Thursday, July 17, 2014

Interview with Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie is seen at the 2012 Texas Frightmare convention. (Courtesy of Barry Crawford)I love this photo of Piper Laurie from the 2012 Texas Frightmare convention. Thanks to Barry Crawford at for permission to use in this interview where she talks about Reagan, the wonderful Charles Coburn, and “Carrie.” 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Western "Bad Guy" Anthony James

If you don't recognize the name Anthony James (shown here as the diner counterman in a scene from "In the Heat of the Night") you may remember his face from many TV shows and movies - often Westerns - from the 70s and 80s. He was so good at playing "bad guys." He just released his autobiography which is a delightful account of his life and full of charm, wit, and humor. You can read my interview with him in the News-Sentinel.

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.