It appears Leonard Nimoy and George Harrison had a jam session at the The Whisky a Go-Go in 1966– NOT! Some silliness for you from me 🙂 Have a nice weekend, T
Some of you may know that I am also a blogger for the site Basket Of Kisses, which is an excellent blog for Mad Men and other quality entertainment! I have been posting articles about Mad Men here, for a couple of years now. I also now post the Fan Art page every Thursday, which features art from around the web that has Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and other great shows as its focus. And soon I will be starting a new feature, Retro Reel Review, where I’ll take you back to the glorious old days of Classic Movies.
Now, for the uninitiated, Mad Men is a drama about the ad executives of Madison Ave in the 1960’s. The series began in 1960, and Season 5 is beginning in June of 1966; just three months shy of Star Trek‘s premiere on September 8, 1966 (I would not be surprised to see a reference to Trek). The main character of the piece, Don Draper, is a brilliant Ad man with a secret past, you’ll just have to watch to see how it all evolves. Mad Men often mentions current events of the Sixties, but doesn’t hit you over the head with them. It’s Subtle, Smart, and Sophisticated, and it is my favorite show ever. (Yes, even more than Star Trek)
Here’s a listing of my Basket of Kisses articles to date, (start at the bottom) and I’ll add more to my Mad Men category here as they appear. If you haven’t seen Mad Men yet, I highly recommend that you start with Season 1, Episode 1, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and strap yourself in for the ride. It is one of the best written shows on TV, and it has won the Emmy for Best Drama 4 years in a row now!
- Welcome (again) to Fan Art Thursdays
- 1966: A Revolution in Movies
- Joan and…Lane?
- The Incredible New Mad Men Season 5 Poster…
- Who will have “A Little Kiss”?
- Christmas Cards From the Drapers and the Francis’?
- “Betty Draper” and the Maddicts at the Antique Store
- Fan Art Thursdays — All-Star Mad Men Cast in the 60′s
- Fan Art Thursdays
- Just for you, Mad Men at the Emmys 2011 (video)
- Fan Art Thursdays
- Pantyhose, Popcorn, and Pink Powder Rooms.
- Reflections on Turning 50
- “Betty Draper is a Beautiful Girl” — my latest video
- Black Swan
- Ny New Video Features a few Mad Men!
- So When will we hear of renewal for S5?
- In 2009, One.org used Mad Men as a reference
- Jon Hamm #2 Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly
- Mad Men ’75! A crazy look ahead, Part Three: It’s Peggy Pantsuit!
- Another Scary Children’s Song (sung by Megan)
- My Mad, Mad Men Weekend in NYC
- Mad Men ’75. Part II Salvatore LOVES the 70′s
- Remembering John Lennon on his 70th
- Does Ken have a Skeleton (in the closet, that is)?
- Mad Men ’75! A crazy look ahead, Part One: Joan’s Journey To Joy.
- What will Baby Campbell be named?
- Just for Fun, The Sterling Supremes!
- Megan’s Embrace of Sally the Orphan
- The Big Rock Candy Mountain; Children’s Song or Hobo Paradise Come-On?
- Peggy Art
- Don and Peggy; The New Pietà
- Will Someone Please Kick this Guy Out? (Stan is No Sal)
- Kiss and Tell???
- Sally’s crush, Illya Kuriakin, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (The Hong Kong Shilling Affair)
- Joan Will Not Be Rejected
- I Love You, Miss Blankenship
- Peggy’s time is now
- Ode to Betty -Singin’ in the Rain Style
- What fashion trends will our Mad Men and Women Emulate?
- Rethinking Suzanne Farrell
- Betty: The Blond Breck Venus
- Must. Resist. Spoilers!!!
- The Evolution of Peggy’s Hair
- Cast Photos!
- Gorgeous Exclusive S4 MM picture for EW, and trying to crack Don, Joan, and Peggy’s “Summer Essentials”
- Mad Man Fashion Fan – Betty’s Bikini and This Way to Ladies Swimwear
I heard today the very sad news that singer, actor,jockey, and former Monkee Davy Jones passed away from a heart attack in his home today, he was only 66. Long before Davy was a Monkee, he was a child actor on British soap operas and played The Artful Dodger in Oliver! on Broadway. Ironically, the night that The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, Davy was backstage with the cast of Oliver! waiting to perform; little did he or the screaming hordes in the theater know that he’d become as idolized as Paul McCartney in just two years.
I had the great pleasure of seeing Davy perform with Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz when they did a Monkee reunion in 1996. It was a great show and you could see that Davy LOVED performing. My sister and I had 7th row seats and at one point, Davy walked up and down the side aisles, touching hands with fans. I found myself calling “Come here Davy!” (just like a tween again). Alas we were too far in the aisle, but man, what a fun show! I recall it once said of Davy that “..if a fridge door opened, he’d do five minutes!” and I could just see him performing for the milk and mayonnaise. He had one of the most unique, warm, yet seductive voices I’ve ever heard. Behold several of my favorites:
And here’s the funny scene from The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) where Davy sings Girl at the school dance –looking a bit confused at the grunge influence,but so fun! The teachers are turned on and the students eventually realize that this guy was cool! (not the best quality, but the only copy I could find)
A commenter on YouTube wrote today: “A part of my childhood passed away today.” I think many American women in my generation (1960’s) would sadly agree. Farewell Davy. Thanks for the joy.
Today, February 7, 2012, is the 200th Birthday of Charles Dickens! If you’ve never read a Dickens book, you have lost out on a great adventure into the human soul. I’m sure you’re aware of these gems:
A Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities (Which Spock gave to Kirk in Star Trek II)
The Pickwick Papers
The Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby
And so on and so on. You know what my favorite Dickens quote is? This:
“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused” – The Ghost of Jacob Marley, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Don’t misuse your life — get off the computer, buy some Dickens, and broaden your horizons as well as your vocabulary!
BTW, Mr. Nimoy played the leader of the street urchins, Fagin, in a Theater production of Oliver! in 1972-3 — One of his first Theater Musicals!
I’m a great fan of old movies, I watch TCM whenever I can, and I am especially a fan of old movie poster art. After doing my StarTreKomics for several months now, (and yes, there will be more) all the collage work I had been doing suddenly lit a compact fluorescent bulb over my head. Hey! Trek has always been a great adventure/romance/drama in the most cinematic way, and wouldn’t it be fun to re-imagine episodes as if they were weekly serials at the movies? Of course, they’d need a thrilling poster to attract attention. hope to do all 79 episodes, but for now, here is the first in my series of Trek Episode Movie posters; Ladies and Gentleman of all species, here is “The Cage” -Be sure to click on the image to see in in it’s full size glory!
Just a quick sideline. Not content enough to just write and draw, and collage, I also love making videos to music I love! Here’s some of my other interests expressed through home-made videos. My name on YouTube is peace2baby*. Enjoy! -Therese
*UPDATE: MARCH 20,2012
Google has changed their whole way of communicating, and in the process forced me to make a new name for myself of YouTube (Grrr!) Hence, I am now known at stillpeace2baby, but I have lost access to the editing of my original videos. However, I will still link to them through my new name, and I will eventually post new videos under that name too. But this sucks!
My first video, a tribute to my favorite Beatle, George Harrison.
And the baroque Jack O’Lantern I carved last Halloween (2010)
A Tribute to my favorite leading men and musicians (Nimoy & Shatner are in here too) With my original lyrics to “America, The Beautiful”
A backhanded tribute to Betty Draper on ‘Mad Men’ (At the end you see the truly most beautiful woman on MM!) Note: for some reason this one does not play in all countries-maybe the one bikini shot?
A little movie of our pet hamster, Gus! (Awww!)
A quick review of “StarTreKomics”, although I have to update the final credits to include this blog!
And finally, a shaky video of Peter Noone with The Herman’s Hermits, shot at The New York State Fair last summer (2010)
Oh yeah, and here I am on my 50th birthday earlier this year, showing off the first fondant decorated cake I’ve ever made!(blush)
I’ll be making more videos as time allows. Enjoy! -Therese
Now, I refuse to read any of these ridiculous side ads that seem to have found an amazing amount of ‘Moms’ in my ‘local’ area who all have found ‘miraculous $5 tricks’ to erase the lines of time.
But I admit, a long time ago, I did once open an ad for the ‘strange simple secret’ to lose belly fat. It led to page upon page upon page promising that you’d read this secret soon, and that it was ‘so simple’ that you wouldn’t believe it! Well, I was a good 40+ pages in and it still kept promising the ‘secret’ would really work, but I closed the ad because I just didn’t care, and by the time I had the ‘answer’ I probably could have walked around the block 3 or 4 times!
But back to this ‘local Mom’. You know, these ads always feature the face of a woman who has never had wrinkles, or worse, the picture where a bar sweeps back and forth over a gruesomely photo-shopped wrinkly face, transforming it into an immaculately smooth face. (shudder!) Yet today, the latest picture I’ve seen for these annoying ads caught my eye. Here it is, slightly enlarged:
Oka-a-a-y. So I guess this means to lose my wrinkles I only have to become a green Orion Slave Girl? Hmm. Maybe it works? Look, here’s Susan Oliver getting the same treatment in 1964! 😉
I got a tattoo last week. It’s across my upper back, between the blades.
Now don’t panic, my family, it’s just an air-brushed one. It only lasts about a week, by the time you read this it should be mostly washed off. Last week I had some free time while chaperoning a group from my son’s school bus trip to a theme/water park, and I thought “Hey, why not?” Its application felt cold but I’m sure that’s better than a needle would have felt. Now many people, myself included, have often wondered what would drive a person to permanently mark themselves with a design that they may regret 10,20, or 50 years from now? What makes the pain of the needle worth the result? Why aren’t these people happy with the skin they’re in?
But having this little experiment done with shiny paints definitely gave me an inkling 😛 into the lure of body design. The delicate motif had a surprising affect on me. I felt pretty, independent, and unique. It’s wasn’t an in-your-face kind of thing, (especially since it was behind me), but more of just a decoration. It’s like wearing a necklace or bracelet, and in its innocence reminded me that, at 50, I still can try new things just for the fun of it. I really enjoyed how I could express myself with a simple work of art — kind of like face-painting for adults.
I have several relatives and friends with unique tats and they are passionate about them. One has a gorgeous peacock, and another even has a famous baseball logo on her. Now that’s devotion. Getting reactions to mine was half the fun! Most of my initial reactions were (Gasp!) “Is that real?”, and a then a sigh of relief when they were told it wasn’t. My octogenarian neighbor asked bluntly “What the hell is that?” but then mellowed and even found it ‘cute’ when I explained it to her. But considering that it wasn’t a scary or gruesome design, it was a bit surprising to have to explain the why of it. It was just hearts and flowers, how innocent can that be? Now I do understand both positive and negative attitudes about tats, unfortunately they can become an easy way to judge a stranger. Yet these voluntary designs, simple as a heart or as complicated as a family tree, always express the true soul of a person. Whenever I meet some0ne with a tat I like, I ask about it, and there’s always a good story about it. Always.
The most touching story of a tattoo I heard was from a young man waiting for his lunch at McDonalds. There on his thin, muscled right arm, was a motif of seven military dog tags, linked together in a chain. He told me proudly that the numbers had belonged to him, his late father, and five of his military buddies who had either been injured or killed in Iraq. It was his way of keeping their sacrifices, spirits, and memories alive. I was so touched by this. I thanked him for all of their hard work and sacrifice, shook his hand, and praised him for this loving gesture.
Now I’m not about to get a permanent tattoo, but I definitely appreciate them more than I used to. Next time you see a tattoo you like, just ask the owner them about it. I’m sure they’ll be happy to explain.