Two of the Greatest Go Out Together ► Throwback Thursday

►►► R.I.P. ◄◄◄ Debbie Reynolds And, for the politically incorrect: Carrie Fisher And, on this sad Throwback Thursday, to all the others we lost in 2016: Pat Harrington Jr., David Bowie, René Angélil, Alan Rickman, Dan Haggerty, Glenn Frey, Abe Vigoda, Paul Kantner, Maurice White, Vanity, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Harper Lee, Umberto Eco, Sonny James, GeorgeRead More

The Very First Academy Awards

Dateline May 16, 1929 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the very first Academy Awards in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Taking home the Academy Award — it wasn’t officially nicknamed Oscar until 1939 — for Outstanding Picture (later known as Best Picture) was Wings, a silent WorldRead More

Idle No More ► Happy Birthday Eric!

Say no more! He’s been a Python, a Rutle, a cartoon, a song writer, an author, a comedian, a hit Broadway playwright, and the comic relief at an Olympics ceremony. And he turns 70 today. Whole episodes of Monty Python are available all over the place. Here’s one with English subtitles for those who haveRead More

Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be ► Steamboat Willie

Dateline November 18, 1928 – Mickey Mouse appears in “Steamboat Willie,” the first all-singing, all-talking, all-musical cartoon. What made “Steamboat Willie” such a revelation to movie-goers in 1928 was that the cartoon was entirely synchronized with the music and sound effects. While we take that entirely for granted today, this was a giant advance inRead More

Groucho Marx ► Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be

Dateline October 2, 1890 – Julius Henry Marx is born in NYC. Later he is nicknamed Groucho and, along with his brothers Chico, and Harpo, became one-third of the greatest comedy team of all time: The Marx Brothers. The Marx boys started in Vaudeville as singers. The Four Nightingales were Julius, Milton (also called Gummo),Read More