Stuff You Should Know · Television

Dream along with me

Pierino Ronald Como was a show business fixture for over a half a century, beginning his career as a vocalist in the big band era (with Ted Weems' Orchestra) before striking out on his own as a solo artist.  You know him better as Perry Como, of course; in 1945, Como scored his first #1… Continue reading Dream along with me

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And away we go!

February 8, 1969 – Jackie Gleason plays host to another corpulent Jack (though he’s lost a bit of weight), famed insult comic Jack E. Leonard: LEONARD: Ladies and gentlemen…you’ve all heard of Frank Sinatra, The Voice…you’ve seen Jimmy Durante, The Nose… (indicating Gleason) You are now looking at The Lump… (Gleason breaks out in laughter)… Continue reading And away we go!

Classic Movies

From the DVR: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in this country in 1885 (it was introduced in the UK a couple of months earlier), is considered one of the great works in American literature.  Both schools and libraries have either banned or attempted to ban the book practically since its publication (let’s be honest—Finn features… Continue reading From the DVR: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)