Wednesday, April 7, 7:38 p.m. . . .
Brash, percussive music. Montage of images: stock market listings, corporate jets flying, factory machines operating. Overlaying all, austere letters:
BUSINESS NEWS NIGHTwith Lisa Jessup
Fanfare resolves. A male voice booms: “You’re watching TTC’s Business News Night, with Lisa Jessup.” Cut to Camera 1: Lisa Jessup, smartly dressed and coiffed, seated behind a news desk. Suspended above her right shoulder, the words “Trouble at SMA” are imprinted over an unflattering snapshot of Jim Barton with his mouth gaping open.
Jessup: “There are reports tonight that Jim Barton, the chief executive officer of Santa Monica Aerospace, appointed by the company less than six months ago, might be in ...