the Hat Squad: George Furth
Another actor who passed away while I was on vacation was George Furth. As an actor, Furth may be best known as Van Johnson, a citizen of Rock Ridge in "Blazing Saddles" . But Furth's greatest triumph would be ...
A red-haired, freckled-faced, boy-next-door actor, Van Johnson became a big star at MGM in the 1940s and 50s when he came to Hollywood from the Broadway chorus.
A warm, reliable and likable lead of features and TV beginning in the 1950s, Vera Miles got a prominent start but rarely seemed to get the roles her talent merited.
Back in Time
July 31, 1948: Glenn Thomas was elected commander of the Hale Center post of the American Legion.
Tonight's Movie: Confidentially Connie
CONFIDENTIALLY CONNIE reunited Van Johnson and Janet Leigh, who had costarred in her first movie, THE ROMANCE OF ROSY RIDGE , half a dozen years earlier. via Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
Print media got estate of its own
"I'm unhappy tonight, all the world seems so bright, as we danced to the Illinois waltz."
Q. Why is the written media called The Fourth Estate? Or is it any news media? What are the other three?
-- Sheridan Graham
A. Mankind probably began dividing itself into classes as soon as Mr. Slate could afford a bigger cave than Fred Flintstone.
By the Middle Ages, society in many countries had split into three distinct groups: nobility, clergy and commoners. These became known as 'estates of the realm' and often formed the legislatures or advisory bodies to a king or queen.
France was a perfect example. Under its Ancien RA©gime, which lasted until the French Revolution of 1789, society fell into three such groups: The First Estate was the Roman Catholic clergy; the Second Estate, the nobility (excluding the monarch, who stood alone); and the Third Estate, the rest of the population, particularly the bourgeois middle class. As you can see, an estate was usually inherited and based on occupation. Read more
Tonight's Movie: The War Against Mrs. Hadley
In THE WAR AGAINST MRS. HADLEY, the birthday party of Washington society hostess Stella Hadley is ruined when news comes over the radio that Pearl Harbor has been bombed. via Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
Housing inventory levels should drop
"Any time you have too much supply there will be a drop in values until the market recovers"
The amount of housing inventory on the market will start to normalize this year, according to Van Johnson , the president of the Georgia Association of Realtors . via SavannahNow
TV Junkie: Thursday + DVDs [UPDATE: BBC to Exclusively Cover Benazir Bhutto's Assassination]
Post Xmas doldrums have hit the tube big time, here's what's worth watching tonight: 7:00pm BBC World News BBCA - BBC will exclusively cover Benazir Bhutto's assassination and turmoil in Pakistan, aka "shit ... via LAist
Duration: 1:48:14 CC TVG Two American hunters become lost in the Scottish highlands, only to discover love in a magical village in this entertaining film rendition of Lerner and Loewe's Broadway hit. via KQED-TV San Francisco
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