Friday, August 26, 2016

13 Fast Facts About 'Smokey and the Bandit'

13 Fast Facts About 'Smokey and the Bandit'

Song of the Day

Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang (1982) - YouTube:

The Real Cowgirls of American West

Girls of Western United States in the early 20th Century: The Real Cowgirls of American West  

Link via Messy Nessy.

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10 Hidden Secrets In History's Greatest Artworks

10 Hidden Secrets In History's Greatest Artworks 

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Richard S. Prather, The Sweet Ride, Pocket Books, 1972

Lost TV -- The Della Reese Show

Decades Before Oprah, Della Reese was the First Black Woman to Host a Talk Show: The digital remains are down to two 10-minute clips on YouTube. One is an episode with singer Eric Burdon of the Animals; another is with comedian Lou Alexander. No other trace has surfaced of a show that sits as an entry in the Lost Media Wiki, a crowd-sourced compendium of history’s abandoned media artifacts. Its disappearance has inspired curiosity as to whether these episodes will emerge from obscurity, resulting in at least one man’s dogged efforts to recover the show’s full archive.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

North Conway Burger King Manager Arrested for Throwing Sauce at a Customer  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

“When Does the Past Become History?” (by Elizabeth Zelvin)

“When Does the Past Become History?” (by Elizabeth Zelvin) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

The Scrapbooks of a Real-Life Tarzan

The Scrapbooks of a Real-Life Tarzan torn between Africa and Studio 54  

Great photo at the link.

FFB: Cross the Red Creek -- Harry Whittington

Stark House has done it again -- a triple-decker of Harry Whittington westerns that includes Trouble Rides Tall, Cross the Red Creek, and Desert Stake-Out, with an excellent and informed introduction by the Whittington expert, David Laurence Wilson.  I've said this again and again, but it's even more true this time: The introduction is worth the price of the book.

I first read Cross the Red Creek in an Avon paperback long ago.  It presents a situation that Whittington excelled at, a man in trouble who just keeps on getting deeper and deeper in the hole.  Jim Gilmore, looking for a fresh start, is headed for the town of Kiowa City when he's surrounded by a posse and accused of robbing a bank.  He escapes, but then in one of the story's first twists, turns himself in.  A jury can't prove he's guilty, but only a couple of people in Kiowa City believe he's innocent.  He doesn't care.  He decides to stay, send for his wife, and settle there.  Complications ensue.

Plenty of action, some complex relationships, and some tense scenes that would be great on film, particularly a shootout in a burning barn.  Although the story is ostensibly a mystery, you won't ever be in any doubt about who the villain is.  That doesn't detract from the enjoyment, however, because what matters is the human relationships in the story and what Jim Gilmore comes to realize about himself and other people.  If you're looking for a solid traditional western, you can't go wrong with Cross the Red Creek of the other two in this volume.  Highly recommended.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dream Treehouses

Fancy Living in a Tree? Take a Look at These Dream Treehouses

Song of the Day

Madonna - La Isla Bonita (Official Video) - YouTube:

Alvin Crime Report

The other morning about 3:00, several car loads of cops descended on the house next door to me.  Flashing light bars, floodlights, the whole deal.  My neighbor, I hasten to add, was totally innocent of any wrongdoing.  His pickup had been stolen from his driveway and used as a battering ram on a local convenience store.  The cops were making sure he wasn't part of the gang who did the deed.  At the same time his pickup was stolen, a van was stolen from a driveway across town.  The gang members used the van to haul away the ATM they took from the convenience store after battering down the wall.  The Houston cops later found the van and the emptied ATM.  The battering and taking of the ATM are all on video, but the gang all wore masks, so finding them is unlikely.  It created some excitement for the neighborhood, but we're once more quiet again.

This has been your Alvin Crime Report.

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Did You Know There Was a Wright Sister?

Did You Know There Was a Wright Sister?

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Basil Copper, The Dossier of Solar Pons, Pinnacle, 1979

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

Horrifying moment a waiter opened fire in a famous Texas steakhouse during a fight with two diners who complained he had brought the wrong order  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

Woman arrested for slashing husband after he drank her beer  

Hat tip to Deb.

Manual Dexterity at Its Best

Watch These Cardists Perform Artistic Tricks With Playing Cards

11 Toothy Facts About Gharials

11 Toothy Facts About Gharials 

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

Paleontologists Find a Nearly Complete T. Rex Skull in Montana