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Brad’s Musings and Meanderings

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"He don't want me. He wants the other monkey." - Stan Laurel, "The Music Box"

Little Kisser

February 27th, 2015

ms2I’m fairly certain that child actor Martin Stephens had appeared at previous Chiller Theatre events that I had been to, but I had always bypassed him. He had been one of the main kids in the sci-fi classic Village of the Damned, but I had never seen it so it didn’t mean anything to me. But less than a year before the Chiller on October 25, 2014, Carolyn and I had watched another classic scary film in which he had starred, The Innocents, a very creepy and scary film starring Deborah Kerr, the screenplay of whic had been co-written by Truman Capote. Read the rest of this entry »

ven30It had been a fun couple of days with Jimmy and David at Disney and visiting the M*A*S*H location, but the real reason I had made the trek to California this time was to attend Laurel and Hardywood, the 19th International Convention of the Sons of the Desert. It had been a series of long roads, starting with the two-year road it had been for Bob since he bid on and was given the 2014 convention on behalf of his tent 45 Minutes from Hollywood. For the most part he did 90% of the work in coordinating the convention, but I and others had had our roles too, and over the course of the past two years, I had been pretty busy with convention website updates, sizing photos, writing and editing text, and managed the autograph fundraiser. Read the rest of this entry »

The Good Graces

February 12th, 2015

gracesAlmost everyone who remembers the TV series Little House on the Prairie will remember the Ingalls girls Laura and Mary. Most will even remember the younger sister Carrie, although her lines of dialogue were fleeting, even when she became older. But even I didn’t remember the fourth child Grace until I recently re-visited the series. She was of course based on the real-life Ingalls child, the fifth and youngest of the brood. (A brother was born between Carrie and Grace who died as an infant). Like the character of her older sister Carrie, Grace was actually portrayed by twin sisters, in this case Brenda and Wendi Turnbaugh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Founder Bean and Wife

February 9th, 2015

bean2In about five years, I’ll be able to say that I’ve been part of the Sons of the Desert organization for 5/6ths of my life. That is pretty crazy in itself. As a lifelong devotee and student of the club, I’ve gotten to know five names pretty darn well: John McCabe, the club’s founder, and Al Kilgore, Chuck McCann, Orson Bean, and John Municino, the club’s founding members. Of the five, only four have really had any degree of fame: McCabe as writer (most notably as biographer of Laurel & Hardy), Kilgore as artist (he even drew the escutcheon for the Sons), and Chuck McCann and Orson Bean as actors. John Municino, swell guy that he probably was, would be the least likely to be a household name. In fact, I dare say his greatest claim to fame was that his name appeared in the Sons constitution as one of the founders. And now, he is the only one of the five whom I never met – and sadly never will. Read the rest of this entry »