John Astin

Most people remember him as Gomez Addams of The Addams Family, or the two episodes as the Riddler in Batman.  John Astin has been an actor since the mid 1950’s, and now in his eighties he teaches acting and directing at Johns Hopkins University. He begin on the Broadway stage, and has well over 150 … More John Astin

Always There

For every family life event, our man was always there Mild-mannered, modest, he was a man of little fanfare Important events or small ones, significant or not When called he never hesitated or gave it a thought Births, graduations, marriages or even death He was a family man to his very last breath He gave … More Always There

Social Categorization (according to Groucho Marx)

Misleading title. Sorry. Paraphrasing an old Groucho Marx line, I would never want to be part of a group that would accept me as a member.  Remember this for later. I was talking with a friend and the subject of stereotypes came up as we discussed age groups.  Stereotyping anyone can be a slippery slope because … More Social Categorization (according to Groucho Marx)

Jane Fonda

Love her or hate hate. There are people on both ends. She is an academy award winning actress and fitness trailblazer, and also Hanoi Jane. Fonda will never live down her trip to Hanoi in 1972, where she posed with an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American planes. She also made media statements critical … More Jane Fonda

Heavy Cream

A friend and I were talking about the legacy of British bands, and he mentioned the band Cream. Cream was never one of my top picks but their influence and specter is hard to ignore. The musical period 1966-1968 has to include a discussion of Cream. It would be like probing the planets of the … More Heavy Cream

Bullitt, The French Connection, The Seven-Ups

These three films have several things in common, including being produced by Philip D’Antoni, and having great car chases.  D’Antoni used many of the same crew on the three films including stunt driver/actor Bill Hickman, who was crucial to the films’ action sequences. Hickman had a long history as a stuntman in action films but … More Bullitt, The French Connection, The Seven-Ups