Quick note from the future - February 2, 2009: Tim Best, husband of London, Ontario's Mayor, Anne-Marie DeCicco-Best, has been arrested and faces multiple DUI-related charges. If you've found my site via a search engine, please click here for the updated story.A while back, I wrote a blog entry about the excellent NBC program, Friday Night Lights (click here to read it), which is based on a movie, which in turn was based on the book by H.G. Bissinger. Long story short: it's hardly about the football, and it remains, in its second, strike-abbreviated season, a shining example of the best that television has to offer.
Recently, I noticed something funny: folks searching for "Friday Night Lights" in Google were finding my site. Even more odd, many of the search terms included "London" and Ontario" as well. At first I wondered if there was an undercurrent of support for the show here in London. Then I dismissed the thought: Londoners don't "get" television more evolved than Deal or No Deal or The Price is Right. We like our culture served up in big box stores, cineplexes and franchised family-friendly restaurants, thank you very much.
It all fell into place for me last week when I read an article about the impending opening of a new restaurant in London. Name? Friday Knight Lights. Why the k? The London Knights are this city's Ontario Hockey League team. They play at the big downtown arena, the John Labatt Centre, and on game nights, the city is awash in green. Although it's decidedly small-town, this city takes its almost-big-time hockey team very seriously. As it should: it's a great team that's well-connected to its community.
The guy behind the new restaurant is none other than Tim Best, husband of our burg's mayor, Anne-Marie DeCicco-Best. I hope he's a fan of the show, and I hope his new venture flies. This city needs a little culture, even if it's cribbed from a fabled literary/entertainment franchise.
Your turn: What search terms bring visitors to your site? Got any stories to go along with them?
One more thing: Virginia Heffernan, who writes about television for the New York Times, wrote this superb entry, entitled Art in the Age of Franchising, in her blog, The Medium. If content quality and the evolution of media matter to you, she should be your first read.