Dennis E. Powell's View from Mudsock Heights

Dennis E. Powell is crackpot-at-large at Open for Business. Powell was a reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio, where he has (mostly) recovered. You can reach him at dep@drippingwithirony.com.

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An Old Quiz Show Might Underline What's Wrong with Today's Higher Education

By Dennis E. Powell | May 05, 2021 at 11:10 PM

It’s not nostalgia that leads me to think of a television show that all but disappeared more than 50 years ago. I bring up the once-famous “GE College Bowl” for an entirely different reason.

We Once Knew the Theme Songs to Even Ordinary Television Shows

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 28, 2021 at 11:10 PM

In March 1981 a moderately successful television program premiered on ABC. “The Greatest American Hero” was a semi-spoof superhero show that ran for three seasons, neither a huge hit nor a bomb.

A Love Story for the Ages Enters its Next and Final Chapter

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 21, 2021 at 11:36 AM

We’re not supposed to be surprised that Ernest Elbert Midkiff has died, which he did last Wednesday. He was, after all, 99 years old. He would have turned 100 on Veterans Day.

Spring is Loveliest When You Hit the Woods and Crawl Around a Little

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 16, 2021 at 2:29 PM

Though it’s not true all over the country, here in southeastern Ohio we are enjoying an early spring. As I write this, the forecast for today, Wednesday, has a high of 63 degrees, with plenty of recent days having reached 70 and above. A year ago today it only got to 46 degrees here.

A Normie's Haphazardly Ordered Guide to an Often-Overlooked Art Form

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 08, 2021 at 12:29 PM

For the last little while I've been watching a remarkable program, "Wonder Egg Priority," that adopts an unconventional fantasy approach in considering the tragedy of child suicides. Before that, I watched and very much enjoyed a series, "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai," which despite the weird title takes a metaphysical view of adolescent issues. My favorite movie is the highly praised "Your Name," a comedy-romance-thriller-mystery.

The Meaning of Words Ought to Include Their Flavor, and Beauty, and Nuance

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 31, 2021 at 9:32 PM

Last week it fell to me to help assemble a piece of exercise equipment. There was no brand name or country of origin specified, but the enclosed documentation suggested that it was written in a distant land or else by an associate professor of one of the social sciences. In that once put together the thing actually worked, I’ll assume the former.

Mystery meat?

There’s no mystery: it’s not meat.

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 24, 2021 at 11:01 AM

We’re in the midst of Lent, the pre-Easter period in which many of us who are Christians are called upon to give up some pleasurable item or practice. I am not a theologian, so don’t risk your immortal soul on this, but my impression is that the sacrifice should have some real meaning, be genuine: It doesn’t count if you forego hitting your head with a hammer or eating liver (unless you love those things, alas).

The View from Mudsock Heights: The More Political Scandal Changes, the More It Stays the Same

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 18, 2012 at 4:12 AM

Time passes so quickly. I’ve had chance once again in recent weeks to be startled by that fact, as I watched history repeat itself and noticed the number of people who weren’t born when it happened the first time.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Exciting New Flying Car -- Invented in the 1950's

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 07, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Persons of sufficient age will remember how, 50 or so years ago, we looked forward with excitement to a truly remarkable future. There were from time to time world’s fairs which demonstrated how things would soon be. We couldn’t wait to get there.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s a Delicious Cereal! No, It’s a Packaging Material!

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 03, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Have you ever stopped to watch ”” really watch ”” cereal commercials on television? My favorites are those aimed at children. The punchline is always “part of this complete breakfast,” which is accompanied by a picture of a breakfast setting that would be no less complete if the cereal disappeared entirely. The cut up fruit and the eggs and bacon and toast and glass of milk do not really need little orbs of puffed sugar with a crunchy sugar coating to fulfill their nutritional aspirations.

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