TCM Remembers Overview 2011

I was watching the TCM Turner Classic Movies the other night and they showed this tribute to to all of our fallen actors, actresses, directors, producers and writers.

I thought it was very well done and I love the song that they used in the tribute. The song is “Before You Go” by OK Sweetheart (lyrics). Once the tribute finished, I Googled the song to find out all I could about the song and who sang it. It is now on my iPod.



Here is a list from the Toronto Sun of the Celebrity Deaths of 2011.


2 –Actor Pete Postlethwaite, age 64, pancreatic cancer

3 — Actress Anne Francis, age 80, lung cancer

4 — Singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty, age 63, after a long illness

8 –Canadian actor Peter Donaldson, 57, cancer

11 — Canadian actor Al Kozlik, 76, stroke

15 –Stage director Michael Langham, 91, natural causes

23 — Jack LaLanne, father of the fitness movement, age 96, pneumonia

24 –Canadian dancer Lois Smith, 81, complications from Alzheimer’s


16 –Actor Len Lesser (aka Seinfeld’s “Uncle Leo”), age 88, cancer-related pneumonia

28 –Actress Jane Russell, age 89, respiratory illness


8 –Alice in Chains bassist Mike Star, age 44, drugs and alcohol overdose

15 –Musician Nate Dogg (aka Nathaniel Dwayne Hale), age 41, heart failure

17 — Actor Michael Gough (Alfred the Butler in the Burton/Schumacher Batman films), age 94, natural causes

21 — Soul/disco singer Loleatta Holloway, age 64, heart failure

23 –Actress Elizabeth Taylor, age 79, heart failure

26 –Air Farce actor Roger Abbott, age 64, chronic lymphocytic leukemia


9 — Director Sidney Lumet, age 87,

25 –Singer Poly Styrene (aka Marianne Joan Elliott-Said), age 53, cancer

26 — Singer Phoebe Snow, age 60, complications resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage


20 –Randy “Macho Man” Savage, age 58, heart attack followed by car crash

27 –Actor Jeff Conaway, age 60, pneumonia

30 — Actress Clarice Taylor (“Cosby Show” grandman), age 93, congestive heart failure


3 — Actor James Arness (Gunsmoke), age 88, natural causes

18 –Saxaphonist Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), age 69, complications from stroke

20 –Jackass star Ryan Dunn, age 34, car accident

23 — Actor Peter Falk (Columbo), age 83, cardio respiratory arrest with pneumonia


12 –Sherwood Schwartz (Brady Bunch creator), age 94, natural causes

21 –Elwy Yost, Canadian film historian and TV host, age 86, natural causes

23 –Soul-pop singer Amy Winehouse, age 27, alcohol poisoning


3 — Actor/NFLer Bubba Smith, age 66, drug intoxication and heart disease

10 –Jani Lane (frontman of rockband Warrant), age 47, alcohol poisoning

15 –Russell Armstrong (“Real Housewives” husband), age 47, suicide

22 –Actor Michael Showers, age 45, drowning

22 –R&B singer Nick Ashford, age 70, throat cancer

29 –Bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, age 96, heart failure


10 — Actor Cliff Robertson, age 88, natural causes

15 –Canadian actress Frances Bay, age 92, complications from pneumonia

30 –Alexander Grant, former artistic director of National Ballet of Canada, age 86, natural causes


5 — Actor Charles Napier, age 75, natural causes

8 –Mikey Welsh (former Weezer bassist), age 40, suspected drug overdose leading to heart attack


3 –Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus), age 34, undetermined

4 — Journalist Andy Rooney (60 Minutes), age 92, complications from surgery

8 –Rapper Heavy D, age 44, pneumonia

8 –Cartoonist Bill Keane (“Family Circus”), age 89, unknown

19 –John Neville, actor and former artistic director of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, age 86, natural causes

21 — Sci-fi writer Anne McCaffrey, age 85, stroke

27 — Director Ken Russell, age 84, natural causes


7 –Actor Harry Morgan (Col. Potter on M*A*S*H), age 96, pneumonia

8 — Comics writer Jerry Robinson, age 89,

15 — Writer/politico Christopher Hitchens, age 62, complications from cancer

26 — Comedy writer Joe Bodolai, age 63, suicide by poisoning

(List may not include everyone who passed away in 2011.)

This is one of my favorite quotes from the TV show The West Wing, episode 20 Hours in America (2002).

President Josiah Bartlet: “… The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels…”

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

I finally watched the movie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof the other night. This is one of the movies that has been on my list of movies to see. I started watched it by accident. It was late at night, it was cold and the remote was across the room and I was too lazy to get and chance the TV.

Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. From

I’m glad I didn’t chance it. I was glued to the screen watching Paul Newman! Man, oh man, was he… I can’t think of the word to describe him. I even liked Elizabeth Taylor in the movie. I’m really not a huge fan of her movies. But I liked the both of them in this movie — Brick and Maggie the Cat.

Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor

And I didn’t know Burl Ives was in the movie as “Big Daddy”. I only know of Burl Ives from Rankin & Bass stop-motion animated family special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and singing “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Silver and Gold“. Who knew he acted in real movies!!

Burl Ives (left) with Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Cast List (from Wikipedia)

So, I am glad that wasn’t able to sleep and stayed up to watch this movie. It was a good one and I won’t mind seeing it again. If only just to watch Paul Newman again!

Song of the week

OK, I’ll admit it, I like the New Kids on the Block! There, I said it and I’m proud of it.

I think I like this one the best of their songs — “Step by Step“.



Website: New Kids On The Block —

Jordan Knight
Jonathan Knight
Joey McIntyre
Donnie Wahlberg
Danny Wood

From Artistfacts — New Kids On the Block (1984-)

  • When New Kids on the Block formed in 1984 all of the members were younger than 17: Jonathan Knight was 16, Danny Wood was 15, Donnie Wahlberg was 15, Jordan Knight was 14 and Joey McIntyre was just 12.
  • The only New Kid on the Block that did not release a solo album after the bands first split in 1994 was Jonathan Knight.
  • New Kids on the Block was assembled by producer Maurice Starr. Over 500 people auditioned to become part of the group, yet only five were selected.
  • The creator of New Kids on the Block, Maurice Starr, also assembled the group New Edition. His collaboration with New Edition ended badly, thus he sought to create a new boy band in the shape of New Kids on the Block.
  • Donnie Wahlberg was the first member of the band to be selected. He helped guide the creators in other band member choices. Among those recommended by Wahlberg were his best friend Donny Wood and schoolmate Jordan Knight.
  • Two years after formation, New Kids on the Block released their self-titled album (in 1986) on Columbia Records. The album was an overwhelming flop, receive only very little play around their native Boston.
  • In the spring of 2008 New Kids on the Block officially announced their reunion. In May of that year they released their first single of the decade, “Summertime.”

Enjoy the recipes… Maxine Style

I got this e-mail from a friend from high School, Amy. I thought it was pretty funny. Thanks Amy!

Just in case you planning to do a little cooking.



Martha: Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Maxine: Celery? Never heard of it!


Martha: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Maxine: Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix. Keeps in the pantry for up to a year.


Martha: Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Maxine: Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink! All your pains go away!


Martha: Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Maxine:Leftover wine??????? HELLO!!!!!

2011, Buh-Bye! Jib-Jab Style

Well it’s that time of the year for Jib-Jab to post it’s video to end the year. Here is the 2011 video from Jib-Jab.



Uploaded by on Dec 20, 2011

From Charlie Sheen’s #winning tweets to the debt ceiling crisis and global protests, it seems the whole world went nuts in 2011. Join us as we reminisce about the most notorious moments of the year in our 7th annual year in review… this time sung by a popsicle stick puppet choir!

2011, Buh-Bye! Lyrics

Two Thousand Eleven was hairy,
A year unlike any we’ve seen.
There were Schweddy Balls from Ben & Jerry,
And a warlock assassin named Sheen! Winning!

Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Cain-
Big Trials!
Love Childs!
Two Thousand Eleven, buh-bye!

The S&P blew up our rating.
The job market stayed in a slump, a slump.
The debt ceiling kept us debating
While Weiner just tweeted his junk!

Tax more!
Class war!
I nearly got hit with a pie!
Health threats!
Greek Debts!
Two Thousand Eleven, buh-bye!

The whole Arab world was rebelling.
So long, Moo-a-mar Ka-da-FAY!
While soldiers were asking and telling…
We told the whole world, “We’re not gay!”

We finally took out bin Laden.
Japan had one hell of a year! (A year)
There were riots in Britain —
How rotten!
The rapture!
Not yet, but it’s near! (Next year)

Got hitched!
Got ditched!
Got knocked-up,
Went bankrupt,
We unsubscribed!
Two Thousand Eleven, buh-bye!

There were Occupy Wall Street protesters,
And folks who will surely be missed,
Falling satellites!
Panicked investors!
There’s just way too much stuff to list! (To list)

New signs!
Loose Lions and Tigers And Bears (Oh my!)
Let’s cheer the new year!
Two Thousand Eleven
You’re ending — Thank heaven!
Two Thousand Eleven, BUH-BYE!!!

Do you remember… American Gladiators

I was flipping through the channels on TV and I saw that American Gladiator was on. I remember watching that show when it first came on. I even knew the name of the gladiators from the first season.

American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired in syndication from September 1989 to May 1995. The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each other, as well as against the show’s own gladiators, in contests of strength and agility. (from

One of the reasons that I liked watching the show when it first came out was because Mike Adamle co-hosted the show. And then there were the gladiators! Laser (Jim Starr), Lace (Marisa Pare), Zap (Raye Hollitt), Nitro (Dan Clark) and Blaze (Sha-ri Pendleton) from season 1 (1989).

Original American Gladiators: Dan Clark (Nitro), Deron McBee (Malibu), Marisa Pare (Lace), Cheryl Barldinger (Sunny), Michael Horton (Gemini) and Raye Hollitt (Zap).

For more information, check out these links:

Shows like this only prove that the 80’s RULED!!

Merry Christmas


May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~ Author Unknown


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