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Chuck List: A last goodbye to one of the truly greats

A one-man opinion poll.

  • Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney

    The real winner from last Thursday's Supreme Court ruling was Mitt Romney. Americans were scared of the microwave oven when it was first introduced, so how do you think the nation is reacting to something as big and scary and confusing as The Affordable Health Care Act? Despite Obamacare's similarities to RomneyCare, the two feature enough differences that the GOP hopeful might use the president's health care plan as an effective tactic to scare the American voter and ride that fear all the way to the White House.

  • Katie Couric

    Katie Couric

    She didn't change the news world like she hoped to do, or like CBS envisioned she might. But the adorable television personality just got adorablier (the use of a word that doesn't exist was done intentionally) when she appeared on a recent talkshow and didn't blink when the host asked her to play the bar game "Marry, Shag (have sex with) or Kill". The host asked, (paraprashing of course) "Of Bryant Gumbel, Matt Lauer, and Dan Rather, who would you Marry, Shag, or Kill?" Without missing a beat, Couric declared that she'd shag Gumbel, marry Lauer, and kill Rather. Diane Sawyer would have fled the interview. Couric just fired right back. I just love a girl who's a good sport.

  • Andy Griffith

    Andy Griffith

    Consider it my last tribute to the late Andy Griffith, who died Tuesday at the age of 86. I don't think most people appreciate Griffith's brilliance. First of all, comedy evolves rapidly, so most successful sitcoms are funny at the point in history they aired, but they lose their effectiveness over time. But you can pop the Andy Griffith Show in today and you will whistle the theme song and you will laugh. It was a truly funny television show. The other brilliant aspect of Andy Griffith was how good a straight man he was. The outlandish character in the show is obviously funny, but the straight man is typically what makes the show work. Andy Taylor was the least amusing character in Mayberry, but Griffith made everyone else on the show a star. Brilliant. He will be missed.

  • Gary Schultz

    Gary Schultz

    This down arrow actually applies to all four Penn St. figureheads, President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Joe Paterno, for their roles in covering up knowledge of Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuses. This week's story, revealing e-mails exchanged between the four in an effort to determine the best way to proceed with allegations against the former Penn St. defensive coordinator, were easily interpreted to display an initial willingness to take the appropriate actions against Sandusky but were then paper trailed to show that the four men's subsequent actions served to protect the child predator. One of Schultz's emails went so far as to read, "(Not going to the police) is a more humane and upfront way to handle this." Humane? Cowardly? Or how about Wrong?

  • Aaron Sorkin

    Aaron Sorkin

    The famed Hollywood producer is receiving a lot of attention for his new HBO show "Newsroom." Sorkin has created a smart, funny, dramatic new show that occurs in the year 2010, attacking true news stories of the time with a fictional newscast. The show seems to have two themes: (1) What's gone wrong with news coverage in America? And (2) What's gone wrong with America? And perhaps we should be asking these questions? I like the concept of the show. BUT! I don't like the show. Sorkin has forgotten the key element to telling a great story. Having great characters. Every character on Newsroom represents the same voice. Sorkin's voice. Every character, and I mean EVERY character, is brilliant, funny, glib, and they speak with the speed of machine guns. Imagine a Vince Vaughn comedy where every character delivered their lines the way Vaughn did. It's just not realistic. The first episode was good enough to lure me into watching a second episode. I doubt there will be a third viewing.

  • Robert Sarver

    Robert Sarver

    So Steve Nash is leaving after all? Reports out of Toronto state that Nash was offered $36 million dollars to play in his home country for the next three years. The Suns reportedly countered the offer with a 2-year, $12 million dollar deal. An insult. And not to Nash, but to Suns fans. With an offer that paltry (by professional sports standards), the Suns clearly didn't intend to re-sign Nash. So, why didn't you trade him when you had the chance?

About the Author

Career: My broadcast career began in 1990 at the age of 19. I've spent 19 of my last 21 years as a talk show host. Twelve years were spent in sports radio (only 3 in Phoenix), seven in music/comedy (most notably 103.9 The Edge), and now KTAR.

Education: BS at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois)

Family: 2 parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 11 nieces & nephews

Favorite Food: Perfectly cooked salmon with asparagus

Favorite Spot in Arizona: My old house on Scottsdale Mountain

Favorite Movie: "Clarice, are the lambs still screaming?" (Silence of the Lambs)

#1 Sports Team: I don't root for teams

Outside interests: Writing, Sports, Reading, Eating

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