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  2. 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.
  3. Every day is a day to give thanks to those who keep us free!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
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  7. A day to give thanks to those who keep us free.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
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  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. cobraj

    Thursday

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

    Thursday

    Morning all. 60F under clear skies. Going to get a preview of summer today. Partly cloudy and humid. Chance of storms, mainly over northeast Iowa. Winds out of the SW at 10-20 MPH. High of 87F.
  17. Stans

    Thursday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and 51F to start the day. Expecting a partly cloudy day with a high of 79F.
  18. Stans

    Wednesday

    That was when The Tonight Show was worth watching!
  19. Buick Ad - May 1943 1940: Germans try to enlarge Sedan pocket. British withdraw from Louvain, west of Brussels as troops of the German 6th Army break through the Allied Dyle line in Belgium. Belgian government leaves Brussels for Ostend. 1940: The Red Army occupies Latvia and Estonia. Tens of thousands of "hostile' natives and their families are rounded up and deported to NKVD prison camps around the Soviet Union. 1940: Churchill urges Mussolini not to become involved in the war. *Vera Miles 1941: With a raid by 111 German aircraft on Birmingham, the Night Blitz campaign against England comes to an end. Most Luftwaffe bomber formations in France and Belgium are being transferred to airfields in eastern Germany and occupied Poland. The RAF launch a night raid on Cologne. 1941: The Afrika Korps counter-attack against the British and retake Sollum and Capuzzo, although the Halfaya Pass remains in British hands. Berlin orders Rommel to leave Tobruk to the Italians and to concentrate the Afrika Korps near the Egyptian border. The Italian forces under the Duke of Aosta surrender to British forces at Amba Alagi in Abyssinia. 1941: Last British reinforcements arrive in Crete. Vera Miles 1942: Kerch is captured by German troops, forcing the Russians to evacuate their troops across the straits in extremely difficult conditions and under heavy fire. For five days, Russian ships shuttle back and forth, finally pulling out 86,000 men, including 23,000 wounded. Kellogg's Rice Krispies Ad - May 1943 1943: The Warsaw ghetto is finally cleared of Jews by the German police and security units. 1943: Wing Commander Guy Gibson leads the 'Dambusters' night attack by 19 aircraft against the Ruhr dams, during which 'bouncing bombs' breach the Mohne and Eder Dams causing severe flooding and loss of civilian life in the Ruhr valley below them, but doing little damage to the industrial installations. Gibson is later awarded the Victoria Cross. Vera Miles 1944: Aircraft of RAF Coastal Command sink 5 U-boats off the Norwegian coast. 1944: The first Jews from Hungary arrive at Auschwitz. Eichmann arrives to personally oversee and speed up the extermination process. 1944: The 17th Indian Division counter-attacks South of Imphal. Vera Miles 1945: British troops land on Alderney, taking 3,200 Germans prisoner. 1945: U-234 surrenders at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA. On 16th April 1945 she had departed Norway and was enroute to Japan with an extremely important cargo, which included technical drawings, an Me-262 jet fighter in crates, 550 kg of U-238 uranium ore for atom bomb development, several high ranking German technological experts, and 2 Japanese officers. When Kptlt. Fehler heard of the cease-fire orders on 4 May 1945, he decides to surrender to the Americans, rather than the Canadians, being in a relatively equal position to do either. Still at war with the US, the Japanese officers take their own lives rather than surrender. 1945: Heavy fighting continues on Okinawa, as the U.S. 77th Division takes 'Chocolate Drop Hill'. Vera Miles *Born Vera June Ralston on August 23, 1929 in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television shows. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Ford cast her in the classic western "The Searchers" (1956) and Hitchcock, who put her under personal contract and hailed her as his "new Grace Kelly," paired her with the great Henry Fonda in "The Wrong Man." (1956). Hitchcock had Miles in mind to star in a dual role opposite James Stewart in "Vertigo" (1958), but what was envisioned as the actress' star-making vehicle instead became a triumph for Kim Novak when Miles' pregnancy and Hitchcock's subsequent production delays cost her the plum assignment. Hitchcock gave Miles a supporting role in another masterpiece "Psycho" (1960), as did Ford when he cast her opposite James Stewart and John Wayne in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), She also starred in such films as "Beau James" (1957) opposite Bob Hope, "The FBI Story" (1959) opposite James Stewart, "Back Street" (1961) opposite Susan Hayward and John Gavin and "Sergeant Ryker" (1968) opposite Lee Marvin, as well as showing her consistently remarkable and versatile talent on dozens of popular television movies and series including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Twilight Zone,". "The Outer Limits," "The Fugitive," "My Three Sons," "Bonanza," "Columbo," and "Murder She Wrote." In 1983, she reprised her role as Lila Crane in the film sequel "Psycho II", starring Anthony Perkins. Although too often, the stunningly beautiful Miles' gifts were underutilized, before her retirement in 1995, hers was a most intriguing and enduring Hollywood career. Vera Miles TRIVIA: Height 5' 3 3/4" (1.62 m) Placed third in the Miss America contest in 1948. By sheer coincidence, all three of Vera's handsome, strapping ex-husbands died within a short time span. Her third husband, Keith Larsen died on December 13, 2006; first husband/stuntman and small part actor Bob Miles died on April 12, 2007; and bodybuilder second husband actor Gordon Scott, who played Tarzan in films, died on April 30, 2007. In "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), John Wayne pursued Miss Miles, but lost her to James Stewart. Six years later, his luck improved. Miles played Wayne's wife in "Hellfighters" (1968) and "The Green Berets" (1968), though her scenes in the latter were left on the cutting room floor. Daughters with Bob Miles: Debra Miles born in 1950 and Kelley Miles born in 1952. Son with Gordon Scott: Michael Scott born 1957. Son with Keith Larsen: Eric Larsen born April 30, 1961 in Burbank, California. Miles lives in Palm Desert, California and does not grant interviews or make public appearances, although she is well known for corresponding with her fanbase. United States Rubber Company Ad - May 1944
  20. cobraj

    Wednesday

    today's forecast Dark.. continued dark this evening with widely scattered light in the morning!
  21. Donster

    Wednesday

    But you gotta trust Al Sleet the Hippy Dippy Weatherman...
  22. Stans

    Wednesday

    Morning y'all, clear skies and a very chilly 44F. Expecting a mostly sunny day and a high of 72F? Given the gross inaccuracy of weather forecasts, who knows?
  23. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 48F under clear skies. We'll have more sunshine and highs that are back in the 70s today. Partly cloudy. Winds out of the NE at 5-10 MPH. High of 74F.
  24. Pontiac Ad - May 1943 1940: Official announcement that British weekly butter ration will be reduced from 8oz to 4oz per head. 1940: The German XX.Panzerkorps (Hoth) repels a counter-attack by French armored forces, destroying 125 out of 175 tanks. An attack by 6th Army (von Reichenau) against the Dyle line in Belgium is repulsed. 1940: After the fall of Rotterdam the Dutch Army surrenders (10,000 casualties). *Jinx Falkenburg - Yank, the Army Weekly - April 27, 1945 1940: The German 20th Panzer Korps (Hoth) repels a counter-attack by French armored forces, destroying 125 out of 175 tanks. An attack by 6th Army (von Reichenau) against the Dyle line in Belgium is repulsed. 1940: In Paris, panic breaks out over reports of a German breakthrough at Sedan with thousands of civilians fleeing the city for the west and south of the country, clogging the roads for Allied military traffic which is attacked by Luftwaffe bombers and fighter bombers. 1940: RAF Bomber Command (Peirse) begins a strategic air offensive against targets inside Germany by attacking industrial installations in the Ruhr, but with minimal effect. Jinx Falkenburg 1941: Roosevelt tells Vichy France to 'choose between Germany and US'. 1941: RAF night raids on Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg and Cuxhaven. 1941: Ernie Bevin says that he would not negotiate with 'murderer' Hess. It's reported that the Dame of Sark has been deported to a German concentration camp as a reprisal for civil disobedience. Jinx Falkenburg 1941: Announced that British losses in France and Norway were 13,250 killed and approximately 41,000 taken prisoner out of 437,000 men engaged. 1941: The Luftwaffe begin preparatory attacks against Crete. Pontiac Ad - May 1943 1941: The first British jet-powered aircraft, the Gloster E.28/39, takes to the air at RAF Cranwell on its maiden flight. This was not the first jet-powered aircraft to fly, however; that honor fell to the German-built Heinkel He 178 in August 1939. 1941: The British Army under Auchinleck, begins an offensive against the Afrika Korps and manage to recapture Halfaya Pass, Sollum and Capuzzo. Jinx Falkenburg 1942: Gasoline rationing goes into effect in the Eastern United States. 1942: The Royal Navy Cruiser HMS Trinidad was attacked by more than twenty Ju-88 bombers as she was returning home after being damaged while escorting Convoy PQ-13 in March 1942. All attacks missed, except for one bomb that struck near the previous damage caused by one of her own torpedoes during a previous engagement, starting a serious fire. Sixty-three men were lost, including twenty survivors from HMS Edinburgh which had been sunk two weeks earlier. The decision was taken to scuttle her and she was torpedoed by HMS Matchless and sank in the Arctic Ocean, north of North Cape. 1942: British forces retreating from Burma reach the Indian frontier. General Stilwell crosses the border in to Assam in India. Jinx Falkenburg 1943: Stalin announces the dissolution of the Komintern, the Communist International working for world revolution. 1944: Beginning of deportation of Jews from Hungary to Auschwitz. 1944: The Germans begin a withdrawal from the Gustav Line to new positions, called the Adolf Hitler or Dora Line, some 30 miles to the South of Rome. 1944: A Japanese attack on Hunter's Hill, North of Kohima is repulsed. Jinx Falkenburg 1945: The Axis Croation forces that surrendered to British troops in Austria are handed over to Tito's partisans who without delay proceed to massacre them, killing a total of 110,000, including women and children. 1945: The U.S. Tenth Army is now within 2,000 yds of Naha docks. Jinx Falkenburg *Eugenia Lincoln Falkenburg was born on January 21, 1919 in Barcelona, she was raised in Chile. Her family moved to the United States where she became a top model. Her brother Bob Falkenburg was the 1948 Wimbledon singles champion. She was nicknamed Jinx by her mother. As a teenager, she became a top fashion model who appeared on numerous magazine covers, and was the first Miss Rheingold (model for Rheingold Beer), but was chosen by the brewery rather than being voted by the public, as in later years. The young beauty got her start in Spanish films before her stateside career took off in the late '30s. Thanks in no small part to a memorable cover shot on a 1937 issue of American Magazine, Falkenburg's career truly took hold with the release of the 1941 musical comedy "Two Latins From Manhattan". An easygoing bit of entertainment that helped to ease the public's wartime woes, the film later spawned an equally popular sequel, "Two Senoritas From Chicago" (1943). In the time between her most popular films, Falkenburg also appeared in such efforts as "Sing for Your Supper" (1941) and "Lucky Legs" (1942). Making the acquaintance of Tex McCray when he interviewed her for her role in the Broadway musical "Hold on to Your Hats", the duo married in 1945 and teamed for the breakthrough hit "Meet Tex and Jinx" the following year. An innovative program, it sometimes broadcast from New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in order to speak with celebrities as they stopped at the front desk to pick up their room keys. Moving to the small screen with NBC's "At Home" (and later the "Swift Home Service Club"), the pair interviewed celebrities from the comforts of their own home. Jinx Falkenburg Falkenburg appeared in over 25 movies and numerous television programs. During the war, she spent considerable time entertaining Allied troops, and was a popular pin-up model. In 1945 received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for her work. She, along with her husband Tex McCrary, was one of the early innovators in the talk show genre in the 1940s. In addition to having a successful broadcasting career, Miss Falkenburg was long active in raising money for the Republican Party and helped her husband when he worked to persuade Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for the presidency in 1952. She died of natural causes on August 27, 2003 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, a Long Island hospital of which she and her husband were among the founders, said her son Kevin McCrary. She and Mr. McCrary had lived apart for many years but remained friends. He died on July 29, 2003, just 29 days before Jinx passed away. TRIVIA: Jinx Falkenburg was one of the highest-paid cover girls in the United States during the Second World War. While on a modeling trip to Honolulu she fell through the roof of a hotel and during hospital treatment for her injuries she met Al Jolson, who was convalescing. Jolson offered her the part of a cowgirl in his Broadway show Hold on to Your Hats (1940). His wife Ruby Keeler had been set to co-star, but his affair with Falkenburg further weakened the already crumbling marriage, and Keeler left the show during its tryout tour. Two sons with Tex McCrary: John Reagan McCrary III and Kevin Jock McCrary. Sergeants Dog Medicines Ad - May 1944
  25. He and Harvey Korman were comedic geniuses. We don't have that caliber of entertainer today. Rest in peace and thanks for all the great laughs.
  26. Stans

    Tuesday

    So it turned out that today was cloudy most of the day, rained in the afternoon and the temperature barely made it to 62F. The weather shaman should be replaced by a rock.
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