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 […]

The Duck Almost as Famous as a Mouse

By | Jul 9, 2017

When he first appeared in the Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon short The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934 he may not have been the character as we know him today. But it was the first appearance of Donald Duck. The 1934 Donald had not become the Donald as we know him today, but even […]

Edward Everett Horton

By | Mar 18, 2017

March 18 is the anniversary of the birth of Edward Everett Horton. It’s possible that you don’t know who he is, but nearly everyone over the age of 50 will be familiar with his voice.

The Schnozzola

By | Feb 10, 2017

Nearly everyone knows him as the voice of the narrator of the classic Christmas cartoon Frosty the Snowman. Jimmy Durante was the voice and at the time he was near the end of a career that lasted for nearly 70 years. James Francis Durante was born on February 10, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York. Durante […]

American Idol Money Makers

By | Jan 7, 2016

The last season of American Idol debuted last night. I didn’t watch it and I probably won’t until they get down to the actual competition rounds. I have found in the past that the Judges rounds are often funny, but also often don’t show much of the competition finalist.

Abbott and Costello – Comedy Team from Vaudeville to Television

By | Oct 16, 2015

William (Bud) Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1895 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello (Louis Francis Cristillo) was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. They first began to work together in 1935 at the Eltinge […]

Mount Rushmore of Game Show Hosts

By | Feb 27, 2014

With the passing of Jim Lange (August 15, 1932 – February 25, 2014) best known as the host of “The Dating Game” in the late 60’s and early 70’s, it made me start to think who are some of the greatest game show hosts of the past 60 years. Some one on the radio this […]

Happy Birthday Gracie

By | Jul 26, 2013

Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen, of the comic team Burns and Allen was born on July 26 in San Francisco. Her death record shows 1902 as does her grave marker as the year of her birth. This date was given by her husband George Burns, who had said he was never sure in what year […]

The Girl of Girls

By | Jan 14, 2013

Until yesterday I really haven’t heard of Lena Denham and the HBO series “Girls”, which she created and has stars. All I really knew was that it was up for a Golden Globe and that it has been called “Sex in the City” for current generation. Then I saw her being interviewed on the Golden […]

Adam West as Batman

By | Jan 12, 2013

It was on January 12, 1966 that Adam West debut in the William Dozier and Greenway Productions of Batman. The show debuted on ABC TV and appeared as two 1/2 hour episodes each week. The first episode featured the villain The Riddler, played by Frank Gorshin. I was but a seven year old boy when […]

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