Monthly Archives: July 2010
The Oil Industry: our Marketing Standard!
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Bruce Beattie in the Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Fox News, our Reporting Standard!
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Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald Leader:
The G.O.P., our Political Standard!
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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:
Unwinnable Wars, our Military Standard!
I told this to my wife, who had attended the State University of New York at Buffalo with him in the early 70s. “Oh, no!” she said. She had been part of a crowd at UB that Chaykin was in, dated his roommate. She told me that Chaykin had been part of a four person theatre group (along with Dougy, who she dated, the really pretty girl whose name she couldn’t remember and Duffy, the one who everyone thought was going to be the real star.)
This made me think that we are entering a time in our lives when more and more people that we used to know in college and elsewhere will start dying off… my wife thought it was time to put together her “bucket list” (a phrase I didn’t know… but apparently what she wants to do before she “kicks the bucket”.)
Chaykin had a 35 year career with lots of movies and TV roles (Nero Stout stands out as one of his few leads).
I found this recent photograph of Chaykin in the Toronto obituary… does not look so hot, but I guess he had been somewhat sick for a while. Certainly seems to have lost a lot of weight.
I was battling an oncoming cold yesterday and, thanks to NyQuil, I slept off the sneezing and itchy eyes. This morning I feel a lot better. Getting up at 6:00 AM on Saturday is a little earlier than I’d like… so I’m watching Freddie Bartholomew play David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies… something I haven’t seen in quite a while.
Seeing Basil Rathbone, a young Arthur Treacher (in a tiny, uncredited, evil cameo), W.C. Fields and Elsa Lanchester is delightful. Lenox Pawle’s Mr. Wick is more fun than I remembered. Easily, the weakest of the players is young Freddie himself… but he is not hard to put up with.
And the cry “Janet! Donkeys!” from Edna May Oliver rings in my ears.
Good Morning, folks.
“I’m a chronic optimist about America. But we are letting stupid politics, irrational ideas on fiscal policy and an antiquated political structure undermine our power.
We need a new conservatism in our country that is worthy of the name. We need liberals willing to speak out on the threat our daft politics poses to our influence in the world. We need moderates who do more than stick their fingers in the wind to calculate the halfway point between two political poles.
And, yes, we need to reform a Senate that has become an embarrassment to our democratic claims. “
- E J Dionne in an essay entitled “In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game.”
We’re in the middle of Winners And Losers on 89.7, WSHC FM, and with the phone system working we’re getting call-ins from some of the station regulars (Mark and Dino, specifically).
I’ll be home later this morning to update the Blog.
Cross Posted in Under The LobsterScope and Panhandle Vegan.
The Contemporary American Theater Festival ends next Monday, August 1st. This is the last chance to get out and see the five great shows in this year’s repertory.
Go HERE for my reviews and more info.
Democrats Unveil GOP’s “Contract on America” and tie them up with the Tea Partiers…
As part of their summer strategy, Democrats put out the Republican Tea Party Contract on America, which highlights what they believe will happen if Republicans win back control of Congress in this fall’s elections.
The effort also includes a 30-second television ad
and a website that expands on each of the 10 items in the contract.
(Thanks to Taegan Goddard’s blog)
So far, I have my slot with John Case on his Friday morning Winners and Losers program on WSHC (mornings 7:30 to 9:00 at 89.7 AM) and I’m getting ready to do some volunteer web work with the American Conservation Film Festival.
I’m teaching Technical Theatre in August (wow…NEXT WEEK!) at the Full Circle kids camp.
I’m working on a radio drama proposal that I want to fund through Kickstarter. Case and I have been discussing this for a while.
And I’m looking for something to direct. There’s a play by Edward Albee called “Occupant” which is about the late sculptor Louise Nevelson that I’d like to do, but it isn’t the kind of show locals are going to be tremendously interested in. I am, though.
Frank Zappa statue to be dedicated on Sunday, September 19 at the Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library located at 3601 Eastern Avenue. Community support is developing for a concert on the installation day… maybe Dweezil and Company will be there.
The sculpture is a gift to the city of Baltimore orchestrated by three guys from Lithuania: Saulius Paukstys, Saulius Pilinkus and Arturas Baublys. It is a replica of the bust of Frank Zappa installed in Vilnius (pictured here), created by artist Konstantinas Bogdanas. The gift and location were approved by the Baltimore City Public Art Commission and sanctioned by the family.
Legendary musician and composer Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore in 1940 and passed away in 1993, at home in Los Angeles. He is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative composers and musicians of the 20th century with a career spanning more than 30 years.
Of interesting note: The date itself is especially significant as September 19th is the anniversary of Zappa‚s 1985 testimony on Capitol Hill in favor of free expression by Recording Artists at the Senate hearing instigated by certain congressional wives (members of the PMRC) concerning record labeling. Frank Zappa‚s widow Gail commented on the remarkable coincidence:
“Frank’s legacy rests in his uncompromising defense of the First Amendment and his uncompromising pursuit of excellence clearly demonstrated in the standards he set in all areas of Music and the arts and sciences associated with it.”
It’s been a while since I reported on my weight loss progress.
Well, I’m down 42 pounds and pushing to 45… hopefully by the end of the first week in August. I’m at the last hole in my belt for the buckle to grab… I’ll have to punch a couple more holes in it so my pants don’t fall off.
The picture above makes me realize how much further there is to go.
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“I don’t believe all or even most of the Republican party voters are racist, but going at least as far back as Lee Atwater, the Willie Horton ads, and the attacks on John McCain in the South Carolina primaries in both 2000 and 2008, the immigration debate in 2006, there is a persistent willingness in the Republican party to use race baiting for electoral advantage. The fact is, this is racist behavior.”
- Gov. Howard Dean, in the Huffington Post
… and the Shirley Sherrod attack by Breitbart and Fox News (which Chris Wallace now claims didn’t really happen… but, hey, we were there!) is only the most recent occurance.
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Starting with the Winners and Losers Show on Friday morning with John Case on WSHC FM, then working around our little gardens and the 2 Friday Night events, the Free Movie, “UP”, out behind the Shepherdstown Library… then after we got home around 10:45 we could sit on the back porch and watch the Fireworks put on by the Fire Department.
Saturday we went to the movies in Martinsburg and saw “Inception”… absolutely incredible film by the once again amazing Christopher Nolan (“Memento”, “The Prestige”.)
Today we did the Farmer’s Market, had a light lunch at Mellow Moods, then I came home and made three quarts of dill pickles (this recipe says we can try them in 2 weeks… but I think a couple of months would be better.)
And, finally, we had a little afternoon thunderstorm to water our two small gardens… something we really needed.
Laura Bakin reminded me by E-Mail this morning that I’m teaching tech theater (mostly lighting, I guess) to the kids at the Full Circle summer camp starting next week. Guess I’ll have to start getting my act together.
I’m also going to be doing some volunteer work for the American Conservation Film Festival which actually comes off in the fall… however, I’ve offered to update their web page (http://www.conservationfilm.org). I’m meeting their director for iced tea this coming week.
Looks like the retired life is going to get more interesting.
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