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  1. Yep. I liked Genesis. Is Phil still performing on his own? In the mean time, how about a big hair stadium band...
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    Morning all. 64F with a thunderstorm in progress. Showers and storms ending early, then becoming partly cloudy. Humid. Winds out of the SW>NW at 5-15 MPH. High of 84F.
  3. MobilGas Ad - August 1943 1940: Further heavy raids by Luftwaffe on southeast England and southern London. Major damage is done to RAF airfields and fighter commands control system. British claim 144 Germans shot down, later revised to 67 with RAF losses of 33 planes lost but eight pilots safe. 1940: The last of the British rearguard in British Somaliland slip away in darkness, race into Berbera and embark on the morning. British bombers attack Italian units at Laferug and the airfield at Addis Abeba. Italian aircraft attack Berbera, but there are no more military targets. *Dusty Anderson 1941: Russians withdraw across the Dnieper River, allowing the 1st Panzer Group to establish a bridgehead across the river at Zaporozhe, in the Ukraine. 1942: Alexander replaces Auchinleck as C-in-C of the Middle East. Montgomery's appointment officially announced. Dusty Anderson - YANK Pinup Girl - October 27, 1944 1942: Japan sends a crack army to Guadalcanal to repulse the U.S. Marines fighting there. 1943: Portugal, invoking her 1373 alliance with Great Britain, agrees to allow Allied forces the use of the Azores Islands for naval and air bases. Dusty Anderson 1943: A U.S. cruiser and destroyer force shells Gioia, Taura and Palmi on the coast of Italy. 1944: Allied air forces fly 3,057 sorties against the Falaise pocket. Dusty Anderson 1944: The German Seventh Army moves across the Orme but 18,000 prisoners are taken. The Germans begin the evacuations of their troops stationed near the Spanish border and the Gulf of Biscay. 1944: The Red Army recaptures Sandomir in Galicia. Dusty Anderson 1944: A Japanese escort carrier is sunk by a U.S. submarine off northwestern Luzon, Philippine Is. A Japanese cruiser is sunk by a U.S. submarine east of Samar, Philippine Is. Dusty Anderson *Ruth Edwin Anderson was born on December 17, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio. She began her career as a model, working for Fashion Czar/Modeling agent Harry S. Conover, who renames her Dusty sometime in the early 1940's. She made her motion picture debut in a minor role as one of the cover girls in the 1944 Columbia Pictures production of "Cover Girl" starring Rita Hayworth, and again appeared with Hayworth in "Tonight and Every Night" (1945). Over the next three years Anderson appeared in another eight films, usually in secondary roles, including a stint in the music Western "Singing on the Trail" (1946), where she performs Hayworth's pièce de résistance "Put the Blame on Mame". During World War II she was one of a number of actresses who became a pin-up girl, appearing in the October 27, 1944 issue of the United States Military's YANK magazine. Her first husband, Charles Mathieu, was a U. S. Marine Corps Captain when she married him. (1941 - 1945) (divorced) Dusty Anderson married Romanian-born director Jean Negulesco in 1946 and retired from acting. Four years later, her final screen work was an uncredited role in one of her husband's films. The couple eventually left their Beverly Hills digs and moved to the Spanish Island of Majorca. After retiring from pictures, she became an avid painter; she had many showings of her works of art. She had two adopted daughters, Gaby and Tina, both fathered by Negulesco. Dusty remained married to Negulesco until his death in 1993. Studebaker Ad - August 1945
  4. Okay boys and girls, lets go back to 1966. I was eight years old, and my next to the oldest brother Jim would play The Beach Boys every morning before leaving for school. My oldest brother Dick, who used to wake me up every morning playing Elvis and Buddy Holly, was in 1966 away at Boot Camp after joining the National Guard. In 1970 my brother Jim joined the National Guard and my sister Patti took over the stereo after he left...
  5. That was weird with the link. I did an edit of it and it works now.
  6. Working on straight commission, I worked up to 12 hours a day easy. Plus every other Saturday all day. Have to do what you need to do to put a roof over your head and support your family.
  7. Actor Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the seminal 1960s counterculture film "Easy Rider," has died. He was 79. RIP Peter.
  8. I like your tunes their mikew. Hate the second video. Music much better.
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    Morning all. 60F with a few scattered clouds. Humidity at 100%. Partly cloudy and humid. An isolated storm is possible afternoon or evening. Winds out of the SE at 5-15 MPH. High today of 83F. Stans decides to upgrade his Dental Office equipment. Starting with this replacement chair...
  10. E. R. Squibb & Sons Ad - August 1943 1940: Hitler announces that a total maritime blockade is to be placed around Britain, with any neutral ships transporting cargo to Britain to be sunk without warning. 1940: Axis financial meeting decides Berlin will replace London as European financial centre after victory. *Gale Robbins 1940: Duke of Windsor sworn in as governor-general of Bermuda. 1940: British warships bombard Italian ports in Libya. The 5th Indian Division is deployed to the defense of Sudan. Gale Robbins - YANK Magazine - April 21, 1944 1941: Army Group North in its drive toward Leningrad captures Narva. The Romanians seal off and begin a siege of the Black Sea port of Odessa. 1941: Sinking of the US-Panama freighter Sessa. Gale Robbins 1941: The USA reply's to Admiral Nomura's proposals of the 6th August, rejecting any high level meeting until the present differences between Japan and the USA have been resolved. 1942: The first all-American bombing raid in Europe is conducted against Rouen by Eighth USAAF. Gale Robbins 1942: The Germans claim to have reached the Don, less than 100 miles from Stalingrad. Fighting starts in foothills of the Caucasus. 1942: US Marine Raiders attack Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands from two submarines. Quaker State Ad - August 1943 1943: The first Quebec summit opens with the allied plans for the invasion of France being approved by Roosevelt and Churchill. 1943: 597 RAF bombers attack Peenemunde on the Baltic coast, the birthplace of the 'V' weapons. 376 B-17's and B-24's of the US 8th Air Force carry out double raids against the ball-bearing plants at Schweinfurt and the Messerschmitt fighter works at Regensburg, losing 80 aircraft in the process. Gale Robbins 1943: German and Italian forces successfully evacuate Sicily across the Strait of Messina, with little interference by the Allies. This allows Montgomery and Patton enter Messina. The whole of Sicily is now in allied hands. The shelling of the Italian mainland from Messina begins. 1943: Heavy US air attacks on the Japanese airfields at Wewak on the North coast of New Guinea, with 215 Japanese planes destroyed for loss of just six USAAF aircraft. 1943: In New Guinea, a Japanese plane is hit during a raid and crashes into a church. The chaplain is killed and several soldiers attending the service are injured. Gale Robbins 1944: The remnants of the Vichy French regime in the French capital take flight for Germany as the Resistance comes out into the open and seizes strong points throughout the city. They establish a comic-opera "government-in-exile" in the German city of Sigmaringen until the end of the war. The Citadel at St. Malo surrenders after heavy fighting. Falaise falls to the Canadians and Monty orders the pocket to be sealed. U.S. armor frees Chartres, Orleans and Chateaudun. Field Marshal Model takes over command of German forces in the West from Field Marshal von Kluge who committed suicide because of his involvement in the 20th July bomb plot. Marshal Petain and his staff are interned at Belfort by order of the Führer. The Vichy French government under Premier Laval resigns. 1944: The mayor of Paris, Pierre Charles Tattinger, meets with the German commander Dietrich von Choltitz to protest the explosives being deployed throughout the city. 1944: The Russians reach the East Prussian/Lithuanian border. Bob Hope USO Show - Fritzlar, Germany (Hesse) July 26, 1945 - Gale Robbins on stage with Bob Hope. 1945: U-977 arrives in River Plate estuary and surrenders. The 600-ton U-boat left Kiel on the 13th April. 1945: Three of the Emperor's family are dispatched to China to carry the news of cease-fire to Japanese troops still fighting there. Gale Robbins 1945: Upon hearing confirmation that Japan has surrendered, Sukarno proclaims Indonesia's independence. 1945: The country of Korea is divided between the United States and the Soviet Union.The Soviets will control everything north of the thirty-eighth parallel, while the United States will oversee the southern portion. Gale Robbins *Little known singer/actress Gale Robbins was a knockout-looking hazel-eyed redhead who made a slight dent in post-war Hollywood. Born Betty Gale Robbins in Chicago, Illinois (some say Mitchell, Indiana) on May 7, 1921, she was the daughter of Arthur E. and Blanche Robbins, and educated at Chicago's Jennings Seminary at Aurora, Illinois and Flower Tech. Gale had a natural flair for music and appeared in glee clubs and church choirs in the early days. She graduated from her Chicago high school in 1939. She started out in entertainment as a model for the Vera Jones Modeling School in Chicago, but her singing talents soon took over. Signed by a talent agency, she sang with Phil Levant's outfit in 1940 and later teamed with some male singers for a swing band that called themselves "The Duchess and Her Dukes." She went on to work with some of the top radio and live 'big bands' of that era including the Ben Bernie, Jan Garber and Hal Kemp orchestras. 20th Century-Fox caught sight of this slim looker and quickly signed her up, her first film being the pleasant time-filler "In the Meantime, Darling" (1944). A semi-popular cheesecake pin-up, Gale appeared on the cover of "Yank, The Army Weekly" in 1944 and toured with Bob Hope in Europe the next year. Her post-war parts, mostly sultry second leads, were typically lightweight in nature. She was often lent out to other studios and not always in a singing mode. Gale's better known film work includes "Race Street" (1948), "The Barkleys of Broadway" (1949), "Three Little Words" (1950), "The Fuller Brush Girl" (1950) and "Calamity Jane" (1953). Gale Robbins Gale went on to host the "Hollywood House" (1949) and also appeared on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" (1950) in 1951. In the late 50s the gal with the smooth and sexy vocal style released an easy-listening album ("I'm a Dreamer") for the Vik Label backed by Eddie Cano & His Orchestra. She covered such standards as "Them There Eyes" and "What Is This Thing Called Love." After her final film appearance in "Quantrill's Raiders" (1958) and a few additional TV parts, Gale phased out her career to focus full-time on raising her family. Married to her high school sweetheart Robert Olson in December of 1943 while he was serving in the Air Force, her husband turned to construction engineering as a career and they had two children. After he was tragically killed in a 1968 building accident, Gale, left with two daughters to raise, decided to make a comeback of sorts. Besides appearing in nightclubs, she was glimpsed in the film "Stand Up and Be Counted" (1972) and appeared on stage in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" in 1975. Gale Robbins died of lung cancer on February 18, 1980 (aged 58) in Los Angeles, California. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Ad - August 1945
  11. His family lived across the street from us when we lived at our first house, 16 years ago. We watched his two older brothers and younger sister too. Both his brothers went on to be great athletes, one in track at Texas A&M I believe and one at Northern Iowa playing football. https://www.kcrg.com/content/sports/Dalles-Jacobus-dedicates-song-to-the-Iowa-wave.html
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    Morning all. Cloudy and 64F. Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Winds out of the WSW at 5 to 10 MPH. High near 80F.
  13. Camel Cigarette Ad - August 1944 1940: Luftwaffe again raids southern England. 1940: Death of Hector Bywater, author of 1925 Great Pacific War. *Faith Domergue 1941: Stalin acknowledges UK and US aid plan and agrees to the 'apportionment of our joint resources'. Anglo-Soviet exchange agreement signed. 56th Panzer Korps of Panzer Group 4 takes Novgorod on the road to Leningrad. German and Romanian forces of Army Group South captures Nikolaev, an important Soviet naval base on the Black Sea. 1943: U.S. troops enter Messina in North eastern Sicily in a final push to clear the island. Axis evacuation of 100,000 troops has been completed. Faith Domergue 1943: The Red Army launches an offensive against the Mius line toward Stalino. 1943: The Bialystok Ghetto is liquidated. Faith Domergue 1944: Radio Paris, the German-controlled collaborationist radio station, goes off the air. General de Lattre de Tassigny's French First Army begins to land in force in southern France. Hitler orders the withdrawal of all German forces in southern France. The French Resistance steps up its attacks on German posts along the Swiss border, assaulting Machilly, Saint-Julien and Valleiry. The first two surrender with minimal bloodshed, but the 20 German customs officers at Valleiry are shot out of hand by resistants following their surrender, along with two French women who were with them. A German relief column arrives too late, shooting seven civilians and burning 20 houses in retaliation. Faith Domergue 1944: Japanese resistance in Northeast India ends. 1945: Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops. Faith Domergue *Born in New Orleans, Domergue (last name was properly pronounced "Dah-mure," but was often mispronounced "Dommer-gue) was adopted by Annabelle Quimet and Leo Domergue when she was six weeks old (she found out later in life that she was adopted and that she was of Irish and English ancestry). The family moved to California in the 1930s where Domergue attended Beverly Hills Catholic School and St. Monica's Convent School. While still in high school, she was signed to Warner Bros. where she made her first onscreen appearance in "Blues in the Night" (1941). After graduating in 1942, Domergue continued to pursue a career in acting but after sustaining injuries in a near-fatal car accident, her plans were put on hold. While recuperating from the accident, she attended a party aboard Howard Hughes' yacht. Hughes was taken by Domergue and bought out her contract with Warner Bros., and signed her to a three picture contract with RKO. After an unsuccessful, long-delayed premiere in the film "Vendetta" (1950), Domergue left Hughes. She later freelanced in a number of films, including film noir "Where Danger Lives" (1950) (as a femme fatale opposite Robert Mitchum), westerns "The Duel at Silver Creek" (1952), "The Great Sioux Uprising" (1953), "Santa Fe Passage" (1955) and also in 1955, three sci-fi/monster films "It Came from Beneath the Sea", "This Island Earth" and "Cult of the Cobra". Faith Domergue sultry promotional still from "The Duel at Silver Creek" with Audie Murphy Domergue later made films in England "The Atomic Man" (1955) and Italy, and a last sci-fi foray in the Russian film "Voyage to a Prehistoric Planet", in 1965. In the late 1950s and 1960s she made many appearances on popular television series, including "Have Gun Will Travel", "Bonanza", "Perry Mason", and "The Rifleman". By the late 1960s, Domergue had lost interest in acting as a career, and her last acting appearances were mainly in low-budget 'B' horror movies. She began traveling to Rome, Italy in 1952, and lived there for extended periods of time. She moved there permanently in 1968, and remained an expatriate in Rome, Geneva, Switzerland, and Marbella, Spain until the death of her Roman husband, Paolo in 1991. In 1941, Domergue began an on-off relationship with Howard Hughes. After discovering that Hughes was also seeing Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner, the couple broke up in 1943. She later wrote a book about her relationship with Hughes entitled My Life with Howard Hughes (1972). In 1946, Domergue married bandleader Teddy Stauffer. The marriage lasted six months, ending in 1947. That same year, she married director Hugo Fregonese with whom she had two children. The couple divorced in 1958, and Domergue went on to marry third husband John Anthony in 1961. Her third marriage lasted less than a year. In 1966, she married Paolo Cossa, with whom she remained until his death in 1996. On April 4, 1999, Domergue died of cancer in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 74. TRIVIA: Trade Mark: She spoke with a lisp. In the 2004 Howard Hughes biopic film The Aviator, Domergue was played by Kelli Garner. She spoke French, Spanish and Italian well. Children with Hugo Fregonese: Diana Maria (b. 1 January 1949) and John Anthony (b. 22 August 1951). John is co-principal of urban planning firm Fregonese-Calthorpe Associates in Portland, Oregon. Chesterfield Cigarette Ad - August 1944
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    I had the idea what I wanted in mind. He helped with a few details to put it all together.
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    Morning all. 57F under clear skies. Sun and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Winds light and variable. High of 78F. Crew finished the landscape project yesterday at noon. A few before and after photos...
  16. Campbell Soup Company Ad - August 1943 1940: Although 'Eagle Day' was the 13th August, due to poor results, Goering decides that the 15th August with instead be known as 'Eagle Day'. The Luftwaffe launches its greatest attacks so far against the RAF's airfields, involving more than 1,000 German planes and 1,786 sorties. The Luftwaffe lost 76 aircraft, although these were mainly from Luftflotte 5 which made diversionary attacks from Norway, while the RAF lost 35 fighters and its airfields suffered heavy damage. Twenty German JU88 aircraft from Denmark attack Driffield, Yorkshire, destroying ten Whitley aircraft on the ground. 1942: The first foreign newspaper since the Revolution appears in Russia. Units of Army Group A reach the foothills of the Caucasus. *Marguerite Chapman 1942: The last of 6 remaining merchant of the Pedestal convoy, the tanker Ohio, with 10,000 tons oil on board is towed into Malta by three British warships. 1942: The Japanese submarine I-25 departs Japan with a floatplane in its hold which will be assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the United States, and used to bomb U.S. forests. Marguerite Chapman 1943: 34,436 US and Canadian troops land on Kiska to find the island evacuated. 1943: Portsmouth has heaviest raid for two years when its bombed by 91 German planes. Marguerite Chapman 1943: The United States ships 60,000 alarm clocks to Britain, to be distributed to workers in war production plants to improve on-time performance. 1943: The Swedish government forbids all German traffic and transport from crossing over it's territory. Marguerite Chapman 1944: The allies launch Operation 'Dragoon', a combined assault on the South coast of France from Toulon to Nice. 9,000 airborne troops are landed, along with 90,000 by sea. Six towns and 2,000 prisoners are taken. About 200,000 Germans (23 divisions) are in the 40-mile long, 1l-mile wide (at narrowest point) Argentan-Falaise gap, but start to pull out as Anglo-Canadian troops resume the attack to the North. Adolf Hitler describes this as 'The worst day of my life'. 1944: Kluge's staff car is strafed. He is replaced by Model who retreats to the Seine. Featured in the "HUMP EXPRESS", the official weekly newspaper of the India-China Division (ICD) of the Air Transport Command (ATC) of the U.S. Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II - March 29, 1945 1945: Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States. 1945: VJ-Day is declared in Britain and huge crowds cheer King and Queen en route to Westminster for the State opening of Parliament. The British release details of one of most closely guarded secrets of war, RADAR. 1945: The Japanese Government resigns and the war minister commits suicide. MacArthur becomes the Supreme Commander for Allied Powers in the Pacific. Marguerite Chapman *Born Marguerite Florence Chapman in Chatham, New York, she was working as a telephone switchboard operator in White Plains, New York when her good looks brought about the opportunity to pursue a career in modeling. Signed by the prestigious John Robert Powers Agency in New York City, the publicity she earned modeling brought an offer from 20th Century Fox film studios in Hollywood. She made her film debut in 1940, working for the next two years in small roles. In 1942, her big break came with Republic Pictures when she was cast in the leading female role in the twelve-part adventure film serial "Spy Smasher", a production that is considered by many as one of the best serials ever made. As a result, Chapman was cast as the leading lady in "Destroyer" (1943) with Edward G. Robinson and Glenn Ford and "Assignment in Brittany" (1943) opposite George Sanders. With America's entry in World War II, she entertained the troops, worked for the War bond drive and at the Hollywood Canteen. Marguerite Chapman During the 1950s Chapman continued to perform mostly in secondary film roles, notably in Marilyn Monroe's 1955 hit "The Seven Year Itch". However, with the advent of television she kept busy into the early 1960s with guest appearances in a number different shows including "Rawhide", "Perry Mason", and "Four Star Playhouse". Chapman was asked to play the role of "Old Rose" Dawson-Calvert in the 1997 James Cameron epic "Titanic" but poor health prevented her from accepting. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Marguerite Chapman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6290 Hollywood Blvd. Marguerite Chapman died on August 31, 1999 (aged 81) in Burbank, California. She was childless. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Spouse: G. Bentley Ryan (1948 - 1951) (divorced) J. Richard Bremerkamp (1964 - 1972) (divorced) Coca-Cola Ad - August 1945
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    Bugger off Fickie. I hacked your accounts, which was easy, since your password was 12345. Of course there was only a few old Reichsmarks from your Nazi Germany in your safe deposit box. And a couple of wrist tags from the Blue Oyster Bar. Sentimental I see eh?
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    Morning all. 61F under clear skies. Nice to shut off the AC and open up the windows last night after days of such high humidity. Mostly cloudy and cooler. An isolated shower is possible. Winds out of the NW at 5-15 MPH. High of 75F. Landscaping crew back this morning to finish up their work. Bringing a load of river rock, do the planting, put down black dirt and re-seed the areas around the new wall, and out behind the house where their was some erosion and I had them take out an old section of garden my neighbor no longer wants to care for, and neither do I. She let it get overgrown with weeds. Our Condo Association wanted it cleaned up.
  19. Dodge Ad - August 1943 1940: Air activity less pronounced, but Germans attack Southampton and Hastings; reported losses Germans 31, RAF 7. 1940: Ministry of Home Security announces that parachutes had been found in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Scotland, but no evidence of Germans discovered. *Evelyn Keyes 1941: Joint declaration by Roosevelt and Churchill of the Atlantic Charter. 74% of Americans still oppose war. 1942: German forces cross the upper Kuban river at Krasnodar in the Caucasus. Evelyn Keyes 1942: Dwight D. Eisenhower is named the Anglo-American commander for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. 1943: The Eighth Army is now only 29 miles from Messina. Italy declares Rome to be an open city by Italians. Evelyn Keyes 1943: The U.S. government sets aside 10 million barrels of beer, a sixth of the the nation's production, for use by the military. This gives the armed services enough beer for each soldier to have a bottle a day, except on Sunday. Ronson Lighter Ad - August 1943 1944: Roosevelt and Churchill meet at Quebec where they initial the Morgenthau Plan that calls for the division of post-war Germany and its transformation into a purely agricultural country. 1944: Monty launches Operation 'Tractable' towards Falaise with a carpet bombing by 800 planes. 1944: The Russians begin an offensive from their Vistula bridgeheads, 100 miles to the South of Warsaw. Evelyn Keyes 1945: Chiang Kai-shek's representatives sign a treaty of alliance with the Russians. 1945: USAAF B29's launch the last air raid of the war against Kumagaya. (READ NY TIMES ARTICLE) 1945: The Japanese Cabinet decide at a morning meeting in Imperial Palace to surrender to allies. An 8.10 pm reply to the allied ultimatum is handed to the Swiss Foreign Minister by the Japanese Minister in Berne. Truman calls a Press Conference at midnight to announce the 'Unconditional Surrender' of Japan. 1945: Gen. MacArthur is appointed to head the occupation forces in Japan. Evelyn Keyes *Evelyn Louise Keyes was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on November 20, 1916 (for decades she would deceive the public as to her real age). Her father died when she was 2, and she and her only brother and three sisters grew up living with her mother and her grandmother in Atlanta, Georgia. Taking voice, dance and piano lessons, she was hopeful in becoming a ballerina. Instead she entered a beauty pageant or two and worked as a chorus girl before relocating to California at age 20. Shortly after her arrival in Los Angeles, a chance meeting with the legendary Cecil B. Demille led to a Paramount contract. Stories differ as to how she met DeMille. Hollywood folklore has it that she was "discovered" by a talent scout in true Lana Turner fashion while eating at a restaurant; another more believable story has it that she connected with one of DeMille's former writers, which led to an introduction. After a handful of B movies at Paramount Pictures, she landed her most notable role, that of Scarlett O'Hara's sister Suellen in "Gone with the Wind" (1939). Evelyn Keyes Columbia Pictures signed her to a contract. In 1941 she played an ingenue role in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan", but the studio evidently thought her too young to play romantic roles in major films, so she spent most of the 1940s playing leads in many of Columbia's B dramas and mysteries. She developed her dramatic skill sufficiently to be given the feminine lead opposite Larry Parks in Columbia's blockbuster hit "The Jolson Story" (1946). Her later performances were fewer, but noteworthy, like her 1949 role as Kathy Flannigan in "Mrs. Mike". Keyes' last important film role was a small part as Tom Ewell's vacationing wife in "The Seven Year Itch" (1955), which starred Marilyn Monroe. Keyes officially retired in 1956, but continued to act. She was married to Barton Bainbridge from 1938 until his death from suicide in 1940. Later she married and divorced director Charles Vidor (19431945), actor/director John Huston (23 July 1946February 1950), and bandleader Artie Shaw (19571985). Keyes said of her many relationships, "I was always interested in the man of the moment, and there were many such moments." While married to Huston, the couple adopted a Mexican child, Pablo, whom Huston had discovered while on the set of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre". Her autobiography, Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister: My Lively Life in and Out of Hollywood, was published in 1977. Keyes expressed her opinion that "Mrs. Mike" was her best film. She also wrote of the personal cost she paid by having an abortion just before "Gone with the Wind" was to begin filming. The experience left her unable to have children. Among the many Hollywood affairs she recounted were those to producer Michael Todd (who left Evelyn for Elizabeth Taylor), Anthony Quinn, David Niven and Kirk Douglas. She died of uterine cancer on July 4, 2008 (aged 91) at her home in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara. She had also suffered from Alzheimer's disease. TRIVIA: Measurements: 35 1/2-25 1/2-35 (in 1949), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) She became involved with flamboyant producer Michael Todd for three years during his preparation and filming of "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1956). She even played a cameo role in the movie and helped on publicity. During the filming, he broke things off after falling in love with Elizabeth Taylor, whom he later married. The positive thing that came out of it for her was that she had invested most of her money in the picture and was financial set for life as a result. In 2005, sued Artie Shaw's estate, claiming that she was entitled to one-half of Shaw's estate pursuant to a contract to make a will between them. Shaw died in 2004. In July 2006, a Ventura, California jury unanimously held that Keyes was entitled to almost one-half of Shaw's estate, or $1,420,000. Mobiloil Ad - August 1945
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    Morning all. 70F under overcast skies with 100% humidity and a heat index at 70F. Areas of fog possible early. Humidity will improve throughout the day. Partly cloudy. Winds out of the NW at 5-15 MPH. High of 83F. Landscapers to start working today on my front yard today. Replacing retaining wall block, bringing in black dirt and river rock. Three level terracing along the side of the house with new plantings. I'm crossing my fingers that The Dude's checking and savings account user name and password is still good.
  21. Oldsmobile Ad - August 1943 1940: Roosevelt agrees to supply 50 First World War destroyers to Britain in return for the lease of naval bases in the Caribbean. Colonel E.L.M. Burns proposes developing a Canadian parachute force. The idea is rejected by the Director of Military Operations in headquarters. *Ann Sothern 1940: 'Eagle Day', the first day of the maximum offensive by the Luftwaffe to destroy RAF airfields and gain air supremacy over England in preparation of Operation Sea Lion. The Luftwaffe launches 1,485 sorties, but because of confusion and delays, the main attacks were not mounted until the afternoon. Some airfields were attacked, but not the primary fighter bases. Luftwaffe losses were heavy with 39 aircraft being lost (mainly Ju-87 Stuka's), while the RAF lost just 15 aircraft. Twelve RAF Blenheim bombers attack Hemsteds airfield in Holland. Only one plane returns. Ann Sothern 1940: An air crash in Canberra kills three UAP ministers and Chief of the Australian General Staff. Oldsmobile Ad - August 1944 1942: Montgomery takes command of Eighth Army, two days early. Ann Sothern 1945: The Mongolian People's Republic declares a Holy War against the Japanese. 1945: Surrender documents are sent to MacArthur in Philippines. Ann Sothern *Ann Sothern, born Harriet Lake on January 22,1909 in Valley City, North Dakota, and her film career started as an extra-bit part in the film "Broadway Nights" in 1927. She would work as an extra for the next six years. It barely paid the bills. Finally, Ann got her break with Columbia Pictures when they signed her to a contract in 1934. Her first role for Columbia was in the film "The Party's Over" (1934). The work was getting better and a bit more lucrative as she would be in 11 movies in 1934 and 1935. It wasn't riches but it was better than being just an extra. The films weren't much to write home about either. Ann was dropped by Columbia in 1936 and she signed with RKO Pictures. With RKO, she played in a number of forgettable productions such as "Dangerous Number" (1937) and "She's Got Everything" (1937). Ann left RKO two years later and played Jean Livingstone in "Trade Winds" (1938) which landed her a contract with MGM. In 1939, Ann starred in" Maisie" (1939) which would turn into a series of ten films with the last being "Undercover Maisie" in 1947. In between, she starred in such movies as "Dulcy" (1940), "Thousands Cheer" (1943) and "Three Hearts for Julia" (1943). During the 1950's, she played in only four films. By this time, however, Ann had turned to the relatively new medium--television, where she would attract legions of new fans. In 1953, Ann played the role of Susie in "Private Secretary" (1953), which ran until 1957. The quality and comedy was quite good, but, unfortunately, it doesn't run anywhere in syndicated re-runs. In 1958, she starred in "The Ann Sothern Show" (1958), as Katy O'Connor, which ran until 1961. Previously a beauty, Sothern had a bout of hepatitis which left her with a bloated, overweight appearance; so she preferred not to be seen. In addition, she suffered an injury to her back after a fall during a stage production which left her disabled. In 1965, she was heard as the voice of Gladys Crabtree (the car) in the short-lived series "My Mother the Car", which co-starred Jerry Van Dyke. That year she appeared in the title role of "The Widow Fay" episode of ABC's western series "The Legend of Jesse James", starring Christopher Jones in the title role of the outlaw Jesse James. During this period, Sothern made occasional guest appearances on "The Lucy Show" with her old RKO and MGM cohort, Lucille Ball. After Vivian Vance left the show, Sothern was considered to replace Vance. In 1967 her former boss Desi Arnaz approached her to co-star with Eve Arden as battling neighbors in "The Mothers-in-Law". However, NBC felt that Sothern's style was too similar to Arden's. Ann Sothern She resumed working sporadically on television until the mid-1980s, including a remake of her earlier success "A Letter to Three Wives". Her final film role was in "The Whales of August" in 1987. Her role as the neighbor of elderly sisters, played by Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, brought Sothern her only Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. Sothern was married to actor Roger Pryor from 1936 until May 17, 1943. Less than a week after her divorce, she married actor Robert Sterling. The couple had one daughter, actress Tisha Sterling, before divorcing six years later. In 1987, Sothern retired from acting and moved to Ketchum, Idaho, where she spent her remaining years. On March 15, 2001, Sothern died from heart failure at 92. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 1 1/2" (1.56 m) A singer in her early career, she sang with Artie Shaw's band among others. She was also a published songwriter and recorded two albums. Oldsmobile Ad - August 1945
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    Morning all. 71F under overcast skies with fog. Tropical. Humidity at 100%, with a heat index of 71F. Showers and storms likely. Some may contain heavy rain and strong wind. Over one inch of rain possible. Winds out of the E at 5-15 MPH. High of 78F. We had a tornado warning last evening. Funnel cloud spotted just 3 miles from our house. Fortunately, it didn't touch down.
  23. Skat Insect Repellent Ad - August 1943 1940: The Luftwaffe attacks Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and all along Kent and Sussex coast. They also attack forward RAF airfields and radar stations in preparation for 'Eagle Day'. British claims are high as they report 62 Luftwaffe planes shot down against the RAF's 13, while in reality it was just 26 Luftwaffe and 22 RAF planes lost. 1940: The Dortmund-Ems canal in Germany is blocked by low flying British bomber, the pilot is later awarded VC. *Virginia Mayo 1940: Wasting food becomes illegal in Britain. 1941: The draft extension passes in the House by only one vote. Virginia Mayo 1941: US Navy takes over patrolling convoy routes in the North Atlantic and tracking German submarines for the Royal Navy in violation of Neutrality Act. 1941: Churchill and Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter an eight-point declaration of peace aims. Virginia Mayo 1941: French Marshal Henri Philippe Petain announces full French collaboration with Nazi Germany. 1941: Hitler issues Directive No.34 which temporarily abandons Moscow as an objective in favour of the Ukraine. Soviet forces counterattack at Staraya Russa south of Lake Ilmen. Virginia Mayo 1942: Himmler is made responsible for order in Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Norway. 1942: In their advance south toward the Grozny oilfields, units of Army Group A capture Elista near the Caspian Sea. Churchill arrives in Moscow for talks with Sralin. During 4 days of often acrimonious talks, Stalin was eventually forced to accept that there would be no 'second front' during 1942. Virginia Mayo 1943: The Heaviest RAF attack so far on northern Italy, with more than 1,000 tons dropped on Milan in under 30 minutes. 1943: Hitler orders the construction of a fortified defensive line (Panther Line) along the Dnieper river. Virginia Mayo *Born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri. Tutored by a series of dancing instructors engaged by her aunt, she appeared in the St. Louis Municipal Opera chorus and then appeared with six other girls at an act at the Jefferson Hotel. There she was recruited by vaudeville performer Andy Mayo to appear in his act (as ringmaster for two men in a horse suit), taking his surname as her stage name. She appeared in vaudeville for three years in the act, appearing with Eddie Cantor on Broadway in 1941's "Banjo Eyes". Mayo continued her career as a dancer, then signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and appeared in several of Goldwyn's movies. With Danny Kaye she played the dream-girl heroine in comedies including "Wonder Man" (1945), "The Kid from Brooklyn" (1946) and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947). In 1949's "White Heat" she took on the unsympathetic role of the cold and treacherous "Verna Jarrett," opposite James Cagney. Mayo later claimed in interviews that she was occasionally genuinely frightened by Cagney during the filming of the picture, because Cagney's acting was so realistic and natural. She was also cast against type as a shallow golddigger in "The Best Years of Our Lives", in which she gave a performance that garnered much acclaim. Her film career continued through the 1950s and 1960s, frequently in B-movie westerns and adventure films. While she also appeared in musicals, Mayo's singing voice was always dubbed. Virginia Mayo In 1947, she married actor Michael O'Shea, who died in 1973. They had one child, Mary Catherine O'Shea (born in 1953). The O'Shea family lived for several decades in Thousand Oaks, California. Mayo has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine. In 1996 she received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. In the 1990s, Mayo donated her extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia to the Thousand Oaks Library. She died of pneumonia and heart failure in Los Angeles in 2005 at the age of 84. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24-34 (measured in 1953), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Nickname: Ginny Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m) Was slightly cross-eyed and had to be carefully photographed. Nash-Kelvinator Ad - August 1944
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