Happy Birthday Terence Stamp 7-22-1939

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British actor, writer, and author Terence Stamp was born on July 22, 1939.
His career has spanned over four decades and out of hiss body of work I would have to say his portrayal of Toby Dammit is my particular favorite. Directed by Federico Fellini as part of an Edgar Allen Poe trilogy entitled Histoires Extraordinaires (Spirits Of The Dead), this is a very cool cult classic containing two other films directed by Roger Vadim and Louis Malle, starring Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda ,Alain Delon, and Peter Fonda.

Allen Mez’ Newest Smigly Animation Lampoons Big Brother

Once again renaissance man Allen Mezquida (aka Allen Mez) has come through with a brand new piece of Smigly animation entitled The Big Bank,which lampoons life in the era of Big Brother, identity theft, and economic turmoil.
His new site (Smigly.TV) contains the entire cartoon series, including merchandise, marketing blogs and various musings by Smigly on the state of life in the new millennium.

Before Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk, There Were Astronauts –1969

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk. For those of us who were alive then, it was a “where were you when” moment. I’ll never forget that summer in 1969 when I was five years old. The preceding months were all things “space”- shows, jokes, toys, food (remember Space Food Sticks & Tang?). Finally the great moment was upon us. My parents had a vacation home in a quaint little beach community nearby Huntington Beach. It was a perfect day out, and I was called inside from the beachfront by my father. There in front of the small black & white t.v. screen, our family and friends gathered to see this historical moment in history. As a child, I knew that this was a big deal, yet as the whole thing took place I felt a bit disappointed at how slooooowwww the astronauts moved, at how dark the moon was, and how difficult it was to hear what they were saying to Mission Control. My next “where were you when moment” was some ten years later when John Lennon was shot.

1926 Bugatti Type 40 Boattail

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Some years back, while restoring a 1929 Ford Model A roadster, I was referred to Lucas Engineering (Long Beach, Ca) for a set of newly manufactured tires. As I set foot in the show room, I was taken aback by a 1926 (?) Bugatti Type 40 like the one pictured above (this might actually be the same car). I had never seen one up close and personal, and was completely awed by its incredible design and materials, especially the engine. The owner had kept it in pristine condition and took it out for occasional outings, once racing it against a late model Corvette, keeping right up to speed with it. I’m not sure how many of these were manufactured or have survived over the years, but this is one of my all time favorite racers.

Kings Row -1942

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I recently watched Kings Row for the first time while my sister was in town visiting. She had just finished reading the novel (written by Henry Bellamann) and was eager to see if the film was any good. According to Grace Metalious, this novel was a huge influence when she wrote Peyton Place some fifteen years later. The story is a similar tale of small town scandal, and the film was actually better than either of us had anticipated, adhering faithfully to the book (except for a crappy Hollywood ending). This is also considered to be the only good film of Ronald Reagan’s acting career (go figure). The musical score was written by Erich Wofgang Korngold and the main melodic motif sounded almost note for note like the Star Wars theme. I don’t know if this was a subliminal lift (unintended identity theft) from John Williams or not (I’m guessing it’s a coincidence), but I’m not the only person to have noticed. Just recently I found this YouTube vid comparing the two themes. Check it out and see for yourself.

Julius Shulman R.I.P.

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(by Claudia Luther)
Julius Shulman, whose luminous photographs of homes and buildings brought fame to a number of mid-20th century Modernist architects and made him a household name in the architectural world, died Wednesday night. He was 98.
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