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Monthly Archives: November 2012

There are two very important baseball birthdays today – one is Minnie Minoso and the other is Vin Scully. Both of these gentleman (and by all reports they are true gentlemen) have been involved with the game of baseball for over 60 years and both are two of the greatest ambassadors the game has ever […]

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I just watched “Miracle on 34th Street.” The real “Miracle on 34th Street” from 1947 with Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood and the one, true TV/film Santa Claus – Edmund Gwenn. After 65 years it still holds up as one of the very best Christmas movies of them all. In fact, it’s really the first Christmas […]

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CBS is showing “Frosty the Snowman” tonight followed by “Frosty Returns.” As everyone knows, just about 90% of all new Christmas specials suck. “Frosty Returns” can no longer be considered new but it was a follow up that came about 20 years after the original Frosty. As a rule, I like John Goodman but let’s […]

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I didn’t forget my promise to start off each week with a song, I’m just on a deadline for a piece for Fra Noi and I’ve been working on it all day. Here’s a clip from a 1973 TV special called “Old Blue Eyes Is back” with Frank and Gene Kelly. I wanted to put […]

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When I was a kid, Friday and Saturday nights were still good nights for television. Saturday night was better than good, it was great! And for me , it all finished up in grand fashion with “The Carol Burnett Show” from 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. I was an unusual kid for the time because I […]

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A friend of mine just mentioned this show to me today and now I just stumbled upon this clip on facebook. Unfortunately, I don’t get HBO or Showtime or whatever channel this is on but I might have to get it just to watch this show.

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I’ve come up with a new Monday feature inspired by the old Jimmy Durante chestnut, “Start Off Each Day With A Song.” We’ll take that sentiment to start off each week with a song. Naturally, in honor of the great man himself, we have to “start off” with THE song. However, as a rule, I […]

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Here’s a fabulous clip, apparently from 1977, of Debbie Reynolds on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I’m assuming in 1977 because it sounds to me like she says “45” when she whispers her age to Johnny. The audio quality is bad but it’s worth watching for the physical comedy alone. Great, great stuff.

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I just watched the aforementioned movie this afternoon and thought it was quite good. As a rule, I rarely watch new movies any more and by new I mean anything made in the 21st century. Most movies nowadays are horribly written and largely dependent on special effects. A poorly written story annoys me and lots […]

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