Monday, August 28, 2006
Unless you've been under a news-proof rock, you, no doubt, heard of the fatal plane crash which happened here in Lexington, Kentucky. 49 dead. 1 in critical condition. Sad news for all of us in the Bluegrass area, especially those of us who have flown these same Delta communter jets from Lexington to Atlanta or Cincinnati, many times white knuckled. Right now it looks like a simple mistake. The pilot and crew used the wrong runway. One half of the size that they thought they were. Tragic error at a job that doesn't allow many errors to go without grave consequence. The story has dominated the broadcast airwaves here in Central Kentucky. There just isn't that much to talk about around these parts...governor indictments and plea bargains, mother driving her kids into the lake, who is going to start at quarterback for the hapless UK Wildcats...so this was a pretty large event for the local news teams...
So as they wrapped another crash update right before the Emmy award show last night, NBC kicked directly into a spoof of Lost with Conan O'Brien going down in a plane crash. Insensitive...yes, dumb, yes, that too. Lexington's NBC affiliate WLEX and its president, Tim Gilbert, who was home watching the show with his family pulled no punches about the bad timing of the spoof. He was was “stunned” by the intro; if station managers had known about the intro before the broadcast, Lexington viewers wouldn’t have seen it, he said. After local folks had been besieged throughout the day with images and data relating to the crash, at best it was surreal to see a plane crash as the central device in a Emmy joke. I didn't see it last night, I watched the spoof a few moments ago...typical goofy Emmy take on Lost being left out of the festivities of being nominated...I've never watched Lost so I don't even have a dog in the fight...matter of fact, does anyone truly care who gets an Emmy, aside from those involved in network TV or the show's themselves? Call me uninformed but House vs. Grey's Anatomy vs. The Sopranos et. al seems silly as all these shows are for different audiences and have different goals as 'artistic' statements. And does anyone watch Monk? I have never met a soul who has seen it...
Anyhoo, yesterday served as a reminder that a person can leave this place at any moment, under odd circumstances on plane, train, car, bike, skates or worn-out shoes. It doesn't have to make sense to us and all we can learn is to live a little each day and appreciate those around you while you can.
Today, send a thought to the families and friends of those from Comair Flight 5191 and if you are so moved donations are being taken for those in need... Click here for details.
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