Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gunsmoke on Radio and Television

This week's presentation of Gunsmoke on Radio and Television is the episode that was the television version's season 4 premiere.  The 1958-59 television season would be the 2nd of 4 straight seasons that Gunsmoke was the #1 show on prime time network television.

Matt For Murder
July 26th 1954
season 2 episode 46

Matt For Murder
September 13th 1958
Season 3 episode 1

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Don Knotts Emmy Award 1967

This is the episode for which Don Knotts won the 1967 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a comedy:

Barney Comes to Mayberry
Season 7 episode 19
Aired January 23rd 1967

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

19th Prime Time Emmy Awards

The 19th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards were held June 4th 1967 to honor the 1966-67 television season.

Don Knotts wins for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy: 
(The Andy Griffith Show) episode "Barney Comes To Mayberry".
This was Don Knotts 5th win in this category.

Frances Bavier wins for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role in Comedy: 
(The Andy Griffith Show)  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Classic Movie Poster of the Week


NY Times Bestseller List (Non Fiction) July 20th 2014

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Non-Fiction
Week Ending July 20th 2014

10 - David and Goliath - Malcolm Gladwell
(38 weeks on list)

9  -  Flash Boys - Michael Lewis
(14 weeks on list)

8  -  I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
(28 weeks on list)

7  -  Diary of a Mad Diva - Joan Rivers
Humorous reflections about life, pop culture and celebrities.

6  -  Think Like a Freak - Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
(8 weeks on list)

5  -  Capital In The Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty
(13 weeks on list)

4  -  One Nation - Ben Carson and Candy Carson
(7 weeks on list)

3  -  Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
(176 weeks on list)

2  -  Hard Choices - Hillary Clinton
(4 weeks on list) (last week's #1)

1  -  Blood Feud - Edward Klein
(2 weeks on list)
A journalist describes animosity behind the alliance between the Clinton and Obama families.

TV Guide July 22nd 1967

I wasnt even a week old when this issue came out

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Old Time Radio Show of the Week

This week's show is the fantastic show "ESCAPE".  This show that had a different adventure or sci fi or horror or classic short story each week from July 1947 to September 1954.   Introduced each week by the rumbling voice of the legendary William Conrad, who sometimes starred in the story (like this week's) or just gave us the classic introduction starting with.."Are you tired of the everyday?....

(story by T.S. Stribling)
"Green Splotches"
episode 104
originally aired March 31st 1950

K-Pop CountDown Top 75 Half-Year of 2014

Billboard Korea
Half Year Top 75 of 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

NY Times Bestseller List (FICTION) July 13th 2014

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Week Ending July 13th 2014

10 - The Vacationers - Emma Straub
(3 weeks on list)
An Upper West Side couple, their children and their friends confront life's changes during two weeks in Mallorca.

9  -  Cop Town - Karin Slaughter
In Atlanta in 1974, two women cops both with something to prove, join in the search for a serial killer who is targeting the police.

8  -  All The Light We Cannot  See - Anthony Doerr
(8 weeks on list)

7  -  All Fall  Down - Jennifer Weiner
(2 weeks on list)

6  -  The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
(36 weeks on list)

5  -  Written In My Own Heart's Blood - Diana Gabaldon
(3 weeks on list)

4  -  Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
(4 weeks on list)

3  -  The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
(2 weeks on list)

2  -  Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich
(2 weeks on list) (last week's #1)

1  -  Invisible - James Patterson and David Ellis
Searching for her sister's killer, a former F.B.I. researcher finds a link between scores of apparently unconnected unsolved cases.  Now she must convince her boss and her former boyfriend that this killer is real.

Classic Movie Poster of the Day

JUNE 1982

Monday, July 7, 2014

1994 Kentucky Derby

The 1994 Kentucky Derby saw heavy favorite Holy Bull meet a sloopy muddy track and this gave 9-1 favorite Go For Gin a chance and he took it and secured the only victory of his 3 year old season.

Go For Gin then finished 2nd in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes to Tabasco Cat in a frustrating Triple Crown for "Gin".

Holy Bull (his owners bypassed the 1994 Preakness and Belmont) came back to dominate the racing world in 1994 and be named U.S. Horse of the Year for and Champion 3 Year old colt of 1994.
He was inducted into the US Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Old Time Radio Show of the Week

This week's presentation is from the legendary show "Suspense", which aired from 1942 until 1962 (the "end" of the golden age of radio drama.

"Doom Machine" 
March 4th 1962 
(the last season).

Gunsmoke - Season 3

Season 3 of Gunsmoke on television, 1957-58, was the first of 4 consecutive seasons at the #1 show on network prime time television.  Gunsmoke aired on CBS at 10pm on Saturday night.

Buffalo Man
Season 3 episode 18
aired January 11th 1958
(with Jack Klugman as Ticks and John Anderson as Siple)
John Anderson was honored by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and presented with a Western Heritage Award in 1967 for his years of work in television and movie westerns.
The long fight scene filmed for this episode was used by the U.S.C Film School as well as other film schools in the US to train student film editors.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NY Times Bestseller List - Fiction (07/06/2014)

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Week Ending July 6th 2014

10 - The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand
(2 weeks on list)

9  -  The Hurricane Sisters - Dorothea Benton Frank
(3 weeks on list)

8  -  The One and Only - Emily Giffin
(5 weeks on list)

7  -  Rogues - edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
21 original stories from well known writers, including a "Game of Thrones" story.

6  -  The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
(35 weeks on list)

5  -  All Fall Down - Jennifer Weiner
A woman becomes addicted to pain medication.

4  -  Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
(3 weeks on list)

3  -  Written In My Own Heart's Blood - Diana Gabaldon
(2 weeks on list) (last week at #1)
Jamie Fraser and his family face challenges in the 18th and 20th centuries.

2  -  The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
The private detective Cormoran Strike steps in when the author of a roman a clef set in literary London in murdered.

1  -  Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich
The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a dealer who sells more than used cars, while she juggles Joe Morelli, the sexy cop, and the security expert Ranger.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Classic Movie Poster of the Week

Viva Las Vegas

...and Ken Curtis as Festus

July 2nd 1916 the birthdate of Ken Curtis, future singing cowboy and television legend as Gunsmoke's Festus Haggen
Curtis first appeared on Gunsmoke as Festus on 
December 8th 1962, in an episode called "Us Haggens".  
He would not become a regular until the next season (the 9th) and  
be with the show until its final cancellation in 1975 as loyal sidekick and deputy to Marshall Matt Dillon.