Saturday, April 19, 2008

Medford In April

Yes, sports fans, on this 19th day of April, it is snowing in Medford, Oregon.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Cartoon Time Again, Friends and Neighbors

Here's a 1952 Terrytoon starring Heckle and Jeckle, "Pill Peddlers."

This print has the original credits.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Joe Feeney, R.I.P.

It was reported by family members that former long-time regular on The Lawrence Welk Show, Nebraska-born Irish tenor Joe Feeney passed away this past Wednesday at age 76.

Joe was a regular on the Welk show from 1957 until 1982, when Lawrence pulled the plug on the show. The top vidcap was from September 5, 1959, the middle vidcap was from February 22, 1964, and the one in color, with pianist Frank Scott, was from the October 23, 1965 show.

My mom always enjoyed listening to Joe singing on the Welk show.

You can find a tribute to Joe at:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Maybe I Should Think...............

Before buying any more Lonely Planet books.

Thomas Kohnstamm also claims in a new book that he accepted free travel, in contravention of the company's policy.

His revelations have rocked the travel publisher, which sells more than six million guides a year.

Mr Kohnstamm, whose book is titled Do Travel Writers Go To Hell?, said yesterday that he had worked on more than a dozen books for Lonely Planet, including its titles on Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean, Venezuela, Chile and South America.

In one case, he said he had not even visited the country he wrote about.

"They didn't pay me enough to go Colombia,'' he said.

"I wrote the book in San Francisco. I got the information from a chick I was dating - an intern in the Colombian Consulate.

"They don't pay enough for what they expect the authors to do.''

Maybe this author should win the Janet Cooke book award, if you know what I mean.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

It's Cartoon Time Again, Boys and Girls

Here is a Castle Films home movie print of a 1934 Terrytoon that was entitled "My Lady's Garden" when it was originally released theatrically. For the home market, it was renamed "The Bee and The Butterfly."

Produced and directed by Frank Moser and Paul Terry

Music by Philip A. Scheib

Produced at New Rochelle, New York by Moser and Terry for Educational Pictures and perhaps released theatrically by Fox Film Corporation.

This cartoon was another in a long line of cartoons at that studio with the dialog being sung in operetta fashion.

They did this during the decade with characters such as Strongheart, Fanny Zilch, and Silk Hat Harry.

This format reached its zenith in the late 1940s and early 1950s with Mighty Mouse, Pearl Pureheart, and Oil Can Harry.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

From The WTF Department...

I did not know that the Lifetime cable network cancelled Denise Austin's show.

What a freaking bummer!

At least ESPN Classic airs reruns of Denise's shows from the 1990s.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Super Mario Helps Land NCAA Title For Jayhawks

At San Antonio:

Mario Chalmers' three-point basket in the final seconds (pictured here), coupled with Memphis' free-throw problems, enabled the Kansas Jayhawks to force overtime, where they outscored the Tigers 12-5, enabling them to capture their first NCAA men's basketball championship in 20 years, 75-68.

Getty Images photo

Time For A Visit From Gandy Goose and Sourpuss

Here's a 1949 Terrytoon, "Comic Book Land," starring Sourpuss and Gandy Goose, with a cameo appearance by Mighty Mouse.

This film has the original credits.

Kansas vs. Memphis: Anyone Looking Forward?

As you folks may already know, the Kansas Jayhawks will take on the Memphis Tigers for the NCAA Division I men's national basketball championship tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Anyone excited?

I actually had Oregon over Portland State on my bracket. North Carolina was the only final four pick on my bracket to make it to San Antonio before the Jayhawks beat 'em.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008