Monthly Archives: "August 2011"

KCRA Firestorm 1991

Remembering the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm

August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, October 20, 1991, the hills above Oakland and Berkeley, California, were ravaged by an extraordinary firestorm. Immediately, KCRA-TV, in Sacramento, dispatched every available crew and as many other photographers and reporters who they...

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The drive that failed -- an Iomega 1 Tb that I bought only a year ago. I have other drives that I've had for years that are still perfect, so age doesn't matter. And I've got a matching Iomega 1 Tb that's a champ, so you never can tell. I don't hold anything against Iomega for this -- it's a fact of life that drives won't last forever.

WARNING: Back-Up Your Hard Drives!

August 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

I’m writing this with a heavy heart and a strong word of warning to everyone who stores video on hard drives — always back it up! I’ve been loading all of my news stories onto...

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This is a much expanded story about the Babylon City Market at 1745 Watt Avenue in Sacramento, California, That ran on KCRA’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground. A much shorter regular news version ran on...

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My 1995 TV News Photographer Resume Tape

August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the big cloudy mysteries in the TV news business is The Resume Tape*. Or “Get-Away Tapes” as they’re called when you’re starting out in a tiny, unknown, nothing berg of a map on...

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Richard Brooks is one of my filmmaker heroes and role models. Whenever I’m writing a film script I always imagine to myself, “How would Richard Brooks approach this.” Brooks was a writer-producer-director, one of the...

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READERS NOTE: This post is a departure from the other posts I’ve put up on this site. This is an Op-Ed piece. The views and opinions expressed on this page are solely my own and...

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