Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
One reason I don't watch shows like Ghost Hunters is because they never seem to find anything other than the occasional bump in the night ("Oooh look! The infra-red camera shows a cold spot!") This video was on CNN's website today. I'm not sure what to make of it but it does give one pause.
Triple-threat singer, actor and director Anson Williams was born on this day in 1949.
Anson Williams Fun Fact: He is the second cousin of Henry Heimlich, the American physician credited with the development of the "Heimlich Maneuver".
Cheryl Tiegs (1947) - the 70's Super Model who's iconic pink bikini poster was a source of endless fascination for Teenage Michael and will be forever burned in the my brain (I mean that in a good way).
Of Mice and McCain
I was browsing the CBS News website this morning and came across an article about John McCain suspending his Presidential Campaign to rush back to Washington to help solve the current economic crisis. At the end of the article were readers' comments. One struck me as particularly funny:
Mr. trouble never hangs around,
When he hears this Mighty sound,
"Here I come to save the day! "
That means that John McCain is on the way!
Yes sir, when there is a wrong to right,
John McCain will join the fight!
On the sea or on the land,
He's got the situation well in hand!
I'm cynical enough to see the move as a political ploy (Repubs and Dems both agree that they are close to reaching an agreement without input from McCain or Obama). It's not like the entire Senate is participating; its a small bi-partisan committee that is hammering out the details. The move definitely brings to mind the image of John McCain flying into Washington, bursting through the walls of the Capitol, landing on the negotiations table arms akimbo and singing "Here I come to save the day!" in the Mighty Mouse baritone.
In closing, here are two videos. The first features the real Mighty Mouse (from 1964's Mighty Mouse Playhouse). The second is the late Andy Kaufman giving us his take on MM from an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Question: What did Paul Winchell say when the preacher asked "Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
Answer: "I Scaddy Waddy Do Do Do!"
Check out the clip below and it will all make perfect sense (you'll want to pay especially close attention starting at 1:12)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
70's Saturday Morning Cartoon versions of Prime Time Shows...
The New Adventures of Gilligan (Gilligan's Island)
Friday, September 19, 2008
And here's why...
"My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference."
Harry S Truman, thirty-third President of the United States, as quoted in the book Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman by Merle Miller.
(BTW- that's Harry in the photo above, playing the piano for an extremely leggy Lauren Bacall.)
I'm not a lawyer (although I play one on TV) so I'm not exactly certain what the legal ramification of being served a subpoena is, but I'm almost certain you're not supposed to ignore it. I mean, it's not like an unwanted (and unneeded) Viagra offer that turns up in your email inbox one day; you can't just disregard it, can you? At least I don't think you can in the United States of America. Apparently in the Frontier Justice world of Alaskan Jurisprudence, not only is it perfectly acceptable to ignore a subpoena, its proper form to announce it to the world (or have the Republican Party's Presidential Campaign spokesman announce it for you). Not only that, but Alaska's Attorney General said that state employees won't honor the subpoenas either. Hmmm...I was always under the impression that the Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the government. Apparently not in Alaska. Or in the Bush Administration either for that matter. It seems to me that the flagrant disregard for the law which has permeated the Bush Administration has oozed into the McCain Campaign. Is that what they mean by "trickle down"?
I came across the above photo of classic American Illustrator and Painter Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) and classic American funnyman (and idol of Gallic cinemaistas) Jerry Lewis while doing some research for a totally different blog. My initial reaction was "not another photo-shopped image featuring Jerry". But further Internet archaeology revealed the following movie poster for Cinderfella, Jerry's version of the Cinderella story from 1960.
That is obviously a Norman Rockwell illustration. Don't believe me? Still further investigation lead me to the black and white original:
I would say that the photo is authentic and was probably taken when Norman was visiting the set. I wonder what he and Jerry are looking at?
Fun Michael Fact: I work in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, a small New England town nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life here and it's a living monument to his memory. My office is actually in an 18th century building that once housed the Norman Rockwell Museum and old Good Ol' Norm's former studio is stone's throw up Main Street (of course there's a Main Street here!). Welcome to small town Americana.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
OK I exaggerated...
Actually, Dilbert creator Scott Adams (who I accidentally left off my Adams List - yes, I am hanging my head in shame even as I type this) commissioned a survey of 500 economists to get their opinions on the economic policies of Barack Obama and John McCain. The results are presented in an article appearing on CNN's website. I find it interesting, but I'm a geek about such things. If you're interested check it out here:
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
From a front page article in this morning's New York Times:
"And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said.
“You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!” "
If you're interested, you can read the whole article here:
Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes
Saturday, September 13, 2008
What do you get when you mix a grown up Eddie Munster with an over-the-top Charles Nelson Reilly strained through the trippiest Children's TV show producers of the 70's?
When you're a kid, is there anything better than Saturday morning? Back before 24-hour cartoon networks, Saturday A.M. was prime TV viewing time. Ah for those guilt free hours spent rotting our minds, ruining our vision and diminishing our attention spans. I'm going to use Saturday entries of this blog to celebrate some of the more notable children's shows of my youth. Please note: these aren't necessarily the best shows, nor are they my particular favorites. Simply they are ones that have stood the test of time, whether through innovation or quality (or lack thereof) or just plain weirdness. Which brings us to today's subject.
Direct from the utterly bizarre minds of Sid and Marty Krofft comes the Koo-koo-kookiest, ki-ki-kickest, groo-groo-grooviest of Saturday morning Live Action Shows - Lidsville. Like many of Sid and Marty's productions, the opening tells you all you need to know about the show:
Did anyone do better theme songs than Sid and Marty? As you can see by the clip, the basic premise of the show is a teenage boy named Mark (played by Butch Patrick aka Eddie Munster) falls into a giant magician's hat and ends up in Lidville, a land populated by giant, living hats. Lidsville is ruled by the evil HooDoo the Magician (Charles Nelson Reilly in green makeup). Mark is aided by Weenie the Genie, and HooDoo has a henchman named Raunchy Rabbit (I kid you not). Either Sid and Marty were creative geniuses or heavy drug users or both.
Giant, sentient hats aside, I attribute the show's success to the ever-flamboyant Charles Nelson Reilly. Seriously, was there a television show that wasn't improved by a liberal dose of CNR? What would The Ghost and Mrs Muir have been without him? Just another in a long line of supernatural 60's TV shows. Match Game would have been just another 70's game show featuring long-forgotten celebrities in bad polyester clothing. In the early 70's CNR starred as The Big Banana in a series of commercials for the Bic Banana Ink Crayon. I'd like to close today's entry with one of those commercials. Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderfulness that was Charles Nelson Reilly:
Friday, September 12, 2008
American comedian and actor (1923-2005) responsible for two of my favorite 1960's characters. First as the voice of animated penguin Tennessee Tuxedo, then as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 in the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry satire Get Smart (would you believe, I'm actually going to mention Get Smart without making a "would you believe. . . " joke?)
American photographer and environmentalist (1902-1984) best known for his black and white photographs of the American West.
Swedish actress (1945-) so hot she played not one but two different Bond Girls; in The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy(in which she played the title role).
Second President and first Vice-President of the USA (1735-1826). He doesn't look much like Paul Giamatti, does he? John Adams Fun Fact: He and Thomas Jefferson (who served as Adams' VP) died several hours apart on July 4, 1826 - the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
American statesman and political philosopher (1722-1803). He was also a second cousin of John Adams, the fourth Governor of Massachusetts, and (according to the above label) a Brewer and Patriot.
American comic book artist and illustrator (1941-) best known (at least among comic book fans)for his awesome late 60's early 70's work at DC and Marvel. As a boy I always hated buying a comic that had an awesome Neal Adams cover only to find that the inside was drawn by someone else.