Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Watching TV is a totally amazing, theater-quality experience now. Pass the popcorn.

Good morning to y’all from the carefree, wide-open spaces of north Texas!  At the moment I’m enjoying a favorite senior citizen breakfast — Lipton Cup-a-Soup and a can of diet ginger ale — while I get hysterical about all the excellent movies I’m recording today, tomorrow and Thursday on TCM. I will list them for you below. The red stars denote my personal favorites. Thank you.

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960) starring Doris Day and David Niven
The Tender Trap (1955) starring Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds

The Time Machine (1960) starring Rod Taylor
Soylent Green (1973) starring Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson
All the President’s Men (1976) starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman

Design for Living (1933) starring Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins and Gary Cooper
Some Like It Hot (1959) starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe
Sabrina (1954) starring Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart
Georgy Girl (1966) starring Lynn Redgrave and James Mason
The China Syndrome (1979) starring Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Jack Lemmon
The Thin Man (1934) starring William Powell and Myrna Loy

What a shock ... MORE FREE FONTS! Today I’ve got five terrific scripts, nearly all of them with extras and multiple styles. “Jumper Script,” for instance, also includes a coordinating sans serif, alternate letters, swashes and a herd of terrific fancy dingbats and doodads. Everybody loves fancy dingbats and doodads! Download links will appear below the graphic. Just a thought ... you might consider handing out a few free fonts to trick-or-treaters this year instead of those teeny rock-hard Hershey bars?!

I would like to call your attention now to a pair of really different deceased celebrities: Tom Hayden, 76, an outspoken left-wing political activitist, and Bobby Vee, 73, a clean-cut recording artist with a decent string of top-ten pop hits in the early 1960s. I’ll start with Hayden.

TOM HAYDEN careened into national politics in 1962 as author of a student manifesto against the Viet Nam War. In addition, he: 1) participated in the civil rights movement in the south in the early 1960s; 2) incited the anti-war riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago; 3) was prosecuted and convicted* (see item two) by President Nixon’s Justice Department in the wild “Chicago 7” trial; 4) had a 22,000-page FBI file; and 5) was once married to Jane Fonda. *Hayden’s conviction was overturned.
Hayden lost campaigns for U.S. Senate, governor of California and mayor of Los Angeles but was elected to the California Assembly in 1982 and served a total of 18 years.

BOBBY VEE was a huge hoo-hah in the early 1960s. His big break came in 1959 — at age 15 — when he was asked to fill in for Buddy Holly the night Holly was killed in a plane crash on his way to a performance in Moorhead, Minnesota. Vee was married for 52 years and had four children; his wife died in 2015.
Vee recorded 38 top-ten hits from 1959 to 1970, hitting the top of the charts for the first time in 1961 with the Carole King song “Take Care Good of My Baby” and then reaching number two with the follow-up hit “Run to Him.” Personally, I think my favorite Bobby Vee song was “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” in 1962 when I was in sixth grade. It was probably the first 45 r.p.m. record I ever bought, and my girlfriend Marsha Weiss taught me how to dance to it! Please enjoy the following video of Bobby Vee singing “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.” Fun fact: Bob Dylan was one of Bobby Vee’s backup singers in 1961. Seriously!

Sam and I are fucking thrilled with our new gigantic Samsung TV. We had Dish Network do the home theater installation on Sunday, which also involved hooking up our new sound bar and DVD/BluRay player, teaching us how to use the remotes and when to adjust settings and screen formats depending on what kind of movie we’re watching. The installer dude even cleaned all the handprints off the screen for us! Long story short, watching TV is A TOTALLY AMAZING, THEATRE-QUALITY EXPERIENCE now, and the sound is breathtaking. Just in time for Sam’s retirement and my 65th birthday!

It’s time for a juicy afternoon nap. Don’t forget to turn out the lights when you’re done here, okay?

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