The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XXIII
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Barbara (Pierce) Bush
Barbara Pierce Engaged to Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Pierce have announced the engagement of their daughter, Barbara, to Ensign George Herbert Walker Bush, Naval Air Arm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Prescott S. Bush of Greenwich, Conn.
Miss Pierce was graduated from Ashley Hall, Charleston, S.C., and is a student at Smith College....Her father is executive vice president of the McCall Corporation, magazine publishers.
Ensign Bush, an alumnus of Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., received his wings in June at Corpus Cristi, Tex. His father, a partner in Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., is chairman of the National War Fund drive.
Nameless No Longer
The new weekly magazine of sports to be published by Time, Inc., in August, will be known as Sports Illustrated. The announcement is to be made in the next few days. The title, which replaces Dummy, used on trial runs that have been circulated among advertisers and agencies, was acquired from Stuart Scheftel, magazine publisher, who owned the name.
Read on for The Daily Show, subprime and Geocities.
The Daily Show
A Parody of Shows Covering Pop News
A mix of headlines, filmed reports and interviews, The Daily Show is still wildly uneven; occasionally it's very funny and often it sits there like a blob. But its deadpan, silly attitude is a good omen.
What the show most resembles so far is "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live. The host of The Daily Show, Craig Kilborn (formerly of ESPN), spends much of the show sitting at a news desk and offering irreverent versions of the day's stories (mostly predictable jokes about Bob Dole's age and Robert Downey Jr.'s drug busts).
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Mr. Kilborn has the generic, Ken Doll looks of most entertainment-news hosts, with a twist of Dennis Miller sarcasm creeping into his delivery. He is pleasant but could use a more distinct personality.
That could happen. On and off the air, Comedy Central has nervously insisted that the new show will evolve as it goes along. And it will move to 11 P.M. the day after the election, taking over the time slot of Politically Incorrect (which moves to ABC in January). For now, The Daily Show is worth checking out. As Mr. Kilborn says in a promo, ''John Tesh is gone, America. Turn your weary eyes to me.'' As long as he promises not to talk about balance beams and Ukrainian gymnasts, he should get his chance.
A Surge in Second Second-Chance Finance
The dark heart of "sub prime" auto lending is the long diesel tow truck rumbling slowly through a neat development of town houses in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville on a moonlit night just before midnight.
"There's a Honda. It's gray. That's it," says Matthew, the repo man. He doesn't give his last name. This is a business that doesn't make any friends, after all, and he has a 9-year-old daughter. Indeed just the week before, someone whose car he "pulled" chased him in a friend's vehicle and ran his truck off the road. He's been shot at a few times, but never at close range, he says.
Free Maps for Travelers on the Web
Free customized maps are becoming one of the handier features of the World Wide Web. They might soon take the place of that tattered road atlas in the trunk.
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One of the largest presences is Mapquest's. On its Web site, after inserting the point of origin, Buffalo, and the destination, Ithaca, you will find that the distance is 152.8 miles, and that the last stretch is 41.6 miles southeast on state Route 96.Linking to a map of Ithaca, and to various points of interest, the clicker will find that the city has lots of Web sites, including Jim's Ithaca Music Shop, which sells recordings over the Web.
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And Geocities catalogues a big data base with close-up snapshots of neighborhoods that are searchable in several ways, even by E-mail location. A search of cornell.edu, for example, quickly displays a map of the Cornell University campus.
"¢ Volume I: Barack Obama, Jon Stewart, iPod
"¢ Volume II: Hillary Clinton, Starbucks, Donald Trump
"¢ Volume III: JFK, Microwave Oven, the Internet
"¢ Volume IV: Larry David, Drudge Report, Digital Camera
"¢ Volume V: Walkman, Osama bin Laden, Iowa Caucuses
"¢ Volume VI: Times Square, Marijuana, Googling
"¢ Volume VII: Lance Armstrong, Aerosmith, Gatorade
"¢ Volume VIII: Bob Dylan, New York Jets, War on Terror
"¢ Volume IX: Hedge Fund, White Collar Crime, John Updike
"¢ Volume X: E-mail, Bruce Springsteen, George Steinbrenner
"¢ Volume XI: RFK, the Olsen Twins, Digg
"¢ Volume XII: Jerry Seinfeld, Lee Harvey Oswald, Don Mattingly
"¢ Volume XIII: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Taxicab, Hippies
"¢ Volume XIV: Digital Watch, Prozac, David Hasselhoff
"¢ Volume XV: George Clooney, Golden Gate Bridge, Toyota Prius
"¢ Volume XVI: Woody Allen, The Titanic, The Beastie Boys
"¢ Volume XVII: New York Edition
"¢ Volume XVIII: Sports Edition
"¢ Volume XIX: TV Edition
"¢ Volume XX: Wrestlemania, Phil Knight, My Two Dads
"¢ Volume XXI: Books on Tape, Condoleezza Rice, Tina Fey
"¢ End of 2007: Greatest Hits
"¢ Volume XXII: John McCain, American Gladiators, Dianetics
"¢ November 3, 2007: Appearance on NPR Weekend Edition Saturday
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