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Take Your Best Shot, Courtesy CGX —Cagle

September 2009

Think that's a lot of money for a seemingly clever concept that could be copied? Ruscha's last fine art piece sold for $3 million. The liquid letters image may well turn out to be a shrewd investment.

SAY IT AIN'T SO, MAMA: The hands of time and technology keep on moving, whether we want them to or not. In mid-June, Kodak said goodbye to an institution in its film stock arsenal, retiring Kodachrome.

Singer/songwriter Paul Simon was too upset to comment.

Kodachrome's salad days were in the 1950s and 1960s, but sales of it dropped to a fraction of 1 percent of Kodak's total sales for still-picture films. According to a Kodak official, 70 percent of the company's business is now derived from digital products. Kodak still plans to produce film—it's offering seven new professional still films and several new motion picture films—but the type that Simon sang about in his 1973 song are no more.

"Makes you think all the world's a sunny Mama don't take my Kodachrome away," Simon wrote.

According to The Associated Press, only Dwayne's Photo, of Parsons, KS, still processes Kodachrome film. The lab has agreed to continue processing it through 2010. Store supplies of Kodakchrome will likely be exhausted this fall.

Kodachrome captured memorable moments in time during its 74-year history, but perhaps none more compelling than Abraham Zapruder's 8mm reel of President Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.

HOW MANY WATCHES IS THAT?: In 1945, Virginia Saunders began working as a typist (remember them?) for the FBI. A year later, Ms. Saunders changed federal jobs and joined the crew at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

Bless her heart, Virginia's still working there!

This past spring, Saunders celebrated her 63rd year with the GPO, for which she has been responsible for the Congressional Serial Set since 1969. The publication is a casebound compilation of all House and Senate documents and reports for each session of Congress.

"Retirement has crossed my mind, but what else would I do? This is where my heart is," she says.

Perhaps the GPO could honor her decades of dedication by sending her on a cruise. Taxpayer dollars are squandered every day, but this would be money well spent.

Visit watch?v=X9iK4z1qKZ4&feature=channel_page to see a video tribute to Saunders' career. PI

—Erik Cagle


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