IN a couple of days, The Sun will print a box that will read, in effect, "Eastern Standard Time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, giving us back that hour of sleep we lost last spring."
Who wants that extra hour of sleep? As Benjamin Franklin wrote in "Poor Richard's Almanack" (1758), "There will be sleeping enough in the grave."
I'd like that extra hour to: Feed more hungry people at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen; watch Cal Ripken Jr. fire from deep third base to nip the batter; see my seventh total solar eclipse; hear Victor Borge read "Inflationary Language" at the Meyerhoff and attend a Kabuki performance at the Kennedy Center.
With that extra hour, I'd like to see, on television, more old W.C. Fields movies, "Columbo" reruns, Elizabeth Drew, Dee Dee Myers, CNN's Terry Keenan, "60 Minutes," and "Jeopardy!"
I'd like to spend that hour in person with William F. Buckley Jr., Hillary Clinton, Neil Armstrong, Henry Kissinger, Walter Sondheim and Alan Greenspan.
Also, I'd like that "found" hour to hear the voices of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Edward R. Murrow, Chuck Thompson, Cantor Melvin Luterman, Humphrey Bogart and CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
Other sounds: Madonna's "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," Frank Sinatra's "September Song," the "42nd Street" chorus with "Lullaby of Broadway," the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra playing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Finally, I'd like that extra hour to eat one of Marconi's chocolate sundaes, listen to The Sun's presses roar, balance my checkbook, fold a road map and hear a busy waitress, who is not too busy to say, "I'll be with you in a minute."
Julius Westheimer writes The Ticker column for The Sun's business section.
Pub Date: 10/22/98