Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There are a number of recurring characters in the Johnny Dollar series, especially when Bob Bailey was the actor and the series ran for 30 minutes. One of these was Alvin Peabody Cartwright, an eccentric old gentleman. He was portrayed by Howard McNear, famous as Floyd the Barber on the Andy Griffith TV show.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It is interesting hearing people use "aren't" incorrectly in attempt to be correct by avoiding "ain't." Such as, "I am supposed to be here, aren't I?"

"I am supposed to be here, are I not?" That obviously is not correct. If they had used "ain't," they would have been gramatically correct: "I am supposed to be here, am I not?"

"Ain't" is informal, but it is not always incorrect. It is a contraction of "am not," and in places where "am not" is correct, "ain't" is also correct.

Friday, August 26, 2011

What a profound quote from Presidential candidate Ron Paul:

“And so, our government continues to spend trillions of dollars in overseas foreign wars while we face unsustainable debt, a looming dollar crisis, and our Constitution seems to lose any meaning. These actions will sink our country if we do not reverse course.”

Thursday, August 25, 2011

William Powell is fast becoming one of my favorite actors. He was superb in understated comedies like the Thin Man series, but could also do serious roles. Really enjoyable to watch.
I do not understand how that, with satellites that can see in our back yards and all the other technological advantages governments have, we can have lost Moammar Gadhafi.

Your - pronounce it correctly

"Yore" is a word. It rhymes with "bore." "Your" does not rhyme with "bore."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Have you ever wondered about those "removed" cousins? Here is a handy chart showing the "degrees of consanguinity." Important for legal reasons, I understand.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

1980 was HOT!

1980 still champ.
1980 still holds the record for the worst summer in my memory. This year was well on the way to challenging it, but the recent break in the heat and the rain took it out of the running. True, it never got to 114 in 1980, but it just went on and on, well into September.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How many sponsors of radio shows can you name off the tops of your heads?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fibber is #1

In my humble opinion, the #1 spot in radio shows is no contest. It has to be Fibber and Molly. It just has a place all by itself because of several factors.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shlomo Shakespeare

Most people are not aware that William Shakespeare had an older brother, Shlomo, who was also a playwrite, but who never achieved the success of his younger sibling.

One of Shlomo's better efforts was his play "MacSnerd." In one scene from this play, Lady MacSnerd, the queen of Scotland, is confronting the castle mutt after he had committed an indiscretion on the floor of the great hall. In her indignation, she pointed forcefully toward the front door and shouted, "Out, out, dadgummed Spot." Somehow, the scene just did not come off very well, and the play, like all his others, was not a success.

Question: What is the significance of the number 137596?

It was the private investigator's license number of Sam Spade on the radio program.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Proof of guilt

People often forget that the U. S. judicial system does not deal in guilt or innocence. It deals only with proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, or the lack of that proof.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Soap in shower stalls

Hostesses, please remember that old men very often are far-sighted and cannot read fine print up close, but it is downright inconvenient to wear glasses in the shower. Thus, when you go into the shower stall and there is no bar of soap, only bottles containing unknown liquids, it is hard to know if you are about to apply shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or some other substance. On the other hand, a plain, old-fashioned bar of soap is hard to mistake.