In 1943 and 1944, the shore of Lake Toplitz served as a Nazi naval testing station.
Lake Toplitz, or Lake Toplitzsee, is a lake located in the Austrian Salzkammergut region. It is known for its murky waters and its mysterious history, which has made it the subject of numerous legends and conspiracy theories.
Ike renamed Anna Mae Bullock to Tina Turner, and they formed a professional and personal partnership.
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee, a small rural town. Her parents, Floyd and Zelma Bullock were sharecroppers. She had an older sister named Alline. Tina’s parents separated when she was young, and her mother moved to St. Louis, Missouri, leaving Tina and her sister with their grandmother.
Browning said that he could hold his breath for minutes underwater, making him especially adept at the swimming part.
Ricou Ren Browning was born on February 16, 1930, in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was best known for his underwater stunt work, especially in the 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon, in which he portrayed the titular Gill-man during the film’s underwater scenes. Browning said that he could hold his breath for minutes underwater, making him especially adept at the swimming part. Other actors played the Gill Man on land.
My second 2023 inductee, 14th overall, is Sir Paul McCartney. He is the first to be in my hall twice, once for The Beatles and now for his post-Beatle career.
The Beatles’ bassist, vocalist, and songwriter would continue solo beginning in 1970 at the sign of the break-up of the band. He would release his first LP, McCartney, a month before the release of The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be. The album, rich with experimentation, has McCartney performing all instruments and vocals himself, aside from some backing vocals performed by Linda McCartney. It also contained the song, “Maybe I’m Amazed”.
With its pleasant sub-tropical climate and beautiful backdrop, the beaches are a perfect place to cool down on a hot day. Check out Catalan and Sandy Bay, or the Eastern/Western beaches to take a dip. Oh, and make sure to keep an eye out for the Dolphins!
The Rock of Gibraltar is a monolithic limestone promontory located in the British territory of Gibraltar, near the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, and near the entrance to the Mediterranean.
What is TOPAZ? Is TOPAZ a person? A code name? A mystery? It’s all of these and more.
I watched this 1969 Universal Pictures Drama/Spy Thriller Alfred Hitchcock’s “Topaz” on Netflix DVD. This was the extended cut at 143 minutes. Don’t miss the Hitchcock cameo, about 30 minutes into the film. The defection of a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer, Boris Kusenov, and his family, to the United States, could shed valuable information on what the Russians were setting up in Cuba, in 1962. CIA agent Mike Nordstrom learns of the missiles with nuclear warheads and recruits French agent André Devereaux to prove this intelligence.
Sir Sean Connery was born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland. At 16 he joined the Royal Navy and after his discharge he worked as a milkman, lorry driver, lifeguard. Artist’s model, coffin polisher and a stage hand before he started acting. Some of his films were, The Longest Day, Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever,
Diana Rigg, or as I remember her best, Emma Peel of the Avengers, died September the 10th, 2020, in her home, at the age of 82. She was born in Doncaster, England in 1938 and lived in India, her dad was a Bikaner State Railway executive until she was 8 years old.