“Forgotten Hollywood”- Big Ben Theory…

August 14th, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`A fixture of London landscape and soundscape, Big Ben, is falling silent for four years. The bell will cease its regular tolling, while extensive repairs are made to the famous clock tower looming over the Palace of Westminster, home to the British Parliament.  However, they will review plans to silence Big Ben during repairs, after politicians criticized a lengthy muting of the beloved bell.

“`The massive bell will mark its last hour at noon on August 21st; and then, will pause for four years while the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, is restored.  Quieting Big Ben’s mighty bongs will help preserve the hearing of workers involved in the project. An updated restoration of the Parliament buildings is likely to begin in the early 2020s.

“`The Great Bell has chimed nearly every hour for the past 157 years. It’s had previous breaks in service for maintenance and conservation in 2007, 1983-1985, and 1976. The 13.7-ton bell, forged in the 1850s, is accompanied by chimes that ring out every quarter hour.  The clock has a Victorian-era mechanism that triggers the bell and chimes. Its four faces are expected to get refurbished.  The clock will keep time with the help of an electric motor, while its mechanism is being repaired.

“`The bongs of Big Ben became associated with Britain, around the world during wartime BBC news broadcasts. It’s still heard live each day on radio through a microphone in the belfry. The BBC will use a recording during the renovation works.

“`Big Ben will still bong for annual national events, such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Joe Bologna…

August 13th, 2017

Manny P. here… 

“`Joseph Bologna was a gruff actor, known for his roles in comedies. He is best remembered for his performance as his Sid Caesar-based character opposite Peter O’Toole in My Favorite Year.

“` A Brooklyn native, Joseph studied art history at Brown University. After serving a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps., Joe produced and directed Manhattan-based television commercials.

“`Bologna’s breakthrough movie, Lovers and Other Strangers, was written with his wife, Renée Taylor. In 1971, the couple again collaborated in Made For Each Other. Joe’s other performances included Honor Thy Father, Transylvania 6-5000, Blame It On Rio, and The Woman In Red. On television, he appeared in Married… With Children, L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, The Nanny, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

“`Earlier this year, Bologna received the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala Lifetime Achievement Award from Richard Lewis and his peers to celebrate his 60-year career, and for his efforts to help save the Motion Picture Home Hospital in 2012.

“`Joseph Bologna (above) was 82.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tombstone Revisited…

August 12th, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`Val Kilmer is visiting Tombstone for a weekend event to celebrate the life and times of Doc Holliday, the legendary gunslinger,  whom the actor famously played in the movie, set in the Old West town.  Val will participate in a number of activities at Doc Holli-Days, such as riding inside a horse-drawn stagecoach while serving as Grand Marshal in a parade. He’ll also meet with fans and attend a birthday party for Holliday, who was born on August 14th.

“`Tombstone was a bustling mining town that became synonymous with the Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral, involving Holliday and Wyatt Earp. The mines were closed, years ago. However, the locale, near the United States-Mexico border, remains a popular destination for tourists.

“`The Arizona town saw a surge in popularity after the 1993 film Tombstone, starring Kilmer, Kurt Russell, and Sam Elliot. It was filmed at various locations in Arizona; but, not in Tombstone. Val visited the town during the production of the movie; but, has not been back since.

“`Gunfight re-enactments are the event’s big draw.  Kilmer won’t participate in them. Many of the Doc Holli-Days activities are sold out, generating concern about crowd sizes.  This is one of several weekend celebrations that  Tombstone holds throughout the year, including Wyatt Earp Days and Helldorado Days.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye To the Rhinestone Cowboy

August 8th, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`Glen Campbell was a country singer with crossover tunes that include Gentle on My Mind,  By the Time I Get to PhoenixWichita Lineman, Galveston, and Rhinestone Cowboy. His biggest hits in the late 1960s were songs written by Jimmy Webb. He also hosted a prime time variety television show.

GLEN CAMPBELL

“`Campbell was among a wave of country stars, such as Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, and Kenny Rogers. His musical career dated back to the early years of rock ‘n roll. Glen toured with The Champs, when the group included two singers who formed the popular 1970s duo Seals and Crofts. He was part of the house band for the ABC program Shindig!, and was a member of Phil Spector’s  Wrecking Crew studio band that played on hits by The Ronettes, Bobby Darin, The Righteous Brothers, Jan and Dean, Rick Nelson, and The Crystals. Glen played guitar on Frank Sinatra’s Strangers In the Night, The Monkees’ I’m a Believer, and Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. For a short time, he was a touring member of The Beach Boys.

“`Campbell  co-starred opposite John Wayne, Kim Darby, and Robert Duvall in True Grit. His performance of the title song received an Academy Award nomination.

“`He twice won Album of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music; and he was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.

“`Glen Campbell was 81.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Godzilla Dies For Real…

August 7th, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`Before CGI came along, actors in costumes were tasked with bringing massive monsters to life. And, nobody is more synonymous with Godzilla than Haruo Nakajima, an icon in his own right.

                HARUO NAKAJIMA

“`Nakajima was a stunt actor in samurai films, when he was approached to take on the role of the Japanese creature that became the symbol of the nuclear era. Haruo created the character and went to a zoo to examine how elephants and bears moved. He thought it was important to show the pathos of the creature, which smashed everything in its way.

“`The Japanese actor played the monster for 12 consecutive films beginning with the original Godzilla in 1954. Nakajima also appeared in costume in Godzilla Raids AgainMothra vs. GodzillaKing Kong vs. GodzillaGhidorah:  The Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of the Astro-Monster, Godzilla vs. the Sea MonsterDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. Hedorah, Son of Godzilla, and Godzilla vs. Gigan.

“`Haruo also played creatures in Frankenstein vs. Baragon, The War of the Gargantuas, Mothra and King Kong Escapes. Nakajima retired from suit acting in 1972. He continued to be a guest at festivals and events while living in a Tokyo suburb.

“`The legendary Haruo Nakajima was 88.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Boys Town Minding the Mint…

August 1st, 2017

Manny P. here… 

“`Founded on December 12th, 1917,  Boys Town has grown from a single home for displaced children, to a nationally recognized leader, with over 2 million children and families benefiting from Boys Town programs.  With operations in 15 locations across the United States, Boys Town is dedicated to offering a variety of care and services to under-served communities across America.

“`Celebrating 100 years of service, the United States Mint proudly presents — Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins — honoring their history and success through their life–changing programs. Limited to 15,000 units;  each set includes the $5 proof gold coin, proof silver dollar, and the proof clad half dollar.

“`MGM honored the work of Father Flanagan with two motion pictures, which starred Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. Tracy won a Oscar in 1938 for his performance in Boys Town. A sequel was made in 1941 called Men of Boys Town.

Until next time>                               “never forget”