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.”

Check out Alphabe - Thursday

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!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Rose Marie

Anyone remember the Dick Van Dyke Show? I recently talked with Rose Marie, who played Sally Rogers, and Dick Van Dyke. Rosie celebrates her 91st birthday in August. What an amazing career beginning as 3 year old Baby Rose Marie - a child singer with an incredible voice. Check out YouTube for videos of her singing. She attracted the attention of presidents and notorious gangsters (not that the two are necessarily different) who all wanted her to perform for them. But mostly we remember her comedic talents from the Dick Van Dyke Show. There's a reason we call entertainers like Rose Marie legends! Full story and interview here.

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.