Monday, August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder R.I.P.

Here we go with 2016's Celebrity Death March again. Sigh. Wilder was a favorite of mine ever since BLAZING SADDLES which I actually saw before WILLY WONKA. The clip here is from a 1979 MERV GRIFFIN SHOW interview. I wrote to Gene in care of Merv's show. They forwarded it on to him but I didn't receive an answer to my letter, only a small pre-signed photo. Still! R.I.P.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Top 20 Thor Covers by Kirby

Jack Kirby would have been 99 years old today. His FF was a majorly important part of my youth but so was his THOR. I used to trade and/or buy THOR comics from a guy in my 4th grade class as well as lucking out to finding a number of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY issues in second hand stores. There were too many great covers in Jack's run to make a Top 10 but herewith my THOR Top 20!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ezra! Ezra Stone!

Above you see myself in 1992 going over a script of THE ALDRICH FAMILY with actor/director/humanitarian Ezra Stone, the original Henry Aldrich on stage and radio. THE ALDRICH FAMILY was one of the very first sitcoms as we know them today, although it was based on a stage play called WHAT A LIFE! and premiered over the air as a "serial skit" on THE KATE SMITH HOUR. Its success there earned it a run as Jack Benny's summer replacement and the show ran for more than a decade. Ezra left it a couple of times, once for military duty where he and Irving Berlin famously clashed while staging the legendary musical THIS IS THE ARMY, which young Stone--a protégé of Broadway legend George Abbott, directed. Ezra would go on to spend his later years directing sitcoms (THE MUNSTERS, DIANA) and hour long TV shows (LOST IN SPACE) before retiring to run his historical and charitable foundations and revisit his old friend Henry on the nostalgia circuit. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Edgar Kennedy Article

Here's an early 1930s article on Edgar "Slow Burn" Kennedy, one of THE great character actors.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Crestview Hills Waldenbooks Ad

Found this ad the other day from 1980. I had put in for a position there but didn't get it. In 1982, though, I was hired for the downtown location and, in 1983, promoted to this one! Stayed until 1987, then returned in 1995 where I stayed until 2000. During that stint, I ran across my original 1980 application as I was cleaning out ancient files! With all the time I spent there, I have always considered it MY store.