February 27, 2000
NEW YORK -- John Hendricks, the 47-year-old founder of the Discovery Channel, walks briskly toward the Rose Room at the Plaza Hotel, where he will unveil his bid for a piece of the Internet. For months this soft-spoken chief executive with the schoolboy haircut has been possessed by the idea. For years he has rehearsed for the questions he's about to be asked. Now, he checks to be sure someone has made handouts of his slide show. They explain why his Maryland-based cable programming giant intends to invest $500 million in a medium seemingly foreign to television documentaries.
July 8, 2008
NEW YORK - Ted Koppel knows that persuading television viewers to tune into a four-part documentary about China's economic growth could be a difficult sell. So in the days leading to the broadcast of his latest Discovery Channel program, the veteran newsman took a drastic step to gin up interest: He brought his daughter's dog onto The Daily Show and suggested that the network might send Pepper to "Bideawee Farm" if the series doesn't get good ratings. All kidding aside, Koppel feels a particular sense of urgency about The People's Republic of Capitalism, which premieres tomorrow.
September 12, 1999
The discovery of a pipe bomb led to the evacuation of more than 40 trailers in a mobile home park in Edgewood yesterday afternoon, state police reported.Gary Capello told police he discovered a plastic garbage bag containing the homemade explosive device while mowing his lawn at the Bauers Mobile Home Park about 3 p.m., authorities said.State police bomb technicians defused it shortly before 6 p.m., and the residents were allowed to return. The incident remained under investigation last night.
March 19, 2000
While the Discovery Channel has been busy thawing out woolly mammoths from frozen tundra this winter, it's become what you might call hot stuff itself elsewhere on the TV and radio dial. Recent network TV shows and a heavily played pop single by the Philadelphia-based Bloodhound Gang have celebrated the more prurient side of those Discovery nature shows: the mating sequences. For instance, in Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch," radio listeners and MTV viewers hear front-man Jimmy Pop's deadpan monotone croon this refrain over and over: "You and me baby ain't nothin' but mammals.
August 28, 2009
Discovery Communications, which operates such cable channels as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, may be working on its own e-book reader, according to a U.S. patent application made public Thursday. The diagrams included with Discovery's patent application, which was filed in February, depict a rectangular device with physical controls for user navigation. The device would be for reading e-books and "providing for e-commerce," and would be a direct competitor to the Amazon Kindle electronic book reader and the Sony Reader digital book reader.
December 16, 1999
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The countdown clock is ticking. The weather looks good. And after four months of repairs, shuttle Discovery appears ready at last to blast off tonight on a crucial 10-day flight to service the Hubble Space Telescope.It's the last human spaceflight of the 1900s. It's also the first shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Center since July.Then, a short circuit moments after liftoff knocked out a pair of computers used to control two of Columbia's three main engines. Backup computers allowed Columbia to safely complete a tense ride to orbit.