"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Three veteran producers at Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU have been fired over an embarrassing news report that misidentified the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crash-landed in San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
First reported on Rich Lieberman’s 415 Media blog, investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were let go after an in-house investigation at the station. Noon news producer Elvin Sledge reportedly left for health reasons.
The firings are the latest fallout from the unfortunate July 12 broadcast, in which news anchor Tori Campbell reported the “NTSB confirmed” racially insensitive names of four pilots as “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” The network narrowly avoided a lawsuit from Asiana, and has attempted to scrub the videos of the broadcast from the Internet. NTSB, who supplied the names to KTVU, dismissed a summer intern held responsible for the error.
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)