• A 1982 hit for Captain Sensible of The Damned, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the 1949 musical South Pacific.
  • A style of local television news in the US that began in the late 1960s, with a proliferation of "Eyewitness News" and "Action News" revamps. "Happy talk" was the banter between the anchors during the various segments; it was supposed to help you bond with them or something.

    The consultants who brought you this style of broadcast (the name Frank Magid comes to mind, rightly or wrongly) are the founders of the modern news-team concept, with the salt-and-pepper and/or Ken and Barbie anchors, the bombastic sports anchor, the "Wednesday's Child" tearjerker, the hi-tech weather (replacing the genial and/or madcap non-meteorological weatherman), the traffic copter, the report on the panda's toothache... All delivered with an egalitarian gravitas:

      (satellite footage of ailing panda ends)

      Barbie: Oh, that poor panda! Those darn toothaches!

      Ken: Interesting! I just saw my dentist last week and...


      (satellite footage of demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur ends)

      Ken: Oh, those darn demonstrators!

      Barbie: Yes, quite an interesting demonstration! Coming up: Jack has the sports...


    It spread, at some point, to network television's morning shows, though I'm not quite sure when.

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