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Show us your Wookiee, Peter

“This is the best thing that ever happened to me,” said actor Peter Mayhew. Peter is one of the men behind the mask, playing the part of Chewbacca in the Star Wars series of films.  For a few decades he has been a ‘walking carpet’ in the universe of Leia, Luke and Han Solo.  He…

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Mort Sahl, still kicking

Mort Sahl once said, “My life needs editing.” This American actor and comedian has been bringing an intellectual political spin to funny for decades. He wrote jokes in speeches for John F. Kennedy.  Time Magazine called Mort “Will Rogers with fangs.”  Over the years, he has put out about a dozen comedy recordings is noted…

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I’m tingling on Castle’s big day!

Film maker William Castle was known as the king of B-movies, a shlock master who used gimmicks and tricks in his works.  With his long face and massive cigar, he was almost as well known a director as Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s. Very early in his career, William learned the value of promotional stunts.…

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Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key is best known for writing our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.  According to legend, the music used in the song was lifted from an old bar room ballad. I don’t think it was “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”. Francis Scott Key was both a lawyer and a poet, so he…

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Dave Thomas is not Wendy’s Dad

Dave Thomas gained fame by being a part of SCTV, the Canadian sketch comedy show that gave SNL a run for it’s money in the 1980s.  Along with such comedy performers as John Candy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Harold Ramis, they proved that people from the higher latitudes can bring the funny. Perhaps his…

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