Giant leaf fell on a boy. Mayor ate too much and got sick. Kid bites dog. Grammar gets mangled.
The Write Channel chronicled the not-so-gonzo journalism career of insect reporter R.B. Bug, spitting out the facts on a 70s local newscast under the watchful eye of editor/anchor Red Green. No, not that Red Green.
R.B. covered surreal events around town in a basic, straight-laced manner, suitable for illiterates and the E.S.L. classroom. That’d be where I encountered this fine bit of educational programming. Though I was already sawing my way through Isaac Asimov, in 4th grade they sat our narrow asses down in rows to watch our weekly installment of a stop-motion bug talking with all the speed and juicy detail of a Midwesterner with a concussion. (Yeah I went there, Minneapolis.)
Still, credit is due for the end bit (the ominously named The Club) that goads viewers to fiction, finishing the epic tale of the Man Who Lost His Sack. Interactive fiction with 1978 broadcast technology.
After the cut, another clip where Red Green gets personal…