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  2. cobraj

    Thursday

    morning all, overcast rain today.Hope we don't get the flooding rains we got yesterday!
  3. Stans

    Thursday

    Morning y'all, clear skies, 74F, and 95% humidity after last night's thunderstorms. Expecting increasing cloudiness later this morning, a high of 93F, and a chance of more afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Due to the increased humidity, the high of 93F will feel like 101F.
  4. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 71F with a few clouds. With a heat index of 71F and 90% humidity. Slight chance of a storm early. Turning mostly sunny and hot. Breezy at times. Heat indices between 100 and 110. Winds out of the SW at 10-20 MPH. High of 95F.
  5. American Railroads Ad - July 1945 American Railroads Ad - July 1945 1940: Prince Konoye forms new Japanese Cabinet with Army and Navy nominees. 1941: The Japanese foreign minister, Yosuke Matsuoka is replaced by a moderate. New Japanese Cabinet has four generals and three admirals. *Doris Day 1942: The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight. 1942: Hitler changes his mind and orders Army Group B to resume its offensive towards Stalingrad. However, as almost all the German Army had be transferred to Army Group A, the advance was left to Paulus's 6th Army which had been reinforced by a panzer and an infantry Corps. The remaining panzers with Army Group A were ordered to thrust south over the lower Don on a broad front. Doris Day 1943: The U.S. Navy airship K-74 is shot down by anti-aircraft fire from a German U-boat. 1943: The Germans say Cologne is in a state of chaos after allied raids. Doris Day 1944: 4,500 Allied aircraft pound the German positions with 7,000 tons of bombs. 1944: The U.S. XIX Corps capture St. Lo, but has suffered 6,000 casualties since the 11th July. Montgomery launches Operation 'Goodwood' 40 miles east of Caen. However, VIII Corps is stopped with loss of 200 tanks and 1,500 men after the 'death ride of the armored divisions', which also destroys 109 Panzer's. (WATCH GERMAN NEWSREEL) Doris Day 1944: The Polish II Corps takes Antona in Italy. 1944: U.S. troops capture Saint-Lo, France, ending the battle of the hedgerows. Kodak Ad - July 1945 1944: The First Belorussian front attacks, with six armies and 1,600 aircraft from Kovel across the Bug towards Lublin. 1944: Buffeted by more than two years of military and naval defeats, Gen. Hideki Tojo is forced to resign his offices of prime minister, war minister and chief of the Imperial General Staff. While Tojo's removal strengthens somewhat the elements of the Japanese government inclined to seek peace, Tokyo's official policy of fighting to the end remains unchanged. Doris Day 1945: Honda's attempt to break out in Burma begins in earnest. 1945: Allied carrier planes hit Japanese naval forces in Tokyo Bay, sinking 12 ships and damaging nine, including the battleship Nagato. Doris Day *One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents divorced while she was still a child and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. She aspired to become a professional ballerina, but an automobile accident that crushed a leg ended whatever hopes she had of dancing on stage. It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and began singing with local bands. It was while working for local bandleader Barney Rapp in 1939 or 1940 that she adopted the stage name "Day" as an alternative to "Kappelhoff," at his suggestion. Rapp felt her surname was too long for marquees. The first song she had performed for him was Day After Day, and her stage name was taken from that. After working with Rapp, Day worked with a number of other bandleaders including Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown. It was while working with Brown that Day scored her first hit recording, "Sentimental Journey", which was released in early 1945. It soon became an anthem of the desire of World War II demobilizing troops to return home. This song is still associated with Day, and was rerecorded by her on several occasions, as well as being included in her 1971 television special. Doris Day She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day's agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s). Her first starring movie role was in "Romance on the High Seas" (1948). The next year, she made two more films, "My Dream Is Yours" (1949) and "It's a Great Feeling" (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer. In 1953, Doris starred in "Calamity Jane" (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: "Lucky Me" (1954), "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955), "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, "Pillow Talk" (1959). She began to slow down her filmmaking pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1960). Her husband, who had also taken charge of her career, had made deals for her to star in films she didn't really care about, which led to a bout with exhaustion. The 1960s weren't to be a repeat of the previous busy decade. She didn't make as many films as she had in that decade, but the ones she did make were successful: "Do Not Disturb" (1965), "The Glass Bottom Boat" (1966), "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?" (1968) and "With Six You Get Eggroll" (1968). Martin Melcher died in 1968, and Doris never made another film, but she had been signed by Melcher to do her own TV series, "The Doris Day Show" (1968). That show, like her movies, was also successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances. Today, she runs the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets. What else would you expect of America's sweetheart? Day died on May 13, 2019, at the age of 97, after having contracted pneumonia. Her death was announced by her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation Per Day's requests, the Foundation announced that there would be no funeral services, gravesites, or other public memorials. She was survived by her only grandchild, Ryan Melcher. TRIVIA: Measurements: 36-25-36 (in 1953) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mobilgas Ad - July 1945
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  7. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 70F under clear skies with a heat index of 72F. Mostly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 MPH. An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING goes into effect this afternoon and lasts through Saturday. This is because heat index values will be near 100F today and even higher the rest of the week.
  8. Stans

    Wednesday

    Morning y'all, clear skies, 74F, and 85% humidity. Showers and thunderstorms yesterday afternoon and evening, but all of them missed Casa de Stans, where the lawn is turning brown. Expecting today to be partly cloudy with a high of 98F. Chance of overnight showers or thunderstorms as a cold front moves through.
  9. Chrysler Ad - July 1943 1940: The German Army presents its plan for the invasion of Britain. Six divisions are to land between Ramsgate and Bexhill in the southeast corner of England, four will land between Brighton and the Isle of Wight and three on the Dorset coast. Two Airborne division's will also be deployed, with follow up forces including six Panzer and three Motorised divisions. 1940: The first anti-Jewish measures are taken in Vichy France. *Susan Hayward 1940: Under extreme diplomatic pressure, Britain agrees to close the Burma Road, a vital supply route for the Chinese army. 1941: FDR wants to double the 7 night baseball games to keep war workers on the job. Susan Hayward 1941: In Finland the old 1939 border is crossed by Finnish forces at Käsnäselkä. 1942: Himmler visits Auschwitz-Birkenau for two days, inspecting all ongoing construction and expansion, then observes the extermination process from start to finish as two trainloads of Jews arrive from Holland. Kommandant Höss is then promoted. Construction includes four large gas chamber/crematories. Susan Hayward 1943: An allied military government (Amgot) is set up in Sicily. 1944: Two ammunition-laden transport ships explode whilst docked at Port Chicago, California. 320 sailors and other military personnel are killed in what is the worst stateside disaster of the war. Most of the sailors were African-Americans, who had received no training in ammunition handling. Many of the survivors refused to load any more ships until proper safety procedures were put in place. The so-called "Port Chicago Mutiny" resulted in numerous court martials and imprisonments, but the publicity surrounding the event led directly to the end of racially segregated assignments in the Navy two years later. (READ MORE) Higgins Industries Ad - July 1943 1944: Rommel is severely wounded by a Spitfire attack after his inspection of defenses Southeast of Caen. 1944: The Germans say they will hold Baltic States 'at all costs', as the Russian advance approaches the Latvian border. Susan Hayward 1944: Admiral Shimada, the Japanese Navy Minister is sacked, Nomura takes over. 1945: President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II. (WATCH NEWSREEL) Susan Hayward *Susan Hayward was born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1917. Her father was a transportation worker, and Susan lived a fairly comfortable life as a child, but the precocious little redhead had no idea of the life that awaited her. She attended public school in Brooklyn, where she graduated from a commercial high school that was intended to give students a marketable skill. She had planned on becoming a secretary, but her plans changed. She started doing some modeling work for photographers in the NYC area. By 1937, her beauty in full bloom, she went to Hollywood when the nationwide search was on for someone to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" (1939). Although she--along with several hundred other aspiring Scarletts--lost out to Vivien Leigh, Susan was to carve her own signature in Hollywood circles. Susan Hayward In 1937 she got a bit part in "Hollywood Hotel" (1937). The bit parts continued all through 1938, with Susan playing, among other things, a coed, a telephone operator and an aspiring actress. She wasn't happy with these bit parts, but she also realized she had to "pay her dues". In 1939 she finally landed a part with substance, playing Isobel Rivers in the hit action film "Beau Geste" (1939). In 1941 she played Millie Perkins in the offbeat thriller "Among the Living" (1941). This quirky little film showed Hollywood Susan's considerable dramatic qualities for the first time. She then played a Southern belle in Cecil B. DeMille's "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942), one of the director's bigger successes, and once again showed her mettle as an actress. Following that movie she starred with Paulette Goddard and Fred MacMurray in "The Forest Rangers" (1942), playing tough gal Tana Mason. Although such films as "Jack London" (1943), "And Now Tomorrow" (1944) and "Deadline at Dawn" (1946) continued to showcase her talent, she still hadn't gotten the meaty role she craved. In 1947, however, she did, and received the first of five Academy Award nominations, this one for her portrayal of Angelica Evans in "Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman" (1947). She played the part to the hilt and many thought she would take home the Oscar, but she lost out to Loretta Young for "The Farmer's Daughter" (1947). In 1949 Susan was nominated again for "My Foolish Heart" (1949) and again was up against stiff competition, but once more her hopes were dashed when Olivia de Havilland won for "The Heiress" (1949). Now, however, with two Oscar nominations under her belt, Susan was a force to be reckoned with. Good scripts finally started to come her way and she chose carefully because she wanted to appear in good quality productions. Her caution paid off, as she garnered yet a third nomination in 1953 for "With a Song in My Heart" (1952). Later that year she starred as Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson in "The President's Lady" (1953). She was superb as Andrew Jackson's embittered wife, who dies before he was able to take office as President of the United States. After her fourth Academy Award nomination for "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955), Susan began to wonder if she would ever take home the coveted gold statue. She didn't have much longer to wait, though. In 1958 she gave the performance of her lifetime as real-life California killer Barbara Graham in "I Want to Live!" (1958), who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the gas chamber. Susan was absolutely riveting in her portrayal of the doomed woman. Many film buffs consider it to be one of the finest performances of all time, and this time she was not only nominated for Best Actress, but won. After that role she appeared in about one movie a year. In 1972 she made her last theatrical film, "The Revengers" (1972). A two-pack a day smoker with a taste for drink, Susan was diagnosed with brain cancer in March of 1972. Hayward died at age 57 on March 14, 1975, of pneumonia-related complications of brain cancer, having survived considerably longer than doctors had predicted. There is speculation that she may have been affected by radioactive fallout from atmospheric atomic bomb tests while making "The Conqueror" with John Wayne. TRIVIA: Measurements: 36 1/2-26-35 1/2 Height: 5' 3 1/2" (1.61 m) Spouse: Floyd Eaton Chalkley (8 February 1957 - 9 January 1966) (his death) Jess Barker (24 July 1944 - 18 August 1954) (divorced) 2 children Her first marriage to actor Jess Barker was a stormy one and ended with a bitter custody battle of her twin sons and a suicide attempt by Susan. Her second to rancher Eaton Chalkley was a long and happy one until he died suddenly of hepatitis nine years later. She left Hollywood for five years in deep mourning, returning in 1971. Was diagnosed with brain cancer, allegedly the result of being exposed to dangerous radioactive toxins on location in Utah while making The Conqueror (1956). All the leads John Wayne, Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt, Hayward and the director Dick Powell died of cancer. The case is still a scandal. Her footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre are the only ones set in gold dust. Took over the ballsy role of stage star Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls (1967) in 1967 after Judy Garland was fired. Was born on the same day, and same place (Brooklyn N.Y) as singer Lena Horne. Camel Cigarette Ad - July 1945
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  11. cobraj

    Tuesday

    another nice one on tap today. have a good day all!
  12. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 65F under clear skies with 100% humidity. It will be warm and humid once again today. The remnants of Barry along with systems coming in from the north and west will lead to increased moisture and more cloud cover. There is the chance for an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon with the higher chances later this evening for a few scattered storms. Storms wind down early tonight and it will be another warm night. High reaching 89F today with 100F heat index.
  13. Stans

    Tuesday

    Morning y'all, fair skies, 74F and 85% humidity. Expecting to see increasing cloudiness today and a high of 95F. With the increase in humidity, the heat index will be around 105F.
  14. Curtiss-Wright Ad - July 1943 1940: Hitler issues Directive No.16, orders for the planning of 'Operation Sealion', the invasion of Britain. Twenty divisions are earmarked for the invasion, but the Luftwaffe must gain air superiority first. All plans are to be ready by mid-August. 1940: Destroyer Imogen sinks in Pentland Firth after collision in fog by the British light cruiser HMS Glasgow. *Gloria DeHaven 1940: Japanese Cabinet resigns under army pressure. 1941: Army Group South traps 20 Russians divisions in a pocket at Uman. Gloria DeHaven 1942: 12,887 Jews of Paris are rounded up and sent to Drancy Internment Camp located outside the city. 1943: Canadians forces take Caltagirone, 40 miles inland from Syracuse. The Americans take Agringento, before beginning their drive for Palermo. The British finally secure Primosole bridge and Montgomery advances on Catania. Gloria DeHaven 1944: The Brody pocket begins to form in the northern Ukraine, trapping 40,000 German troops. 1944: The Eighth Army captures Arezzo and reaches the Arno river. Gloria DeHaven 1945: At 5.30 am, the first atomic bomb is exploded at a test site in Los Alamos, USA. Gloria DeHaven *Gloria Mildred DeHaven was born on July 23, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor-director Carter DeHaven and actress Flora Parker DeHaven, both former vaudeville performers. She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936). She was signed to a contract with MGM Studios, but despite featured roles in such films as "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1944) and "Summer Stock" (1950), she did not achieve film stardom. She portrayed her mother in the Fred Astaire film "Three Little Words" (1950). DeHaven also appeared as a regular in the television series and soap operas "As the World Turns", "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and "Ryan's Hope". She was one of the numerous celebrities enticed to appear in the all-star box office flop "Won Ton Ton", the "Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1976), and has guest starred in such television series as "Robert Montgomery Presents", "The Guy Mitchell Show", "The Rifleman", "Wagon Train", "The Lloyd Bridges Show", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Gunsmoke", "Fantasy Island", "Hart to Hart", "The Love Boat", "Highway to Heaven", "Murder, She Wrote" and "Touched By An Angel". In the late 1960s and early 1970s, DeHaven hosted a morning call-in movie show, "Prize Movie", on WABC-TV in New York City. Gloria DeHaven DeHaven has been married four times to three different men. Her first husband was actor John Payne whom she married on December 28, 1944 and divorced in 1950. Her second husband was Martin Kimmell; they were married June 21, 1953 and divorced the following year. She was married to Richard Fincher from 1957 until 1963; they remarried in 1965 and divorced in 1969. She has two children with Payne, daughter Kathleen Hope born 1945 and son Thomas John born 1947. She has two additional children with Fincher, son Harry born 1958 and daughter Faith born 1962. DeHaven has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. DeHaven died on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas of undisclosed causes a week after her 91st birthday while in hospice care after having had a stroke a few months earlier. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24-34 Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation Ad - July 1943
  15. cobraj

    Monday

    nice stretch of weather ahead till at least Thursday! have a good morning all
  16. somewhere there was a dive bomber pilot that was in lot's of movies and he didn't even know it!
  17. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 74F under clear skies, with humidity at 87%. It's going to be a sunny, hot, humid day. There will be a warm south wind through the day ushering in the heat. A high today of 92F.
  18. Campbell Soup Company Ad - July 1943 1940: Unemployment in Britain up 60,431 in June to 827,266, but still down half a million on June 1939. Home Office bans fireworks, kite and balloon flying. 1941: A US airbase is established at Argentia in Newfoundland. *Lizabeth Scott - YANK Pin-up Girl - Nov. 23, 1945 1941: British MAUD report recommends low yield U-235 bombs by 1943. 1941: Army Group Centre encircles Smolensk, along with a large body of Russians to the west of the City. Lizabeth Scott 1941: British forces enter Beirut. 1942: Final losses for convoy PQ-17 are 24 ships sunk for 141,721 tons. 8 ships were sunk by the Luftwaffe, 7 by U-boats and another 9 were combined Luftwaffe/U-boat kills. The loss of material was likewise very heavy with 210 aircraft, 430 tanks, 3350 lorries, and 99,316 tons of general cargo going to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. The Germans lost only 5 planes and no U-boats. Lizabeth Scott 1942: The Germans take Boguchar and Millerovo, less than 200 miles from Stalingrad. However, they have only captured 80,000 Russian's since the 28th June. 1942: New Zealander troops attack 'Kidney' Ridge in three days of fighting, which costs Rommel 2,600 prisoners and 115 guns captured. Armour and Company Ad - July 1943 1942: The first supply flight from India to China over the 'Hump' is flown. 1944: Two Soviet armies from Crimea join the Baltic front so that it can continue its offensive. Russian tank penetrations are only 25 miles from Lvov. Lizabeth Scott 1945: The U.S. Third Fleet shells the steel center on Hokkaido Island in the Japanese homeland. It is reported that 108,000 tons of shipping has been sunk in last two days attacks. 1945: The Australians take Prince Alexander Range in Borneo after an eight-week struggle. Lizabeth Scott *Lizabeth Scott was born Emma Matzo on September 29, 1922 in the Pine Brook section of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Mary Matzo, Roman Catholic immigrants from Slovakia. She attended Central High School and Marywood College. She later went to New York City and attended the Alvienne School of Drama. In late 1942, she was eking out a precarious living with a small Midtown Manhattan summer stock company when she got a job as understudy for Tallulah Bankhead in Thornton Wilder's play "The Skin of Our Teeth". However, Scott never had an opportunity to substitute for Bankhead. When Miriam Hopkins was signed to replace Bankhead, Scott quit and returned to her drama studies and some fashion modeling. She then received a call that Gladys George, who was signed to replace Hopkins, was ill, and Scott was needed back at the theatre. She went on in the leading role of "Sabina", receiving a nod of approval from critics at the tender age of 20. The following night, George was out again and Scott went on in her place. Soon afterward, Scott was at the Stork Club when film producer Hal Wallis asked who she was, unaware that an aide had already arranged an interview with her for the following day. When Scott returned home, however, she found a telegram offering her the lead for the Boston run of "The Skin of Our Teeth". She could not turn it down. She sent Wallis her apologies and went on the road. Though the Broadway production, in which she was credited as "Girl", christened her "Elizabeth", she dropped the "e" the day after the opening night in Boston, "just to be different". A photograph of Scott in Harper's Bazaar magazine was seen by movie agent Charles Feldman. He admired the fashion pose and took her on as a client. Scott made her first screen test at Warner Brothers, where she and Wallis finally met. Though the test was bad, the producer recognized her potential. As soon as Wallis set up shop at Paramount, she was signed to a contract. Her movie debut was in "You Came Along" (1945) opposite Robert Cummings. Lizabeth Scott Paramount publicity dubbed Scott "The Threat," in order to create an onscreen persona for her similar to Lauren Bacall or Veronica Lake. Scott's smoky sensuality and husky voice lent itself to the film noir genre and, beginning with "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (1946) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin, the studio cast her in a series of noir thrillers. Film historian Eddie Muller has noted that no other actress has appeared in so many noir movies, with more than three quarters of her 20 films qualifying. The dark blonde actress was initially compared to Bacall because of a slight resemblance and a similar voice, even more so after she starred with Bacall's husband, Humphrey Bogart, in the 1947 noir thriller "Dead Reckoning". At the age of 25, Scott's billing and portrait were equal to Bogart's on the film's lobby posters and in advertisements. The movie was the first of many femme fatale roles for Scott. She also starred in "Desert Fury" (1947), a noir filmed in Technicolor, with John Hodiak, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey and Mary Astor. In it, she played Paula Haller, who, on her return from college, falls for gangster Eddie Bendix (Hodiak), and faces a great deal of opposition from the others. Scott was paired with Lancaster, Corey and Kirk Douglas in Wallis' "I Walk Alone" (1948), a noirish story of betrayal and vengeance. In 1949, she starred as a vicious femme fatale in "Too Late for Tears". The film is unusual for featuring her as the main character, rather than the supporting role most women were relegated to in film noirs of the period. Having being known professionally as Lizabeth Scott for 4 1/2 years, she appeared at the courthouse in Los Angeles, on October 20, 1949 and had her name legally changed. Another courtroom appearance came several years later, in 1955, when she sued Confidential magazine for stating that she spent her off-work hours with "Hollywood's weird society of baritone babes" (a euphemism for a lesbian) in an article which claimed Scott's name was found on the clients' list belonging to a call-girl agency. The suit was thrown out on a technicality. After completing "Loving You" (1957), Elvis Presley's second movie, Scott retired from the screen. Later that year, she would record her album, "Lizabeth". The next few years saw Scott occasionally guest-star on television, including a 1963 episode of "Burke's Law". After completing her final major film role, Scott signed a recording contract with Vik (a subsidiary of RCA) and recorded an album with Henri Rene and his orchestra (in Hollywood on October 28, 29 and 30, 1957). Simply titled Lizabeth, the tracks are a mixture of torch songs and playful romantic ballads. The recordings were arranged by George Wyle and Henri Rene, while Herman Diaz, Jr. produced and directed. The album is currently available on CD and online via iTunes. Despite some rumored romances, no positive records of a relationship exist, and Scott never married or produced any children. At least one book suggests she was a mistress of married film producer Hal Wallis. While she would continue to make some guest appearances on various television shows throughout the 1960s, much of her private time was dedicated to classes at the University of Southern California. In 1972, she made one final motion picture appearance, in "Pulp" with Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney. After that, she mostly kept away from public view and has declined many interview requests. She did, however, appear on stage at an American Film Institute tribute to Hal Wallis in 1987. In 2001, she was listed as one of the celebrity guests for the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special, which screened in the USA on CBS. More recently, she was photographed next to an image of herself on the poster for "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" at the AMPAS Centennial Celebration for Barbara Stanwyck on 16 May 2007. In 2003, Scott spoke substantially to Bernard F. Dick about her time in movies for his biography of producer Hal Wallis. In the book, the author remarks that during his conversation with Scott in a restaurant, Scott (then 81 years old) was able to recite her opening monologue from "The Skin of Our Teeth", which she performed on stage at age 20. The book, Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, includes the most comprehensive account of Scott's career available. Lizabeth Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 1624 Vine Street in Hollywood. Lizabeth Scott died of congestive heart failure at the age of 92 on January 31, 2015. American Meat Institute Ad - July 1945
  19. Stans

    Monday

    Morning y'all, clear skies, 73F, and 79% humidity. Expecting a sunny day with a high of 93F.
  20. Stans

    Sunday

    Morning y'all, clear skies, 80F, 83% humidity, heat index is 85F. Expecting a real scorcher today with partly cloudy skies and a high of 96F, but the humidity should drop so it will only feel like 99F.
  21. Stans

    Doc is in Town

    Sorry you did not get to see her.
  22. Donster

    Doc is in Town

    Tried to. She left Friday late afternoon for St. Paul, MN without telling me! From there she goes to to Clear Lake and Mason City, IA, Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18. Then on to Madison, Wisconsin (Lottie's hometown) for an air show. The "Heavy Bombers Weekend", July 19 - July 21. Then she heads for OshKosh for the big EAA AirVenture 2019 – July 22 - July 28.
  23. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 74F under clear skies with a heat index of 74F. Tropical. Partly cloudy this afternoon. Winds out of the SSW at 10-20 MPH. High reaching 92F, with a heat index of 100-105F.
  24. United States Rubber Company - July 1945 1940: Bastille Day in France declared 'day of meditation', de Gaulle and Free French lay wreaths at Cenotaph in London. Churchill broadcasts that Hitler must recast his invasion plans. 1940: British commandos launch a raid against Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with negligible results. *Donna Reed 1940: A force of German bombers attacks Suez, Egypt, from bases in Crete. 1941: Believing the campaign in the East soon to be concluded in Germany's favor, Hitler orders the German war industry to shift production away from guns and armored vehicles to U-boats and planes. Donna Reed 1941: Army Group North is now only 80 miles from Leningrad. 1941: An armistice is signed at Acre between Vichy and British/Free French forces. This requires all French material to be handed over to the British and gives the Vichy French the choice of joining the Free French or returning to France. Most opt for the latter. During the campaign the Vichy French suffered 3,350 killed or wounded, while the British and Free French lost about 2,400 men. United States Rubber Company - July 1945 1942: A program in occupied France begins. In 3 days 15,000-18,000 Jews are arrested and sent to concentration camps. Beginning of deportation of Dutch Jews to Auschwitz. 1942: Final losses for PQ17 are 24 out of 35 ships sunk. Donna Reed 1942: The advance by Army Group A towards Rostov continues against minimal Soviet resistance. 1942: A British attack against axis positions to the South of El Alamein is repulsed. Donna Reed 1943: RAF Coastal Command begins daily patrols over the Bay of Biscay with aircraft equipped with new detection devices to locate and destroy German U-boats leaving and entering their bases on the French coast. 1943: Joining in the counter-offensive by the Central, Bryansk and Western Fronts, the Soviet Voronezh Front launches attacks against the 4th Panzer Army and Army Detachment Kempf in the southern sector of the Kursk salient. Donna Reed 1943: British and German paratroops fight for key Primosole bridge in Sicily. 1944: Hitler leaves Berchtesgaden for the last time. 1944: A new Russian offensive begins in the northern Ukraine opens with massive support from the Red Air Force and gains up to 10 miles and recaptures Pinsk. Donna Reed 1945: The first Bastille Day for five years is celebrated enthusiastically by the French. 1945: The U.S. Third Fleet shells Kamaishi, 275 miles north of Tokyo. Donna Reed *Donna Reed was born Donna Belle Mullenger on a farm near Denison, Iowa on January 27, 1921. A small town - a population of less than 3,000 people - Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young girls in western Iowa, except for one thing - Donna was very beautiful. That wasn't to say that others weren't as pretty, it's just that Donna's beauty stood out from all the other local girls, so much so that she won a beauty contest in Denison. Upon graduation from high school Donna left for college in Los Angeles, in the hopes of eventually entering movies. While at Los Angeles City College, she pursued her dream by participating in several college stage productions. In addition to the plays, she also won the title of Campus Queen. At one of those stage plays Donna was spotted by an MGM talent scout and was signed to a contract. Her first film was a minor role in MGM's "The Getaway" (1941). That was followed by a small part in "Babes on Broadway" (1941), with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland as a secretary. Afterwards, MGM began giving her better parts, in films such as "The Bugle Sounds" (1942), "The Courtship of Andy Hardy" (1942), "Eyes in the Night" (1942) and "The Man from Down Under" (1943). In 1943, she appeared in "The Human Comedy" with Mickey Rooney. In 1944 she received second billing playing Carol Halliday in "See Here, Private Hargrove" (1944), a comedy about a reporter drafted into the army who eventually meets up with Donna's character as a worker in the canteen. The following year Donna starred in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945), her best role to date. It was a love story set in London in 1890. It got mixed critical reviews but did well at the box-office. That film was followed by roles in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "They Were Expendable", both in 1945. Her "girl-next-door" good looks and warm on-stage personality made her a popular pin-up for many GIs during WWII. She personally answered letters from many GIs serving overseas. Donna was now one of the leading ladies of Hollywood. In 1946 she starred in what is probably her best-known role, as the wife of James Stewart in the classic "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). This timeless story is a holiday staple to this day. The film also starred Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell. The next year Donna starred as Ann Daniels in Paramount's "Beyond Glory" (1948) with Alan Ladd, which did well at the box-office. Her next role was the strongest she had had yet--"Chicago Deadline" (1949), again with Ladd. It was one of the best mystery dramas to come out of Hollywood in a long time, and did very well at the box office. As the 1940s faded out and the 1950s stormed in, Donna's roles got bigger but were mainly of the wholesome, girl-next-door type. In 1953, however, she starred as the prostitute Alma in the widely acclaimed "From Here to Eternity" (1953). She was so good in that film she was nominated for and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, beating out such veterans as Thelma Ritter and Marjorie Rambeau. The film itself won for Best Picture and remains a classic to this day. Later that year Donna starred in "The Caddy" (1953), a comedy with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Three years later she landed the role of Sacajawea in "The Far Horizons" (1955), the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, starring Charlton Heston and Fred MacMurray. Donna Reed After finishing "The Whole Truth" (1958), Donna began her own TV series (produced by her husband), "The Donna Reed Show" (1958), a hit that ran for eight years. She was so effective in the show that she was nominated for TV's prestigious Emmy Award as Best Actress every year from 1959-1962. She was far more popular in TV than on the screen. After the run of the program, Donna took some time away from show business before coming back in a couple of made-for-TV movies (in 1974, she had made a feature called "Yellow-Headed Summer" (1974), but it was never released). She did get the role of Ellie Ewing Farlow in the hit TV series "Dallas" (1978) during the 1984-85 season. When Bel Geddes agreed to return to the role for the 1985-86 season, Reed was abruptly fired. She sued the show's production company for breach of contract and later settled out of court for over a million dollars. It was to be her final public performance. Reed died of pancreatic cancer in Beverly Hills, California on January 14, 1986, thirteen days short of her 65th birthday. She had been diagnosed with the terminal illness three months prior. Her husband Grover Asmus, actresses Shelley Fabares and Norma Connolly, and numerous friends, associates, and family members founded the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts. Based in Reed's hometown of Denison, the non-profit organization grants scholarships for performing arts students, runs an annual festival of performing arts workshops, and operates "The Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts". Donna never forgot her roots. She was still a farm girl at heart. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34B-24-34 (measured in 1954), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) From 1943 to 1945, Reed was married to make up artist William Tuttle. In 1945, she married producer Tony Owen (1907-1984) with whom she had four children: Penny Jane, Anthony, Timothy, and Mary Anne (the two oldest children were adopted). Reed and Owen divorced in 1971, and three years later, she married retired U. S. Army Colonel Grover W. Asmus (1926-2003). On January 8, 1945, Donna went to Juarez, Mexico to obtain a divorce from Bill Tuttle. Returning home on the night of January 9, 1945, Donna boarded a plane in El Paso, Texas for a flight back to Los Angeles. Just as the plane was about to take off Donna was bumped from the flight to make room for a military officer. The airliner crashed on approach to Lockheed Air Terminal (now called Bob Hope Airport) in Burbank, California killing everyone on board. Reed's hometown of Denison, Iowa, hosts the annual Donna Reed Festival. Reed's childhood home was located on Donna Reed Drive in Denison but was destroyed by a fire in 1983. Reed's Academy Award is on display at W.A. McHenry museum house in Denison, Iowa. The woman on the cover of Rush's Permanent Waves album is modeled after her. United States Rubber Company - July 1945
  25. ACH! Ich zaw zhe title und zhought zhat perhapz Doktor Katzenjammer had vreturnedt. Zad to zee zhat zhis "Dok" ist ein oldt flugzeug und nicht zhe gut Doktor Katzenjammer. Ich zhink Ich hav zomezhing he schould take ein look at.
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    Doc is in Town

    You are going to see it, right? Doc is a B-29B, built with only a tail turret, so Doc is not exactly like Fifi, a B-29A, which was built with two dorsal and two ventral electrically operated gun turrets plus the tail turret. Doc and Fifi do share a lot, including the hybrid R-3350 engines that they now use.
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    Saturday

    Morning y'all, clear skies, 73F, and 88% humidity. The forecast calls for sunshine and 93F. Looks like we may see mid-90's for the next ten days and not much in the way of rain. Bye-bye lawn.
  28. I know exactly what you mean. Or the camera zooms in for a cockpit shot of the pilot, he's in a Hellcat cockpit, but the squadron is flying Wildcats as the Hellcat has yet to enter service. Korean War footage substituted for WW II shots. Incorrect aircraft markings. The list goes on. This is one area where CGI can be of great use. Well done CGI is far better than trying to use incorrect historical film footage for recreating aerial scenes.
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