In the movie The Queen Tony Blair is given explicit instructions that when his audience with the Queen is over he is to leave by walking backwards. However, in the television series The Crown there is no mention of this and people leave the Queen with their backs to her all the time. I’ve tried to find … Continue reading Walking Backwards
As I recall, I started watching Hill Street Blues at the urging of Barbara Fowler, who worked in the same office that I did. She thought it was a show that I would like. And I think the first episode that I saw was season 4 episode 2, which happens to contain this classic Belker scene. … Continue reading Belker
I’ve been watching the 1980s cop series Hill Street Blues, and in a couple episodes in the third season there is a young actor who became much more famous later on in his career. Can you name him?
I’ve been listening to some of Keith Olbermann’s Countdown podcast; I skip the commercials and the sports talk, and if the news is especially bleak that day, I skip the whole thing because even with KO’s sense of humor, well… Anyway he's been concluding most episodes with a story about his favorite topic; that would … Continue reading KO
During my first year at Penn State I took a course on the cinema. I don’t know if we planned it or if it just turned out that way, but Tony, a Philadelphia boy of Italian descent whose last name I no longer recall (sorry, Tony) and I took the course at the same time. … Continue reading Charlie Bubbles
I’ve been watching Now and Then on Apple TV+. While overall I’m enjoying it (one more episode to go), it does have some problems. The basic premise of the show is that 20 years ago in 2000, six college friends (well, five actually, since one of them ended up dead) participated in events that left two … Continue reading Now and Then
I was rather surprised at how few people named the person in the linked video yesterday (one, although someone else got it with a hint). Just for the record, the person I was referring to is not the one in the far right front seat (who is not, as far as I know, Woody Allen), but … Continue reading Protein Shake
Several years ago I bought the Complete Sgt. Bilko Show DVD, and added it to my Plex library. That show, which aired in the late 1950s, was also known as You’ll Never Get Rich and The Phil Silvers Show. It was set in an Army installation and Sgt. Bilko (Phil Silvers, a comic from the vaudeville days) was … Continue reading Can You Name Him?
I don’t like spoilers, so there are no spoilers in this post. Two of the best shows on television in recent years have been Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Since the second one is a prequel to the first, in one sense they can be viewed as one doubly long series. If you haven’t watched them, … Continue reading Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Lest anyone get the idea that I’m clever in the kitchen, here is today’s tale of woe. So I saw America’s Test Kitchen featured a recipe for Blondies, i.e., butterscotch brownies. It looked good, so I decided to try it. After copying down the recipe, I went shopping to purchase any ingredients that my cupboard lacked. … Continue reading Uh, Uh, Uh, Aaaah! Don’t Touch That Dial!