DAILY COMMENTARY
By Marc Campos




31,536,000, Failure To Communicate, Christmas In Odessa, Bangladesh

According to news reports, the time gods are going to knock a second off of the end of the year. It apparently has something to do with the earth not moving fast enough. Scientists are debating whether the clipped second is necessary. There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year - what's the big deal.


Yesterday, the National Film Registry added 25 American made films to its list of 425 movies that should be preserved. "Cool Hand Luke" made the list. In 1976, while working on the Jimmy Carter for President Campaign, I was at the DFW airport and I ran into Strother Martin in the airport bar. Martin played the prison boss in "Cool Hand Luke." In the movie he utters the memorable line - "what we've got here is failure to communicate" - arguably among the top ten movie lines of all time. Strother Martin and I had a drink together - he asked for my Jimmy Carter button - I gave it to him, I asked for his autograph - he signed his name along with the memorable line - that are framed and hang on my office wall. He died years ago and also starred in movies like "The Wild Bunch" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."


In case you missed it last week, the Ector County Independent School District Board voted to add an elective course on the King James version of the bible to its curriculum at its three high schools in Odessa, Texas. The Board vote on the issue was 4 to 2. Props to the 2 that believe in something called separation of church and state.


It finally was released. In 1971, George Harrison put together the "Concert For Bangladesh" at Madison Square Garden that featured Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar, Leon Russell and others. In 1972, a movie of the concert was released. A few weeks ago it was finally released on DVD - Santa left one under Commentary's Christmas tree. Where's "Let It Be?"

December 28, 2005, 9:00AM


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