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Another Record Yet!

The fact anyone else was paying attention came as a surprise to me. I was quietly hoping and expecting he would make it, and sure enough, he did! Still, most people don’t seem to follow obscure presidential trivia the way I do, so I assumed. Apparently this was an incorrect assumption on my part, as on March 22 such trivia proved to be quite a news story!

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Aware the date was coming in later March, I was holding out until today, April 1, to truly mark the record. After all, this is the day the newly designated longest-living U.S. president in history marks his HALF birthday.  That’s right– Jimmy Carter is now 94 AND A HALF years old, no longer sharing precisely the same age at which the runner-up to the title passed on. George H.W. Bush, of course, died last November at “just” 94. And in six months, we’ll have another presidential record yet!

Meanwhile, the first lady age record won’t soon be broken.

 

 

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A Send-Off for ‘Mr. Warmth’

Not quite a year after marking his 90th birthday, we must now say goodbye to the truly legendary, one-of-a-kind pillar of “warmth” himself, Mr. Don Rickles. I can only dream of turning insults into a lucrative career, as others will certainly try.  Still, no one will ever do it quite like he did.

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Famous People, Humor, Media, News, Videos

 

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Remembering Our Favorite TV Mom

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Current Events, Famous People, Television

 

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A Commendable Effort, I say.

After three tedious debates, in addition to their countless daily soundbites, our two currently most watched Americans finally showed their supposedly humorous sides– or at least we should say: they tried (one of them succeeding more than the other, as some of us will agree). Now in hindsight, this notable evening sounds all the better when summarized in two and a half minutes!

Dean Martin and Phyllis Diller they’re not, but I commend their efforts nonetheless.  If only we heard this sort of banter from them more often, perhaps the process through which we’re all now living would be a bit more palatable. All the more reason to enjoy such a rare occasion, I say.

 
 

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Classic Olympic Moments Revisited

While watching the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, I’m taken back to my very favorite Olympic montage of all time– or should I say, of my time.  Having worn out my original VHS recording from hundreds of viewings back in the day, thankfully in our present era of technology this classic piece is readily available online!  From then to now, here’s to classic Olympic moments revisited.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2016 in History, Media

 

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Returning to Brentwood, Revisiting Injustice

True to the reality it portrays, the series begins and ends in Brentwood.  Over the course of a very long 16 months, we’re taken– or rather, retaken– on one sadly unforgettable ride.

The brilliant portrayals of prosecutors Marcia Clark and Chris Darden, by actors Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown respectively, culminate in the glaring illumination of an American legal tragedy and its immediate gut-wrenching aftermath.  Thus concludes the insightful yet disturbing 10-episode run of American Crime Story, Season 1: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

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As dramatic imagination and creative effect work in unison to stitch together large swaths of stark actuality, never throughout the entire series comes a dull viewing moment– or I should say almost never, if you count most any scene with Judge Lance Ito, spineless and celebrity stricken as Kenneth Choi accurately plays him to be.  Thankfully, comic relief regularly intercedes in the form of a salaciously smug Nathan Lane as legal mastermind F. Lee Bailey, not to mention my unmatched personal favorite:  the almost cartoon version of defense attorney Robert Shapiro, perfectly re-created by a fittingly comical John Travolta.

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But I digress.  Ten weeks of a reproduced “trial of the century” ends with more than 30 minutes to go in the final episode.  Anticipating some sort of post-verdict wrap up, we definitely get it, painfully yet completely, leaving us to wonder– all the way from Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran sipping office champagne, to Cuba Gooding Jr.’s O.J. slowly realizing his “party of the century” is proving smaller than he expected– when all this is finally going to end.

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Altogether, we’ve been treated to a solid 10 weeks of 21-year-old history revisited, briskly yet as thoroughly as limited television time will allow.  In the oh-so long-in-coming end, our minds– those old enough to recall the real deal– are left to once again ponder the unfortunate colossus of trial-based events, discoveries, developments and maneuverings that delivered O.J Simpson home to Brentwood a free man on October 3, 1995.

What began and ended in Brentwood leaves me contemplating that same sense of injustice now as I did that very day. All the while, shifting to terms of present-day production and talent, more than one Emmy nomination is most certainly in order.

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Clark Photo Credit: POO/AFP/Getty Images; FX

Shapiro Photo Credit: Lee Celano/WireImage; Ray Mickshaw/FX

Photo Credit: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images; FX

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Famous People, History, Media, Reviews, Television

 

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What Once Was.

So comes a spellbinding walk down memory lane for any American over– let’s say– 50?  Seeing as this number sits far in my future, who am I to talk?  Naturally, yours truly being old for his age, I remember, appreciate and truly adore nearly all the moments featured in episode one of CNN’s The Seventies, aptly titled “Television Gets Real” — of which the above clip is a part.

What we have before us is one outstanding look back at what once was in the world of broadcasting, and what– sadly and ever the more painfully– now is not.  Simply put, they don’t make TV like this anymore.  Nevertheless, while loving every minute thus far, I can’t wait for episode two, no matter how unflattering Mr. Nixon will inevitably emerge.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in History, Media, News, Television

 

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