Me-TV’s Summer of Classic TV Blogathon

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Announcing Me-TV’s Summer of Classic TV Blogathon

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The Classic TV Blog Association will host Me-TV’s Summer of Classic TV Blogathon on July 15-19. The blogathon will consist of blog posts about TV series currently on the Me-TV schedule (see below). A blogathon post may be:  an overview of a TV series;  a profile of one of the series’ stars; an article on the blogger’s favorite episode(s), etc. Any blogger may participate, providing that he or she complies with the family-friendly blogging guidelines of the Classic TV Blog Association.

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Columbo TV Story – by the actor in our midst

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Dean Matthews needs no introduction in Columbo fan circles on Twitter.  Known as @DastardlyDeano, he’s become one of the essentials in the monthly #ColumboTV screenings where Columbo fans the world over live-tweet to episodes every month.  Not to mention Dean is also one of the more, shall we say, passionate people I’ve encountered on Twitter.  There is no limit to his love for Columbo and his talent as you are about to see…

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The Sound of Jazz

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“The Sound of Jazz” is a 1957 episode of the CBS television series  The Seven Lively Arts, a short-lived anthology show that aired from 1957 to 1958.  This was one of the first major programs featuring jazz to air on American network television.  Although this video is not great quality, it’s still worth a look if you happen to be a jazz fan.  Or actually, even if you’re not as it features some of the biggest names in the genre – the legends – the ones that will convert you.  The host for the show’s seven episodes was early television critic, John Crosby.

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Patrick McGoohan: Danger’s Man

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“There is a man who leads a life of danger.”

-Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man

For fans of 1960s TV spy series, hearing the lyric quoted above always heralded the start of an hour watching the adventures of British (formerly NATO) spy John Drake.  He travelled the globe on behalf of his government, solving problems which could not be solved by ordinary means.  He was calm, cool, intelligent, and charming.  Occasionally he’d misstep, but was resourceful enough to recover and win the day.  Other times, however, he would find himself having to choose between doing what’s right and doing his duty.  As a result, he was one of the most human of the spies ever created for any media. (Take a look at the show’s original, 30-minute opening sequence here). A lot of that can be attributed to the man who portrayed him: Patrick McGoohan.  January 13th, 2013, marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of this wonderful actor.  To celebrate his life and career, Aurora has graciously allowed me the opportunity to say a few words about him, and to share my memories of this incredibly gifted performer.

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2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Life without The Cool Ghoul

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Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul

Growing up in the New York City television market of the 1970s, the Horror Host phenomenon was all but over.   Zacherley, the Cool Ghoul had finished his hosting duties in the mid-1960s, eventually gravitating to the FM disc jockey field.  Over at Metromedia channel 5 (WNEW-TV), voice announcer Lou Steele (“It’s 10 p.m.! Do you know where your children are?”) was The Creep.  However, that run lasted until 1973.  So, for such a huge market as The Big Apple was, and is, no other Horror Host ever graced the airwaves in NYC again.

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A New Blog Association and a blogathon

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A week or two ago I visited my favorite blog, Classic Film and TV Cafe, and noticed a badge I hadn’t seen before. Its title, The Classic TV Blog Association.  I clicked on it and read the details about this organization I’d love to be a part of.  Now, I have to admit that the best part of blogging for me is being a part of a community of classic film and television lovers who share stories and memories while also learning from passionate fans. I know very little about formal blogging organizations and, given my very casual style (if you will), I feel rather unworthy to even ask about those types of things. In truth I started blogging strictly for fun after reading other people’s commentaries I thought, hey, I can do that. And so I did.

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Estelle Getty and Sophia

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Today would have been Estelle Getty’s birthday.  I am not familiar with her entire career, which began in 1978.  She played small roles in several popular feature films like Tootsie and Mask and she acted on the stage in several theater productions.  But it is her portrayal of Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls, one of the funniest characters ever to appear on television, that she is best remembered for.

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