posted on March 09, 2013 09:33
If you want to know how local and state politics, TV news and Raleigh’s whole media/political world got to be the way it is, here’s the book for you.
It’s “I Never Promised Not to Tell,” a tell-almost-all by Grady Jefferys, a veteran writer-ad man-journalist-consultant who was there, as he says, “When Television and a New Era of Politics Came to a Southern City.”
Full disclosure: Grady is an old friend of mine. And a treasured one. I met him when he was working part-time at the N&O and I was working my way through college.
At 78, Grady is going strong, with the help of a strict regimen of healthy eating and 45 minutes a day “slogging” (not jogging) along the Neuse River near his farm.
His book is an eyewitness account of, among other things, the death of WNAO television, the birth of WRAL-TV, the rise of Jesse Helms, the painful beginnings of a thriving local advertising industry, the early days of political consulting, the election of Governor Dan Moore in 1964, the failure of Mel Broughton’s 1968 gubernatorial campaign, the rise and fall of Nick Galifianakis, the emergence of a young Jack Hawke, the failings of the FCC and local TV news, the racial tensions of a city and county torn between old ways and new realities and…well, you get the drift.
It’s about almost everything important and interesting in the changes Raleigh and Wake County have gone through since 1950. Through the wry and wise eyes of someone who was not only there, but in the thick of it.
You’re not going to find a more interesting read – or learn more – for $12.95. You can order Grady’s book on Amazon, or you can write Newsbook Publishing, 2846 Auburn-Knightdale Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27610.
Get it, sit back and enjoy.
Saturday, March 09, 2013 12:23 PM
Thanks for the book suggestion, Gary. I'm a reader and love reading about our state's history...especially our state's political history. When I was stationed at Pope AFB in 1970 and then moved to NC permanently after I left the military in 1972, I remember watching Jesse's diatribes on TV. Coming here from California, I found it not only unusual to see such severely partisan presentations on television but odd that with North Carolina being hugely democratic, there was little-to-no meaningful backlash from other media sources here.
I tried to "Google-search" Grady Jeffreys and got very little information and then did a search on the book you have recommended here and didn't get much more information about either the book or Jeffreys. I am assuming (and yeah I know what they say about "assume") that Jeffreys leaned pretty much left. I say that because you said you have known him for a long time and worked with him and you consider him "treasured". I doubt someone that you have known for a very long time and was worthy of a book recommendation from you would be a conservative or even unbiased. Yes, I know your relationship with Carter, but you rarely, if ever, have much agreement politically with him and make that known regularly here on the front page of TAP.
Again, thanks for the book recommendation. I found it on Amazon for $11.00 (hope I can get it for that). I may give you my own review of it once I get it and read it.
Saturday, March 09, 2013 12:49 PM
Tax exemptions (loopholes) top 20% get 66% and bottom 20% get 3%
GE went ten years with profits of 88Billion and paid a 2.3% Tax Rate.
The 900 in their payroll dept. paid their way.
When will someone stop these gifts to the wealthy?
When will we start cutting spending Top Down.
Five count for 80% of our spending.
Sequester is cherry picking in the bottom 20%
Get serious. Get Revenue by taxing the wealthy more of an effective tax.
One makes 4300Milllion in one year and is taxed at 15% or less
Take Cap Gains back to 28%.
Saturday, March 09, 2013 5:16 PM
swinney...if you want people that read TAP to consider you as someone serious, post things in good English, okay? I mean, c'mon, man. People don't see what you post as anything but idiocy. Most of your "facts" are unsubstantiated (look that word up if you don't understand it) and ridiculous.
But, hey, thanks for the daily humor. I read your "stuff" and LMAO.
Saturday, March 09, 2013 7:35 PM
Capital gains should be taxed more than it is now, agreed. 28%??? Nah.
Other than that, we don't need more money into the spending machine, swinney. All that will mean is more spending. That's the LAST thing we need. We need less spending along with a more prudent tax structure. The death tax?...nope. Higher and higher rates on the more successful (and those that actually hire our citizens)?...nope. At the end of the day, the truth is if we took away ALL of the money from the so-called "rich" and gave it to the federal government, it wouldn't put a dent in our national debt and would just ultimately be spent by our spendthrift legislators. So, taxing the rich is absolutely NOT the answer.
Not sure you're intelligent enough to actually understand that. But, offering it up to you nonetheless.
Monday, March 11, 2013 4:35 PM
First, Dap916..if you google Mr. Jefferys name with correct spelling, I, personally, found several books he has written in past and a little about his background. Just for your info, Dap.
When I came up on this book, I had no idea I would read it in it's entirety in one setting.
I grew up in Raleigh and it was very informative and interesting, especially the "behind-the-scenes" politics. I recognized names and thought back to the days when those same names were mentioned on the local nightly news often. I can just imagine the excitement of living in the moment with all the changes of the time and intermingling with the "politicians" of North Carolina. Great Read.
And Dap916...hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Mr. Pearce, thanks for your most informative mention of this book by Mr. Jefferys. I did so enjoy it.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:38 PM
Hey thanks, GSS. I spelled Jeffery's name correctly in my searches (and then again in a search I just did)....just mistyped it wrong here in my post. "Likely story"...I know, I know. I still didn't find much on him or the book as I said above, but I did get some hits and some info, of course.
I also hope I will enjoy it. I'm hoping it's like you are saying here (and not just said to make an impression) and find that I won't be able to put it down.
Thanks for your input.