Roundup: David Pogue; Lynsey Addario; Ospreys; Lending Library; More

David Pogue is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Unlike most chocolate boxes though, with the Westport tech guru/writer/TV star/jack of all trades, there’s never anything you don’t like.

Yesterday, as part of his regular “CBS Sunday Morning” gig, Pogue poked behind the production of the world’s largest virtual choir.

How do 17,000-plus voices come together in perfect harmony? Click below.

Oh, yeah: Pogue himself was one of the performers. Were there any other Westport connections? If so, click “Comments” below.

Yesterday’s New York Times story on the Rio Grande Valley — where poverty and chronic illness compound the coronavirus — was sad and compelling.

It was made more powerful by the images that accompanied it. They were shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist (and 1991 Staples High School graduate) Lynsey Addario. As always, her images show far more than what is in the frame. Click here for the full Times story. (Hat tip: Kathie Motes Bennewitz)

Nurses surround a coronavirus patient moments after her death. (Photo/Lynsey Addario for the New York Times)

The Fresh Market ospreys continue to fascinate Westporters. Intrepid raptor-watcher Carolyn Doan reports that the 2 fledglings have fledged. Here’s one:

(Photo/Carolyn Doan)

The Westport Library has reopened, with limited service. There’s an alternative, at 95 Kings Highway South.

Sure, the selection is limited. But you don’t have to worry about masks or crowds.

And finally … on this date in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk walk on the moon. Ten others have followed. The last 2 — Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt — made the journey in 1972.

5 responses to “Roundup: David Pogue; Lynsey Addario; Ospreys; Lending Library; More

  1. Martin Gitlin

    I (bass), along with my wife Kathy and our daughter Kayla (both altos) participated and loved both the experience and the finished product.

  2. Jim Honeycutt

    Dan, great piece on David Pogue’s participation in Eric Whitacre’s latest virtual choir. Loved watching the YouTube video! I had a chance to dabble in such a creation when I made the Staples “virtual” graduation video. Luke Rosenberg got his Orphenians to sing the National Anthem remotely from their respective homes. He did a great job mixing the audio in Apple’s Logic software and then he sent me 40 videos to put together. It is not so easy to synch up the vocalists with the soundtrack. I figured out a way to do it so as to keep everyone in synch. I can not imagine what it is like synching thousands of singers. Here’s a link to the Orphenians doing the National Anthem. Enjoy!


    • Danielle Dobin

      Jim – this is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing and kudos to you and Mr. Rosenberg for this wonderful arrangement.

  3. Tom Kashetta

    Westport was so lucky to have Jim Honeycut and Mike Zito. Both my kids loved there classes. Both thers guy are top shelf !!!!!

    • Sandie Cole

      Jim, Thank you for keeping me on my lifelong learning track with your explanation of the process to produce a virtual choir🎶