Satire: The Pressure of Being Poor
I make it look easy, but it's not. I’m sure rich people feel pressure. I’m not familiar with it, but I’m told they do.The pressure I am familiar with is the pressure of having a family and a low paying or no job with bills coming in. Of course, it seems like when affluent people see poor people, they assume they have some type of factory defect.
Satire: Things to Look for When Shopping for a Nursing Home
I'm starting to really pay attention to this stuff. Over the years, we’ve had to put my mother in more than one nursing home. When it came to choosing a facility, my wife and I have felt pretty good about the facility in each case. Whatever facility a family chooses, it’s important to visit your family member who is in the facility on a regular basis. Just by virtue of being a regular visitor, you can improve the quality of care your loved one is receiving.
Facts About Don Adams
Or as he was sometomes known, Agent 86. For most of us, Don Adams is synonymous with “Get Smart.” In looking back, I think I was too young to appreciate just how good that series was. It’s a series I would like to take another look at. The series did give us a lot of catch phrases. “Missed it by that much” and “would you believe?” come to mind.
Facts About Richard Farnsworth
He seemed to be everywhere and yet invisible at the same time. The first time I really noticed Richard Farnsworth was when I saw him on the TV western, “Desperado: The Outlaw Wars.” He played Sherrif Campbell in that movie and was a striking character. His striking blue eyes and white mustache made him stand out. That and his low-key delivery made for a memorable character. He conveyed a quiet competence. Unfortunately, his character got killed.
Facts About Jackie Chan
In his movies, plot doesn't much matter. I don’t think Jackie Chan is a particularly good actor. For example, I can’t see Jackie playing Hamlet. I do, however, think he’s entertaining. He seems to recognize his limitations. Actually, some of Jackie’s most entertaining stuff is the outtakes from his movies. Some are hilarious, but they also show that Jackie is one tough little dude.
Facts About the Three Stooges
They were underrated for most of their careers. As a guy in my 60s, I like most of the boys I grew up with, was a big fan of The Three Stooges. And, like so many of us, Curley was my favorite. And I have to report that I didn’t try to poke other kids' eyes out, slap them in the face, or go over their heads with a hacksaw.
Facts About Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson may well be one of the top five game show hosts of all time. He is most known for his work on “Family Feud.” While generally very popular, his tenure on The Feud was not without controversy. I expect that when most people think of Richard Dawson, they think of Richard kissing contestants on the game show.
Have you Experienced These Ethical Dilemmas?
We used to hear more about ethical dilemmas than we do now. Possibly because ethics have become so scarce. With the dissolving of ethics, what few ethical dilemmas we hear about have changed in nature. So let’s take a look at modern ethical dilemmas.
Facts About Milton Berle
Milton Berle’s heyday precedes even my recollection of TV. I did see Berle do various Dean Martin roasts. Generally speaking, he did ok on those. He did host SNL, and it was legendarily disastrous. Berle did have a reputation of being one of the greatest forces in early TV. Other aspects of his reputation weren’t so rosy. So here are some things you might not have known about “Uncle Miltie.”
Facts About Rod Serling
He was an amazing writer. To call “The Twighlight Zone” innovative is an understatement. The series presented a number of variations of science fiction themes. Included were storylines that involved time travel, nuclear holocaust, death and some other things I’ll classify as just weird.
Facts About Andy Griffith
He and Andy Taylor were two different guys. 1: Andy was married three times. His first wife was Barbara Bray Edwards. They were married in 1949 and divorced in 1972. As a side thought, Barbara was a singer. A singer named Bray, is somewhat ironic.
Satire: 10 Sales Cliches I'm Tired of Hearing
And there's a good chance you are too. I was in sales for a number of years and have been bombarded by an avalanche of sales calls for even longer. What I’ve seen over the years has made a career in sales harder and harder to stomach for anyone with ethics or even a modicum of empathy.
Facts About Richard Widmark
I primarily remember his westerns. To me, the two Richard Widmark movies I remember the most are “Warlock” and “Death of a Gunfighter.” Despite the name “Warlock,” the movie is a western, and a good one. Widmark plays the hero in that excellent western.
Facts About Cary Grant
When I was a kid Cary Grant movies were fairly common on TV. Now I can’t recall seeing one in years. Though I think of myself as generally liking his movies, none of them strike me as something I have a burning desire to see again. Possibly because he didn’t do westerns or action movies. So, I did some research on Cary. Maybe I’ll even be reminded of some of his movies I need to see.
Satire: I've Made It!
Fame and fortune have both found me. It was bound to happen. I’ve been cranking material on pretty much a daily basis for close to a couple years now. Fame and fortune were sure to follow. And that’s what happened.
Facts About Jimmy Stewart
His wasn't always a wonderful life. The holiday season is here, and that means different things to different people, but one thing is certain, the airways will be filled with, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” That may be Jimmy Stewart’s most well-known role, but overall, he had a wonderful career. And, as a bonus he was one of the greatest western stars of all time.
Facts About William Frawley
The friction between the Fred and Ethel Mertz was real. I’ve mentioned before that when I was a kid I liked to watch “I Love Lucy.” One reason was I like the Fred Mertz character. Even as a kid, I thought Fred was funny. I’ve learned a little bit more about the man who played Fred, William Frawley.
Facts About American Gothic
Let me gring some culture into yout life. I generally write about entertainment, getting older, or sports. But this time I will delve into some culture. Specifically, I’ll take dive into the 1930 Grant Wood classic, American Gothic. A look at the painting evokes questions. I’ll take a look at those questions, give my own answers, and give you some background regarding the classic.
Facts About Ringo Starr
He seems like he might have been the most fun Beatle. All four of the Beatles were immensely musically talented. But of the four, it seems like Ringo might have been considered the least talented of the four. I’m not qualified to determine who was the most or least talented of the group, but I do know Ringo seemed to do okay after the group broke up. He also seems to be having fun, which I appreciate.
Facts About Walter Cronkite
Imagine a news anchor people trusted. Once upon a time, TV newsmen were trusted. This was in the days before “spin” and “alternative facts.” It was a time when news guys were generally considered truthful. And one of those truth tellers towered above the others. Walter Cronkite. At one point, he was considered” the most trusted man in America.”