Feb 3, 201512:45 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Let’s hear it for the police, Madison!
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• Stupid play? Before Russell Wilson’s last pass, 61 passes were attempted from the 1-yard line this season in the NFL — none were intercepted, according to The Wall Street Journal.
• Favorite Super Bowl TV commercial. The choice here at Blaska’s Stately Manor was the spot by Carnival Cruise Lines. Against a simple image of a cruise ship at sea, we heard the unmistakable voice of John F. Kennedy ruminating on the apparent fact that oceangoing is in the blood. He gave that speech at a dinner on Sept. 14, 1962, in Newport, R.I., for America’s Cup crews.
“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.”
From a commercial sense, Carnival needed to advertise; cruise ships have had some high-profile disasters and snafus. Using the Kennedy voiceover was a direct appeal to the aging baby boomer generation — the very market for ocean cruises. And it was so unexpected.
JFK, a decorated Navy hero, was a lifelong recreational sailor. He also appeals to the nostalgia that all aging people seem to relish. Forever young, idealistic; the promise, the tragedy, the eternal “what could have been.” I doubt the millennial generation gets the same visceral jolt from hearing that voice. But millennial Charlie don’t cruise.
• “Nothing like making GAB publicize how abusive it is.” “A federal judge on Friday effectively pulled the life support plug on a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups.” — Wisconsin Reporter
• The story has legs. Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday editorializes: “Tammy Baldwin’s Actions Raise Further Questions.”
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