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R.I.P. Ali-Ollie Woodson

Temptations singer Ali-Ollie Woodson dies at 58 DETROIT (AP) — Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet The Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including Treat Her Like a Lady, has died, a friend said. He was 58. Woodson died Sunday in southern California after battling cancer,… Continue reading R.I.P. Ali-Ollie Woodson

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Bad Movies · Blogathons

Chuck Norris Ate My Blog Blogathon: Breaker! Breaker! (1977)

For Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s entry in the Chuck Norris Ate My Blog Blogathon contest, we must step inside the WABAC machine and travel back to 1977—a time of blissful contentment in the movies, because the god-awful disco obsession that would threaten to take over films, television, and popular music was still in its nascent stage (though that would,… Continue reading Chuck Norris Ate My Blog Blogathon: Breaker! Breaker! (1977)

Classic Movies · Movies · Stuff You Should Know · Television

R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

You turn off the computer in the hopes of getting something else accomplished today, and WHAM! another show business celebrity goes on to their rich reward. This time it’s actor-director Dennis Hopper, who died today after a long fight with prostate cancer at the age of 74. The director and co-star of the landmark counterculture classic Easy Rider (1969) had… Continue reading R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

Classic Movies · Movies · Stuff You Should Know · Television

“Something tells me this is going to be one of those ‘I don’t have a post’ posts…”

…and you would be right. Here’s the thing. The time that I usually spend catching a classic movie or two has been occupied instead by reruns of a sitcom showcasing the smartest and wittiest ensemble in television history. That’s right, my box set of NewsRadio: The Complete Series arrived last week and the other day I decided to put a… Continue reading “Something tells me this is going to be one of those ‘I don’t have a post’ posts…”

Movies · Stuff You Should Know · Television

Now the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum…

Just learned from both Toby O’Brien of Inner Toob and Hobbyfan at The Land of Whatever of the passing of former child star Gary Coleman, who died from a brain hemorrhage earlier today. He was 42. Toby muses that the first show on which he remembered seeing Coleman make an appearance was Fernwood 2-Night—for me, it was an episode of Good Times (he appeared… Continue reading Now the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum…

Stuff You Should Know · Television

People are funny? You bet your life…

I don’t have a post to go with the above picture—and please don’t think I’m morphing into another If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger… ('cause I certainly don't want to be a dead copycat). But I dearly love that photo. I just happened to stumble across it while reading this Los Angeles Times link to an appreciative article written by Robert Lloyd on… Continue reading People are funny? You bet your life…

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know · Television

“What a day this has been/What a rare mood I’m in…”

Yes. It has been one of those days. Allow me to elucidate. This morning, my Mom makes a cameo appearance here at Rancho Yesteryear with a 12 pack of Pepsi One and some fried chicken she scored at Publix (eight mixed pieces for $3.99; a deal you can’t even to begin to beat with a stick). She… Continue reading “What a day this has been/What a rare mood I’m in…”