Thursday, August 27, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 447

Thursday, August 27, 2009---633 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 3 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: Virginia Mayo.
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Reading: Laura Lippman’s “Another Thing to Fall.”
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On the Hi Fi: “Historic Gershwin Recordings.”
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Under rated: Dorothy Malone.
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R.I.P.: Ellie Greenwich was one of the wonderful pop songwriters who worked out of the Brill Building. She wrote many, many pop hits during the “girl group” era, penning hits for The Crystals, The Dixie Cups, The Chiffons and The Ronnettes among others. “Chapel of Love,”Da Doo Ron Ron,” Be My Baby,” “And Then He Kissed Me” and “Leader of the Pack” are all part of the soundtrack of my life.
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Rant: The wall-to-wall coverage of the Little League World Series on ESPN…give me a break.
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Rave: Advice from my doctor pal from the gym about flu prevention---wash your hands aggressively and obsessively---avoid shaking hands if possible.
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Quote: “But the lesson of cash for clunkers is that if this government can't manage a free lunch, it can hardly be trusted to decide whether you can have a hip replacement, and how much it will pay for it.” ---Wall Street Journal Editorial, 8/24/09.
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Pop Quiz: We all know that Napoleon Solo was the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Who was the “Girl from U.N.C.L.E?” Answer below.
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R.I.P.: Bob Novak was a reporter’s reporter. He was a gumshoe reporter; forever tenacious, relentless, steadfast and persistent. He was a media watchdog who kept all politicos on their toes. With the media lapdogs in today’s mainstream media, I doubt his like will pass amongst us any time soon.
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Rave: Some TV shows in syndication hold up far better than others. Many (to me, at least) seem like great period pieces---fun while they lasted, but lasted only while they were fun. Of those available here, “Leave It to Beaver,” Rockford Files,” “Seinfeld,” “Father Knows Best” and “Bachelor Father” hold up best for me. What show still hold your attention?
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Hmmm: What would happen if you hired two private investigators to follow each other?
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Rant: First round draft picks, TV host morons division. Chris Berman, Joe Buck, Chris “tingly leg” Matthews, Keefe Olderman, Oprah, Geraldo, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Mahar, Anderson Cooper, Montell Williams, Katie Couric, Rick Sutcliff, John Kruk, Rachel Maddow, Mark Lamont Hill, Martha Stewart, David Gregory,
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Truism: Errol Flynn was the original action hero.
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Quiz answer: April Dancer. The show lasted only one season…for obvious reasons…it was awful, as the linked clip will show.
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Rave: It is somewhat forgivable to have missed Gregory Peck and Errol Flynn in the first round draft picks for Western Movie Stars division, as westerns were just a part of their bodies of work. However, to have spaced on Sam Elliott is inexcusable. He is the quintessential western actor.
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R.I.P.: Where do you start with Les Paul? He just about did it all with the guitar from invention, to innovation, to playing. He revolutionized the role and sound of the guitar and recordings. I had the pleasure of working his 1977 album that he recorded with Chet Atkins entitled, “Chester and Lester.” Songs like “Moonglow,” “Caravan” and “Birth of the Blues” never sounded so expressive.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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