Thursday, July 31, 2008

Useless Information

More TV/movie trivia for you:

Cap’n Crunch’s first name is Horatio.

Charlie Brown’s school was called Birchwood Elementary School.

Bullwinkle was named after a Ford dealer in Berkeley, CA.

Mr. Spacely’s first name on "The Jetsons” is Cosmo (Cosmo G. Spacely).

Gopher’s first name on "The Love Boat" was Burl.

Marge Simpson’s maiden name is Bouvier.

Hoss Cartwright’s first name was Eric.  Foghat once had a guitar player named Erik Cartwright.

Jughead’s full name on "The Archies" was Forsythe P. Jones III.

Krusty The Clown’s name is Herschel Krustofsky.

The full names of "Scooby-Doo" characters: Freddy Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers. Scooby's last name apparently was "Doo".

McLean Stevenson of "M*A*S*H" was the second cousin once removed of unsuccessful Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson.  He died the day before Roger Bowen, who played Col. Blake in the M*A*S*H movie.  McLean was named after the Illinois county he was born in.

Jean Stapleton of "All In The Family" turned down the lead role in “Murder, She Wrote” that went to Angela Lansbury.

Carrie Snodgress was nearly cast as Adrian in Rocky but lost the role because of a salary dispute.

Johnny Carson nearly got the role of Rob Petrie on the "Dick Van Dyke Show", to wit (to what?), it would've been called the "Johnny Carson Show", I suppose.

The late Spencer Tracy was offered The Penguin role on “Batman” before Burgess Meredith took it.

Bea Benaderet of "Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction" fame was nearly cast as Ethel Mertz on “I Love Lucy”.

The late Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet on “Batman”) was a contender for the role of Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show", but was under contract to do "Leave It To Beaver" (as Larry’s mother) and had to turn it down.  She later recommended her friend Frances Bavier for the role.

Late actor Jack Cassidy (David and Shaun's dad) turned down the role of Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".  Dumbass.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Nothing matters but the weekend..."

…from a Tuesday point of view.”The Kings, “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide”

Great lyric from another somewhat-forgotten classic song.

Southern California had a pretty strong 5.4-magnitude earthquake between L.A. and San Diego today.  No major damage or injuries, evidently, so all is well, in spite of a few aftershocks.  I have to admit that I’m secretly hoping there will be an earthquake while I visit California during my upcoming trip in a couple weeks.  Not a big one that causes damage, mind you, but one kinda like today, just so I can say I’ve experienced one.  By the way, where did they get the term “temblor” to use instead of earthquake?  Sounds so wimpy!  To me, a temblor sounds like something you drink out of…

According to ESPN today, K.C. Royals outfielder Jose Guillenwhom they shelled out eleventy-million bucks this past off-seasonsays he already wants to be traded.  You know what I say?  I say they should trade his whiny bitch ass, then!  He’s done nothing but piss and moan since he arrived here, he’s alienated the fans, his manager, the bat boys, et al, and yet he still has this legion of apologists whom claim he’s merely been misunderstood and that he’s really a nice guy.  Uhhh, this guy has a history of this kind of behavior, and the team knew that long before they ever signed him.  Guillen claims this season has been “a living hell” because certain player moves promised by the Royals haven’t been made to make them a contender, and that’s why he wants to leave.  Hey Jose, if you were hitting .340 and the rest of the team sucked, then you might have a leg to stand on, but your batting average is a very average .260, so as Eddie Murphy once said (as Richard Pryor responding to Bill Cosby), “Have a Coke and a smile and shut the fuck up!”

It was announced last week that our local doggie and horsey tracks, The Woodlands over in K.C.K., are closing soon.  No big shock, as the place has been struggling for over a decade now.  When it first opened, it was a fun time to go out there with a group of friends, hang out and try to win a few bucks on the dogs, but after a few years the novelty wore off, the riverboats casinos took over and The Woodlands didn’t stand a chance.  Sad, but inevitable.

The Summer Olympics from Beijing will soon be upon us.  I love the Winter Olympics, but for some reason I have great difficulty getting fired-up for the Summer Games.  The summer events just don’t quite honk my hooter like bobsledding, speed skating, hockey, luge and ski jumping do.  Track and field, swimming and gymnastics don’t excite me nearly as much, and basketball in the summer just doesn’t work for me.  Oh well, I’ll be on vacation during most of the Beijing games anyway.

Roll upfor the Tragical History Tour!  I’ve booked passage on a rather interesting excursion while in L.A. called Dearly Departed that I found via the slightly morbid but ever-fascinating Find A Death website.  The guy that runs the site and tour has been on E! Entertainment, VH-1, and numerous other TV outlets, and is quite the expert on celebrity demises.  The tour comes highly recommended, and includes stops by where the Tate-LaBianca murders happened, as well as the Menendez murders, et al, numerous stars’ homes, the “Happy Days” house (and you thought it was really in Milwaukee) and even the toilet where George Michael got busted for wanking!  It’s a tad pricey at $35, but I was planning to check out some of these locations on my own anyway, and this will save me the time and trouble of looking for them.

“The Best Of My Love”THE EAGLES (1975)  “Wastin’ our time on cheap talk and wine…”  I was only nine when I first heard this, and thought Don Henley was singing something about some “Cheap talkin’ whine…”

Has anyone come up with another word for 'thesaurus' yet?