Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday Reads

Obituary: Actress Rita Gam, 88, seen often in films and television beginning in the 1950s, has died of respiratory failure.

Rolling Stone magazine, or its founder Jann Wenner, or both, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president:

"Hillary Clinton has an impressive command of policy, the details, trade-offs and how it gets done. It's easy to blame billionaires for everything, but quite another to know what to do about it. During his 25 years in Congress, Sanders has stuck to uncompromising ideals, but his outsider stance has not attracted supporters among the Democrats. Paul Krugman writes that the Sanders movement has a "contempt for compromise."

Every time Sanders is challenged on how he plans to get his agenda through Congress and past the special interests, he responds that the "political revolution" that sweeps him into office will somehow be the magical instrument of the monumental changes he describes. This is a vague, deeply disingenuous idea that ignores the reality of modern America. With the narrow power base and limited political alliances that Sanders had built in his years as the democratic socialist senator from Vermont, how does he possibly have a chance of fighting such entrenched power?

I have been to the revolution before. It ain't happening."

Another obit: Actor Peter Brown, 80, passed away yesterday from Parkinson's disease.

Brown appeared in soap operas, but yours truly best remembers him appearing on the television western Lawman, co-starring John Russell. The series recently came out on DVD. He also appeared in another western, Laredo. Like the other series, it recently came out on DVD.

From the link:

From 1972-79, Brown played Dr. Greg Peters on NBC's Days of Our Lives and later worked on other soap operas like The Young and the Restless, Loving, One Life to Live and The Bold and the Beautiful.

On Lawman, one of several series that Warner Bros. had on the air at the time, Brown starred as Johnny, an orphan in the 1880s who gets the job as deputy under Marshal Dan Troop (John Russell) in Laramie, Wyo.

The role "came naturally to me," he once said. "My character was not a big stretch; he was a pretty nice kid who was adept at what he did and was eager to learn. Johnny liked girls and guns and all the things Peter Brown liked."

Brown returned to the Western genre in the hourlong action comedy Laredo, playing the clever Chad Cooper for two seasons (1965-67). The show's pilot was an episode of The Virginian.

Yet another obituary: Former MLB player and sportscaster, Joe Garagiola, Sr., has died at the age of 90:

Valley resident Joe Garagiola Sr. passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 90 after a long illness.

Garagiola, a boyhood friend of Yogi Berra's, began his major-league career as a catcher for the St.Louis Cardinals in 1946.

Known more for his trademark wit than his hitting prowess, Garagiola turned to broadcasting after his playing days were over.

He teamed up with Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek, calling NBC's Game of the Week and World Series coverage from 1974 to 1988.

He was everywhere on television sports back then.

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