Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fortunately, I did not have to use my new powers in order to pick a winner…

Congratulations are in store for Thomas Stillabower, a longtime TDOY reader and supporter who’s the big winner in the “Home Fires” giveaway—namely, a brand-spanking new 4-CD set of vintage 1947 Maxwell House Coffee Time broadcasts starring George Burns and Gracie Allen that’s just been released by Radio Spirits. While Thomas takes his requisite victory lap, I’d like to remind all you reader out there that I’ll be doling out more fabulous prize goodness very soon, so make certain you’re tuned into the blog.

The above is a “tweet” from the Warner Archive Twitter account mentioning yesterday’s post on the Crime Does Not Pay and Todd/Kelly shorts I reviewed…and I’d like to direct special attention to the part that reads “look for CDNP shorts in Dec. on WAC”—which would seem to confirm my earlier prediction that a set of Pay two-reelers would be headed to disc (albeit MOD) soon. Since it has now been established that I possess amazing psychic powers, I plan to use them for pure dagnasty evil. (Well, maybe I’ll score a lottery ticket or two.)

Over at Bill Crider’s, there’s a note on the passing of character actor Larry Keith, who’s taken his final curtain call at the age of 79. The New York Times obituary mentions that he was a staple on ABC’s All My Children for many years, in addition to being the first American to play Henry Higgins in the Broadway stage smash My Fair Lady—or as we used to refer to it around our house, “Pygmalion with music.” Since I don’t watch a lot of soaps it was driving me nuts as to where I’d seen Keith’s mug before…and then it hit me—he was a cast member on the 1979-81 syndicated sitcom The Baxters, a failed Norman Lear experiment that allowed viewers to discuss live on TV the problems of a typical American family after seeing a short (eleven-minute) vignette. Keith’s boob tube resume includes guest appearances on shows like The Equalizer, Kate & Allie, Law & Order and Damages. R.I.P, Mr. Keith…you will be missed.

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