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The passings parade

I’m not going to mince words here—I am waaaaaaay behind on chronicling the passings of certain celebrities in the fields of film, TV, music and what have you.  But when I saw on Facebook yesterday that actor James Arness—a boob tube legend best-known for his starring role as Marshal Matt Dillon on the series Gunsmoke—has ridden… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

It was my father who phoned me Friday to let me know that country music legend Ferlin Husky died on St. Patrick’s Day from heart failure at the age of 85—which is sort of unusual in that I’m usually the one who lets him know if a notable has gone to their greater reward…after I try… Continue reading The passings parade

Television

Hi, cartooners!

Because I had some irons in the fire on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this past week I didn’t get around to seeing the newest Pioneers of Television episode until Sunday afternoon.  The subject of PBS’ critically-acclaimed history of the boob tube was “Local Kids’ TV”—a celebration of programming aimed at the lollypop set featuring grown adults… Continue reading Hi, cartooners!

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He looks like his heart will break

Because the Grim Reaper is a model employee who rarely takes a sick day or vacation, famous people continue to shuffle off this mortal coil…and this was definitely driven home to me yesterday when I learned via my CharredHer webpage that country music legend and Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin has left this world for… Continue reading He looks like his heart will break

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But that’s not all, folks…

Sorry about the recent inactivity on the blog, good people.  Originally, I had planned to have this post ready towards the end of 2010—but I was having such a good time with the Christmas festivities at both Rancho Yesteryear and the ‘rents that my efforts to get it finished in time proved futile.  (And my parents, Wilder… Continue reading But that’s not all, folks…

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Death be not proud

As of this posting, Turner Classic Movies is running a 24-hour cinematic tribute to Tony Curtis, the veteran film star who passed away on September 29 at the age of 85.  Practically every classic movie blogger and his/her brother/sister made notice of “Bernie Schwartz’s” demise, but the only reason why I didn’t get something up is… Continue reading Death be not proud

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R.I.P. Daniel Schorr

How devastating it is to hear about the passing of veteran newsman/journalist Daniel Schorr, whose fourth-estate notoriety was immortalized when he found himself ranked No. 17 with a bullet on President Richard Milhous Nixon’s “enemies list.” Schorr died today at the age of 93 after a short illness, according to NPR’s Anna Christopher—Schorr had worked for National Public… Continue reading R.I.P. Daniel Schorr