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Notable passings

I just happened to glance at the TDOY blogroll and notice that Mercurie at A Shroud of Thoughts has put together an obituary for actor-director Corey Allen, who passed away Sunday—just two days shy of his 76th birthday, which was yesterday. Listing him among the birthday honorees, I noted that Allen was “best known for being a punk to James Dean… Continue reading Notable passings

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No…this was not on the menu when we dined in Elkins…

Bill Crider gets a doff of the TDOY chapeau for pointing me towards this article and the pictures that accompany it—a list of “The 50 Fattiest Foods in the States.” The photo to your left in the following paragraph is a ten-pound burger courtesy of Hillbilly Hotdogs, an eatery located in my former college stomping grounds of Huntington, WV. Huntington and Hillbilly were both selected by Jamie… Continue reading No…this was not on the menu when we dined in Elkins…

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West Virginia is in mourning…and I don’t feel too well myself…

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia dead at 92 WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate, a fiery orator and hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to his beloved West Virginia, died Monday. He was 92. A spokesman for the family, Jesse Jacobs, said that Byrd died… Continue reading West Virginia is in mourning…and I don’t feel too well myself…

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…*

…in order for the ‘rents and I to wing our way to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia for the 2010 edition of ShreveFest (Motto: “Did somebody remember the directions?”). As I e-mailed Invaders Giveaway winner Mike Galbreath, we will kick off our journey at 7:00am with the ceremonial smashing of a champagne bottle against Mom and Dad’s trusty Toyota Corolla. (A nine-hour… Continue reading We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…*

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The envelope, please…

The winner of the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Invaders Giveaway—in which a set of all forty-three episodes of the 1967-68 television sci-fi cult classic was to be awarded—is longtime TDOY reader/commenter/supporter Mike Galbreath, who will also be able to watch The Invaders’ own Roy Thinnes in the feature film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969, aka Doppleganger) and the 1973… Continue reading The envelope, please…

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R.I.P. Ronald Neame

Director-producer-cinematographer Ronald Neame has called it a wrap, having passed away at the age of 99. The veteran filmmaker, who directed popular entertainments such as The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972), had suffered a fall on May 6 that resulted in a leg injury and two operations to repair the damage had left him in… Continue reading R.I.P. Ronald Neame

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“Classify these as good times…”

Learning of the unfortunate passing of my high school English/journalism teacher, I rooked the above photo from Facebook—it was originally in our 1980 high school yearbook and I would have been a junior then. This is the staff of our school paper, The School Spirit (collectively known as “The Morning Zoo”—although our class was in the afternoon),… Continue reading “Classify these as good times…”

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They’re selling the Melody Ranch!

Gene Autry estate is for sale (Los Angeles Times) The Gene Autry estate, built in 1949 in StudioCity by the cowboy singer-actor, has come on the market at $6.9 million. Owned by his widow, Jacqueline Autry, the forested property's 3.5-plus acres center on a two-story Spanish-style house of about 8,000 square feet. The main house has pegged hardwood… Continue reading They’re selling the Melody Ranch!