TV Land kicks off a 40th-anniversary celebration of "MASH" on Sunday. From the official word: "TV Land will honor the 40th anniversary of the iconic television series “M*A*S*H” with a month-long celebration this September, it was announced today by the network. The celebration will kick off on Sunday, September 2, with the airing of “M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion” and a day-long marathon on Labor Day – Monday, September 3 – from 8am to 6pm ET/PT. Programming will also include the 20th reunion special, “Memories of M*A*S*H,” on Sunday, September 9, as well as the pilot and three-hour finale of the sitcom on Sunday, September 16. “M*A*S*H” will air on weekdays all during the month of September (check the schedule page on TVLand.com)."


The comedy-drama premiered on Sept. 17, 1972,. And if TV Land really wants  to celebrate the show, it will run the episodes in their original network form, not the trimmed-for-more-commercial-space versions too many shows get on TV Land and other nostalgia networks.


Sheryl Crow's Kent State concert will have some tailgating beforehand. The official word: If three fantastic bands, terrific food and wine sampling sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday evening, then join in the fun at a special tailgate party going on before the Centennial Campaign Concert at Kent State University’s Dix Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8. The concert features headliner Sheryl Crow, along with O.A.R. and Los Lonely Boys.


The party is free and open to the public as well as concert ticket holders, taking place on the south side of the stadium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy food sampling and sales from local vendors, plus wine sampling from four local wineries: Sarah’s Vineyard Winery, Viking Vineyards, Maize Valley Winery and Barrel Run Winery.


There will be live musical performances, corn hole games, giveaways and music provided by 98.1 WKDD. Student and community organizations also will be represented.


The concert begins at 6 p.m. with Los Lonely Boys, followed by O.A.R. at 7:30 p.m. and Sheryl Crow at 9 p.m. Chair back seats are sold out, but general admission and field access tickets are still available.


For more information on the concert and this special pre-concert event, visit www.kent.edu/advancement/centennialcampaignconcert.


With ongoing talk about the lack of civility in our culture and politics, it was amusing to see Electoral-vote.com's list of recent phrases news organizations used to avoid calling one politician a liar. The list:


factual shortcuts

misleading elements

Ryan misleads

misleading speech

factually shaky

filled with prevarications

the newest new Nixon

doublespeak

willing to twist the truth

false claims

inconsistencies and contradictions

outright distortion

stretched some truths

fact checkers will have opportunities

issues with some of the facts


And one more, referring to a different politico: "his facts went awry or were missing important context."


The bride and I went to the Akron-Central Florida football game Thursday night, which Akron lost 56-14. We left when the score was 49-7 and Akron had turned the ball over yet again. And it was still more enjoyable than most of the games we attended the last couple of years. The football team's motto is "Believe," but for a lot of us fans it's "Hope." As in, "Hope they can do SOMETHING right." "Hope they can make the game exciting." "Hope they win more than one game." Our expectations are not high, to be sure. But it's a change from last year just to have positive expectations.


 


I feel like watching Billy Crystal's "61*" today. And keeping the asterisk.