And Now the Rest of the Story

16 Oct

by Roger White 

You know who I miss? Well, yes, I do still pine for Irene Ryan. Granny wielded a razor wit and a mean shotgun—or was it shotgun wit and a mean razor? Whatever. And you just couldn’t beat her possum stew.

But no, my point was that I miss Paul Harvey. If you’re not dilapidated enough to remember him, Paul Harvey was a radio broadcaster who for years and years mingled news, opinion, urban legend, and cleverly disguised product plugs in a quirky one-man show he called “The Rest of the Story.” I didn’t always agree with his politics, but Harvey was funny and sincere. He sounded like one of your slightly deranged uncles telling oddball stories by the campfire.

 

Harvey transitioned to that great studio in the sky in 2009, and in the years since I’ve come to realize he left a huge hole with his passing. News cycles today are so unrelentingly fleeting that no time is allowed for follow-up. You get a headline, a couple of paragraphs of story, and no more. Then it’s on to the next bath-salts-induced-face-eating story. I say it’s time we slowed things down a bit. I say it’s time for more in-depth coverage, for broader, more extensive, more thoughtful deliberation of the day’s events and trends. I say it’s time for another Paul Harvey.

So, friends, followers, and finagling philanderers, I give you Carlos Carlos Moore.

Carlos Carlos is an old pal from journalism school (North Lamar Street Continuing Adult Ed) who found his niche with a show he calls “Moore to the Story.” His hour-long format has been running on Matamoros’ K-PUTA radio for 22 years. I called up my old classmate to see if he’d be willing to put a bit of his talents down on paper, and he graciously obliged, so without further ado, here’s a sampling of “Moore to the Story.”

“From Santa Fe Springs, California, comes this disturbing item that’s made news around the world recently: A 62-year-old employee of the local Bumble Bee Tuna plant was found baked to death in the facility’s giant steamer oven. It remains unclear how the man got into the industrial cooker, but officials are tentatively ruling the death an accident…

…but there’s ‘Moore to the Story.’ Agreeing to be interviewed on the condition of anonymity, an assistant plant manager at the Bumble Bee facility said that due to declining tuna harvests in recent years, select Bumble Bee plants have been ‘retiring’ lesser known employees, particularly undocumented workers, in this manner to fill production quotas. Cans of tuna supplemented with these special ingredients are shipped mainly overseas. In a possibly related story, a spokeswoman for the New Delhi Board of Trade commented at a public hearing last week how her daughter texted her during school lunchtime to ask if tuna fish had fingernails.”

“From the French news organization BVA comes this bit of dirt. According to a new poll, one fifth of French citizens say they don’t wash on a daily basis, and almost 4 percent say they avoid soap and water more than once a week. The study also found that approximately 20 percent of French people don’t wash their hands before eating, and about 12 percent don’t wash their hands after using the toilet…

…but there’s ‘Moore to the Story.’ In a recent interview for his latest biography, actor Sean Connery, a self-confessed ‘germaphobe,’ said he had known since early childhood about the unsettling personal proclivities of the French and that he avoided close encounters with them whenever possible. Connery admitted that during the filming of the 1968 British western “Shalako,” he donned a full-body condom and antibiotic face shield in his scenes with French starlet Brigitte Bardot.”

“From ABC News’ ‘Good Morning America’ show comes this ‘passing’ fancy. As if the bizarre allure that the rare Indonesian gourmet coffee Kopi Luwak holds over some fanciers isn’t enough, Anantara Resorts in the Maldives Islands has introduced its select Black Ivory coffee. For those unfamiliar, Kopi Luwak is made from coffee berries eaten and excreted by small Asian critters called civets. At about $2,200 a pound, Black Ivory, passed through the digestive tracts of Thai elephants, has now one-upped—or should I say ‘sur-passed’—Kopi Luwak as the caca coffee du jour…

 

…but there’s ‘Moore to the Story.’ Our research team has spanned the globe searching for café concoctions even rarer and more exotic. So far, we found two blends on opposite sides of the world we believe are worth taste-testing: In south central New Jersey, a secretive underground cabal of coffee connoisseurs brews an aromatic, nutty-tasting cup made from an exacting process. First, a half-can of Folger’s red-label beans is marinated in automatic transmission fluid in that big puddle under the Fremont Avenue Bridge, near the Camden tracks. Then the beans are left to soak precisely an hour and a half in the urinal trough at Big John’s Bar up the block. The locals call it Jersey Joe. Insiders’ tip: Grind slowly with cinnamon and rosemary for that perfect touch. For a change of pace, coffee gourmands in the northern Ukraine offer this zesty java that literally leaves your tongue tingling. Called Oblast Blast, the recipe for this epicurean extravagance is quite interesting. A gross of beans is shipped to the lone remaining citizen of the ghost town of Pripyat. This man, named Vedislav, sucks on each bean individually for one minute then lays each bean out to dry in the street. There the beans cure for six months—in the shadow of the deserted Chernobyl nuclear plant. When the beans are a nice day-glo green, they’re mixed with asbestos and ground for consumption. Oblast Blast, by the way, has a remarkable shelf life.”

Roger White is a freelance writer living in Austin, Texas, with his lovely wife, two precocious daughters, a very fat dachshund, and a self-absorbed cat. For further adventures, visit oldspouse.wordpress.com.

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2 Responses to “And Now the Rest of the Story”

  1. freedlife October 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Paul Harvey rules. ‘Self-absorbed cat’ is redundant. I love your posts. I’m drinking coffee at the moment, trusting that the suppliers are NOT into exotic blending practices.

    • oldspouse October 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks, freedlife. Your nature photos are glorious, btw.

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