Thu Oct 16 11:31:38 PDT 2008
"Four Eyes" Unite!
The "Specs" on Sarah Palin.
When I was growing up, there was a radio personality who actually was named "Specs"!
"Specs" Howard wasn't his given name. But he took the name because of his glasses. Since he was on radio, most of his listeners probably didn't even know that, although he occasionally was pictured in newspaper ads or on billboards. Howard eventally retired from broadcasting but never really left it. He started a very successful broadcasting school in Michigan.
Now, thanks to Sarah Palin, among others, "specs"...glasses...are back.
As my co-worker, Courtney Rochon, reported a few weeks ago, there's a demand for Palin-type glasses at local stores.
I haven't given up glasses since a pair was first prescribed to me in 1970. Amid "Palin-mania" a few weeks ago, I joked that my pair makes me look like Bill Cullen, the much-beloved game show host who was constantly on television from the 1950's to the 1980's. (By the way, did you know it was Cullen, not Bob Barker, who originally hosted "The Price Is Right"?)
For years, I've been asked, "why aren't you wearing contacts"? My answer usually is that I've seen people applying contact lenses, and I find it easier to wear glasses.
Not every famous person, however, had refrained from wearing glasses. Ashliegh Banfield, the former MSNBC anchor, more recently on Court/Tru TV, was noted a few years for wearing very narrow frames (not among my favorites). And, of course, there's "Saturday Night Live" alumnus and "30 Rock" star Tina Fey, who is now playing Palin on "SNL". (When former WTAP anchor Elizabeth Green occasionally wore glasses in the newsroom and on the air, we'd kid her about her "Tina Fey look".)
And I'll reveal a secret. General Manager Roger Sheppard in recent years has taken to wearing them, although not normally when he's on the air.
As of this writing, we don't know whether Palin will end up being "a heartbeat away from the presidency". But my hat's off to her for, at least briefly, making glasses (in the words of "The Fonz" in a 1970's "Happy Days" episode) C-O-O-L again!