Monday, January 16, 2017

More Marlo




On my TV blog we once ran a photo collection on Marlo Thomas, star of my all-time favorite sitcom, THAT GIRL. Here are a few more vintage pics of her including a couple before she was THAT girl.









Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dick Gautier R.I.P.


I may have quickly given up on my 2017 obit site but that certainly has had no effect on the obits. Here's one I'm sorry to see. 

Dick Gautier has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. He first hit it big as the Elvis type singer in BYE BYE BIRDIE on stage.  


Television made him popular as Hymie the Robot on GET SMART.  


Where I first saw him, though, was as Hal, friend and boss to Stanley Beamish, the titular superhero of MISTER TERRIFIC. The joke, of course, was that HE looked like he should be the hero whereas Stanley certainly did not. For some reason, I have always remembered that that was the first time I had ever heard of the name, "Hal."


Although I didn't realize it was him until decades later, Dick was also Batman! In the early 1970s, a PSA turned up, usually in early morning spots locally, that featured the '60s Batman, Robin, and Batgirl making a point for equal pay for women. Clearly it was Burt Ward and clearly it was Yvonne Craig, but Adam West may have thought it too soon and didn't don the bat costume. So Dick Gautier was brought in to wear it.


He starred in other pilots, sitcoms, dramas and even a couple short-lived series


But then he got the role of Robin Hood in Mel Brooks' fondly remembered TV comedy WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN. Weirdly, Facebook has been suggesting the DVD set to me from Amazon for the past few days.


Dick was also a very talented artist and wrote books and taught classes on art.


In 1981, I traveled to Dayton, Ohio to see Dick Gautier in a performance of THE MUSIC MAN. The role of con man Professor Harold Hill was perfect for a handsome and capable actor with an always on smile and a musical theater background. 
 


Rest In Peace

Sunday, January 08, 2017

2017




Well, here we are in 2017. If you're keeping up, you may have noticed that this is my first post of the year...now. Previously, I had posted a couple of times about my new blog, THE GHOSTS OF 2017. A few days into the year, I decided to delete that blog. My heart wasn't in it. Last year had just seen SO many icons pass, ending so tragically with both Carrie and her mother, Debbie. It all hit me hard at the end. I wanted to do something to memorialize those people whose lives meant something to me as they pass but it was too much. It all brings home the concepts of time and mortality.

Now, tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 58 years old. It's not ancient, and I feel much younger most of the time. But I have some health issues and 2017 is already looking to take away any hope of my keeping them under control. We all lost so much last year and stand to lose even more this year. I have to admit that I'm now closer to 60 than to 50 and while I sometimes still feel I have yet to hit my creative peak, realistically, I have to admit I may have passed it.

I've closed up shop on all my remaining blogs except for this one and FOUR COLOR SHADOWS. The rest will stay up for those who still discover them. I hope to start posting real posts again here in the next few days. Hopefully they won't ALL be obits this year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher




From her movies to her books to her life itself, Carrie Fisher broke the mold. Seeing her in STAR WARS at age 18 was the first time I ever considered a Princess in a story as anything other than someone to be captured and rescued. Her film career stalled by fast living, bad relationships (a family tradition) and mental illness, she reinvented herself over and over and kept moving forward, even as she revisited her own past to do so. For a while it even looked like she might be the one to cheat the all-powerful 2016 reaper. But no. 

May the Force be with you. my dear.
































Sunday, December 25, 2016

GoFundMe Deja Vu


This time last year, I shared a GoFundMe campaign here. My friend Leslie Hunter's mother, Dovie (above right) died unexpectedly at Christmas, just as both of my own parents had many years ago now. 

Some of you may recall that Leslie is a very talented artist whose work I admire to the point I've purchased two of her pieces (seen below). 

As you might imagine, it's been a tough year for Leslie and her stepfather and tougher still as the anniversary of her Mom's unexpected passing approached this month.

Then, the unthinkable happened. 

Her stepfather, Gary (left above) had a massive stroke last week and has been hospitalized ever since. He was quickly accepted as part of a special treatment program and there is hope but nothing is set in stone as far as his prognosis.

So here we are again with another effort to help Gary's family. Take a look at this link and if you can, in the spirit of Christmas, please consider a small donation. 


Prayers, good vibes and happy thoughts for Gary, Leslie, her kindergarten age brother, and the rest of their family certainly couldn't hurt either. 

Thanks.



Leslie


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Captain Easy and AA-1949


The lowly comic strip as agent of social change.