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  1. Morning all. 52F under partly cloudy skies. Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated afternoon showers possible, mainly north. Winds out of the West at 15-25 MPH. Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day. Never forget those that fought and died for our freedoms. They are all the true heroes. Bless each and every one of them.
  2. Studebaker Ad - May 1944 1940: The British destroyer HMS Wakeful is hit and sunk by a torpedo from the German E-boat S30. HMS Grafton which was nearby try's to rescue the sailors from HMS Wakeful, but is itself hit by another torpedo from the same German E-boat and begins to sink. Another British destroyer, HMS Comfort moves up to help, but HMS Grafton fires on her in the mistaken belief that she is a German ship, sinking HMS Comfort. 15 other vessels are also sunk by Luftwaffe Stuka attacks near Dunkirk on this day. 1940: German 6th Army takes Lille, Ostend and Ypres in western Flander's. Luftwaffe activity increases as orders the Panzers to be switched south ready for main battle of France. 47,300 British and French troops are evacuated from Dunkirk today. *Grace McDonald - YANK Pinup Girl - July 9, 1943 1941: During the evacuation of British troops from Crete, a Luftwaffe attack on the cruiser Orion inflicts 200 casualties and sinks British destroyers Imperial and Hereward. 1942: 'Fridericus I' is completed as the Russian pocket to the Southeast of Kharkov is finally wiped out and 214,000 Russians captured, along with 1,200 tanks and 2,000 guns destroyed. German casualties in the fighting around Kharkov amount to some 20,000. Grace McDonald 1942: Rommel is only 25 miles from Tobruk as a massive tank battle rages in the 'Cauldron'. 1942: The Chinese are defeated by Japanese forces at Kinhwa in Chekiang province south of Shanghai. Higgins Industries Ad - May 1944 1943: The RAF launches a major raid (719 bombers) against Wuppertal, dropping 1,900 tons of bombs and killing 2,450 civilians and claim that half of Wuppertal has been 'wiped off the map'. 1944: The U.S. escort carrier Block Island is sunk by U-549 off the Canary Islands. (MORE INFO) Grace McDonald 1944: Using its maximum range, the US 8th Air Force attacks aircraft production plants at Marienburg and Posen in eastern Germany. 1944: The British reach 'the factory', 10 miles North of Anzio. Grace McDonald 1944: The first U.S. armored battle of the pacific war occurs on Biak, with six tanks being involved. The Japanese manage to force the partial re-embarkation of U.S. forces. 1945: SHAEF in Paris says that there are an estimated 4.25 million displaced persons in the Anglo-American zone, of which only 1.39 million have so far been repatriated, most of these to Western Europe. Grace McDonald *Between 1942 and 1945 there was a pert, sweet-faced "B"-level cutie who knew how to swing with the best of them at Universal. The beautiful dancer/singer might have gone on to better things but ended her career abruptly for marriage and never looked back. Grace McDonald, who was born in New York City on June 15, 1918, struck out into the local vaudeville scene at a young age with her equally talented brother, Ray McDonald. As a brother-sister dance team similar to the Astaires, their specialty proved to be tap. The twosome made it to Broadway with the hit musical "Babes in Arms" and stole part of the show with their version of "I Wish I Were in Love Again." This gave them a one-way ticket to Hollywood, where Ray got picked up by MGM and Grace by Paramount. Her first film, "Dancing on a Dime" (1940), stumbled a bit and she didn't make another film for two years when Universal decided to sign her up. Grace McDonald Though her musicals were obviously hep and had lots of pep, they were pretty much assembly-line productions intended to boost the morale of a war-weary nation. The titles certainly said it all -- "Give Out, Sisters" (1942), "Behind the Eight Ball" (1942), "How's About It" (1943) and "Hat Check Honey" (1944). She also appeared frequently in vehicles designed for The Andrews Sisters. Grace was game for straight acting parts as well, playing opposite Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in the comedy "It Ain't Hay" (1943), and also appearing in the dramas "Murder in the Blue Room" (1944) and "Destiny" (1944). After making "Honeymoon Ahead" (1945), Grace fell in love with Ralph Green, a WWII Marine, and retired to be his wife. They moved to Minneapolis, which is where he was from, and had three sons. Not much was heard of her until her death of double pneumonia on October 30, 1999. Although just a sliver of a memory in the Hollywood annals, Grace was a game trooper and added a little kick to life when it was certainly needed. Studebaker Ad - May 1945
  3. I hate when that happens.
  4. Fresh grilled Iowa raised pork chops and Iowa raised beef steaks too. Oh and Boston and Blue Oyster Cult dropped by for a three hour jam session last night. Where were you guys?
  5. RIP to Zbigniew and Gregg.
  6. Morning all. 55F under clear skies. A few showers early, otherwise turning partly cloudy. High of 75F. Got another inch of rain yesterday afternoon. Yard is like walking on a sponge.
  7. Texaco Ad - May 1944 1940: French mountain troops capture the port of Narvik, forcing the German defenders (Gebirgsjäger units and crews of sunk destroyers) into the surrounding hills and towards the safety of the Swedish border and internment. 1940: Belgium formally surrenders to the Germans. 1940: The British and French reject capitulation and continue the evacuation and rearguard actions at Dunkirk. Lynn Bari 1941: Roosevelt says Neutrality Act to be repealed. 1941: Lord Woolton announces experimental egg rationing, further restrictions on fish and milk; successful prosecutions under Food Control Orders during war now total 17,319. 1941: British and Commonwealth forces begin evacuating Crete through the port of Sphakia on the southern coast of Crete. The withdrawal is to be covered by two recently landed Commando Battalions. However the garrisons at Retimo and Heraklion will be evacuated separately. Lynn Bari 1942: The Russian pocket Southeast of Kharkov continues to be broken in. 200 Poles are taken from Warsaw to the village of Magdalenka and shot. Among them are three women brought on stretchers from Pawiak prison hospital. 1942: Heavy fighting continues at the southern end of the Gazala line, although by now Rommel's forces are beginning to run out of fuel and his tanks are becoming scattered. In order to shorten his supply lines he decides to punch a hole through the Gazala line. Pullman Ad - May 1944 1943: The U.S. 15th Air Force attacks Italian oil refineries at Livorno. 1944: The US 8th Air Force attacks synthetic fuel-producing plants at Leuna-Meseburg. 1945: The British Twelfth Army HQ is set up in Rangoon. Lynn Bari *A curvaceous, dark-haired WWII pin-up beauty (aka "The Woo Woo Girl" and "The Girl with the Million Dollar Figure"), "B" film star Lynn Bari had the requisite looks and talent but little of the lucky breaks to permeate the "A" rankings during her extensive Hollywood career. Nevertheless, some worthy performances continue to stand out for her in late-night viewings. She was second only to Betty Grable in WWII pin-up popularity according to a GI's poll taken at the time. She was born with the elite-sounding name of Margaret Schuyler Fisher on December 18, 1913 (various sources also list 1915, 1917 and 1919!) in Roanoke, Virginia. She and her younger brother John moved with their mother to Boston following the death of their father in 1926. Her mother remarried, this time to a minister, and the family relocated once again when her stepfather was assigned a ministry in California (Institute of Religious Science in Los Angeles). Lynn Bari Paying her dues for years as a snappy bit-part chorine, secretary, party girl and/or glorified extra while being groomed as a starlet under contract to MGM and Fox respectively), her first released film was the MGM comedy "Meet the Baron" (1933) providing typical window dressing as a collegiate. For the next few years there was little growth at either studio, usually standing amidst others in crowd scenes and looking excited. Finally in "Lancer Spy" (1937), she received her first billing on screen in a minor part as "Miss Fenwick". Though more bit parts were to dribble in, the year 1938 proved to be her break through year. She finally gained some ground into playing the "other woman" role in glossy soaps and musicals, first giving Barbara Stanwyck some trouble in "Always Goodbye" (1938). She enjoyed the attention she received playing disparaging society ladies, divas, villainesses and even a strong-willed prairie flowers in such films as "Pier 13" (1940), "Earthbound" (1940), "Kit Carson" (1940) and "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941), but they did little to advance her in the ranks. The very best role of her frisky career came with the grade "A" comedy "The Magnificent Dope" (1942) sharing top billing with Henry Fonda and Don Ameche. But good roles were hard to find in Lynn's case and she good-naturedly took whatever was given her. Other ripe, above-average movies (she appeared in well over 150) of this period came with "China Girl" (1942), "Hello Frisco, Hello" (1943), "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (1944) and "Nocturne" (1946). Lynn Bari With diminishing offers for film parts by the 1950s, she starting leaning heavily towards stage and TV work. She continued her career until the late 60s and then retired. Her last work included the film "The Young Runaways" (1968) and TV episodes of "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." and "The F.B.I." Divorced three times in all, husband #2 was volatile manager/producer Sidney Luft, better known as Judy Garland ex-hubby years later and the father of her only child. Her third husband was a doctor/psychiatrist and she worked as his nurse for quite some time. They divorced in 1972. Plagued by arthritis in later years, Lynn passed away from an apparent heart attack on November 20, 1989 in Santa Monica, California at the age of 76. Although she may have been labeled a "B" leading lady, she definitely was in the "A" ranks when it came to class and beauty. TRIVIA: Height 5' 7" (1.70 m) While on the set of "Shock" (1946) one day, she was talking with co-star Anabel Shaw and mentioned that she was a direct descendant, on her mother's side, of Revolutionary War hero Alexander Hamilton. Shaw revealed that she was a direct descendant of Aaron Burr--the man who killed Hamilton in the famous duel. United States Rubber Company Ad - May 1945
  8. Who said the keg had beer in it? It's filled with Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Handmade Whisky. Special order. I had it shipped up from the distillery at Loretto, Kentucky.
  9. Yes. But it is the 100 gallon size. It's a start.
  10. As soon as the keg and ice gets here!
  11. To qoute those famous words by Bugs Bunny..."What a Maroon." You don't need to us what we already know Harry Palms.
  12. Morning all. Overcast skies, dense fog and 51F. Chance of storms this afternoon. High of 76F. Received an inch of rain again yesterday. River levels rising. Lottie leaves for PA this morning. So my vacation starts today!
  13. Mobilgas Ad - May 1943 1940: British position in Flander's worsens as King Leopold of Belgium surrenders the remnants of his Army. 1940: British sugar ration reduced from 12oz to 8oz. 1940: Japanese Premier Admiral Yonai forms 'Inner Cabinet' with ministers for Foreign Affairs, War and the Navy. *Dolores del Río 1941: President Roosevelt declares unlimited national emergency; calls upon all Americans to resist Hitlerism. 1941: Proposal to introduce conscription in Northern Ireland finally scrapped. 1941: 400 miles west of Brest, the crippled Bismarck is relentlessly bombarded by dozens of British warships, including the battleships Rodney and King George V. After all her guns are silenced, she is sunk by torpedo's from the cruiser Dorsetshire. There are only 110 survivors out of a crew of 2,300. (Watch Music Video of Johnny Horton's 1960 Song) Dolores del Río 1941: The convoy HX129, becomes the first to have continuous escort protection across the Atlantic. 1941: Germans paratroopers take Canea and with it the main British supply point of Suda Bay. This convinces Major General Freyberg VC, that the situation has gone against the British and that he must withdraw from Crete to save what he can. 1941: Having been reinforced by the 15th Panzer Division, Rommel retakes the Halfaya Pass on Egyptian border. The 10th Indian Division begins to advance north from Basra towards Baghdad. Dolores del Río 1942: Luftwaffe bombers sink 5 ships of Convoy PQ-16 off the northern coast of Norway. 1942: The siege of Sevastopol rages on, becoming the only incident of a formal siege of a modern fortress being pushed through to final reduction. Sevastopol is the premier port on the Black Sea, and its defenses include three zones of trenches, pillboxes, and batteries. The strongest defenses lie in the middle zone, which includes the heights and the south bank of the Belbek River. Among these hills are "Fort Stalin" on the East and the massive western anchor of "Fort Maxim Gorki I," with its turret of twin 305 mm (12-inch) guns sweeping the length of the Belbek valley. 105,000 men defend this port. Against this the Germans and Romanians range 203,000 men and some of the most powerful siege artillery ever disposed by any army in World War II. Field Marshal Erich von Manstein aims 305 mm, 350 mm, and 420 mm howitzers at the Russians, along with two of the new, stubby "Karl" and "Thor" 600 mm mortars. Also on hand is the 800 mm (31.5-inch) "Big Dora" from Krupp, which has to be transported to position by 60 railway wagons. "Big Dora" is commanded by a major general and a colonel, protected by two flak regiments and periodically fed with a 10,500 lb. shell. 1942: Czech patriots shoot Reinhard Heydrich in the suburbs of Prague. His condition is described as critical. Life Savers Candy Ad - May 1943 1942: The Afrika Korps, having pushed around the British defenses, move northeast. They are engaged by elements of the British 1st and 7th Armored Divisions. Many tank losses were taken by both sides, although as the battle went on the British armor became increasingly scattered. The Italian Ariete Armored Division continued to meet stiff resistance from the Free French at Bir Hacheim, while the Italian Trieste Motorized Division further north, found itself grinding through minefields under heavy fire as a result of a navigation error. 1942: Japanese Combined Fleet lifts anchor and sets sail for Midway. On the same day, Admiral Nimitz, having been for warned of the impending Japanese attack against Midway by US intelligence who were intercepting Japanese naval signals, issues orders for Task Force 16 (Admiral Spruance) with the carriers Enterprise and Hornet, plus 6 cruisers, 11 destroyers, 2 tankers and 19 submarines, to sail for Midway the next day. Dolores del Río 1943: Jean Moulin presides over the first-ever unified meeting of the French Resistance at 48 Rue de Four in Paris, where Charles de Gaulle is unanimously recognized as the movement's leader. A month later, Moulin is betrayed and arrested by the Gestapo, dying on his way to a concentration camp in Germany. 1943: The first British 'liaison' team is dropped into Yugoslavia to join up with Tito's partisans. Dolores del Río 1944: Start of the monsoon season bogs down operations in Burma. 1944: 12,000 U.S. troops land on Biak in the Schouten Island Group, 350 miles West of Hollandia. MacArthur says, 'this marks the strategic end of the New Guinea campaign'. Dolores del Río 1945: Chinese troops are now 25 miles North of Foochow and take Loyaun. 1945: The U.S. Sixth Army takes Santa Fe on Luzon. Dolores del Río *Born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete on August 3, 1905 to an aristocratic family in Durango, Mexico, Dolores del Rio was the first Mexican movie star with international appeal and had a meteoric career in 1920s Hollywood (an extraordinary accomplishment for an Hispanic female on those years). In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything they had and emigrated to Mexico City, where Dolores became a socialite. In 1921 she married Jaime Del Río (also known as Jaime Martínez Del Río), a wealthy Mexican, and the two became friends with Hollywood producer/director Edwin Carewe. In a somewhat unorthodox manner, for those years, the couple moved to Hollywood where they expected to launch careers in the movie business (she as an actress, he as a screenwriter). Eventually they were divorced after Dolores made her first film, "Joanna" (1925). The film was a success and Dolores was hailed as a female Rudolph Valentino. Del Rio struggled against the "Mexicali Rose" image initially pitched to her by Hollywood executives. Despite her brief appearance, Carewe arranged for much publicity for the actress. In her second film "High Steppers" (1926), del Rio took the second female credit after Mary Astor. These films were not blockbusters, but helped increase del Río's popularity. In 1926 the artist Theodore Lukits painted her portrait. Titled "A Souvenir of Seville", it depicted the actress in the dress worn for her presentation to the Spanish Court. Also featured was her pet monkey. The large painting was displayed in the Carthay Circle Theatre for the premier of "The Loves of Carmen' (1927). It was reproduced in magazine and newspaper articles in the United States and Mexico. In late 1926, director Raoul Walsh called del Río to give her a role in "What Price Glory" (1926). With the character of Charmaine, del Río achieved her desired success. Later, she was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926 (along with fellow newcomers Joan Crawford, Fay Wray, Janet Gaynor, and Mary Astor). She came to be admired as one of the most beautiful women on screen. After she gained fame, Carewe produced "Resurrection" (1927), which was a box office hit. In 1927, Raoul Walsh called del Río for a second version of Carmen. The first was with Theda Bara in 1917. Walsh thought del Río to be the best interpreter of all the "Hollywoods Carmen" for his authentically Latin American version, "The Loves of Carmen" (1927). With Walsh she also filmed "The Red Dance" (1928). In 1928, Dolores replaced the actress Renée Adorée in the MGM film "The Trail of '98", directed by Clarence Brown. Her career flourished until the end of the silent era. She had successful films such as "Ramona" (1928, for which she recorded the famous song "Ramona" with RCA Victor), and "Evangeline" (1929). While del Río's career was flourishing, her marriage declined. Her husband moved to Germany, where he committed suicide from depression in 1929. With the arrival of the talkies, del Río left her working relationship with Carewe. He seemed to take revenge by filming a new version of "Resurrection" with the alleged Dolores rival, Lupe Vélez. With the support of United Artists, del Rio left Carewe and debuted in the talkies with "The Bad One" in 1930. Dolores del Río In 1930, she married Cedric Gibbons, one of MGM's leading art directors and production designers, whom she met at a party organized by William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies at Hearst Castle. Her presence in Hollywood of the 30's is not just limited to the world of cinema, also the high society circles. The Gibbons-Del Río house in Hollywood was a frequent meeting place from personalities like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Lili Damita, Clark Gable and many more. With the advent of talkies, she was relegated to exotic and unimportant roles. The Hollywood executives sought "do not talk too much at her movies", because of her Latin accent. She scored successes with "Bird of Paradise" (1932), directed by King Vidor. The film was produced by David O. Selznick that request the script to King Vidor and say: "I want Del Rio in a love story in the South Seas. I don't care the script, but in the end, Del Rio should be thrown into a volcano". The film scandalized audiences when she took a naked swim with Joel McCrea. This film was made before the Hays Code was enacted so nudity could be shown. Next she filmed "Flying Down to Rio" (1933), (the film that launched the careers of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) (1933); Madame Du Barry (1934) and Wonder Bar (1934). Later, del Rio starred in the Busby Berkeley comedies "In Caliente" (1935) and "I Live for Love" (1935), but she refuses to participate in the film "Viva Villa!" (Fay Wray took her place). Dolores accused the film as a "Anti-Mexican movie". In 1934, Dolores del Río was one of the victims of the "open season" of the "reds" in Hollywood. With James Cagney, Ramón Novarro and Lupe Vélez, she was accused of promoting communism in California. Twenty years later this would have consequences later in the career of the actress. In the late thirties, del Río's career declined. With the support of Warner Bros. she made a series of police films (such as Lancer Spy in 1937 and International Settlement in 1938). But del Río's career in the later 1930s unfortunately suffered from too many exotic, two-dimensional roles designed with Hollywood's cliched ideas of ethnic minorities in mind. She was marked as "box office poison" by exhibitors, along with actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. Dolores returned to Mexico in 1942. Her Hollywood career was over, and a romance with Orson Welles--who later called her "the most exciting woman I've ever met"--caused her second divorce. Mexican director Emilio Fernández offered her the lead in his film "Flor silvestre" (1943), with a wholly unexpected result: at age 37, Dolores Del Río became the most famous movie star in her country, filming in Spanish for the first time. Her association with Fernández' team (cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, writer Mauricio Magdaleno and actor Pedro Armendáriz) was mainly responsible for creating what has been called the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema. With such pictures as "María Candelaria" (Xochimilco) (1944), "Las abandonadas" (1945) and "Bugambilia" (1945), Del Río became the prototypical Mexican beauty in foreign countries. Her career included film, theater and television. In her last years she received accolades because of her work for orphaned children. Her last film was "The Children of Sanchez" (1978). Starting in the 1960s, Del Río suffered severe pains in her bones. In 1978, she was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, and in 1981 she was diagnosed with Hepatitis B following an contaminated injection of vitamins. In 1982, del Río was admitted to the Medical Center of La Jolla, California, where hepatitis led to cirrhosis. On April 11, 1983, Dolores del Río died from liver disease at the age of 77, in Newport Beach, California. Life Savers Candy Ad - May 1944
  14. Morning all. 55F under clear skies. Partly sunny with scattered showers around midday. High of 75F.
  15. Ethyl Corporation Ad - May 1942 1940: General Sir John Dill is appointed Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir Edmund Ironside becomes C-in-C, Home defense. Empire Day in Britain is declared as a national day of prayer. Coastal towns from Great Yarmouth to Folkestone are declared evacuation areas. 1940: Operation 'Dynamo' the evacuation of British, French and Belgian troops from Dunkirk begins. Under the command of Admiral Bertram Ramsay, hundreds of naval, commercial and private vessels participate in this most desperate rescue attempt. Calais falls to the Germans as they advance towards Dunkirk after Hitler's stop order is rescinded. 1940: Following the fall of Calais and Boulogne, Dunkirk remains the only port available for the evacuation of Allied troops from the Continent. No. 11 Group, under the command of Vice-Marshal Keith Park, assigns 16 squadrons to the protection of the port. During the evacuation, a total of 32 participate, although they are rotated to provide rest periods and preserve aircraft for the inevitable defense of Britain. *June Travis 1941: British flying boat spots the Bismarck at 10:36am. Swordfish Torpedo-bombers from the Ark Royal score hits on the Bismarck, disabling her steering gear and rendering her maneuverable. This enables British destroyers to attack after dark. 1941: The Aircraft carrier Formidable is severely damaged in the Mediterranean by Stukas. June Travis 1942: Britain and Russia sign a treaty in London. Each county pledges itself to fight Germany until final victory and not make a separate peace. The also agreed a 20-year alliance, not to join any coalition or treaty directed against one of them, and not to interfere with the other states internal affairs. 1942: In the Barents Sea, Convoy QP-12 is on its way home to Britain with 15 ships, while Convoy PQ-16 is en-route to Murmansk with 35. Some 260 Luftwaffe aircraft, including He 111 torpedo bombers, swing in to attack, joined by U-boats, amid appalling weather. QP-12 emerges unscathed, but PQ-16 feels the teeth of a running five-day battle, losing an acceptable six ships. 1942: The battle for the Gazala line begins (Operation Theseus), as the Afrika Korps thrusts towards Tobruk with 560 tanks sweeping round the southern end of the Eighth Army's defensive positions, although the Free French forces at Bir Hacheim manage hold up this advance. Shell Research Ad - May 1942 1943: The British Government informs churches throughout England that they may ring their bells freely. The ringing of church bells has been banned, except to warn of an invasion, since the start of the war. 1943: The Red Army begins an offensive against the German forces isolated in the Kuban bridgehead between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. June Travis 1944: Charles De Gaulle proclaims his Free French movement to be the "Provisional Government of the French Republic." Though the new government wins recognition from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia and Norway, Roosevelt and Churchill are furious and refuse recognition. They retaliate by excluding De Gaulle from the final planning for Operation Overlord. 1944: U.S. troops from Anzio take Cori, 22 miles inland. Mark Clark makes a decision to direct four divisions on Rome, but only one to Valmontone on Highway 6 to cut German retreat. 1944: The Japanese launch a two-pronged attack from Canton and Hankow. June Travis *Fetching secondary actress June Travis was signed by Warner Bros. in 1934 and made her film debut the following year, but would last only three years before leaving Hollywood forever and focusing on marriage. Born June Dorothea Grabiner on August 7, 1914, she was the daughter of Harry Grabiner who was team secretary and/or vice-president of both the Cleveland Indians and (later) Chicago White Sox. Harry would go on to be remembered for his famous diaries of his experiences. The Chicago-born, green-eyed brunette beauty attended Parkside Grammar School and the Starrett School for Girls while growing up. Spotted by a talent agent while watching a White Sox spring training session, she moved to Los Angeles upon graduation where she studied drama at the University of California. It was not long before her sunny looks and eye-catching figure were noticed by talent scouts. June Travis At age 20 she signed a Warner Bros. contract and paid her dues throughout 1935 apprenticing in decorative extra parts (hat check girl, cigarette girl, party guest, gun moll). She earned her first co-starring role the following year opposite Barton MacLane in the crime programmer "Jailbreak" (1936). Other actresses of her ilk would appear from time to time in smaller roles in "A" pictures for added exposure, but such would not be the case for June. Such Hollywood escorts around town included Howard Hughes and Ronald Reagan. Gridlocked in the "B" category for the duration of her career, some of her modest highlights would include the Perry Mason whodunnit "The Case of the Black Cat" (1936) in which she essayed the role of secretary Della Street alongside Ricardo Cortez's noted crimesolver; "Ceiling Zero" (1936), a lesser Howard Hawks film about war pilots starring Pat O'Brien and James Cagney; two slapstick movies as the love interest to comedian Joe E. Brown -- "Earthworm Tractors" (1936) and "The Gladiator" (1938); the mystery "Love Is on the Air" (1937) opposite Ronald Reagan, who was making his feature film bow here; two comic features capitalizing on radio personality Joe Penner -- "Go Chase Yourself" (1938) and "Mr. Doodle Kicks Off" (1938); and a comic strip film version of "Little Orphan Annie" (1938). Although June was top-billed in "Circus Girl" (1937) and "Over the Goal" (1937), the films came and went with little impression made. All in all, she was usually called upon to divert the proceedings and blandly back up the rugged "B" tough guys at Warners -- a roster which then included Paul Kelly, Dick Purcell, Dick Foran and Wayne Morris. After co-starring in "Federal Man-Hunt" (1938), she handed Hollywood her walking papers at age 24. June Travis By 1939 she had returned to Chicago and never looked back. In January of 1940 June married Chicago businessman Fred Friedlob and the couple eventually had two daughters, Cathy and June Jr., and settled in the Lincoln Park area. June Sr. filmed only twice more, playing a featured role in the Bette Davis vehicle "The Star" (1952), and, for reasons completely unknown, agreed to play a role in the bogus horror opus "Monster a-Go Go" (1965). The middle-aged June became a vibrant member of the social and theater community there. In 1968, she helped inaugurate the Joseph Jefferson Awards to honor Chicago's best in theater. She also appeared in summer stock on the East Coast, and played everything from Goneril opposite Morris Carnovsky in "King Lear" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre to an expectant middle-aged mother alongside Forrest Tucker in "Never Too Late." Other plays included "A View from the Bridge", "Life With Father" (also with Tucker); "The Pleasure of His Company" with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; "The Philadelphia Story" with Jackie O's sister Lee Radziwill and "I Found April" starring Jeanne Crain. Long retired, June's husband died in May 1979 after nearly 40 years of marriage. She, who has two children, Kathy and June (Jr.), never remarried but was the companion of Erwin Gruen, a master metalworker in later years. He died in 2006. June herself passed away on April 14, 2008, in a Chicago hospital of complications from a stroke she suffered weeks earlier. She was 93. Shell Research Ad - May 1945