I was just reading about him and his family. For such a standup guy he had a lot of tragedy in his life.
His daughter Jenny died at 24 of a drug overdose and his ex-wife (mother of Jenny) drank herself to death a few months later. His son Rolf was a surfing champion but couldn't handle it and got caught up in his mom's drugs and alcohol problems. Rolf also lost his wife to cancer just a couple of years after his mom and sister died. James' son Craig died in 2005 of lung and anemia ailments, leaving behind his wife and 2 children.
So for the last several years it's just been James, Rolf and the grandchildren. Now Rolf has practically no one. With his background, I wonder how long he'll last?
I never watched any of the Jackass episodes but I saw a few interviews with the nincompoops. They had absolutely no sense and were still in the teenage phase of thinking they were omnipotent even though they were grown men. Idiots!
At least in the running for sure. One that has always stuck in my mind was the Junior bunch of Rocket Scientists (all adults) that put a jet engine in a Volkswagon...took it out for a test drive in the desert...forgot that there were mountains in the desert and jet engines tend to propel upwards...and it did, about 200 feet off the ground at a very high rate of speed.
That is kinda how I have always looked at it...there are those who wander in f.o.g.s...and those who see it for what it really is...seems to be basically a gender split with a few overlaps now and then...grin
She was and me, too. Brigadoon was the movie that changed my outlook of the universe. If that could happen, what else could be? Is there really a place where time stands still? Could time be moved forward? IS time travel possible?
I had to wipe my eyes when reminded of it and I don't even have it in my library. A tragedy that is being rectified tomorrow.
I grew up in Oregon, and have a childhood friend who has been involved in opera and light opera all her adult life. I saw her in a production of Brigadoon put on by the now-defunct Oregon Light Opera Association many years ago. It was wonderful!
Jean, that's exactly right. I had so many questions for my dad after that he handed me a copy of one of his sci-fi books. I don't remember which one but I was hooked ever since. LOL This was late 60's so possibly something by Issac Asimov.
Almost have to say PROBABLY Asimov...LOL. He wrote over 300 books in various genera before his death. My introduction to Asimov was through his Tales of the White Hart mystery series. Have you read any Harlan Ellison?
With all you guys talking about this I think I need to get Lerner's book from the library and reread it. It's not very long (138 pages), but at least I can do that until someone here produces the play again.
I met Harlan Ellison years ago in Los Angeles.. he was introduced to me by good friends of mine.. Laura and Kelly Freas. Kelly died several years ago.. I am still friends with Laura. I met Laura while taking a class in LA.
It was a nice experience.. he was very funny to talk with.. Sci Fi people are very interesting people.. I was at a convention with Laura and Kelly Freas...Kelly Freas was very interesting and fun to talk with... he was a Sci Fi artist.. did a lit of illustrations for many books for years... received many Hugo awards.. they were lined up in his living room! LOL I was fascinated by Skylab as a kid and was so happy to see a patch that was actually on the space station! He did the official logo for the project. He signed a poster for me.. have it on my wall. He actually signed lots of artwork for me because I printed sets of his work on canvas using my inkjet printer when such a thing was fairly new... he sold them at the convention.. he signed a set for me. They look really nice.. used archival inks. We worked long hours getting the colors perfect to his specifications... lots of reprints! He chose I think 10 or 12 of his favorite art covers to do... they sure are beautiful! He liked to say "I paint with light". I loved watching him paint... so meticulous... amazing.
It would be great to work with someone like that. My only brushes with anyone famous are Stephen King, Donny and Marie Osmond, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Thatcher. Mr King was, by far, the most interesting to talk to. He can be hilarious. Ms. Weaver is second and she had one of her daughters with her. Margaret Thatcher was as charming as any royal. Arnold was...Arnold. He was big and loud and had much to say. Also, funny. I didn't know how funny he could be. Donny and Marie were way too busy trying to talk to everyone at once.
as for young men endangering themselves, my DH says it's as if they have a death wish. My, what a wondrous thing testosterone is!
I loved Peter Falk. As Colombo, he would drive his suspects crazy pretending to leave and then coming back again and again with another question untill they ran out of patinece and sometimes blurted something out that incriminated them.
My Mom was terrible with names too. She was a bartender in my home town, so knew everyone there. There was a restaurant connected to the bar where she worked, and one night I was in the restaurant with some friends and who did I run into but one of my second cousins. He was in town because he was the coach of the high school football team our high school was playing that night. His mom and mine were first cousins, and the families kept in touch over the years, including family reunions.
I told him that Mom was working right next door, and he should stop in and say "Hi." As I left the restaurant he went into the bar. I didn't see him again that night, and the next day my Mom asked me, "Who was that young man you sent into the bar to talk to me?" I said, "Mom, don't you know your own relatives?" Then I told her who it was, and she was mortified! She said she hoped she hadn't let on that she didn't know who he was!
Maybe this is why many waitresses here used to resort to 'Hi hon!'
I went to Bob Evans with hubby, MIL, and DD last week, and three neighbor gals were finishing at another table and stopped to say Hi. Horrified at myself I could NOT think of one's name--and didn't want to start introductions and get to "Uh er umm"
Amy Winehouse was indeed talented. I checked out Youtube and saw some good songs. But also some performances that she could barely stand up and couldn't remember lots of lyrics. It's odd, but she knew this was coming. How many of these tragedies have to happen before kids get the picture?
I don't know about the rest of you, but I went through a bit of an "omnipotent" stage too, where I thought everything happened to someone else. Fortunately I didn't do drugs, but I did take some risks that I shouldn't have. I'm very grateful that I got through that phase of my life relatively unscathed. As I look back, decades later, I wonder how.
My favorite was Ethel Waters. I liked her better even than Ella Fitzgerald. But I am not talking just gospel here for those 2 ladies.
Amy Winehouse liked Ethel Waters and I could hear a little Ethel's sound in Amy's voice.
Charles "Bubba" Smith, 66, former NFL defensive end and actor, was found dead today at his home, apparently of natural causes.
As an actor his most memorable role was playing Moses Hightower, the soft-spoken officer in the "Police Academy" series. He also appeared in such television series as "Good Times," "Charlie's Angels," and "Half Nelson," and was a regular in the ground-breaking Miller Lite commercials featuring retired players.
yeah, I knew the song...was one of my dad's favorites, but didn't really know anything about Billy Grammer. I read an article years ago about women who served in WWII and they talked about Nancy Wake...she was quite a remarkable woman.