Thursday, December 31, 2009

A True Friend

Kari Edgerton was following her dream of meeting the band Queen when she met a most interesting person who soon won her friendship.

Edgerton has been a long time fan of Queen,a rock band. She has only recently realized that her obsession with Queen is followed by many others, which led to the Queen conventions.

That is when she met her soon to be best friend Jennifer Keenan. Keenan was just another face in crowd until she and Edgerton started talking. Soon they became close friends. Keenan even showed Edgerton her Queen collection, which she envies.

Keenan's Queen collection includes records,Cd's and posters.

"Jennifer has a room dedicated to Queen. One day Kari wishes to have an entire house dedicated to Queen," said Dan Webster, Edgerton boyfriend.

Although Keenan lives in Chicago, they keep in touch weekly and even meet up at least three times a year.

Keenan has helped Edgerton to meet the members of Queen. Keenan took her to see "We Will Rock You", a Broadway musical featuring the music of Queen in Toronto, Canada.

Edgerton describes the musical as a must see but it was not the musical that was the only reason she went there - it was to meet the members of the band. It was there she met Queen's lead guitarist, Bryan May, and drummer, Roger Taylor.

She says she was star struck

"They were really cool," said Edgerton

Edgerton describes the experience as once in a lifetime. She could not believe that she was meeting the members of Queen. Edgerton was very grateful to Keenan for taking her to see the musical.

Edgerton and Keenan have traveled to other Queen conventions and made meet many people along the way who share their passion for Queen.

"The people there we kinda became a family. Now it's gotten to the point I don't even go for Queen anymore, I go for the people there," said Edgerton about the Queen convention goers.

Edgerton and Keenan have been friends for years and are planning on going to many more Queen conventions including one in Michigan.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Editorial: NBC's coverage on Olympics

With the Olympic Games coming in less then a year. I can only hope NBC does a successful job reporting it.

Last Year during the 2008 Olympic Games the Canadian Broadcasting Company broadcasted the games lives versus prerecorded pieces. I am truly disappointed NBC would rather play its comedy shows rather then show the Olympics live.

Recently, NBC paid $2.2 billion for the rights to air the Olympics. If NBC cannot put its own TV series on hold for a few weeks, I think another Network should air the games.

Since NBC is the only American television company broadcasting the games, you would think it would do a better job. Personally, I watch the Olympics on CBC. Its coverage is live and often shows events that feature the Canadian Olympic team.

NBC does have other channels that air the games like CNBC and MSNBC, but not everyone has cable. NBC only shows live events that it sees fit. For example Michael Phelps gold run. NBC did show that live for the East Coast but not for the West.

NBC did, however, use the Internet more. I and many other Americans would like to see the games broadcasted through my TV rather than the Internet.

The Olympics are very special. They come once every two years. NBC needs to realize that they should not only show the Olympics live, but to cover the games better. For example, in 2006 NBC commentators made rude comments on Chris Chelios still playing hockey. They poked fun at his age and how he is the Americans captain.

NBC, in the past, has pretended to be the experts on certain sports. I have seen its bias with certain teams. In 2009, NBC had the rights to air the Winter Classic featuring the Detroit Red Wings verses the Chicago Blackhawks and praised the Blackhawks. They made Chicago look like the new ideal franchise of the NHL, even though the Wings defeated the Blackhawks, 6-4.

Perhaps someday NBC will learn from the CBC about airing live events. People want to cheer their teams and not want to see commentators making fun of them. Athletes train for a majority of their young lives for the games. The least NBC can do is show it live.