Favorite Christmas Movies

By | Dec 16, 2017

A Christmas Carol When it comes to Christmas Movies, it really begins and ends with A Christmas Carol. There has been many versions and retelling of the 1843 novella by Charles Dickens. Tops on my list is either the 1938 version starring Reginald Owens or 1951’s with Alastair Sim. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation The Griswold […]

Stories about Our Christmas Songs

By | Dec 11, 2017

When should Christmas music be started to played for the Holidays? One thought is after Halloween, another is as soon as the weather starts turning colder (living in Maryland this would be around Mid-October) but for most that time starts just after Thanksgiving. We all know and love the following songs, but did you know […]

The Voice of Christmas

By | Dec 9, 2017

When one thinks about Christmas and all of the songs and the artists who have recorded them, the one person who nearly everyone thinks about is Bing Crosby and “White Christmas”. He has even been called the Voice of Christmas. And it’s hard not to agree with this fact. Although nearly every generation has a […]

About the Christmas Season

By | Dec 7, 2017

Many people are away from home or alone on Christmas. Many people will journey home during the holidays, but there are those who won’t be able to with family during the holidays. Some may not be able to afford the expenses to travel. There are others who can’t take the time off from work or […]

Vaudeville Becomes Less Vulgar

By | Oct 24, 2017

Vaudeville was a style of entertainment popular in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries that took the form of a series of separate, unrelated acts. The performance could include all or some of the following; musicians, dancers, comedians, animal acts, magicians, impersonators, acrobats, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, or […]

An American Playwright – Eugene O’ Neill

By | Oct 16, 2017

I was talking with a old friend over the weekend. We had gone to college together in the late ’70s and had taken a number of Theater classes together. We were discussing historical people who we would like to possibly do for performance history. The subject came up because he was thinking of doing Abraham […]

The End of The Summer of Love

By | Oct 7, 2017

The summer of 1967 is commonly known as the Summer of Love. In the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, thousands of young people from all over the world united for a new social experience. The result, the hippie counterculture movement came into public awareness. Scott McKenzie in May 1967 released the John Phillip’s penned song […]

The Great Stone Face

By | Oct 4, 2017

During the 1920’s Buster Keaton was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comic actor-directors of the end of the Silent Film Era. Roger Ebert has even called him the “greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. Keaton’s films during this decade, such as The General or The Navigator, Steamboat Bill, Jr. or […]

September 30, 1955

By | Sep 30, 2017

Had he lived, James Dean would be an 82 year old man and who knows what would have happened with his career. He could have been one of those stars that would shine for a couple of years and then fade away never to be seen again. It’s possible he may even had changed careers. […]

Silent Film Comedy Actor Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle

By | Sep 20, 2017

Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle was born on March 24, 1887 in Smith Center, Kansas, to Mollie and William Goodrich Arbuckle. His mother died in 1899 and his father abandoned him shortly afterwards. Arbuckle survived by doing odd jobs at a hotel in San Jose, California. He entered an amateur night contest where he caught the attention […]

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