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  2. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 49F under clear skies. Partly to mostly sunny, with rain arriving tonight. Winds out of the NW at 5-15 MPH. Crew coming this morning to rebuild my deck. Replacing the flooring with Trex composite decking and Key-Link aluminum railings.
  3. Studebaker Ad - May 1943 1940: Heavy fighting around Boulogne. Units of the German 6th Army cross the Scheldt river at Oudenarde in Belgium. 1940: Sir Oswald Mosley and other British fascists arrested. 76 IRA men arrested in Northern Ireland. *Angela Greene 1941: During the evening, the cruiser HMS Suffolk sights the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen in the Denmark Straight. The Home Fleet makes ready to intercept at dawn on the 24th May. 1941: Further German attempts to land troops by sea on Crete are repulsed as heavy fighting continues around Canea. 1941: Luftwaffe sinks two more British destroyers off Crete, Kashmir and Kelly. Angela Greene 1942: The British C-in-C of the Home Forces orders an end to 'blood-lust inculcation' in battle training. 1942: Air Marshal Harris issues his orders for operation 'Millenium'. The target is to be Hamburg, with Cologne as an alternate. The raid was to take place on the night of the 28th/29th May, or the first suitable night thereafter. 1942: The 6th Army and Kleist's Panzer's meets thereby pinching of the Russian salient Southeast of Kharkov. Angela Greene 1943: The heaviest RAF raid of war to date is made against Dortmund, during which 2,000 tons of explosives are dropped. 1943: The British claim that 313 Axis ships have been sunk in the Mediterranean since the battle of El Alamein. Angela Greene 1944: General Hans Cramer, the last German commander of the Afrika Korps, who was captured in May 1943, arrives in Berlin. Imprisoned in a POW camp in Wales, his deteriorating health caused him to be repatriated to Germany through the Swedish Red Cross. He was brought first from Wales to London, the route taken brought him through the south and south-west of England. He was allowed to see the massive build up of tanks, planes and ships getting ready for the D-Day invasion. What he didn't know was the exact area of England he was being driven through. He was told it was southern and eastern England and this is what he reported to his seniors in Berlin, adding emphasis to the Allied propaganda that the invasion would take place in the Calais area. Studebaker Ad - May 1944 1944: The U.S. Fifth Army begins an offensive from the Anzio bridgehead toward Rome. Canadian troops breach the Adolf Hitler Line to the South West of Monte Cassino. 1944: Chinese forces counter-attack in central China, and also make ground along the Burma Road. Angela Greene 1945: British troops arrest the Donitz government and the remnants of the German High Command at Flensburg. 1945: Himmler commits suicide at the British Second Army HQ on Lüneburg Heath. 1945: The heaviest air raid so far on the Japanese homeland, see USAAF bombers drop 4,500 tons of incendiaries on Tokyo. 21% of the city is now burnt out, but the firebombing continues for next four days. Angela Greene *Angela Greene was born Angela Catherine Williams in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of Margaret and Joseph Williams, the only girl among six brothers. She goes to the States at age 6 after being adopted by her uncle, Eddie Greene, Margaret's brother, a Flushing fireman, and his wife Catherine. She grows up in Flushing, New York. In her late teens becomes a Powers model, and in 1941 is crowned "Miss Rheingold". On the July 26th, 1941 cover of the Saturday Evening Post painted by Norman Rockwell. She is rumored to have been one of Jack Kennedy's girlfriends during the early 40s. On December 7th, 1946 she marries Los Angeles realtor Stuart Warren Martin at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. They're both 24. Martin's the son of Mrs. Richard H. Hoffman nee Strauss of 870 Park Avenue and the late Herbert S. Martin. He studied at the Lawrenceville School and Bard College and served with the 26th Infantry Division during the war. In films from 1946, Angela Greene alternated between standard heroines and brassy good-time girls. Her co-stars included Martin and Lewis in "At War With the Army" (1950), Johnny Weissmuller in "Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land" (1951), and the "Bowery Boys in Loose in London" (1954). Active at least until 1976, she was one of Elvis Presley's amours in "Tickle Me" (1965) and essayed a supporting role in "Futureworld" (1975). On February 9th, 1978 Angela Greene dies at age 56 following a stroke in Los Angeles, California. Oldsmobile Ad - May 1944
  4. Stans

    Thursday

    Morning y'all, mostly clear skies this morning and a cool, breezy, windows open 60F. Windows will be closed shortly as today's forecast calls for increasing cloudiness and a high of 88F. Upper 80's to mid-90's forecast for the next 10 days and little chance of rain. This is how my lush, thick, green lawn turns to dust.
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  6. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 57F under overcast skies. Partly sunny and breezy. Winds out of the SW at 15-30 MPH. High of 79F. Almost 30F higher than yesterday. Received another 1 1/4 inches of rain yesterday/last night. More rain forecast Friday through Tuesday.
  7. Boeing Ad - May 1942 1939: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel" forming the Axis powers. 1940: British cipher experts at Bletchley Park break the Luftwaffe Enigma code. 1940: The XIX Panzerkorps (Guderian) strikes from Abbeville toward Boulogne, Calais and Dunkirk along the Channel coast. *Acquanetta 1941: Himmler establishes Norwegian SS on German lines. 1941: British blockade of Vichy France made complete. Acquanetta 1941: Heavy German air attacks on Crete sink the cruisers Fiji, Gloucester and the destroyer Greyhound. The Battleships Warspite and Valiant are damaged, but the Royal Navy breaks up German supply convoy. 1941: Fierce fighting continues as British troops begin to pull back from Maleme airfield towards Suda Bay in order to regroup and protect their main point of supply. 1941: British forces capture the last Italian stronghold in southern Abyssinia. Acquanetta 1942: The 6th Army and Kleist's Panzer's meets thereby pinching of the Russian salient Southeast of Kharkov. 1945: Montgomery is appointed as C-in-C of the British force of occupation in Germany and a British member of the allied control commission. 1945: 'Sugar Loaf Hill' on Okinawa is finally taken by U.S. troops after changing hands 11 times in the last few days. Acquanetta *Acquanetta, nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" by Universal Studios was a B-movie actress known for her exotic beauty. She was born Burnu Acquanetta on July 17, 1921 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania as Mildred Davenport after she was given up by her biological parents. Burnu means "burning fire, deep water". Acquanetta started her career as a model in New York City with Harry Conover. She signed with Universal Studios in 1942 and acted mostly in B-movies, including "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman" (1946), "Arabian Nights" (1942), "The Sword of Monte Cristo" (1951), and "Captive Wild Woman" (1943), in which Universal attempted to create a female monster movie franchise with Acquanetta as an ape. Acquanetta more or less ended her screen career in a weak Poverty Row sci-fi, "The Lost Continent" (1951), though she did appear though uncredited in "Callaway Went Thataway" (1951) and "Take the High Ground!" (1953). She retired from movies in the 1950s after marrying Jack Ross, a car dealer. They settled in Mesa, Arizona, and she returned to a degree of celebrity by appearing with Ross in his local television advertisements, and also by hosting a local television show called Acqua's Corner that accompanied the Friday late-night movies. She and Ross had four children, and divorced in the 1980s. Acquanetta Acquanetta also authored a book of poetry, "The Audible Silence", illustrated by Emilie Touraine (Flagstaff, AZ): Northland Press, 1974. In 1987, the all-girl band The Aquanettas adopted (and adapted) their name from hers. Acquanetta used her celebrity and charming personality to support/raise money for a number of cultural groups and charities including: Mesa Lutheran Hospital, the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Indian School, Stagebrush Theatre, and the Phoenix Symphony. Acquanetta succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's disease shortly after 4 a.m. on August 16, 2004, at Hawthorn Court in Ahwatukee, Arizona. She was 83. She was survived by four sons: Jack Ross Jr. 45, Lance Ross 50, Tom Ross 47 and Rex Ross 43. She is also survived by her brother Horace Davenport, 85, a retired Pennsylvania judge. Boeing Ad - May 1945
  8. Stans

    Wednesday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and 52F. Expecting another mostly sunny day, but a bit warmer with a high of 77F. The 90+ degree weather returns tomorrow.
  9. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 47F under cloudy skies and light showers. Cold, wet and windy. Sounds like a description of Fick. Anyway back to today's weather. Rain and a few storms likely. Windy and chilly. Winds out of the E at 20-30 MPH, with higher gusts. High of 50F. The opposite weather tomorrow as the forecast calls for sunny skies and 80F.
  10. Texaco Ad - May 1943 1940: Its announced that over 250,000 men enrolled into the LDV in just the first 24 hours. 1940: Luftwaffe bomb Channel ports and the RAF attack Rotterdam's refineries. *Brenda Marshall 1940: The isolated German troops at Narvik are now close to exhaustion and will be unable to hold out for very much longer. 1940: A British counter attack is launched near Arras with armoured and infantry support against Rommel's 7th Panzer Division, throwing it off balance. A similar attack in the south by a French armoured brigade under General de Gaulle fails after initial success. The French Ninth Army is surrounded and destroyed, its commander, General Giraud, taken prisoner. Brenda Marshall 1941: It's announced that Women's Land Army now more than 11,000 strong. 1941: Vichy military court sentences 56 NCO's and privates, siding with de Gaulle to death or hard labour in absentia. All property of free French fighters is to be confiscated. 1941: Against strict orders not to attack American vessels, the US merchant ship Robin Moor is sunk by U-69 (Kptlt. Metzler). This sinking of a neutral American vessel is publicly denounced by President Roosevelt and becomes yet another argument for him in his secret desire for bringing the United States into war against Germany. Brenda Marshall 1941: An RAF reconnaissance plane sight the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen in the port of Bergen, allowing the British Home Fleet time to ready plans to intercept them in the earlier hours of the 22nd May. 1941: 80 Ju-52s crash land a regiment of 5th Gebirgsjäger Division to support the hard-pressed paratroopers who are defending Maleme airfield. A British counter-attack at Maleme airfield is repulsed by the now reinforced paratroopers. 1941: Royal Navy sinks several small German troop boats, helping to thwart the sea borne invasion of Crete. The Luftwaffe sinks the British Destroyer Juno and damages the Cruiser Ajax, southwest of Crete. Shell Aviation Fuels Ad - May 1944 1942: Hitler postpones the invasion of Malta indefinitely. 1942: Japan allows International Red Cross representatives to visit British prisoners. Brenda Marshall 1943: The Luftwaffe carries out a raid by FW-190 fighter bombers against Malta. 1944: An accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor sinks 6 LST's killing 163 and injuring 396. Brenda Marshall 1945: The British Second Army arrest Himmler (in disguise) at Bremervorde. 1945: The Japanese begin the evacuation of Shuri, on Okinawa. Their losses so far are estimated at 48,000 killed out of a garrison of 85,000. Brenda Marshall *Brenda Marshall (Ardis Ankerson) was born on Wednesday, September 29, 1915 in in Negros, Philippines. Marshall made her first film appearance in the 1939 "Espionage Agent". The following year she did her best work opposite Errol Flynn, playing the leading lady to in "The Sea Hawk" (1940) and then a year later again with Flynn in "Footsteps in the Dark" (1941). She married the actor William Holden in 1941 and her own career quickly declined. She starred then opposite James Cagney in the 1942 film, "Captains of the Clouds". Other films she appeared in are "Singapore Woman" (1941), "You Can't Escape Forever" (1942), "Whispering Smith" (1948), "The Iroquois Trail" (1950). Brenda Marshall "The Constant Nymph" (1943) was a popular success but she virtually retired after this, appearing in only four more inconsequential films. Among these she played scientist Nora Goodrich in the grade-B 1946 cult classic "Strange Impersonation". After several separations, Marshall and Holden were divorced in 1971. Brenda Marshall died from throat cancer in Palm Springs, California, on July 30, 1992 at age 76. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 3" (160 cm) - dark eyes and black hair. Mother of Virginia Holden, by her first marriage to Richard Gaines. Virginia was adopted by step-father William Holden. Marshall & Holden had two sons - Scott Holden (born Nov 17, 1943) and Peter West Holden (born May 2, 1946). From 1941 through 1973, Brenda Marshall was married to actor William Holden, a curious union that evidently soured early on (Holden's friends blamed Marshall, and vice versa), and was distinguished by extended separations and numerous extracurricular romances. Mobilgas Ad - May 1945
  11. Stans

    Tuesday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and 62F. Last night saw a front move through that brought us some showers and cooler temperatures for today and tomorrow. Expecting today to be partly cloudy and a high of 77F.
  12. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 41F under overcast skies. Turning partly cloudy. Winds out of the N at 5-15 MPH. High of 60F.
  13. Oldsmobile Ad - May 1942 1940: 19th Panzer Korps (Guderian) completes its advance to the Channel coast by capturing Abbeville and Noyelles, thus separating the British Expeditionary Force, French 1st Army and the Belgian Army from the rest of the French forces to the south of the river Somme. German reinforcements pour into this split between the allied troops in northern France. 1940: First gathering of small craft for Dunkirk. *Jean Parker 1941: Prime Minister says he is still not prepared to make a statement on Hess. 1941: Germany invades Crete by air. After initial air attacks by dive-bombers of the VIII Flieger Korps, German paratroops of the 7th Flieger Division carried in 490 Ju-52 transports of XI Fliegerkorps, land at Maleme, Canea, Retimo and Heraklion airfields. They suffer very heavy losses as the British and Commonwealth troops put up fierce resistance and by nightfall have only secured Maleme airfield, although it still remains under fire from the British. However, the capture of Maleme allows the Germans to begin sending reinforcements by sea during the night. Jean Parker 1941: Churchill announces the end of Abyssinian campaign as the Duke of Aosta signs the formal Italian surrender. The British took just 94 days to win the East African campaign. 1941: The Royal Navy Minesweeper Widnes is sunk by Luftwaffe planes near Suda Bay in Crete. Jean Parker 1942: Mr. Justice Singleton's report is published. This concluded that GEE was disappointing, but that more accurate bombing might result when a new aid, H2S, being developed, came in to service. provided that greater accuracy could be achieved, then bombing could prove a 'turning-point', but only after sustained effort. 1942: The Crimea is finally cleared of the Red Army. 170,000 Russians taken prisoner. Manstein's gaze now turns towards Sevastopol. Jean Parker 1942: Japan completes the conquest of Burma. The rearguards of the 1st Burma Corps cross the border from Burma into India. Once this is complete, the 1st Burma Corps is disbanded. Buick Ad - May 1943 1942: Admiral Yamamoto issues his orders for Operation 'Mi'. 2nd Carrier Striking Force under Admiral Hosogaya (2 small aircraft carriers, 2 cruisers and 3 destroyers) was to mount an air-strike on Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians on the 3rd June, this was designed to decoy part of the American force northwards. If this happened then they would be met by a Guard Force of 4 battleships, 2 cruisers and 12 destroyers, which would position themselves between Pearl Harbor and the Aleutians. Then on the 5th June, the transports carrying the Japanese assault force would land on Attu and Kiska Islands on the 5th June. Meanwhile the 1st Carrier Striking Force under Admiral Nagumo, which included the Carriers Akagi, Kaga, Soryu and Hiryu, plus 2 battleships, 2 cruisers and 11 destroyers, would sail from Japan for Midway on the 4th June. Following this would be Transport Force which was commanded by Admiral Kondo with the invasion troops, additionally protected by 3 cruisers from Guam. Finally the Main Support force, commanded by Admiral Yamamoto onboard the super battleship Yamato and including a further 3 battleships, 4 cruisers and escorting destroyers would be ready to move up to engage the American Fleet if required. In order to be sure of the position of the American Fleet, 3 cordons of submarines were positioned north and west of Hawaii and 2 flying boats were stationed at French Frigate Shoal, about 500 miles north-west of Hawaii. Jean Parker 1943: The U.S. Tenth Fleet is formed for anti-submarine operations in the Atlantic. 1943: The Chinese launch a counter offensive on Yangtze River. Jean Parker 1944: A record 5,000 bombers raid 12 railway targets and nine airfields in northern France and Belgium. 1944: The first orders from Eisenhower are broadcast to European underground armies. 1944: The U.S. Fifth Army captures Gaeta to the South of Rome. Jean Parker *Jean Parker was born Lois Mae Green on August 11, 1915 in Deer Lodge, Montana, she appeared in 70 movies from 1932 through 1966. She was discovered by Ida Koverman, secretary to MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, after she saw a poster featuring Parker portraying Father Time. She attended Pasadena schools and graduated from John Muir High School. Her original aspirations were in the fine arts and illustration. She had a successful career at MGM, RKO and Columbia including important roles such as the tragic Beth in the original "Little Women" (1933), among many other film appearances including Frank Capra's "Lady for a Day" (1933) and "Gabriel Over the White House" (1933); "Sequoia" (1934); "The Ghost Goes West" (1935), opposite Robert Donat; and "Rasputin and the Empress" (1932), with fellow players, the Barrymore siblings (John, Ethel, and Lionel) in the only movie they all made together. In 1939, she starred opposite Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in RKO's "The Flying Deuces" (1939). Parker stayed active in film throughout the 1940s, playing opposite Lon Chaney in "Dead Man's Eyes" (1944), and a variety of other films. Parker managed her own airport and flying service with then-husband Doug Dawson in Palm Springs, California until shortly after the start of World War II. During the war, she toured many of the veteran hospitals throughout the U.S. and performed on radio. In the 1950s, Parker co-starred opposite Edward G. Robinson in "Black Tuesday" (1954); had a small but effective role in "The Gunfighter" (1950) which starred Gregory Peck and appeared with Randolph Scott and Angela Lansbury in the western "Lawless Street" (1955). Her last film appearance was "Apache Uprising" (1966), directed by A. C. Lyles. Parker also appeared on Broadway. In 1949, she replaced Judy Holliday in "Born Yesterday" on Broadway and enjoyed a successful run in this classic. Parker also appeared on Broadway opposite Bert Lahr in the play "Burlesque", did summer stock in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was on tour in the play "Candlelight and Loco", and performed on stage in other professional productions. Jean Parker In 1950, she married Robert Lowery, who had played Batman in 1949. In 1952, Parker gave birth to a son, Robert Lowery Hanks, later an executive with the city of Los Angeles. In 1954, Parker played the role of Cattle Kate Watson of Wyoming in an episode of the syndicated television series "Stories of the Century", the first western program to win an Emmy Award. The series starred and was narrated by Jim Davis. Later in life, Parker continued a successful stint on the West Coast theatre circuit and worked as an acting coach. She spent her final years in the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, where she died of a stroke on November 30, 2005, at the age of ninety. TRIVIA: Measurements: 33B-24-34 Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m) Pontiac Ad - May 1944
  14. Stans

    Monday

    Morning y'all, clear skies, humid, 69F. Expecting a mostly sunny day, and high of 91F, and a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
  15. Stans

    Sunday

    Morning y'all, I think summer has arrived a bit early this year. Clear skies, 67F, and 87% humidity this morning. We will see mostly sunny skies and a high of 93F and a 20% chance afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
  16. Every day is a day to give thanks to those who keep us free!
  17. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 62F under overcast skies. Scattered showers. Winds out of the WNW at 15-25 MPH. High of 64F. Much flash flooding around the area last night as more than 2 inches or more rain fell on already saturated ground. My back yard is like a swamp this morning.
  18. Nash - Kelvinator Ad - May 1944 1940: General Gamelin is replaced by Maxime Weygand as Chief of the French General Staff and C-in-C of all theatres of operations. Marshal Henri Petain, the hero of the First World War, is appointed as Deputy Prime Minister. German troops of 20th Panzer Korps (Reinhardt) capture St. Quentin. 1940: The rapid German advance now poses a threat to the remaining RAF aircraft in Belgium. Evacuation of the remaining squadrons is carried out over the next two days, and fighter operations over the battlefield are carried out by Hurricanes and Spitfires based in southern England. *Vivian Blaine 1941: Vichy France announces release and repatriation of 100,000 French POWs. 1941: In order to save life's and aircraft in the face of total Luftwaffe supremacy, the RAF evacuates all its aircraft and personnel from Crete to Egypt. Vivian Blaine 1941: The British capture Fallujah in Iraq after fierce fighting. They also bomb Baghdad airport. 1941: Egyptian liner Zamzam reported sunk by Germans in the South Atlantic, passenger list included over 200 Americans. Vivian Blaine 1942: The German 6th Army launches an offensive to the North of the Russian salient in order to link hands with Kleist's Panzers who have ripped a 50 mile gap through the Red Army's flank. With the Germans cutting off the Russian Barvenkovo offensive from their rear, the Russian cancel their offensive, do a fast U-turn and try to fight their way out of the pocket and back to safety. Unfortunately, the attack is badly organized and uncoordinated. 1942: A busy day for Soviet partisans, who blast railway tracks between Bryansk and Roslavl at five points. Hungarian security troops move in to fight the partisans and do so by killing everyone in the local villages. An irritated Josef Goebbels diaries "In consequence, we can hardly get any agricultural work done in such regions. 1943: In an address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country's full support in the war against Japan. Vivian Blaine 1944: Eden tells the House of Commons that 47 RAF officers were shot while 'escaping' from Stalag Luft III. 1944: British troops capture Aquino airfield in the Liri valley, to the South East of Rome. 1944: Wake is Island secured, during which 800 Japanese are killed. Vivian Blaine *Born Vivian Stapleton on November 21, 1921 in Newark, New Jersey, the cherry-blonde-haired Blaine appeared on local stages as early as 1934 and was a touring singer with dance bands starting in 1937. In 1942, her agent and soon-to-be husband Manny Franks signed her to a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox, and she relocated to Hollywood, sharing top billing with Laurel and Hardy in "Jitterbugs" (1943) and starring in "Greenwich Village" (1944), "Nob Hill" (1945), and "State Fair" (1945), among other films. Following her Fox years, Blaine returned to the stage, making her Broadway debut in the Frank Loesser musical "Guys and Dolls" in 1950. Her character Adelaide has been engaged to inveterate gambler Nathan Detroit for 14 years, a condition which, according to her song "Adelaide's Lament", can foster physical illness as well as chronic heartbreak. After the show's 1200-performance run on Broadway, in which she starred opposite Sam Levene as Nathan Detroit and Robert Alda as fellow gambler Sky Masterson, she reprised the role in London's "West End" in 1953, and then on film in 1955, with Frank Sinatra playing Nathan and Marlon Brando in Sky's role. Blaine also appeared on the Broadway stage in "A Hatful of Rain", "Say", "Darling", "Enter Laughing", "Company", and "Zorba", as well as participating in the touring companies of such musicals as "Gypsy". As she reached age 50, her television career took off, with guest roles on shows like "Fantasy Island" and "The Love Boat". On the 25th annual Tony Awards in 1971, she appeared as a guest performer and sang "Adelaide's Lament" from "Guys and Dolls", providing a visual recording of the performance for posterity. Vivian Blaine Blaine in her later years was managed by Rob Cipriano and L'Etoile Talent Agencies in New York City. Cipriano spent the early 1980s developing projects for Blaine including "Puppy Love" a TV sitcom with Jake LaMotta and Pat Cooper. She always shared in meeting that working with Cipriano reminded her working with her first husband Manny Franks. Blaine's first marriage, to Franks, lasted from 1945 to 1956. She then married Milton Rackmil, president of Universal Studios and Decca Records, in 1959, and recorded several albums prior to their 1961 divorce. In 1973, Blaine married Stuart Clark. In 1983 she became the first celebrity to make public service announcements for AIDS-related causes. She made numerous appearances in support of the then fledgling AIDS-Project Los Angeles (APLA) and recorded her cabaret act which donated its royalties to the new group; this included the last recordings of her songs from "Guys and Dolls". She died of congestive heart failure on December 9, 1995 at age 74 in New York City, New York. Nash - Kelvinator Ad - May 1944
  19. A day to give thanks to those who keep us free.
  20. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 48F under clear skies. Flash Flood Warning issued. After over two inches of rain in the past 36 hours, we are forecast to receive another two inches or more today and tonight. A few showers/storms in the morning, becoming more likely in the afternoon and evening, heavy rain and hail possible tonight. Winds out of the S at 10-20 MPH. High of 75F.
  21. Stans

    Saturday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and a little damp after the thunderstorm that rolled through here before midnight. It's currently 63F, but with mostly sunny skies today we should see 88F for a high.
  22. Western Electric Ad - May 1944 1940: Germans take Antwerp, Belgium's second city. Allied forces are seriously split as German tanks of 19th Panzer Korps (Guderian) reach Peronne and Rommel's 7th Panzer Division reaches Cambrai during their rapid advance toward the Channel coast. Amiens is occupied. Regions ceded to Belgium in Treaty of Versailles (1919) re-incorporated into Germany. 1941: British air raids on Germany continue. *Lina Romay 1941: Italy annexes the Yugoslavian territory of Dalmatia. 1941: General Dentz tells the French Army in Syria to "match force with force". The 5th Indian Division captures the Italian fortress of Amba Alagi after 18 days of fighting. The British column from Palestine (Habforce), arrives at Habbaniyah and relieves its garrison. Lina Romay - YANK Magazine Pinup Girl - May 18, 1945 1942: New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II. 1942: The RAF launches a major attack against Mannheim. Lina Romay 1942: The Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm attacks and hits the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen off Norway, but she makes it back to Kiel. 1942: Despite increasing losses, Churchill remains determined to continue the Artic convoys to Russia. Lina Romay 1942: German forces finally halt the Russian summer offensive just short of Kharkov and let loose Group von Kleist's with a strength of 15 Divisions (1st Panzer Army and 17th Army), of which two are Panzer and one Motorized. The Germans aim for Izyum to the South of Kharkov in order to pinch off the Russian salient. The Germans attack with their usual skill, technology, and ferocity and drive through the Russian defenses. The Germans have a 4.4-1 edge in tanks, 1.7-1 edge in artillery, and 1.3-1 edge in infantry on the battlefield. Russian co-ordination is poor and the Germans quickly gain local air superiority. Russian officers lack adequate combat experience to handle the fast pace of the German blitzkrieg, and their divisions literally come apart. 1942: The New York Times reports on an inside page that Nazis have machine-gunned over 100,000 Jews in the Baltic states, 100,000 in Poland and twice as many in western Russia. Lina Romay 1943: The Japanese launch a new offensive along the Yangtze river, 250 miles north east of the Nationalist capital of Chunking. 1944: Polish troops finally capture the town of Cassino. Lina Romay *Maria Elena "Lina" Romay was a Mexican-American actress and singer. She was born on January 16, 1922 to Porfirio Romay, the attache to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles. She performed for a time with Xavier Cugat. Latin-American singer/actress Lina Romay was active in films from 1942 to 1952. She came to Hollywood under contract to Columbia, then worked briefly at MGM and RKO. In 1949, she began a three-year run as featured vocalist on the TV series "Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue". She can be seen in such stellar movies as "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942) starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and "Bathing Beauty" (1944) starring Esther Williams and Red Skelton. She attracted the attention of servicemen worldwide as a stunning Latin beauty and appeared in "Yank" Magazine as a pinup girl or cover girl in other publications. She also appeared in several Soundies of the era, no doubt having been selected because of her exceptional singing voice and uncommon good looks. Being of Mexican heritage, and having been born in the USA, Miss Romay could sing equally as well in both English and Spanish and her roles she played were both as Spanish senoritas to non-ethnic Anglo roles. She appears with Xavier Cugat in the WW2 feature "Stage Door Canteen", where she can be seen singing and even dancing a bit with Cugat, with the delightful song "A Bombshell From Brooklyn". Lina reminds some of enchanting Carmen Miranda, especially in her excellence in singing and stage presence as seen in "The Heat's On" (1943). She is top notch in this picture, as evidenced by her fabulous singing and hand gestures...yes, hand gestures. I don't know if my fellow fans have noticed, but she is perfectly poised a la Miranda while delivering her songs and perfectly gestures with her hands. It's very poetic, feminine and artistic, so if you are lucky enough to see this movie, you'll see what I mean. Several movies later, Lina proves herself a talented actress by appearing in a notable dramatic role in the little gem "Adventure" (1945) with Clark Gable, where she plays Gable's first love interest in the picture (the "girl in a distant port), but second-fiddle to Greer Garson in the picture which boasted the byline "Gables Back and Garson's Got Him". Lina's performance was very convincing and quite important in the movie. She even gets to sing some wonderful Spanish-language songs. Although it was a minor part in the picture, she was no doubt noticed by her growing legion of fans and moviegoers just discovering her charms and talents. Gable's really lucky that he gets to play brief love scenes with Lina, who's simply stunning on the silver screen. Lina nearly steals the show in her next project "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy" (1946), playing Polly Benedict's perky cousin. She charms everybody with a sexy and spirited song and dance near the opening scenes, as her character enchants the townsfolk including Judge Hardy and his family. However, our hero Andy, seems bored and daydreaming of his girl, even while the stunning Lina does the rumba for him. Her infectious smile and cheery personality truly light up the screen. It's an important role for Lina which is still pleasing audiences today. Lina Romay's screen credits should not be confused with those of the same-named actress/director of the 1970s and 1980s. Lina marries Dr. Jay W. Gould III, descendant of the railroad financier, at the Westwood Lutheran Church in a ceremony attended only by members of their families. He's 33; she's 34. Gould's the son of Jay and Anne Gould and was married twice before, in 1944 to Jennifer Beryl Bruce, daughter of actor Nigel Bruce, and in 1948 to socialite Blair Roemer Stevens. He has a 6-year-old boy from his marriage to Bruce. On January 13, 1954, her daughter Anne Elena is born early in St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles. On June 8 1956, her daughter Gloria D. is born in Los Angeles. And on April 15, 1961 her son, Jay IV, is born in Los Angeles. Her husband, Dr. Jay W. Gould III dies at age 67 in California. Lina Romay died of natural causes at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California on Dec. 17, 2010. She was 91. Swift & Company Ad - May 1944
  23. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 64F under clear skies. Showers and storms likely. Winds out of the E at 5-15 MPH. High of 66F. Waiting for last night's official rainfall total, some areas received 2 inches. Flash flood warnings issued.
  24. Donster

    Double Post

    Sorry.
  25. Stans

    Friday

    Morning y'all, partly cloudy skies and a cool, but windows open comfortable (for me, but maybe not so much for the misses) 56F. Expecting increasing cloudiness and a high of 85F.
  26. Vega Aircraft Corporation Ad - May 1943 1940: Biggest RAF attack on Germany to date as the oil tanks at Bremen and Hamburg are blown up. British claim 1,000 German aircraft lost in a single week. 1940: Brussels, Louvain and Malines in central Belgium all occupied by troops of the 6th Army. Germans attack further into N-E France; General Gamelin, French Commander-in-Chief, gives allied troops 'conquer or die' order. French prime minister Pierre Laval is replaced by Paul Reynaud who forms a new government. Charles de Gaulle's newly raised 4th Armoured division launches a counter-attack near Laon, which is easily repulsed by the Germans. 1940: Twelve Blenheims attack enemy tanks and troops near Gembloux. Ten are shot down by fighters and one by ground fire. Gale Robbins 1941: The German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen leave Gotenhafen in the Baltic to begin operations against British convoys in the Atlantic (Operation Rheinübung). 1941: The Italian Army joins its forces in Amba Alagi, but at May 17 they collapse and surrender. The British Army captures 230,000 prisoners. Cleo Moore 1942: Air Marshal Harris is given permission by Churchill for a raid on Germany by 1000 bombers. This was in spite of the fact that the RAF's operational strength at this time was only 500 aircraft. However, it was believed that by enlisting RAF Coastal Command and the RAF's training squadron's, then the magical 1000 bombers could be found. Harris believed that the only way to get a commitment for strong bomber force, was to demonstrate what could be done with one. He planned to launch operation 'Millenium', before the end of the month. 1942: The Russians continue to evacuate their forces across the Kerch Straits, leaving behind vast amounts of artillery and heavy equipment, which the Germans then turn upon the besieged fort of Sevastopol. Motorola Radio Ad - April 1944 1943: The Luftwaffe carries out a night raid involving 89 aircraft against Cardiff in Wales. 1943: The Germans launch a fifth offensive to destroy Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia. Adele Mara 1944: Kesselring orders the evacuation of Cassino. The French breakthrough is now 25 miles deep. 1944: Merrill's 'Marauders' take Myitkyina airfield after a three-week, 100-mile, Jungle march. Renee Randall 1944: U.S. troops land on Wake Island and the northern coast of New Guinea, 125 miles to the West of Hollandia. Philco Corporation Ad - May 1944
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  28. cobraj

    Thursday

    Morning all nice day today, weekend looking to be mostly nice finally!
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