Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Night Before Christmas



Last Saturday I watched a movie titled The Last  Picture Show, a black & white film from 1971. The Last Picture Show is an American drama film adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. I read the book a couple years ago, but watching it onscreen is a totally different experience.

Although I had viewed it several years ago, I found myself fascinated, not so much by the story nor the plot itself, but by the backgrounds in each scene and the proliferation of all the period music, such as the haunting vocals sung by Hank Williams, Senior. The entire movie was, scene by scene, an excitingly vivid yet slowly sentimental reminder of how things actually were back in those long-gone days -- the nostalgic lonesomeness of those bittersweet days I lived through, and remember so well.

Just imagine a young Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Randy Quade...

And Just Imagine . . .

A Young Cybill Shepherd

Seven minutes of clips from The Last Picture Show


My grandson's father-in-law was recently featured on a short TV interview about his clock repair business in Phoenix.

View it HERE


Did You Know . . .?

Tennessee is bordered by eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia - more than any other in the US.



On this day in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge touched a button and lit up the first national Christmas tree to grace the White House grounds. Not only was this the first White House "community" Christmas tree, but it was the first to be decorated with electric lights -- a strand of 2,500 red, white and green bulbs.

Coolidge's "inauguration" of the first outdoor national Christmas tree initiated a tradition that has been repeated with every administration. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan began another custom by authorizing the first official White House ornament, copies of which were made available for purchase.



frisson  [frih-SAWn]
-  a shudder or shiver; thrill
-  a sudden, brief moment of excitement or fear
-  a moment of intense excitement; a shudder: The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror.



(Dec 24, 1922 - Jan 25, 1990)
Ava Gardner was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). She became one of Hollywood's leading actresses and was considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo (1953).

Gardner appeared in several high-profile films from the 1950s to 1970s, including The Hucksters (1947), Show Boat (1951), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), On the Beach (1959), Seven Days in May (1964), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), Earthquake (1974), and The Cassandra Crossing (1976).

(born December 24, 1966)
Diedrich Bader is an American actor, voice actor and comedian known for his roles in Napoleon Dynamite, The Drew Carey Show and Outsourced. He has also performed the voice over work of Batman on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, android Zeta in The Zeta Project, Warp Darkmatter in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the Fiskerton Phantom in The Secret Saturdays, and his recurring role as Hoss Delgado in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.

(born December 24, 1973)
Stephenie Meyer is an American young adult author and producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight.

(born December 24, 1929
Mary Higgins Clark is an American author of suspense novels. Each of her 42 books has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remained in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its seventy-fifth printing.


Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.
--Angela Carter



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