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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 26 Aug 2011 8:06 AM

Today in the roundup: Bucks Burnett is hoppin’ mad, Mayor Rawlings discusses his new arts committee and North Texas on the big screen.


WHAT’S IN A WORD?: Last week, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary eliminated a few words from its listings, including the term “cassette tape.” And you can imagine that a certain local someone didn’t take too kindly to that. “That settles it! I’m going to ban the Oxford Dictionary from the museum,” Bucks Burnett, owner of Dallas’ Eight Track Museum, told Huffington Post. “I have a copy and I’m going to recycle it!” Ever the quote machine, Burnett went on to say: “See if they still have the moon listed in the dictionary. I bet they do. Nobody uses the damn moon anymore, not even NASA.” As we learned from Bucks last year, he’s into things that other people no longer have use for.

WHAT’S IN A COMMITTEE: On Tuesday, we told you about Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ intention to form an Arts, Culture and Libraries committee, charged with developing alternative funding sources for these areas. But the mayor says the committee will not be just about private fundraising. So what exactly is it about? “The minute I lay something out, people will start debating that issue,” Rawlings tells Unfair Park. “and that’s not where I want the focus right now. Let people in a good forum talk about the ways we can do it. And by the way, this is a joint enterprise. There are a lot of arts enterprises I want to make sure we listen to on how to best do this.”

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: We all know the big movies that have shot around our area, right? Bonnie and Clyde, RoboCop and State Fair all immediately should come to mind. But North Texas has had a starring role in a lot of television and film productions, and spoke with Dallas Film Commissioner Janis Burklund about some of the other highlights.