comic strip called "Opus," starring his beloved penguin of the same name.

The Washington Post Writers Group, which will syndicate the strip, is expected to officially announce Breathed's return this Sunday. ... The new strip will appear on Sundays in The Washington Post starting Nov. 23.

...At the National Cartoonists Society meeting this May, he seemed itching to return to his old broadsheet format.

"I can't say it wouldn't be appealing to bring back Opus to the Sunday pages," Breathed told those gathered, according to Editor & Publisher. "It was painful to sit through the war without a public voice."
I didn't much like Outland, but it sounds like Opus might be more like Bloom County than Outland. Oh, how I'd love to see Milo Bloom again... permlink  

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