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(AZCentral)   If Anchorman was a real person, he would have been this guy. "I tried not to let any negative vibes penetrate her tender skin"   (azcentral.com) divider line 24
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2013-01-29 10:27:06 AM
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I can't believe he's gone.
 
2013-01-29 10:46:59 AM
"He made me practice so I would lose my southern accent," said West, a native of Atlanta who to this day retains traces of her drawl.

Why is this praise worthy?
 
2013-01-29 10:53:36 AM
Always confused by the difference between a Bola Tie and a Mississippi String Tie. Have to find a good haberdasher and get my facts straight.

R.I.P., old school news guy.
 
2013-01-29 10:53:44 AM
He does sound like an ass. I grew up there during all the stuff the article talked about. I recognized all of those names! I know, big deal. It was just a little trip down memory lane for me and I felt I needed to tell everyone.
So very glad I am no longer there.
 
2013-01-29 10:54:15 AM
Sounds like he was a pretty cool old, school kind of TV reporter. He would never get a job today.
 
2013-01-29 11:02:39 AM
They tried real hard to make him not sound like a dick.
But, he sounds like a dick.
 
2013-01-29 11:03:28 AM
Joseph Billie Gwin burst into the station with a gun. Close thought it was a publicity stunt at the time, until Gwin fired the gun and then struck a cameraman, Luis Villa, on the head and took him hostage, holding the gun to his head.

Gwin then demanded that the station air a long statement he had written.

"Why don't you let me read this? I have a better voice than you have," Close said.



That takes balls to be that egotistical with a gun on you.

By the beard of Zeus!
 
2013-01-29 11:09:31 AM
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Doing it Old School.

/Old time Miami Farkers know this guy
//May the good news be yours.
 
2013-01-29 11:18:10 AM
Yep - sounds like kind of a prick, but he was partly a product of his generation. That incident, is why stations I worked at had a policy and procedure around armed intruders entering the station.
 
2013-01-29 11:22:51 AM
Oh yeah...Kjizz? ew....

(Searching for the audio of that incident revelas nothing. TFA lied to me!
 
2013-01-29 11:37:35 AM
FTFA: "In it, Close gave a tight read, in his signature anchorman voice. "Johnny Cash, you will have 72 hours to tell the queen to evacuate London," went one passage."

"The Human Torch was denied a bank loan," went another.
 
2013-01-29 11:38:26 AM
If Bill was alive and able to do it, HE WOULD SMITE YOU INTO NEXT WEEKS FUNNY PAPERS.
No WONDER our kidz is such arfgul riters if dis is whut passes for articulate expressions of emoshuns.
Sorry but your reportage sucks.

booger42: Yep - sounds like kind of a prick, but he was partly a product of his generation.

That incident, is why stations I worked at had a policy and procedure around armed intruders entering the station.

Then again, it is Arizona so there's that to consider.

"Johnny Cash, you will have 72 hours to tell the queen to evacuate London," is my new sig.
 
2013-01-29 11:53:04 AM
awwwwww.......used to watch the old fella every night.

ran into him at a ASU basketball game once. saw he had the fake legs. had no idea. he was nice. shook my hand and yes, he was wearing a bolo tie.

i vaguely recall the hostage incident but i think it was the next day or so that it was aired. i don't think i saw it live.

RIP Mr. Close.
 
2013-01-29 11:57:12 AM
I called Bill, we chatted briefly, and I asked him if he'd share his home telephone number in case I ever needed to reach him in an emergency. He curtly replied, 'No,' and added that if I ever did call him at home, he'd hang up.

That takes balls to be so self-centered and rude.
By the rubber genitals of Rowan Atkinson!
 
2013-01-29 12:17:32 PM

Spanky McStupid: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Doing it Old School.

/Old time Miami Farkers know this guy
//May the good news be yours.


I'll see your Ralph Rennick and raise you:

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/Old Skool 'Burghers knew this man, and his daughter, too
//Good Night, Good Luck, and Good News Tomorrow
///RIP Bill & Patti
 
2013-01-29 12:31:13 PM
I'm Ron Burgundy?
 
2013-01-29 12:36:42 PM
"I tried not to let any negative vibes penetrate her tender skin."

Sounds like he was a real Oddball.
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2013-01-29 12:50:13 PM
Go fark yourself, San Diego
 
2013-01-29 01:22:28 PM
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2013-01-29 01:22:40 PM
Subby, do you know Diehard?
 
2013-01-29 02:45:42 PM

bixpchiphead: Spanky McStupid: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Doing it Old School.

/Old time Miami Farkers know this guy
//May the good news be yours.

I'll see your Ralph Rennick and raise you:

[c10674700.r0.cf2.rackcdn.com image 420x236]

/Old Skool 'Burghers knew this man, and his daughter, too
//Good Night, Good Luck, and Good News Tomorrow
///RIP Bill & Patti


Got yer Bill Burns and raise you back:

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/David Brinkley Award for Excellence in 1990
//Shared the desk with Glenn Rinker
///Good times
 
2013-01-29 02:47:30 PM

TOWG: Sounds like he was a pretty cool old, school kind of TV reporter. He would never get a job today.


Being a misogynistic asshat is cool to you?

Alright. Now I know something useful about you.
 
2013-01-29 04:52:48 PM
The screenwriters on the first Anchorman actually came to Philly and interviewed Larry Kane and Jim Gardner, who are the last of the old-school newsmen here in Philly (Kane's been around so long he interviewed the Beatles on their first US tour).
 
2013-01-30 12:16:08 AM
FTA - It was a disjointed, rambling affair that tied together country music, Islam, nuclear bombs and future cities that would be populated only by men.

In my head, I envision an episode of 24 centered around the gay country bar scene in San Francisco.
 
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