Friday, May 30, 2008

100 years ago today...

Mr. Mel Blanc was born. The voice of Bugs Bunny,Daffy Duck,Porky Pig and all the great Warner Brother's cartoons.

New Finn Pics

Mr. Finnegan posed for a few...

Mr. Finnegan posed for a few...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Celebrity Deaths...

Nothing like a big batch of celebrity deaths to rouse me from not blogging. Since I am a big fan of pop culture, within the last week several individuals have died and their contributions to the arts made me reflect on the talent that has left us. Some were bigger names than others but I have to mention them here.

Harvey Korman died today at age 81. Harvey was a cast memeber of The Carol Burnett Show from 1967-1978 and along with Tim Conway created so many moments of great television comedy.he won 4 emmys. I think the audience enjoyed Harvey Korman laughing and enjoying himself so much during the show. But he displayed what a good comic actor which also led him to work with Mel Brooks in several films. His best,"Blazing Saddles" , playing evil Hedley Lamarr. He also appeared in High Anxiety and History of the World Pt.I for Brooks.His telelvision work included the voice of The Great Gazoo in The Flintstones.

Sydney Pollack, film director and actor made some of the biggest movies in Hollywood over the last 30 years like "The Way We Were ", "Out of Africa", Tootsie" and was a producer for "Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley" He also was a decent actor appearing in "Michael Clayton" "Husbands and Wives ""Tootsie" and "Eyes Wide Shut".

Dick Martin died at age 86 last weekend. Martin the comic to Dan Rowan's straight man were a big hit in nightclubs in the 1950's and by the 60's were part of tv variety shows. In 1968 they were the hosts of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh -In", a show unlike any other variety program at the time. After Laugh-In and Dan Rowan retired, Dick Martin went on to become a talented director of television.

And then there are musicians whose impact on television remain fixed in our memories 40-50 years later...

Earle Hagen wrote the memorable themes to The Andy Griffith Show, That Girl, Gomer Pyle USMC,The Mod Squad, I Spy,and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Alexander Courage wrote the soaring theme to Star Trek and scored episodes of Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, Daniel Boone, Falcon crest, Eight is Enough and many more.

Joseph Pevney directed 14 episodes of the original Star trek series, including some of the very best "City on the Edge of Forever" and "The Trouble with Tribbles" also a prolific television director with many credits his motion picture work included " Man of a Thousand Faces" the biography of silent star Lon Chaney with James Cagney doing a superior job in the lead role, and "Tammy and the Bachelor" a popular hit for Debbie Reynolds.

Will Elder died May 17th, one of the original artists of Mad Magazine, his detailed cartooning was always a pleasure to see.His parody of Superman -Superduperman remains funny five decades later.His subersive wit went along with some beautiful artwork. He also created the sexy "Little Annie Fanny" for Playboy magazine which featured it from 1962-1988.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Friday, May 02, 2008

Clearing the Bases...

Where have I been? I get e-mails from friends asking that. Where have I been? The horrible illnesses that clung to me all winter have finally disappeared. The sometimes feelings of nothing exciting to say creeps in and lingers about. I try hard to snap out of it.

There's always the trivial- Today is the 100th anniversary of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" written by Jack Norworth after being inspired by the sign "Baseball today-Polo Grounds" from his subway car. Set to music by Albert Von Tilzer it was a big hit in 1908 and remains an American classic.

Of course my favorite version of the song came in 1955 with Harpo Marx performing it on "I Love Lucy"

I haven't been to a ball game yet this year, The Phillies ended April in first place though which is surprising for fans around here.

The bunnies are all doing well and Monday Bunday will start showing up again.
Mrs. P. is excited about tomorrow's Kentucky Derby. Her love of horse racing has replaced her lighthouse obsession I think. Anyway, we'll watch the race and have mint juleps, and hopefully I'll pick the trifecta like I did last year.

I hope to start writing again,and reconnect with some blog friends who I've kind of vanished from their lives for awhile.