Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Birthday June Lockhart - 90 Today

Since the 1960s, June Lockhart has been widely recognized as the practical and protective TV mom from “Lost in Space” and “Lassie.” But her extensive career stretched beyond zany aliens and courageous canines. Her body of work includes some 200 stage, film, and TV roles – including two seasons on “Petticoat Junction” and numerous television guest-starring appearances since the 1950s. Westerns were among her favorites full interview in the
Santa Monica Mirror.

While preparing for the interview, I watched some of her early TV westerns. An episode of “Wagon Train” (The Sarah Drummond Story) dealt with the settlers’ predictable attitude to the local “Indians.” What struck were the final words of June’s character:

 “It’s the young we’ve got to worry about, they learn to love and hate quicker than anybody else depending on how we teach them.”

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pianist Richard Glazier Back on PBS

Keep an eye on your local PBS station this summer - Richard Glazier has a new special. Talks about how the Gershwins influenced his career in this recent interview.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bad Weather?

Clearly need to get eyewear updated.
Could have sworn the recent news  headline read: “1 person killed when tomatoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas.”

Monday, February 16, 2015

All the Presidents' Pets

Once more, with Presidents' Day this week, it's time to reflect on the many fine inhabitants of the White House .... the presidential pets, that is. The story, with it's many edited versions by editors, has appeared in Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the Rock River Times, Tampa Bays CBS 10 News site, the Tallahassee Democrat, and the most unedited versions in the News-Sentinel and  Examiner-Enterprise and the Ellsworth American (the most unedited in all its tongue-in-cheek glory).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stuart Whitman

Stanley Baker found out the hard way, that you should never hide Stuart Whitman’s birthday presents and tell him to go find them. Happy Birthday Stuart Whitman – 88 today. One heck of a cowboy in the “Cimarron Strip" TV series.  Interview here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A US Commemorative Stamp for Van Johnson

A devoted Van Johnson fan is trying to get a commemorative US stamp for the popular actor from the '40s and '50s. You can read her story here and sign the official petition here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gilligan's Island Turns 50

Gilligan’s Island first aired 50 years ago this September. Dawn Wells talks about the show, Natalie Schaffer, a new book, and more. Dawn turns 76 in October and looks fabulous. Maybe there’s something to all those coconut cream pies. Story in the  Reno Gazette-Journal.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Facebook Pet Peeves

More irritating than Facebook are the users themselves.

So here's list of common Facebook abuses, together with a little friendly advice, originally published in Hernando Today, and recently  updated in Best of Times.

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!