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Posts posted by DownGoesFrazier

  1. The NFL draft is now swallowing up and choking off my whole neighborhood. They are taking over every square inch of space all the way up and down the Parkway. More so than with the Pope's recent visit.

  2. Depends on who you ask.



    MY first concert was JIMI HENDRIX in '68.  REAL full bill, with SOFT MACHINE, The Thyme and MC5 on the ticket! 


    Never did get to see The Beatles in concert.  The best I could do was that when they came to Detroit in Oct. '64, was to go to a local theater and see A HARD DAY'S NIGHT that same weekend.


    As for The Beatles being a "flash in the pan"------sure.   Remember----ROCK AND ROLL was only supposed to be a "fad", right?  :D


    ("Oh, six months from now, and you kids will forget all ABOUT all this rock and roll nonsense!")  ;)




    If Britain hadn't eliminated the mandatory two years of military service in 1960, the Beatles never would have had the opportunity to become big.

  3. Uh, just to bring it back to the original topic ( not that I have a problem with tangents), I've been meaning to say something about the selection for "Essentials" host.


    I really would have liked it to be Ben. I always thought it would be Ben. I know he has his share of detractors here ( I'm looking at you, Lorna), but I always figured Ben Mankiewicz was the natural successor to Robert Osborne. He's been around TCM even longer than Alec Baldwin - and in a more permanent role than Baldwin - and I associated him with the TCM "brand" almost as much as I did with Mr. Osborne.


    Again, sorry detractors, but I think Ben has it all: style, movie knowledge chops, and a long history of hosting for TCM. I'm really disappointed it isn't going to be the Mank. Wonder why not? Did the TCM powers that be ask him, and he declined? Or were they going for Baldwin's current popularity - and of course, his 3 year stint with Robert Osborne as guest host on "The Essentials".


    Anyway, I'm just a little surprised that I seem to be the only one who had expected the new "Essentials" host to be Ben Mankiewicz, and am sorry to hear it's someone else.


    "That said", I don't mind it's being Alec Baldwin, I thought he was fine as guest host with Robert Osborne; he obviously knows and loves old movies. If it isn't going to be Ben, I'll settle for Alec.

    But Ben is still #1 the rest of the time, isn't he? The Essentials is no big deal.

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  4. Ah.  You mean their thing that goes....


    "People who bought THIS also liked...."  and then lists a few things that in MY case were things that didn't interest me at all.




    All I know is that the suggestions on Google of the bands that are similar to Queens of the Stone Age and the Strokes aren't even close. They are similar to each other. The former came along a little bit earlier.

  5. so here's this sheet this morning about trump's approval numbers being the lowest this early on since 1945...


    of course I saw on fox yesterday 'the new media's 100 day war against president trump' which explains everything.


    anything to make it up to the democrats whom they let down so badly last year. :(


    reporting that his approval rating is below zero even ain't gonna stop the juggernaut that has been unleashed.



    Juggernaut? That is a reassuring term. I'm waiting to be carted off to jail in the middle of the night.

  6. Oh, YEAH!  That modified Winchester .40-,44  '92!  As kids we thought the REAL "star" of the show was that rifle.  They made toy replicas of it.  Quite costly for those times at least.  You were KING OF THE  BLOCK if you had one of those in MY 'hood!  ;)



    But, nobody even now questions him having an 1892 rifle in a series that took place around 1882.


    But MY big "wish list" item was the holster and cap gun toy replica of the one PALADIN used in "Have Gun, Will Travel".  Even had that little hidden holster in the buckle that held a toy replica of the derringer he used, too.  :)




    YOU noticed that it was an 1892 rifle? Your list of hobbies known no limits.

  7. I believe they went swimming at Miller's Pond.  There were several vacation spots mentioned, including Friends Lake, Shadow Lake, Crescent Lake, and Crystal Falls.  I don't know the name of the park where they played sports.  Could it be simply City Park?


    In my previous question, I asked for Beaver's elementary school.  It was Grant Avenue Grammar School.

    Friends Lake was the one usually mentioned. The athletic field was Metzger's Field. Your turn.

  8. I didn't know where else to put this comment but here, even if it isn't quite the appropriate place for it. I was so thrilled to see Bill Irwin on TCM commenting on one of his idols, Harold Lloyd. I think Irwin would make an excellent host for a weekly comedy film, similar to the Noir Alley Sunday morning spot. I've heard many interviews with Irwin throughout the years, and he has a great love for classic film.

    How about a host for each genre------Noir, musicals, westerns, comedy, drama?

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  9. Not really.  That would be like trying to increase your awareness of the "British Invasion"  by listening to "similar" groups like The Dave Clark Five or Gerry And The Pacemakers, because they were similar only in that they all wore the same suits and haircuts as The Beatles, and tried to copy their sound.  But everybody knew the BIG difference anyway....




    I've tried going through playlists that people have posted on youtube, but in general they are badly done.

  10. I saw Sue Randall the other night on Perry Mason playing a very dramatic role.

    Seriously, she really does resemble my second grade teacher.

    Getting back to my question, I'm looking for ___________Pond and _________Lake. To add to the question, when the boys play sports, they play at ___________Field.

  11. Top psychiatrists at Yale conference warn that Trump has a ‘dangerous mental illness’-


    “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness,” said Dr. John Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist...


    “Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was president,” Gartner explained. “If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.”


    Dr. James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University, said...

    "....I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away,” he said. “You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.”....




    An easy argument is that that it's irresponsible to make psychiatric judgments from afar. Can't he be forced to be personally examined and evaluated by a few of them?

  12. Don't know, don't care.  But if the "biz" hasn't really changed, you can bet that the more SALES (concert or otherwise) either group generates, the more groups that are similar will crop up.  As idividuality seems to be a lost concept on millennials and society in general, that individuality in the music realm is also dissipated.



    A guitar player forum I belong to has a newer member who hails from China, and claims to be familiar with "Western" music only as it relates to it's influence on Chinese popular music.  He recently posed the question, "What is rock'n'roll?"  .  The debate and discussion has been quite lively.  And so far, a clear and definitive answer has been like nailing Jell-o to a wall.  We've gone all through it's history, the claims of where it started, and WHO started it, and everybody is learning so much that wasn't before considered that actually defining  the genre is even MORE enigmatic.  We're now at a point that Louis Armstrong's response to the question, "What is JAZZ?"  seems fitting.  You know....."If you have to ask, you'll NEVER know!"  ;)




    I'm trying to increase my awareness of songs I might really like from post-2000 alt rock, and finding groups similar to these two seems to be the most efficient way of doing it.

  13. Given the definition of "essential", you'd have to wonder to whom or WHAT the chosen films are "essential" TO?


    Their influence on the methods of film making?


    The "message" they convey?


    The subject matter and the way it's presented to the public?


    That the movies so raised public awareness of a particular social issue as to cause much needed reform?


    Or that they corrected long held preconceptions by presenting fact with relevant storytelling?


    What IS the aim of this program?




    Probably, to give people who haven't seen a lot of classic movies and don't have the time to watch a lot of them, a short-cut to a solid grounding in what classic movies are all about.

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  14. Very good, DGF.  



    Diane Brewster



    Sue Randall 


    Sue Randall was a Philly girl.  Perhaps you knew her, DGF?  You're up next.

    She was my second grade teacher...................Staying with Beaver, Name two bodies of water that the kids or families went to for recreation.


    Singer Cuba Gooding, Sr., father of the Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., has died at the age of 72. He was found dead in his car Thursday in Woodland Hills, California, according to authorities who said no foul play was suspected.


    He would have observed his 73rd birthday on April 27.

    The senior Gooding was the lead singer of the 1970s R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had Top 10 hits on the Billboard pop chart with the songs "Everybody Plays the Fool" (1972) and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" (1974).
    His son Cuba Jr. won the 1996 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as the brash Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell in "Jerry Maguire." He starred as a real-life football star in the award-winning 2016 FX miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."
    Gooding Sr. and Gooding Jr. 


    Main Ingredient did two great songs, "Happiness is Just Around the Bend" and "Rolling Down a Mountainside".

  16. Only if you're a superstar.


    But even then he still got the boot and for women who are the victims of sexual abusers like him in the business world that's a clear victory.


    Fox should be shamed of themselves (they're not, of course) for allowing O'Reilly to get away with his crap with women for years. They deserve no credit now, merely responding to advertisers withdrawing their funds and the growing stench of it all.

    The fact that he's the guy who got Trump up and running doesn't help the stench that's settling around Trump.

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