Friday, August 29, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge: Dunk ‘n Donate

Getting dunked AND donating is the only way to do this ice bucket challenge. That’s what 2 dozen faculty and staff did in the School of Sciences. And how much convincing did it take to get students to do the dunking? None at all!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Robert Clary Survived Hogan's Heroes and More

You’ve got to admire the imagination of sitcom writers from the’60s: Hollywood Hillbillies, talking horses, airborne nuns, and witches with twitches.

So who would question setting a comedy in a German POW camp? Not CBS, who had an enormously popular success with “Hogan’s Heroes” when it aired in 1965.

Robert Clary is the last surviving original cast member who also spent 3 years in Nazi concentrations camps during WWII. He talks about it all in this recent interview.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vivacious Jane Powell Turns 85

Jane Powell, star of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' and "Royal Wedding" turned 85 in April. She's still a bundle of delightful energy! Read more in the News-Sentinel.

The clip below from "Royal Wedding" is a favorite of mine - the song having the longest title of any MGM film! Do you have a favorite Jane Powell film??


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stuart Whitman

What's Stuart Whitman up to these days? He's retired, relaxing, and remarried, and recently talked about his career. Couldn't get all his stories in the article, but a funny, delightful character.  Story here.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

All the Presidents' Pets

Once more, with Presidents' Day approaching, it's time to reflect on the many fine inhabitants of the White House .... the presidential pets. Here is a repost from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Monday, December 9, 2013

Decorating a Christmas ChemisTREE

I have been wanting to make one of these for a while. So this week I did, and installed it in our School of Sciences office. Even the biologists thought it was cool.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Why cats don’t like Christmas

The holiday season should be a joyous time for all members of the household, even the four-legged ones. Why, we even put a sprig of holly in our mousetrap cheese.

Unfortunately, our cat only reluctantly seems to embrace the Christmas spirit. So if you have a puss that starts pouting over the holidays, don’t blame him or her entirely ‒ pet owners must bear some of the responsibility.

Consider our cat for instance...... more

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some Amusing Double Features

Here are some amusing "double features" to watch. For example:

“The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946) followed by “You've Got Mail” (1998).  Or how about “Meet the Parents” (2000) followed by “High Anxiety” (1977). Can you think of others???

More at this link.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Blessing of the Animals

October means it's Blessing of the Animals season again. Churches all around the world conduct the service where owners bring their pets to church for a blessing. He's a photo from a previous service I attended. No, I'm not in the photo - not even the one with the pink ribbon. This year's stories are featured in the Charleston Post and Courier and the Montgomery Advertiser.