There have been a few odds and ends that have been rattling around
in my mind. Some are not worthy of an entire post, some I could in
the future, expand and expound about them. There are interesting
little tidbits that I heard recently on the news or read in a magazine.
One article of interest was found in “University of Dayton Magazine,”
which was about the UD Flyers’ football team in 1939, going out to
California and visiting a famous alumni. I love any kind of ‘archive’
photographs, this one with the dashing movie star, Tyrone Power,
and the football team, all in their coats, ties and dress pants caught
My favorite Tyrone Power’s movie is called, “Witness for the Prosecu-
tion.” It turns out this was one of the last movies he ever made. Sadly,
at age 44, the action movie star was battling with a sword, had a heart
attack and died on the way to the hospital. The movie he had been
acting in was called, “Solomon and Sheba.” I have never seen this one
nor his beginning two either. “Merchant of Venice” was his first film
and his second movie, which earned him popularity and a place on the
billboards was, “Girls’ Dormitory.”
I believe we need to have a new version of this, a ‘re-make’ of this
light-hearted movie. I sense this would have innocent humor, with
sly innuendos. Nothing like the current R-rated comedies which rely
so much on stupid jokes and mean acts.
(Yes, this comment is a little ‘tongue in cheek.’)
Anyway, Tyrone Power originated from Cincinnati, Ohio. He was
the son of an actor and grandson of a comedian. He had, as they
frequently say, “acting in his blood.” He was born in 1914 and the
sword-fighting scene which ended his life, was in 1958.
A quote from the “UD Magazine,” uses the source of an Arizona State
University Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies describing
Tyrone Power as:
“Mystical, darkly handsome, a glorious matinee idol and a rather
Although this comment is rather harsh, Tyrone Powers was chosen
in an actor’s popularity poll taken of University of Dayton students
and he was found to be number four. The university newspaper took
one of their students from ages 17-18 up to ages 22-23. This poll was
conducted after the UD football team had visited 20th Century Fox.
The tour had contacted and was led by Tyrone Power, an alumni.
Tyrone Power may have ‘grown’ more serious over the years,
following several ‘good looking’ and ‘attractive’ stars and starlets
choosing parts with more depth in the characters and plot lines.
Here is the list of the Top 3 Actors ahead of Tyrone Powers
(from the UD newspaper poll, taken in 1939):
1. Errol Flynn
2. Jimmy Stewart
3. Gary Cooper
While he led a short life, Tyrone Power ‘lived large,’ in my mind.
Here are a few examples of Power’s personal adventures:
1. Served in the military, as a United States Marines, as a pilot.
This was in 1942, during WWII and one particular exciting time
was during transporting materials to Iwo Jima. Next month, on
my February calendar, I make note of the famous day when the
U.S. flag was raised on Iwo Jima.
2. “Wild” in his love life, dating co-stars while the movies were
being filmed, just to move on to the next movie and starlet.
3. Like James Dean, he enjoyed riding a motorcycle.
4. In his 44 years on earth, he was married three times.
5. Rather ‘scandalous’ for his time, he relied upon the income of
his second wife. Financial support in the acting world, sometimes
did have the “leading woman” making more than her husband.
6. “Mark of Zorro,” was a favorite movie and the poster is still one
of my favorites of all time. His work as a ‘swash buckling’ leading
character and dangerous criminal were displayed in, “Jesse James”
and “The Black Swan.”
February 27th- Coming up next month, another famous actor and
director, a genius of his time, is going to be featured at the Gateway
Film Center. This is called an “Independent Cinema in the Heart
of Columbus.” I love the catchy title, “Magician: The Astounding
Life and Work of Orson Welles.” I am going to see if my friend,
Anna, or my guy friend, Bill, will go with me to check out one of
the films presented there. I would like to see the documentary of
this famous Hollywood legendary star and director.
A small little ‘bit of wisdom,’ which could be used in so many
different ways is the expression,
which in the Lake Malawi area of Africa means,
“Little by little.”
This conjures much meaning in such a succinct form.
The CBS Morning has a great feature every week on their Sunday
program which is called, “The Week at a Glance.” I noticed the
Hall of Fame Awards for Theater were going to be presented on
Monday, January 26, 2015.
What makes this interesting to me is that I watched, “Amadeus,”
on Saturday after Micah went home. The main antagonist of the
film about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was Antonio Salieri. In the
movie, this character is played by F. Murray Abraham. Definitely
nice to have this coincidence, seeing an actor I admire and it would
be a great awards show to be able to attend.
There is an anniversary of the German “Death Camps,” Auschwitz
and others this week; January 27, ’15. A day of memorial and tribute
to those who either died or survived their horrendous experiences
All those Star Wars fans, who have money to splurge on memorabilia,
there will be a major auction on Wednesday. Hope you have a fun
and happy mid-week celebration. If you don’t have money saved for
buying souvenirs, you can always indulge in watching one of the “Star
Thursday, Amy Poehler is being given “Woman of the Year” award by
the Hasty Pudding Theatrical group. She is best known for her comedy
skits on “Saturday Night Live,” along with her “Parks and Rec” t.v.
Harvard University’s group is simply called, “The Pudding.” In 1897,
John Wheelwright described the cross-dressing theatrical group as:
“A kindly association of men of all ages in a gay evening of simple
I am sure Amy will have a ‘ball’ and she will fit right in, too. I hope to
check this out ‘after the fact,’ on YouTube. I enjoyed when Neil Patrick
Harris’ was given his Roast for “Man of the Year” another year.
At University of Cincinnati, there will be a police enforcement
symposium, incorporating all aspects of agencies, beginning a
meaningful ‘conversation’ about their performance in the pursuit
of justice. This will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015.
The other activities, on Saturday and Sunday, were so quickly
spoken that I did not catch them. They said something about what
President Obama was going to do and something about the “Annie”
awards show is for. Keep your ears open for these two upcoming
subjects in the news. . .
Tonight, there will be a spell-binding special mini-series about the
Revolutionary War. It is titled, “Sons of Liberty” and ironically it
has mainly actors who are not American. For example, George
Washington’s character is portrayed by Irish actor, Jason O’Mara.
John Hancock is played by British actor, Rafe Spall, in a sort of
flamboyant performance. (Interesting; hm-m!) The British actor,
Marton Csokas will play General Thomas Gage.
I am looking forward to checking out this television event on the
period of time historically where we were “enemies” with the Brits,
while seeing them portray the leaders of this revolution. Interested
also, in who they have playing Benjamin Franklin. The British actor
who portrays Samuel Adams is Ben Barnes. This presentation
will be on the American History Channel.
“Sons of Liberty” is n conflict with my S.A.G. awards ceremony,
though. The Screen Actor’s Guild show will be tonight, also. May
need to ask Jenny to ‘DVR’ the other show, or just pop in on it,
during commercial breaks. I just love award ceremonies, along
with the Red Carpet pre-shows.
In our brains, scientists, researchers and physicians have studied
many things. The newest findings of where ‘happiness’ can be
found through the measurement of the area of the brain called
the “striatum.” There even is a new numerical formula which is
able to ‘measure’ happiness by our brain’s reactions to rewards.
The formula, though, relies on our reactions to our expectations.
This was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning, January 25, 2015.
I am sure this combination of numbers and processes can be
found somewhere on the CBS coverage, it was shown written in
numerals and I could not write it quickly enough, nor would I
have been able to comprehend this.
Apparently, if you have high expectations, as so many positive
people walk around and hope for the best do, than the way
the numbers may reflect lower amounts of happiness. This
brought up a commentator’s valid question,
“If you go into your day with little or no expectations are you
more likely to experience a measurable amount of happiness?”
This portion of the program was titled, “Not Great Expectations,”
should you wish to examine the research and reactions to this
I have featured another article or post about brain studies, which
used endorphins and other information to measure happiness.
I will still head off every day, ‘into the world,’ with lots of hope
and high expectations. I tend to believe you will receive more
and will acknowledge more simple acts and things which will
give you bursts of endorphins and fill your life with happy
moments. I could not go out, seeking nothing and expect to
find happiness. This just goes against the ‘grain’ of my brain!
What did you read today that gave you ‘pause’ or something
to think about?
Have you any new information or something you may not wish
to fill a whole post about, but wish to share here?