America's oldest press club
hosted different varieties of animals Wednesday when the Philadelphia Zoo
's president and CEO dropped by with a Zoomobile, an animal caretaker, and some feathered guests.
The creatures were adorable and impressive, the discussion informative, and the animal visitors quieter than and at least as well-behaved as the Pen and Pencil Club's usual clientele. The club's programs are off the record, but zoo CEO Vik Dewan had interesting things to say about running a zoo in a time of declining government support and greater sensitivity to animal welfare. Zoos in the future will not look like they do now, he suggested, and it sounds as if interesting thinking is going on in the zoo world.
ack to books. I learned from the extras included in the "Definitive Edition Vol. 3" of the Queen and Country
graphic novel, subjects of critical comment in this space yesterday, that author Greg Rucka's inspiration was a British television series called The Sandbaggers
— "the best damned television show you never saw," according to a Web site devoted to the show
. This may be worth a look.Has anyone out there seen the show?
© Peter Rozovsky 2010
Labels: Pen and Pencil Club, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Zoo, television, The Sandbaggers