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Thrilling Days of Convalescence (Part 3 in a series)

I got a call from the surgeon’s office this morning and they have scheduled my parathyroid gland surgery for April 28th. I still haven’t decided whether this is good or bad news, so I guess I’ll just classify it as news. The only relief I’m getting so far is that we’ve finally set a date. I also… Continue reading Thrilling Days of Convalescence (Part 3 in a series)

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Sitcom paradise

Confession time: I’ve been spending most of my copious free time sitting around watching television reruns than tackling the massive backlog of movies currently present in the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives. This morning—I’m kind of ashamed to admit this—I sat through a TVLand mini-marathon of Beverly Hillbillies episodes from 1970, a time when the sitcom warhorse was running… Continue reading Sitcom paradise

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R.I.P. June Havoc

June Havoc, the actress and child star who enjoyed a successful stage and film career despite occasionally being overshadowed by her sister—stripper Gypsy Rose Lee—has left us at the age of 97, due to natural causes. Both Havoc sisters’ lives were dramatized in the hit musical Gypsy, which opened on Broadway in 1959…and became a feature film three years later.… Continue reading R.I.P. June Havoc

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Movies and stuff I’ve stared at recently during my convalescence

"I'm hoping he is using his "lay low" time to rest up and on, what we all know must be, piles and piles and piles of movies." -- Pam R I’d like to be able to report that I’ve been diving into the aforementioned piles and piles and piles of movies…but that would be a… Continue reading Movies and stuff I’ve stared at recently during my convalescence

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“Perzactly.”

My father mentioned to me the passing of Fess Parker last night after we saw an obit on The Brian Williams Show for pilot Robert M. White, who made history in 1962 with a test flight into space. Parker, the popular TV actor who played both the heroic Davy Crockett (on a three-part “mini-series” on ABC’s Disneyland) and Daniel Boone on NBC… Continue reading “Perzactly.”

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Thrilling Days of Convalescence (Part 2 in a series)

I know—two posts in two days…who’d-a thunk? (I must have more energy than I thought.) So I’m in my room at the hospital and the attending nurse is assigning me a bunch of meds that consist of potassium pills that are so gi-normous I halfway expect to leap out of bed and do 1:15 around… Continue reading Thrilling Days of Convalescence (Part 2 in a series)