Monday, February 16, 2015
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
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
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
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
Friday, August 29, 2014
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
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
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.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I love this photo of Piper Laurie from the 2012 Texas Frightmare convention. Thanks to Barry Crawford at clayguy.com for permission to use in this interview where she talks about Reagan, the wonderful Charles Coburn, and “Carrie.”