2013 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. – a remembrance

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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. would have celebrated a birthday this week (December 9, 1909 – May 7, 2000) and in tribute I present three entertaining examples of his work.  These are distinguishable not only by way of the different mediums, but by his role in each.

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Karloff Throws a Halloween Party on Sealtest Variety Theater

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The Sealtest Variety Theater is an old-time radio variety show that aired from 1946 to 1949 on NBC Radio.  Originally titled “Front and Center” the show, hosted by Dorothy Lamour, one of the most popular Hollywood glamour girls during the war years, was changed to Sealtest in September 1948.  However, fans always referred to the show as “The Dorothy Lamour Show.”

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Columbo: Why We Watch / Why it Matters

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Following is a special guest post by Paul Hughes @PoetandPriest

Why We Watch

For my wedding, I asked for and received the Columbo DVD collection. Complete to that point, it ended with the double helping of Seasons Six and Seven, and back copy text touting the guest stars like Kim Cattrall and Ed Begley, Jr. Plus a “captivating conclusion in these final episodes.”

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