More Of 248's Moments - Osgood To Now!
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"And So It Goes"
Unlike previous sections where PE 248 seemed to move about, somewhat chronologically, through almost sixty years; this part will touch people, items, activities, and even events of importance to the writer, and we hope to the interest of our readers.
It will move from topic to topic and not in any particular order. We have chosen a "declaration" by a well-known personality to open the Page, and the Page concludes when this "declaration" is repeated by another. The ending will be recognizable.
So It Begins.
He Was Unique And Famous For Saying:
"I Know Who I Am!"
- NFL History Was Made September 21st, 1970 When The Television Announcer Said -
"Good Evening Ladies & Gentlemen This Is Howard Cosell Coming To You
From Municipal Stadium In Cleveland, Ohio
For A Game Between The New York Jets & The Cleveland Browns
And - This Is Monday Night Football!"
Howard's opener - along with fellow announcers, Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, and Al Michaels ushered many MNF Broadcasts into our home. However, our first introduction to the NFL/AFL came in 1968 when Paul Brown organized the Cincinnati Bengals at Nippert Stadium, not to forget a memorable Baltimore Colts/New York Jets Game, January 12th, 1969, when "Broadway Joe" Namath made his Winning-Promise still remembered today and credited, by many, with solidifying Professional Football in America. It was called Super Bowl III.
All the above put the National Football League on our Family's Sports Agenda, and we remain committed to:
"Put Me In Coach - I'm Ready To Play!"
The Orange & Black|
They've Earned Their Stripes|
Remember! This Page Is Not An Events Calendar.
It's "Potpourri" Related To "A Moment In Time"
When Will It End? When It Is Finished & "You" Will Know!
"Moving On" & Heading South!
It was late 1944, when an 18-year-old-kid from Osgood, Indiana landed (actually by train) at Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi, and if you have viewed the Movie or DVD titled, Biloxi Blues, starring Mathew Broderick and Christopher Walken, their basic-training story parallels (somewhat) an adventure in this Osgood Person's Life.
"Keesler Field Chronicle"
For viewers of Neil Simon's Broadway & Movie hit, we notice our time at Keesler was much like "Jerome's" who was actually writer Neil Simon re-living
his time at Kessler through the "main character" in the story, and as we compared ourself to Jerome, like Neil Simon, we didn't get a freebie either.
How Did Keesler Field Basic Training Lead To New Orleans?
The Squadron Bulletin Board advertised for Band Instrumentalists who could qualify for the Keesler Field Marching Band, and those meeting standards would be free from all Kitchen Police Details plus have a chance to qualify for a weekend-pass to New Orleans!
A quick telephone call to Osgood - "Send The Trumpet" - Years of practice and Ripley County Band experience were about to be put to the test.
From Osgood/Home Files
"Sycamore Street Practice"
We made the cut and often played, in the evenings, for the Kids who were rapidly changing to Soldiers - Thanks to the Army and our Drill Sergeant, who was not totally unlike the one in Biloxi Blues.
At Basic Training's conclusion, the Marching Band participated in a special program for the Keesler Field Commanding Officer, and following our Drill-Field Performance the Band Director handing me a week-end pass. It was on the bus and off to New Orleans!
Oh My Gosh!
The bus from Biloxi unloaded its passengers on Canal Street - Not far from New Orleans' French Quarter, and one trip down Rue Bourbon changed our view of the "World" we knew forever.
The Clock Moves Forward To March 1978:
The years between "1948 to 1978" are covered in the first two sections of this writing, and the stage now sets as mentioned in the caption.
Those writings cover a time-frame when plans were made for a special "30th Anniversary Celebration" on Bourbon Street, and the New Orleans Police were called for a French Quarter Hotel recommendation.
Royal Sonesta On Bourbon Street
The Royal Sonesta is a 483 Room, Four-Star Luxury Hotel located at 300 Bourbon Street in the Heart of the French Quarter, and when the Doorman opens the front entrance, you step onto, what we believe to be, the most Famous and Recognizable street in the World - Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
We visited The Quarter on a weekend pass from the Army in 1945 and vowed to return. We have re-visited five times, but here we are in 1978, and before we travel up and down Rue Bourbon, let us call attention to a happening several years ago, near Sonesta.
Earl Meets Blaze:
In the heart of the French Quarter there is a famous Bourbon Street Strip Club where the Governor of Louisiana fell in love with (Headline) Stripper Blaze Starr, and their story is told in a Movie titled "Blaze" featuring one of our favorite actors, Paul Newman, playing the part of the Governor - Earl Long.
French Quarter Romance
This happened several decades ago, but is worth noting, as we write about experiences in the Big Easy. Check the Movie "Blaze" for history of this time in New Orleans, Louisiana, and we now proceed to walk and enjoy the offerings of Bourbon Street.
Have we crossed the Strip Club's Threshold?
Your Guess, "Vote For Earl!"
"Laissez les bon temps rouler"
Trek Down Bourbon Street & Beyond - Saint Patricks Day 1978:
"The Street" beckons with history, music, entertainment clubs of all kinds,
shops of all kinds, and People! Our pursuit of the aforementioned began at a Bourbon Street location featuring Jazz - Titled the Maison Bourbon.
"Look" Who Is About To Enter
Inside the Maison Bourbon our person found an entertainer she had listened to many times on "Old 78 Records" when he was a member of the Famous "Ink Spots" and performing their well-known signature song.
"If I Didn't Care"
After a glass of wine, and a stroll around the French Quarter, our next stop was the famous Court Of Two Sisters Restaurant, located in the 600 Block of (Rue Royale) Royal Street.
A Favorite New Orleans Restaurant:
We've visited The Court of Two Sisters, several times, and consider it among the French Quarter's excellent dinning venues; along with Antoine's, Brennan's, K-Paul's, Tony Moran's, Arnaud's, Olde Nawlins Cookery, Gumbo Shop, Pat O'Brien's, and Cafe Du Monde. The list is almost endless.
Next - The French Quarter Comes Alive:
From MCR Files
Al Hirt's French Quarter Club
March 17, 1978 Saint Patricks Day, about 10:00PM - We entered Al Hirt's Club on Bourbon Street. Al Hirt entertained the audience with a long list of hits, including Bourbon Street Parade.
Following his performance he talked with the two of us and autographed a program for Rita. Al Hirt made a request that before we exit New Orleans we would visit the "Old Men" at Preservation Hall. We did and met great Jazz Artists like Jim Robinson, who played the Trombone, plus Willie and Percy Humphrey, who played the Trumpet and Clarinet. Al Hirt said they are aging and were impossible to replace.
From 1978 Snapshot
Al Hirt & The Lady From Billings
Al Hirt's Signature
Leaving Al Hirt's and stepping onto Bourbon Street; the clock had turned to "past" midnight, and it was now March 18th. We had made it to Bourbon Street in New Orleans for our 30th.
Ever Heard Of Chris Owens?
Across Bourbon Street from Al Hirt's Club was another Nightspot owned-by and featuring Chris Owens as the headline entertainer. We ventured inside after leaving Al Hirt's Club, and it was quite a show!
If your musical repertoire includes "Proud Mary" - Then Chris Owens' performance of this number, at the close of her show, would gain a place in your memory.
"Following Al Hirt's Advice - Preservation Hall
New Orleans Entertainment Jewell!"
From 1978 Snapshot
Outside Waiting In Line - Preservation Hall
Inside "The Legends" Perform
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is "One of the Jewels of New Orleans" and makes its home in Preservation Hall, located in the Heart of The French Quarter, on St. Peter Street. The Band travels widely and has played in Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, and in Indiana at Clowes Hall and The Warren Arts Center.
We have come to know "Past & Present" Preservation Hall Jazz Bands, enjoying them in several venues. The two Bands familiar to us are presented:
The "Today" Trombone Player is Frank Demond, a former contractor of expensive homes in San Francisco; who left a successful business to move to New Orleans and join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, where he succeeded Trombonist Jim Robinson. Frank is shown, with his Trombone, on the Album Cover.
From MCR Files
From MCR Files
Strolling About The French Quarter:
Marie Laveau's VooDoo House is seen in the James Bond Movie "Live And Let Die" and is located at 739 Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. We followed-up by visiting, with a guide, Marie Laveau's Grave in the Tombs at the Quarter's St. Louis Cemetery Number One.
From 1978 Snapshot
From 1978 Snapshot
City Of The Dead|
1983 & Down St. Peter Street In The French Quarter:
Our heritage dictates this "Item" must recognize the A&P Store we found on St. Peter Street in New Orleans, Louisiana plus the A&P Store/Manager on Buckeye Street in Osgood, Indiana.
From MCR Snapshot
A&P Store New Orleans|
From MCR Files
Osgood A&P Manager|
1985 We Attend The "Nine Lives Associates" Annual Meeting On Bienville Street.
From 1985 Snapshot
Bienville House In The French Quarter
Sunday Morning & "Get-Away-Day" - The Nine Lives Members "Rise" To The Top Floor Of The Marriott, 555 Canal Street At The Edge Of The French Quarter, For A Jazz Brunch. Our Camera Records Scenes Through The Restaurant's Windows.
From 1985 Snapshot
Overlooking The French Quarter|
From 1985 Snapshot
Overlooking The Mississippi River|
In the photo on the left is the old Supreme Court Building on Royal Street in the middle of the French Quarter, and the photo on the right shows the Mississippi River curving around the French Quarter. The "Big Muddy" is 200 feet deep in this area!
1993 Another "Big Easy" Trip & Visit To K-Paul's Restaurant On Chartres Street:
Paul Prudhomme, a long-time New Orleans Chef, established an up-scale eatery on Chartres Street in the Quarter. While dinning at K-Paul's we noticed an unusual painting, of a Blue Dog, on the room's wall, and making inquiry we learned it was by Local Artist George Rodrigue of his pet dog, Tiffany.
Rodrigue has a studio on Royal Street and "The Blue Dog" is famous, not only in New Orleans but also Nationwide, with celebraties like Tom Brokaw owning a personalized original. Tiffany's history makes for "unusual" reading.
From 1993 Snapshot
From 1993 Snapshot
1997 Visit Featured Pat O'Brien's At 718 St. Peter Street:
Recommendation: Visit the Piano Bar, where two Copper-Topped Baby Grand Pianos play requests from the audience. Everything from "Jerry Lee to Jo Ann Castle & Beyond!"
From 1997 Snapshot
Entrance To Pat O'Brien's
Note the slate flooring and the crossed muskets overhead as you enter this popular "watering-hole" and music venue in the heart of the French Quarter.
Pat O'Brien's is a "must-visit" for travelers to the French Quarter, and we present two Hoosier Attendees from the "Nine Lives Associates" Meeting in New Orleans, to conclude our Pat O'Brien's Item. Did They Visit?
"They Visited! Pat Obrien's"
RJC & HLD
Jackson Square As It Was - 1978 To 1997:
Jackson Square faces the Mississippi River and is bounded by the St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, and the Presbytere. Inside Jackson Square is, its namesake, a statute of Andrew Jackson the hero of the Battle of New Orleans.
Two bits of New Orleans History - The Louisiana Purchase was signed, November 30, 1803, in the Cabildo, and the St. Louis Cathedral is classified a Minor Basilica by the Catholic Church.
Jackson Square The 70's|
Jackson Square The 90's|
We note the change in basic differences, and hues, in photographic films, as we view the results of cameras recording Jackson Square nearly twenty years apart. For history buffs, the Cabildo is to the left of St. Louis Cathedral.
Visit Jackson Square - Walk To The Near-By Mississippi River Landing:
New Orleans is a City of Tours, and one you will not want to miss is a Jazz Brunch and Tour on the Natchez Steamboat as she travels the Mississippi River along the New Orleans Shoreline.
Steamboat Watchers along the Ohio River will always find the Natchez at Cincinnati's Tall Stacks Gathering when the event is held in the Queen City, usually every two to four years.
Our Favorite "James Bond" Movie Has Scenes In And Around New Orleans:
We'll examine bits & pieces of "Live And Let Die" as the Potpourri Section leaves New Orleans and moves-on to additional areas of note. "Live And Let Die" is an excellent James Bond Movie, starring Roger Moore as Agent OO7, with scenes in the French Quarter plus the Area's Bayous. We will show an interesting link between the Movie and one of our visits to the Big Easy.
From MCR Files
In one opening sequence of the Movie, an Agent for James Bond's Organization is standing with a "stranger" at the Corner of Chartres & Durmaine in the French Quarter, observing for criminal activity in a Chartres Street Business.
"Stranger" & Agent
"LLD" Agent At 837 Chartres Street|
"MCR" Agent At 837 Chartres Street|
A funeral passes and the Agent asks the stranger, "Whose Uh Funeral Is It?" - The stranger replies, "It's Yours" and stabs the Agent who is carried away, in a Casket, by followers of a Traditional New Orleans Funeral Band.
Chartres Street In The French Quarter
"Playing A Funeral March!"
Fascination for both the French Quarter and this scene in "Live And Let Die" led to our personal search for the Movie location. We were successful
and credit, MGM/UA & Webomatica for the Illustrations in this Item.
The French Quarter/Bond Story Concludes:
Of 24 James Bond Productions "Live And Let Die" Is Our Favorite.
View The Above (And More) In The "LLD" Video!
"See You Next Year"
On Bourbon Street For Mardi Gras!
"Laissez les bon temps rouler"
Photos Courtesy: MGM/United Artists.
The N.L.A. & The Executive Protection Institute:
Nine Lives Associates is a select group of professionals who have shared a unique training experience through their attendance, participation, and successful completion of the program entitled "Providing Executive Protection." This program is provided by the Executive Protection Institute, Richard W. Kobetz and Associates, Ltd.
The common understanding, skills, and fellowships developed under conditions of stressful realism translate into permanent and exclusive professional association. Members recognize each other world-wide by the distinctive
"Black Cat" lapel pin, symbolizing a unique level of professonal excellence.
"First Class" October 1978
Dr. Richard W. Kobetz, C.S.T.
Dr. Kobetz is internationally recognized and highly regarded as the leading professional in training for quality Executive Protection, and some of his accomplishments include:
1. Creator of the training concept of the Personal Protection Specialist (P.P.S), which emphasizes planning and advance work to avoid confrontation and a pioneer in the development of the Tactics and Negotiation Techniques (T.N.T) response to hostage-taking. He has trained thousands of personnel world-wide on these techniques.
2. Retired Commanding Officer of the Chicago Police Department with career service in a variety of operational street-units. Assistant Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.) and professional staff member for eleven years.
Dr. Kobetz is founder of the "Executive Protection Institute" located in Berryville, Virginia, and complete information can be found on the following Websites:
"Executive Protection Institute Website"
"Dr. Richard W. Kobetz"
Our Professional/Personal Association with Dr. Kobetz began in 1976 at a Hostage Negotiation Training Session in Atlanta, Georgia and continued through eight additional workshops - Plus our attendance at Twelve Nine Lives Annual Retraining Sessions, held in various cities.
Through those years, we studied with two additional favorites, Dr. Irving Goldaber and Dr. Tony Cooper - Both outstanding Social-Scientists in the field of conflict resolution, as is Dr. Kobetz.
We conclude the NLA/EPI Section with two photographs taken at a "Kobetz Dinner" following a Retraining Session (where else?) in our Favorite City - New Orleans:
R. Cline & Dr. Kobetz|
Kay Myers & R. Cline|
Kay Myers, A Police Officer From Virginia & The Others You Know!
Both Photographs taken by someone with initials RC.
Remember to open the "Kobetz Links" - Just above the photographs.
10-42 NLA & Dr. Kobetz Section
Dr. Kobetz Bids Goodbye To Rita
From The NLA To The ITA:
An excerpt from the ITA "Mission Statement" proclaims the Association shall endeavor to continually promote the positive image of the Indiana State Police, plus provide beneficial support services to Members and their Families.
There is, of course, much more to the Indiana Troopers Association Incorporated By-Laws, and interested parties are encouraged to contact the ITA at their Website Link:
Serving With Pride|
"Indiana Trooper Association Website"
PE 248 is proud to have been presented a Life Membership in this outstanding organization in 1999, and we are grateful to Ronnie Kane (ISP & ITA Retired) plus Karen Shelton for their kindness!
From The Indiana Troopers Association To The Indiana State Police Pioneers:
Some Say We Qualify?|
January 16, 1948|
Post Sketch By Jack Phelps.
Special Thanks To Ernie Alder & Ronnie Kane.
"Did You Every See A Robin Weep When Leaves Began To Die,
That Means He's Lost The Will To Live - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
"Haunting Words" from the Defining American Figure of Country Music, Hank Williams, who became a Country Superstar at age 25 and was Dead at age 29.
He was Born in Alabama in 1923 and Died enroute to a Concert in Canton, Ohio January 1, 1953.
This Item is opened by a verse from "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" written by Hank Williams in 1949 that quickly rose to "Number One" on the Billboard Country Music Singles the same year.
There were many Hank Williams writings, from his 200 plus songs, that would reach Country's Top-Twenty Charts and make their way to Number One, before his talent was silenced.
It was PM January 1, 1953 when "this writer" heard Nelson King of WCKY in Cincinnati, Ohio announce, on King's Radio Program, Hank Williams was dead.
Volumes have been written about the Life and Death of Hank Williams, and his music remains the benchmark of Country Music - Hank is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.
Hank Williams Gravesite
We take a few lines in "Potpourri" to travel back in time to the man who wrote timeless classics like "Your Cheatin' Heart" that became his defining composition and the title of a Movie about his life, with a sound track by his son, whose personal goal is to keep his Father's Memory alive.
Life Of Hank Williams|
"Country Music Singers Have Always Been A Real Close Fam-ily,
But Lately Some Of My Kin Folks Have Disowned A Few Others And Me."
Opening lines of the above "1979 Composition" signaled a major change in the music Bocephus, a name his Father gave him, would pursue, from traditional Opry Style performances to energy events, filling packed venues across the Country. Most opened with, "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" -
Setting the tone!
Hank Jr. dominated Country Music in the 1980's with gold, platinum and double platinum albums, plus one certified quadruple platinum album. He entered this world on May 26, 1949, and Hank Jr. was "Born To Boogie!"
Great Story & Vocal
"Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound"|
- Recognized Worldwide For -
"Are You Ready For Some Football?"
MCR's Hank Jr. File
Montana Native & Kaw-Liga|
Item Of Interest
MCR Office Wall|
Living Room Wall
1. Credit "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Hank Williams.
2. Credit "Family Tradition" Hank Williams, Jr.
Items And Photos Courtesy Hank Williams, Jr. And HWJ Fan Club #7568.
Number One - "The Bridge On The River Kwai" Begins With This Individual:
Major Fred J. Ricketts
Kenneth J. Alford
Major Fred J. Ricketts, Bandmaster of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was England's John Phillip Sousa, plus a writer of a long list of Military Marches. Under his Pseudonym, Kenneth J. Alford, he penned a musical composition that is perhaps the most recognized piece of music world-wide,
and we'll expand on that idea a bit, even showing how it blends into or perhaps opens this Item.
"The Time Machine"
On a golf course at Fort George, Scotland in 1913, an impatient golfer whistled two musical notes at Major Ricketts wanting to play through. Ricketts answered the golfer with the next six notes of what was to become the "Colonel Bogey" March. Under his Pseudonym, Kenneth J. Alford, he wrote the famous tune we call "The River Kwai March" that very night.
"Colonel Bogey" was selected, by Columbia Pictures, for background music of the Academy Award Winning Movie "The Bridge On The River Kwai" and is first heard when British Soldiers, who were Prisoners of the Japanese, whistled the tune as they marched into the Kwai Prison Camp.
Movie goers will note strains of the "Colonel Bogey/River Kwai March" are heard throughout the Movie, carefully blended into its fast changing scenes, even to the very end - Listen!
1957 Movie Poster
Kwai Bridge On The Original Movie Set|
River Kwai Bridge Today|
We recall sitting in the Indiana Governor's Office when Governor Robert Orr was talking about a number of items and mentioned "The Bridge On The River Kwai" was his favorite movie - Guess the Governor and this writer had something in common, and we'll have a bit more to say about "Kwai" before
"Potpourri" moves on.
The Movie is based on a true story of the construction of the Bangkok-Rangoon Railway during World War II. The building of the "Bridge On The River Kwai" portrays British Soldiers held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Burma during 1943. After capture they are ordered to build the "River Kwai Bridge" by the Japanese Prison Commander, Colonel Siato, and the resulting ideological clash between Siato and the captured British Colonel, Nicholson, dominates much of the theme.
We conclude this section on "Kwai" with a 1957 photograph of the largest single movie set built, to that date, and this "classic" and winner of Seven Academy Awards should be in all DVD collectons.
"The Bridge On The River Kwai"
"Listen! Someone's Whistling."
Kwai Bridge: Courtesy Columbia Pictures.
Number Two - Casablanca:
"Of All The Gin Joints, In All The Towns,
In All The World, She Has To Walk Into Mine."
The Time: World War II.
The Place: Morocco.
The Film: Casablanca.
Perhaps the most legendary story of Love, War, and Intrigue, plus loaded with Stars such as Humphrey Bogart, when asked his vocation by a German Army Major, he replied: "I'm a Saloon Keeper" -
Indeed - Keeper of "Rick's Cafe American" in Casablanca.
"Here's Looking At You Kid"
Number Three - The Jolson Story:
"Let Me Sing A Funny Song With Crazy Words That Roll Along,
And If My Song Can Start You Laughing - I'm Happy!"
Those "Twenty-Two Words" provide a glimpse into the entertainment persuasion of Al Jolson,
born (Asa Yoelson) the son of a "Synagogue Cantor" in 1886, who became
a superstar and legendary performer of stage, screen, and radio.
It is also a story about media entertainment at the turn of the Century up to the Korean War
where Jolson performed for America's Troops until his death of a heart attack in 1950.
We find the Movie, and the Life, fascinating!
Broadway Labeled Jolson "The World's Greatest Entertainer"
1927 - Jolson starred in the first talking motion picture - "The Jazz Singer" - His legacy on Broadway and beyond can be found on several "Jolson" Websites. We'll cover some of it here -
The Jolson Story|
Jolson Sings Again|
1946 - "The Jolson Story" was released by Columbia Pictures, winning six Academy Award nominations and two Oscars, plus it introduced Jolson to new-generations. It was a remarkable production where Larry Parks is Jolson on the screen, with Al Jolson, himself, providing the vocal soundtrack.
"The Jolson Story" tells the rise of a youngster singing in Vaudeville, then progressing to the world-wide entertainer he would become.
"The Jolson Story" was so successful a sequel "Jolson Sings Again" was produced, in 1949, by Columbia Pictures, making Jolson the first and only person to have two film biographies made during his lifetime.
Our Next Jolson Picture - Jolson Performs!
"The Jolson Story" & " Jolson Sings Again" (both) feature scenes where Actor Larry Parks "Pantomimes" Jolson Songs. However, Jolson, himself, was allowed to perform one song - "Swanee" - on a runway, with long camera shots in the first movie. His only appearance, but the "Jolson Voice" is unmistakable in this and all scenes.
"Swanee" The Song Jolson (Himself) Performed In "The Jolson Story"
"The Folks Up North Will See Me No More, When I Get To That Swanee Shore!"
Enter Actor Larry Parks
Parks Pantomiming "Toot Toot Tootsie"
"Watch For The Mail - I'll Never Fail
If You Don't Get A Letter Then You'll Know I'm In Jail"
"The Jolson Story" In Movie Theaters
"I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
Jus' Rollin' Along And Singin' My Song"|
"The Jolson Story" Concludes With This Scene
"Though April Showers May Come Your Way|
They Bring The Flowers That Bloom In May"
"The Mammy Singer"
"I'd Walk A Million Miles For One Of Your Smiles - My Mammy!"
Rent, buy, or borrow "The Jolson Story" DVD from your local library, and if you view "Jolson Sings Again" you will see the method used for voice-overing Parks/Jolson.
Remember: It was Vaudeville, Minstrels, & "Turn Of The Century" Era.
Photographs Courtesy Columbia Pictures.
- First Voice Heard -
Lowell Thomas told us Movies had come a long way and we were about to see just how far.
- He Said -
"Ladies And Gentlemen!"
"This Is CINERAMA!"
The "Cinerama" Theater
The curtains rolled back, the sound rose up until we became oblivious to any other sounds around us.
Suddenly realizing we seemed to be a part of the scene before us.
The "Cinerama" Screen
Behind The Scenes - How "Cinerama" Was Made & Projected
"Cinerama" is the trademarked name for a widescreen process that works by simultaneously projecting images
from three synchronized 35 mm projectors on a large deeply-curved 146 degree screen.
The blockbuster impact of this production method had a lasting impact upon our entertainment memory, and we note Cinerama's uniqueness led the movie industry to develop various wide-screen systems, including IMAX.
1952, This Is Cinerama
1955, Cinerama Holiday
1956, Seven Wonders Of The World
1957, Search For Paradise
1958, South Seas Adventure
1962, The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm
1962, Holiday In Spain
1962, How The West Was Won
1963, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Converted To Ultra Panavision 70.
1964, To Be Alive - Later converted to Ultra Panavision 70.
The Cinerama That Never Was, "The Eighth Day - Story Of Atomic Power."
Concluding Chapter - Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Saves Cinerama.
Investor, philanthropist, Seattle native Paul Allen has a fondness for the Cinerama Theater that began in his youth, and when he heard the Cinerama Theater in Seattle would close and possibly become a rock-climbing club, Paul bought it. He now owned the only remaining Super Cinerama Theater in the World, and after a multi-million dollar renovation, Cinerama is alive and well in Seattle. Re-opening date was April 22, 1999.
Paul Allen's Cinerama
Thank you Paul Allen. Today's audience can experience the three-eyed and 70mm Cinerama format that captivated America over 40 years ago.
Photos And Material Courtesy: The Warner Corporation
Number 5: James Bond OO7 - Fifth & Last Of Our All-Time-Favorite Movies.
How Many? Who Were They?
"The Name Is Bond"|
"Shaken Not Stirred"|
1954 Barry Nelson - Casino Royale|
1962 Sean Connery - Dr. No
1963 Sean Connery - From Russia With Love
1964 Sean Connery - Goldfinger
1965 Sean Connery - Thunderball
1967 Sean Connery - You Only Live Twice
1967 David Niven/Peter Sellers - Casino Royale
1969 George Lazenby - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
1971 Sean Connery - Diamonds Are Forever
1973 Roger Moore - Live And Let Die
1975 Roger Moore - The Man With The Golden Gun
1977 Roger Moore - The Spy Who Loved Me
1979 Roger Moore - Moonraker
1981 Roger Moore - For Your Eyes Only
1983 Roger Moore - Octopussy
1983 Sean Connery - Never Say Never Again
1985 Roger Moore - A View To A Kill
1987 Timothy Dalton - The Living Daylights
1989 Timothy Dalton - License To Kill
1995 Pierce Brosnon - Goldeneye
1997 Pierce Brosnon - Tomorrow Never Dies
1999 Pierce Brosnon - The World Is Not Enough
2002 Pierce Brosnon - Die Another Day
2007 Daniel Craig - Casino Royale
1 Barry Nelson
7 Sean Connery
1 David Niven/Peter Sellers
7 Roger Moore
1 George Lazenby
2 Timothy Dalton
4 Pierce Brosnon
1 Daniel Craig
There have been 24 Bond Productions to date, and it was in Casino Royale, not Dr. No, that James Bond made his first screen appearance. That was on October 21, 1954 when Casino Royale, starring Barry Nelson, was broadcast live on the CBS Mystery Theater. It was filmed on a casino set built at Television City in Hollywood minus the adventure and dazzling locations associated with OO7 Movies.
In addition to the "Travelogue" nature of Bond Films, there were unforgetable stunts and gadgets invented by "Q" as Bond pursued SPECTRE, Goldfinger, and the Russians during the Cold War. After the Berlin Wall came down, Blofeld, Zorin, and other "Bad-Guys" became Bond's Adversaries.
Not To Forget -
The Bond Girls and Moneypenney, plus two extra-ordinary stunt vehicles used in Bond Movies and shown in the following photographs: The first is Little Nellie a portable Auto-Gyro flown by Sean Connery, fighting enemy copters, and the second vehicle is an American Motors Hornet driven by Roger Moore who makes a 360 degree jump/roll over a stream of water.
Sean Connery "You Only Live Twice"
Roger Moore "The Man With The Golden Gun"
AMC Hornet Jumping/Rolling|
Watch the Movies to see these spectacular stunts, as the action obviously can not be shown in this article, and pages could be written about the Aston Martin DB5 and the 1971 Ford Mustang Hatchback used in a "Diamonds Are Forever" car chase.
"Bond Quips" - Here Are Two -
James Bond Kisses Chinese Girl And Says, "Chinese Girls Taste Different."
Chinese Girl, "You Mean We Better Than American Girl?"
James Bond Replies, "No Only Different."
Villain to James Bond, "Mr. Bond, We Heard You Died?"
James Bond Replies, "That Was My Other Life."
Villain Says To Bond, "Mr. Bond, You Only Live Twice."
Concluding Bond -
- He Gave Us Bond -
Ian Fleming "From Russia With Love" Movie Set - Sitting On The Orient Express
Recommended Reading -
The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia By Steven Ray Rubin -
Contemporary Books Chicago.
Illustrations Courtesy: MGM & EON Productions.
A "not-for-profit" Webpage.
Readers of "Potpourri" There are catagories to address. The "Movie Section" is completed.
We Pause To Identify Structures & Persons Of Significance To This Writer.
Sycamore Street Osgood
Court House Inn Versailles
Each A Point Of Entry:
1/16/1948 A Journey Began.
A. M. Cline|
High School Principal
People, Places, And Things Along The Road Ahead
Phil Cates "On The Firing Line"|
Phil Cates is Deceased. He was a Richmond, Indiana Gunsmith, Avid Trapshooter and Life Member of the NRA. He had many other positives - But important to us, Phil was our Friend.
F/Sgt. Haycox & PE 248
Our item would not be complete without mentioning one of the finest "Troopers" to wear the Indiana State Police Uniform, Denny Haycox. The above photo was "posed" for the Seymour Post Tech/Photographer.
His Rank Was Inspector & He Wore Two Hats Exceptionally Well:
FBI Special Agent
Director Of The FBI National Academy
He made a difference in our life, as he guided Attendees of the 83rd Session of the FBI National Academy through the Agency's three month training schedule, to Graduation Ceremonies at The White House.
Inspector James Cotter|
FBI NA Seal|
At the conclusion of The 83rd Session in 1969, Inspector Cotter stood before his One Hundred Police Officer Students/FBI National Academy Graduates and offered this Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Items & Photo Courtesy: The FBI.
Inspector Cotter Stayed "In Touch" With His Grads.
1975 Federal Training Continued
FBI/Secret Service/LEAA Session
Investigation Division Assignment Had Quality Opportunities & Advantages:
The Following Photograph Illustrates One - "XX" Noted.
Homicide Training For State Police Officers
Other Indiana State Police Attendee - Detective/Sergeant Robert Dillon Of The Connersville District, Standing To The Right Of Our Personage.
We've covered a lot of territory: PE 248 A Moment In Time, PE 248 The Moment Continues, and with Potpourri the "Three-Part-Series" concludes.
Folks, special to us, have been mentioned in this computer-missive, and while immediate family are foremost in our thoughts, we present two persons of considerable importance to both our professional and personal lives.
Give Me A Place To Stand & I Will Move The World
Regret Is Reserved For The Things We Didn't Do
Apparently "Billy Hill" did a lot of right-clicking on Madison Came Running Website Items
Before building the following Collages.
Exiting The Ramp Of Air Force One - We Are Reminded Of Howard Cosell's Words Opening Potpourri
"I Know Who I Am!"
1957 Words Typed On A Card Courtesy RW
2007 Card Is Scanned
"That's All Folks!"
In The Meantime - Open Below
A Moment In Time!