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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Elvis And Roone

The 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death is this week. From the NYTimes review of the 1994 Roone Arledge bio, The House That Roone Built:
On the day Elvis died in 1977, Mr. Arledge made that the lead story on the ABC evening news; the other networks led with a Washington story about the Panama Canal treaties. It may be the truest measure of Mr. Arledge's influence on television that on a comparable news day today, all the broadcasts would lead with Presley's death.
That may be overstating Arledge's particular influence, but...can you even imagine not leading with that today?

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