WKRP in Cincinnati (1978 - 82) has been lost to us. A late-60s spirit fighting the crest of pre-Reaganism, the show premiered only weeks after the California passage of Proposition 13 -- the tolling bell of our Big Dark to come (a Big Dark now lasting almost 40 years). Reagan would, literally, kill it. Episodes considered outrageous by members of The Administration caused complaints to be made personally to the always whorish Bill Paley. CBS immediately gave WKRP's skulduggery the ax.
And CBS is still giving it the ax. The first season DVD release was beheaded: "Music rights are too expensive" say the Viacom Vampires, especially for a politically progressive series set inside a small rock-and-roll radio station. Most songs were eliminated or replaced by synthesizer versions. Because of a fan boycott, there have been, and will be, no more releases. Good for the fans.
The Reaganistas went particularly bananas over "Who is Gordon Sims?" -- featuring the great Tim Reid. (Reid's strangled-in-its-crib masterpiece Frank's Place [1987 - 88] has also been disappeared due to "music clearance" issues.) Through the looking-glass: "Who is Gordon Sims?" is a peek into a moment when one could get and keep a job without feeling like the FBI was closing in.
(Due to some fine people on the internet, the episode is restored, complete, with original sound and songs.)
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That fuzzy man over there in the corner, gazing away from his iPhone 6: Is it Lee Harvey Oswald?
That question has been the raging controversy within the JFK research community since the 50th anniversary of Dallas. Called "Prayer Man" because he seems to have his hands together as if in prayer, what we are looking at are the front steps of the Texas School Book Depository building 15 to 20 seconds after the fatal head shot(s). If that is LHO on the TSBD entrance, then obviously he is not six floors up firing bullets into Kennedy.
On this, I've done a 180. First I thought: no way. Prayer Man is just too stocky, too short, and too balding to be Oswald. Now I'm sure it is Oswald. Watch this movie by Australian researcher Bart Kamp and I think you'll be convinced as well.
(WARNING: very arcane, inside-baseball stuff regarding the assassination.)
For those wanting more, here's a brilliant two hours between Mr. Kamp and brother Rob Clark.