Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here I am with George Reeves, I mean Kevin Calhoun my comedy partner.I had Soupy Sales at my restaurant for a meet and greet where he signed autographs and sold merchandise. The coolest part of the whole thing was that I went into NYC to pick up Soupy at his home. Having him in my car as we traveled back to New Jersey was quite surreal. It was a great and wonderful memory to hang out with an idol of mine and such an important person of my childhood. Soupy will turn 83 years old next week.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Ann Savage a 1940's actress who earned a cult following as a femme fatale died in at a nursing home in California. She was 87. She had suffered a series a strokes and died in her sleep. Her most popular role was in the 1945 drama "Detour" starring Tom Neal. 1921-2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Delaney Bramlett, singer-songwriter-producer who c0-wrote the classic "Let it Rain" died in Los Angeles. He was 69. He died as a result of complications from gall-bladder surgery. He began his career in the 60's with his wife under the name Delaney/Bonnie and friends. He worked with the biggest names in music such as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. He began his career as a session musician which started as a member of the Shindogs, the house band for the ABC-TV series, Shindig from 1964-1966 1939-2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Eartha Kitt, singer, actress, dancer, whose career lasted for more than 60 years, died in New York on Christmas day. She was 81. She had been suffering from colon cancer. She was successful in all mediums of entertainment, had a major hit with "Santa Baby" in 1953 and was an outspoken critic of the Vietman War which derailed her career for a short time. Of course to us Baby Boomers, she was one of the 3 Catwomen to appear on Batman, due to obligations Julie Newmar had at the time. I wouldn't consider her the best Catwoman, but she was good and she was sexy.. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. 1927-2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Fred Gwynne relaxes in dressing room before he prepares to sing "Dry Bones" He really could play guitar and sing although the actual take was dubbed in later. What a great character Herman Munster was. I never get tired of watching Hermy Baby.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Former Major League Baseball Pitcher, Dock Ellis died Friday in California of a liver ailment. He was 63. He had a flamboyant style and could be very controversial at times. He played 12 years mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played for the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Oakland A's and the Texas Rangers. In his autobiography, he claims to have thrown a no-hitter back in 1970 under the influence of LSD. 1945-2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Lead singer and guitarist, John Byrne of the mid 60's garage band, The Count 5 died on Wednesday December 17 in San Jose, California. He was 61 and had been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. The Count 5 were only on the scene a little over a year before most members decided to go college. They are known for having one of the most popular garage punk songs, "Psychotic Reaction" in 1966 that has influenced Rock and Rollers over the last 40 years. 1947-2008
Majel Roddenberry, actress and wife of the late Gene Roddenberry, died from leukemia on Thursday December 18th, she was 76.
She played Nurse Christine Chapel on the original Star Trek series and provided the voice of the Enterprise computer.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Quarterback Sammy Baugh, who played when Abe Lincoln was in office died on Wednesday December 17th. He was 94. Well maybe not Abe Lincoln, but he played from 1937-1952 and holds a variety of Pro Footbal records that stand till this day. He suffered from an assortment of illnesses due to old age. 1914-2008
Actor Sam Bottoms, most noted for his role as Lance Johnson in "Apocalypse Now" died Tuesday December 16th of brain cancer. He was 53 years old. His first role came back in 1971 when he played Billy in "The Last Picture Show".
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Actor Norman Fell died 10 years to this day on December 14, 1998 in California. He was 74 years old. Known mostly for his role as Mr. Roper on Three's Company, which is unfortunate for the many great roles he was in. He was real good as Sgt Wilentz on Dan August. He had roles in Oceans 11, Inherit the Wind, The Graduate, It's a Mad Mad World. This list is endless, Over 150 appearances on TV shows and in movies. I got the chance to meet him in 1996 at a Hollywood Collectibles Convention in Los Angeles and we spoke for a few minutes. We talked about Oceans 11 and he said to me you could never imagine some of the things that went on behind the scenes. He liked Frank and Dean. Didn't have many nice things to day about Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. He was cremated and his ashes are in the Garden of Heritage at Mount Sinai Cemetary in Los Angeles. A good actor, but to me, he's not Mr. Roper http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pis&GRid=4250&PIgrid=4250&PIcrid=8181&PIpi=201839&
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Hello Everyone, Today is the beginning of my own blog, something I've wanted to do for a while now. I've decided to look back on my life and the lives of millions of baby boomers, that have been so affected (in a good way of course) by the myriad of things Pop Culture had to offer us. My interests are vast, my collection is immense. I will try to bring a little bit of everything to this blog. I will touch upon my history with photos, home movies, my retro restaurant that I owned for eight years and many notable people that I have met, who had a major impact on my life. I will honor the notables as they pass away and also look back on the greats of the entertainment industry that have died over the last 70 years. This is not an understatement, but I eat, sleep and breathe retro and have done so for so many years. America or the world for that matter will never experience what the Baby Boomer generation did. It truly was magic through all the good and the bad and I never go one day without thinking about life as it was, people who are no longer with us and how it's slowly slipping away. It's something I hold on to dearly, and will continue to do until I take my last breath. Peace to all Bobby
Johnny Trouble starring Ethel Barrymore ( her last film), Stuart Whitman, Carolyn Jones, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White, Edd Byrnes and Jack Larson (from Superman) Black and White bad boy 50's movies....You Just have to love it....