Men With Banjos (That Know How To Use Them)

On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 “Men With Banjos (That Know How To Use Them)” appeared on Letterman and then played at the New Yorker Magazine‚Äôs New Yorker Festival 2005 on September 24. They are Steve Martin, Tony Ellis, Charles Wood, Dr. Banjo – Pete Wernick (Hot Rize) and the illustrious Earl Scruggs.

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Secret Squirrel

When I was a child I loved Secret Squirrel, the spy, designation 000, created by Hanna-Barbera. The series debut was September 12, 1965 in The World of Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel prime-time special on NBC. The series was called The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show and aired from October 2, 1965 until September 2, 1967.

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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

I watched this 1946 mystery/horror, Warner Bros., film “The Beast With Five Fingers” on Svengoolie. It is about pianist, Francis Ingram, played by Victor Francen (career in French cinema and Hollywood, Madame Curie, A Farewell to Arms) who is in a wheelchair and only has the use of one hand. He plays the piano, with this hand, extremely well , with music written by Bruce Conrad played by Robert Alda (Alan Alda’s dad, The Devil’s Hand, M*A*S*H, The Girl Who Knew Too Much)

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Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

I watched the 2010 Warner Bros. animated superhero, direct-to-video, Batman: Under the Red Hood on Netflix DVD. This is the eighth DC Universe Animated Original Movies series and was written by Judd Winick (comic book writer – Batman, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Superman), who also wrote the “Under the Mask” Batman comic run. Jason Todd – the second Robin – is killed by the Joker and comes back as The Red Hood, trying to clean up Gotham in a criminal type way.

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D-Day and Maisy Battery

There were five landing sites for the allied troupes on D-Day, Tuesday June 6, 1944. The Normandy Beach landing sites were Tanks, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach. The German army fortified area at Pointe du Hoc was the highest point between the American sector landings at Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east and was the target of the US Rangers. They scaled the cliff using ropes, ladders, and grapples while under heavy enemy fire.

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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

I watched 2020 Warner Bros. Pictures DC Films release of Wonder Woman 1984 at the AMC North Point Mall 12 in Alpharetta, Georgia. Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) played by Gil Gadot (Miss Israel 2004, served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a soldier, Fast & Furious, Date Night, Knight and Day, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Ralph Breaks the Internet) is working at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C

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Salisbury Steak

I recently bought a frozen meal of Salisbury Steaks, 6 of them in brown gravy, at Aldi. They are delicious, just as I remember from many years ago when I last had one, maybe in a TV Dinner, probably 40 years ago. It got me to wondering, what exactly is a Salisbury Steak?

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Neither Confirm Nor Deny – The Glomar Response

I was curious where the statement “Neither Confirm Nor Deny” originated and why they call it the Glomar Response. To answer the first part people have been using the phrase you many years, one of the earliest known was in 1916, Ford representatives said they would “neither confirm nor deny” that price cuts were in the offing for its popular Model-T automobile.

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Honest Thief (2020)

I watched the 2020 Open Road Films and Briarcliff Entertainment movie “Honest Thief” on Netflix DVD. The film was directed, written and produced by Mark Williams (The Accountant, Ozark TV Series). It is about a bank robber extraordinaire, Tom Dolan played by Liam Neeson (Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3, Cold Pursuit, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) that has met the love of his life and wants to turn himself in, give back all the money (he never spent any) for a reduced sentence.

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The Leech Woman (1960)

I watched, the 1960 black and white Universal International release, The Leech Woman on Svengoolie. An old woman answers an ad by endocrinologist, Dr. Paul Talbot, about aging. She says that she was brought to America 140 years ago as a slave and that if he can fund her trip back to Africa she’ll show him the secret to eternal youth. He agrees and takes his wife, who he wants to make beautiful again, so that he’ll love her again. Things go pretty bad from here. Dr. Talbot is played by Phillip Terry (Mannequin, The Monster and the Girl, Wake Island, Bataan) and his wife June is Coleen Gray (Destination 60,000, The Phantom Planet, Nightmare Alley, Red River, The Killing). Other stars are Grant Williams (The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Monolith Monsters, PT 109, Brain of Blood, Doomsday Machine, also known as Escape from Planet Earth),

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