August 1, 2001 – Dog days of summer and reports of tragic circumstances on the playing field. In this case it was pre-season Football practice and the tragedy surrounded Minnesota Vikings Offensive Tackle Korey Stringer who collapsed and later died from heat stroke after practice on a day where the heat index approached 110 degrees. Fans clad in purple, who would normally be celebrating the return of the Vikings to training camp were in a state of shock and sadness.
Meanwhile, the man who received the first self-contained artificial heart, who should have been, for all intents and purposes, dead by this day, was still alive and kicking. Before the implant, he was so sick that doctors gave him barely 30 days to live. Thirty days later, the patient was up and enjoying life again. Doctors said he hadn’t needed a ventilator in over a week. He had been walking, talking and even celebrating at a party given him.So far, so good.
And the FDA gave approval for a medical procedure that sounded eerily like a plot for the movie Fantastic Voyage – but rather than humans being shrunk to fit for a journey around the human body, a miniature camera was placed in a capsule that patients could swallow. As it made its way through the digestive tract, it would send back color pictures to help doctors find the cause of internal bleeding.
It was disclosed that the Code Red Computer worm had infected some 135,000 web servers so far. Copying Music CD’s was promising to be a thing of the past, as Sony was developing encryption software that would make illegal duplicating impossible – even between friends.
The Federal Trade Commission approved the acquisition of Quaker Oats by Pepsico. Pepsi flavored Gatorade – Gatorade flavored Pepsi – take your choice.
And in Japan, the trend towards Vanity Postage Stamps was picking up popularity. Reports that thousands of people were lining up to have their picture taken and immediately printed on a Postage Stamp was said to be going on all over the country.
And that’s a small slice of what went on, this August 1, 2001 as presented by the CBS World News Roundup; Late Edition.
(and a postscript: it was reported yesterday (July 31st) that longtime anchor at KNX in Los Angeles, Dave Zorn had died. Since he was such a fixture in Los Angeles news, I thought I would include the rest of the newscast, which I usually edit out – RIP: Dave Zorn)