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  2. Cavu skies here, enjoying this stretch of weather for sure
  3. Morning y'all, clear skies and 42F. Expecting another sunny day and a high of 73F.
  4. Morning all. Clear skies and 47F. Mostly sunny today. High of 72F.
  5. Cadillac Ad - October 1942 1939: Germany officially incorporates western Poland into the Reich. *Betty Hutton 1940: Convoy HX-79 (49 ships), sailing from Halifax in Canada to Britain, is attacked by 5 U-boats between the 19th and 20th October in the North Atlantic. The British lost 12 ships for 75,063 gross tons, while not a single U-boat was lost. The destroyer Venetia sinks after hitting mine in Thames Estuary. 1940: The Australian 7th Division sets sail for the Middle East. Betty Hutton 1941: Army Group Centre finally clears the Vyazma pocket capturing 670,000 Russians, 1,000 tanks and 4,000 guns. Stalin declares state of siege in Moscow and orders its defense to the last. 1941: U.S. freighter "Lehigh" sunk in South Atlantic. Betty Hutton 1942: General Friedrich von Paulus pleads with the Fuhrer and the German High Command for supplies and reinforcements for his army, under seige at Stalingrad. He receives nothing but the order to fight to the last man. 1942: The Japanese submarine I-36 launches a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew report on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft is lost at sea. 1943: The offensive by the US 5th Army along the Volturno river bogs down due to bad weather and a skillful German defense. Royal Crown Cola Ad - October 1943 1944: Field Marshal Model gives up the attempts to relieve Aachen. 1944: The Germans evacuate Belgrade. 1944: Hitler orders the total destruction of Warsaw. The German 4th Army withdraws from the Tilsit area. Betty Hutton 1944: The British capture an important Japanese supply depot at Mohnyin in Burma. 1944: The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). Betty Hutton *Betty Hutton was born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two years later Betty's father decided that the family way of life wasn't for him, so he left (he committed suicide 16 years later). Having to fend for themselves, Mrs. Thornburg moved the family to Detroit to find work in the numerous auto factories there, but times were hard and she decided to take advantage of Prohibition and opened a small tavern, at the time called a speakeasy. The police were always looking for those types of operation, both big and small, and when they detected one, they swooped in and closed it down. Mrs. Thornburg was no different from the other owners, they simply moved elsewhere. Poverty was a constant companion. In addition to that, Mrs. Thornburg was an alcoholic. At nine years old Betty began singing publicly for the first time in a school production. Realizing the voice Betty had, her mother took her around Detroit to have her sing to any group that would listen. This was a small way of getting some money for the poor family. When she was 13 Betty got a few singing jobs with local bands in the area. Thinking she was good enough to make the big time, she left for New York two years later to try a professional career. Unfortunately, it didn't work out and Betty headed back to Detroit. In 1937, Betty was hired by Vincent Lopez who had a popular band that appeared on the local radio. Later, she would return to New York and it was here that her career took off. Betty found herself on Broadway in 1940, and it was only a matter of time before her career took off to bigger heights. The following year she left New York for Hollywood, where she was to find new life in films. She was signed by Paramount Pictures and made her debut, at 21, in "The Fleet's In" (1942), along with Eddie Bracken, William Holden and Dorothy Lamour. Reviews were better than expected, with critics looking favorably upon her work. She had previously appeared in a few musical shorts, which no doubt helped her in her first feature film. She made one more musical in 1942 and two more in 1943. Betty Hutton In 1944 she tried to break away from musicals and try her hand in a screwball comedy, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1944). She proved - to herself, the public and the critics - that she was marketable outside musicals. In subsequent films Betty was able to show her comedic side as well as her singing. In 1948 she appeared in her first big box-office bomb, "Dream Girl" (1948), which was ripped to shreds by critics, as was Betty's acting, and the movie flopped at the box office. It wasn't long before Betty became unhappy with her career. In truth she had the acting talent, but the parts she got weren't the types to showcase that. Though she did appear in three well received films later, "Red, Hot and Blue" (1949), "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950) and "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952), her career was winding down. Later, after filming "Somebody Loves Me" (1952), Betty was all but finished. She had married Charles O'Curran that year and he wanted to direct her in an upcoming film. Paramount didn't like the idea and the temper tantrum-prone Betty walked out of her contract and movies. She did concentrate on the relatively new medium of television and the stage, but she never recovered her previous form. Her final film was a minor one, "Spring Reunion" (1957). Her TV series, "The Betty Hutton Show" (1959), didn't fare too well at all. After the 1967 death of her mother in a house fire and the collapse of her last marriage, Hutton's depression and pill addictions escalated. She divorced her fourth husband, jazz trumpeter Pete Candoli, and declared bankruptcy. Hutton had a nervous breakdown and later attempted suicide after losing her singing voice in 1970. After regaining control of her life through rehab, and the mentorship of a Roman Catholic priest, Father Peter Maguire, Hutton converted to Roman Catholicism and took a job as a cook at a rectory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She made national headlines when it was revealed she was working in a rectory. In 1974, a well-publicized "Love-In for Betty Hutton" was held at New York City's Riverboat Restaurant, emceed by comedian Joey Adams, with several old Hollywood pals on hand. The event raised $10,000 (USD) for Hutton and gave her spirits a big boost. Steady work, unfortunately, still eluded her. Hutton appeared in an interview with Mike Douglas and a brief guest appearance in 1975 on the TV series "Baretta". In 1977, Hutton was featured on "The Phil Donahue Show". Hutton was then happily employed as hostess at a Newport Rhode Island jai alai arena. She also appeared on "Good Morning America which led to a 1978 televised reunion with her two daughters. Hutton began living in shared home with her divorced daughter and grandchildren in California, but returned to the East Coast for a 3 week return to the stage where she followed Dorothy Loudon as the evil Miss Hannigan in "Annie on Broadway" in 1980. Hutton's rehearsal of the song "Little Girls" was featured on "Good Morning America". A ninth grade drop-out, Hutton went back to school and earned a Master's Degree in psychology from Salve Regina University. During her time at college, Hutton became friends with Kristin Hersh and attended several early Throwing Muses concerts. Hersh would later write Elizabeth June as a tribute to her friend. Hersh would later document their relationship in further detail in her autobiography, Rat Girl. Betty Hutton Her last known performance in any medium was on "Jukebox Saturday Night", which aired on PBS in 1983. Hutton stayed in New England and began teaching comedic acting at Boston's Emerson College. She became estranged again from her daughters. After the death of her ally Father Maguire, Hutton returned to California, moving to Palm Springs in 1999 after decades in New England. Hutton hoped to grow closer with her daughters and grandchildren, as she told Robert Osborne on TCM's "Private Screenings" in April 2000, though her children remained distant. She told Osborne that she understood their hesitancy to accept a now elderly mother. The TCM interview first aired on July 18, 2000. The program was rerun as a memorial on the evening of her death in 2007, and again on July 11, 2008, April 14, 2009 and as recently as January 26, 2010. Hutton lived in Palm Springs, California until her death caused by complications from colon cancer at 86 years of age. Hutton is buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Betty Hutton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Spouse: Pete Candoli (24 December 1960 - 18 June 1967) (divorced) 1 child Alan Livingston (8 March 1955 - 21 October 1960) (divorced) Charles O'Curran (18 March 1952 - 21 February 1955) (divorced) Ted Briskin (3 September 1945 - April 1950) (divorced) 2 children Cadillac Ad - October 1943
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  7. morning all, long string of perfect days on tap. have a great day all
  8. Morning all. 49F under clear skies. Mostly sunny and breezy. Wind out of the SW at 15-25 MPH. Gusts to 30 MPH possible. High of 73F.
  9. Nestlé Ad - October 1944 1939: The Russians prepare to hand over 30,000 Polish soldiers and refugees to the Nazis who respond with their own prisoner exchange. 1939: The first Jewish ghetto is established in Lublin. *Andrea King 1940: Britain reopens the Burma road, which had been closed for three months on the condition of progress being made towards peace between Japan and China. This hadn't happened. Andrea King - Pin-up Girl, Aug. 10, 1945 Issue of YANK, the Army Weekly 1941: German units are now only 80 miles west of Moscow. 1941: Raids began against sub pens on Bay of Biscay, to protect North Africa invasion, but pens survived with 12-foot concrete roofs, defended by Luftwaffe's Me109 and FW190 fighters. Andrea King 1942: Hitler orders German troops to shoot all captured allied commandos, 'to the last man'. 1942: An advance party of four Norwegian Special Operations Executive (SOE) Commandos are dropped by parachute to reconnoitre the area around the German 'heavy water' (atomic weapons development) plant at Telemark, Norway. Andrea King 1942: The advance by Army Group A toward the Black Sea port of Tuapse is halted due to difficult terrain and stubborn Soviet resistance. 1942: After intensifying their raids during the early part of the October, German and Italian daylight bombing raids over Malta are finally suspended. The drain on aircraft being sent to other fronts has left little alternative. 1942: Vice Admiral William F. Halsey named as the new commander of the South Pacific Area, in charge of the Solomons-New Guinea campaign. Andrea King 1943: Japanese troops go on a murderous rampage in China, burning to death the populations of several villages and forcing peasants to jump blindfolded off cliffs. Wright Aircraft Engines Ad - October 1944 1944: The call up for the Volksturm begins in Germany, with all able-bodied men from 16 to 60 to be conscripted. German radio says 50,000 officers have been killed so far in war. Himmler becomes Commander-in-Chief, Forces of Interior. 1944: German forces thrust into Slovakia. Andrea King 1944: Russian troops cross the Norwegian frontier. 1944: Lt. General Joseph Stilwell is recalled from China by president Franklin Roosevelt. Andrea King 1944: Fourteen B-29s based on the Marianas attack the Japanese base at Truk. 1945: The first open session of the International Military War Crimes Tribunal indicts 21 top Nazis. Andrea King *Andrea King was born Georgette André Barry in Paris, France, however she lived there only two months before her mother, Belle Hart, brought her back to the United States. Belle was an ambulance driver on the front lines during World War I, as well as a dancer with the renowned Isadora Duncan. Andrea was raised in Forest Hills, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, and adopted her stepfather's surname of McKee when she began acting professionally at the age of 14. Prior to signing with Warner Bros. in 1944, she appeared in three Broadway plays and two national companies, and managed to squeeze in her first screen appearance in The March of Time's first feature-length film entitled "The Ramparts We Watch" (1940). After signing with Warner Bros. and changing her professional name, Andrea's career took off very quickly, and she appeared in nine films in 18 months. King appeared uncredited in the Bette Davis film, "Mr. Skeffington" (1944). The Warner Bros. studio photographers voted Andrea the most photogenic actress on the lot for the year 1945. Her first leading role came early on with "Hotel Berlin" (1945), and until she left the studio system in 1946, she continued on as a glamorous, often mysterious leading lady. King was originally cast to play Dr. Lilith Ritter in Edmund Goulding's film noir classic "Nightmare Alley", but she choose instead a memorable role as sophisticated Marjorie Lundeen in "Ride the Pink Horse" (1947). Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, she continued to work steadily in leading roles and "bad girl" second leads, and made many starring television appearances as well, most notably in the original 1953 live broadcast of "Witness for the Prosecution" for "Lux Video Theatre" (1950) opposite Edward G. Robinson. For her early work in television she received one of the first stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Andrea King In the early 1950s, she moved away from films and began making many television appearances on such programs as "Fireside Theatre", "Cheyenne", "Dragnet", "Mike Hammer", "77 Sunset Strip", "The Donna Reed Show" and Perry Mason. Andrea continued to make occasional TV and film appearances through the late 1990s, until shortly before her death on April 22, 2003 from natural causes at the age of 84. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 5" (1.66 m) Spouse: Nat Willis (6 October 1940 - 27 July 1970) (his death) 1 child Wright Aircraft Engines Ad - October 1945
  10. Morning y'all, clear skies and a chilly 37F. Expecting sunshine and 68F for a high today.
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  12. evening all, chilly but better weather on the way!
  13. Morning all. 50F under clear skies. Sunny. Breezy at times. Wind out of the SW at 10-20 MPH. High of 73F.
  14. Packard Ad - October 1942 1939: French troops are pushed back in the Saar region. 1939: President Roosevelt prepares to sign an executive order closing all U.S. ports to submarines from belligerent nations. *Patricia Neal 1941: Destroyer USS Kearny damaged by German torpedo off Iceland;11 Americans are killed. 1941: US House of Representatives allow merchantmen to be armed. Patricia Neal 1941: Taganrog on the Sea of Azov is captured by Army Group South. 1941: Kimmel improves naval reconnaissance at Pearl Harbor but not 360-degree nor 24-hour patrols. Packard Ad - October 1943 1943: The US and Japan exchange 3,000 civilian prisoners in Goa. 1944: German forces successfully repulse heavy Soviet attacks near Debrecen. 1944: Eichmann returns to Hungary. Patricia Neal *Neal was born Patsy Louise Neal, in Packard, Whitley County, Kentucky, to William Burdette and Eura Petrey Neal. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she attended Knoxville High School, and studied drama at Northwestern University. She was best known for her roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951), wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), and middle-aged housekeeper Alma Brown in "Hud" (1963), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. After moving to New York, she accepted her first job as understudy in the Broadway production of "The Voice of the Turtle". Next she appeared in "Another Part of the Forest" (1946), winning a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play, in the first presentation of the Tony awards. In 1949, Neal made her film debut in "John Loves Mary". Her appearance the same year in "The Fountainhead" coincided with her on-going affair with her married co-star, Gary Cooper. By 1952, Neal had starred in "The Breaking Point", "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Operation Pacific", starring John Wayne. She suffered a nervous breakdown around this time, following the end of her relationship with Cooper, and left Hollywood for New York, returning to Broadway in a revival of "The Children's Hour", in 1952. She also acted in "A Roomful of Roses" in 1955 and as the mother in "The Miracle Worker" in 1959. In films, she starred in "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) and co-starred in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961). In 1963, Neal won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Hud", co-starring with Paul Newman. When the film was initially released it was predicted she would be a nominee in the supporting actress category, but when she began collecting awards, they were always for Best Leading Actress, from the New York Film Critics, the National Board of Review and a BAFTA award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Three years later, in 1965, she was reunited with John Wayne in Otto Preminger's "In Harm's Way" winning her second BAFTA Award. Patricia Neal Neal was offered the role of Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate" (1967), but turned it down, feeling it came too soon after her three 1965 strokes. She returned to the big screen in "The Subject Was Roses" (1968), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She later starred as Olivia Walton in the television movie "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" (1971), which was the pilot episode for The Waltons. Although she won a Golden Globe for her performance, she was not invited to reprise the role in the television series; the part went to Michael Learned. (In a 1999 interview with the Archive of American Television, Waltons creator Earl Hamner said he and producers were unsure if Neal's health would allow her to commit to the grind of a weekly television series.) Neal played a dying widowed mother trying to find a home for her three children in a moving 1975 episode of NBC's "Little House on the Prairie". In 1978, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville dedicated the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in her honor. The center serves as part of Neal's advocacy for paralysis victims. She appeared in Center advertisements throughout 2006. In 2007, Neal worked on Silvana Vienne's innovative critically-acclaimed art movie "Beyond Baklava: The Fairy Tale Story of Sylvia's Baklava", appearing as herself in the portions of the documentary talking about alternative ways to end violence in the world. Also in 2007, Neal received one of two annually-presented Lifetime Achievement Awards at the SunDeis Film Festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. (Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider was the recipient of the other.) She often appeared on the Tony Awards telecast, possibly because she was the last surviving winner from the first ceremony. Her original Tony was lost, so she was given a replacement by Bill Irwin when they presented the Best Actress Award to Cynthia Nixon in 2006. Patricia Neal In April 2009, Neal received a lifetime achievement award from WorldFest Houston on the occasion of the debut of her film, Flying By. Neal was a long-term actress with Philip Langner's Theatre at Sea/Sail With the Stars productions with the Theatre Guild. In her final years she would appear in a number of health care videos, including The Healing Influence. During the filming of "The Fountainhead" (1949), Neal had an affair with her married co-star, Gary Cooper, whom she had met in 1947 when she was 21 and he was 46. By 1950, Cooper's wife, Veronica, had found out about the relationship and sent Neal a telegram demanding they end it. Neal became pregnant by Cooper, but he persuaded her to have an abortion. Shortly after the abortion, Cooper punched Neal in the face after he caught Kirk Douglas trying to seduce her. The affair ended, but not before Cooper's daughter, Maria (now Maria Cooper Janis, born 1937), spat at Neal in public. Years after Cooper's death, Maria and her mother Veronica reconciled with Neal. Neal met British writer Roald Dahl at a dinner party hosted by Lillian Hellman in 1951. They married on July 2, 1953, at Trinity Church in New York. The marriage produced five children: Olivia Twenty (April 20, 1955 November 17, 1962); Chantal Tessa Sophia (b. 1957); Theo Matthew (b. 1960); Ophelia Magdalena (b.1964); and Lucy Neal (b. 1965). Her granddaughter Sophie Dahl is a noted actress and model. Patricia Neal In the early 1960s, the couple suffered through grievous injury to one child and the death of another. On December 5, 1960, their son Theo, four months old, suffered brain damage when his baby carriage was struck by a taxicab in New York City. On November 17, 1962, their daughter, Olivia, died at age 7 from measles encephalitis. On February 5, 1965, while on location filming "7 Women" (1966), a pregnant Patricia was bathing daughter Tessa at a rented home when she suffered a massive, paralyzing stroke, followed by two more. Baby Lucy was later born on August 4, 1965 healthy but in its aftermath, the actress suffered from partial paralysis, partial blindness, she lost her memory and was unable to speak. Husband Roald Dahl had her undergo extensive therapy back in England, including swimming, walking, memory games and crossword puzzles. Neal and Dahl's 30-year marriage ended in divorce in 1983 after Dahl's affair with Neal's friend, Felicity Crosland. In 1981, Glenda Jackson played her in a television movie, The Patricia Neal Story which co-starred Dirk Bogarde as Neal's husband Roald Dahl. Neal's autobiography, "As I Am", was published in 1988. Neal died at her home in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, August 8, 2010, of lung cancer at age 84. She had converted to Catholicism four months before her death and was laid to rest in the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m) Her classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae, Charlton Heston, Martha Hyer, and Agnes Nixon. Personal Quotes "John Wayne had enormous appeal for the public, but I did not find him appealing in the least. I think my charms were lost on him too. He was going through marital problems, which kept him in a bad humor all the time. Duke was at odds with the director and could be a bully, particularly with a gay publicity man, who seemed to draw his wrath at every turn." - On Operation Pacific (1951) [when she heard Paul Newman died] "Somebody came in and told me that Paul had died, and I was heartbroken, because he was a beautiful man. I knew that he was a little ill, and I knew that he was probably going to die, but you know it's just so heartbreaking when one hears it." "I've had a lovely time." - Patricia Neal's last words while on her deathbed. Packard Ad - October 1944
  15. Morning y'all, clear skies and a chilly 48F. Expecting sunshine and a high of only 62F. There is a chance that we will see our first frost tomorrow morning.
  16. Morning all. 38F under clear skies. Sunny today with less wind and a high of 63F.
  17. Oldsmobile Ad - October 1942 1939: A German air attack damages the British cruisers HMS Southampton, HMS Edinburgh and the destroyer HMS Mohawk in the Firth of Forth, in Scotland. 1939: Heavy German attack on Western Front halted. 1939: German bombers attack Forth and Rosyth bridges. *Barbara Bates 1940: Benjamin O. Davis becomes the U.S. Army's first African American Brigadier General. 1940: U-124 torpedoes and sinks the merchant ship Trevisa of Convoy SC-7 south of Iceland, 7 are killed. Convoy SC-7 (30 ships) is on the final leg of its journey from Sydney to Aberdeen, and is attacked by 7 U-boats in the North Atlantic between the 16th and 19th October. Losses amount to 20 ships for 79,646 gross tons. No U-boats were lost. Barbara Bates - Pin-up Girl in the Jun. 1, 1945 Issue of YANK, the Army Weekly 1941: Moscow now considered in real jeopardy. Following the evacuation of the Soviet government and diplomatic corps from Moscow to Kuibyshev, panic begins to spread among the civilian population, with thousands fleeing the city to places further east, but Stalin decides to stay. Odessa falls to the Romanians after a Soviet evacuation by sea. During the 2 month siege, the Romanians have suffered 98,000 casualties. 1941: The Japanese government falls. Prince Konoye is replaced by Hideki Tojo, Japan's minister of war. 1941: Admiral Harold R Stark, US chief of Naval Operations warns of potential hostilities between Japan and the USSR and possibly between Japan and the USA. Barbara Bates 1942: The naval convoys assemble for Operation 'Torch', the Anglo-American landings in French North Africa. 1942: The Japanese are forced back by Australians at Templeton Crossing, New Guinea. The shelling of Henderson Airfield continues. Oldsmobile Ad - October 1943 1943: Vatutin launches a 4-day breakout attempt from the Bukrin bridgehead south of Kiev. Koniev launches an offensive to cut off the First Panzer Army on Dnieper River. 1943: Jews in Rome rounded up, with over 1,000 sent to Auschwitz. Barbara Bates 1944: The U.S. First Army surrounds Aachen. 1944: The Red Army enters German territory near Goldap in East Prussia. Thousands of German civilians flee the area in panic. Barbara Bates 1944: U.S. Rangers land on islands in an approach to Leyte Gulf, in the Philippines. 1945: Peron returns to Argentine politics as a strong man. Barbara Bates **1946: Ten Nazi war criminals are hanged in Nuremberg, Germany. These including the Fuhuer's top military advisor, General Alfred Jodl. In a posthumous retrail in 1953, the courts rule that Jodl was involved only in regular military operations and clear his name of all charges. Barbara Bates *Barbara Bates, a lovely, demure, but very troubled young spirit, began her career at age 19. Groomed in obscure starlet bits, it wasn't until Warner Bros. signed her up in 1947 and perpetuated an appealing girl-next-door image that things started happening for her. Born the eldest of three daughters to a postal clerk on August 6, 1925 in Denver, Colorado, Barbara initially trained in ballet and modeled clothes as a teen. Fighting off a life-long paralyzing shyness, she nevertheless managed to be persuaded to enter a local Denver beauty contest with the winner receiving two round-trip train tickets to Tinseltown. Not only did she win but meeting husband-to-be Cecil Coan, a United Artist publicist, during that trip altered the course of Barbara's life forever. Settling in Hollywood, it took some time before she started making decent strides as a bobbysoxer ingénue. During her peak she appeared opposite a number of impressive leading men and ladies including Bette Davis in "June Bride" (1948), Danny Kaye in "The Inspector General" (1949), Elizabeth Taylor in "Rhapsody" (1954), and even Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis in their laugh-inducing vehicle "The Caddy" (1953), to name a few. Interestingly, the one role Barbara will always be identified with is also one of the smallest parts given her during her brief tenure as leading lady. In the very last scene of "All About Eve" (1950), she turns up in the role of Phoebe, a devious school girl/wannabe actress who shows startling promise as a future schemer, goaded on by the equally ruthless star she idolizes, Eve Harrington, played by Anne Baxter. Barbara's image is enshrined in the picture's last scene -- posing in front of a three-way mirror while holding Baxter's just-received acting award. It is this brief, breathtaking moment for which she will always be remembered. Barbara Bates Barbara's on-and-off stage life started unraveling not long after. She became a victim of extreme mood shifts, insecurity, ill health and chronic depression to the point of being taken off two important movies during filming. By 1954, she was washed up in Hollywood. She tried to salvage her career in England and was picked up by the Rank Organization for a time but her films were mediocre and she proved too emotionally unreliable to continue. She finally abandoned her career altogether in 1957 and was not heard of until her death. It was learned that she had retreated to Denver and worked in various minor job capacities including stints as a secretary, dental assistant and hospital aide. Her much older husband and chief supporter, Cecil Coan, died of cancer in January of 1967, and Barbara fell apart. Although she remarried in December of 1968 to a childhood friend, sportscaster William Reed, she remained increasingly despondent. On March 18, 1969, just months after her marriage to Reed, Barbara Bates committed suicide in her mother's garage by carbon monoxide poisoning. She was 43 years old. Another sad, tragic ending to a promising Hollywood beauty who seemed destined to have it all. Oldsmobile Ad - October 1943
  18. Morning y'all, cloudy and 68F. Expecting showers this morning, then a mostly cloudy afternoon with falling temperatures. Temperatures overnight will drop well into the 40's. The western part of Ireland is getting hit by hurricane Ophelia's 90 mph winds.
  19. Morning y'all, 64F, cloudy skies and 98% humidity. The weather shaman's forecast for yesterday being partly cloudy and 76F turned out to be heavy overcast and 68F. Today, the wizards of weather smarts are doubling down! Today is to be partly cloudy and a high of 81F. Guess we'll see how that turns out.
  20. The slime ball's last act was to cheat the hangman and slither out of his punishment.
  21. Morning all. 49F under overcast skies. Clearing and cooler. Winds out of the NW at 15-35 MPH with gusts over 40 MPH possible. High of 55F. Received an inch and a half of rain yesterday. I think the drought may be broken with the rain in the past couple of weeks.
  22. Chevrolet Ad - October 1944 1940: Bomb holes roof of Balham tube station: 64 killed. 1940: Italian submarine Toti sinks British submarine Rainbow. 1940: 16 million Americans already registered for National Service. *Constance Bennett 1941: Odessa, a Russian port on the Black Sea which has been surrounded by German troops for several weeks, is evacuated by Russian troops. 1942: Japanese bombard Henderson Field at night again from warships. 1942: 4,500 Japanese troops land as reinforcement for Guadalcanal as battle continues. Constance Bennett 1943: General de Lattre de Tassigny escapes from Vichy France. 1944: The largest number of sorties on single night is made by the RAF, with 1,576 in all. Fisher Body Ad - October 1944 1944: British forces liberate Greece,which then erupts in a civil war between monarchists and communists. 1944: Russians secure Petsamo region of southern Finland. Germans troops fall back towards northern Norway in the face of strong Russian attacks. Constance Bennett 1944: The Hungarian chief of state, Admiral Horthy, shortly after announcing Hungary's withdrawal from the war against the Russia, is taken prisoner by a commando unit led by SS major Otto Skorzeny. A new government under Ferenc Szalasi vows to continue the alliance with Germany. 1944: Deportation of Jews from Hungary resumes after a temporarily halt due to international political pressure to stop Jewish persecutions. Constance Bennett 1944: The British and Chinese begin an offensive from Myitkyina to Bhamo in northern Burma. 1945: Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval is executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans. **1946: Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. Constance Bennett *Independent, outspoken Constance Bennett, born on 22 October 1904, in New York City, was the first of the Bennett sisters to enter films (her younger sisters were actress/dancer Barbara Bennett and actress Joan Bennett), appeared in New York-produced silents before a chance meeting with Samuel Goldwyn led to her Hollywood debut in "Cytherea" (1924). In 1921 Bennett eloped with Chester Hirst Moorehead of Chicago, the son of a surgeon. The marriage was annulled in 1923. She abandoned a burgeoning career in silents for marriage to millionaire socialite Philip Morgan Plant in 1925; after they divorced, she achieved stardom in talkies from 1929. The hit "Common Clay" (1930) launched her in a series of loose lady and unwed mother roles, but she really excelled in such sophisticated comedies as "The Affairs of Cellini" (1934), "Ladies in Love" (1936), "Topper" (1937) and "Merrily We Live" (1938). Her classy blonde looks, husky voice and unerring fashion sense gave her a distinctive style. In the 1940s she made fewer films, working in radio and theatre; shrewd in business, she invested wisely and started businesses marketing women's wear and cosmetics. Loving conflict, she feuded with the press and enjoyed lawsuits. In 1941, Bennett married the actor Gilbert Roland, by whom she had two daughters, Lorinda and Christina (a.k.a. Gyl). They were divorced in 1946. In June 1946, Bennett married US Air Force Colonel (later Brigadier General) John Theron Coulter (1912-1995). This last marriage, to U.S. Air Force colonel Coulter, was happy and gave her a key role coordinating shows flown to Europe for occupying troops (1946-48) and the Berlin Airlift (1948-49), winning her military honors. Still young-looking, she died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 60 on July 24, 1965, at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly after completing the last of her 57 films. In recognition of her military contributions, and as the wife of Theron John Coulter, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Coulter died in 1995 and was buried with her. Harley-Davidson Ad - October 1945
  23. I appreciate that you programmed it like that, it will make it much easier as I sift through the many worlds and their redundancies
  24. Still a good bit of mystery surrounding the suicide of Rommel. Exactly what did he know and what was the extent of his involvement with any plot to kill Hitler? It is known that by the middle of 1944, Rommel was advising Hitler that it would be best to negotiate a peace with the Allies.
  25. Morning all. 58F under overcast skies. Rain and a few thunderstorms are likely throughout the day. Showers are possible early, but the best chance for rain and storms will mainly be late afternoon and into the evening. High of 69F.
  26. North American Aviation Ad - October 1942 1939: U47 (Kapitanleutnant Prien) sinks HMS Royal Oak at anchor in Scapa Flow, killing 883. U47 then escapes undetected and returns home to Germany. The press in Germany declare Prien a hero. 1939: Polish submarine Orzel arrives in Britain having escaped internment in Estonia. *Ava Gardner 1941: Army Group Centre wipes out the Russian pocket at Bryansk, but only capture about 50,000 prisoners. The rain and mud begins to impede the German advance, but German troops manage to capture Rzhev. Hitler orders that Moscow is to be enveloped, rather that assaulted directly. Russian troops fall back in the southern Ukraine as the Germans make for the port of Rostov. Ava Gardner 1942: Japanese bombard Henderson Field at night from warships then send troops ashore onto Guadalcanal in the morning as U.S. planes attack. 1942: In the northern part of Stalingrad, units of the 6th Army advance in bitter fighting and surround the heavily defended Tractor Factory, following a series of devastating attacks (over 3,000 sorties) by bombers of Luftflotte 4. Ava Gardner 1943: The US 8th Air Force delivers a heavy attack against the ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt. However, of the original force of 291 B-17's, 198 are either shot down or damaged beyond repair, while the Luftwaffe has lost only about 40 fighter planes. 1943: German forces evacuate the Zaporozhe bridgehead on the eastern bank of the Dnieper river. North American Aviation Ad - October 1945 1943: Massive escape from Sobibor as Jews and Soviet POWs break out, with 300 making it safely into nearby woods. Of those 300, fifty will survive. Exterminations then cease at Sobibor, after over 250,000 deaths. All traces of the death camp are then removed and trees are planted. 1943: Jose P. Laurel, a distinguished pre-war Filipino statesman, takes office as "president" of the Philippines after being elected by a Japanese puppet "National Assembly" on Sept. 25. Surviving two assassination attempts by Filipino guerrillas, Laurel's government enjoyed little popularity. A general amnesty after the war spared him a treason trial. Ava Gardner 1944: The British liberate Athens and Piraeus and also land on Corfu. 1944: Russian troops and Yugoslav Partisans force their way in to Belgrade. 1944: German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds suffered earlier from a strafing attack. Ava Gardner *Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in the small farming community of Grabtown also known as Brogden, Johnston County, North Carolina near Smithfield, North Carolina, the youngest of seven children (she had two brothers; Raymond and Melvin, and four sisters; Beatrice, Elsie Mae, Inez and Myra) of poor cotton and tobacco farmers; her mother, Mollie, was a Baptist of Scots-Irish and English descent, while her father, Jonas Bailey Gardner, was a Catholic of Irish American and American Indian (Tuscarora) descent. When the children were still young, the Gardners lost their property, forcing Jonas Gardner to work at a sawmill and Mollie to begin working as a cook and housekeeper at a dormitory for teachers at the nearby Brogden School. When Gardner was 13 years old, the family decided to try their luck in a bigger town, Newport News, Virginia, where Mollie Gardner found work managing a boardinghouse for the city's many shipworkers. That job did not last long, and the family moved to the Rock Ridge suburb of Wilson, North Carolina, where Mollie Gardner ran another boarding house. Gardner's father died of bronchitis in 1938. Gardner and some of her siblings attended high school in Rock Ridge and she graduated from there in 1939. She then attended secretarial classes at Atlantic Christian College in Wilson for about a year. Gardner, who by age 18 had become a stunning, green-eyed brunette, was visiting her sister Beatrice ("Bappie") in New York in 1941 when Beatrice's husband Larry Tarr, a professional photographer, offered to take her portrait. He was so pleased with the results that he displayed the finished product in the front window of his Tarr Photography Studio on Fifth Avenue. Ava Gardner Her picture in the window of her brother-in-law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM, leading quickly to Hollywood and a film contract based strictly on her beauty. With zero acting experience, her first 17 film roles, 1942-5, were one-line bits or little better. After her first starring role in B-grade "Whistle Stop" (1946), MGM loaned her to Universal for her first outstanding film, "The Killers" (1946). Few of her best films were made at MGM which, keeping her under contract for 17 years, used her popularity to sell many mediocre films. Perhaps as a result, she never believed in her own acting ability, but her latent talent shone brightly when brought out by a superior director, as with John Ford in "Mogambo" (1953) and George Cukor in "Bhowani Junction" (1956). After 3 failed marriages (Mickey Rooney - 1942 to 1943, Artie Shaw - 1945 to 1946 and Frank Sinatra - 1951 to 1957), and she dated billionaire aviator Howard Hughes in the early to mid-1940s, a relationship that lasted into the 1950s. Dissatisfaction with Hollywood life prompted Ava to move to Spain in 1955; most of her subsequent films were made abroad. She for a time dated Spanish bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín. By this time, stardom had made the country girl a cosmopolitan, but she never overcame a deep insecurity about acting and life in the spotlight. Her last quality starring film role was in "The Night of the Iguana" (1964), her later work being (as she said) strictly "for the loot". In 1968, tax trouble in Spain prompted a move to London, where she spent her last 22 years in reasonable comfort. Her film career did not bring her great fulfillment, but her looks may have made it inevitable; many fans still consider her the most beautiful actress in Hollywood history. Ava Gardner After a lifetime of smoking, Gardner suffered from emphysema, in addition to an autoimmune disorder (which may have been lupus). After two strokes in 1986, which left her partially paralyzed and bedridden, Frank Sinatra paid the cost of her ($50,000) medical expenses. Her last words (to her housekeeper Carmen), were, "I'm so tired", before she died of pneumonia on January 25, 1990 at the age of 67. After her death, one of Frank Sinatra's daughters found him slumped in his room, crying, and unable to speak. Gardner was not only the love of his life but also the inspiration for one of his most personal songs, "I'm a Fool to Want You", which Sinatra (who received a co-writing credit for the song) recorded twice, toward the end of his contract with Columbia Records and during his years on Capitol Records. ("It was Ava who taught him how to sing a torch song," Sinatra arranger Nelson Riddle was once quoted as saying. "She was the greatest love of his life, and he lost her.") Reportedly, a lone black limousine parked behind the crowd of 500 mourners at Ava's funeral. No one exited the vehicle, but it was assumed that the anonymous mourner was indeed Frank Sinatra. A floral arrangement at Gardner's graveside simply read: "With My Love, Francis". TRIVIA: Measurements: 36-23 1/2-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) Nicknames: Snowdrop, Angel Her early education was sketchy; by 1945, she had read two books, the Bible and "Gone with the Wind." In later life, she more than made up for this lack by continual self-education. During the first two years of her marriage to Frank Sinatra, he was at the lowest point of his career. She often had to lend him money so he could buy presents for his children. He was so broke by 1951 that Gardner had to pay for his plane ticket so that he could accompany her to Africa, where she was shooting "Mogambo" (1953). This all changed after he won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1953 film "From Here to Eternity" (1953). When shooting "Earthquake" (1974), she surprised director Mark Robson by insisting that she do her own stuntwork, which included dodging blocks of concrete and heavy steel pipes. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Ad - October 1945
  27. Morning y'all, 62F, cloudy and 97% humidity. Expecting a partly cloudy day with a high of 76F. Looks like hurricane Ophelia will make a direct hit on the southwestern coast of Ireland.
  28. Can we please move on in the TAW Terrain Format thread? I intended this thread for general TFXplorer news/feedback/suggestions rather than terrain format analysis
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