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    Morning all. 50F under overcast skies with 73% humidity. Partly cloudy. Turning windy. Winds out of the WNW at 15 to 25 MPH with higher gusts. High of 57F.
  2. Chevrolet Ad - October 1944 1940: Bomb holes roof of Balham tube station: 64 killed. 1940: Italian submarine Toti sinks British submarine Rainbow. 1940: 16 million Americans already registered for National Service. *Constance Bennett 1941: Odessa, a Russian port on the Black Sea which has been surrounded by German troops for several weeks, is evacuated by Russian troops. 1942: Japanese bombard Henderson Field at night again from warships. 1942: 4,500 Japanese troops land as reinforcement for Guadalcanal as battle continues. Constance Bennett 1943: General de Lattre de Tassigny escapes from Vichy France. 1944: The largest number of sorties on single night is made by the RAF, with 1,576 in all. Fisher Body Ad - October 1944 1944: British forces liberate Greece,which then erupts in a civil war between monarchists and communists. 1944: Russians secure Petsamo region of southern Finland. Germans troops fall back towards northern Norway in the face of strong Russian attacks. Constance Bennett 1944: The Hungarian chief of state, Admiral Horthy, shortly after announcing Hungary's withdrawal from the war against the Russia, is taken prisoner by a commando unit led by SS major Otto Skorzeny. A new government under Ferenc Szalasi vows to continue the alliance with Germany. 1944: Deportation of Jews from Hungary resumes after a temporarily halt due to international political pressure to stop Jewish persecutions. Constance Bennett 1944: The British and Chinese begin an offensive from Myitkyina to Bhamo in northern Burma. 1945: Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval is executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans. **1946: Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. Constance Bennett *Independent, outspoken Constance Bennett, born on 22 October 1904, in New York City, was the first of the Bennett sisters to enter films (her younger sisters were actress/dancer Barbara Bennett and actress Joan Bennett), appeared in New York-produced silents before a chance meeting with Samuel Goldwyn led to her Hollywood debut in "Cytherea" (1924). In 1921 Bennett eloped with Chester Hirst Moorehead of Chicago, the son of a surgeon. The marriage was annulled in 1923. She abandoned a burgeoning career in silents for marriage to millionaire socialite Philip Morgan Plant in 1925; after they divorced, she achieved stardom in talkies from 1929. The hit "Common Clay" (1930) launched her in a series of loose lady and unwed mother roles, but she really excelled in such sophisticated comedies as "The Affairs of Cellini" (1934), "Ladies in Love" (1936), "Topper" (1937) and "Merrily We Live" (1938). Her classy blonde looks, husky voice and unerring fashion sense gave her a distinctive style. In the 1940s she made fewer films, working in radio and theatre; shrewd in business, she invested wisely and started businesses marketing women's wear and cosmetics. Loving conflict, she feuded with the press and enjoyed lawsuits. In 1941, Bennett married the actor Gilbert Roland, by whom she had two daughters, Lorinda and Christina (a.k.a. Gyl). They were divorced in 1946. In June 1946, Bennett married US Air Force Colonel (later Brigadier General) John Theron Coulter (1912-1995). This last marriage, to U.S. Air Force colonel Coulter, was happy and gave her a key role coordinating shows flown to Europe for occupying troops (1946-48) and the Berlin Airlift (1948-49), winning her military honors. Still young-looking, she died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 60 on July 24, 1965, at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly after completing the last of her 57 films. In recognition of her military contributions, and as the wife of Theron John Coulter, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Coulter died in 1995 and was buried with her. Harley-Davidson Ad - October 1945
  3. To our Canadian CSIM buddies, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
  4. Donster


    Morning all. 30F under clear skies with 25F wind chill. Mostly sunny today. Winds out of the S at 5-10 MPH. High of 56F.
  5. North American Aviation Ad - October 1942 1939: U47 (Kapitanleutnant Prien) sinks HMS Royal Oak at anchor in Scapa Flow, killing 883. U47 then escapes undetected and returns home to Germany. The press in Germany declare Prien a hero. 1939: Polish submarine Orzel arrives in Britain having escaped internment in Estonia. *Ava Gardner 1941: Army Group Centre wipes out the Russian pocket at Bryansk, but only capture about 50,000 prisoners. The rain and mud begins to impede the German advance, but German troops manage to capture Rzhev. Hitler orders that Moscow is to be enveloped, rather that assaulted directly. Russian troops fall back in the southern Ukraine as the Germans make for the port of Rostov. Ava Gardner 1942: Japanese bombard Henderson Field at night from warships then send troops ashore onto Guadalcanal in the morning as U.S. planes attack. 1942: In the northern part of Stalingrad, units of the 6th Army advance in bitter fighting and surround the heavily defended Tractor Factory, following a series of devastating attacks (over 3,000 sorties) by bombers of Luftflotte 4. Ava Gardner 1943: The US 8th Air Force delivers a heavy attack against the ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt. However, of the original force of 291 B-17's, 198 are either shot down or damaged beyond repair, while the Luftwaffe has lost only about 40 fighter planes. 1943: German forces evacuate the Zaporozhe bridgehead on the eastern bank of the Dnieper river. North American Aviation Ad - October 1945 1943: Massive escape from Sobibor as Jews and Soviet POWs break out, with 300 making it safely into nearby woods. Of those 300, fifty will survive. Exterminations then cease at Sobibor, after over 250,000 deaths. All traces of the death camp are then removed and trees are planted. 1943: Jose P. Laurel, a distinguished pre-war Filipino statesman, takes office as "president" of the Philippines after being elected by a Japanese puppet "National Assembly" on Sept. 25. Surviving two assassination attempts by Filipino guerrillas, Laurel's government enjoyed little popularity. A general amnesty after the war spared him a treason trial. Ava Gardner 1944: The British liberate Athens and Piraeus and also land on Corfu. 1944: Russian troops and Yugoslav Partisans force their way in to Belgrade. 1944: German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds suffered earlier from a strafing attack. Ava Gardner *Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in the small farming community of Grabtown also known as Brogden, Johnston County, North Carolina near Smithfield, North Carolina, the youngest of seven children (she had two brothers; Raymond and Melvin, and four sisters; Beatrice, Elsie Mae, Inez and Myra) of poor cotton and tobacco farmers; her mother, Mollie, was a Baptist of Scots-Irish and English descent, while her father, Jonas Bailey Gardner, was a Catholic of Irish American and American Indian (Tuscarora) descent. When the children were still young, the Gardners lost their property, forcing Jonas Gardner to work at a sawmill and Mollie to begin working as a cook and housekeeper at a dormitory for teachers at the nearby Brogden School. When Gardner was 13 years old, the family decided to try their luck in a bigger town, Newport News, Virginia, where Mollie Gardner found work managing a boardinghouse for the city's many shipworkers. That job did not last long, and the family moved to the Rock Ridge suburb of Wilson, North Carolina, where Mollie Gardner ran another boarding house. Gardner's father died of bronchitis in 1938. Gardner and some of her siblings attended high school in Rock Ridge and she graduated from there in 1939. She then attended secretarial classes at Atlantic Christian College in Wilson for about a year. Gardner, who by age 18 had become a stunning, green-eyed brunette, was visiting her sister Beatrice ("Bappie") in New York in 1941 when Beatrice's husband Larry Tarr, a professional photographer, offered to take her portrait. He was so pleased with the results that he displayed the finished product in the front window of his Tarr Photography Studio on Fifth Avenue. Ava Gardner Her picture in the window of her brother-in-law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM, leading quickly to Hollywood and a film contract based strictly on her beauty. With zero acting experience, her first 17 film roles, 1942-5, were one-line bits or little better. After her first starring role in B-grade "Whistle Stop" (1946), MGM loaned her to Universal for her first outstanding film, "The Killers" (1946). Few of her best films were made at MGM which, keeping her under contract for 17 years, used her popularity to sell many mediocre films. Perhaps as a result, she never believed in her own acting ability, but her latent talent shone brightly when brought out by a superior director, as with John Ford in "Mogambo" (1953) and George Cukor in "Bhowani Junction" (1956). After 3 failed marriages (Mickey Rooney - 1942 to 1943, Artie Shaw - 1945 to 1946 and Frank Sinatra - 1951 to 1957), and she dated billionaire aviator Howard Hughes in the early to mid-1940s, a relationship that lasted into the 1950s. Dissatisfaction with Hollywood life prompted Ava to move to Spain in 1955; most of her subsequent films were made abroad. She for a time dated Spanish bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín. By this time, stardom had made the country girl a cosmopolitan, but she never overcame a deep insecurity about acting and life in the spotlight. Her last quality starring film role was in "The Night of the Iguana" (1964), her later work being (as she said) strictly "for the loot". In 1968, tax trouble in Spain prompted a move to London, where she spent her last 22 years in reasonable comfort. Her film career did not bring her great fulfillment, but her looks may have made it inevitable; many fans still consider her the most beautiful actress in Hollywood history. Ava Gardner After a lifetime of smoking, Gardner suffered from emphysema, in addition to an autoimmune disorder (which may have been lupus). After two strokes in 1986, which left her partially paralyzed and bedridden, Frank Sinatra paid the cost of her ($50,000) medical expenses. Her last words (to her housekeeper Carmen), were, "I'm so tired", before she died of pneumonia on January 25, 1990 at the age of 67. After her death, one of Frank Sinatra's daughters found him slumped in his room, crying, and unable to speak. Gardner was not only the love of his life but also the inspiration for one of his most personal songs, "I'm a Fool to Want You", which Sinatra (who received a co-writing credit for the song) recorded twice, toward the end of his contract with Columbia Records and during his years on Capitol Records. ("It was Ava who taught him how to sing a torch song," Sinatra arranger Nelson Riddle was once quoted as saying. "She was the greatest love of his life, and he lost her.") Reportedly, a lone black limousine parked behind the crowd of 500 mourners at Ava's funeral. No one exited the vehicle, but it was assumed that the anonymous mourner was indeed Frank Sinatra. A floral arrangement at Gardner's graveside simply read: "With My Love, Francis". TRIVIA: Measurements: 36-23 1/2-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) Nicknames: Snowdrop, Angel Her early education was sketchy; by 1945, she had read two books, the Bible and "Gone with the Wind." In later life, she more than made up for this lack by continual self-education. During the first two years of her marriage to Frank Sinatra, he was at the lowest point of his career. She often had to lend him money so he could buy presents for his children. He was so broke by 1951 that Gardner had to pay for his plane ticket so that he could accompany her to Africa, where she was shooting "Mogambo" (1953). This all changed after he won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1953 film "From Here to Eternity" (1953). When shooting "Earthquake" (1974), she surprised director Mark Robson by insisting that she do her own stuntwork, which included dodging blocks of concrete and heavy steel pipes. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Ad - October 1945
  6. Donster


    Morning all. 38F under overcast skies with a wind chill of 30F. Partly cloudy and chilly. Winds out of the W at 15-25 MPH. High of 48F.
  7. Johnson Outboard Motors Ad - October 1943 1941: German forces of Army Group Centre capture Kalinin, just 100 miles to the West of Moscow. *Brenda Joyce 1942: In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force. 1942: The Russians regain some ground in Stalingrad, but at heavy cost. Brenda Joyce 1943: The new Italian government of Marshal Badoglio declares war on Germany, with little effect. Nearly half a million Italian troops have been taken prisoner by the Germans, who predict the Italians will switch sides after their surrender. 1943: The U.S. Fifth Army crosses the Volturno River. Prestone Ad - October 1944 1943: The Russians reach Melitopol in southern Ukraine. 1943: The whole of the New Georgia group of islands in the Solomon's are reported in allied hands. Brenda Joyce 1944: Russian troops capture Riga, the capital of Latvia as Army Group North withdraws in to the Kurland pocket. 1944: The Australian Liberal Party is formed. Brenda Joyce 1945: French troops are fighting in Vietnam. Brenda Joyce *Brenda Joyce was born as Betty Graffina Leabo in Excelsior Springs, Missouri on February 25, 1917, raised in Los Angeles, and nicknamed "Graftina" by her father when she was a little girl. Attending college, the lovely blonde became a photographer's model to help pay her tuition. 20th Century Fox noticed a fashion layout of her and immediately signed her on. The studio changed her name to Brenda Joyce after silent star Alice Joyce, making her movie debut with "The Rains Came" (1939). Building her up to the public as a sexy single girl, the studio didn't take kindly to her impulsive marriage to army husband Owen Ward and supposedly punished her by relegating her to "B" films. Two children later, Brenda appeared to have lost interest in her career, but was coaxed back to the film set when brunette 'Maureen O'Sullivan' left the Tarzan series and Johnny Weissmuller approved the athletic beauty as his new blonde swinging mate. Beginning a four-year excursion with the film "Tarzan and the Amazons" (1945), Brenda continued on as Jane after Weissmuller left (actor Lex Barker took over), but finally decided enough was enough. Besieged by personal problems, including a painful divorce, Brenda left after her fifth movie, "Tarzan's Magic Fountain" (1949), and completely abandoned her career. She retired from acting in 1949. Brenda Joyce died of pneumonia on July 4, 2009 at age 92 in a nursing home in Santa Monica, California. Brenda Joyce She worked for a decade in Washington for the Department of Immigration and appeared in two episodes of the PBS children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1971 before retiring for good. After her divorce from Owen Ward, she remained in the family home in California with her three children. Colleagues at the Department of Immigration had no idea that she had once been Brenda Joyce and Tarzan's mate, as she decided not to tell. She also concealed her past from staff at the nursing home in Santa Monica where she spent her last years although she did agree to a visit from the actor Johnny Sheffield, who played her adopted son "Boy" in the Tarzan series. TRIVIA: Nickname: Graftina Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Once certified as having the longest hair in Hollywood - 39 inches - outranking Katharine Hepburn and Veronica Lake. Brenda was married three times. Her first husband, Owen Ward, was the father of her three children. The marriage lasted 19 years. Her second (to a naval officer named Bemis) and third (to a one-time Beverly Hills business manager of Elizabeth Taylor and Ginger Rogers named Howard Mager) were much shorter and also ended in divorce. Champion Spark Plugs Ad - October 1945
  8. Donster


    Morning all. 31F under clear skies with a wind chill of 22F. Partly sunny, windy, and chilly. Wind chills in the 20s through mid-morning. Winds WSW at 15-30 MPH with higher gusts. High of 49F.
  9. AC Spark Plug Ad - October 1943 1939: Hans Frank appointed Nazi Gauleiter (governor) of Poland. 1939: Evacuation of Jews from Vienna. *Vivien Leigh 1940: President Roosevelt in a fireside chat suggests the drafting of 18 and 19 year old men. 1940: Night raids on London continue. Vivien Leigh 1940: Hitler postpones invasion of Britain until the spring 1941. 1940: U-101 torpedoes and sinks the merchant ship Saint-Malo south of Iceland. The ship was a former French vessel requisitioned by the Canadian government. 28 are killed. 1940: A German military mission is set up in Bucharest, Romania, for the purpose of aiding in the training of the Romanian Army. AC Spark Plug Ad - October 1944 1941: Army Group Centre captures Kaluga and Bryansk. Women and children evacuated from Moscow. 1942: Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that Italian nationals in the United States would no longer be considered enemy aliens. Vivien Leigh 1943: The Heaviest RAF attack so far on northern Italy, with more than 1,000 tons dropped on Milan in under 30 minutes. 1943: 350 allied bombers hit the Japanese base at Rabaul in New Britain. The damage reported includes 120 planes destroyed and three destroyers sunk. 1943: The U.S. Fifth Army begins an offensive along the Volturno river in Italy. Vivien Leigh 1944: The Germans fall back across the Lower Rhine, west of Arnhem. 1944: The Germans evacuate Athens. 1944: The Germans manage to hold line of the Niemen to cover East Prussia. Vivien Leigh *Vivian Mary Hartley was born on November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India, a strange place for one of the world's most celebrated actresses to be born. She was to live in this beautiful country for the next six years. Her parents wanted to go home to England but because of World War I they opted to stay in India. At the end of the war the Hartleys headed back to their home country, where Vivien's mother wanted her daughter to have a convent education. She was one of the youngest in attendance, and it was not a happy experience for her. One of the few consolations was her friendship with a classmate who also became a successful actress, Maureen O'Sullivan. While there her mother came for a visit and took her to a play on London's legendary West Side. It was there that Vivien decided to become an actress. At the end of her education, she met and married Herbert Leigh in 1932 and together had a child named Suzanne in 1933. Though she enjoyed motherhood, it did not squelch her ambition to be an actress. Her first role in British motion pictures was as Rose Venables in 1935's "The Village Squire" (1935). That same year Vivien appeared in "Things Are Looking Up" (1935), "Look Up and Laugh" (1935) and "Gentlemen's Agreement" (1935). In 1938, Vivien went to the US to see her lover, Laurence Olivier, who was filming "Wuthering Heights" (1939) (she had left Herbert Leigh in 1937). While visiting Olivier, Vivien had the good luck to happen upon the Selznick brothers, who were filming the burning of Atlanta for the film, "Gone with the Wind" (1939), based on Margaret Mitchell's novel. The role of Scarlett O'Hara had yet to be cast and she was invited to take part in a screen test for the role. There had already been much talk in Hollywood about who was to be cast as Scarlett. Some big names had tried out for the part, such as Norma Shearer, Katharine Hepburn and Paulette Goddard. In fact, most in the film industry felt that Goddard was a sure bet for the part. However, four days after the screen test, Vivien was informed that she had landed the coveted slot. Although few remember it now, at the time her casting was controversial, as she was British and many fans of the novel it was based on felt the role should be played by an American. In addition, the shoot wasn't a pleasant one, as she didn't get along with her co-star, Clark Gable. The rest, as they say, is history. The film became one of the most celebrated in the annals of cinema. Not only did it win Best Picture during the Academy Awards, but Vivien won for Best Actress. Already she was a household name. In 1940, she made two films, "Waterloo Bridge" (1940) and "21 Days" (1940), though neither approached the magnetism of GWTW. That same year saw Vivien marry Olivier and the next year they appeared together in "That Hamilton Woman" (1941). By the time of the filming of "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945), her life had begun to unravel. She had suffered two miscarriages, contracted tuberculosis, and was diagnosed as a manic depressive. However, she gave another excellent performance in that film and her public was still enthralled with her, although the film was not a financial success. She rebounded nicely for her role as Blanche DuBois for her second Oscar-winning performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) opposite Marlon Brando in 1951. She wasn't heard from much after that. She made a film in 1955 "The Deep Blue Sea" (1955)). In 1960, her marriage fell apart, as Olivier left her to marry actress Joan Plowright. She appeared on-screen again until 1961 in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (1961), co-starring Warren Beatty. Vivien's final turn on the screen came in "Ship of Fools" (1965), and that was a small part. She died at the age of 53 after a severe bout of tuberculosis on July 7, 1967 in London, England. TRIVIA: Measurements: 32A-23-33 (during Gone with the Wind (1939)). (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m) Nickname: Vivling A heavy smoker, Leigh was smoking almost four packs a day during filming of Gone with the Wind (1939). Suffered from manic depression. Eventually, Vivien needed shock therapy to control her manic depression. Sometimes she would go on stage just hours after her treatments, without missing a beat in her performance. Lived with John Merivale from 1959 to her death in 1967. AC Spark Plug Ad - October 1944
  10. Donster


    Morning all. 40F under overcast skies with 32F wind chill. Winter is trying to make an appearance today. A FREEZE WARNING is in effect tonight into Saturday morning. Areas of drizzle in the morning. Flurries also possible. Blustery and cold with wind chills in the 30s. Winds out of the W at 15-25 MPH with higher gusts. High of 43F.
  11. Goodyear Ad - October 1942 1939: British Expeditionary Force on continent reaches strength of 158,000 in five weeks. 1939: The Soviet Union and Finland begin negotiations concerning the establishment of Soviet air bases on Finnish soil. The Soviet Union also requires Finland to cede territory around lake Ladoga and the Gulf of Finland, plus the Petsamo area in northern Finland. In return the Soviet Union offers to give Finland a chunk of desolate land in central Karelia. The Finns reject the Soviet demands fearing that to accept will only encourage further Soviet demands. *Hillary Brooke 1941: Rumours of an impending capture of Moscow by the German Army cause thousands of civilians to flee the city. 1941: Erich Koch, Reich commisar in Ukraine, announces the closing of all schools there. According to Koch, "Ukraine children need no schools. What they'll have to learn will be taught to them later by their German masters." Hillary Brooke 1942: The first night raid on Britain by Luftwaffe for 15 days. 1942: The US Navy surprises a Japanese naval squadron in the night 'Battle of Cape Esperance', off Savo Island in the Solomons. The Japanese lose one cruiser and a destroyer, while the US Navy loses just a single destroyer. Hillary Brooke 1944: The RAF complete the flooding of Walcheren with a 102-bomber raid near Veete. 1944: The Red Army captures Klausenburg in Romania as Hungary and the Soviet Union begin negotiations for a ceasefire. B.F. Goodrich Ad - October 1943 1944: U.S. air raids against Okinawa begin. 1945: Negotiations between Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and Communist leader Mao Tse-tung break down. Nationalist and Communist troops are soon engaged in a civil war. Hillary Brooke *A former model, the tall (5'6") blonde was born Beatrice Peterson on September 8, 1914 in Astoria, New York but in films spoke with a cultured accent. Brooke developed this early in her career to separate herself from other sexy blonde actresses. She appeared in "Africa Screams" (1949) and "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" (1952) with the comedy team, and was a regular on "The Abbott and Costello Show". She also co-starred in three Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, including "The Woman in Green" (1945). Her other film credits include "Jane Eyre" (1944), "Ministry of Fear" (1944), "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945), the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), the 3-D film "The Maze" (1953), and the sci-fi B-movie classic "Invaders from Mars" (1953). Gloria Stuart and Hillary Brooke visit with two convalescing patients in O'Reilly General Army Hospital, Springfield, Missouri - 1944 In "The Abbott and Costello Show", which was broadcast in the early 1950s but syndicated for decades afterwards, Brooke played the role of a straitlaced, classy fellow tenant of the rooming house where the two main characters lived. She was treated with deference by the duo and was not a target of pranks and slapstick. As the love interest of Lou Costello, she always addressed him as "Louis". Like the other main characters, her character's name in the show was her real name. On September 28, 1957, she played Doris Cole in the second episode of the "Perry Mason" TV show, titled "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece". She was also a regular on the 1952-1955 TV series "My Little Margie". Hillary Brooke was married to Raymond A. Klune (an executive at MGM) from 1960 until his death on September 24, 1988. She had two children, a son Donald Klune and a stepdaughter, Carol Klune. Brooke was also married to Jack Voglin. On May 25, 1999, Brooke died from blood clot in the lung at a hospital in Fallbrook, California. She was survived by her children, a brother Arthur Peterson; 17 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. For her contribution to the television industry, Hillary Brooke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6307 Hollywood Boulevard. American Railroads Ad - October 1945
  12. Donster

    Lord Helmet?

    Do you suppose you could shut off all water and power to the whole state of Commiefornia? As Marie Antoinette once said "Let them eat cake", tell all Commiefornians "Let them eat grass". Hell half of them would go crazy, as they wouldn't know whether to smoke the grass or eat it.
  13. Donster


    Morning all. 54F under overcast skies and light rain. Scattered showers and storms. Breezy. Winds out of the SE at 10-20 MPH, sometimes gusting higher. Rain totals in the 1 - 2 inch range over the eastern Iowa area.
  14. Camel Cigarette Ad - October 1943 1938: The Hungarian army, with the sanction of its German allies, retakes territory in Czechoslovakia that was stripped from the Austro-Hungarian Empire after WWI. 1939: The Soviet Union signs and agreement with Lithuania that allows the Soviets to establish military bases in the country. *Marlene Dietrich 1941: The 250th 'Blue' Division, made up of Spanish volunteers and formed within days of the German attack on the Soviet Union, goes into action against the Russians for the first time in the sector between Lake Illmen and the west bank of the Volkhov river. General Zhukov is put in charge of the West Front for the defence of Moscow. Army Group South concludes the battle along the Sea of Azov and takes 100,000 prisoners. 1942: German and Italian bomber forces begin a major offensive against the British island of Malta in the Mediterranean. WATCH VIDEO (Added 10/10/08) Marlene Dietrich 1943: With the war's tide turning, the Franco government orders the Spanish 250th 'Blue' Division home. A few thousand volunteers, however, refuse to abandon the struggle against Communism and enlist in a so-called "Blue Legion" that is attached to the German 121st Infantry Division. 1943: Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China. Marlene Dietrich 1944: The American 24-hour surrender ultimatum to Germans at Aachen is rejected. The Canadians enter the Breskens Pocket along the Scheldt with amphibians. 1944: The British take Corinth as Army Group E begins its final retreat from Greece. Camel Cigarette Ad - October 1944 1944: The Red Army breaks through the German lines in Serbia as it moves towards Belgrade. 1944: The Russians reach the Baltic at Memel and cut off Army Group North (26 divisions) in the Kurland for the rest of the war. The rebellion against the Tiso government in Slovakia is put down by the German Army. 1944: U.S. B-29 Superfortresses pound Formosa and Okinawa. The Formosa bombardment lasts seven days, during which over 650 Japanese planes are reported as destroyed. Marlene Dietrich *Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901. Her father was an army officer who had served in the Franco-Prussian War. Because of his constant absences from the family due to his army duties, Marlene and the rest had to rely on themselves. When he died, while she was 11, Marlene's mother married Eduard von Losch and he adopted the Dietrich children. Marlene enjoyed music and attended concerts. She was adept at playing the violin and piano. By the time she was in her mid-teens, Marlene had discovered the stage. Acting was to be her vocation. In 1921, Marlene applied for an acting school run by Max Reinhardt. She was accepted. She appeared in several stage production, but never had more than a couple of spoken lines. In short, she wasn't setting the stage world on fire. She attempted films for the first time in 1922. Her first film was "So sind die Männer" (1923) which was followed by "Tragödie der Liebe" (1923). On this last project, she met Rudolf Sieber and married him in 1924. The union lasted until his death in 1976 although they didn't live together that whole time. The remainder of her early film career was generally filled with bit roles that never amounted to a whole lot. After being seen in the German production of "Der blaue Engel" (1930) in 1930, Marlene was given a crack at Hollywood. Her first US film was "Morocco" (1930) with Gary Cooper later that year followed, by "Dishonored" (1931) in 1931. This latter movie had her cast as a street walker who is appointed a spy. The film was a rather boring affair but was a success because of Marlene's presence. Movie goers were simply attracted to her. In 1932, Marlene filmed "Shanghai Express" (1932) which proved to be immensely popular raking in $3 million. Once again, she was cast as a prostitute. The next film was "Blonde Venus" (1932) which turned out to be a horrible production. Her co-star was Cary Grant and once again she was cast as a prostitute. Marlene seemed to be typecast as a woman of low morals and she wanted different parts. Some films such as "Desire" (1936) in 1936 didn't do that but she wanted to expand. Her chance came in 1939 in "Destry Rides Again" (1939) when she was cast as "Frenchy", a Western saloon hostess. This began a new direction for Marlene since it shed the typecasting which she was forced to endure during her career. In interviews, Dietrich stated that she had been approached by representatives of the Nazi Party to return to Germany, but had turned them down flat. Dietrich became an American citizen in 1939. In December 1941, the U.S. entered World War II, and Dietrich became one of the first celebrities to raise war bonds. She entertained troops on the front lines in a USO revue that included future TV pioneer Danny Thomas as her opening act. Dietrich was known to have strong political convictions and the mind to speak them. Like many Weimar-era German entertainers, she was a staunch anti-Nazi who despised antisemitism. Marlene Dietrich Dietrich recorded a number of anti-Nazi records in German for the OSS, including Lili Marleen. She also played the musical saw, something she had originally learned for stage appearances in Berlin to entertain troops. She sang for the Allied troops on the front lines in Algeria and France, and went into Germany with Generals James M. Gavin and George S. Patton. When asked why she had done this, in spite of the obvious danger of being within a few kilometers of German lines, she replied, "aus Anstand" "it was the decent thing to do." "Marlene Dietrich, motion picture actress, autographs the cast on the leg of Tec 4 Earl E. McFarland at a United States hospital in Belgium, where she has been entertaining the GIs." Unlike her professional celebrity, which was carefully crafted and maintained, Dietrich's personal life was kept out of public view. Dietrich, who was bisexual, enjoyed the thriving gay scene of the time and drag balls of 1920s Berlin. She married only once, assistant director Rudolf Sieber, who later became an assistant director at Paramount Pictures in France, responsible for foreign language dubbing. Dietrich's only child, Maria Elisabeth Sieber, was born in Berlin on 13 December 1924. She would later become an actress, primarily working in television, known as Maria Riva. When Maria gave birth to a son in 1948, Dietrich was dubbed "the world's most glamorous grandmother". After Dietrich's death, Riva published a frank biography of her mother, titled Marlene Dietrich (1992). Throughout her career Dietrich had an unending string of affairs, some short-lived, some lasting decades; they often overlapped and were almost all known to her husband, to whom she was in the habit of passing the love letters of her men, sometimes with biting comments. In 1938, Dietrich met and began a relationship with the writer Erich Maria Remarque, and in 1941, the French actor and military hero Jean Gabin. Their relationship ended in the mid-1940s. She also had an affair with the Cuban-American writer Mercedes de Acosta, who was Greta Garbo's lover. Her last great passion, when she was in her 50s, appears to have been for the actor Yul Brynner, but her love life continued well into her 70s. She counted George Bernard Shaw and John F. Kennedy among her conquests. She prided herself on the fact that she had slept with three men of the Kennedy clan - Joseph P. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. and John F. Kennedy. Dietrich maintained her husband and his mistress first in Europe and finally on a small ranch in the San Fernando Valley, California. Marlene Dietrich Dietrich was an atheist. She was raised a Calvinist, but lost her faith due to battlefront experiences during her time with the US Army as an entertainer. All through the 1940s, she appeared in well-produced, well-directed films such as "Manpower" (1942), "The Spoilers" (1942), "The Lady Is Willing" (1942) and "Pittsburgh" (1942) all in 1942. Afterwards the roles came fewer, perhaps one to two films every year. In 1945, Marlene didn't appear in any. She only made seven productions in the 1950's. Her last role of any substance was "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961) in 1961. Despite the lack of theatrical roles, Marlene still made appearances on the stage. However, by 1979, she was a shell of her former self. After breaking her leg in one performance, she never made a go of it in show business again. Spending the last 12 years of her life bed-ridden, Marlene died on May 6, 1992 in Paris, France of kidney failure at the age of 90. TRIVIA: Measurements: 35-24-33 (in 1930), 36 1/2-26-33 (mid-1950s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) Nickname: Lili Marlene Marlene's father was Lt. Louis Erich Otto Dietrich, a Berlin police lieutenant, who died of injuries he suffered after he was thrown off a horse when Marlene was very young. Her mother remarried to Colonel Eduard von Losch, who was killed in WWI. She demanded that Max Factor sprinkle half an ounce of real gold dust into her wigs to add glitter to her tresses during filming. Marlene suffered from bacilophobia, the fear of germs. Lived out her life in apartment #12E at 993 Park Avenue in Manhattan where Jamie Lee Curtis had earlier stayed with then fiance J. Michael Riva (Dietrich's grandson) during the Trading Places (1983) shoot. Camel Cigarette Ad - October 1944
  15. Larry Junstrom, a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and bassist for .38 Special, has died at age 70. Rest in Peach Larry. You were one of the best.
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