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  2. I figure Byron could use a good laugh, if not today then in a week or so. This one should bring back memories. The Peach Popskull Caper Once upon a time a retired sailor named Boats lived in an old Airstream trailer with a rat named Ferox, a cat named Thurgood -- but referred to as TCat -- and a camel named Camel. There was also a strange character who didn't exactly have a name. The other Airstream residents called him Dark Helmet, for the huge helmet he wore whenever he made an appearance and uttered one of his incomprehensible phrases. Note: Dark Helmet's sex is unknown. In fact, his exact species is the subject of much debate. DH is designated herein as "he" merely for convenience -- I mean, no one wants to look under the helmet -- not even Camel. DH was tolerated around the old Airstream because once a month a UPS truck would pull up and deliver several cases of C-rations along with a couple bales of hay for the camel. All addressed to one Dark Helmet, Esq. Since none of the other residents had an income it behooved them to tolerate a fair amount of strangeness on behalf of DH. It must be said that Boats had a Navy retirement, but it was split five ways -- one part to him and four parts to as many ex-wives. One part of very little will not go far in supporting a sailor, a rat, a cat and a camel. DH required no food, as near as anyone could tell. He never ate, nor did he excrete anything other than daft phrases. Exactly why parties unknown were sending food each month was not something to be investigated. Looking too closely at a goose laying golden eggs -- or even a C-ration producing one -- is an exercise fraught with danger. Thus the Boats household. One dreary weekend Boats decided it was time to brew up some popskull, a novel yet descriptive name for a type of homebrew intoxicant popular with sailors everywhere -- when actual, bottled-in-bond booze isn't available for geographic or economic reasons. "We have lots of C-ration peaches saved up," he explained. "Also sugar and a couple other secret ingredients. We need a large, clean barrel, preferably food grade plastic or something of that nature so the peach popskull isn't rife with leached poisons." He was proud of the word "rife" and for the next few days he repeated the phrase "rife with leached poisons" until the others were darn sick of hearing it. He had to stop there and explain to the rat and the cat and the camel exactly what "leaching" and "poison" meant. Ferox also had to be convinced that the words "food grade" weren't meaningless bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo. "If it don't eat me first, it's food," he stated in positive terms. Coming from the only animal in the Airstream who would eat C-ration ham and beans with evident delight, his words carried the weight of truth -- at least for rats. "So," said Boats, "who will help me find a food grade container?" "Not I," said the rat. "Not I," said the cat. "Not me," said Camel. Dark Helmet entered the tiny kitchen from -- another dimension? There was no door in that wall. He stood quiet for a moment, dripping water on the floor. "I find your lack of faith disturbing." No one said anything. DH turned and walked? wobbled? rolled? toward the back of the trailer. "Well," said Boats, "then I shall go and get the food grade container myself." And he did. "Next up," he said, upon returning with a clean food grade container, "is to open all these cans of peaches and dump them into the clean food grade container. Who will help me with all that opening and emptying?" "I won't," said Ferox. "I have a hot date waiting down under the dock." "I won't," said TCat. "I can't work an opener with paws." "I'd help," said Camel, "except" -- he brandished an oversize hoof -- "you know. Cloven hooves." "Then I guess I'll have to do it myself," said Boats. So he did. Some hours later, he called the residents together. Ferox was not present. "Now we must open all these little packages of sugar and dump them into the clean food grade container along with the C-ration peaches. Who will help me with all that tearing and dumping?" "Not I," said TCat. "It's time for my nap." "Not me," said Camel. "Cloven hooves. Remember?" "Okay," replied Boats. "I'll do it. I'll do it. Where is Ferox?" "Making meals for me," said the cat. "Humping his brains out," added the camel. "I wish I was." Dark Helmet swooped in from Orion or wherever. "Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them." "Motivate a rat?" cried TCat, forgetting for a moment that DH never listened to argument or advice. "What would motivate a rat more than a female in heat?" "Or me," sniffed Camel. Dark Helmet faded away. "What now?" asked Boats. It was a rhetorical question. He knew what to do next. "It's time for the secret ingredients. I'll take care of that." And he did. A month later, right after the next C-ration and hay bale delivery, Boats called the Airstream residents together again. "The popskull is ready. Who will help me strain the good booze from the bits and pieces and moldy things floating in the not so clean food grade container?" "Not me," said Ferox. "I might fall in." "Not I," said the cat. "I'll help with the tasting though." "Not me," said Camel. "I have an appointment with a bale of hay." "Then I shall do it myself," said Boats, who was beginning to get damned tired of all the do-it-myself crap. Dark Helmet came in via the front (and only) door for a change. "You don't know the power of the Dark Side!" He vanished with a wet pop. Boats went ahead and strained the good booze from the bits and pieces and moldy things floating in the not so clean food grade container. Then he washed the food grade container until it was clean again and poured the finished popskull back into it. Now it was ready for taste testing. TCat was standing ready, cup in hand -- er -- cup in paw. Boats eyed the cat and the cup. "How'd you do that?" "Practice." "How come you couldn't open cans of peaches or rip sugar packets open?" "I didn't practice with openers or sugar packets." Who can argue with logic like that? Boats poured a liberal dose of popskull in TCat's cup. "Have at it. You want something to mix with it? Coke? Lemonade?" TCat paused. "Do we have any coke or lemonade?" "No. All we have is this half-empty bottle of furniture polish." "Thanks, no. I'll just take it straight up." "Okay. It's your funeral." Now, Boats was no prophet, but they did hold a short funeral for TCat on the following morning. Boats recited the Lord's Prayer, that being the only prayer he knew. After the weighted bag holding TCat's mortal remains sank from sight, the survivors returned to the Airstream. "I shoulda cut it with something," mourned Boats. "Maybe some fruit juice or -- I don't know -- something." "Soak my drink in straw," said Camel. "That might make it less lethal." But it didn't. Camel was too large for any bag they had, so his rigid body went into the bay on the outgoing tide. Boats wanted to dump the peach popskull at the same time. "No way!" cried Ferox. "I'll take it down to the dock tonight. Us rats will figure out a way to drink your popskull. It smells so peachy and alcoholic. There must be a safe way to get hammered on the stuff without becoming dead. Leave it to me." "Okay," said Boats. "Have at it." He even helped Ferox roll the food grade container down to the rat conclave that evening. Dark Helmet met them at the end of the dock. "Don't fail me again, Admiral." He rose straight up into the dark sky. "He couldn't have been talking to me," said Boats. "I was never an Admiral." "Me neither," said Ferox. "See you in the morning." Alas, he did not see Boats or anyone else the next day. Ferox the rat and ten thousand of his relatives clogged the inner harbor until the next tide. The dead rodents were observed to have broad smiles frozen on their little faces. And the whole harbor smelled of peaches. Boats walked to the end of Lighthouse Point and watched the dead rats washing out to sea. Dark Helmet wandered out of the water and stopped in front of the old sailor. "Obi-wan has taught you well." Startled, afraid he'd been caught out, Boats stammered, "Obi-who?" Dark Helmet didn't vanish straight away, but hesitated for several seconds. Finally, and with a sad note in his voice, said, "Obi-who? Obi-when? Now I've forgotten my . . ." He sagged to the sand and disappeared, helmet and all. For half a heartbeat, Boats heard soft, tittering laughter. Then it was gone. End
  3. Old Guy

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    Get better, Boats! That's an order. Well, not an order really. A hopeful suggestion? Anyway, we're thinking of you. OG
  4. Krycztij

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    Good news indeed. I Hope he gets well soon!
  5. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 63F under clear skies with 93% humidity. Humidity will drop as the day goes on. Cooler temps. Turning partly cloudy, breezy. Winds out of the NW at 10-20 MPH. High of 75F.
  6. Donster

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    Well some good news finally! Hope he keeps improving!
  7. Sperry Corporation Ad - August 1943 1940: Commons allows nationalist forces of Poland, Norway, Belgium, Holland, France and Czechoslovakia to train in Britain under their own flags. 1940: Leon Trotsky is assassinated by a Stalinist agent while in exile in Mexico City. *Leslie Brooks 1941: French resistance member Pierre "Fabien" Georges commits the first violent act of resistance against the Germans in Paris when he assassinates a German naval cadet in the Barches-Rochechouart Metro station. More than 150 Parisians would be shot by the Germans in reprisal. 1941: First Arctic convoy leaves Iceland for Russia. Leslie Brooks 1941: Marshal Voroshilov tells the people of Leningrad to defend their city to the last. Hitler orders the investment, not capture, of Leningrad, and the transfer of several divisions from the North and Centre to capture the Crimea and the Donets basin, an industrial region vital to the Soviet war effort. 1942: Roosevelt says the perpetrators of barbarism in occupied countries 'will have to stand in courts of law, in the very countries which they are now oppressing and answer for their acts'. Leslie Brooks 1942: U.S. Marines turn back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru. 1943: The Labour Party wins the Australian elections. Leslie Brooks 1944: Representatives from the U.K., U.S. and USSR meet at Dumbarton Oaks in the U.S.A, to discuss post-war international security. 1944: The French First Army surrounds Toulon. The U.S. Third Army reaches Troyes and Reims. Leslie Brooks 1944: The German Sixth Army is separated from the Romanian 3rd Army on Black Sea coast. Colonel General Friessner orders all German units to withdraw as the Romanians fail to fight and change sides. The Germans, with naval support, open a coastal corridor 10 to 12 miles wide to Army Group North, but Hitler refuses to order the evacuation of Baltic States. 1945: President Harry S. Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's allies during World War II. Leslie Brooks 1945: As the Red Army now hold much of Manchuria, the Japanese Kwantung Army surrenders formally to Major General Shelakor at Harbin. 1945: The Japanese announce that the first U.S. landings will be on the 26th August. A non-fraternization rule with the Japanese is to be enforced by the U.S. Leslie Brooks *Virginia Leslie Gettman was born on July 13, 1922 in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1938-1939, Leslie attends Hollywood High School, majoring in algebra and English, and sings with the school's glee club, as do her classmates Sheila Ryan and Susan Peters. She becomes is a photographer's model after completing high school. In June 1941, as Lorraine Gettman, she is one of six starlets widely advertised as "The Navy Blues Sextet," for Navy Blues. The six beauties, including Marguerite Chapman, Claire James, Peggy Diggins, Kay Aldridge, and Georgia Carroll, are sent to Honolulu for the world premiere, then return to the mainland to make a cross-country junket, starting in Dallas, Texas, and ending in New York City, where Sherman Billingsley gives them a well-publicized party at his famous Stork Club. Shortly afterward, she signs with Columbia, goes from brunette to blonde, and becomes Leslie Brooks, and began appearing in movie bit roles in 1941. Brooks started landing more sizeable parts in such programs as "Nine Girls" (1944) and "Cover Girl" (1944). She was also seen to good advantage in Columbia's series films (The Whistler, Crime Doctor, et al.). In July 1942 she is cited Exhibit A by the California Models Guild in passing a resolution condemning the issuance of two girdles apiece as regular equipment to members of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. The Hollywood group says proper exercise and diet would give WAAC women hip lines like those of Leslie. In November 1943 a pinup in syndicated newspapers shows her pasting war savings stamps on Hitler's map of Europe. The headline reads "Stamping Out the Fuehrer." Leslie Brooks is the featured pin-up girl of the April 7, 1944 issue of YANK, The Army Weekly. On January 7, 1945, Leslie marries Donald Anthony Shay, actor and former United States Marine, in Beverly Hills. He's 24; she's 22. Shay, recently discharged after an illness, served 24 months in the South Pacific. Her daughter Leslie Victoria is born in Los Angeles on November 8, 1945. In February 1948, she and Columbia part company. She is heralded to be the lead in the upcoming action-thriller "Dynamite". She files for divorce from Shay. On July 19, 1948 Leslie hits the news battling for custody of her two-and-a-half year-old daughter, Victoria, in court in Los Angeles. Her estranged husband, Shay, alleges his wife gave the child intoxicants at parties. His brother, Jack, testifies Victoria had "seven or eight swallows" from her mother's glass at a party and was "very cute and dizzy." Leslie denies this but admits giving the daughter an occasional sip of beer diluted in water. "Beer is not good for babies," Superior Judge Mildred L. Lillie tells her. Victoria's paternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Shay, is given custody of the girl until Leslie hires a competent nurse housekeeper. Shay is directed to pay $350 monthly for support of his wife and child pending trial of the divorce suit. Leslie Brooks On November 11, 1948 Leslie is granted divorce from Shay in Los Angeles. Superior Judge Ingall W. Bull says about Shay: "This court has no doubt but that this is a case in which a worthless husband used the love of a mother for a child to extort money from the mother. Certainly the husband is guilty of a criminal conspiracy." The whereabouts of Shay and his 3-year-old daughter is unknown, his attorney says. A warrant is outstanding against Shay, charging he took the child last July when Leslie had custody pending the divorce trial. Bull gives Leslie an order for full custody of Victoria. She is also granted $100 a month child support, $200 a month alimony and title to all community property. She receives her final divorce decree on December 15, 1949 but still hasn't found her 4-year-old daughter. Her attorney says that Shay is believed to have taken the child to New Zealand. Shay also is missing. In 1950 marries Russ Vincent. Leslie Brooks retires from films. Vincent will go on to become a successful Hollywood land developer. Leslie and Vincent have 3 daughters between August 1954 and April 1960, all born in Los Angeles. As Virginia L. Vincent, Leslie died in Sherman Oaks, California on July 1, 2011 and was buried in Hollywood Hills Cemetery next to her husband Russ. United States Rubber Company Ad - August 1945
  8. Stans

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    Update posted on FB by his wife. He is awake, but very tired and still sleeps a lot, but he has been sitting up in bed and speaking! The doctors are still working on why he cannot open his left eye and trying to find the source of the strokes. He also has a mass on his pituitary gland that may require surgery.
  9. Stans

    Tuesday

    Morning y'all, overcast skies and 75F. Expecting a mostly cloudy day, a high of 84F and a chance of thunderstorms all day.
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  11. The Dude

    Monday

    Chilly this morning, but not as smoky as the past few days.
  12. The Dude

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    Please get well, Byron.
  13. Donster

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    Hang in their Boats. We are praying for you. 🙏🏻
  14. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 70F with heavy rain. Received an inch of rain since 3 AM. Periods of rain and storms with locally heavy rain. Breezy. Winds out of the East at 10-20 MPH. High of 75F.
  15. National Dairy Products Corporation Ad - August 1943 1940: Churchill reviews the progress of air war in Commons and says 'Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many, to so few'. The Luftwaffe withdraws the Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber from strategic operations against England after losing 20 per cent of their Stuka force to the RAF. 1940: Mao Tse-Tung launches '100 regiments' guerrilla offensive against the Japanese in China. *Mary Martin 1941: Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile. 1941: German 11th Army captures Kherson on the Black Sea and opens the gate to the Crimea. German 11th Army captures Kherson on the Black Sea and opens the gate to the Crimea. Mary Martin 1942: The Russians counter-attack to the north of Stalingrad, but elsewhere German troops reach the Volga. The German 48th Panzer Corps, attacks northeast from Abganerovo, but can not break clear of the Russian defences in the hills of Tundutovo. On their northern flank, 4th Corps is also facing resolute Russian resistance. 1942: 31 U.S. aircraft touchdown on the newly completed Henderson Field airstrip on Guadalcanal to help the Marines fighting over the control of the island. Mary Martin 1944: The allies seal the Falaise gap, with blocking forces taking 4,000 prisoners. However, the Germans in the Falaise pocket break out along a single road and stream out of the pocket for six hours before the pocket is resealed. The Allies estimate that 10,000 Germans have died in the pocket and 50,000 prisoners taken. Although one German division (77th Infantry Division) is annihilated, 26 extremely weak divisions do escape the pocket. The U.S. 79th Division reaches the west bank of the Seine above Paris. Free French forces rise in Paris, while de Gaulle is reported in France. Mary Martin 1944: The Russians launch an offensive into Romania with 900,000 men (96 divisions), 1,400 tanks and 1,700 aircraft. Advances up to 12 miles are reported as the Russian plan to surround 23 German divisions (360,000 men) takes shape. 1945: Further negotiations in Manila. The Japanese leave at 1pm. MacArthur says that U.S. troops will land on the Japanese mainland within 10 days of signing the surrender. Mary Martin *Musical theater star Mary Virginia Martin was born on December 11, 1913, in Weatherford, Texas. She was the younger daughter of Preston Martin, an attorney, and Juanita (Presley) Martin, a violin teacher. She was the mother of Larry Hagman, the famous actor and star of the hit TV shows I Dream of Jeannie, and Dallas. As a child, Mary performed in local theater. She started taking voice lessons at age twelve. Just before her seventeenth birthday she married Benjamin J. Hagman, an accountant in Weatherford, and soon left the Nashville finishing school she attended for only a few months. After their son, Larry, was born in Weatherford in September 1931, Mary opened a dance school there. In 1935, she and Benjamin were divorced. Using her maiden name, Mary Martin began pursuing a performing career singing on radio in Dallas and in nightclubs in Los Angeles. Her performance at one club impressed a theatrical producer, and he cast her in a play in New York. That production did not open, but she got a role in Cole Porter's "Leave It To Me". In that production, she became popular on Broadway and received attention in the national media singing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy". In 1939, Paramount Pictures signed her to appear in the movie "The Great Victor Herbert". Between 1939 and 1942 she starred in ten films for Paramount. She also performed on radio programs at NBC and CBS. On May 5, 1940, Martin married Richard Halliday, an editor and producer at Paramount who subsequently became her manager. They had one daughter. Returning to Broadway in 1949, Martin appeared in the Rodgers and Hammerstein hit "South Pacific". Critics loved her in the comic role of Ensign Nellie Forbush. She moved to London in 1951 to continue her South Pacific performance there. Mary Martin During the 1950s she appeared on stage and in television performances of her roles in such productions as "In The Skin of our Teeth", "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Peter Pan". In Peter Pan, Martin became the actress still most identified with the starring role. She won Tony Awards for Peter Pan and for "The Sound of Music", in which she also played the lead as Mary Rainer. She starred in that role from 1959 to 1961. Following a 1965-66 tour of "Hello, Dolly!" for military audiences in Asia, she returned to Broadway and appeared with Robert Preston in "I Do, I Do". They both continued their performances in the 1968-69 North American tour. During the 1970s, Martin and husband Richard spent much of their time on their ranch in Brazil, where he died March 3, 1973. In 1978, she returned to Broadway in the comedy "Do You Turn Somersaults?" She hosted the 1981 public television series on aging called "Over Easy." In 1982 she was involved in a traffic accident that left her with two fractured ribs, a fractured pelvis, and a punctured lung. Also in the accident were Janet Gaynor, who died two years later from complications from her injuries, Gaynor's husband Paul Gregory, who survived, and Martin's press agent Ben Washer, who died in the accident. Following her recovery that accident, she and Carol Channing portrayed aging actresses in the 1986 touring production "Legends". Mary Martin was honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in 1989. Mary Martin died at age 76 from colorectal cancer at her home in Rancho Mirage, California on November 3, 1990. Her cremated remains were buried in Weatherford, Texas. Western Electric Ad - August 1945
  16. Stans

    Monday

    Morning y'all, cloudy skies and 74F. Expecting a mostly cloudy day, a high of 82F, and a good chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.
  17. Stans

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    Just checked FB. It does sound serious. I think the next few days will be critical to his recovery.
  18. Stans

    Prayers for Byron (JClark) Audler

    I'm not on FB that much anymore and I did see on Saturday that he was in the cardiac ICU. My prayers and thoughts to him and his family as well.
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  20. Many of you know Byron Audler here on the forum as 'JClark' or 'Boats'. He is in the Cardiac ICU down in Jacksonville, FLA. He had quadruple bypass surgery on Thursday and isn't doing well. So if you all can find a little time in your day and ask the man upstairs to look after Byron, it would be appreciated.
  21. Stans

    Sunday

    Morning y'all, mostly cloudy skies, 73F, and very wet after yesterday's late afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Expecting a partly cloudy morning and thickening clouds this afternoon and a chance of evening thunderstorms. Today's high is forecast to be 87F.
  22. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 65F under clear skies with 97% humidity. Increasing clouds today with light southerly winds. High of 84F.
  23. Chrysler Ad - August 1943 1940: Whole of Britain declared a defense area. 1940: Bad weather and a reorganization of fighter strength by the Luftwaffe causes a lull in operations. 1940: Mussolini orders Marshal Graziani to invade Egypt. Italian troops enter the Port of Berbera, the capital of British Somaliland, where they are welcomed by strafing RAF Blenheims. British transport 5,300-5,700 combat troops and 1,000 civilians to Aden, Yemen. August 5-19, British ground losses were 38 KIA, 102 wounded and 120 missing. RAF flew 184 sorties, dropped 60 tons of bombs, lost 7 aircraft destroyed and 10 badly damaged, lost 12 aircrew KIA and 3 wounded. Italian losses were 465 KIA, 1530 wounded and 34 missing. *Ginny Simms 1941: German submarines sink a Norwegian and 3 British ships from the Convoy OG-71 of 22 ships and 9 escorts in the Atlantic Ocean. 1941: South of Lake Illmen, the Soviet 38th Army is close to outflanking the German 10th Corps, but the German 56th Panzer Corps counterattacks the Soviets and rolls through their positions. 1941: A brigade of the 9th Australian Division which is besieged at Tobruk is relieved by sea, as Polish reinforcements arrive. Ginny Simms 1942: Now codenamed operation 'Jubilee', some 6,100 British and Canadian troops conduct a raid-in-force against the port of Dieppe, which ends in disaster. In less than 10 hours of battle, the British and Canadian forces lose 1,380 KIA, 1,600 wounded, 2,000 made prisoner. The RAF loses 107 aircraft and the Royal Navy lose a destroyer. Germans loses are 345 dead or missing and 268 wounded, with total Luftwaffe losses being just 40 aircraft. Civilian casualties are put at 48 dead and 100 wounded. 1942: General Paulus's 6th Army begins an attack to take Stalingrad itself, although he had still not been joined by Hoth's 4th Panzer Army. Crown Zipper Ad - August 1943 1942: Auchinleck announces the capture of 10,000 Axis troops in last two months of fighting in North Africa. 1942: Japanese send 4 transport ships with an close escort of a cruiser and 4 destroyers to strengthen their land forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Is. Movement is covered by 3 carriers, 2 battleships, 5 cruisers and 17 destroyers. Ginny Simms 1943: Luftwaffe Chief of Staff, Colonel General Jesehonnek shoots himself. 1943: Russian troops breach the German defense line on the Mius river. Ginny Simms 1944: In an effort to prevent a communist uprising in Paris, Charles DeGualle begins attacking German forces all around the city. 1944: The Falaise pocket is now just seven miles by six. The Germans forces are ordered to break out during the night across the Dives. Patton's armor reaches the Seine at Nantes and makes the first crossing 30 miles North West of Paris. The Germans are granted a truce in Paris to withdraw troops. (WATCH BRITISH NEWSREEL) Ginny Simms 1945: The Japanese forces in South China surrender to the Chinese 1st Army in Canton. The Russian Far Eastern Army captures Harbin and Mukden in Manchuria. 1945: 16 Japanese surrender envoys arrive on Ie and are taken to Manila for a 5 and a half hour discussion with MacArthur and his staff. Japanese troops on Java receive the cease-fire order. Ginny Simms *War-era songstress Ginny Simms was born Virginia Ellen Simms on May 25, 1915 in San Antonio, Texas but raised in California, which accounts for her lack of a Southern accent in her speaking/singing voice. Though she studied piano as a child, it was her vocal gifts that launched her career, which started when she formed a singing trio while studying at Fresno State Teachers College. Ginny was performing at a club in San Francisco when she was heard by bandleader Kay Kyser. She became his featured singer and the big attraction of Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge, a comedy revue done in the style of a quiz show with music. In addition to radio, she kept busy recording swing and pop albums. Ginny also broke into films as a guest vocalist in three of Kyser's films for RKO--"That's Right - You're Wrong" (1939), "You'll Find Out" (1940) and "Playmates" (1941). After five years she decided to abandon touring altogether in the early 1940s and went solo to seek her own fame and fortune. With her own radio series (sponsored by Philip Morris), Ginny became a popular figure during WWII, interviewing servicemen from all over the globe, who got to send messages to their families over the air. Some of her well-known recordings with and without Kyser include "Deep Purple," "Indian Summer," "I'd Like to Set You to Music," "I Can't Get Started," "I Love Paris," and "Stormy Weather." A spectacularly beautiful woman with a dazzling smile and high cheekbones, Ginny seemed made for the screen. She co-starred with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in one of their earlier and funniest comedies, "Hit the Ice" (1943), and scored some important second-lead roles over at MGM with "Broadway Rhythm" (1944) with George Murphy and Gloria DeHaven, in which she played a movie star who sang "All the Things You Are," and the Cole Porter biopic "Night and Day" (1946) starring Cary Grant and Alexis Smith, in which she sang some of Porter's best loved standards ("I've Got You Under My Skin," "Just One of Those Things," "I Get A Kick Out of You" and "You're the Top"), but her career lost momentum rather quickly (the story at the time was that she had turned down a marriage proposal by newly divorced MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who retaliated by immediately dropping her contract at the studio). Ginny left Hollywood altogether in 1951 and her recording career ended not long after. She subsequently retired and ran a travel agency for a time while developing an interest in interior decorating (her first husband, Hyatt Dehn, was the man who started the Hyatt Hotel chain, for which she did much of the interior decorating). She also was involved in real estate with third husband Donald Eastvold. The mother of two sons from her first marriage, Ginny died of a heart attack in 1994 at age 78. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) She earned distinction during WWII and was given several citations. She had a B-17 Flying Fortress named after her. In 1951, Ginny Simms hosted a local television show on Los Angeles Channel 11, KTTV, which featured dance bands and talent from army, navy, marine, and air force bases around Southern California. Chrysler Ad - August 1944
  24. Stans

    Saturday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and 74F. Expecting the sky to become cloudy, a high of 89F, and a good chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
  25. Stans

    Friday

    Yep, must be tough just to get air and there does not seem to be an end in sight for the fires.
  26. Donster

    Friday

    Man that must be a bitch to be breathing! Love those photos though!
  27. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 66F under clear skies with 99% humidity. Mostly sunny with light northerly winds. High of 85F.
  28. MobilGas Ad - August 1943 1940: Further heavy raids by Luftwaffe on southeast England and southern London. Major damage is done to RAF airfields and fighter commands control system. British claim 144 Germans shot down, later revised to 67 with RAF losses of 33 planes lost but eight pilots safe. 1940: The last of the British rearguard in British Somaliland slip away in darkness, race into Berbera and embark on the morning. British bombers attack Italian units at Laferug and the airfield at Addis Abeba. Italian aircraft attack Berbera, but there are no more military targets. *Dusty Anderson 1941: Russians withdraw across the Dnieper River, allowing the 1st Panzer Group to establish a bridgehead across the river at Zaporozhe, in the Ukraine. 1942: Alexander replaces Auchinleck as C-in-C of the Middle East. Montgomery's appointment officially announced. Dusty Anderson - YANK Pinup Girl - October 27, 1944 1942: Japan sends a crack army to Guadalcanal to repulse the U.S. Marines fighting there. 1943: Portugal, invoking her 1373 alliance with Great Britain, agrees to allow Allied forces the use of the Azores Islands for naval and air bases. Dusty Anderson 1943: A U.S. cruiser and destroyer force shells Gioia, Taura and Palmi on the coast of Italy. 1944: Allied air forces fly 3,057 sorties against the Falaise pocket. Dusty Anderson 1944: The German Seventh Army moves across the Orme but 18,000 prisoners are taken. The Germans begin the evacuations of their troops stationed near the Spanish border and the Gulf of Biscay. 1944: The Red Army recaptures Sandomir in Galicia. Dusty Anderson 1944: A Japanese escort carrier is sunk by a U.S. submarine off northwestern Luzon, Philippine Is. A Japanese cruiser is sunk by a U.S. submarine east of Samar, Philippine Is. Dusty Anderson *Ruth Edwin Anderson was born on December 17, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio. She began her career as a model, working for Fashion Czar/Modeling agent Harry S. Conover, who renames her Dusty sometime in the early 1940's. She made her motion picture debut in a minor role as one of the cover girls in the 1944 Columbia Pictures production of "Cover Girl" starring Rita Hayworth, and again appeared with Hayworth in "Tonight and Every Night" (1945). Over the next three years Anderson appeared in another eight films, usually in secondary roles, including a stint in the music Western "Singing on the Trail" (1946), where she performs Hayworth's pièce de résistance "Put the Blame on Mame". During World War II she was one of a number of actresses who became a pin-up girl, appearing in the October 27, 1944 issue of the United States Military's YANK magazine. Her first husband, Charles Mathieu, was a U. S. Marine Corps Captain when she married him. (1941 - 1945) (divorced) Dusty Anderson married Romanian-born director Jean Negulesco in 1946 and retired from acting. Four years later, her final screen work was an uncredited role in one of her husband's films. The couple eventually left their Beverly Hills digs and moved to the Spanish Island of Majorca. After retiring from pictures, she became an avid painter; she had many showings of her works of art. She had two adopted daughters, Gaby and Tina, both fathered by Negulesco. Dusty remained married to Negulesco until his death in 1993. Studebaker Ad - August 1945
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