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  1. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 42F under cloudy skies. Received 1 3/4 inches of rain yesterday. Some light showers this morning, ending by noon. Windy this morning, wind will wind down early afternoon. High of 51F. Tonight, clear sky and light wind with a low of 32F.
  2. RCA Victor Ad - October 1943 1939: U-boats sink four more British ships. *Diana Lewis 1942: Germans capture two more streets in Stalingrad with severe losses. The last German offensive in the Caucasus begins. 1942: Montgomery switches the attack to the North. Rommel breaks off his sick leave to take charge of the critical situation in which the axis forces now find themselves. Diana Lewis - YANK Pin-up Girl - 4 Aug 1944 "Down Under Edition" 1943: The Japanese open the infamous Burma to Siam railway, which was built with forced British and commonwealth POW labor. Diana Lewis 1944: Russians troops take the German base of Kirkenes in Norway. Diana Lewis 1944: The Red Army completes its capture of Transylvania in northwestern Romania. 1944: The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters. By the end of the war, Japan will have sent an estimated 2,257 aircraft. "The only weapon I feared in the war," Adm. Halsey will say later. Diana Lewis *Diana Lewis was born on September 18, 1919 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Lewis began her film career in "All the King's Horses" (1934) and worked steadily over the next few years, usually in minor roles. Her more notable films include "It's a Gift" (1934), "Gold Diggers in Paris" (1938), "Go West" (1940) and "Johnny Eager" (1942). She was the love interest of Andy Hardy as Daphne Fowler in "Andy Hardy Meets Debutante" (1940). She met the actor William Powell in 1940, married after a courtship of three weeks and retired from acting in 1943. The couple remained together until Powell's death in 1984. Lewis was an active supporter of women's golf and the LPGA. The LPGA's William and Mousie Powell Award is named in honor of the Powells. Lewis died from pancreatic cancer on January 18, 1997 in Rancho Mirage, California, aged 77, and was interred at Cathedral City's Desert Memorial Park in Riverside County, California, alongside Powell, and her stepson, William David Powell. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 1/2" (1.56 m) Nickname: Mousie Sister of actress Maxine Lewis and composer J.C. Lewis. William Powell and Diana knew each other for only a few weeks when they eloped. He had previously been married to Carole Lombard and engaged to Jean Harlow at the time of her sudden death. Diana's best friend was Carole Landis. Diana gave Carole a gold cross in 1938 that she wore for the rest of her life, and was buried wearing. RCA Victor Ad - October 1944
  3. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 40F with light rain. Rain and storms with some heavy totals possible with gusty winds. High of 47F.
  4. Studebaker Ad - October 1943 1938: In a move that increases tensions between the United States and Japan, the USS President Coolidge is forced to unload nearly $3 million worth of gold and silver before it is allowed to leave the Japanese controlled port of Shanghai. *Elyse Knox 1940: British Summer Time to be continued throughout winter.1940: Hitler meets Petain at Montoire, which leads 'to agreement in principle of collaboration', but Petain rejects the idea of a Franco-German military alliance. Elyse Knox - YANK Pin Up Girl October 20th, 1944 Issue 1941: Army Group South takes Kharkov and Belgorod. 1942: U-boat control in France creates wolfpack 'Battleaxe'. This will operate in the North Atlantic until it is disbanded on the 1st November 1942 and will include at one time or another U-134, U-203, U-409, U-509, U-510, U-572, U-604 and U-659.1942: The land battle begins in earnest around Henderson Field, with the elite Japanese 2nd Division being wiped out. Studebaker Ad - October 1944 1943: An E-boat attack on a convoy off the Norfolk coast result in four E-boats being sunk and one British trawler.1943: The Red Army achieves a breakthrough on the Dnieper river and captures Melitopol. Elyse Knox 1944: The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Elyse Knox 1945: Vidkun Quisling, Norway's wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.1945: The United Nations formally comes into being with twenty-nine ratifications having been received. Elyse Knox *Born Elsie Lillian Kornbrath to Frederick and Elizabeth Kornbrath on December 14, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut, she is not the daughter of U.S. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, despite many modern sources suggesting she is. She studied at the Traphagen School of Fashion in Manhattan then embarked on a career in fashion design. Her good looks enabled her to model some of her own creations for Vogue magazine that led to a contract offer from Twentieth Century Fox film studio in 1937. Knox performed mainly in minor or secondary roles until 1942 when she had a leading role with Lon Chaney, Jr. in "The Mummy's Tomb", one of the series of Mummy horror films made by Universal Studios. Knox appeared as herself in the Universal Studios 1944 production "Follow the Boys," one of the World War II morale-booster films made for both the soldiers serving overseas as well as civilians at home. Knox also was a pin up girl during the War, appearing in such magazines as YANK, a weekly put out by the United States Military. Elyse Knox In late 1945, she was signed by Monogram Pictures to portray Anne Howe, the love interest of fictional boxer Joe Palooka in "Joe Palooka, Champ". Based on the very popular comic strip, the instant success of the May 1946 film led to Elyse Knox appearing in another five Joe Palooka productions. After acting in thirty-nine films, Elyse Knox retired in 1949 following her performance in the musical film "There's a Girl in My Heart". Knox continued to do modeling work for print ads and while appearing on the Bing Crosby radio show she met football star Tom Harmon. They became engaged, but broke up when Harmon entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. That year, Knox married fashion photographer Paul Hesse, who had shot many of her print ads and magazine covers. The marriage was brief. Following her divorce and Tom Harmon's return from World War II (during which he survived two plane crashes and being lost in the jungle), she and Harmon married in 1944. Knox's wedding dress was made from silk from the parachute Harmon used when bailing out of his crippled plane. The couple remained together until his death in 1990. They had three children, Kristin (b.1945), an actress and painter who at seventeen married recording artist Ricky Nelson and had Tracy, twins Gunnar and Matthew, and son Sam; Kelly (b. 1948), who modeled and also acted in film and television (TJ Hooker) and was once married to automaker John DeLorean; and Mark (b.1951), film and television actor who starred in films such as "The Presidio" and the current TV show "NCIS". Elyse Knox died on February 16, 2012 at her home in Los Angeles at age 94. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34D-24-35 Brown - light eyes and Blonde hair. She it the Mother-in-law of actress Pam Dawber. Besides being married to a football star, Tom Harmon, her brother, Ron Knox, played quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and her son, Mark Harmon, was a star quarterback at UCLA. Studebaker Ad - October 1945
  5. My uncle Gene was in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on board the USS Suwannee escort carrier. They were struck twice by Japanese aircraft, the first hit was during the first deliberate kamikaze attack of the war. The second attack came a day later.
  6. Donster

    Saturday

    Looks like the other option, which is an expense, is to replace the EVGA AIO with a different brand. Damn frustrating. I have a Corsair AIO, but the software just shows the temps, fan speeds and memory settings. Just monitoring software, can't control fan speeds. Now my AIO is 6 years old, so the newest software may be better and allow fan manipulation.
  7. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 31F under clear skies. Sunny today with a high of 53F. That sucks Stans. Does you mobo manufacturer have fan control software or is it just in the BIOS? Man, having the fans on full bore would really piss me off!
  8. General Motors Ad - October 1943 1940: Hitler meets Franco, the Spanish head of state at Hendaye near the French-Spanish border. Franco declares 'Spain will gladly fight at Germany's side', but remains non-committal regarding Spain's entry into the war.1940: The RAF continue its attacks on Berlin. *Dinah Shore 1941: De Gaulle meets French Resistance and asks to spare the innocent and bide their time.1941: Nazis forbid emigration of Jews from the Reich.1941: It is decided that British forces should make their main approach on Gondar in Abyssinia, from the direction of Adowa due to the better road conditions. Dinah Shore 1942: Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt arrives in London for a three-week visit as guest of the King.1942: The battleship Tirpitz leaves Bogenfjord and moves south to Lofjord near Trondheim, where it is to be refitted.1942: The Western Task Force, destined for North Africa, departs from Hampton Roads, Virginia. Dinah Shore 1942: The Second Battle of El Alamein begins with a 1,000-gun bombardment. The Eighth Army gains ground on a 6-mile front and repulses Axis counter-attacks.1942: The RAF launches bombing raids against the Italian cities of Genoa and Turin.1942: The previously undefeated Sandai division of the Japanese army suffers its first loss of the war when it fails to capture Henderson Airfield on Guadalcanal. General Motors Ad - October 1944 1943: A German torpedo boat flotilla sinks the Royal Navy cruiser Charybdis and the destroyer Limborne in a Channel duel.1943: Russians take Melitopol after 10-days of fighting; Dnepropetrovsk falls to Malinovsky, while a tank army reaches Krivoi Rog. Dinah Shore Entertaining Troops During WWII 1944: The 3rd Panzer Corps begin a six day counter attack around Debrecen.1944: The decisive three-day battle of Leyte Gulf begins. The Japanese lose four carriers, three battleships, six heavy and four light cruisers, 11 destroyers, one submarine and some 500 planes, with approximately 10,000 sailors killed. The first organized use of Kamikaze's by the Japanese are reported. (WATCH VIDEO) (8:57) Dinah Shore *Dinah Shore was born Frances Rose Shore on February 29, 1916. She was most popular during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s. After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman and both Jimmy Dorsey and his brother Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, lasting from 1940 into the late '50s, and after appearing in a handful of films went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows in the '50s and '60s and hosting two talk shows in the '70s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at #16 on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time. Stylistically, Dinah Shore was compared to two singers who followed her in the mid-to-late '40s and early '50s, Doris Day and Patti Page. In March 1939, Shore debuted on national radio on the Sunday afternoon CBS radio program, "Ben Bernie's Orchestra". In February 1940, she became a featured vocalist on the NBC Radio program "The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street", a showcase for traditional Dixieland and Blues songs. With Shore, the program became so popular that it was moved from 4:30 Sunday afternoon to a 9:00 Monday night time slot in September. In her prime-time debut for "the music of the Three Bs, Barrelhouse, Boogie-woogie and the Blues", she was introduced as "Mademoiselle Dinah 'Diva' Shore, who starts a fire by rubbing two notes together!" She recorded with the two Basin Street bands for RCA Victor; one of her records was the eponymous "Dinah's Blues." Shore's singing came to the attention of Eddie Cantor. He signed her as a regular on his radio show, "Time to Smile", in 1940. Shore credits him for teaching her self-confidence, comedic timing, and the ways of connecting with an audience. Cantor bought the rights to an adapted Ukrainian folk song with new lyrics by Jack Lawrence for Shore to record for RCA Victor's Bluebird label. This song, "Yes, My Darling Daughter," became her first major hit, selling 500,000 copies in weeks, which was unusual for that time. Shore soon became a successful singing star with her own radio show in 1943, "Call to Music". Also in 1943, she appeared in her first movie, "Thank Your Lucky Stars", starring Cantor. She soon went to another radio show, "Paul Whiteman Presents". During this time, the United States was involved in World War II and Shore became a favorite with the troops. She had hits, including "Blues In the Night", "Jim", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "I'll Walk Alone", the first of her number-one hits. To support the troops overseas, she participated in USO tours to Europe. She met George Montgomery, a young actor ready to go into military service. They married on December 3, 1943, shortly before he went into service. When he returned, they settled in San Fernando, California. In 1948, their first child was born, a daughter named Melissa Ann, and they adopted a son in 1954 named John David before moving to Beverly Hills. Shore continued appearing in radio shows throughout the 1940s, including "Birds Eye-Open House" and "Ford Radio Show". In early 1946, she moved to another label, Columbia Records. At Columbia, Shore enjoyed the greatest commercial success of her recording career, starting with her first Columbia single release, "Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy", and peaking with the most popular song of 1948, "Buttons and Bows", which was number one for ten weeks. Other number one hits at Columbia included "The Gypsy" and "The Anniversary Song". One of her most popular recordings was the holiday perennial "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Buddy Clark from 1949. The song was covered by many other artists, Ella Fitzgerald, for example. Other hits during her four years at Columbia included "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)", "I Wish I Didn't Love You So", "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)", "Doin' What Comes Naturally", and "Dear Hearts And Gentle People". She was a regular with Jack Smith on his quarter-hour radio show on CBS. Shore acted in films such as "Follow the Boys" and "Up in Arms" (both in 1944), "Belle of the Yukon" (1945), and "Till the Clouds Roll By" (1946). She lent her musical voice to two Disney films: "Make Mine Music" (1946) and "Fun and Fancy Free" (1947). Her last starring film role was for Paramount Pictures in "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick" (1952), co-starring Alan Young and Metropolitan Opera star Robert Merrill. Dinah Shore In 1950, Shore went back to RCA with a deal to record 100 sides for $1,000,000. The hits kept coming, but with less frequency, and were not charting as high as in the '40s. Dinah's biggest hits of this era were "My Heart Cries for You" and "Sweet Violets", both peaking at number three in 1951. Several duets with Tony Martin did well, with "A Penny A Kiss" being the most popular, reaching number eight. "Blue Canary" was a 1953 hit and her covers of "Changing Partners" and "If I Give My Heart To You" were popular top twenty hits. "Love and Marriage" and "Whatever Lola Wants" were top twenty hits from 1955. "Chantez, Chantez" was her last top twenty hit, staying on the charts for over twenty weeks in 1957. Shore stayed with RCA until 1959, and during that time released albums including Bouquet of Blues, Once in a While, and Vivacious, which were collections of singles with different orchestras and conductors such as Frank DeVol and Hugo Winterhalter. Moments Like These, a studio album from 1958, recorded in stereo, with orchestra under the musical direction of Harry Zimmerman, who performed the same duties on "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show", being the exception. In 1959 Dinah was wooed from RCA by Capitol Records. She recorded only one "almost" hit for her new label, I Ain't Down Yet, which "bubbled under the hot 100" on Billboard's pop chart, peaking at 102 in 1960. However, she recorded six albums which remain her strongest recording legacy. These were carefully considered "theme albums" that paired Dinah with arranger Nelson Riddle (Dinah, Yes Indeed!) conductor and accompanist Andre Previn (Somebody Loves Me and Dinah Sings, Previn Plays) and jazz's Red Norvo (Dinah Sings Some Blues With Red). Her final two albums for Capitol at this time were Dinah, Down Home and The Fabulous Hits (Newly Recorded). Shore left Capitol in 1962 and recorded only a handful of albums over the next two decades, including Lower Basin Street Revisited for friend Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in 1965, Songs For Sometime Losers (Project 3, 1967), Country Feelin' (Decca, 1969), and Once Upon A Summertime (Stanyan, 1975). Her final studio album was released in 1979, Dinah! Visits Sesame Street, for the Children's Television Workshop. In 2006, DRG released For The Good Times, a CD reissue of "DINAH!," an album recorded for Capitol that had a limited Reader's Digest release in 1976. Shore recorded this album at the height of her talk show fame, and it featured her take on contemporary hits such as 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, The Hungry Years, and Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme from "Mahogany"). Soon after she arrived in New York in 1937, Shore made her first television appearances on experimental broadcasts for NBC. Twelve years later, In 1949 she made her official television show debut on the "Ed Wynn Show" and also made a guest appearance on Bob Hope's first television show in 1950. After being on many other people's television shows, she got her own, "The Dinah Shore Show" in 1951. Vic Schoen was her musical director from 1951-54, and also arranged music for her on the "Colgate Comedy Hour" (1954). She did two 15-minute shows a week for NBC. She won her first of many Emmy awards for the show in 1955. The show was sponsored by Chevrolet. The sponsor's theme song ("See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet") became the singer's signature piece... See the USA in Your Chevrolet Dinah Shore, 1953 In the spring of 1993, Shore was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died of complications of the disease on February 24, 1994, at her home in Beverly Hills, California, five days before her 78th birthday, and was cremated that same day. United States Rubber Company Ad - October 1944
  9. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 32F under clear skies. Turning cloudy this afternoon with a chance of a shower. High of 51F.
  10. Boeing Ad - October 1943 1939: "Elections" are held in Soviet-occupied Poland now called "Western Byelorussia" and "Western Ukraine." The USSR confiscates all property including bank accounts, and replaces Polish currency with the ruble. Poles are fired from their jobs and thrown into jail as the NKVD compiles lists for deportation. Factories, hospitals, schools, are dismantled and shipped to the USSR. Polish education and language is phased out; libraries are closed and books burned. Churches are destroyed and priests arrested. Even the wearing of crosses is forbidden. Owning a typewriter is now a crime.1940: On a convoy in the North Atlantic, Royal Canadian Navy destroyer Margaree collides with freighter Port Fairy in poor visibility, 400 miles west of Ireland. It is the first convoy mission for the destroyer, and 140 lives are lost. *Gina Lollobrigida 1940: British Ambassador in Moscow Sir Stafford Cripps tries to woo Russians with three-point co-operation plan.1940: Deportation of 29,000 German Jews from Baden, the Saar, and Alsace-Lorraine into Vichy France. Gina Lollobrigida 1941: 50 hostages shot in Nantes, France as reprisal for assassination of the German military commander. 50 more to die if the assassin isn't caught. German Major shot in Bordeaux 100 arrested, 50 shot immediately.1941: Russian partisans explode a bomb at Odessa, killing several Romanian and German officers and soldiers. Romanian Dictator Ion Antonescu orders two hundred Russians executed for every officer killed and one hundred Russians executed for every enlisted man killed. Gina Lollobrigida Boeing Ad - October 1944 1942: SS put down a revolt at Sachsenhausen by a group of Jews about to be sent to Auschwitz.1943: The Germans publish a plan to kidnap Hitler, which was allegedly drawn up by the Italians. Gina Lollobrigida 1943: Operation 'Corona' (the jamming of German night-fighter communications) begins during an RAF raid on Kassel.1944: The Red Army continues its drive west and captures several towns near the Russian German border. Gina Lollobrigida *Gina Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco, Italy on July 4, 1927. Gina, destined to be called "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World," possibly had St. Brigid as part of her surname. She was the daughter of a furniture manufacturer, and grew up in the pictorial mountain village. The young Gina did some modeling, and from there went on to participate successfully in several beauty contests. In 1947 she entered a beauty competition for Miss Italy, but came in third. The winner was Lucia Bosé (born 1931) who would go on to appear in over 50 movies, and the first runner-up was Gianna Maria Canale (born 1927), who would appear in almost 50 films. After appearing in a half-dozen films in Italy, it was rumored that in 1947 film tycoon Howard Hughes had her flown to Hollywood; however, this did not result in her staying America, and she returned to Italy (her Hollywood breakout movie wouldn't come until six years later in the John Huston film "Beat the Devil" (1953)). Back in Italy, in 1949, Gina married Milko Skofic, a Yugoslavian doctor, and they had one son (they would be married for 22 years, until they divorced in 1971). As her film roles and national popularity increased, Gina was tagged "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", after her signature movie, La donna più bella del mondo (Beautiful But Dangerous - 1955). Gina was nicknamed la "Lollo," as she embodied the prototype of Italian beauty. Her earthy looks and short "tossed salad" hairdo were especially influential, and in fact there's a type of curly lettuce named "lollo" in honor of her cute hairdo. Gina Lollobrigida She made another notable appearance in "Trapeze" with Burt Lancaster in 1956 and starred in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" the same year. In 1959 she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in "Never So Few" and with Yul Brynner in "Solomon and Sheba". The latter was notable for having Brynner replace Tyrone Power (who died during filming), for being the last film directed by King Vidor, and for an orgy scene extremely licentious for Hollywood motion pictures of that era. In 1961 she made one of her most popular films, "Come September", with Rock Hudson, for which she won the Golden Globe as "World Film Favorite." She co-starred with him again in 1965's "Strange Bedfellows" and appeared alongside Alec Guinness in 1966's "Hotel Paradiso". In 1968 she starred in the enjoyable "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" with Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, and Telly Savalas, the plot of which is the basis for the stage musical "Mamma Mia!". For this role she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Lollobrigida co-starred with Bob Hope in the comedy "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell" and also accompanied Hope on his visits to military troops overseas. By the 1970s her film career had wound down. She appeared in only a few poorly received productions in the early part of the decade. In the mid 80s, she starred in "Falcon Crest" as Francesca Gioberti, a role originally written for Sophia Loren who turned it down. She also had a supporting role in the TV mini series "Deceptions" in 1985 with Stephanie Powers. In 1986, she was the head of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival which awarded the Golden Bear to Reinhard Hauff's film Stammheim, although she herself, infringing the Festival rules, distanced herself publicly from the decision, claiming the decision had been made for political reasons[1]. She made a few minor film appearances in the 1990s. In the 1970s Gina was seen in only a few films, as she took a break from acting and concentrated on another career: photography. Among her subjects were Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí and the German national soccer team. A skilled photographer, Gina had a collection of her work, "Italia Mia," published in 1973. In June, 1999, she turned to politics and ran, unsuccessfully, for one of Italy's 87 European Parliament seats, from her hometown of Subiaco. Gina was also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies. As she told "Parade" magazine in April, 2000: "I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake." (We're glad she made that "mistake.") Gina went on to say: "I've had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I've had too many admirers." TRIVIA: Measurements: 35 1/2-20-35 1/2 (competing in Miss Italy pagaent - 1947), 36- 22- 35 (self-described- 1955), 37-21-35 1/2 (studio fittings 1956-57), 34-23 1/2-34 (measured in 1985), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m) Nickname: The Mona Lisa of the Twentieth Century La Lollo Boeing Ad - October 1944
  11. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 43F with light rain and WSW winds at 16 mph. Cooler and windy today, with Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories for tonight. High of 53F. Low tonight 34F.
  12. Western Electric Ad - October 1943 1939: The Luftwaffe starts attacks against North Atlantic convoys.1939: As war heats up with Germany, the British war cabinet holds its first meeting in the underground war room in London.1939: The Germans start deporting Poles from Posen (Poznan), largest city of western Poland (250,000 people), in their attempt at establishing "pure and Germanic provinces" in Poland. *Dale Evans 1940: Churchill broadcasts to France, 'Frenchmen rearm your spirits before it is too late.' 1941: Units of 6th Army capture Stalino in the industrial Donets Basin. Dale Evans 1942: The South Africa Premier, Field-Marshal Smuts, makes a historic speech to both Houses of Parliament saying, 'The stage is set for the last, the offensive stage'.1942: Eight American and British officers land from a submarine on an Algerian beach to take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings. Western Electric Ad - October 1944 1944: Aachen finally falls to the U.S. First Army, earning the distinction of being the first German city to be captured. 12,000 German prisoners have been taken since the 2nd October. Breskens is captured by the Canadians, but fighting continues for 10 more days in the pocket. 1945: The U-boat pens in Hamburg are blown up by British Engineers using German explosives. Dale Evans *Born Lucille Wood Smith in Uvalde, Texas, her name was changed in infancy to Frances Octavia Smith. She had a tumultuous early life, eloping at the age of 14 with her first husband, Thomas F. Fox. She bore one son, Thomas F. Fox, Jr., when she was 15. Divorced in 1929 at age 17, she married August Wayne Johns that same year, a union that ended in divorce in 1935. She took the name Dale Evans in the early 1930s to promote her singing career. She then married her accompanist and arranger Robert Dale Butts in 1937. In 1947 she married Roy Rogers. The marriage was his third and her fourth. Dale had a son from her first marriage, Tom Jr. Roy had an adopted child, Cheryl, and two natural children, Linda and Roy (Dusty) Jr., from his second marriage. Evans and Rogers together had one child, Robin, and adopted four others: Mimi, Dodie, Sandy, and Debbie. They were married for 51 years. After beginning her career singing at the radio station where she was employed as a secretary, Evans had a productive career as a jazz, swing, and big band singer that led to a screen test and contract with 20th Century Fox studios. She gained exposure on radio as the featured singer for a time on the Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy show. During her time at 20th Century Fox, the studio promoted her as the unmarried supporter of her teenage "brother" Tommy (actually her son Tom Fox, Jr.). This deception continued through her divorce from Butts in 1946, and her development as a cowgirl co-star to Roy Rogers at Republic Studios. Dale Evans Evans married Roy Rogers at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, on New Year's Eve 1947. Rogers ended the deception regarding Tommy. Rogers and Evans were a team on- and off-screen from 1946 until Rogers' death in 1998. Together they had one child, Robin Elizabeth, who died of complications of Down Syndrome shortly before her second birthday. Her life inspired Evans to write her bestseller Angel Unaware. Evans was very influential in changing public perceptions of children with developmental disabilities and served as a role model for many parents. After she wrote Angel Unaware, a group then known as the "Oklahoma County Council for Mentally Retarded Children" adopted its better-known name Dale Rogers Training Center in her honor. Evans went on to write a number of religious and inspirational books. From 1951 to 1957, Dale Evans and her husband starred in the highly successful television series "The Roy Rogers Show", in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. Alice Van-Springsteen served as a double for both Evans and Gail Davis, the actress who starred in the syndicated series Annie Oakley, often performing such tasks as tipping over wagons and jumping railroad track. In addition to her successful TV shows, more than thirty films and some two hundred songs, Evans wrote the well-known song "Happy Trails." In later episodes of the television program, she was outspoken in her Christianity, telling people that God would assist them with their troubles and imploring adults and children to turn to Him for guidance. Dale Evans In the fall of 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program, "The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show", which aired on ABC. It was canceled after three months, losing in the ratings to the first season of The Jackie Gleason Show, another comedy-variety program, on CBS. In the 1970s, Evans recorded several solo albums of religious music. During the 1980s, the couple introduced their films weekly on the former The Nashville Network. In the 1990s, Dale hosted her own religious television program. Evans died of congestive heart failure on February 7, 2001 (aged 88) in Apple Valley, California, two and a half years after the death of her fourth husband Roy Rogers. TRIVIA: Nickname: Queen of the West Queen of the Cowgirls Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Western Electric Ad - October 1945
  13. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 54F with light rain. A few isolated showers this morning. High of 70F. A cold front moves through tonight bringing cold weather for tomorrow. Windy tonight with a low of 38F.
  14. Bendix Ad - October 1942 1943: An allied agreement to set up UN commission on war crimes is announced in London.1943: A delayed-detonation bomb explodes at the central post office in Naples, Italy, injuring seventy-two people. When they retreated three weeks earlier, the Germans left behind scores of booby traps. *Carol Forman 1943: The Russian attacks from Bukrin bridgehead are bloodily repulsed. 1944: The Red Army captures Belgrade, while Yugoslav partisans capture Dubrovnik. Carol Forman 1944: The U.S. Sixth Army landings in the Philippines begin on the East Coast of Leyte, but the 60,000 men sent ashore encounter stiff Japanese resistance.1944: Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after he'd said, "I shall return." Carol Forman *Raven-haired Carol Forman's main claim to fame is the fact that she was one of the first villainesses in serials. There were a few during the silent era, but they were mainly of the regal, imperious type; Carol Forman was not afraid to use her considerable attractiveness to bamboozle the poor saps who tried to stop her nefarious plans for world domination, to steal atomic secrets, or whatever she had up her sleeve. Born Carolyn Sawls on June 9th, 1919 in Epps, Alabama, Carol had desperately wanted to become an actress since childhood, and took every dramatic class and appeared in every play she could while in school. Soon after graduating high school she set out for Hollywood, after her mother had made arrangements for her to board with a singing teacher and study with her. She also took drama lessons and took up with a theatrical company. It was while performing in one of the company's plays that she was spotted by director John Berry, who gave her a part in his RKO film "From This Day Forward" (1946). She did such a good job that the studio put her under contract, but she left after a year. It was in 1947 that she essayed the role that she is probably most famous for: The Spider Woman in Republic's "The Black Widow" (1947). She made a big splash in that part and Republic immediately assigned her to other "bad girl" parts, but she turned them down, not wanting to be pigeonholed in serials. She freelanced for a while, doing a few westerns and a Columbia serial, then returned to Republic for her turn as the villain Nila in 1949's "Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc." (1949). After a few more westerns and another serial for Columbia, though, she basically retired from the screen and turned to work in TV series, theatrical plays and television commercials. Carol Forman died of natural causes on July 9th, 1997 in Burbank, California. Bendix Ad - October 1943
  15. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 49F under clear skies. Another nice day with sunny skies and a high of 73F.
  16. Cadillac Ad - October 1942 1939: Germany officially incorporates western Poland into the Reich. *Betty Hutton 1940: Convoy HX-79 (49 ships), sailing from Halifax in Canada to Britain, is attacked by 5 U-boats between the 19th and 20th October in the North Atlantic. The British lost 12 ships for 75,063 gross tons, while not a single U-boat was lost. The destroyer Venetia sinks after hitting mine in Thames Estuary. 1940: The Australian 7th Division sets sail for the Middle East. Betty Hutton 1941: Army Group Centre finally clears the Vyazma pocket capturing 670,000 Russians, 1,000 tanks and 4,000 guns. Stalin declares state of siege in Moscow and orders its defense to the last. 1941: U.S. freighter "Lehigh" sunk in South Atlantic. Betty Hutton 1942: General Friedrich von Paulus pleads with the Fuhrer and the German High Command for supplies and reinforcements for his army, under seige at Stalingrad. He receives nothing but the order to fight to the last man. 1942: The Japanese submarine I-36 launches a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew report on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft is lost at sea. 1943: The offensive by the US 5th Army along the Volturno river bogs down due to bad weather and a skillful German defense. Royal Crown Cola Ad - October 1943 1944: Field Marshal Model gives up the attempts to relieve Aachen. 1944: The Germans evacuate Belgrade. 1944: Hitler orders the total destruction of Warsaw. The German 4th Army withdraws from the Tilsit area. Betty Hutton 1944: The British capture an important Japanese supply depot at Mohnyin in Burma. 1944: The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). Betty Hutton *Betty Hutton was born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two years later Betty's father decided that the family way of life wasn't for him, so he left (he committed suicide 16 years later). Having to fend for themselves, Mrs. Thornburg moved the family to Detroit to find work in the numerous auto factories there, but times were hard and she decided to take advantage of Prohibition and opened a small tavern, at the time called a speakeasy. The police were always looking for those types of operation, both big and small, and when they detected one, they swooped in and closed it down. Mrs. Thornburg was no different from the other owners, they simply moved elsewhere. Poverty was a constant companion. In addition to that, Mrs. Thornburg was an alcoholic. At nine years old Betty began singing publicly for the first time in a school production. Realizing the voice Betty had, her mother took her around Detroit to have her sing to any group that would listen. This was a small way of getting some money for the poor family. When she was 13 Betty got a few singing jobs with local bands in the area. Thinking she was good enough to make the big time, she left for New York two years later to try a professional career. Unfortunately, it didn't work out and Betty headed back to Detroit. In 1937, Betty was hired by Vincent Lopez who had a popular band that appeared on the local radio. Later, she would return to New York and it was here that her career took off. Betty found herself on Broadway in 1940, and it was only a matter of time before her career took off to bigger heights. The following year she left New York for Hollywood, where she was to find new life in films. She was signed by Paramount Pictures and made her debut, at 21, in "The Fleet's In" (1942), along with Eddie Bracken, William Holden and Dorothy Lamour. Reviews were better than expected, with critics looking favorably upon her work. She had previously appeared in a few musical shorts, which no doubt helped her in her first feature film. She made one more musical in 1942 and two more in 1943. Betty Hutton In 1944 she tried to break away from musicals and try her hand in a screwball comedy, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1944). She proved - to herself, the public and the critics - that she was marketable outside musicals. In subsequent films Betty was able to show her comedic side as well as her singing. In 1948 she appeared in her first big box-office bomb, "Dream Girl" (1948), which was ripped to shreds by critics, as was Betty's acting, and the movie flopped at the box office. It wasn't long before Betty became unhappy with her career. In truth she had the acting talent, but the parts she got weren't the types to showcase that. Though she did appear in three well received films later, "Red, Hot and Blue" (1949), "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950) and "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952), her career was winding down. Later, after filming "Somebody Loves Me" (1952), Betty was all but finished. She had married Charles O'Curran that year and he wanted to direct her in an upcoming film. Paramount didn't like the idea and the temper tantrum-prone Betty walked out of her contract and movies. She did concentrate on the relatively new medium of television and the stage, but she never recovered her previous form. Her final film was a minor one, "Spring Reunion" (1957). Her TV series, "The Betty Hutton Show" (1959), didn't fare too well at all. After the 1967 death of her mother in a house fire and the collapse of her last marriage, Hutton's depression and pill addictions escalated. She divorced her fourth husband, jazz trumpeter Pete Candoli, and declared bankruptcy. Hutton had a nervous breakdown and later attempted suicide after losing her singing voice in 1970. After regaining control of her life through rehab, and the mentorship of a Roman Catholic priest, Father Peter Maguire, Hutton converted to Roman Catholicism and took a job as a cook at a rectory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She made national headlines when it was revealed she was working in a rectory. In 1974, a well-publicized "Love-In for Betty Hutton" was held at New York City's Riverboat Restaurant, emceed by comedian Joey Adams, with several old Hollywood pals on hand. The event raised $10,000 (USD) for Hutton and gave her spirits a big boost. Steady work, unfortunately, still eluded her. Hutton appeared in an interview with Mike Douglas and a brief guest appearance in 1975 on the TV series "Baretta". In 1977, Hutton was featured on "The Phil Donahue Show". Hutton was then happily employed as hostess at a Newport Rhode Island jai alai arena. She also appeared on "Good Morning America which led to a 1978 televised reunion with her two daughters. Hutton began living in shared home with her divorced daughter and grandchildren in California, but returned to the East Coast for a 3 week return to the stage where she followed Dorothy Loudon as the evil Miss Hannigan in "Annie on Broadway" in 1980. Hutton's rehearsal of the song "Little Girls" was featured on "Good Morning America". A ninth grade drop-out, Hutton went back to school and earned a Master's Degree in psychology from Salve Regina University. During her time at college, Hutton became friends with Kristin Hersh and attended several early Throwing Muses concerts. Hersh would later write Elizabeth June as a tribute to her friend. Hersh would later document their relationship in further detail in her autobiography, Rat Girl. Betty Hutton Her last known performance in any medium was on "Jukebox Saturday Night", which aired on PBS in 1983. Hutton stayed in New England and began teaching comedic acting at Boston's Emerson College. She became estranged again from her daughters. After the death of her ally Father Maguire, Hutton returned to California, moving to Palm Springs in 1999 after decades in New England. Hutton hoped to grow closer with her daughters and grandchildren, as she told Robert Osborne on TCM's "Private Screenings" in April 2000, though her children remained distant. She told Osborne that she understood their hesitancy to accept a now elderly mother. The TCM interview first aired on July 18, 2000. The program was rerun as a memorial on the evening of her death in 2007, and again on July 11, 2008, April 14, 2009 and as recently as January 26, 2010. Hutton lived in Palm Springs, California until her death caused by complications from colon cancer at 86 years of age. Hutton is buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Betty Hutton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Spouse: Pete Candoli (24 December 1960 - 18 June 1967) (divorced) 1 child Alan Livingston (8 March 1955 - 21 October 1960) (divorced) Charles O'Curran (18 March 1952 - 21 February 1955) (divorced) Ted Briskin (3 September 1945 - April 1950) (divorced) 2 children Cadillac Ad - October 1943
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    Monday

    Morning all. 42F under clear skies. Sunny and quiet weather continues today with a high of 75F.
  18. Nestlé Ad - October 1944 1939: The Russians prepare to hand over 30,000 Polish soldiers and refugees to the Nazis who respond with their own prisoner exchange. 1939: The first Jewish ghetto is established in Lublin. *Andrea King 1940: Britain reopens the Burma road, which had been closed for three months on the condition of progress being made towards peace between Japan and China. This hadn't happened. Andrea King - Pin-up Girl, Aug. 10, 1945 Issue of YANK, the Army Weekly 1941: German units are now only 80 miles west of Moscow. 1941: Raids began against sub pens on Bay of Biscay, to protect North Africa invasion, but pens survived with 12-foot concrete roofs, defended by Luftwaffe's Me109 and FW190 fighters. Andrea King 1942: Hitler orders German troops to shoot all captured allied commandos, 'to the last man'. 1942: An advance party of four Norwegian Special Operations Executive (SOE) Commandos are dropped by parachute to reconnoitre the area around the German 'heavy water' (atomic weapons development) plant at Telemark, Norway. Andrea King 1942: The advance by Army Group A toward the Black Sea port of Tuapse is halted due to difficult terrain and stubborn Soviet resistance. 1942: After intensifying their raids during the early part of the October, German and Italian daylight bombing raids over Malta are finally suspended. The drain on aircraft being sent to other fronts has left little alternative. 1942: Vice Admiral William F. Halsey named as the new commander of the South Pacific Area, in charge of the Solomons-New Guinea campaign. Andrea King 1943: Japanese troops go on a murderous rampage in China, burning to death the populations of several villages and forcing peasants to jump blindfolded off cliffs. Wright Aircraft Engines Ad - October 1944 1944: The call up for the Volksturm begins in Germany, with all able-bodied men from 16 to 60 to be conscripted. German radio says 50,000 officers have been killed so far in war. Himmler becomes Commander-in-Chief, Forces of Interior. 1944: German forces thrust into Slovakia. Andrea King 1944: Russian troops cross the Norwegian frontier. 1944: Lt. General Joseph Stilwell is recalled from China by president Franklin Roosevelt. Andrea King 1944: Fourteen B-29s based on the Marianas attack the Japanese base at Truk. 1945: The first open session of the International Military War Crimes Tribunal indicts 21 top Nazis. Andrea King *Andrea King was born Georgette André Barry in Paris, France, however she lived there only two months before her mother, Belle Hart, brought her back to the United States. Belle was an ambulance driver on the front lines during World War I, as well as a dancer with the renowned Isadora Duncan. Andrea was raised in Forest Hills, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, and adopted her stepfather's surname of McKee when she began acting professionally at the age of 14. Prior to signing with Warner Bros. in 1944, she appeared in three Broadway plays and two national companies, and managed to squeeze in her first screen appearance in The March of Time's first feature-length film entitled "The Ramparts We Watch" (1940). After signing with Warner Bros. and changing her professional name, Andrea's career took off very quickly, and she appeared in nine films in 18 months. King appeared uncredited in the Bette Davis film, "Mr. Skeffington" (1944). The Warner Bros. studio photographers voted Andrea the most photogenic actress on the lot for the year 1945. Her first leading role came early on with "Hotel Berlin" (1945), and until she left the studio system in 1946, she continued on as a glamorous, often mysterious leading lady. King was originally cast to play Dr. Lilith Ritter in Edmund Goulding's film noir classic "Nightmare Alley", but she choose instead a memorable role as sophisticated Marjorie Lundeen in "Ride the Pink Horse" (1947). Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, she continued to work steadily in leading roles and "bad girl" second leads, and made many starring television appearances as well, most notably in the original 1953 live broadcast of "Witness for the Prosecution" for "Lux Video Theatre" (1950) opposite Edward G. Robinson. For her early work in television she received one of the first stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Andrea King In the early 1950s, she moved away from films and began making many television appearances on such programs as "Fireside Theatre", "Cheyenne", "Dragnet", "Mike Hammer", "77 Sunset Strip", "The Donna Reed Show" and Perry Mason. Andrea continued to make occasional TV and film appearances through the late 1990s, until shortly before her death on April 22, 2003 from natural causes at the age of 84. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 5" (1.66 m) Spouse: Nat Willis (6 October 1940 - 27 July 1970) (his death) 1 child Wright Aircraft Engines Ad - October 1945
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    Sunday

    Morning all. 39F under clear skies. Sunny and a tad warmer with a high of 69F.
  20. Packard Ad - October 1942 1939: French troops are pushed back in the Saar region. 1939: President Roosevelt prepares to sign an executive order closing all U.S. ports to submarines from belligerent nations. *Patricia Neal 1941: Destroyer USS Kearny damaged by German torpedo off Iceland; 11 Americans are killed. 1941: US House of Representatives allow merchantmen to be armed. Patricia Neal 1941: Taganrog on the Sea of Azov is captured by Army Group South. 1941: Kimmel improves naval reconnaissance at Pearl Harbor but not 360-degree nor 24-hour patrols. Packard Ad - October 1943 1943: The US and Japan exchange 3,000 civilian prisoners in Goa. 1944: German forces successfully repulse heavy Soviet attacks near Debrecen. 1944: Eichmann returns to Hungary. Patricia Neal *Neal was born Patsy Louise Neal, in Packard, Whitley County, Kentucky, to William Burdette and Eura Petrey Neal. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she attended Knoxville High School, and studied drama at Northwestern University. She was best known for her roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951), wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), and middle-aged housekeeper Alma Brown in "Hud" (1963), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. After moving to New York, she accepted her first job as understudy in the Broadway production of "The Voice of the Turtle". Next she appeared in "Another Part of the Forest" (1946), winning a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play, in the first presentation of the Tony awards. In 1949, Neal made her film debut in "John Loves Mary". Her appearance the same year in "The Fountainhead" coincided with her on-going affair with her married co-star, Gary Cooper. By 1952, Neal had starred in "The Breaking Point", "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Operation Pacific", starring John Wayne. She suffered a nervous breakdown around this time, following the end of her relationship with Cooper, and left Hollywood for New York, returning to Broadway in a revival of "The Children's Hour", in 1952. She also acted in "A Roomful of Roses" in 1955 and as the mother in "The Miracle Worker" in 1959. In films, she starred in "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) and co-starred in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961). In 1963, Neal won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Hud", co-starring with Paul Newman. When the film was initially released it was predicted she would be a nominee in the supporting actress category, but when she began collecting awards, they were always for Best Leading Actress, from the New York Film Critics, the National Board of Review and a BAFTA award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Three years later, in 1965, she was reunited with John Wayne in Otto Preminger's "In Harm's Way" winning her second BAFTA Award. Patricia Neal Neal was offered the role of Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate" (1967), but turned it down, feeling it came too soon after her three 1965 strokes. She returned to the big screen in "The Subject Was Roses" (1968), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She later starred as Olivia Walton in the television movie "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" (1971), which was the pilot episode for The Waltons. Although she won a Golden Globe for her performance, she was not invited to reprise the role in the television series; the part went to Michael Learned. (In a 1999 interview with the Archive of American Television, Waltons creator Earl Hamner said he and producers were unsure if Neal's health would allow her to commit to the grind of a weekly television series.) Neal played a dying widowed mother trying to find a home for her three children in a moving 1975 episode of NBC's "Little House on the Prairie". In 1978, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville dedicated the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in her honor. The center serves as part of Neal's advocacy for paralysis victims. She appeared in Center advertisements throughout 2006. In 2007, Neal worked on Silvana Vienne's innovative critically-acclaimed art movie "Beyond Baklava: The Fairy Tale Story of Sylvia's Baklava", appearing as herself in the portions of the documentary talking about alternative ways to end violence in the world. Also in 2007, Neal received one of two annually-presented Lifetime Achievement Awards at the SunDeis Film Festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. (Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider was the recipient of the other.) She often appeared on the Tony Awards telecast, possibly because she was the last surviving winner from the first ceremony. Her original Tony was lost, so she was given a replacement by Bill Irwin when they presented the Best Actress Award to Cynthia Nixon in 2006. Patricia Neal In April 2009, Neal received a lifetime achievement award from WorldFest Houston on the occasion of the debut of her film, Flying By. Neal was a long-term actress with Philip Langner's Theatre at Sea/Sail With the Stars productions with the Theatre Guild. In her final years she would appear in a number of health care videos, including The Healing Influence. During the filming of "The Fountainhead" (1949), Neal had an affair with her married co-star, Gary Cooper, whom she had met in 1947 when she was 21 and he was 46. By 1950, Cooper's wife, Veronica, had found out about the relationship and sent Neal a telegram demanding they end it. Neal became pregnant by Cooper, but he persuaded her to have an abortion. Shortly after the abortion, Cooper punched Neal in the face after he caught Kirk Douglas trying to seduce her. The affair ended, but not before Cooper's daughter, Maria (now Maria Cooper Janis, born 1937), spat at Neal in public. Years after Cooper's death, Maria and her mother Veronica reconciled with Neal. Neal met British writer Roald Dahl at a dinner party hosted by Lillian Hellman in 1951. They married on July 2, 1953, at Trinity Church in New York. The marriage produced five children: Olivia Twenty (April 20, 1955 November 17, 1962); Chantal Tessa Sophia (b. 1957); Theo Matthew (b. 1960); Ophelia Magdalena (b.1964); and Lucy Neal (b. 1965). Her granddaughter Sophie Dahl is a noted actress and model. Patricia Neal In the early 1960s, the couple suffered through grievous injury to one child and the death of another. On December 5, 1960, their son Theo, four months old, suffered brain damage when his baby carriage was struck by a taxicab in New York City. On November 17, 1962, their daughter, Olivia, died at age 7 from measles encephalitis. On February 5, 1965, while on location filming "7 Women" (1966), a pregnant Patricia was bathing daughter Tessa at a rented home when she suffered a massive, paralyzing stroke, followed by two more. Baby Lucy was later born on August 4, 1965 healthy but in its aftermath, the actress suffered from partial paralysis, partial blindness, she lost her memory and was unable to speak. Husband Roald Dahl had her undergo extensive therapy back in England, including swimming, walking, memory games and crossword puzzles. Neal and Dahl's 30-year marriage ended in divorce in 1983 after Dahl's affair with Neal's friend, Felicity Crosland. In 1981, Glenda Jackson played her in a television movie, The Patricia Neal Story which co-starred Dirk Bogarde as Neal's husband Roald Dahl. Neal's autobiography, "As I Am", was published in 1988. Neal died at her home in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, August 8, 2010, of lung cancer at age 84. She had converted to Catholicism four months before her death and was laid to rest in the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m) Her classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae, Charlton Heston, Martha Hyer, and Agnes Nixon. Personal Quotes "John Wayne had enormous appeal for the public, but I did not find him appealing in the least. I think my charms were lost on him too. He was going through marital problems, which kept him in a bad humor all the time. Duke was at odds with the director and could be a bully, particularly with a gay publicity man, who seemed to draw his wrath at every turn." - On Operation Pacific (1951) [when she heard Paul Newman died] "Somebody came in and told me that Paul had died, and I was heartbroken, because he was a beautiful man. I knew that he was a little ill, and I knew that he was probably going to die, but you know it's just so heartbreaking when one hears it." "I've had a lovely time." - Patricia Neal's last words while on her deathbed. Packard Ad - October 1944
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    Saturday

    Morning all. 36F under clear skies. Turned the furnace for the first time this fall, as the indoor temp was down to 63F this morning. Clear and a bit breezy this afternoon with a high today of 61F.
  22. Oldsmobile Ad - October 1942 1939: A German air attack damages the British cruisers HMS Southampton, HMS Edinburgh and the destroyer HMS Mohawk in the Firth of Forth, in Scotland. 1939: Heavy German attack on Western Front halted. 1939: German bombers attack Forth and Rosyth bridges. *Barbara Bates 1940: Benjamin O. Davis becomes the U.S. Army's first African American Brigadier General. 1940: U-124 torpedoes and sinks the merchant ship Trevisa of Convoy SC-7 south of Iceland, 7 are killed. Convoy SC-7 (30 ships) is on the final leg of its journey from Sydney to Aberdeen, and is attacked by 7 U-boats in the North Atlantic between the 16th and 19th October. Losses amount to 20 ships for 79,646 gross tons. No U-boats were lost. Barbara Bates - Pin-up Girl in the Jun. 1, 1945 Issue of YANK, the Army Weekly 1941: Moscow now considered in real jeopardy. Following the evacuation of the Soviet government and diplomatic corps from Moscow to Kuibyshev, panic begins to spread among the civilian population, with thousands fleeing the city to places further east, but Stalin decides to stay. Odessa falls to the Romanians after a Soviet evacuation by sea. During the 2 month siege, the Romanians have suffered 98,000 casualties. 1941: The Japanese government falls. Prince Konoye is replaced by Hideki Tojo, Japan's minister of war. 1941: Admiral Harold R Stark, US chief of Naval Operations warns of potential hostilities between Japan and the USSR and possibly between Japan and the USA. Barbara Bates 1942: The naval convoys assemble for Operation 'Torch', the Anglo-American landings in French North Africa. 1942: The Japanese are forced back by Australians at Templeton Crossing, New Guinea. The shelling of Henderson Airfield continues. Oldsmobile Ad - October 1943 1943: Vatutin launches a 4-day breakout attempt from the Bukrin bridgehead south of Kiev. Koniev launches an offensive to cut off the First Panzer Army on Dnieper River. 1943: Jews in Rome rounded up, with over 1,000 sent to Auschwitz. Barbara Bates 1944: The U.S. First Army surrounds Aachen. 1944: The Red Army enters German territory near Goldap in East Prussia. Thousands of German civilians flee the area in panic. Barbara Bates 1944: U.S. Rangers land on islands in an approach to Leyte Gulf, in the Philippines. 1945: Peron returns to Argentine politics as a strong man. Barbara Bates **1946: Ten Nazi war criminals are hanged in Nuremberg, Germany. These including the Fuhuer's top military advisor, General Alfred Jodl. In a posthumous retrail in 1953, the courts rule that Jodl was involved only in regular military operations and clear his name of all charges. Barbara Bates *Barbara Bates, a lovely, demure, but very troubled young spirit, began her career at age 19. Groomed in obscure starlet bits, it wasn't until Warner Bros. signed her up in 1947 and perpetuated an appealing girl-next-door image that things started happening for her. Born the eldest of three daughters to a postal clerk on August 6, 1925 in Denver, Colorado, Barbara initially trained in ballet and modeled clothes as a teen. Fighting off a life-long paralyzing shyness, she nevertheless managed to be persuaded to enter a local Denver beauty contest with the winner receiving two round-trip train tickets to Tinseltown. Not only did she win but meeting husband-to-be Cecil Coan, a United Artist publicist, during that trip altered the course of Barbara's life forever. Settling in Hollywood, it took some time before she started making decent strides as a bobbysoxer ingénue. During her peak she appeared opposite a number of impressive leading men and ladies including Bette Davis in "June Bride" (1948), Danny Kaye in "The Inspector General" (1949), Elizabeth Taylor in "Rhapsody" (1954), and even Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis in their laugh-inducing vehicle "The Caddy" (1953), to name a few. Interestingly, the one role Barbara will always be identified with is also one of the smallest parts given her during her brief tenure as leading lady. In the very last scene of "All About Eve" (1950), she turns up in the role of Phoebe, a devious school girl/wannabe actress who shows startling promise as a future schemer, goaded on by the equally ruthless star she idolizes, Eve Harrington, played by Anne Baxter. Barbara's image is enshrined in the picture's last scene -- posing in front of a three-way mirror while holding Baxter's just-received acting award. It is this brief, breathtaking moment for which she will always be remembered. Barbara Bates Barbara's on-and-off stage life started unraveling not long after. She became a victim of extreme mood shifts, insecurity, ill health and chronic depression to the point of being taken off two important movies during filming. By 1954, she was washed up in Hollywood. She tried to salvage her career in England and was picked up by the Rank Organization for a time but her films were mediocre and she proved too emotionally unreliable to continue. She finally abandoned her career altogether in 1957 and was not heard of until her death. It was learned that she had retreated to Denver and worked in various minor job capacities including stints as a secretary, dental assistant and hospital aide. Her much older husband and chief supporter, Cecil Coan, died of cancer in January of 1967, and Barbara fell apart. Although she remarried in December of 1968 to a childhood friend, sportscaster William Reed, she remained increasingly despondent. On March 18, 1969, just months after her marriage to Reed, Barbara Bates committed suicide in her mother's garage by carbon monoxide poisoning. She was 43 years old. Another sad, tragic ending to a promising Hollywood beauty who seemed destined to have it all. Oldsmobile Ad - October 1943
  23. If Stivers story is true, he was a very gullible person.
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    Friday

    Morning all. 47F and overcast with light rain. A few light showers this morning, then turning partly cloudy. High today of 60F.
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