Tombers is Managing Director of Intermat, Inc., (www.intermat.tv)
a television company which executive produces programs and consults
with industry companies on a variety of issues. Intermat, Inc.
is currently involved in approximately thirty hours of television
in various stages for a variety of networks. He is one of the
Executive Producers of OFF TO WAR, a ten hour series for Discovery
Times and for a one hour on international adoptions for Discovery
Health. He has consulted a variety of companies, including Ted
Turner Documentaries, WETA, Betelgeuse Productions, and Creation
Films, Lou Reda Productions as well as many others.
June 3, 2007
Memorial Weekend Musings
During this past Memorial Day weekend I was blessed with three
mostly golden days. I did a shockingly small amount of office
work and a surprising amount of work around the house.
I gave myself the time to sit out on the deck with the pile
of magazines I have collected in the last month, beginning
to make a dent in them before consigning them to the recycle
Television watching is usually a busmens holiday for
me; I started to catch up with the programs in my DVR. The
weekend flowed by, a gentle stream of time after a very chaotic
My friend and legal eagle, Mary Ann Zimmer, sent me an article
from The Progressive which I read and found concerning enough
to make copies and send off to my Congressmen. It points out,
in a story I havent heard anywhere else, that recently
President Bush has taken on the responsibility for the continuity
of constitutional government should we be attacked or suffer
a natural disaster. It almost sounded like after a 9/11 or
a Katrina, the President could assume powers not intended
by the Constitution. Now I just dont think I want any
President taking on that kind of power and so am going to
investigate more in case I need to squawk squawking
being one of the imperatives of democracy.
Speaking of the Constitution, I did my Stage II CINE judging
this weekend. One of the films watched was an educational
documentary on the Constitution, reminding me of the intelligence
of those founding fathers and their humanness. Their
work is so clever and succinct it has lasted over two hundred
years [our much beatified Ben Franklin gave the document only
about ten years before it would need more serious revision].
Their work has become one of those sacred texts
of history, just like the Magna Carta.
On Saturday I indulged in one of my best pleasures: listening
to WAIT! WAIT! DONT TELL ME! on NPR. Its a comedic
contest looking back at the foibles and follies of the week.
This past Saturday the special guest was Representative Dennis
Kucinich, the perennial Democratic candidate for President.
He is widely praised on Capitol Hill for his ability to talk
like Donald Duck. For our amusement he did the first lines
of the Gettysburg Address in the Donald voice. It was, quite
While we are on the subject of Congressmen, I watched Rep.
Ron Paul on Bill Maher who is running for the Republican nomination
for President. I dont think hell get it. For one,
hes speaking sense and not demagoguery and for another,
I doubt he will be able to raise the millions and millions
of dollars it takes to get there. However, I am really delighted
for his voice, questioning the current jingoism of most of
the candidates from both parties.
While we are on the topic of Bill Maher, one of his guests
that night was actor Ben Affleck, for whom I have no great
admiration. However, intelligence showed through and I realized
he was certainly more than Bennifer and that his
college education wasnt completely wasted.
Off in Russia, Kasparov, former chess champ of the world,
is busy attempting to keep Russia a nascent democracy by utilizing
the internet to get out his side of the story, since virtually
all the media are under the thumb of the Kremlin. The internet,
the strange electronic community is, perhaps, a great equalizer.
It was a weekend of enjoying media pleasures, good music on
the stereo and discovering new programs like The Riches,
a very well done dramedy with Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver
as two grifters suddenly ensconced in and coping with respectability
and the legal system. If you havent seen it, add it
to your DVR list.
I listened on the radio to reminiscences of veterans of all
the wars of this last century through our current adventure,
especially touched by stories from World War II and from Iraq,
including the young man and his wife who described his troubles
re-adjusting once home from Baghdad.
It was the kind of weekend I rarely have and desire more of,
a casual freedom to enjoy and cogitate experiencing
the world around me, reflected in our media.