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3:19 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Thousand Feet Up In The DIRECTV Blimp

The DIRECTV blimp comes in for a landing at Lakefront Airport.
Jason Saul WWNO

The DIRECTV blimp is never deflated.

With much of its crew of eighteen following along in a van, the blimp travels from site to site across the eastern half of the country by flying. It really only touches down for more than a few hours at a time once a year, to get a tune up at a hangar in Smyrna, TN.

The rest of the time, the blimp is above some of the most major sporting events in the country, including this year's Super Bowl here in New Orleans.

WWNO's Jason Saul and Paul Maassen took a ride up in the blimp this past Thursday, and sent in this report.

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Remembrances
4:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Olympian High Jumper John Thomas Remembered As Gracious Athlete

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 7:48 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

As a teenager, John Thomas was a superstar.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SPORTSCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Track and field sensation of the year was the seven feet, inch-and-a-quarter high jump of John Curtis Thomas in Madison Square Garden. A dazzling new world record for the 17-year-old Boston U freshman.

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History
1:23 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Remembering Seneca Falls, Selma And Stonewall

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

In his second inaugural address yesterday, President Obama emphasized equality and the struggles for civil rights.

(SOUNDBITE OF INAUGURAL ADDRESS)

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Remembrances
2:41 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Baseball Hall Of Famer 'Stan The Man' Musial Dies

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 9:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

One of greatest hitters in the history of baseball, Stan Musial, has died. He was born 92 years ago in Donora, Pennsylvania and raised there. But for his fans, Stan the Man, as he was known, will forever be linked to the St. Louis and the Cardinals.

Greg Echlin has this remembrance.

GREG ECHLIN, BYLINE: Wearing a bright red blazer while riding in the back of a shiny car, before the 2009 All-Star game in St. Louis, Stan Musial had one more chance to bask in the adoration of his fans.

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Remembrances
5:02 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Remembering Pauline Phillips, A Woman With A Sharp Pen

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 7:05 am

Pauline Phillips, whose "Dear Abby" column offered advice about love and life to readers around the world, died at the age of 94. Host Rachel Martin discusses Philips' career with Amy Dickinson, the Chicago Tribune's advice columnist for "Ask Amy."

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5:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Dear Abbey Columnist Dies At 94

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 10:27 am

Pauline Phillips, the writer behind the Dear Abby advice column died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 94.

Remembrances
3:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Woman Behind 'Dear Abby' Guided Readers Through Personal Crises

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 5:10 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Her real name was Pauline Friedman Phillips, and she was one of the most widely read advice columnists in the world. You probably recognize her as Dear Abby.

Phillips died yesterday at a hospital in Minneapolis. She was 94 and had struggled for many years with Alzheimer's.

NPR's Neda Ulaby has this remembrance.

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Monkey See
1:48 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Fans Gather To Remember Huell Howser

Seen here in 2005, Huell Howser was remembered by hundreds of fans on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:26 pm

On today's Morning Edition, Shereen Marisol Meraji had a great piece about the memorial of Southern California public-television staple Huell Howser, who died of cancer earlier this month.

On Tuesday, hundreds of people turned out to remember him. As Meraji says, for these fans, Howser was "a man who took them to places they never knew they wanted to go and introduced them to people they never knew they wanted to meet."

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Remembrances
4:37 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Remembering Public Television's Huell Howser

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 1:56 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In Southern California fans gathered yesterday to say goodbye to a regional icon, Huell Howser. He was a host of popular travel shows on PBS, focusing on the charms of his adopted state, California and gaining a huge following with a camcorder and an aw-shucks Southern drawl.

HUELL HOWSER: Well, hello everybody. I'm Huell Howser. And you know over the years, we have done literally thousands of stories about all kinds of subjects all over this state.

MONTAGNE: Howser died earlier this month of cancer.

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Remembrances
1:16 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

On King's 84th Birthday, His 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 84 years old. As is our annual tradition, we take a moment to reflect on his legacy, by replaying his "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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