5 Ways you know your days are Numbered: An analysis of old TV shows, and deceased guests who are more relatable than the current generation of “stars”.  



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1. You are watching Me TV. You feel young when watching these shows. You are the exact same age as Jerry Mathers who played “The Beaver.” Your father reminded you of Beavers father, and your mother had the same values. (Except she didn’t wear heels and pearls. She also had a job  outside the house, and wasn’t excited about cooking.

2.. Although you can appreciate Jimmy Fallon’s talent, you  prefer the guests on old Dick Cavett shows like: the late Marlon Brando, and Charles Heston (before he was president of the NRA, but maybe that’s when his Alzheimers had already started. You hope so because you loved him as Moses.)

3.   It does still hurt to watch old Johnny Carson shows because he was a big part of your life for so many years. Even before he was on the Tonight show you remember him on “Who do you Trust.” You remember the very first ” Tonight Show”. He kept you company from the time you were a teenager until you were solidly middle-aged.

4.  You go to a concert featuring Paul Anka. He shows old videos of Sammy Davis Jr. smoking a cigarette and singing. It’s hard to imagine a time when it was cool and sexy to smoke a cigarette. Paul Anka was “the kid” amongst the Rat Pack. People like Frank Sinatra,  Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. The good thing is he puts on a dynamic show and sings with a strong, good, familiar voice. So, what happened to music? Really?

5. It bothers you when you realize you’ve spent more time with people on TV than you did with real live people. You wish you had videos of your mom and dad you could play, but you don’t because they weren’t famous. You remember a time when you thought they were really “old” and couldn’t appreciate my good music. Just like my kids think about me.

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I’m Watching “This is It” Missing Weird Michael Jackson (MJ)


Cover of "Michael Jackson: This Is It"

Cover of Michael Jackson: This Is It

I’ve seen the movie, “This is it” a couple of times, but I don’t get tired of it.  Michael Jackson in rehearsal is the closest I’ll ever get to a MJ concert.

After all, I watched MJ grow up. I remember him as a little kid, singing and dancing. What poise, what stage presence, and what promise.

I remember watching The Jackson 5  on Johnny Carson. I thought it was weird MJ wasn’t doing any talking. He said he was “shy and quiet.”  That wasn’t the half of it.

I remember how excited my 5th grade class was after he did that Apollo Theater special. He  moon-walked for the first time on TV, and his performance was riveting.

The next day my fifth grade students came to class wearing one glove. I knew the young adult heart-throb Michael Jackson,was going to be a big deal to them.

But then the weirdness really started about 5  years later.
Monkey’s, horrible accusations, sad trials, and all the rest of it. I’d like to think he was innocent of the accusations. I’d like to think he was just weird.

Then, the different way he died. Whoever heard of anyone dying from an anesthetic. I’m glad they convicted that doctor. I guess money can buy anyone or anything.

It’s insane how we get to know the celebrities, and they never know us. It’s insane how we demand so much from them, and they don’t even ever know who we are. It’s ironic that this cute kid with all that talent came to a sad end

Still, I can appreciate watching “This is It.” If’s entertaining.

Thanks MJ wherever you are.

Am I wrong? What do you think?

Robert Blake on Piers Morgan: Liar or Victim?


 

Español: Robert Blake, más conocido como, Baretta

Español: Robert Blake, más conocido como, Baretta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I almost didn’t watch  Robert Blake on Piers Morgan.  After all, I figure Robert Blake is a lying murderer. Now, I’m not sure.

He was on Piers Morgan to talk about a book he wrote. I hate to say it, but I may  want to read it.  It’s the story of his life I think he leaves out the fact that the family of Bonnie Blakely, his murdered wife,  won a civil trial against him. The civil court ruled he was liable for her untimely death.

The book he wrote  is all about his 75 years of working as an actor. I always thought he was slightly crazy. I did like his performance in “Cold Blood.”  It was his masterpiece of acting. On Baretta when he played a detective, I was mildly entertained.

When I used to see him on “The Johnny Carson” show I thought he was off his rocker. He talked about being crazy. He talked about his father locking him in a closet, and making him bark like a dog. He talked about unspeakable crimes his parents committed against him. So sad, so hard to listen to.

Piers opened the interview innocently enough. He said this book is fascinating, but it does ramble at parts.  Piers said, “ It’s the story about being betrayed, and constantly let down.”

He did show a clip from “ Cold Blood”. It showed Blake’s acting talent.

Piers finally brought up Bonnie’s death. Blake was very angry and defensive. He kept trying to tell Piers he “was looking silly.” As it turned out Blake’s “38 caliber gun” did not murder Bonnie.

What I remember about Bonnie was that she was a slimy person who’d betrayed many people, and gotten money out of them. I guess Blake was looking for his parents in a mate.

He said he really didn’t love her, but she was pregnant with his child, and that’s why he stayed with her.

Morgan said, “I want to talk about the most significant thing in your life.”
Blake said, “This wasn’t the most significant thing in my life, becoming an actor and a star at 5 was the most significant thing of my life.” Interesting answer. It makes me think he did it. He was just too cold about her demise.

He used to have money, but after the trial he was broke. I guess it would be annoying to lose millions of dollars, and have everyone think you were a murderer.

He threw God into the equation. He feels happy that God loves him. (It’s always interesting to me that people who haven’t done the greatest things bring God into the discussion.)

It was sad when he said, “nobody in Hollywood stood behind me.” He also said that his biggest dream is to make the perfect movie at the end of his life. He’s 79,

I would probably go see it. I have a feeling it’s never going to get made.

I was sure he murdered his wife, but now I’m only 90% sure.  If he didn’t do it, my suspicion is that he arranged it.

Postscript: I saw the family’s lawyer on the show Monday. He reminded the audience that Blake had asked several people to kill Bonnie for him. There were no takers. I guess he decided he had to do it himself.The attorney thought Blake should be very happy that he’s alive and out of jail. He was pretty convincing. And it only took around 10 minutes.

Did you see the interview?

What do you think?

 

10 Things You Should Not Do


English: This photo depicts Donald Trump's sta...

English: This photo depicts Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Making fun or insulting others to get a laugh. (Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Bill Mahr,  Steven Colbert and most comedians. We laugh with them at people.)

At first, I included Jon Stewart, but after thinking it over I decided his humor is not mean-spirited. I like the way he gets his point across. He reminds me of an intellectual Johnny Carson.

Some people carry this  line of comedy into real life towards real people. Insulting other is not nice or funny.

2. Believing that you are superior to everyone. (Donald Trump, Carl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, etc.)

3. Not listening to anyone else.( Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity.)

4. Talking only about yourself. (Donald Trump)

5. Being rude to hard-working people in stores and restaurants. There’s plenty of ordinary people who do that. It’s really pathetic behavior, and if you do it, stop it immediately!

6. Driving drunk or drugged up. (Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton)

7. Saying things that you know will embarrass others.(Donald Trump, Joan Rivers)

8. Calling people childish names, like pig.  (Donald Trump). Name calling in general is a no no.

9. Looking at the bad side of life. Fox channel, CNN Channel, Local News,  Reality Shows, The Khardashians, Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil, Prison reality type shows, Serial Killer Documentaries, television in general)

10. Being a home wrecker, and speaking ill of the dead. (Rielle Hunter)

As I was writing this, I wondered why those people are famous? What’s even sadder is that they are rich too. Some of them, like Mr. Trump, have stars embedded in cement.

I am interested enough  to read all the gossip magazines, watch reality shows and mention these people.

I do not like it when I am the target of humor that is directed at me. Especially humor that makes fun of my weaknesses. (I have plenty.)

Maybe we need some better role models.When did things change? Where should we draw the line? Which of these people offend, and which don’t. Do you agree or disagree with me?

The fact is that we like controversial people. Go figure?

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