Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gordon Jump in 1963


Click on this to read a nice piece on young Gordon Jump in Dayton Ohio, some 15 years before he moved South by about 50 miles to WKRP IN CINCINNATI.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Red Skelton


Red Skelton was a good actor in 1940s movies, hilarious in his radio series, a star for two decades on television...and yet largely forgotten now. He was unique in his embracing of pantomime and silent comedy in a world where television just never seemed to shut up. He was patriotic and spiritual and clean...except when he was egotistical, dirty, mean and cruel to his writers and co-workers. And he painted clowns. LOTS of clowns.

His TV series--my father's favorite and thus on every week in our house--was canceled as too old-fashioned at the end of the sixties, only to be picked up and brought back on another network with "hipper" guests. It didn't last and a bitter Red threatened for years to have all of his old episodes burned just to spite the audience he felt turned on him. He continued working "concerts" for many years afterwards, however. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My Top 25 TV Themes


One of my Facebook friends posted his list of top 25 favorite TV themes earlier. I agreed with many but not all. As it kept popping up throughout the day, i decided to do my own. It wasn't easy! There are at least a dozen that I feel SHOULD be somewhere on this list but there's simply no room!
My Top 25 favorite TV themes...in order!







DOCTOR WHO
MANNIX
THE ROCKFORD FILES
HAWAII 5-0
WKRP IN CINCINNATI
CHEERS
SESAME STREET
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
GREEN ACRES
STAR TREK
M*A*S*H
MARY TYLER MOORE
LOST IN SPACE (2nd version)
WELCOME BACK KOTTER
THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW
BATMAN
HERE COME THE BRIDES
TRUE BLOOD
THE MUNSTERS
NANNY & THE PROFESSOR
THE PRISONER
RAWHIDE
MR. ED

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lost Girl Has Arrived!

Kathy Coleman starred as Holly on the mid-'70s Saturday morning live action series, LAND OF THE LOST. Today, I received the first ever printed copy of her autobiography! Even she doesn't have one yet! 

Over the past 13 1/2 months, I compiled the book from 40+ hours of pre-recorded interviews made since 2009 and about 50 pages of typed and handwritten sections. I wrote new portions including an introduction, edited the book, and designed the cover.

At my suggestion, last year Kathleen reconnected with actress Erica Hagen, who had played her character as an adult on one episode, and she was kind enough to write the Foreword to LOST GIRL.

There are still a few very minor tweaks that will be made this weekend and then I'll tell you how you can order a copy! This is NOT the story of LAND OF THE LOST. This is the true and sometimes terrible story of a girl who DID eventually get rescued!




Saturday, March 21, 2015

Laugh-In by Roy Doty





A few 1969 examples of the short-lived gag strip very, VERY loosely tied to TV's LAUGH-IN and drawn by children's book illustrator Roy Doty who passed away this past week. R.I.P.