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  5. Donster

    Sunday

    Good luck Jay. Hope it works out for you or leads to something better. 🙂
  6. cobraj

    Sunday

    afternoon all, vacation end today. been a good week, last few weeks rough waiting to see if I would be employed at Unisys. Got an offer letter, outsourced to this job. Not a great next chapter in my life, but beats the bread lines for now..
  7. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 45F under clear skies. Partly cloudy with light easterly winds and warmer. High of 65F.
  8. Boeing Ad - April 1943 1940: Inter-Allied Supreme War Council meets in Paris; Poland and Norway represented. 1942: Fuhrer Directive 41 rolls off the mimeograph machines in Rastenberg and the Wehrmacht has its marching orders for 1942. Leningrad is to finally be captured, but that's a secondary objective. The big plan is in the South, which involves 2nd Army and 4th Panzer Army breaking through to Voronezh on the Don. 6th Army will break out South of Kharkov and combine with the 4th Panzer Army to surround the enemy. After that, the 4th Panzer Army and 6th Army will drive East under the command of Army Group B and surround Stalingrad from the North, while Army Group A's 17th Army and 1st Panzer Army will do so from the South. Once Stalingrad is taken, the 6th Army will hold the flank defense line while Army Group A drive South into the Caucasus to seize the oilfields and become the northern punch of a grand pincer movement (the southern half being Rommel) the seize Suez, the Nile Delta, the Middle-East and its oilfields. *Ginger Rogers 1943: The British First and Eighth Army's, the U.S. 2nd Corps and Free French forces begin the final offensive to destroy the axis bridgehead in Tunisia. 1943: Japan announces captured Allied pilots will be given "one way tickets to hell." Ginger Rogers 1944: Bomber Command uses a 'J' bomb (30lb liquid incendiary) for first time in a raid on Brunswick. 1944: The Russians say their talks with Finns are over. Boeing Ad - April 1944 1944: Tito's Partisans storm the Adriatic Island of Korcula, capturing 800 Germans. 1944: An increasingly depressed and dispirited Mussolini arrives at Klessheim Castle near Salzburg for one of his last meetings with Hitler. The Fuhrer warns that the Allied invasion can be expected within "6 to 8 weeks," at which time he would unleash "new technical weapons" that would turn London in a "heap of ruins." The Duce leaves unconvinced. Ginger Rogers 1944: The allies land unopposed at Hollandia, on the northern coast of New Guinea. 1945: The U.S. First and Ninth Armies clear all German resistance in the Harz Mountains, 40 miles Southwest of Magdeburg. The U.S. Seventh Army captures a bridge across the Danube. The British Second Army is fighting in the outskirts of Bremen. The U.S. Third Army starts its drive down the Danube valley as the French First Army reaches Lake Constance on the Swiss/ German border. Hitler, ignoring the pleas of his entourage, decides to stay in his bunker at Berlin to await the inevitable end. Ginger Rogers 1945: The 1st Belorussian Front penetrates into the northern and eastern suburbs of Berlin. 1945: The U.S. campaign in the central Philippines officially ends with the capture of Cebu Island. Ginger Rogers *Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court. Ginger's mother left her child in the care of her parents while she went in search of a job as a scriptwriter in Hollywood and later to New York City. Mrs. McMath found herself with an income good enough to where she could send for Ginger. Lelee became a Marine in 1918 and was in the publicity department and Ginger went back to her grandparents in Missiouri. During this time her mother met John Rogers. After leaving the Marines they married in May, 1920 in Liberty, Missouri. He was transferred to Dallas and Ginger (who treated him as a father) went too. Ginger won a Charleston contest in 1925 (age 14) and a 4 week contract on the Interstate circuit. She also appeared in vaudeville acts which she did until she was 17 with her mother by her side to guide her. Now she had discovered true acting. She married in March, 1929, and after several months realized she had made a mistake. She acquired an agent and she did several short films. She went to New York where she appeared in the Broadway production of "Top Speed" which debuted Christmas Day, 1929. Her first film was in 1929 in "A Night in a Dormitory" (1930). It was a bit part, but it was a start. Later that year, Ginger appeared, briefly in two more films, "A Day of a Man of Affairs" (1929) and "Campus Sweethearts" (1930). Ginger Rogers For awhile she did both movies and theatre. The following year she began to get better parts in films such as "Office Blues" (1930) and "The Tip-Off" (1931). But the movie that enamored her to the public was "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933). She did not have top billing but her beauty and voice was enough to have the public want more. She suggested using a monocle and this also set her apart. One song she popularized in the film was the now famous, "We're in the Money". In 1934, she starred with Dick Powell in "Twenty Million Sweethearts" (1934). It was a well received film about the popularity of radio. Ginger's real stardom occurred when she was teamed with Fred Astaire where they were one of the best cinematic couples ever to hit the silver screen. This is where she achieved real stardom. They were first paired in 1933's "Flying Down to Rio" (1933) and later in 1935's "Roberta" (1935) and "Top Hat" (1935). Ginger also appeared in some very good comedies such as "Bachelor Mother" (1939) and "5th Ave Girl" (1939) both in 1939. Also that year she appeared with Astaire in "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (1939). The film made money but was not anywhere successful as they had hoped. After that studio executives at RKO wanted Ginger to strike out on her own. She made several dramatic pictures but it was 1940's "Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman" (1940) that allowed her to shine. Playing a young lady from the wrong side of the tracks, she played the lead role well, so well in fact, that she won an Academy Award for her portrayal. Ginger followed that project with the delightful comedy, "Tom Dick and Harry" (1941) the following year. It's a story where she has to choose which of three men she wants to marry. Through the rest of the 1940s and early 1950s she continued to make movies but not near the caliber before World War II. After "Oh, Men! Oh, Women!" (1957) in 1957, Ginger didn't appear on the silver screen for seven years. By 1965, she had appeared for the last time in "Harlow" (1965/II). Afterward, she appeared on Broadway and other stage plays traveling in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. After 1984, she retired and wrote an autobiography in 1991 entitled, "Ginger, My Story" which is a very good book. On April 25, 1995, Ginger died of of congestive heart failure in Rancho Mirage, California. She was 83. Boeing Ad - April 1945
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  10. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 45F under clear skies. Mostly cloudy today with light winds. High of 58F.
  11. Philco Ad - April 1943 1941: The Greek Army surrenders to the 1st SS Leibstandarte Division. Its commander, Sepp Dietrich accepts this, without referring to his superiors. All Greek soldiers were allowed to return home, while officers were allowed to retain their side arms. Mussolini, upon hearing of this is furious and makes the Greeks sign another surrender document with much harsher terms. *Michèle Morgan 1942: The first U-boat tanker or ' Milch cow', U-459, sets sail for the Atlantic. Her role was to prolong the time that U-boats could spend in US waters by refueling and re-arming them at sea. Michèle Morgan 1945: The U.S. Ninth Army captures Blankenburg, 80 miles to the East of Kassel. The U.S. First Army take Dessau. The French First Army captures Stuttgart along with 28,000 prisoners and crosses the Danube. 1945: Field Marshal Model, commits suicide. German troops keep up their resistance around Elbingerode in the Harz Mountains. Michèle Morgan 1945: The Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Bautzen and Cottbus 70 miles southeast of Berlin. German troops still hold out in the port of Pillau. 1945: The 2nd Polish Corps which is fighting with the British Eighth Army captures Bologna in co-ordination with the U.S. 34th Division, of the U.S. Fifth Army. 1945: U.S. troops take 'Bloody Ridge' on Okinawa. Michèle Morgan *Morgan was born Simone Renée Roussel on February 29th, 1920 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, a western suburb of Paris. She left home at the age of 15 for Paris determined to become an actress. She took acting lessons from René Simon while serving as an extra in several films to pay for her drama classes. Her beauty was noticed by director Marc Allégret who offered her a major role in the film Gribouille in 1937, opposite Raimu. Then came the film Le Quai des brumes by Marcel Carné in 1938, opposite the great French actor Jean Gabin, and Remorques in 1941. These two films established her as one of the leading actress of the time in french cinema. Upon the invasion of France in 1940 by the Germans, Morgan left for the United States and Hollywood where she was contracted to RKO Pictures. Her career there proved rather disappointing, apart from "Joan of Paris" opposite Paul Henreid in 1942, "Higher and Higher" opposite Frank Sinatra in 1943. She was tested and strongly considered for the female lead in "Casablanca" but RKO would not release her for the amount of money that Warner Bros. offered. Morgan did work for Warners in "Passage to Marseille" opposite Humphrey Bogart in 1944. Nothing major came her way. The war over, Morgan returned to France and quickly picked up her career with the 1946 film, "La Symphonie Pastorale" by Jean Delannoy, which earned her the "Best Actress" award at the Cannes Film Festival. Other notable films include "Fabiola" (1949), "The Proud and the Beautiful" (1953) by Yves Allégret, "Les Grandes Man½uvres" (1955) by René Clair, "Marie-Antoinette reine de France" (1956). Morgan continued working in films throughout the 1960s, notably in "Lost Command", a 1966 film version of "Les Centurions". In the 1970s, she largely retired from the acting career, then made occasional appearances on film, television and theatre. Michèle Morgan For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Morgan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street. In 1969, the government of France awarded her the Legion of Honor. For her long service to the French motion picture industry, in 1992 she was given an Honorary César Award. In 1996, she also received the Career Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. Morgan achieved the most popularity in french cinema during the 1940s and 1950s, although she is mostly unknown outside of France. She published her autobiography entitled Avec ces yeux-là in 1977. She also paints and has done ever since the 1960s. She has a fetish for painting fish because it is her zodiac sign. While others were on the barricades in May 1968, she was painting abstract objects. She accepted to do an exhibition at the Paris Gallery "Artistes En Lumière à Paris" from 2 March until the end of April 2009. While in Hollywood, she married actor William Marshall in 1942 with whom she had a son, Mike Marshall (19442005). Morgan and Marshall divorced in 1948. She married in 1950 French actor Henri Vidal (19191959) with whom she remained until his unexpected early death in 1959. She then lived with film director and actor/writer Gérard Oury until his death in 2006. Morgan has six grandchildren, including Sarah Marshall, a French model & actress (1981). Morgan died on 20 December 2016, aged 96, in Meudon, France of natural causes. Her funeral was held at the Église Saint-Pierre in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 23 December 2016, and she was buried at the Montparnasse Cemetery. TRIVIA: While in Hollywood during WWII, Morgan built the house at 10050 Cielo Drive, the site of Sharon Tate's murder by the followers of Charles Manson in 1969. By that time, Morgan was no longer the owner of the house. Her son Mike Marshall, born in 1944, became an actor in both France and Hollywood. He died on June 1st, 2005 (lung disease). Florida Citrus Commission Ad - April 1944
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  13. cobraj

    Friday

    morning all, finally got some signal at the camp.. power issues in this neck of the woods! have a great day all
  14. Stans

    A message from Negan

    Negan paces back in forth in front of the CSimians. "I am so very disappointed with you people. You sit around. You are not engaged. You do not act like you are alive. Hell! Most of you do not even post! You just lurk around. And when was the last time you had an adventure? All you do is sit in silence or complain! You call yourselves 'Combat' Simians? Well, I am not the only one who is disappointed." Negan points his barbwire wrapped baseball bat at the terrified group of Simians. "Lucille, here, is also deeply disappointed. She is frustrated. Damn! She is infuriated! So much so that she... has demanded justice!" Negan places the bat across his right shoulder and resumes pacing. "Now, there is a price to be paid for your lack of enthusiasm around here. But I, unlike Lucille, am more forgiving. I have a heart. I feel for you. I want to reform you. I want to motivate you! Lucille, on the other hand, would just as soon carry out her own form of justice. Her own, unique... method of motivation." Negan halts his pacing and directly faces the Simians. "I am going to teach all of you a lesson. If this does not work..." Negan holds his baseball bat in his right hand, places the barbwire wrapped end in his left hand. "Then I may not be able to further reason with Lucille here. So... You will be confined and you will open this YouTube file. And... If you don't... Well... Let's just say you will regret it." Disclaimer: Not responsible for psychotic episodes, seizures, behavioral issues or other mental or physical disorders after playing the aforementioned video.
  15. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 26F under clear skies. Set a record low for this date. Mostly sunny today. High of 60F though!
  16. Donster

    Thursday

    To many.
  17. Stans

    Friday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and a chilly 34F. Expecting sunshine and a high of 62F, but cold 10-15 mph winds out of the north northwest.
  18. Stans

    Thursday

    How many times have we said that this "spring"?
  19. United States Rubber Ad - April 1945 1940: Danish Army demobilized. 1941: British forces in Greece retreat from Mt. Olympus. King George II heads new Greek government. **Deanna Durbin 1942: An assassination attempt on Doriol, head of the French Fascists fails. Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of "true reconciliation with Germany." 1942: In a reprisal for Resistance sabotage of German troop trains, the Germans execute thirty French hostages at Rouen. The next day, twenty more hostages are killed at St. Nazaire. Deanna Durbin 1942: Adolf Hitler plans the German summer offensive, but the first priority is to remove the Barvenkovo salient in the Ukraine, which is gives the Russian a springboard to retake Kharkov, or turn South and retake the Ukraine. General Friedrich Paulus, a tall, ascetic Prussian staff officer, draws up the plans for an panzer offensive to pinch out this salient. Amazingly, the Russian are simultaneously planning their own offensive out of the salient. 1942: The US aircraft-carrier Wasp delivers 46 Spitfires to Malta as reinforcement, although such is the intensity of the axis air onslaught (9,599 sorties in April), that almost all these aircraft had been destroyed on the ground within 3 days. Deanna Durbin 1942: German Jews are banned from using public transportation. 1942: As a result of the Doolittle raid on Japan, the Japanese decide that Operation 'Mi' must take place as soon as possible, while plans to capture Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia are to be postponed. United States Rubber Ad - April 1945 1943: The limited recruitment of women into the Home Guard is announced in Britain. 1943: The Jewish uprising in Warsaw triggers a massive German response and initiates a month long massacre of the 60,000 Jews in the ghetto. 1943: The Americans announce that their airmen captured in the 'Doolittle Raid' on Tokyo were beheaded by Japanese. Deanna Durbin 1944: Colonel General Hans V. Hube, whose hard-charging aggressiveness on the Eastern Front had made him one of Hitler's favorites, is killed when his plane crashes on takeoff from Berchtesgaden on the return trip to his command after offering the Fuhrer birthday greetings. Grief-stricken at losing such an outstanding commander, Hitler orders a state funeral for Hube in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin. 1945: The British Home Secretary says that 60,585 British civilians have died and 86,175 have been seriously injured in air attacks since outbreak of war. 1945: The U.S. Seventh Army takes Nuremberg. Deanna Durbin 1945: The U.S. Fifth Army reaches the Po river Plain in northern Italy as a German retreat to river ordered. 1945: Russian artillery begins to shell Berlin. The Germans desperately counterattack both North and South of Frankfurt an der Oder. A Furious battles takes place at Sternbeck and Protzel. In Czechoslovakia the Russian pressure increases at Moravska-Ostrava and Brno. *1889: Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator of Germany who led his country into World War II and was responsible for persecuting millions of Jews, was born. Deanna Durbin **Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin on December 4, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her British-born parents moved to California while she was still young, and her singing voice soon had talent scouts knocking at her door. She signed a contract with MGM in 1936, at the age of 14, which resulted in her appearance in "Every Sunday" (1936), a short that also starred Judy Garland. Deanna was dropped by MGM but was immediately picked up by Universal Pictures, which cast her in the role of Penny Craig in "Three Smart Girls" (1936). While preparing for the role she was coached intensely by director Henry Koster; it's doubtful she would have been the star she was had it not been for Koster. The profits from this film and its follow-up, "One Hundred Men and a Girl" (1937), rescued Universal from bankruptcy. The studio quickly capitalized on these hits, casting Deanna in two successive and highly acclaimed films, "That Certain Age" (1938) and "Mad About Music" (1938). With these films Deanna became Hollywood's darling. She reprised her role of Penny Craig in "Three Smart Girls Grow Up" (1939). Deanna was such a hit that she shared the Academy Award's 1939 Juvenile Award with Mickey Rooney "for their significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as juvenile players, setting high standards of ability and achievement". Deanna's singing and acting ability had the world talking. There was no doubt she was the most popular performer of her day. She was, however, by nature a very private individual, never comfortable with the glitz, glamor and publicity that came with stardom. Despite her uneasiness, she continued to churn out hits and kept the public enthralled. In 1943 she played Penny Craig again, for the third time, in "Hers to Hold" (1943). Deanna's final film was "For the Love of Mary" (1948), whereupon, at the age of 27, she simply walked away. For a star of her stature, that took a tremendous amount of courage. All she wanted was to be anonymous. Today Deanna lives in France, just outside Paris, with her third husband, French director Charles David, whom she wed in 1950. She has had numerous offers to return to the screen and has turned them all down. She has not even been interviewed since 1949. According to a family friend, Durbin died on or about April 20, 2013 in Neauphle-le-Château, France. TRIVIA: Was an option to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939). By twenty-one, she was the highest-paid woman in the United States and highest-paid female film star in the World. Deanna Durbin dolls existed along with many other types of merchandising in the 1940s. Universal Pictures top star in the 1940s where she was paid $400,000 per film. She is reported as the star who saved the company. Tried for the voice of Snow White in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) but Disney himself rejected her, claiming she sounded "too mature." She was 14 at the time. She was sought for the female leads of the original Broadway productions of both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" (1943) and Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's "My Fair Lady" (1956). Universal refused to loan her for Oklahoma! and she turned down the lead in My Fair Lady (after Lerner personally came to her home to audition the songs for her) because, as she said later, "I had my ticket for Paris in my pocket." She was the number one female box office star in Britain for the years 1939- 1942 inclusive. She was so popular that in 1942 a seven day "Deanna Durbin Festival" was held during which her films were screened exclusively on the Odeon Theatre Circuit throughout Britain, a feat that has never been duplicated for any other star. According to reports from the BBC over the past three decades, it receives more requests from the public for Durbin's films and recordings, than for those of any other star of Hollywood's Golden Age. She was Holocaust victim Anne Frank's favorite movie star. There are two pictures of Durbin on Anne's "Movie Wall" in the secret annex in Amsterdam where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis. In 1941, Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini published an open letter to Durbin in his official newspaper, "Il Popolo", asking her to intercede with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on behalf of American youth to dissuade him from becoming involved in Word War II. She didn't. She was Prime Minister Winston Churchill's favorite movie star. He reportedly insisted that he be permitted to screen her films privately before they were released to the public in Britain, and would often screen her film One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) to celebrate British victories during World War II. He considered her "a formidable talent." Personal Quotes: "I couldn't go on forever being Little Miss Fixit who burst into song." "Just as Hollywood pin-up represents sex to dissatisfied erotics, so I represented the ideal daughter millions of fathers and mothers wished they had." - 1959 Camel Cigarette Ad - April 1945
  20. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 30F under clear skies with 22F wind chill. Got about an inch of snow yesterday. Some thunder showers with sleet before the snow. Today will be mostly sunny and much warmer. High of 51F. Hopefully yesterday was winter's last hurrah.
  21. Stans

    Thursday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and 49F. Expecting a partly cloudy day with afternoon winds from the WNW picking up to 20 mph, gusting to 30-35 mph. Today's high expected to be 67F.
  22. American Locomotive Ad - April 1943 1940: 'State of Siege' is extended to the whole of Netherlands. 1941: London receives another heavy pounding by the Luftwaffe. *Linda Christian 1941: A Brigade from the British 10th Indian Division land at Basra in southern Iraq. 1941: The Germans attack south through Greece on a wide front. The Greek Government agrees that British forces should be evacuated. General Wilson plans to make a strong stand at Thermopylae, to cover the withdrawal of his troops to ports in the Peloponnese. Linda Christian 1942: Resistance on Cebu Island ends as the US-Filipino garrison surrenders to the Japanese. 1943: During World War II, tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but futile battle against Nazi forces. Association of American RailRoads Ad - April 1943 1945: The British Second Army reaches the Elbe and launches an attack on Bremen. The U.S. First Army captures Leipzig and Halle, 50 miles South of Magdeburg. On the eve of Hitler's 56th birthday, Dr. Goebbels exhorts the nation and predicts that in spite of all misfortunes Germany will yet prevail, that the "perverse coalition between Bolshevism and Plutocracy" is about to break up, and that it is Adolf Hitler ("Our Hitler!") who will still turn back the tide and save Europe, as he has thus far, from falling into the clutches of the Kremlin. 1945: The 1st Belorussian Front finally breaks through the German defenses on the Seelow heights, despite heavy losses in men and tanks (over 400 in two days) and races towards Berlin. 1945: U.S. troops encounter very stiff resistance by the Japanese at 'Bloody Ridge' on Ie Island. Linda Christian **Born Blanca Rosa Welter in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, her father was an executive with an important oil company and the future Linda Christian followed him from country to country: South Africa, Romania, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Palestine. This was beneficial in that the little girl - a very good pupil at school - was eventually able to speak seven different foreign languages. She also turned into a shapely young lady who won a beauty contest. She started studying medicine in Palestine but had to be repatriated to the USA due to the international situation. She landed in Los Angeles and naturally considered a movie career there. She studied drama but got nothing but minor parts for years. She really became famous when she married Tyrone Power and her career somewhat improved. But it is scandal more than her film roles that long made her a favorite of the media, of the celebrity press rather than of specialized movie magazines. In her youth Christian's only aspiration was to become a physician. After she graduated from secondary school she had a fortuitous meeting with her screen idol Errol Flynn, and was persuaded by him to give up her hopes of joining the medical profession, move to Hollywood, and pursue an acting career. Not long after arriving in Hollywood she was spotted by Louis B. Mayer's secretary at a fashion show in Beverly Hills. He offered, and she accepted, a seven year contract with MGM. She made her film debut in the 1944 musical comedy "Up In Arms", co-starring Danny Kaye and Dinah Shore. This movie also happened to be Danny Kaye's own first film. This film was followed by "Holiday In Mexico" in 1946, "Captain From Castile" in 1947, and what was perhaps her best-known film, 1948's "Tarzan and the Mermaids". Linda Christian Linda Christian's fame, however, is derived largely from having wed (and divorced) the popular movie actor Tyrone Power. She and Power are the parents of actress Taryn Power and singer Romina Power, one half of the famous Italian singing duo Al Bano & Romina Power. Christian was later also briefly married to the Rome-based British actor (and movie heartthrob) Edmund Purdom. Several times Christian and Power were offered the opportunity to work together, but for various reasons each offer was refused or rescinded. The most notable opportunity to co-star with one another came in 1953, when they were offered leading roles in "From Here to Eternity". Power didn't wish to do the film, rejected the offer, and the roles went to Donna Reed and Montgomery Clift, winning Donna Reed an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Christian's autobiography, Linda, was published in 1962. Linda Christian died on July 22, 2011 in Palm Desert, California, at the age of 87. Lockheed Ad - April 1943
  23. Stans

    Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Dead at 92

    She was one of the classiest first ladies. Rest in peace, Mrs. Bush, you have earned it.
  24. Stans

    Wednesday

    Morning y'all, overcast skies and 41F. Expecting the clouds to part and sunshine for the afternoon with a high of 72F.
  25. Stans

    'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson Dead at 65

    Only 65 years old. RIP, Harry.
  26. Bush, 92, died Tuesday, shortly after her family announced she was in failing health and would decline further medical treatment in favor of "comfort care." RIP Mrs. Bush. You brought class and kindness to the White House.
  27. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. Scattered clouds and 32F. Wintry mix turns to snow. Thunder possible. Winds out of the NE at 10-20 MPH, gusting to 30 MPH. 2-4 inches of snow possible. High of 35F.
  28. Kodak Ad - April 1943 1940: British submarine Starlet sunk off Norway. 1940: Germans advance further north of Oslo. More British troops are landed at Aandalesnes in Norway with the plan of co-operating with the British and French troops already at Namsos to surround and then retake Trondheim. However, the Norwegian commander, General Ruge persuaded the Aandalesnes force, to move south in order to give support to his troops still holding out at Lillehammer. *Mary Castle 1941: Britain warns that if Cairo is bombed, then the RAF will attack Rome. 1941: The German 12th Army forces a crossing of the river Aliakmon between the Greek First Army and the British forces. Athens is placed under martial law. Greek Prime Minister, Alexandros Korizis commits suicide. Mary Castle 1942: The entire US eastern seaboard is ordered to black-out its lights at night, in an attempt to reduce the success of the U-boats at night. 1942: Colonel James H. Doolittle leads 16 US Army B25 bombers from the carrier Hornet in first ever air raid on Japan. They took of from the carrier Hornet, about 750 miles east of Tokyo. Escort fighters were provided by the carrier Enterprise. Bombs were dropped on Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Nagoya and Yokosuka. Only one aircraft was damaged during the raid, although all 16 were lost on crash landings in China. The material damage inflicted by the raid was minimal, although the damage to Japanese prestige was considerable and gave the allies a boost when their fortunes in the Pacific were at a low ebb. WATCH VIDEO 1942: The Headquarters of the southwest Pacific theatre are established in Melbourne. Mary Castle 1943: The German 17th Army begins its attacks to eliminate the Russian beachhead at Novorossiysk, but fails and gives up on the 23rd April. 1943: U.S. code breakers pinpoint the location of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto flying in a Japanese bomber near Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. "Operation Vengeance" is conceived to locate and shoot down Yamamoto. Eighteen P-38 fighters from the U.S. Army's 339th Fighter Squadron of the 347th Fighter Group, Thirteenth Air Force, was given the mission. Their P-38G aircraft, equipped with drop tanks, would have the range to intercept and engage. (MORE INFO) Kodak Ad - April 1944 1944: The Foreign Office bans all coded messages from foreign embassies and says that diplomatic bags are to be censored. Only the fighting allies are to be excluded from the ban. 1944: The Russians take Balaclava. Mary Castle 1944: The first reinforcements for the British garrison at Kohima begin to arrive. Japanese forces launch a new offensive in central China. 1945: The Ruhr pocket is finally annihilated, with 317,000 Germans being captured, including 29 generals. The U.S. Ninth Army takes Magdeburg. The U.S. First Army enters Düsseldorf. General De Lattre's French troops link up at Freudenstadt behind the Black Forest. The British Second Army captures ülzen and Lüneburg. The US Third Army captures Nürnberg advancing units across the German/Czechoslovakian frontier. Mary Castle 1945: Between Stettin and Schwedt the 2nd Belorussian front breaks through the Oder defenses, pressuring Army Group Weichsel even more. The 1st Ukrainian Front captures Forst on the Neisse river. North of Frankfurt, while the 1st Belorussian Front continues its attack to take the Seelow Heights, gradually wearing down the vastly outnumbered German defenders. 1945: The British Fourteenth Army in central Burma captures the Chaulk oil centre on the Irrawaddy. 1945: Famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa. Mary Castle *Castle was born as Mary Ann Noblett on Jan 22, 1931 in Pampa, Texas. Her mother was one-sixteenth Quapaw Indian. Castle's Noblett ancestors originally settled in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. She was a third cousin of actress Irene Noblette Ryan, known for her role as Daisy Moses, a.k.a. Granny Clampett, of CBS's hit comedy, The Beverly Hillbillies. Mary and Irene descended from Noblets who were Quaker immigrants to Pennsylvania from Ireland. This family were originally a long line of Norman lords known as Noblet and Noblette, traced back to their ancestor's days of service under William the Conqueror in 1066. Religious persecution as Hugenots drove this Noblet line from Normandy about 1700. The Nobletts moved to Fort Worth, Texas, then Phillips, subsequently a ghost town in Hutchinson County, Texas, prior to relocating to Long Beach, California. At the age of nine, Castle was stricken with pneumonia. Her brother, Erby Noblett, Jr. (19271992), taught her trick riding and later became a police officer in Long Beach. In 1946, Castle gave birth to an out-of-wedlock daughter in Los Angeles. In 1955, the then eight-year-old child was reportedly seriously ill in a Long Beach hospital. At nineteen, Castle was a model for a bathing suit company. A studio scout became interested in her after seeing her photograph in a magazine. In August 1950, she was dubbed the "lady who looks more like Hayworth than Hayworth does." Her first contract was said to have been granted solely on the basis that the red-haired Castle indeed resembled Hayworth. Harry Cohn, boss of Columbia Pictures, was said to have envisioned Castle as a replacement for Hayworth, who had married Prince Aly Khan and was rearing a family. Castles's first credited role was as Flo in the 1950 film "The Tougher They Come". In 1951, she appeared as Toni Eaton in "Prairie Roundup", as Rita Bagley in Gene Autry's "Texans Never Cry", as Elizabeth Leeds in "When the Redskins Rode", and as Gloria Lydendecker in "Criminal Lawyer". Her first television appearance occurred in 1952 as Marcia Thorne in the episode "One Angle Too Many" of the detective series "Racket Squad". In 1953, she appeared as Jane Brown in "The Lawless Breed" and as Yvonne Durante in "Three Steps to the Gallows". She then appeared in twenty-six of the thirty-nine episodes of "Stories of the Century", the first western to win an Emmy Award. The series focuses upon the capture of such western outlaws as Billy the Kid, the Dalton Brothers, the Younger Brothers, and Sam Bass. Castle left the series and was replaced by Kristine Miller. Mary Castle In 1956, she appeared on "The Bob Cummings Show", also known as "Love That Bob", in the episode "The Trouble with Henry". In 1957, she guest starred in an unnamed role on ABC's "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", as Enid Shaw in "The Case of the Baited Hook" on CBS's "Perry Mason", and as Alice Wilson in "Test of Courage" of ABC's "Cheyenne", starring Clint Walker. She appeared too in Frank Lovejoy's detective series, "Meet McGraw". In 1959, she appeared on Rex Allen's "Frontier Doctor" syndicated series. In 1960, Castle appeared as Marianne in the episode "The Chinese Pendant" of CBS's crime drama "Tightrope" starring Mike Connors. Castle's last television appearance was as an unnamed saloon girl in the 1962 episode "Collie's Free" of James Arness's long-running CBS western "Gunsmoke". She had also appeared as Cora Dufrayne in the 1953 Audie Murphy film also entitled "Gunsmoke". In September 1957, Castle was arrested for public intoxication after she allegedly attempted to kick and bite two deputy sheriffs, John Aiken and K.H. Smiley, in Hollywood. The officers said that they found Castle fighting with her first husband in a parked car while her ten-year-old daughter cried in the back seat. On September 14, 1959, Castle was revived by artificial respiration and taken to Malibu Emergency Hospital after being found lifeless and nearly nude on the beach in Malibu, Florida, after a gay midnight swim. She had been overcome after two different plunges into the surf. She and a friend, Carol Erickson, arrived from Houston, Texas, and decided to escape the heat wave. A bartender from their hotel, Roy Yiurria, went along with them for the dip. He claims he pulled her from the surf when he thought she was drowning, and when he returned after calling officers, he found her back in the water. The press reports she wore only panties and a bra and had to be rescued by a bartender. On October 28, 1959, she was arrested again and fined for drunkenness. A month later on November 26, she tries to hang herself in jail after being booked as a drunk in Beverly Hills, California. She twisted her dress into a noose and attached one end to a cell door and placed the other end around her neck. She is found in a semi-conscious state. She is revived and released on $105 bail. The police say she fought, bit, kicked, hit, and swore at officers when they arrested her as a drunk in an automobile at night. She claims she had been drinking heavily because she was despondent over divorce troubles. Castle was involved romantically with several men, including the then young actor Richard Long. She ultimately had three short-lived marriages. From 19571958, she was wed to William France Minchen (December 5, 1930 August 3, 1997), who used the stage name William Grant. They soon divorced, and he remarried. He died at the age of sixty-six in Sugar Land, near Houston, Texas. Castle was married from 1960-1961 to Wayne Cote (January 2, 1931-January 22, 2000), of Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County, who died twenty days after his 69th birthday and on the day which would have been Castle's 69th birthday. Castle and her third husband, Erwin A. Frezza, location unknown, were wed fro 19711972. Castle spent her later years in Lodi in San Joaquin County, California. She died of lung cancer at the age of sixty-seven in Palm Springs, California. At the end she had only one quarter of one lung to breathe from. Kodak Ad - April 1944
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