Saturday, May 29, 2010

New #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller List - Fiction

The new #1 Fiction bestseller this is week is the latest from Lee Child.
61 Hours (A Jack Reacher Novel) .
This is Lee Child's 3rd novel to reach the top of the NYTimes Bestseller list, following his previous books Gone Tomorrow in May 2009 and his first #1 novel Nothing To Lose in June 2008.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Trailer Park

This week we go to the trailer park to mark the 27th anniversary of the opening day of
"Return of the Jedi".

This was the 3rd in the Star Wars Trilogy released between 1977 and 1983. This would set the record for opening day box office with $6,219,629.00 and eventually grossing over $475 million dollars world wide and is currently the 83rd biggest movie of all time. With the inflation ajusted totals it ranks 15th alltime with $474,772,300 and only 3 spots behind "The Empire Strikes Back".

Art Linkletter 1912-2010

Today the world lost one of its last links to the Golden Age of radio with the passing of the legendary Art Linkletter.

His obituary from the NYTimes
A good article from a fellow blogger.

Here he is on probably one of my very favorite shows, What's My Line?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In Case You Missed It

This last Saturday in Spain a bullfighter was gored by a bull, not much news there, this happens. However this time it was the way he was gored and that he walked away, injured but alive.

Here is the story from

here is the video of the incident. Be warned this is graphic and they did kill the bull which you will see in the video.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Big Bang Theory

here is a clip from my favorite episode from season 3. Sheldon gets drunk and has a melt down Jim Parson proves why he as Sheldon is on the road to Barney Fife immortality. This has one of the best cast in comedy today.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

In Case You Missed It

Just saw this article thanks to a facebook friend and wanted to pass it on. I had not heard about this but that doesn't mean anything since for the last few days I haven't watched much tv or read many newspapers.
Here is the news, the Smothers Brothers announce their retirement from the stage of there current Las Vegas show.

From the News, here is the story.

The Smothers Brothers on What's My Line? from January 1967

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fred Allen's First Appearance on Screen

From 1929, a one reel short featuring vaudville star Fred Allen 3 years before his start in radio.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sammy Davis Jr

Today 20 years ago we lost Mr. Entertainment, Sammy Davis Jr. to throat cancer. He was one of the most versatile performers ever. He made movies, danced, had a #1 single on the Hot 100 and was a member of the legendary Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
They ruled Vegas in the 1960s.

A great to way to celebrate Sammy, Don Rickles roasting him on the Dean Martin Roast.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

New #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller List - Fiction and Non Fiction

The week ending May 14th 2010 gave us 2 new #1 books atop the NY Times Bestseller List.

New to the Top of the fiction list is Dead in the Family (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) by Charlaine Harris.
This is almost a year to the day that her last Sookie Stackhouse book Dead and Gone reached the top of the list. If you are not familiar with this character, she is the lead in the True Blood HBO series.
Also new to the top 10 of the bestseller list this is are Innocent by Scott Turow debuting at #3, Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B Parker debuts at #9 and coming in new at #10 is Tell-All by Chuck Palahnuik.

The new #1 book atop the NY Times Non Fiction list is the new memoir from former first lady Laura Bush, Spoken From the Heart debuts at #1 this week. Its been almost 7 years since a first lady had a #1 bestseller, that was Living History by former first lady Hillary Clinton in 2003.
Also debuting this week on the non fiction list in the top ten are Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. It comes in at #5 while new at #7 is The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick, subtitled Custer, Sitting Bull and The Battle of Little Big Horn.
Coming into the 8th spot is Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern and the last of the debut books is My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pulitzer Profile: James Gould Cozzens

The winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was James Gould Cozzens with Guard of Honor, his less dramatic novelization of what became known as the Freeman Field Mutiny.

However his biggest success and fame came from a 1957 novel titled By Love Possessed. A novel about 49 hours in the life of one man, a leading lawyer, Arthur Winner Jr., in a small town and the women he loves. His only #1 NY Times Bestseller, it spent nearly 6 months in the top spot. The novel was awarded the Howells prize in 1960, an award given every five years to the best novel of the previous 5 years.

A recluse, the author did give an interview to TIME magazine in September of 1957 and was entitled "The Hermit of Lambertville".

Bugs Bunny and Gossamer

I LOVE the cartoons where Bugs is chased by Gossamer because you know you are going to see beautican Bugs. This makes me laugh every time. Classic stuff.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sir Barton

Today in 1919 Sir Barton won the Kentucky Derby, he would go on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes that same year and many people didn't realize it but he would become known as the first Triple Crown winner in US horse racing history. There wasn't a "Triple Crown" in 1919, it didnt become know as that until the 1930s, but the 3 biggest and oldest races had never been won in the same year by one horse.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The UnPC Bill Cosby

This still makes me laugh and today he would be vilified by some group for "making fun" of special education students. Enjoy

New #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller List - Fiction for May 7th 2010

This week again we see a new novel atop the NY Times Fiction Bestseller list, an old favorite returns, its James Patterson.
He brings the latest installment to the Women's Murder Club series,
9th Judgement. This is the 8th Women's Murder Club novel to hit the top spot with only the seventh installment, 7th Heaven, not going to number one.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jack Benny Program

From 1950, an episode of The Jack Benny Program, Jack Goes Christmas Shopping.
You just cant beat this for classic laughs. I love the whole cast and show.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ernie Harwell R.I.P

Tonight the baseball world lost one its greatest people and announcers, Ernie Harwell.
Play by play voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years passed away tonight at the age of 92.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Kentucky Derby gets highest TV ratings in 18 years

Kentucky Derby gets highest TV ratings in 18 years - More Sports -

This is great news for the horse racing fans!

New #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller List - Fiction

There is a new #1 Fiction Hardback bestseller for the week ending April 30th 2010. Returning to the Top of the list almost a year to the date from his last #1 book is David Baldacci and "Deliver Us From Evil". His previous #1 was from May 1st 2009, "First Family".
From Publisher Weekly on his new book: Bestseller Baldacci's sequel to The Whole Truth (2008) lacks the creative plotting and masterful handling of suspense that marked his earlier thrillers. Evan Waller, outwardly a respectable Canadian businessman but secretly a human trafficker who sells children into prostitution, has expanded into arranging nuclear weapons deals with Islamic fundamentalists. Shaw, the lead of The Whole Truth, sets out to stop Evan, as does Regina Reggie Campion, a British femme fatale, who works for a clandestine group that tracks down and executes war criminals. Reggie and Shaw, both of whom intend to make their move while Evan is on vacation in Provence, cross paths while maintaining their cover stories. Shaw becomes attracted to Reggie, even as he fears that Evan, who's in fact a sadistic Ukrainian who served the Soviets, will abduct her. Crucial developments come across as contrived rather than clever. The ultimate resolution will surprise few. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

2010 Kentucky Derby Winner

Super Saver with Calvin Borel up as jockey won the 136th Kentucky Derby.

1964 Kentucky Derby

The 1964 Derby was highlighted by the first win for a Canadian horse at the Derby. That horse was the legendary Northern Dancer. He would go on to become the most successful sire of the 20th century. He won the Derby in the record time of 2 minutes flat. That record stood until 1973 when "the living, breathing locomotive" Secretariat ran the course in 1 min 59.4 seconds. The only horse to break the 2 min barrier since 1973 was Monarchos in 2001 with a winning time of 1 min 59.97 secs.
Called the Sire of Champions Northern Dance sired 147 stakes winners including the great Nijinsky II who was the last horse to win England's Triple Crown in 1970. One of his other sons Northern Taste was the leading sire in Japan for 10 years.
Northern Dancer was retired from stud in 1987 and died in 1990.