Monday, July 28, 2014

Butlers with "stature"

As is so often the case with butlers, there was a good deal of Beach. Julius Caesar, who liked to have men about him that were fat, would have taken to him at once. He was a man who had made two chins grow where only one had been before, and his waistcoat swelled like the sail of a racing yacht.

(from Galahad at Blandings, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Martin Kosleck - busy "enemy" actor

If you have seen a World War II vintage movie with very many Germans portrayed, it is very likely you saw Kosleck, at least in a minor role. One of our favorites of his roles was as the assassin Mirko in the Sherlock Holmes movie Pursuit to Algiers.

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Movie stars do get older

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Just like all the rest of us.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Not a lovely cop

The policeman was a long, stringy policeman, who flowed out of his uniform at odd spots. His face was gnarled, his wrists knobbly and of a geranium hue, and he had those three or four extra inches of neck which disqualify a man for high honours in a beauty competition.

(from Galahad at Blandings, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

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More HERE about Wodehousean policemen.

"I would trust him with my life"

But for that statement to be wise, he must have the character to be trustworthy, the diligence to be faithful, and the ability to get the job done. Not a light statement to make.

More HERE about trust.

The spirit of the law

He knew the law, and adhered closely to the letter of he law, but since he had come west, here with these people of wider, more liberal view, he was beginning to feel what one of his old teachers had long ago told him. That no matter what the letter of the law said, it was of purely general application. It was teh judge and his sense of justice that gave law its meaning. There were differences. All cases were not black or white - there were many shades of gray.

(from Guns of the Timberlands, by Louis Lamour)

More HERE from Louis Lamous about law.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Battle on the Ice - won by a youth

Alexander Nevsky was born 30 May 1220. His famous Battle on the Ice victory over the Teutonic Knight was fought on 5 April 1242, meaning that he had not yet reached his 22nd birthday at that time. This was a signficant military victory in the history of the Middle Ages.

Aren't I? Come on, now!

Here is a headline from a BBC site article: "UK economy: Why aren't I feeling better?"

Aren't I? There is no way that is correct. It is just plain bad English. "Ain't I" is not formal English, but at least it is a contraction of "am not," which is gramatically correct in this sentence, if not formal. "Why are I not feeling better." Come on, folks. Go ahead and use "aint," just use it correctly.

Lum and Abner teach how to file income tax

One of the funnier episodes of the Lum and Abner radio show dealt with their filling out their income tax form. Quite creative.

Here is a LINK to that episode.

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More HERE about Lum and Abner.

Big Chief tablets

Children today cannot possibly imagine what a big place Big Chief tablets had in the life of first graders years ago. They were made of the coarsest sort of paper. (You could see dark fibers all through it.) But generations of Americans learned to write using them.

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How Sir Cecil deals with bores

Nothing bores a bore more than another bore; and when I bore, I bore from without, from within, and obliquely.

(Sir Cecil Smythe, played  by Arthur Treacher on The Smiths of Hollywood radio show)

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Evidently all you have to do to be considered a genius

in the scientific field these days is to come out with a theory. Everyone will jump on the bandwagon. You do not necessarily have to prove it, of course, just state the theory eloquently, frequently, and loudly.

I believe I could come up with some theories. Reckon I could get to be a genius?

Stand By For Crime radio show

This is a snappy detective/crime radio show with just a hint of humor, and a fast-moving pace. Chuck Morgan is the news reporter on radio station KOP. His boss, the owner, is called Pappy, and he generally refers to Carol Curtis, his secretary and sweet heart, as Glamor Puss. Morgan and Curtis were played by the real-life husband and wife team of Glenn Langan and Adele Jergens.

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Hey business leaders: What if hospitals staffed like you do?

You staff your businesses so that you can just barely get by when everyone is there, no one is sick, and no one is on vacation. When that is not the case, well, the employees just have to work double and the customers have to grin and bear it.

But now, imagine if YOU are in the hospital and in excruciating pain. If the nurse tells you, "I am sorry you have had to lie there so long, but we have two people on vacation and just have not been able to get to you." It would serve you right, woudn't it?

NO enterprise can excel on a "just barely get by" staffing philosophy.

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Rolling stops

I am told that significantly more energy is expended to start a vehicle from a complete stop than to start one that is already in motion, even if very slowly. I wonder how much energy would be saved if all stop sign laws were changed to allow rolling stops. Of course, there are safety issues that might be involved, but from a purely scientific and economic standpoint, I wonder what the result would be. How many barrels of oil?

If you never stand for anything

then you will never encounter any stress defending your principles. There is a lot in that statement. On the other hand, if you expend great amounts of energy defending principles that are of no consequence, then you may not have the necessary energy to defend the ones that are truly important.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Markham (TV series): "The Marble Face"

This series starred Ray Milland who did a great job in the title role as a middle-aged private detective/ladies' man. In this episode, an elderly woman (Lucille Vance) is called out of her bed by a mysterious voice, and then pushed down a flight of stairs. Betty Ann Lynn (Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show) is the niece of the woman, who had come a few weeks earlier to live with her. The aunt has been seeing a medium, and Lynn thinks she has been robbing her aunt. In the aunt's face there is a marble sculpted head of Vance's son. At a seance, the son supposedly speaks to the mother. Markham exposes the medium to the aunt's lawyer, but he argues that she gets pleasure from it. Milland figures out that the real aunt has disappeared some weeks earlier - for good. An imposter and the attorney are running a scam. Markham exposes it and saves the day.

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Those nickel Cokes with peanuts

When I was in the first grade, my father's room at school was upstairs in the National Guard armory which was on the school campus. While he was giving private voice lessons after school, I would hang out in the armory, which was also the high school gymnasium. There were soft drink and vending machines in the entrance to the armory offices, and I remember vividly when the high school boys would buy a 5-cent Coke and a package of peanuts, pour the peanuts into the bottle, and enjoy them. I was so jealous, because I rarely had any money for anything so scandalously extravagant as snacks. But on a few occasions I had one, and I remember to this day how good they tasted. Those old 5-cent Cokes in glass bottles just tasted better than the ones they have today.

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"Innocent act without thinking; guilty always make plans."

Charlie Chan, from The Sky Dragon

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Irene Ryan's date with Hans Conried

On the Jack Carson radio show, Irene Ryan (Granny Clampett) played an old maid with a long list of medical afflictions. Jack makes the mistake of promising to get her a date, which he does with an escapee from the local asylum (Conried). The results are predicably humorous.

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More HERE about Hans Conried

It is a sad state of affairs in the medical profession

when people are afraid to go to the doctor for fear they will be "sold" something they do not really need and absolutely cannot afford. Profit has replaced professionalism.

This one did not take long

Ma'am, that was the shortest fight on record. I swung at him and missed. He swung at me and didn't.

(from Guns of the Timberlands, by Louis Lamour)

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