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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Scattershooting / "The Price Is Right" Will Come On Down In A New Venue

Posted 05-29-2023 at 02:44 PM by case44

That time again? Okay, it's been a bit of a while, but Case's Column has a new round of Scattershooting going on. What I do here is just go here and there, up and down, and all around. My goodness, if I get carried away, then I'll just write a song about it.

Aaaaaaaand, away we go!


Say it ain't so! For the last fifty-one years, the CBS-TV daytime game show, "The Price Is Right", had its studio at Television City on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, so all productions have been taking place from that same perch. Everything from Bob Barker to all the pricing games which came and went, to the models who also came and went, all the way to Drew Carey, it all had been put together at Television City, right from that building.

No more.

Oh, the show will go on, but CBS will now do it from a new studio in nearby Glendale. And while the new facility they'll be in will be state-of-the-art, things just won't be the same. Get ready for Haven Studios.


August should be the date when the new production gets going in the new digs. But you just go on Game Show Network or YouTube and watch those old TPIR programs where you might still see the old tag from CBS telling folks how to write to the show or get tickets. We'll always remember 7800 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA, with that famous zip code, 90036. Those days are over now.

I don't know how many more years CBS actually plans to keep doing "The Price Is Right", but it's not the same anymore. Contestants are often too rowdy and never thank the host even if they just participated on stage, win or lose. The show just isn't watchable, and Drew Carey just isn't that much of a game show host, an art that's simply slipping away into the bygones of television's past. Former announcers Johnny Olson and Rod Roddy have long since gone from us. Bob Barker, meanwhile, will turn 100 if he makes it into December 12 of this calendar year. You wonder if he'll show up at the new Haven studios on his birthday.

Guess you could stay tuned.


Funny how we have a guy like Rick Mitchell, chief meteorologist at Dallas/Fort Worth's KXAS-TV (Channel 5), last for fourteen years on North Texas television, and he still can't pronounce certain town names in Texas. Most notable is his continued mispronunciation of Palestine. It's not Pal-les-styne. It's Pal'-lus-teen'!

Otherwise, he's a great guy who does good work.


It's about time for this: This past Sunday (as of this writing), the Houston Astros finally broke out of their home run funk, and where better to pull that feat than at Oakland Coliseum, every bit the ghost town that that venue has become. More on that stuff later, but where the Astros are concerned, they finally had back-to-back hitters club home runs, something they hadn't done this regular season. Not only did they pull it off, they did it twice!

Hopefully, this will be the thing that wakes up their offense, which had scored the sixth-fewest runs in the American League.

Oh, and newest acquisition Jose Abreu finally got his first home run this season....

...and then he sprinted around the basepads before sliding into the Astros' dugout. Epic.


Country singer Lee Greenwood knows the importance of Memorial Day as he participates in a ceremony in remembrance of Normandy.


Folks, please take a moment to remember our troops. They fought the big fight so that you and I didn't have to.


It's always time for dessert on Case's Column. And here's a link showing you what you can do with three of the best dessert components available to mankind: chocolate, caramel, and cookies.



Manners are one thing. So, too, is etiquette. With me so far? Well, here's a situation where on online user gets disrupted and must take matters into her own hands.



Notable deaths include:

Ed Ames - One of the members of The Ames Brothers, but he also had a reasonably good singing career as a solo artist. Go on YouTube and just listen to his songs. He was very good. But, of course, you already know what he'll forever be remembered for.

This: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L5QC9ZJkM8

Ed passed away after a long bout with Alzheimer's. He was 94.

Tina Turner - The queen of rock-and-roll. She'd always had the "it" factor as a pow performer on stage. Her most famous hit remains "Proud Mary", but she had a nice run on the pop charts in the 1980s, including "What's Love Got To Do With It?".


Tina Turner was 83.

George Maharis - One-half of that road-tripping duo (he was Buz alongside the late Martin Milner's Tod) in the old CBS-TV series, "Route 66". It should be noted that he also starred in a very promising --- but very short-lived --- ABC-TV series in 1970, "The Most Deadly Game", in which he starred with Ralph Bellamy and Yvette Mimieux. Why that show wasn't a bigger hit than it was, I'll never know.


George was 94, but it had been a life well-lived.


San Angelo, Texas, has to be salivating over an opportunity, and residents would be nuts not to. Well, really, several as I'd taken a pause a few days ago to take a look at that city's future land use plan. The impending multi-plex of Interstates 27 and 14N, which is expected to run along the city's east, northeast, and north sides when plans get firmed up, is going to be a serious game-changer for both the community and region in ways you can't even imagine.

Look for lots of new annexation, numerous businesses, restaurants, and hotels descending upon the area in the coming years. You watch. It will be dramatic.


Miss Oregon USA has had quite the year. First, she gets in Sports Illustrated. Up next? Yes, it will, indeed, be up......in space.



H-E-B Grocery was supposed to get real aggressive here in North Texas. They've purchased a lot of new land in D/FW the last two years, but surprisingly, only six new locations (either opened or still under construction) are in progress. Six. Two are opened now to very much success, and four more are under construction. Two of those will open this year, but two others won't open until deep into next year.

I say this because I thought H-E-B would have been more aggressive in getting shovels pushed. Once a groundbreaking occurs, it takes fifteen months for a new H-E-B to be built to completion. So far, H-E-B has actually been a little slow, and that's not like them. Any casual observer who knows the chain would instantly think that, in an area the size of Dallas, H-E-B would be pushing for more than just the six locations visible to us at this time. Certainly, twice that number, at least.

So, now, we just wait. It's all we can do. As it is, they'll be working on getting more land and figuring out the right time to launch a new location in the right place.


Denise Austin is still getting after it at age 66. I doubt she's ever stopped. In fact, what she shares in the following link might actually keep you from stopping.



Two senior citizens, both 81 and both best friends for many years, had decided to live it up by taking the ultimate trip. You've heard of "Around The World In 80 Days", right? Well, this excursion pretty well goes along those lines.


They also happen to be from my home state of Texas. Doing this is an incredible achievement in and of itself.


We finally have a plan for I-345 in Downtown Dallas. A deal has been reached between the city and TXDOT and they will rebuild the freeway in a trench between I-30 and Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It's a win-win for mobility and a win-win for Dallas. I've always maintained that the freeway is badly needed in that downtown loop, and it still needs to be part of a future northern extension of I-45 which I've alluded to before on Case's Column. As it is, TXDOT can now proceed with what will be a challenging project.

And I'll just laugh in the faces of all those leftist, anti-freeway nutjobs out there who had the gall to oppose this project and wanted no freeway at all through that segment of Dallas. Too dadgummed bad, goonies! We're going to keep mobility moving and actually save a little money down the line by not having the overhead supports to maintain due to longtime wear and tear. Deep Ellum and Downtown can come together just fine (and that argument had been ridiculously overblown). One thing's for sure: We won't need to have to jam up I-35E after everything the city's done to improve that.


Are my eyes deceiving me, or am I noticing that Starbucks seems to be allowing more dogs into some store locations while patrons are enjoying their beverage of choice? Just observing.


Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks can proudly proclaim that he's cancer-free. That exciting announcement had just happened and our hero will be back on a pitcher's mound real soon. Great stuff!



Hadn't done this in a while, but there is some stupid criminal news. How would you like to be wanted for fraud...............and apply for a sheriff's job all at the same time?


Reminds me of something Johnny Gage (played by Randolph Mantooth) uttered in an episode of "Emergency!" many moons ago. He said, "Robbing a bank's not a good idea." Neither, for that matter, is applying for a cop's job when you've still got a record on you.


And this will put a wrap on that. Or something like that. Remember what's really important, fellow Americans.

And there you are.
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    Glad to hear about Hendriks. Great reliever.
    Posted 08-25-2023 at 04:22 PM by malfunction malfunction is offline

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