Archive for the ‘Famous Folks’ Category

What a show! An ongoing gift to the television world, loving Lucy!

December 6th, 2016 Comments off


Wouldn’t it have been fun to be in the audience to watch Lucy, Desi, Ethel and Fred tape their TV show?  This is a shot of Desi, ‘Ricky Ricardo’ and his orchestra.  No doubt Lucy was in the wings ready to come out and get some laughs.  

Ah, to be a celeb . . . Or maybe not!

November 12th, 2016 Comments off


I don’t intend to be mean spirited by adding this picture of 4 famous women who were caught not looking their best. 

We often see the ‘beautiful’ people with envy.  They have the finest homes, cars, lifestyles that money can buy, they seem to have it all, but most of them do not. In the harsh light of day, many of their lives are as different from what we see, as these pictures illustrate.  None has a free card from aging, grief, heartache, illness, or any other human frailty. In that regard they are just like us.

With the proper care, makeup and experts guiding our every fashion move, (with retouched pics) we too could look  more attractive, but it wouldn’t change who we really are, any more than it changes who they are. 

The most important thing we can attain to is our relationship with God,  being the best at being ourselves, praying for guidance as we go. Beauty from within.

Gomer and Pope Francis – Do they look alike?

October 21st, 2016 Comments off


Do you see it? The twinkling eyes. The good-natured grins. The way they wear a uniform. And that’s not all the Pontiff and the private have in common. Check out these biographical connections… 

Actor Jim Nabors, who created the lovable hillbilly Gomer Pyle first on The Andy Griffith Show and later on his own spinoff, was born in Sylacauga, Alabama in 1930, just six years before Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a.k.a. the Pope, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

Both struggled with health issues as kids. Nabors had severe asthma, which may have been a blessing in disguise – it prevented him from playing sports and so he turned to performing. His Argentine doppelganger Bergoglio had a serious respiratory infection as a teen and underwent surgery to remove part of his lung, which may have something to do with his priestly calling to help the sick. 

More coinkydinks? They both had odd jobs before they found their higher purpose: Nabors was a typist at the United Nations, and Bergoglio was a nightclub bouncer at a Buenos Aires club. (Yes, a nightclub bouncer!) 

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Poet T.S. Eliot

August 21st, 2016 Comments off

tseliot“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
T. S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri,  on September 26, 1888. He lived in St. Louis during the first eighteen years of his life and attended Harvard University. In 1910, he left the United States for the Sorbonne, having earned both undergraduate and masters degrees and having contributed several poems to the Harvard Advocate.

After a year in Paris, he returned to Harvard to pursue a doctorate in philosophy, but returned to Europe and settled in England in 1914. The following year, he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood and began working in London, first as a teacher, and later for Lloyd’s Bank.

It was in London that Eliot came under the influence of his contemporary Ezra Pound, who recognized his poetic genius at once, and assisted in the publication of his work in a number of magazines, most notably “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in Poetry in 1915. His first book of poems, Prufrock and Other Observations, was published in 1917, and immediately established him as a leading poet of the avant-garde. With the publication of The Waste Land in 1922, now considered by many to be the single most influential poetic work of the twentieth century, Eliot’s reputation began to grow to nearly mythic proportions; by 1930, and for the next thirty years, he was the most dominant figure in poetry and literary criticism in the English-speaking world.

He became a British citizen in 1927; long associated with the publishing house of Faber & Faber, he published many younger poets, and eventually became director of the firm. After a notoriously unhappy first marriage, Eliot separated from his first wife in 1933, and remarried Valerie Fletcher in 1956. T. S. Eliot received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. He died in London on Janurary 4, 1965.



An Interesting Actress of Long Ago – Lupe Velez

July 13th, 2016 Comments off

Elwood P. Dodd (Jimmy Stewart) and Harvey (Who Plays Himself)

June 16th, 2016 Comments off


Youthful Kennedys

May 7th, 2016 Comments off

J and J

I don’t know the date or story behind this photo of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, but I want to believe they were having a happy moment together, years before the world caught up with them and changed them forever.


The Lone Ranger Was His ‘Kima Sabe’

May 7th, 2016 Comments off

He was born Harold J. Smith,

at the Six Nations Indian Reservation in  Ontario, Canada, 

but his professional name was

Jay Silverheels.

We knew him as


Fun on the set of Empire Strikes Back – Chewbacca (Peter Meyhew) gives a lift to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)

May 6th, 2016 Comments off

empire-strikes-back-Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew show that Princess Leia and Chewbacca

Peter Mayhew was born on 19 May 1944 in BarnesSurrey, where he was also raised. His height is a product of an overactive pituitary gland which was a result of a genetic disease called Marfan Syndrome. The condition was treated successfully in his mid-teens.  His peak height was 7 feet 3 inches . 

When cast in the role, Mayhew studied the movement of large animals at the zoo to come up with an authentic sense of movement for Chewbacca. His work proved so distinctive that when Mayhew became ill during the shooting of The Empire Strikes Back and had to be replaced by a similarly tall stand-in, the new actor was unable to mimic Mayhew’s movement style and the scenes had to be re-shot upon Mayhew’s recovery.

Mayhew did not provide the voice of Chewbacca; that was created by the film’s sound designerBen Burtt, by mixing together the growls of different animals. wikipedia

Starting Young

May 4th, 2016 Comments off


Eleven year old Angelina Jolie with her father, Jon Voight.

 Even at that young age you could see the beauty that would one day ‘wow’ the movie world.  By the time she was 37 she had received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011.

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