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    And now "Keith" joins Tracy and Mr. Kincaid in the Great Hereafter. Another piece of my childhood is gone. Friday nights when I was a kid meant The Brady Bunch at 8:00, followed by The Partridge Family at 8:30, and later in the evening The Odd Couple and Love, American Style. But The Partridge Family was my favorite show, especially during the year when was in third grade. I used to call the local radio station on their request line and ask them to "play anything by the Partridge Family." And they would. (It was a small town.) The next year for Christmas, "Santa" gave me a Brady Bunch album ("Meet the Brady Bunch"), and my sister got a Partridge Family album ("The Partridge Family -- at Home with their Greatest Hits"). I was so envious. I was the one who was the big Partridge Family fan, not her. So why was I stuck with this Brady Bunch album? And why did she get the Partridge Family album, which she wasn't even playing? And she was actually partial to The Brady Bunch anyway. This was so backwards. How could my parents -- er, Santa -- get it so wrong? Fortunately, my sister agreed to trade albums with me. I then proceeded to wear that "Partridge Family" album out. As an adult, I can no longer bear to sit through a single episode of The Partridge Family. But that doesn't diminish what the show meant to me as an eight and nine year old. And poor David. While it seems that his fans mostly did move on from that show, they never allowed him to do the same. Add to that the fact that as a young man he dreamed of becoming a rock star, not a bubblegum pop singer. I think that was a big part of some of the struggles he's had in recent years, and which I don't doubt contributed to his decline and death. I hope he at least realized the happiness he brought to a lot of youngsters way back when, and the memories we have carried forward. One thing for me that has not changed since I was a kid is my favorite song from that old album remains my favorite Partridge Family song still: "It's One of Those Nights." Not that I spend much time listening to Partridge Family music, but hey, it has its place! Their music may seem very corny to younger generations (as it did even in its day), but it evokes happy childhood memories for some of us older folks. By the way, the guy sitting in the audience in this video is Bruce Kimmel, who went on to have (and still has) a very successful career as music producer, theater director and author. He has a blog where he has posted a nice tribute of his recollections of David Cassidy. http://www.haineshisway.com/2017/11/david-cassidy/
  2. Lucy to be Inducted into the California Hall of Fame

    Great news, but this hall of fame has been in existence since 2006. Looking at some of the names on the complete list of inductees, this honor seems a bit overdue. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Hall_of_Fame
  3. This 1940 Lucille Ball film airs on TCM on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at: 12:00 noon EST 11:00 AM CST 10:00 AM CST 9:00 AM PST You Can't Fool Your Wife ( 1940) A neglected housewife turns herself into a glamour girl to win her husband back. Dir: Ray McCarey Cast: Lucille Ball , James Ellison , Robert Coote . BW- 68 mins, CC,
  4. I see lots of fans of "The Fashion Show" here, but I think that episode is just so-so. Out of the Hollywood episodes, I would have much preferred "The Tour" or "The Star Upstairs." But that's okay, "The Fashion Show" is still a decent episode and has its moments. The one disappointment is that CBS continues to run that dreadful Christmas episode. There is nothing "classic" about it.
  5. I was wondering about that, too. Either he changed his name or, contrary to the movie, the North kids were never officially adopted by Frank Beardsley. Well honestly, seeing a pregnant 56 year-old Lucille Ball towards the end of the movie makes me cringe a bit. She was an attractive woman at that time, but nevertheless she still looked like a woman in her fifties. And women in their fifties in those pre-IVF days did not get pregnant.

    Hard to tell, but he looks a bit like Dennis Hopper to me.
  7. Lucie Arnaz (Latin Hall Of Fame)

    You're quite welcome.
  8. I Love Lucy set

    I have the same issue. I can't ever post anything here but essentially thumbnails, and that's after doing multiple resizing in order to post at all. Very frustrating. As for the photograph, is this authentic or colorized? I'm left wondering because in the color footage the audience member took at the filming of the episode "The Audition," the wall in the back of the living room is a pinkish color; here, it looks purple. And the brick wall with the fireplace was the same pinkish color, but in this photograph it's blue. Either the photograph has been colorized, or for some reason Karl Freund kept have the set repainted in different colors. I do seem to remember reading that Freund was constantly having the set repainted in different shades of gray to capture the best B&W image for a specific scene. But these images suggest the set was never gray at all, but different colors.
  9. Great performance by Lucie Arnaz. Also one of my biggest pet peeves that makes me cringe is the all-too-common mispronunciation of Arnaz. Note the proper pronunciation of the name at the beginning of this video by the lady introducing her, as well as by Lucie herself at 4:49. No, I'm not telling you to roll your R's if you can't do that, but at least do not pronounce it as if there's an E in the second syllable. And note also that the Spanish Z is pronounced like an S. There is no Z sound in either Desi or Arnaz or any Spanish word. Thank you. By the way, Lucie could barely speak Spanish not too long ago from what I've seen. She's obviously been studying and has come a long way! Her dad would be so proud! At the end she introduces Natalie Cole, who passed away a year or so ago. I think this event was in 2013.

    I just found out a couple years ago that he and Ellen Travolta were married. There are so many showbiz family connections it's amazing. Just think, Tony Manero and Pearl Bodine are relatives.
  11. Ditto. I will add that I get very tired of seeing people from my generation and older calling everything new "crap." I'm on Youtube a lot and constantly see those comments about TV shows, movies, music. When I see those comments, I'm reminded of when I was a kid in the '70s and listening to my father call the music of that time crap, and waxing nostalgic about music from the '40s and early '50s. Now I see people my age holding up 1970s music as the best of all time (the music my father said was crap) while dismissing today's music as crap. Oh, the irony. They now sound like a bunch of old fogies. I don't want to be one of them. The reality shows these days, like the Kardashians, I agree are crap, yet they're very popular. But Gilligan's Island was also very popular and I think it's crap, too. No offense intended; it's all in the eye of the beholder. There's always been crappy entertainment, and there's also always been great entertainment. I try to be open-minded about that. I think HBO puts on some amazing shows, for example. And among musical entertainers, I think Bruno Mars is phenomenal. And although hardly new -- they've been around awhile -- I love Maroon 5 and Coldplay. I think Lady Gaga is amazing (but I wish she'd change that stupid name; makes think of an utterance from a newborn baby). I think Adele is fantastic. And I can't get enough of John Legend. But if I were told I had to spend the rest of my life on a desert island with only a limited amount of music I could listen to for the rest of my life, what would I pick? ELO, Led Zepellin, Elton John, the Bee Gees, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison. And yes, I would rather listen to the music those last three artists made independently rather than as the Beatles, because that's what I grew up with in the '70s; the Beatles were before my time. I'd also add Juan Gabriel (the Elton John of Latin America), who I discovered as a young adult living in Mexico. The reason, I think, I'd pick '70s music is I believe there must be some psychological component that causes us to be most attracted to those things that were surrounding us during the developmental stages of our lives. It touches something innate and nurturing, maybe subconsciously connects us to good feelings we had in those days when we didn't have the pressure of work, and had special nurturing people in our lives, some of whom may no longer be here. It has nothing to do with whether those were better times or better entertainment; we were just more protected, nurtured, had never experienced loss. The old shows and old music, I think, reconnect us to all of that. But only to an extent. Like what Luvsbwy wrote, life was simple back then for those who didn't have to deal with discrimination, and didn't have to think about issues affecting those who were discriminated against: they were powerless and had to stay silent, so the rest --the majority -- could just live carefree. But if you were black and suffered from job discrimination, and other forms of discrimination, and had to suck it up, keep your mouth shut about it, just suffer through it in order to get through the day, then your life was not simple; it was complicated. If you were a woman who yearned for an exciting career, but there were constant barriers preventing you from achieving it, life was complicated. If you were LGBT and had to hide and pretend every day of your life, your life was not simple, it was very complicated. Or if you were a kid, such as what this article indicates, who was molested or assaulted by your father, and you had to hide that reality from a world that thought your family was perfect, then your life was was not simple; it was complicated. People who want to return to that world are self-absorbed and don't want to have to care about the concerns of others. We can appreciate and enjoy many of the good things from that past, like actual great entertainment. It's all on film or recordings, and instantly at our fingertips thanks to the technology we have now.. But we can discard the unsavory things from those times and move forward.
  12. Utopia doesn't exist and Father Knows Best was a lie. Billy Gray can tell you all about that. I suppose those movies and TV shows were meant to give us something to aspire to, but they may have had a negative impact on many people who believed in those fantasies but felt like personal failures because those things could never be realized in their own lives.
  13. Lucy Carter Meets Lucille Ball 2017

    No, I was just speaking about "male actors playing lookalikes," which they did do, but without the split screen. And, oh yeah, Dean Martin!
  14. I totally get what you mean by sets looking too clean and organized. I've noticed that, too! That said, and I've only seen one or two episodes, but the series Mom has an amazingly real-looking set, in terms of the layout. Most live audience sitcom sets look like sets, not homes, with the walls that are not at 90 degree angles like walls in real homes. But that Mom set, and also the ingenious set design for Sean Hayes' short-lived sitcom, Sean Saves the World -- those really impress me.