Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bonanza Season 6 - The Scapegoat

Our continuing look at Season 6 of Bonanza, 1964-65.  This was the first season it was the #1 show in prime time television.

Episode 6
The Scapegoat
originally aired October 25th 1964
Guest star George Kennedy (Waldo Watson)

Waldo Watson, a born loser who has decided to end it all.  Feeling pity for Waldo, Hoss hires him as a Ponderosa ranch hand.  Waldo is a clumsy and inept worker, but he also puts the Cartwrights lives' in danger with a gang of eastern gamblers who want to collect a long-standing debt from the hapless Waldo.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New York Times Bestseller List NonFiction 09/30/2012

NY Times Bestseller List NonFiction
Week ending September 30th 2012
(click on title to get it at Amazon)

10 - The Revenge of Geography - Robert D. Kaplan
Predicting the next cycle of conflict on the basis of temperature and topography.

9 - How Children Succeed - Paul Tough  (2nd week on list)
The author argues that the qualities that matter most have to do with character, not intelligence.

8 - Wild - Cheryl Strayed   (22 weeks on list)
A Woman's account of a life changing 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

7 - Mortality - Christopher Hitchens  (3 weeks on list)
Reports and reflections on his illness and impending death by the writer, who died in December 2011.

6 - Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand  (96 weeks on list)
An Olympic runner's story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his bomber went down over the Pacific.

5 - The Amateur - Edward Klein  (18 weeks on list)
A journalist argues that President Obama is unable to lead.

4 - Obama's America - Dinesh D'Souza   (5 weeks on list)
An arguement that President Obama is the architect of American decline.

3 - Killing Lincoln - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard   (51 weeks on list)
The host of the O'Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

2 - The Price of Politics - Bob Woodward
Inside the debt-ceiling negotations of 2011 with the Washington Post journalist.

1 - No Easy Day - Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
(2nd consecutive week at #1 and on the list)
An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs team, written pseudonymously of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

New York Times Bestseller List Fiction September 30th 2012

Top 10 Novels on the NY Times Bestseller list for Fiction 
Week ending September 30th 2012
(click on the title to get it at

10 - Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice - Michael Brandman
Jesse Stone, the chief of police in Paradise, Mass., deals with the arrest of a troubled movie star;
a continuation of the series by Parker who died in 2010

9  -  The Tombs - Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry  (2nd week on list)
Sam and Remi Fargo, a husband and wife treasure hunting team, search for the tomb of Atilla the Hun.

8  -  Frozen Heat - Richard Castle
The NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat investigates the case of a woman whose body is found in a freezer.

7  -  Zoo - James Patterson  (2nd week on list)
A young biologist warns world leaders about the reasons for escalating animal attacks on cities.

6  -  This is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz
Stories of love, loss and family history from a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist.

5  -  Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon
Fathers and sons in Berkeley and Oakland, California.

4  -  Delusion in Death - J.D. Robb
Lt. Eve Dallas investigates a mass delusion at a bar her husband owns; by Nora Roberts.

3  -  The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom  (2nd week on list)
(Last week's #1)
A fable about the inventor of the world's first clock, who returns to our world after centuries of banishment.

2  -  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn   (15th week on list)

1  -  A Wanted Man - Lee Child
A carload of people involved in a conspiracy pick up a disheveled hitchhiker.

In Case You Missed It

Well I havent done one of these in a long time, so lets jump right in.

For many years I have had a fascination with all things Japan and especially wrestling but also for the ancient sport of sumo wrestling.
This week was a special week in the world of sumo with the elevation of the 70th Yokozuna, the highest rank one can achieve in sumo.   The 70th Yokozuna is mongolina born, Harumafuji Kohei.  He is the 3rd consecutive mongolian born wrestler and 5th overall foreign born wrestler to attain this exalted rank.
Harumafuji qualified for consideration for promotion to Yokozuna by winning 2 successive tournaments or honbasho.  He had done this twice before but wasnt elevated, this time after winning the Nagoya Basho (July tournament) and  Aki Basho (September tournament)  while going undefeated in both.  These Basho's last 15 days and the elite wrestlers compete once a day.  Harumafuji defeated Hakuho in the final day of both tournaments.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bonanza - Season 6 - Logan's Treasure

Season 6 of Bonanza, 1964-65. The first season Bonanza was the #1 show in Prime Time television.

Logan's Treasure
Episode 5
aired October 18th 1964
Logan has just been released from prison after serving 20 years for stealing $100,000 of gold dust. It has never been found and a bounty hunter decides it may be worth his while to keep an eye on him in case he still has it hidden.

Little Joe and Adam do not appear in this episode, they are in San Francisco.

Billboard Hot 100 - No.1 songs of 1960

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New York Times Bestseller List - NonFiction September 16th 2012

New York Times Non Fiction Bestseller List
Week Ending September 16th 2012

The Top 10 

10 - American Sniper - Chris Kyle    (20 weeks on list)

9 - The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg   (25 weeks)

8 - Dearie - Bob Spitz   (4 weeks)

7 - Double Cross - Ben Macintyre  (5 weeks)

6 - The Amateur - Edward Klein   (16 weeks)

5 - Paterno - Joe Posnanski   (2 weeks)
(last weeks  #1)

4 - Killing Lincoln - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard   (49 weeks)

3 - Wild - Cheryl Strayed   (20 weeks)

2 - Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand   (94 weeks)

1 - Obama's America - Dinesh D'Souza
(1st week at #1 and 3rd week on list)
An argument that President Obama is the architect of American decline.

New York Times Bestseller List - Fiction September 16th 2012

NY Times Bestseller List for Fiction
Week ending September 16th 2012

The Top 10 Books

10 - A Sunless Sea - Anne Perry
A murder case for William Monk of the Thames River Police culminates in a government minister's corruption trial

9 - Friends Forever - Danielle Steel   (6 weeks on list)

8 - Where We Belong - Emily Griffin  (6 weeks)

7 - The Inn at Rose Harbor - Debbie Macomber   (3 weeks)

6 - A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin   (56 weeks)

5 - The Light Between the Oceans - M.L. Stedman  (5 weeks)

4 - Bones Are Forever - Kathy Reichs
The forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan pursues a case involving infanticide, murder and corruption;  The 15th novel in the series behind the show "Bones"

3  -  Last To Die - Tess Gerritsen
The detective Jane Rizzoli and the medical examiner Maura Isles protect a boy whose family and foster family have all been murdered.

2  -  The Beautiful Mystery - Louise Penny 
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete Du Quebec investigates a murder at a remote abbey.

1  -  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
(6th non consecutive week at #1)

UK Triple Crown - Doncaster St Leger 2012 (September 15th 2012)

The UK Triple Crown slipped away from Camelot today as he finished 2nd to Encke in the 2012 St Leger Stakes earlier today.
Camelot was bidding to become the first UK Triple Crown winner in 42 years. He just didnt get started fast enough in the home stretch to catch Enke, who slipped out of the pack and away from Camelot to win the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bonanza - Season 6

Our continuing look at the 6th season of Bonanza, 1964-65, the first season it was the #1 show in prime time television.

Thanks for Everything Friend
Episode 4
aired October 11th 1964
While rescuing a calf, Adam falls into a fast flowing river and is saved by a stranger.  Because he is so grateful, Adam overlooks certain incidents but then realizes his rescuer is up to no good.

Guest stars - Rory Calhoun, Linda Foster, Tom Skerrit and John Mitchum.

Friday, September 7, 2012

UK Top 50 Singles and Top 20 Albums September 8th 2012

UK Top 50 Singles
Week Ending September 8th 2012
(video countdown)

The Top 20 Albums
(UK Official Chart)

20 - Every Kingdom - Ben Howard
19 - Who You Are - Jessie J
18 - Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters
17 - Ceremonials - Florence and The Machine
16 - 21 - Adele
15 - The Seldom Seen Kid - Elbow
14 - Overexposed - Maroon 5
13 - Life in a Beautiful Light - Amy McDonald
12 - Havoc and Bright Lights - Alanis Morissette
11 - Up All Night - One Direction
10 - Talk That Talk - Rihanna
9  -  + - Ed Sheeran
8  -  Some Nights - fun.
7  -  Ill Manors -Ost - Plan B
6  -  El Camino - Black Keys
5  -  Fall To Grace - Paloma Faith
4  -  Dead in the Boot - Elbow
3  -  My Head is an Animal - Of Monsters and Men
2  -  Our Version of Events - Emeli Sande
1  -  Ora - Rita Ora

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gunsmoke on the Radio, Thanks Buck Benny

Here is another great episode from the  Golden Age of Radio's great western Gunsmoke.

This is provided to us by the Jack Benny Podcast of Buck Benny, a great podcaster and OTR master.

Many thanks to Buck for the promo and mention of this blog and myself, I can't tell you how thrilled I am to hear Buck talk about this blog and how good he thinks it is.   I hope all who find this blog will enjoy all the things I have to share and will visit Buck's podcast via the link I will post below.  Go follow him and tell him "Jim" sent ya!

Jack Benny Pocast by Buck Benny  OTR at its best. 

Also enjoy Buck's post of, The Great Gildersleeve, Suspense, Fred Allen, Dennis Day, Fibber McGee and Molly, Red Skelton, Phil Harris and Alice Faye and of course his wonderful podcast for The Jack Benny Show.

aired September 6th 1952 
CBS radio

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Bonanza Season 6 - The Wild One

My continuing look at the 1964-65 Season of Bonanza, the first season it was the #1 show in Prime Time TV.

The Wild One
Episode 3
aired October 4th 1964
(guest stars Aldo Ray and Kathryn Hays)

The Hambletonian

This week is the 87th anniversary of the first running of The Hambletonian Stakes.  This is the Kentucky Derby for harness racing and in 1926 the first race was run on August 30th in Syracuse, New York.

The first winner was a horse named Guy McKinney.

Now the Hambletonian Stakes is run every year on the first Saturday in August at the Meadowlands race track in New Jersey.

This years winner, Market Share, was part of history as he was the first winner of this race trained by a woman, Linda Toscano.