[joe-frank-list] San Francisco performance

Robert W. Stanford President stanford at localblack.com
Sat Jan 1 14:57:37 PST 2005

"That's a 30!", is as I believe (without googling over it) - a reporters
term that he is totally done with a story or a feature or news item. I think
I first heard Les Nesman<sp> from WKRP in Cincinatti (the tv show
actually) - use it, and since I aspired at that time to be a writer (much
like les nesman<sp> himself :)-), I began writing the number 30 at the end
of all of my work when it was finished (articles mostly).

I have heard it several times since then, usually tied to the gritty
reporters of the 30's and 40's.

Happy New Year,

Mr. President

Yours in the Struggle,

Robert W. Stanford President
"A Civil Rights Support Organization"
PO Box 576684
Modesto, CA 95357
(209) 496-0402

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[mailto:joe-frank-list-bounces at armory.com]On Behalf Of Mike Linksvayer
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On Sat, Jan 01, 2005 at 02:07:06PM -0800, Robert W. Stanford President
> I don't mean to be sounding completely ignorant - however - I am missing
> beaning of the brow thing - at first, I actually thought it was a town -
> could someone please tell me what the low medium and high brow things
> actually stand for - is this like a reporter's term like ("that's a 30!")?

Mr. President, google is your friend.  Anyway, from

	HIGHBROW/LOWBROW - "Dr. Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828),
	founder of the 'science' of phrenology, gave support to the
	old folk notion that people with big foreheads have more
	brains." The theory, later discredited, "led to the expression
	'highbrow' for an intellectual, which is first recorded in
	1875.New York Sun reporter Will Irvin popularized 'highbrow,'
	and its opposite 'lowbrow' in 1902, basing his creation on
	the wrongful notion that people with high foreheads have
	bigger brains and are more intelligent and intellectual
	than those with low foreheads. At first the term was
	complimentary, but 'highbrow' came to be at best a neutral
	word .Life magazine coined the term 'middlebrow' in the
	mid-1940s." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins"
	by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

	Calling some activity or entertainment or cultural event
	by one of these three terms is very chancy these days. There
	is no general agreement or clear dividing line to : clarify
	where (for example) middlebrow begins and ends. Unless you
	are willing to stand your ground against verbal attack,
	it's best to avoid the classifications. (But hey, being
	reckless, I'll give you a quick self-test: was your favorite
	film of the past year Adaptation, My Big Fat Greek Wedding,
	or Jackass? They are high, middle, low.)

Hmm, I'd call Adaptation middlebrow, so take my assessment of Joe
Frank's brow with a grain of salt.  Regardless of browness, I gather
Adaptation was pretty sucessful, proving there's a big audience for
high/middlebrow stuff.

Reckless for the new year,

p.s. Google isn't a great friend when you ask it about numbers.  What's
"that's a 30!" mean?

  Mike Linksvayer
Joe Frank Mailing List
joe-frank-list at armory.com

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