The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

August 10, 2013

Until CBS is restored, cable customers owed refund

By Lynn Saternow
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---- — HERE ARE SOME thoughts from a guy who realizes that the Time Warner Cable battle with CBS should save us some money.

Since Time Warner hasn’t been able to negotiate a new contract with CBS and took away KDKA (Channel 2), as well as pulled the CBS shows from the “on demand” listings, we should get a discount on our cable bills.

Just as the cable company makes contracts with the various channels, it also makes a contract with viewers to provide the channels it advertises as part of what it charges. Since it reneged on that agreement to provide those channels, we should all get a discount.

And how about the Time Warner commercials starring former Steelers’ Coach Bill Cowher? Kind of ironic that Cowher is hyping the cable company, yet we no longer can get KDKA, which is the Steelers home channel.

When the regular NFL season starts and the Steelers aren’t on local cable, that will be bad for Time Warner. And on top of that, if we don’t get a discount in our cable bills, can a class action lawsuit be far behind in today’s litigious society?

• When it comes to the category of entertainment, it was sad to see about the death of Margaret Pellegrini this week at the age of 89.

While the name isn’t familiar to most people, she was one of the original Munchkins from the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

That movie in 1939 was a spectacular like none other at the time – part in black and white and part in color once Dorothy’s house landed in Munchkinland. But what was really original was the assembly of 124 midgets or dwarfs to play the roles of the Munchkins.

According to reports, it was very difficult at times to get the Munchkins together for filming because most of them had never seen other “little people” before and were sneaking off to engage in certain activities that will go unpublished in a family newspaper.

One of the interesting things that Pellegrini once revealed to a newspaper was that the Munchkins never actually sang in the movie. The voices were dubbed in and the songs were performed by normal-sized adults, with the recording sped up to make the voices seem high.

With her death, reportedly only two of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie are still alive – Jerry Maren, 93, who lives in Los Angeles, and Ruth Duccini, 95, who lives in Phoenix.

While it must have been tough to find that many Munchkins, it must have been even harder to find those darn flying monkeys.



The Herald’s Lynn Saternow writes this column each Saturday for the Opionion Page. He can be reached at lsaternow@sharonherald.com.