I’m juggling projects in the air like anvils of late, so apologies for the sporadic activity on the blog save for the birthday shout-outs. I’m trying like the dickens to get some stuff pulled together but my arch nemesis, Dr. Time Mismanagement, seems determined to have me bend to his will. The slackitude continued last night… Continue reading Sh*t my dad doesn’t say
Once again, courtesy of Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine and Gator Emporium (and the Associated Press), news on the items that were auctioned off from now-defunct the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum continues to trickle in—including a tearful reunion of Roy’s beloved horse and beloved dog: NEW YORK — After sitting stuffed and mounted for more than… Continue reading Sometimes you hear the Bullet
From the Associated Press: NEW YORK — A Nebraska cable TV network ponied up $266,500 for Roy Rogers' stuffed and mounted horse, Trigger, at an auction in New York City on Wednesday. The movie cowboy's faithful companion was bought by the cable company RFD-TV in Omaha, Neb., at a Christie's auction of items from the now-closed Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Mo. Trigger's… Continue reading A horse is a horse, of course, of course…
Amanda at Time Machine to the Twenties was kind enough to mention the ol’ blog in a post over in her neck of the woods on Friday, one that talks about the Christie’s auction of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum memorabilia. The item that she referred to that caught my eye almost immediately was the above book… Continue reading This is a life?
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…”
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!
Two weeks ago, Turner Classic Movies ran a trio of films back-to-back-to-back in the wee a.m. night auditor hours that had been on my “Must See” list for a good many years or so. Fortunately, my continuing battle with insomnia allowed me to record and then watch all three and write up some capsule reviews…but as… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #43 (Columbia, the gem of the ocean edition)
One of the nice perks of this weblog is that I occasionally get e-mail inquiries from fans who sometimes ask for information on nostalgia-related issues…that is, when my e-mail spam filter isn’t dumping them in the same file as the ones needing my help to move a large amount of money out of Nairobi (seriously—would you entrust… Continue reading Fuzzy memories
Singing cowboy Hale dies at 89 Monte Hale, a singing cowboy whose tall frame, strong voice and handsome looks led to dozens of film roles in westerns during the 1940s, has died. He was 89. Hale died Sunday at home in Studio City, Calif., after a lengthy illness, said Yadhira De Leon of the Autry National Centre… Continue reading R.I.P. Monte Hale
Remember the Night (1940) – A friend of mine in Wisconsin once sent me this romantic comedy on VHS years ago and while I can’t remember if it was because it was scripted by Preston Sturges or features Sterling Holloway I do recall that I never got around to looking at it. Fortunately, TCM ran it… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #8