Friday, August 28, 2015

Remembering Ingrid Bergman at 100

How will you celebrate Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday this weekend? Take trip to Casablanca? Pick a Cactus Flower? Do something Notorious? Or maybe just sit home, Spellbound, and watch TCM’s Bergman marathon?

Pia Lindström talks about plans to remember her mother who would have turned 100 this weekend. Link

Friday, July 31, 2015

Michael Harney Talks "Orange is the New Black"

Photo Courtesy Netflix Michael Harney, who plays Officer Sam Healy on “Orange Is The New Black” is a Queens native.You may recognize Michael Harney from popular shows such as “NYPD Blue,” “Deadwood,” and “Weeds.” Now, the Queens native has another hit “Orange is the New Black”... more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Star Trek’s red shirts didn’t ‘live long and prosper’

A little Star Trek humor, thanks to Walter Koenig, Celeste Yarnall, and Julie Cobb.
It’s a long-standing source of amusement among “Star Trek” fans: Crew wearing red uniforms the red shirts rarely lived long and prospered, many falling victim to a speedy on-screen demise during the original series’ three seasons....more

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Blob and Blobfest

Tinseltown Talks: 'The Blob' father recalls smash filmSince 2000, residents and visitors to the small Pennsylvania borough of Phoenixville have been witness to a strange summer ritual. Each July, hundreds of theatergoers flee en masse from the local Colonial Theatre to pay homage to a scene from “The Blob,” filmed at the theater in the late ‘50s...... more.

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 .....read 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.