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DU in its infancy - Feb 19, 2001!


This is the earliest archive of DU's home page - snapped on February 19, 2001. Many of the links still work! Enjoy!

Remember these?

I've been fortunate enough to avoid this, but my DU name is still on a tombstone:

Hi Skinner. I was wondering if there was any way to see...

...my very first post on DU (DU1?).

I know, silly, but I was thinking this morning that it would be nice to see when I joined - the exact date. I know it was sometime in March 2002 (good ol' Bartcop linked DU and that's how I found it). If not possible, that's okay. Thanks again!

We might be watching a modern Gettysburg address...

It's THAT good!!!! Video links to follow once they're available...

Dubya showed up...

... and I'm conflicted. At least he showed up, but then there's the Katrina legacy...

As I watch President Obama walk down the airstairs from AF1 in Alabama...

...the history is not lost on me. 50 years ago, they would've beaten him for merely crossing a public bridge.

THIS is historic!

Did anyone else catch Steve Kornacki's interview with the Ithaca Mayor this am?

I like this guy - and he reminds me of someone else with an unusual first name.


Svante Myrick (born March 15, 1987) is mayor of Ithaca, New York, the county seat of Tompkins County and host city to Cornell University and Ithaca College. Myrick is a member of the Democratic Party. In September 2011, he won a contested primary election for the Democratic Party nomination for Mayor of the City of Ithaca. On November 8, 2011 he won the general election with 54.9% of the vote, defeating three other candidates (two independents and one Republican). In January 2012 he became the city’s youngest mayor and its first Mayor of African-American heritage to hold the office. Myrick was born and raised in the small town of Earlville, New York. First elected at age of 20 to the office of Alderperson upon Ithaca's Common Council, Myrick was one of the youngest elected African-Americans in US history. At 27, he is one of the youngest mayors in US history and one of the few to be popularly elected by city-wide vote.

Early life and education

Svante Myrick is the third of four children, raised in Earlville, New York, by his single mother and his grandparents. Through his childhood, he was in-and-out of homelessness; his family struggled to get by. He attended public schools and graduated from Sherburne-Earlville High School in 2005. Myrick then studied communication at Cornell University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a leader of the Interfraternity Council and Quill and Dagger society. He began his public-service career though volunteer activities while a student, including working with the REACH program. Myrick graduated in 2009.


I'm looking for a clip of the interview now...

Another SNL alum (Gary Kroeger) could run for Congress


CEDAR FALLS | Mudd Advertising executive and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Gary Kroeger said he's contemplating a run for Congress in 2016 and may decide on his candidacy in about a month.

Asked via Facebook to respond to online reports he is considering a run, Kroeger responded to The Courier, "Thinking about it. I've been asked (to run) but there are so many moving parts to consider. Giving myself about a month (to decide) but with lots of planning during that time."

Kroeger, creative director at Mudd, apparently would seek the Democratic nomination to run against newly elected U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, who defeated former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy in November. The seat was vacated by multi-term incumbent Bruce Braley, who sought to fill retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's Senate seat but was defeated by Joni Ernst.

Kroeger indicated public reaction may influence his decision. "Getting people involved will help," he said. "No point in running if the reaction is tepid."

More about Gary:


Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Kroeger attended Northern University High School and graduated from Northwestern University in 1981. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during Lorne Michaels' hiatus from the show, under the direction of Dick Ebersol. During his tenure, Kroeger, who also wrote for the show, was frequently cast as young teenage kids and impersonated Walter Mondale when he was the Democratic candidate for US President in 1984. He is probably best remembered today for a Christmas sketch in which he and fellow cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus perform "Blue Christmas" as Donny and Marie Osmond. Megh Wright of splitsider.com said it "remains one of his strongest moments on his three-season stint". The sketch culminates with the supposed brother and sister making out with each other.

Kroeger left the show after the summer of 1985 when Lorne Michaels returned to the show and the entire cast was replaced. In the time since he has kept a fairly low profile, appearing in only a handful of movies, including a role as Reggie Mantle on 1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again and the lead and title role on the spoof film A Man Called Sarge. He has enjoyed some success as a host of television game shows, most notably revivals of The Newlywed Game and Beat the Clock. He was also the announcer for the 2001 revival of Card Sharks and the 2002 revival of Press Your Luck called Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. He hosted a revival of the game show Beat the Clock in 2002 on PAX TV. In addition, he appeared on the sitcom Hidden Hills and as a weatherman in an episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. From 1990 to 1991, he was host of Fox's Comic Strip Live. He also made a guest appearance in the episode Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (1991). In 2000, he hosted an infomercial for DirecTV, which played in-store at many Best Buy locations. In 2002, he hosted the 26th annual Mrs. America pageant.

I remember Gary (from the early 80's SNL cast), and he was funny!

I am so effing SICK of SNOW!!!!!!

...oh, and the white, frozen shit falling from the sky, too.

‘Watershed': For Media, an Emotional Week of Loss


Some news sends us running to our TV sets. We want to see the pictures, hear from officials, from witnesses. Show us the pictures. Carry the newser. Other stories send us to Twitter, where we gather in shock with people like us, and share our surprise, our sorrow, and our stories.

That’s what it was like Thursday night, when word of David Carr’s sudden death transformed Twitter into a wake. Reporters shared their favorite Carr quotes, talked about meeting him, or wishing they had, talked about how he, better than most of us, stood up to bullshit and called it what it was. It was a night of raw emotion on top of numbness—an awful loss in a week that was full of them. As Charlie Rose said on “CBS This Morning,” it’s been a sad week for anyone who loves journalism.


We watched America’s most-watched network news anchor fall, turned with breathtaking speed into a punchline. By week’s end Brian Williams was gone, off on a six month suspension that may really be a lifetime ban—the network that built its brand around him moving with great speed to erase his name and face from “NBC Nightly News.” The graphics, the set, the open, the website, the Twitter feed, were all de-Williamsed by Thursday night. Television, ever the cruel and shallow money trench that Hunter Thompson described, showed its usual Soviet efficiency. A leader had fallen out of favor, and that meant editing history books, warehousing statues, and getting rid of those big, smiling photos in the lobby.


And yet, as Politico’s Glenn Thrush put it, Williams was only the “fourth most important media story this week—and a distant fourth at that.” We learned that Jon Stewart, a fixture for more than fifteen years, wouldn’t just always be there, whether we catch “The Daily Show” each night or not, to slice into the hypocrisy of the news—the stories, and the ways we cover them.


Bob Simon, a reporter’s reporter, a survivor, was killed in a car accident on the West Side Highway. His loss gutted journalists at CBS—both the young, who considered Simon a role model, and the old, who witnessed Simon’s fearless reporting around the world. Blocks away at CNN, Anderson Cooper, who has reported for “60 Minutes” and grew up watching CBS, blew out the rundown to devote time in his newscast Wednesday to Simon. Cooper then stayed on after 10 p.m. to talk about Simon on “CNN Tonight.” As Cooper told CBS’ Vladimir Duthiers later, Simon was “the correspondent I always dreamed of becoming.” As the news of Simon’s death was still settling in Thursday, we learned about the death of former NBC News war correspondent Ned Colt, who, like Simon, was kidnapped in Iraq. Simon during the first Gulf War; Colt during the second. A massive stroke took him at age 58.


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