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  1. Same thing happens in the NYT puzzle if there are "too many" current celebrities or pop culture. The older folks complain.
  2. But not surprising. I'd imagine if you ask 100 people under the age of 40 who she was, 95 of them would have no clue (if that). I just did today's NY Times Crossword, and there are a ton of complaints about the puzzle skewing too old because it contained clues and answers regarding Theda Bara, Desi Arnaz, Dame Edna, "God's Little Acre" (the book), and "Heaven's Gate", which is only 40 years old. Fame, alas, is fleeting...
  3. Agree. I watched this on a transatlantic flight a few years back.
  4. I think those "In Color" bumpers lasted a bit longer than 1968. I know The Brady Bunch's first season had an "In Color" bumper (just a title card with a short music interlude) that preceded the opening, as some reruns today still include it. It wasn't until 1972 that sales of color sets outnumbered B&W sets in the U.S. NBC retired its "In Living Color" peacock for the first time in 1975 (replaced by the red and blue block N logo), but even by then its use had declined. TV Guide at some point switched from identifying those shows broadcast in color to identifying those broadcast in B&W. It appears from looking at archived images online that happened in 1972. We didn't have a color set until 1972. My parents blamed the cable TV company, saying it didn't work well with color TV, but that didn't explain why the next door neighbor's color set worked just fine on the same cable system, or the fact the we had a color set in my 2nd grade classroom connected to the cable system. My logical arguments fell on deaf ears until the B&W console finally gasped its last breath and they bought a new "solid state" TV with no warm-up required! The first show I turned on after we got the color set was Gilligan's Island, but it was in B&W, being a first season episode.
  5. There are pictures from New Trier HS yearbooks of Roy Harold Fitzgerald and although the pictures are a bit fuzzy, it appears that the nose in Winchester 73 is not his.
  6. This copy of the photo has more context clues: The photo was taken outside the Palace Theatre, just in front of the pedestrian crossing. There's a "Kinney Shoes" sign visible in the photo. The Palace was part of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit (referenced in the musical Gypsy) until 1926, when they built a newer theater down the street. You can still see the Orpheum name above the theatre marquee today, and if there's an old theatre in your town with that name, it likely was built and operated by the vaudeville circuit. The Orpheum circuit merged with the Keith-Albee circuit to become KAO. KAO then was combined with Joseph Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America, under majority ownership of RCA, to become the RKO Corporation. The "O" in RKO stood for "Orpheum" (Radio-Keith-Orpheum). The film studio was a subsidiary of the larger corporation. The blonde man with a mustache Marc Christian, who sued Hudson's estate, and became tabloid fodder for much of the late 1980s.
  7. The trouble with "buying" a title from a streaming service, or using a cloud DVR or other technology to record material on media that you don't physically own is that you are beholden to the technology owner and the owner of the physical media. You may eventually decide a particular service is not for you. If you end your subscription, what happens to all the stuff you "bought" or "recorded" but is spread across disk farms across the globe. Will the service let you get copies of them before you leave? Other services may have it, but you'll have to pay for it again, if you want it. Same issue potentially arises if a company goes out of business.
  8. With that longer hair in this photo he looks like Elaine Stritch
  9. There are clips available on YouTube of Julie Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle, from TV appearances. Very few are contemporary with the Broadway performances. There's one interesting but artificial clip where she and Rex Harrison recreate their My Fair Lady rehearsal process for the CBS-TV show The Fabulous Fifties, which aired in early 1960. This is a YT "channel" of Julie Andrews material, called the Julie Andrews Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJljf75aOk7cfWyKt0Hruw
  10. MTM is currently running on Decades as part of their 70s block starting at 2E/1C every weekday. They show 2 episodes per day. The first episode today is the backdoor pilot for Bill Daily where he plays a clueless councilman (Ep 2.24, His Two Right Arms) It also features Isabel Sanford in a supporting role. This was the last episode of the second season. Decades is available over the air in most major markets, and also on some cable systems that might carry the local affiliate.
  11. It was redone in 1997. Jurors were portrayed by Coutney B. Vance Ossie Davis George C. Scott Armin Mueller-Stahl Dorian Harewood James Gandolfini Tony Danza Jack Lemmon Hume Cronyn Mykelti Williamson Edward James Olmos William Petersen The script was updated by the original screenwriter. It was produced by MGM Television and aired originally on Showtime. Per IMDb's trivia section: Screenwriter Reginald Rose updated his own 43-year-old teleplay, racially integrating the cast of jurors for the first time. When asked in an interview why he didn't cast some of the jurors as women, he jokingly (but accurately) quipped, "Then the title would have to be changed to '12 Angry Persons,' and it wouldn't be as effective."
  12. Here's another source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Pygmalion-play-by-Shaw
  13. I read it. It's in the Historical Background section of my copy of Pygmalion, published by Washington Square Press.
  14. Pygmalion trivia: The play premiered in German in Vienna and Berlin before it was produced in the UK. For a play that exploits the class biases of spoken English as its core construct, I've always found that interesting. I found this information on the website shawsociety.org: Although Shaw’s works are in public domain in Canada, and some of the older versions are in public domain in the U.S., world rights in the rest of the works are controlled by the Society of Authors in London until 2020, and they would have to be applied to for permission to quote from Shaw beyond a specified wordage amount in any work that wishes to be sold worldwide. Go to http://www.societyofauthors.org/playwrights or write to Jeremy Crow at JCrow@societyofauthors.org for details. Production rights in the U.S. may have to go through Samuel French.
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