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"And So It Goes": Adventures in Television/10113 [Hardcover]

Linda Ellerbee

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A biting and hilarious look at the 'real' world of TV news 28 Jan 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Linda Ellerbee is the Queen of Hard Knocks, but she always comes up wiser -- and funnier. "And So It Goes" is a sharp and brutally honest look at the world of TV news. Ellerbee shares behind-the-scenes tales that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief, and catching your breath in uproarious laughter. Ellerbee is engaging, lively, provocative and above all else, frightening. NBC fired her months after the book was originally published, probably in no small part to the toes that Ellerbee stepped on in this book. Read it to see why.I teach journalism, and to this day, I still recommend this to my friends. I can also honestly say that this is probably my favorite book of all time. It's that good.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise and witty 17 July 2004
By Mark Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
I've probably read this book a dozen times from cover to dog-eared cover; my paperback copy is literally falling apart! I still open it sometimes just to read a couple of pages from the middle, and I'm always entertained by Ellerbee's wit.

Wit: a combination of rational intelligence and humour. Ellerbee displays both in abundance, and her writing style is pitch-perfect. She's worked in network news long enough to have seen all of it's strength and weaknesses, and long enough to have lived through one-too-many comical misadventures. Some of her anectodal experiences are downright hilarious:
Stealing Reagan's golf cart for a joyride. Spying on a button manufacturer from a rooftop across the street (to learn before the competing networks who'll be chosen vice president for a presidential campaign). Getting unintentionally stuck in the middle of a homecoming parade for the Iran hostages. Using dinner trays to "surf" down the aisle of a flying airplane. A rubber duck on the set. A "thing and a thing." And so it goes...
There are also some suprising revelations, such as Ellerbee's confession to a back-alley abortion, and her discovery that Ohio didn't become a state until 1954!
Read this book and be entertained... and simoultaneously enlightened about the field of broadcast journalism.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading for any aspiring broadcaster 15 Sep 2002
By C. Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Unknown Binding
Direct, honest, and brilliantly written, Ellerbee's masterwork gives the reader an inside look into the world of broadcast journalism. Her 80's program NBC News Overnight was a unique vehicle for intelligent reporting and videography. It was the last show of its kind on network news TV which, if anything, has gotten worse since the writing of this book. When Ellerbee's Nickelodeon children's programs are more intelligently written than most of the so called "adult" news programs on TV, that's scary. It is unfortunately the case.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading 18 April 2004
By M. Love - Published on Amazon.com
There are some books that should never be resigned to the dustbin and this is one of them. The message is timeless and, despite the humor, frightening. Ms. Ellerbee's wisdom is needed more today than it was back in 1988.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Authorship 29 Mar 1999
By Don Reser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is great therapy for all of us who realize that the world is insane, not us.
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