past and present
It’s the second time this has been mentioned but one of the most fascinating aspects of the NY TV quiz show What’s My Line was panellist Dorothy Kilgallen. In fact the story of that show was the story of quite surprising backgrounds in general.
To look at this earnest, seemingly unprepossessing woman, you might even feel not as warmly towards her as you might towards the other regular female, Arlene Francis. You’d not be altogether wrong in that feeling – she was an award winning muck raking journalist and the mystery of her death seems to have had something to do with her work.…
John McCutcheon is an interesting phenomenon who occupies that area you’d call “pro-people”. Politically or should I say apolitically, anyone can support many of his observations.
There’s a lot of truth in “When I Grow Up”, which ends with this verse:
When I grow up…
I wanna be an old fart
The kinda guy who hangs around hardware stores
Who always calls a waitress by her name
And knows all the latest scores
I wanna be eccentric
They’ll say my ideas are a little bit skewed
To the pompous I’ll be rude
And to the powerful a pain the butt
When I grow up
… and his view on blaming the horrors of war on God are also mine:…
Some of you might recall my partner at work who was taken away with cancer some weeks back. Sadly missed and that is especially so on a Saturday.
A customer didn’t help yesterday by saying, “Oh, she used to stand right beside you there, didn’t she? Bet you miss her.”
There’s another lady in the backroom, preparing the clothing, labelling etc. Apparently she works at a cracking pace which the other girls have trouble keeping up with.…
Jim Hall, has passed away at 83, probably the most lyrical and having the purest sound of jazz guitarists, his only interest when asked about what he played was “to make a beautiful sound”.
He started playing jazz after hearing Charlie Christian and said he was the person he always wanted to sound like, he was also influenced by Django Reinhardt, and probably best remembered for his work with Jimmy Giuffre at the start of his career and later with Bill Evans, a beautiful sound, gone.…
If the portrayed image was not so false, if he truly was a “great” man, then there’d be no need for this post to exist.
Just wrote elsewhere:
The mistake many make is that he achieved great things later. In fact, as a post to come will point out, he was then hand-in-glove with Them and the successes were manufactured but the base ANC never altered. See Zuma.
Winnie needs no introduction or comment on her bloodthirstiness and then there is this:…