Archive for March 30th, 2014

My Favorite Scene in “Young Frankenstein”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Willard Scott – The 1st Ronald McDonald

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Willard Scott, weatherperson and centurion-celebrator for NBC’s TODAY show, was the first Ronald in 1963.  Here’s his first doofy commercial for the company.

I have my own Ronald McDonald story here.

“Nobody Watches Ronald Pee”

Katy Perry’s Cupcakes Now In Liners

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The Best of the Breasts of Katy Perry:

Katy Perry’s breasts have their own zip code: 38000!

No – It’s Not “O-Tay!”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Remember Buckwheat? William Thomas was the young actor who played the character in “The Little Rascals. ” He was famous for a few years – and then took a dive into oblivion.  What happened to him?

ABC’s respected investigative reporting show, 20/20,  decided to find out. In October, 1990, the show claimed it had tracked down Buckwheat to Tempe, Arizona where, sadly, he worked as a grocery bagger. In the televised interview, ‘Buckwheat’ told his sad tale and many viewers felt sorry for him. Some sent money.

It was a great ‘riches-to-rags’ story except for one thing: the real Buckwheat, William Thomas, died over 10-years before the 20/20 show. His IMPOSTOR, Bill English, pretended to be Buckwheat for over 30-years! Uh, oh.

Within a week, a red-faced ABC admitted its mistake, fired the producer of the piece – and was sued by the child star’s son.

William Thomas wouldn’t have liked any of this. He was a quiet, modest man, who worked for many years in Hollywood as a film lab technician. And he never could understand the nostalgia that was making famous, once again, the ‘Rascals” series which made him a fleeting star.

Nonetheless, in 1980, Mr. Thomas reluctantly accepted an invitation to a ‘Nostalgia TV’ convention. He doubted many people would even remember the show – much less what he considered his minor contribution. He was wrong. Even before his introduction was finished, the audience burst into a spontaneous, loud and long, standing ovation which moved him to tears. It was Buckwheat’s last shining moment. Just three months later, Mr. William Thomas dropped dead of a heart attack. He was 49.

Here’s a typical Buckwheat scene and others from “The Little Rascals”:

Gaetano and Serafina – 1911

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

These are my grandparents (on my dad’s side) getting married in 1911. After this photograph was taken, they returned to the set of “The Godfather.” Note the white gloves on the Groom and his Best Man. This is an old family tradition: NO FINGERPRINTS.

Sunday The Cat vs. Hannah The Stripper

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

In my late 20’s, I met a woman named Hannah. Hannah was a dancer – an exotic dancer. All right, Hannah was a stripper.

“Dancer?” as an old drunk at her club once said, “These girls aren’t exactly Ginger Rogers. Hell, most of ‘em can’t even dance as well as Roy Rogers!”

Anyway, Hannah and I went out on a few dates and enjoyed each other’s company. I asked her to my apartment and invited her to sit on the couch as I went to the kitchen to make some drinks. She smiled, crossed her incredibly long legs, and elegantly lit a cigarette. After a few minutes I heard,

“What is it with this cat? Why is it staring at me?”

Damn! Sunday the Cat was on the coffee table, intensively eyeing this possible rival.  Hannah grew up on a farm. Cats lived in her family’s barn only to keep down the mice and rat population. Having one as an indoor pet was like making a pet of a chicken.

“Oh.” I lied, “That means she likes you.” Hannah looked at me skeptically through her cigarette smoke. It seemed men may have lied to her before.  Read more here.