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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TOM DEGAN is a fifty-two year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national… More »



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Re: “The Tube’s First Concept Humorist

Ernie Kovacs was a visionary. He was the first to realize that great art could be created within the nineteen-inch confines of an ugly box with a glass tube at its center. Unfortunately for humanity, he's gone and he's not coming back. Thank God for Edie Adams. Because she had the foresight to save her husband's work, we now have these kinescopes and videotapes to gently remind us what once was. Ernie's world was a delightful, wondrous and riotous place to enter. Someone once remarked, "In an ocean of noise, this island of quiet genius was typical of Ernie Kovacs." Indeed it was.

Early in his career, he would close his programs by telling the audience at home, "It's been real!", a phrase he coined. He was a bit of a paradox in that respect. Ernie Kovacs was the real deal alright - and television's first surrealist. Go figure.

Tom Degan

Posted by TomDegan on 04/30/2011 at 5:42 AM

Re: “Laughter Is the Best Medicine, And Even Americans Can Afford It

Rush Limbaugh will leave the country if the health of every American man, woman and child is insured. How patriotic.

This is the best reason yet I've heard for passing serious health care reform. I have the perfect place for el Rushbo to relocate to: Somalia! The place would be perfect for him - no government, lots and lots of guns, no taxes - an NO health care!

An America without Rush Limbaugh....Adios, Rush! It's been real - Sort of.

Tom Degan
Goshen NY

Posted by TomDegan on 03/10/2010 at 5:30 AM

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