Archive for July, 2013

Methodist…Holy Catholic Church..

July 31, 2013

I had occasion to be in a United Methodist Church this past weekend. As part of the service, the minister asked the congregagates to stand for “responsive reading”. Part of the Apostle’s creed we recited read, “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church.” Believing in the Holy Catholic Church may have been accurate two or three centuries after the death of Jesus when Christianity was non-denominational. Now it might be more appropriate to remove, “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church”….unless you do.

Business is extremely good!

July 30, 2013

During the past several weeks in metro Atlanta, we’ve had more than our share of rain. It’s meant a bonanza of calls for many businesses. Among those are water proofing companies. We have a small problem in our home with a chimney. Water is seeping through from the ground level…not the roof area. So I called a well-known company for an estimate. The soonest p.m. appointment the call-center agent could offer is September 11, 2013. Business is good….extremely good!

I had resisted taking pain killers, but today…

July 29, 2013

I think the name on the prescription bottle is hydrocodon. I’ve covered so many stories involving drugs. I’ve seen “recreational users” become addicted…addictions that ruined their lives. The doctors almost always have prescribed various forms of pain killers for me following surgeries. They stayed on shelves unused. But today, persuaded by my wife, I took one pill. I had just arisen after a night of restless sleep. A few minutes after swallowing the hydrocodon, I sat in a chair and immediately fell into a deep more than an hour after getting up. 4 hours later, I awakened fully refresh. Most of the pain was gone. The label on the container says I can take one of these every 4 hours, if needed for pain. I won’t, but that first one sure did make me feel better.

“I’ll Fly Away”

July 28, 2013

The celebration of A.Ray Moore’s life ended today with that grand old hymn, “I’ll Fly Away”. It was the banjo pickin’, clappin’ version that Ray so much enjoyed. “I’ll Fly Away, Oh Glory………………”

Dore, Pruitt and McClellan in praise of A. Ray Moore!

July 27, 2013

Retired WSB-TV anchor-reporter John Pruitt and his wife, Andrea, this evening returned from vacationing in Norway and Iceland…just in time to join WSB-TV reporter Jeff Dore and me in remembering A.Ray Moore. Ray’s memorial service will be tomorrow (Saturday-7-27-13)at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Georgia. 3 p.m. 1722 Oak Grove Road. His widow, Sara, has instructed us to follow Ray’s wishes…keep it short.

Less than 48 hours before

July 26, 2013

the memorial service for A.Ray Moore. Although most everyone knew him as Ray Moore, he often would say in calling me, this is “A Ray”. The “A” stands for Albert. Saturday (7-27-13) at 3 p.m. First United Oak Grove Methodist Church in Decatur, Georgia…1722 Oak Grove Road.

Thank you for joining me

July 25, 2013

in mourning Ray Moore’s departure, but rejoicing in a life that touched so many!!!

Ray Moore is gone, but

July 24, 2013

his wonderful spirit remains. Ray fell at his home a few days ago. He hit his head. It caused bleeding on and swelling of the brain. He passed away quietly around 6 a.m. today(Tuesday7-23-13) at an Atlanta Hospice.CIMG1768This picture is from Ray’s 90th birthday dinner. My wife, Gisela and I hosted Ray and his wife, Sara. The food Gisela cooked was superior, but the conversation was even better. It always was. Ray would have been 91 this coming Monday. Memorial services Saturday (7-27-13) at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, 3 p.m.CIMG9724

Today (Monday) I shot-sheeted, wrote and

July 23, 2013

tracked a story about my heart surgery. A producer tells me it’ll likely air Tuesday on WSB-TV, channel 2 in Atlanta between 4 and 7 p.m.

Are news managers debating?

July 14, 2013

Back in the early days of the civil rights movement,at WSB-Television in Atlanta, we often debated whether our reporting would contribute to violence. We avoided saying that___________is expected… believing that saying it often made viiolence more likely to occur. Today (7-14-13), I heard a reporter on a radio network talking about the “not guilty” verdict in the Zimmerman case. She ended her reporting by saying that demonstrations are expected today across the nation….demonstrations that could spark violence. Did the reporter saying it before it happened make the violence more likely? There’s no certain answer, but it’s a question that news managers should consider before making their decisions. Perhaps they already do.