What I Watched: We watched “1969”, the ABC documentary series. It certainly did a good job of getting into aspects of the stories they covered (Apollo 11/Chappaquiddick/Manson/etc) that aren’t as generally well known. They interviewed a 100-year-old Katherine Johnson about her role in the moon landing; talked at length with some of the “Manson girls” about their experiences and their reaction to Manson becoming a celebrity throughout his prison sentence; really dug into how Ted Kennedy’s family power and family money allowed him to skate on the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, and on and on.
What I Read: “The Making of a Miracle”, by Mike Eruzione and Neal Boudette. This is Eruzione’s memoir, which came out a few years after the film. It’s…fine. I read it because it was given to me as a gift and I have a hard time just not reading something that was given to me (which is why I’m currently knee deep in a biography on Alexander Hamilton). I fear that I’ll be asked to give a book report, so I just plow through it. Ultimately, the book is fairly interesting and Boudette does a good job of putting Eruzione’s words in a readable format.
What I Listened To: My “recents” page tells me I’ve been listening to a lot of Ray Charles and Ana Popovic.
It’s sunny and in the 60’s here, so I’ll be spending a good part of my Saturday outside. But if the weather is crummy where you are—or you just hate oxygen—then this is a great time to start your pepper seeds indoors. @Loveshaq is covering that topic in today’s Dirty Business.
Whatchoo doin’ today? Working outside, working inside, or working on kicking that rather troublesome valium habit from 2020 that you promised yourself wouldn’t get out of control? Lay it all out in the comments below.