Wednesday, March 30, 2011


After a 6 1/2-year wait as a small craft voyaged through space, planetary scientists finally got an up-close look at Mercury's pockmarked surface this week — at the pale, spidery impact crater named Debussy, at chains of smaller craters around the north pole they'd never seen before and at other heretofore mysterious polar regions.

Images taken by the Messenger spacecraft — the first ever to orbit the hot, tiny planet — began arriving Tuesday. The first, received by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, captured areas that might host water in the form of ice. It was soon followed by hundreds more, some of which NASA released Wednesday.

The spacecraft, which launched in 2004 and entered orbit around Mercury on March 17, will circle the solar system's innermost planet for a year, mapping out its hot, rocky surface and providing what's anticipated to be a wealth of information never gleaned before during quick glimpses from fly-by missions.

"It's just a wonderful adventure for those of us on the science team that have front-row seats," said Sean Solomon of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the mission's principal investigator.

Among the mission's objectives: map out the planet's surface (including shadow-veiled areas near the poles), observe its magnetic fields and examine its surface composition.

One of the most intriguing objectives is to figure out whether water ice exists at the planet's north and south poles. "That's a hypothesis we've been aching to test now for 20 years," Solomon said.

Ice might well exist there, he added, even though Mercury resides, on average, slightly more than a third as far from the sun as the Earth does, so temperatures can soar beyond 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Some areas in craters near its poles lie in permanent shadow — perhaps 300 degrees below zero Fahrenheit and probably at least cold enough to keep any ice from escaping the planet's surface, he said. Instruments aboard Messenger should settle the matter.

Planetary scientists have strained to learn about Mercury from telescopes on Earth and caught tantalizingly brief glimpses of it from spacecraft whizzing by: Mariner 10 in 1974 and 1975 and Messenger in 2008 and 2009. They know it's uncommonly dense, and rich in metals such as iron. But they don't know how it got so dense nor why it has an active magnetic field, despite its small size, when Mars, a larger planet, does not. They hope that new insights into Mercury could reveal much about how the planets formed in the early solar system.

A whole set of challenges had to be overcome to get Messenger to this point.

For one thing, because Mercury's surface is so hot the spacecraft has to deal with that reflected heat plus 11 times the solar radiation than would a craft orbiting Earth. Since Messenger's orbit is elliptical — 120 miles from the planet at its closest point and 9,000 at its farthest — the spacecraft should have time to cool off when it's far away.

For another, because Mercury is so close to the sun, the solar gravitational force is especially powerful. To resist that pull, the spacecraft had to be loaded with hydrazine fuel — about 1,200 pounds of it, said Eric Finnegan, Messenger's mission systems engineer, or more than half of the spacecraft's weight.

The scientists also had to plot Messenger's course through space with particular care, using several planetary fly-bys — once by Earth, twice by Venus and thrice by Mercury — so that the gravitational pull of these planets could tweak Messenger's course to miss the sun's clutches and be captured by Mercury's gravity.

By Thursday, researchers expect to have acquired 1,500 images of Mercury. In addition, the seven-piece suite of instruments includes spectrometers to analyze the atmospheric and surface composition and measure charged particles, as well a magnetometer to map out the planet's magnetic field.

The spacecraft will orbit Mercury every 12 hours for the coming year, getting information from all sides of the planet, which rotates extremely slowly. Mercury's day is about twice as long as its year, which lasts for 88 Earth days.

Once the spacecraft runs out of fuel, its orbit will decay until Messenger crashes into Mercury's surface.

Monday, March 14, 2011

TINY TIM AUTOGRAPHED RECORD.."i saw Mr. Presley tiptoeing thru the rulips"

Tiny Tim "I Saw Mr.Presley Tiptoeing Thru The Tulips/(same)" on 20th Century 88-01


Tiny Tim

Original name: Herbert Khaury Tiny Tim

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Birth: Apr. 12, 1932

Death: Nov. 30, 1996

Entertainer. Born Herbert Buckingham Khaury to a Lebanese father and a Jewish mother he became famous for his ukulele playing and falsetto voiced singing. A native of New York City the high school dropout began singing in clubs and participating in talent shows hoping to be discovered. He used several stage names before deciding on "Tiny Tim" which was based on the character in Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol". His big break came when he was asked to appear on the American variety show, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In". The public was enthralled with his unique act and soon he appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson as well as the "Ed Sullivan Show" and the " Jackie Gleason Show". In 1968 he released his first album, "God Bless Tiny Tim" which included is biggest hit "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". The following year he released two more albums including a popular children's album. 1969 was also the year he married his first wife, a seventeen year old known as "Miss Vickie. They were married on "The Tonight Show". The marriage ended in divorce but they did have a daughter together named Tulip. By the 1970s his popularity was declining. He did perform some in Las Vegas and even joined a circus for awhile but he never reached the popularity that he enjoyed in the 1960's. During the 1990s he was making a nostalgic comeback with appearances on the Conan O'Brien and Howard Stern shows. However, in 1996 he suffered a heart attack while performing at the Ukulele Hall of Fame. He continued to tour after that incident and suffered another heart attack a few months later that proved to be fatal. The eccentric entertainer was buried with a ukulele in his hand and a tulip. (bio by: Bigwoo)

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According to published reports, Mila Kunis is currently in talks to join 'Oz, the Great and Powerful' as the Wicked Witch of the West. The film begins production in July and will be released in theatres in 2013.

As previously announced, Sam Raimi is confirmed to direct Disney's highly anticipated Wizard of Oz Prequel, 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'. The deal was confirmed by Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Last January, Raimi left the Sony Pictures production of 'Spider-Man 4'. His absence from the movie leaves room for work on 'Oz'.

The story of 'Oz: The Great and Powerful', follows the future wizard, a circus wrangler in the real world, as he is carried away to the magical land by a tornado. The people who live there mistake him for a powerful being and thus, a legend is born. Studio heads, Rich Ross and Sean Bailey, are predicting major success for 'Oz'; similar to the high-grossing hit, 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Cinematical previously reported: "Scripted by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards), the plot concerns the back story of Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs (or O.Z. for short, as the rest of the initials spell out "PINHEAD"). A young circus magician from Omaha, O.Z. ends up ruler of the land also coincidentally called Oz when he mistakenly lands there in his hot air balloon. Apparently this is gaining heat because of the success of Alice in Wonderland while also coinciding with Universal's adaptation of Wicked, which is similarly an origin story inspired more than based upon the original Baum stories."

Sam Raimi has directed several horror films such as the Evil Dead series and Drag Me To Hell. Raimi is perhaps best known as Director of the Spider-Man films. Additionally, he has produced the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. A musical version of the film Evil Dead opened Off-Broadway on November 1, 2006 at New World Stages. The musical enjoyed a healthy run, closing on February 17, 2007. Several regional theatres continue to perform Raimi's, Evil Dead.

SCRIPT for the 1937 reissue of the 1931 Hal Roach Studios classic Beau Hunks.

Beau HunksFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search

Beau Hunks

Theatrical poster for Beau Hunks (1931)

Directed by James W. Horne

Produced by Hal Roach

Written by H.M. Walker

Starring Stan Laurel

Oliver Hardy

Music by Leroy Shield

Cinematography Art Lloyd

Jack Stevens

Editing by Richard C. Currier

Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release date(s) December 12, 1931

Running time 37:11

Country United States

Language English

Beau Hunks is a 1931 movie starring Laurel and Hardy and directed by James W. Horne. Beau Hunks is both a reference to Beau Geste and a pun on the mild ethnic slur Bohunk (a portmanteau of "Bohemian" and "Hungarian."). At 37 minutes long—four reels—it is the longest L&H short.

1 Plot

2 Cast

3 Memorable Jokes


5 The Dutch musical group

6 Trivia

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy join the French Foreign Legion after Ollie's sweetheart Jeanie-Weenie (only ever seen as a photograph) rejects him, as it is the only place where Ollie can forget her. When they arrive at the barracks in Algeria, they discover that not only are the other soldiers trying to forget lost loves, their lost loves all happen to be the one and the same woman Ollie is trying to forget: Jeanie-Weenie! On an expedition to Ft. Arid, a fortress besieged by native Riffian tribesmen, the duo get cut off from the rest of the regiment in a sandstorm and reach the fortress before the others. Surprisingly, the boys defeat the Riffians by themselves and the leader of the Riffians is revealed as another one of Jeanie-Weenie's conquests.

The French Foreign Legion scenario was repeated in Laurel and Hardy's 1939 feature The Flying Deuces.

[edit] CastStan Laurel

Oliver Hardy

James W. Horne as the Chief of the Riff Raff

Charles B. Middleton as the Commandant

Broderick O'Farrell as Ft. Arid Commander

Harry Schultz as Captain Schultz

Billy Bletcher

Charlie Hall

Sam Lufkin

Tiny Sandford

 Memorable Jokes
Opening narrative panel: Love comes: Mr. Hardy is at last conscious of the grand passion—Mr. Laurel it is not even conscious of the Grand Canyon.

In the opening scene, Ollie warbles on the piano as Stan spreads out a newspaper page on a leather upholstered chair and cuts out a fertiliser ad, accidentally tearing out a section of upholstery as he does so, exposing the springs beneath. After Ollie finishes his song, he announces to Stan that he is going to be married. This hilarious interchange follows:

Ollie: Didn't I just tell you I was going to be married?

Stan: Who to?

Ollie: Why, a woman, of course. Did you ever hear of anyone marrying a man?

Stan: Sure.

Ollie: Who?

Stan: My sister.

Ollie: This is no time for levity

Immediately afterwards, Jeanie-Weenie breaks off the engagement via a bluntly-phrased letter. Ollie stands up from the piano and sits down suddenly on the other chair with the exposed springs, which launch him up to the ceiling, screaming.

On arrival at the Legion's HQ, the boys decide that perhaps life in the Legion is not for them, so they ask to leave on the grounds that Ollie can no longer remember her.

Captain: (To Ollie) Why did you join the Legion?

Stan: He joined to forget!

Captain: Forget – What?

Stan: He – Forgot!

Captain: (To Ollie) What? You forgot what you came here to forget?! and orders them to stay.

As a tremendous circular climax, the caught Riffian leader is shown to have a locket also containing a picture of Jeanie-Weenie. Stan exclaims: "She's been around the world!", which elicits a horrified moan from Ollie.

The most memorable scene is when Stan and Ollie, defending Ft. Arid, spill barrels of nails on the ground inside the fort and injure the barefooted Riffian soldiers.

Ollie: I'm going to be married.

Stan: You don't believe me.

Ollie: Yes I don't beli- what do you mean you don't believe me?!

Ollie: She's the sweetest girl in the world, and she's mine, all mine. Well what do you think on it?

Stan: What does 'levity' mean?

(Knocking sound)

Stan: (answering phone) Hello?

Ollie: What are you doing?

Stan: Somebody knocking on the phone.

Ollie: That's levity!

Stan: Hello, Mr Levity?

(more knocking)

Ollie: Go to the door!

(Ollie sighing after Stan reads to him the letter from Jeanie-Weenie)

Stan: What's the matter?

Ollie: Didn't you read it?

Stan: Yeah but I wasn't listening.

] The Dutch musical groupA Dutch musical ensemble, named The Beau Hunks Orchestra after that film, was formed in early 1992 for the purpose of performing some of the soundtrack music at an Oliver Hardy centennial celebration in Amsterdam. They went on to release a number of recordings of the film music of Leroy Shield and some other composers, notably Raymond Scott.

Hal Roach once said that this, of all the L&H films he produced, was his favourite.

Jeanie-Weenie, the woman in the photograph, was actually Jean Harlow.

James W. Horne, in his role as the Riff Raff tribesman, is credited as Abdul Kasim K'Horne in the closing credits.

The film was titled Beau Chumps in the United Kingdom; a pun on Beauchamps.

Marvin Hatley, composer of Laurel and Hardy's famous theme tune "The Cuckoo Song", plays a tribesman.


County Hospital (1932 film)
County Hospital

Directed by James Parrott

Produced by Hal Roach

Written by H.M. Walker

Starring Stan Laurel

Oliver Hardy

Music by Marvin Hatley

Leroy Shield

Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release date(s) June 25, 1932

Running time 18 minutes

Country United States

Language English

County Hospital is a Laurel and Hardy short film made in 1932. It was directed by James Parrott, produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Ollie is in hospital with a broken leg, Stan comes to visit and ends up getting Ollie told to leave, on the way home Stan crashes the car.

1 Plot

2 Cast

3 See also

4 External links

Ollie has broken his leg and he is in County Hospital. Stanley comes to visit but gets lost on the way to the room. But he does make it to Ollie's room and tells him he didn't have anything else to do, so he thought he'd come to see him. Ollie thanks Stan somewhat sarcastically for the visit. Stan has also brought Ollie a gift: a bag of hard boiled eggs and nuts. Ollie is not impressed and complains he can't eat them, suggesting that Stan could have brought candy. Stan complains that candy costs too much and Ollie hasn't paid him for the last box.

Stan starts to eat one of the eggs which he seasons with a salt cellar he's brought in his pocket. Then he drops another one into Ollie's drinking water jug. Ollie tells him not to put his hand in the pitcher to get it ("I have to drink that water!"), so Stan retrieves the egg by pouring the water (and the egg) into a glass. Then he pours the water back into the pitcher, catching the egg. In drying the egg, Stan spills the water onto Ollie and Ollie hits Stan over the head with a bedpan.

When the doctor (Billy Gilbert) arrives to check on Ollie, Stan absent-mindedly picks up a weight attached to Ollie's leg harness by a rope. The doctor yanks the weight from Stan propelling himself out the top-floor window. Now the doctor is hanging by the rope; in addition, his weight has lifted Ollie up, suspending him over the bed. The rope snaps and the doctor grabs the window at the last moment. Ollie falls on to the bed breaking it. The commotion brings a number of nurses in to the room. One of them puts a hypodermic syringe on the chair. While the doctors attend to Ollie, Stan manages to get the doctor back inside, but not without splitting his trousers.

Outraged and embarrassed, the doctor first dismisses all the other doctors and nurses attending to Ollie at the moment and then orders Ollie to leave at once. Ollie blames Stan for ruining his peaceful stay in the hospital and tells Stan to get his clothes, still grumbling about Stan's gift of "hard-boiled eggs and nuts!" Stan fetches Ollie's clothes (involving a short comic episode with the closet light bulb) but has a hard time getting Ollie's trousers on. Exasperated and impatient, Ollie tells Stan to get a pair of scissors and cut the leg off, but of course, Stan at first thinks Ollie was asking him to cut off his leg! In exasperation, Ollie specifies he meant cut the leg of his trousers off so he can put them on. Stan cuts the wrong leg off. Ollie is annoyed and asks for the scissors so he can cut the correct trouser leg off: "Hind to front!" Ollie's roommate appears, "all aflutter" because the doctor has told him he can now go back home. He gathers his clothes and it turns out he has put Ollie's trousers on by mistake, which means Stan has cut both legs off the roommate's pair. Then Stan sits on the needle. The nurse returns to retrieve it and, finding it in Stan's rear, laughs herself silly: the syringe contains a tranquilizer, and her supervisor points out that Stan will sleep for a month.

Finally, the boys leave. Ollie wisely offers to drive, but as he can't fit in the driver's seat for his broken leg, he sits in the back seat, leaving the lethargic Stan to drive. The accidental injection begins to take effect on Stan as he starts the car, and proceeds to drive home in a daze. They narrowly miss a number of vehicles, as a panicky Ollie repeatedly tries in vain to nudge Stan awake, shouting, "Why don't you watch THAT!!" (pointing to a car Stan was about to bump into) and "Turn THAT way!!"

They finally crash into two trams and come to a halt. A police officer is on hand and tells Stan to pull over. He tries to, but the smash-up has bent the car into a 90-degree angle and it only moves in a circle. The police officer starts writing a them a ticket.

Stan Laurel (Himself)

Oliver Hardy (Himself)

Billy Gilbert as The Doctor

May Wallace as Miss Wallace, head nurse

Estelle Etterre as Nurse Smith

William Austin as Ollies' Roommate

Belle Hare as a Nurse

Lilyan Irene as a Nurse

Dorothy Layton as a Nurse

Sam Lufkin as a Police Officer

Baldwin Cooke as an Orderly

Ham Kinsey as an Orderly

Frank Holliday as a Visitor

Saturday, March 12, 2011

CHILD STAR JACKIE COOGAN RECORD BY HIMSELF..1925,451566608,451566641,451566673,451566700,451566730,451566766,451566799&formats=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0&format=0

Coogan was born in 1914 in Los Angeles, California to John Henry Coogan, Jr. (1886 – May 4, 1935) and Lillian Rita Dolliver Coogan, later Mrs. Lillian Bernstein (May 27, 1892 — October 22, 1977) as John Leslie Coogan, not John Leslie Coogan, Jr., as some sources indicate. [1][3] He began his acting career as an infant in both vaudeville and film, with an uncredited role in the 1917 film Skinner's Baby. Charlie Chaplin discovered him in the Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, a vaudeville house, doing the shimmy, a popular dance at the time, on the stage. His father was also an actor. The boy was a natural mimic, and delighted Chaplin with his abilities in this area.

As a child actor, he is best remembered for his role as Charlie Chaplin's irascible sidekick in the film classic The Kid (1921) and for the title role in Oliver Twist, directed by Frank Lloyd, the following year. He was one of the first stars to be heavily merchandised, with peanut butter, stationery, whistles, dolls, records, and figurines just a sample of Coogan merchandise on offer. He also traveled internationally, to be received by huge crowds. Many of his early films are lost or unavailable, but Turner Classic Movies recently presented The Rag Man with a new score.

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The KidHe was tutored until the age of ten, after which he attended Urban Military Academy and other prep schools, and then several colleges, including the University of Southern California. In 1932 he left Santa Clara University because of poor grades. On May 4, 1935, Coogan was the sole survivor of a car crash in San Diego County that claimed the life of his father, and his best friend Junior Durkin, a child actor best known as Huckleberry Finn in two films of the early 1930s. The accident took place just short of Coogan's twenty-first birthday.

In November 1933, Brooke Hart, a close friend of Coogan's from Santa Clara University, was kidnapped from his family-owned department store in San Jose and brought to the San Francisco area San Mateo - Hayward Bridge. After several demands for a $40,000 ransom, police arrested Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes in San Jose. Thurmond admitted that Hart had been murdered on the night he was kidnapped. Both men were then transferred to a prison in San Jose, California. Later a mob broke into the building; Thurmond and Holmes were then hanged in an adjacent park. Coogan is reported to have been one of the mob that prepared and held the lynching rope.[4]

] Coogan BillMain article: California Child Actor's Bill

As a child star, Coogan earned an estimated $3 to $4 million (adjusted amount ranges from $40 million to $100 million), but the money was taken by his mother, Lilian, and stepfather, Arthur Bernstein, for extravagances such as fur coats, diamonds, and cars. Coogan sued them in 1938 (aged 23), but after legal expenses, he only received $126,000 of the approximately $250,000 remaining. When Coogan fell on hard times, Charlie Chaplin gave him some financial support.

The legal battle brought attention to child actors and resulted in the state of California enacting the California Child Actor's Bill, sometimes known as the Coogan Bill or the Coogan Act. This requires that the child's employer set aside 15% of the child's earnings in a trust, and codifies such issues as schooling, work hours and time-off. Coogan's mother and stepfather claimed the child was having fun and thought he was playing. However, virtually every child star from Baby Peggy on has stated that they were keenly aware that what they were doing was work

Later years[
World War I
ICoogan enlisted in the United States Army in March 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he requested a transfer to United States Army Air Forces as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. After graduating from glider school, he was made a flight officer and he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943, the unit was sent to India. He flew British troops, the Chindits, under General Orde Wingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines in the Burma campaign.

 TelevisionAfter the war, Coogan returned to acting, taking mostly character roles and appearing on television. From 1952 to 1953, he played Stoney Crockett syndicated series Cowboy G-Men. He guest starred on NBC's The Martha Raye Show. He appeared too as Corbett in two episodes of NBC's The Outlaws with Barton MacLane, which aired from 1960–1962. In the 1960–1961 season, he guest starred in the episode "The Damaged Dolls" of the syndicated crime drama The Brothers Brannagan.

Coogan had a regular role in a 1962–1963 NBC series, McKeever and the Colonel. He finally found his most famous television role as Uncle Fester in ABC's The Addams Family (1964–1966) as one of the older cast members; he was already in his fifties as this time. He appeared as a police officer in the Elvis Presley comedy Girl Happy in 1965.

In addition to The Addams Family, he appeared a number of times on the Perry Mason series, and once on Emergency! as a junkyard owner who tries to bribe the paramedics, who have come to inspect his property for fire safety. He also was featured in an episode of The Brady Bunch ("The Fender Benders"), I Dream of Jeannie (as Jeannie's uncle, Suleiman - Maharaja of Basenji), Family Affair, Here's Lucy and The Brian Keith Show, and he continued to guest star on television (including multiple appearances on The Partridge Family, The Wild Wild West and Hawaii Five-O) until his retirement in the middle 1970s.

] Marriages and children1.Betty Grable, married on November 20, 1937, divorced on October 11, 1939.

2.Flower Parry, married on August 10, 1941, divorced on June 29, 1943

1.One son, John Anthony Coogan (writer/producer 3D digital & film), born March 4, 1942 in Los Angeles, California.

3.Ann McCormack, married on December 26, 1946, divorced on September 20, 1951

1.One daughter, Joann Dolliver Coogan, born April 2, 1948 in Los Angeles, California.

4.Dorothea Odetta Hanson aka Dorothea Lamphere, best known as Dodie, married on April 1952, they were together until his death

1.One daughter, Leslie Diane Coogan, born November 24, 1953 in Los Angeles, California. Her son is the actor Keith Coogan, who was born January 13, 1970. He began acting in 1975. Two years after his grandfather's death in 1986 he changed his name to Keith Coogan from Keith Eric Mitchell. He played the oldest son in Adventures in Babysitting. Footage of Jackie with his grandson, Keith (uncredited on the page) can be seen in the 1982 documentary "Hollywood's Children".

2.One son, Christopher Fenton Coogan, born July 9, 1967 in Riverside County, California. He died in a motorcycle accident in Palm Springs, California, on June 29, 1990.

DeathOn March 1, 1984, Coogan died of cardiac arrest aged 69 at Santa Monica Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.[6] He is buried in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

Coogan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of 1654 Vine Street, just south of Hollywood Boulevard.

[edit] Selected filmographySkinner's Baby (Uncredited, 1917)

A Day's Pleasure (1919)

The Kid (1921)

Peck's Bad Boy (1921)

My Boy (1921)

Nice and Friendly (1922)

Trouble (1922)

Oliver Twist (1922)

Daddy (1923)

Circus Days (1923)

Long Live the King (1923)

A Boy of Flanders (1924)

Little Robinson Crusoe (1924)

Hello, 'Frisco (1924)

The Rag Man (1925)

Old Clothes (1925)

Johnny Get Your Hair Cut (1927)

The Bugle Call (1927)

Buttons (1927)

Tom Sawyer (1930)

Huckleberry Finn (1931)

Cowboy G-Men (1952–1953)

Girl Happy (1965)

2.^ Obituary Variety, March 7, 1984.

3.^ Coogan family genealogy website

4.^ Farrell, Harry (1993). Swift justice: murder and vengeance in a California town. Saint Martin's Press Inc.; 1st Paperback Ed edition.

5.^ Armenian Weekly reference to Coogan's philanthropy

6.^ Aaker, Everett (1997). Television Western Players of the Fifties: A Biographical Encyclopedia of All Regular Cast Members in Western Series, 1949-1959. McFarland. pp. 141. ISBN 0-786-40284-9.

[edit] Further readingJackie Coogan: The World's Boy King: A Biography of Hollywood's Legendary Child Star, Diana Serra Cary, Scarecrow Press, 2003, ISBN 0-8108-4650-0.

The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era by David W. Menefee. Albany: Bear Manor Media, 2007.

Name Coogan, Jackie

Alternative names Coogan, John Leslie

Short description Actor

Date of birth October 26, 1914

Place of birth Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of death March 1, 1984

Place of death Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Friday, March 11, 2011


If ever a Wiz there was, the Wizard of Oz is one

The Wizard of Oz

London Palladium

by Cary Gee

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I’ve never been a particular fan of Dorothy – all that gingham and mawkish sentimentality – and had until recently gone through life with the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz as my only reference point. Then with the suddenness of the twister that transports Dorothy to Oz, along came two stage versions in as many weeks. The first, an excellent production full of warmth and wit at St Birinus’ School in Didcot, did much to soften my resistance to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new West End spectacular. And there really is no other word for a production that sees the noble lord reunited with Michael Crawford, who plays a brace of roles, including the Wizard, choreographer Arlene Philips and lyricist Tim Rice, with whom Lloyd Webber has padded the score with a clutch of mostly forgettable new songs.

Much attention has been directed at Danielle Hope, who beat 9,000 other girls to win the part of Dorothy in reality television show Somewhere Over the Rainbow. She begins competently enough in a sepia hued Kansas, maintaining a convincing accent throughout, both when delivering her lines and when singing. But her creditable performance is soon blown off course by the truly thrilling twister, which sucks Dorothy, her scene-stealing little dog Toto and the audience into its vortex before dumping us into the garishly technicolour land of Oz. With the appearance of the Wicked Witch (a demented Hannah Waddingham bearing more than a passing resemblance to Bette Midler), it becomes clear exactly what Hope is up against, both in terms of plot and ability. Waddingham is superbly malevolent, shrieking: “She’s pretty, she’s clueless and I want her shoeless”, before taking off for a spin around the Palladium on her broomstick.

Meanwhile, Dorothy tugs her Westie (one of four working in rotation) along the yellow brick road in the company of Tin Man, the cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow, who, in a rare moment of hilarity, is mocked by the very crows he is supposed to banish. Although Dorothy’s travelling companions are all perfectly likeable, I confess that by this stage I was rooting firmly for the Witch.

The art-deco-inspired Emerald City of Oz is simply stunning, the flying monkeys scary enough to reduce at least one small child to tears, and with pyrotechnics aplenty (someone should remind the producers that there is a reason why dogs don’t go out on Bonfire Night), this Wizard contains just about enough thrills to keep the grown-ups watching until, safely back in Kansas, Hope takes her final bow. You can sense her relief. All the words in the right order – and in tune to boot – helped in no small part by an excellent band. However, fans of Crawford should get their skates on. I can’t imagine him sticking around in Oz for very much longer, given the paucity of his role.

“I’m proud to be a friend of Dorothy”, announced the Lion to knowing laughter. Certainly, there were a disproportionate number of men in the audience who had Dorothy’s number on speed dial. Now there’s a funny thing. You can tell yourself: “There’s no place like home” until, like the Witch, you’re green in the face, but many “friends of Dorothy” know better. Perhaps the enduring appeal of The Wizard of Oz lies in wishing it were true.


Thursday, March 10, 2011



Wizard of Baum.

Type of Work: Text

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Application Title: Wizard of Baum.

Title: Wizard of Baum.

Description: Print material.

Copyright Claimant: Mark Shapiro, 1946- . Address: , Huntington Beach, CA, 92646.

Date of Creation: 2008

Authorship on Application: Mark Shapiro, 1946- ; Citizenship: United States. Authorship: Text.

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Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: Shapiro, Mark, 1946-


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


The richest is from MEXICO with 74 billion wheras the average person living there might be lucky to make a few thousand a year..what a for me,, I rank at the bottom one percent but money isnt everything in life and we all die and all the money in the world wont extend a life.


Monday, March 7, 2011


The birth of two giant river otter pups in Florida earlier this year is big news both for their endangered species and the zoo where they were born.

The pups -- one male and one female who haven't yet been named -- were born at Zoo Miami on Jan. 31 to mother Kara and father Witoto. They are the first offspring for both parents and the first members of their species to be born at Zoo Miami.

The babies and their parents were kept in seclusion until recently and made a rare appearance last week during a veterinary checkup. (Both pups are reportedly in good health.)

Giant river otters are native to South America, where their population has been adversely impacted by hunting. Though these little guys only weigh about 2 to 3 pounds now. As adults they'll weigh as much as 75 pounds and measure up to 6 feet in length!


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Blazing Saddles

Theatrical release poster by John Alvin[1]

Directed by Mel Brooks

Produced by Michael Hertzberg

Screenplay by Mel Brooks

Norman Steinberg

Andrew Bergman

Richard Pryor

Al Uger

Story by Andrew Bergman

Starring Cleavon Little

Gene Wilder

Harvey Korman

Slim Pickens

Madeline Kahn

Mel Brooks

Dom DeLuise

Music by Mel Brooks (songs)

John Morris (score)

Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc

Editing by Danford B. Greene

John C. Howard

Distributed by Warner Bros.

Release date(s) February 7, 1974 (1974-02-07)

Running time 93 minutes

Country United States

Language English

Budget $2.6 million

Gross revenue $119.5 million

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman Steinberg, and Al Uger, and was based on Bergman's story and draft.[2] The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, and is ranked No. 6 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs list.

Brooks appears in multiple supporting roles, including Governor William J. Le Petomane, a Yiddish-speaking Indian chief and Adolf Hitler. The supporting cast also includes Slim Pickens, Alex Karras, David Huddleston, as well as Brooks regulars Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, and Harvey Korman. Bandleader Count Basie has a cameo as himself.

The film satirizes the racism obscured by myth-making Hollywood accounts of the American West, with the hero being a black sheriff in a mostly white town. The film is full of deliberate anachronisms, from a jazz band in the Wild West to a rustler referring to the Wide World of Sports to Nazis and camels


Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Local Wabash Valley author James C. Wallace II, creator of the critically acclaimed Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy will be appearing at local independent bookstore, BookNation in support of his newest release, Family of Oz.

Mr. Wallace, the Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma will be appearing from 5:30-7:00pm on Friday, March 4, 2011 at BookNation Bookstore, 677 Wabash Ave to discuss his latest children's book and to autograph copies of Family of Oz, the third and final volume of the Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy.

The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy is a 3 volume tale of magic and wonder that recalls the cherished values of family, Love, friendship, loyalty and courage. These timeless tales of Oz remind us of the value of overcoming our deepest fears and conquering the challenges that might otherwise defeat us. Volume One; Magician of Oz, Volume Two; Shadow Demon of Oz and Volume Three; Family of Oz are now available.

Currently, the Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma is completing his fourth book, which chronicles a unique tale of adventure between the Land of Oz and the World of Alice in Wonderland.

Mr. Wallace will also be in attendance by invitation to Oz-Stravaganza 2011 as a Featured Author in Author's Alley from June 3-5, 2011. Oz-Stravaganza takes place every year in June in Chittenango, NY, the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, original author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz books. This is the longest running Oz festival in the nation and is considered the premier event in the Oz calendar

Earlier today, I sent out a press release regarding an upcoming author appearance in support of Family of Oz. In the madness of trying to accomplish that and having a toddler grandchild underfoot, I spoke about the Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma completing his fourth book, which chronicles a unique tale of adventure between the Land of Oz and the World of Alice in Wonderland.

I neglected to mention that Mr. Wallace is co-authoring said book with Ron Baxely, Jr.. That collaboration will result in the release later this year of their first venture into both Oz and Wonderland.

In addition, the new book will feature the stunning artwork of Gwendolyn Tennille Adams.

I can confirm that the new novel blending the worlds of Oz and Wonderland will blaze new ground in the world of literature. Expect great things from this new collaboration and vision.

James C. Wallace II

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Audiences are following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Danielle Hope, winner of BBC TV's Over the Rainbow, play Dorothy at The London Palladium, the capital's home of the family musical. Here is a look at the production which began previews on February 7th and which opens tonight in London!

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new The Wizard of Oz is one of the biggest theatre events of the year, combining all the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score with new songs written with Tim Rice.

Joining Hope in the cast are Michael Crawford (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz), Edward Baker-Duly (Hickory/Tin Man), David Ganly (Zeke/Cowardly Lion), Paul Keating (Hunk/Scarecrow), Emily Tierney (Glinda), and Hannah Waddingham (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West) will be joined by: Sophie Evans (Alternate Dorothy), Stephen Scott (Uncle Henry/Ensemble, first cover Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz), and Helen Walsh (Aunt Em/Munchkin Barrister/Ensemble).

Developed from the ever-popular 1939 MGM screenplay, The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team who delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music. Audiences will be captivated as The London Palladium is transformed into the mythical Emerald City with breathtaking special effects and scenery to bring to life the real story of Oz.

The London Palladium, arguably the world's most famous theatre and this year celebrating its 100th birthday, is a great favourite with performers and audiences alike and has a very rich entertainment history presenting variety, pantomime and spectacular family musicals. Just one aspect of the elaborate stage design for The Wizard of Oz will be a restoration of the legendary revolving stage which everyone remembers from the finale of Television's Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum is directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Arlene Phillips, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice with the set and costumes designed by Robert Jones. produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright.

Tickets are available from The London Palladium Box Office on 0844 412 2957 or online from