Election detection

OffBeat with Philip Potempa
2004-10-28T00:00:00Z Election detection nwitimes.com
October 28, 2004 12:00 am

Think we've been hit over the head with an avalanche of presidential campaign television and radio advertisements for the final two-week push?

Be glad you don't live in our neighbor state to the east.

My brother David and his family live in the little city of Lima, Ohio, population 42,000, and not only are the radio and TV spots running back to back, but there also have been revolving door visits from candidates. Yesterday, President George Bush spent the day campaigning Lima's finest. Today, it's retired U.S. Senator Bob Dole and retired four-star Army Gen. Tommy Franks in town pushing for Republicans. On Sunday, it was John Edwards doing a Democrat's dance downtown while shaking hands. Why is this hometown of Phyllis Diller and Hugh Downs so popular with the pols? Lima is also home to General Dynamics Land Systems, one of the country's largest Army tank defense plants. Plus, Ohio is a 20 electoral vote state still up for grabs.

Does it matter?

On the topic of elections, the U.S. Apple Association contacted me this week to urge readers to log on to www.usapple.org to participate in their free poll about what variety of apple is most favored by Democrats and what apple is most in the eye of Republicans. As far as useful information is concerned, this apple idea sounds like a rotten poll to me. I have a feeling even Snow White would also say "so what."

The numbers game

Whether you live in Valparaiso, Munster, Crown Point or Portage, if you have cable you've probably played the channel switching game trying to figure out Comcast cable channels and local programming air times for varying communities. I know TV talk show host Michael Essany had this problem when his local cable chat show aired. Valparaiso Comcast Station Supervisor Lisa Maynard tells me Comcast local cable programming should be universal throughout communities in our region in the next two years.

Watch out

My favorite press kit of the week is for a new wristwatch dedicated to U.S. Senator John Kerry.

The John Kerry "Waffle Watch" is courtesy of Politiking Direct, a Nashville, Tenn., retailer that also designed the ever-popular "Clinton Growing Nose Watch." The watch features a cartoon Kerry flipping waffles from a spatula in one hand to a plate full of waffles in the other hand. It's $29.95 and available at (800) 923-3537 or www.wafflewatch.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at ppotempa@nwitimes.com or 219.852-4327.

CelebBirthdays

Actress Joan Plowright is 75. Country musician Charlie Daniels is 68. Actress Jane Alexander is 65. Actor Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue") is 60. Actress Telma Hopkins is 56. Actress Annie Potts is 52. Drummer Stephen Morris of New Order is 47. Actress Daphne Zuniga ("Melrose Place") is 42. Actress Lauren Holly is 41. Actress Jami Gertz is 39. Actor-comedian Andy Richter is 38. Actress Julia Roberts is 37. Singer Ben Harper is 35. Country singer Brad Paisley is 32. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is 30. Singer Justin Guarini ("American Idol") is 26.

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