Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

Good Bye, Colonel Potter… Harry Morgan is Dead at 96.

One of the best loved television character actors has died after a long and varied career.

From Broadway to films to television, Harry Potter was the Pete to Gladys, The Bill Gannon to Sergeant Friday and, most remembered of all, M.A.S.H.’s Colonel Potter for eight years. The part bought him an Emmy in 1980.

From the NY Times:

Harry Morgan was born Harry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915, in Detroit. His parents were Norwegian immigrants. After graduating from Muskegon High School, where he played varsity football and was senior class president, he intended to become a lawyer, but debating classes in his pre-law major at the University of Chicago stimulated his interest in the theater.

He made his professional acting debut in a summer stock production of “At Mrs. Beam’s” in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and his Broadway debut in 1937 in the original production of “Golden Boy,” starring Luther Adler, in a cast that also included Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb.

Mr. Morgan’s television credits were prodigious. He once estimated that in one show or another, he was seen in prime time for 35 straight years.

He was one of the best. Death was apparently due to Pneumonia.

Thoughts on Pearl Harbor Day

Seventy years ago the United States was attacked by the Japanese and we were plunged into what became World War II…and we stayed in some form of military activity for decades thereafter. Korea, Cuba, Viet Nam, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan… even times of peace have been warlike.

However, Pearl Harbor Day makes us realize that we were vulnerable to someone else’s plans (as did 9/11) and we became a defensive nation as a result.

I’d like to think that here in the 21st Century it was going to get better, but I don’t really think it will. Just think of the fun we’ll get into if Gingrich becomes President.

A Stratocaster with a Whammy Bar…

Here’s a way to start your day… the opening of Joe’s Garage:

Frank Zappa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 after he had been dead two years. Why he wasn’t added to the stack in 1979 when he recorded this amazing album is beyond me.

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BTW: Brady Bonk, over at Ketchup is a Vegetable, has done some really good analysis and history of some of Frank’s greatest orchestral pieces… It’s worth taking a look (and a listen.)