Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Character Actor Frank Cady Dies at 96

Sam Drucker

Cady as Sam Drucker

If you remember Petticoat Junction or Green Acres or The Beverly Hillbillies, you’ll remember General Store proprietor Sam Drucker, who was played by Frank Cady. Cady died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., at Age 96.

Cady played Drucker for the entire run of “Green Acres” on CBS, from 1965 to 1971, when it was canceled.He was also in the 1990 movie, Return To Green Acres.

Frank Cady was first known on television for playing Doc Williams on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In films, he had a part in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, among others. He also appeared in many Southern California stage productions.

Good article today over at PoliticusUSA.com (Updated):

Mitt Romney: The Economic Guru Who Specializes In Killing Jobs

(here’s a snip, but go read the whole article HERE.)

Romney has yet to offer any solutions to help the American people who are struggling because of Bush-era policies Willard promises to implement if he is elected president. One might be inclined to say Romney is a fool for promoting Bush’s failed economic policy that sent Americans into unemployment lines and nearly crashed the economy, but it is more that Romney could not care less about the American people. In fact, Willard has made it clear that he intends on creating hardship for the poor, elderly, Veterans, gays, women, and the middle class with his Draconian cuts to critical social safety nets, and the severity of his policies are only matched by his promise to eliminate unionized public sector jobs because they are earn more than $19,000 annually.

If Americans really want to know what a Romney presidency will look like, then look at his real field of expertise as a vulture capitalist. He earned millions shuttering businesses, relocating companies overseas, and eliminating jobs to increase profits for himself and Bain Capital, and although it worked out well for the rich, it was devastating to American workers who lost their jobs, retirement, healthcare, and their homes.


Willard Romney’s focus is attacking President Obama for telling the American people the truth about the economy, and running away from his area of expertise which is creating wealth for a privileged few while eliminating jobs. It is interesting that President Obama does not tout himself as an acclaimed economist like Romney, but his policies saved America’s economy. There is a reason Romney wants to be president and it has nothing to do with helping the American people or growing the economy, and he is using his expertise as a liar to convince voters that eliminating police and firefighter jobs, giving more tax cuts to the wealthy, and portraying the government as destructive is a sound economic policy.

The only thing voters need to know about Romney is that he is not an economic guru. He is a wealthy investor who earned millions killing jobs, bankrupting companies, and shipping businesses overseas that qualifies him to be a vulture capitalist, but not the president.

So many people haven’t learned this yet. It is really depressing to think about it. Unfortunately, he not only doesn’t seem to know the economic implications of his statements, he certainly does know how to lie about them.

Romney seems to be taking the voters of this great nation for total fools. The facts are out there, and they are not pretty. Romney is a purebred vulture capitalist, the kind of multi-millionaire that snaps up family businesses and solid companies just to shut them down, kill good-paying jobs, and get a fat write-off to pad his own bottom line. His “business experience” is the kind of experience that America cannot afford to have in the White House. And the only instance where Mitt took the reins of government… ie: the State of Massachusetts… and tried his hand at “job creation,” he failed miserably.

Romney cannot be allowed to run away from the fact that he was literally the worst “job creator” in the nation over his four years in office.

The Tony Awards… still the best awards show on TV

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Tony Awards

I’ve gotten frustrated watching the Academy Awards with its long and boring production values, and other awards programs seem to promote things other than what they are awarding. But then there are the Tonys.

The Antoinette Perry Awards, my favorite review of the year on Broadway with performances by the nominees and not by someone else changing the sounds and feelings to a reinterpreted mess.

I especially liked the opening (“Hello”) from The Book of Mormon, last year’s big winner.

Anyway, here’s the winners list… and if you get to New York City, don’t miss seeing a show:

Best Musical: Once

Best Play: Clybourne Park

Best Revival of a Play: Death of a Salesman

Best Revival of a Musical: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors

Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, Once

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, Other Desert Cities

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, Once

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Newsies

Best Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman

Best Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, Once

Best Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, Newsies

Best Orchestration: Martin Lowe, OnceBest Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, Once

Best Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, Peter and the StarcatcherBest Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, Follies

Best Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, Once

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, Once

Me? I’d like, most of all, to see The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Watching Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis sing last night was exhilarating! Why Lewis didn’t win Best Male Lead in a Musical is beyond me.

David Alan Grier as Sportin’ Life in “Porgy And Bess”