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Today’s Reality – Artificial Intelligence Means No More Real People Informing Us on TV or Real Actors Entertaining Us

This is not a whimsical view into the future – This is not Science Fiction – This is TODAY – Here is a short video introducing an AI news anchor developed by the Chinese: World’s first AI news anchor makes China debut New China TV Published on Nov 8, 2018 Last month, a hologram of […]

Last Chance To Eat Before Skylab Hits

Another “space lab” launched by China is going to come crashing back to Earth. But this time – the Chinese say they have it “under control” – THIS TIME … Riiiight ! … However – As usual … The USA is way ahead of everybody. In 1979, I was invited to a party thrown by […]

VW Decides To Squash The Bug – Lots Of Videos

The Volkswagen Beetle (bug) has been a staple in the automotive industry for 70 years ! The classic bug we all know and loved was once turned into a b*stard child for many years only hinting a design that was once what it was. Volkswagon just announced they will no longer make the VW Beetle […]

Go For It Alex Trebek – A Good Looking Beard !!!

Alex Trebek, long running host of the TV game show Jeopardy – tried in the past to bring back his moustache. Viewers of Jeopardy freaked out … Any time Alex has tried to add any facial hair, viewers freaked out !!! Why is that? Now – he shows up for the new season of Jeopardy […]

Time Zone Envy

When I was growing up in the 1960s… … in northern Florida, we had one television channel. It was a CBS affiliate and carried Captain Kangeroo at 8 am. The Captain, Mr Moose and Bunny Rabbit were my reason for being alive in the mornings. I awaited every day for those ping pong balls to […]

Bledsoe Colonial Fair – Living History – One of the Most Important Places To Be Every Year – American History Comes Alive

The Bledsoe Colonial Fair is a must attend event with those in the culture of the Living History world. This particular event has become a trade show event for everyone in this world. Held on the grounds of a historic site – many historic buildings abound … populated in that time of the fair by […]

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    The Tony Rollo Blog

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    Tony Rollo Galleria

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    Tony Rollo Productions

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    Break the Limitations – Not Laws

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    An Open Appeal To Charles Krauthammer – In These Last Few Weeks – Speak Your Mind Into An Audio Recorder

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