Sunday, May 29, 2016

What's My Line? - May 28, 1961

What's My Line?
May 28th 1961
Johnny Carson on the panel and mystery guest Sophia Loren

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


June 2nd 1966
Dan Blocker, "Hoss" on Bonanza, enjoys his mini-bike on the Virginia City set of the show

Friday, May 20, 2016

Top 10 Memorable Television Characters of the 1990s

Comic Books I Wish I Had Bought

Comic Books I Wish I Had Bought

"Weird War Tales" falls into this category from my childhood and teenage years.  When my parents could afford to buy me a comic book (which wasn't often) I normally went for Marvel and specifically "The Avengers" and not, to my regret something like "Weird War Tales".   I now love these comics and the old EC brand of Weird Science, Tales from the Crypt, Haunt of Fear and even the suspense and "horror" comics that were around but in lesser forms as I was growing up.  

I think I went mostly for the Marvel and some DC because that is what was available in my area as we live in a rural area and then a small town, where I still live, so comic book stores and even book stores were unheard of until the late 1980s and even into the 1990s.  When I was working and going to school I found my first real comic book store and made it my second home and still I fell for the Marvel superheroes but I also managed to get talked into the horror/weird tales comics and ever since I have so enjoyed them.  

So enjoy this cover of "Weird War Tales"  Vol 1 #94 from December 1980.  Click the title and see the details from the DC Database.

2016 NBA MVP

Steph Curry
Golden State Warriors
2015 and 2016 NBA MVP

He becomes the 13th NBA player to win multiple MVP Awards and the 10th to win in consecutive seasons. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Men's Adventure Magazines

Lately, I have become fascinated by men's adventure magazines from the 1950s, 60s and early 70s.  I joined a Facebook group dedicated to the artwork in these magazines and its just amazing at the information on these magazines you can get.  Most of the stories in these magazines are fiction but portrayed as factual (any war story is supposed to be fact based) but most were written completely out of hand or based on some artwork already produced for the magazine.
The best website for everything MAM (Men's Adventure Magazines) is run by the very knowledgeable Bob Deis, an encyclopedia of MAM.  
These magazines went by various names, "Men's World", "Stag", "Argosy", "Man's Illustrated", "The Bluebook", "All Man", etc., 
Later in the 1970's any of these that were still in print became porn magazines and the stories and articles became scarce if not completely gone. 

So I start our Men's Adventure Magazine cover of the Week.  Enjoy.

Man's World
December 1957

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) May 8th 2016

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending May 8th 2016

10 - As Time Goes By - Mary Higgins Clark
(3 weeks on list)

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

8  -  Miller's Valley - Anna Quindlen
(3 weeks on list)

7  -  The Nightengale - Kristin Hannah
(60 weeks on list)

6  -  Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben
(5 weeks on list)

5  -  Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld
The author of "Prep" and "American Wife" retells "Pride and Predjudice", set in the Cincinnati suburbs in the present.

4  -  The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
(67 weeks on list)

3  -  The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
(5 weeks on list)

2  -  The Obsession - Nora Roberts
(2 weeks on list) (#1 last week)
A woman is haunted by her father's crimes as she tries to pursue love and her work as a photographer.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

NY Times Bestseller List (NonFiction) May 1st 2016

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Non-Fiction
Top Ten
Week Ending May 1st 2016

10 - Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
(70 weeks on list)

9  -  Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
(2 weeks on list)

8  -  Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli
(7 weeks on list)

7  -  Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
(40 weeks on list)

6  -  First Women - Kate Andersen
The 10 first ladies since 1960, based on interviews with White House staff, social secretaries and friends.

5  -  The Third Wave - Steve Case
(2 weeks on list)

4  -  When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
(14 weeks on list)

3  -  The Sleep Revolution - Arianna Huffington
(2 weeks on list)

2  -  The Rainbow Comes and Goes - Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
(2 weeks on list)

1  -  Hamilton : The Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
The libretto of the Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.

Calvin and Hobbes of the Day (May 5th 2016)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Classic Movie Poster of the Week

"Oh God!"
starring entertainment legend George Burns
The #6 movie of 1977