"I Loved it...I Loved it All"
An eight minute film essay that Ned Judge
co-produced and directed with Edward Abbey in 1985. At the time Judge was working for a network magazine show. The executive producer took him to lunch one day. He told him that he was having trouble with his son who was 18. The son thought his dad was a corporate whore. He had told his father if he had any balls at all he’d put Edward Abbey on his show. That’s why the EP was talking to him. Would Judge see if it was possible? Judge had an acquaintance who knew Ed and he passed the request along. Ed responded that he’d give it a try. He signed the contract and wrote a script. Judge and Abbey met in Moab and went out to Arches National Park to shoot some practice sessions with a home video camera. They would review them at the motel in the evening. After a day or two, Ed was feeling pretty comfortable on camera so they scheduled the shoot. They were all happy with the way it went. But then they ran head-on into network reality. Roger Mudd, the show’s host, was extremely negative about putting an “eco-terrorist”
on the show. The executive producer caved (his son was right about him apparently). So this Abbey essay was put on the shelf and never aired. Abbey died 3 years later in March 1989. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Oct 15, 2012 -
Control of Robert Smithson's earthwork masterpiece Spiral Jetty (360° panorama - QuickTime required)
is now in dispute. Last week, a spokesperson for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands announced that the New York-based Dia Foundation, which was given stewardship over the work by the artist's estate, had been tardy in making its annual $250 payment
on the 10 acres of land and had also failed to respond to an automatically generated notice that the 20 year lease had expired. (The Dia Foundation disagrees
.) Consequently, it will now be "managed like any other sovereign land" - which may be of interest to the energy companies
that have sought to explore the area. (previously)
posted by Trurl
on Jun 17, 2011 -
Utah Attorney General Announces Execution on Twitter.
Today marked an evolution of sorts for Twitter. It’s no longer just for following your favorite celebrity rants or for informing your followers you’re having a ham sandwich or just took a shower.
And self-promotion on Twitter seems so yesterday. Consider Friday’s tweets from Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Around midnight, he tweeted that he’d given “the go ahead” to execute condemned inmate Ronnie Gardner.
posted by Fizz
on Jun 19, 2010 -
It looked legit
and not entirely out of the realm of possibility
in today's heated political climate: an anti-gay resolution being introduced in Utah to expel homosexuals from the state. Except that it was an entire, elaborate hoax
courtesy of the Yes Men
posted by Leezie
on Mar 9, 2010 -
is on Salt Lake City's Most Wanted List. Apparently Ms. Ferrell has moved from Utah to New York and has been hanging out
with the hipsters in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Within the space of a half-hour, Ms. Ferrell was peppering him with questions about his sexual history—how many women he’d slept with and so on. “She was coming on to me, and I was super into it for the first part of it,” he said. “I realized I could have fun after work—but then I was like, ‘Let me check this girl out.’”
posted by R. Mutt
on Apr 15, 2009 -
may have been smarter than the average, but Ranger Smith had it right. Don't feed the bears. As a Montana game warden put it: human feeding "can lead to problems later and ultimately mean the animal has to be put down."
A similar event had a Utah ranger upset, saying: "when you have a bear that becomes unafraid of humans, that's not a good thing."
posted by SeeAych4
on Sep 16, 2008 -
The first National Train Day
is this coming Saturday. There will be events all over
, and concerts, special guests and lots of train related attractions in four main cities, Washington D.C.
, Los Angeles
and New York City
. The day is May 10th to commemorate May 10th, 1869
when the “golden spike
” was driven into the final tie in Promontory Summit, Utah.
It joined two major railways, ceremonially creating the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Except that it really didn't.
That did not actually happen until August 15th, 1870, near Strasburg, CO. Colorado State officials list it
(pdf) as Comanche Crossing, saying "An unpretentious white monument
marks the spot". The "drab concrete pylon" was moved from the actual site and now sits in Lions Park. Next to the monkey bars.
posted by cashman
on May 3, 2008 -
Thirty years ago today, Gary Gilmore
was executed at the Utah State Prison, the first prisoner to be put to death since the moratorium on executions was established four years prior, and the first execution in Utah in sixteen years. His refusal to appeal his death sentence confounded his lawyers and attracted the attention of the ACLU
, among others, who fought to keep Gilmore alive, against his wishes. His frustrations with the uncertainty of his sentence led him to attempt suicide in prison twice.
His life and death have been recounted in several books
, inspired a few songs
, and even an SNL
skit. His final words, “Let’s do it,” led to a major marketing campaign
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér
on Jan 17, 2007 -