David_E

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  1. David_E

    Really?

    I'm interested in the possible geographical difference. I was born in the northeastern United States, and have lived there most of my life, and that may be how I have my understanding of "turn of the century." When me moved into the 21st century, I used to say "turn of the last century" to refer to the time beginning 1901 in order to be clear about which century, but perhaps even that might be understood by people from the western U.S. to refer to 2001. We may be saying that it's necessary to state an actual year be to clear, as in the W.E.B. Du Bois title, if there's the least bit of ambiguity about the actual century. I guess Ben Mankiewicz gets a pass on this. I don't know if he mentioned the year of the St. Louis World's Fair, but it wouldn't have been necessary.
  2. David_E

    Really?

    I've always understood a "turn of the century" to be given the number of the arriving century, and I think that if enough examples were found, that would be the most common use. For example, I entered "turn of the 20th century" into Amazon to see if a book might have that title, and this was the first to pop up: The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Essential Early Essays, by W.E.B. Du Bois, necessarily referring to 1900 rather than 2000.
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    Really?

    They're showing "Meet Me in St. Louis again tonight (saluting the MGM studio). When Ben Mankiewicz introduced the movie, he gave the time setting as right after the turn of the 19th century, not the 20th. Interesting intro in spite of the nitpick. He mentioned their having built the house's first floor in its entirety on a soundstage, rather than rooms as separate sets.
  4. I'm not too pleased with the Guest Programmer page (under the Month Highlights tab). While it looks attractive at first glance, using it is annoying. It takes too long to load, is hard to read, and doesn't conform to the way other pages on the site look. The copyright line covers some of the information, which for some reason is clustered at the bottom. There's no navigation bar to get back to the rest of the site, and clicking the TCM logo opens a new page/tab instead of simply returning to the main page. Even with the nice initial appearance of the page, I hope this isn't a preview of the way the whole site is going to look and function over time.
  5. I've been watching Moguls & Movie Stars during a marathon, and wonder if a soundtrack recording was ever released? I wasn't able to find a listing for one in the usual places. I don't even see musical numbers listed in the credits at the end of each episode. Even locating a listing would be useful.
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    Monthly Schedules

    I'm also very disappointed in the change in the Monthly Schedule. I don't mind the layout of the page, the problem is in what's missing. The movie summaries are gone, and I depended on those to make viewing choices. I can't see a way to review the upcoming months' schedules as I have done in the past. I don't miss the popup window, and prefer having the schedule on a standard web page, but why take away the content?

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