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.

V is for Van Johnson in Jenny Matlock's Alphabe Thursday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Anthony Carr: Psychic to the Stars


I don’t give much thought to psychics normally, but Anthony Carr is a Canadian psychic with many Hollywood connections. He shared stories of meeting Lillian Gish, George Raft, and James Doohan in this recent interview.

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.

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??

 
 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Twin Wildlife Artists

John and Jim Denney are twins, with almost identical careers – wildlife artists and photographers. I photographed them at the Auburn University raptor center. A fun story in this month’s Alabama Living.

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.