Monday, November 29, 2010

...and don't call me Shirley

 Leslie Nielsen died yesterday, November 28th.  His was a familiar face through out our life.  He played mostly dramatic /leading figure roles on television and on the big screen throughout the first part of his career which spanned 60 years. The second half of his career changed drastically when he starred in the movie AIRPLANE!.  It was here Nielson played a comedic role straight.  AIRPLANE! took Nielsen's career into a whole new stratosphere.  For that last three decades Nielsen played the straight-funnyman.  My personal favorite is the short lived cop show spoof POLICE SQUAD which led to the NAKED GUN movies.  Leslie Nielsen will be missed.
Leslie Nielson & Anne Francis  in The Forbidden Planet (1956)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Have a Daisy Christmas!

One of my earliest posts here at Boomerville, USA was about boys and  B B Guns.  I won't go into it again, but did enjoy running across this old advertisement.  This is the kind of ad that a kid in my day could study over for hours on end.  Of course my parents didn't say "You'll shoot your eye out."  Heck, bad things happen in life...damn the eyes.  The boys in my family got their Christmas wish!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Who behind our couch

Yes.  The Who lived behind our living room couch. 

We had a nice looking living room.  Mother kept a clean house considering she had six kids running amok.  The foyer, dinging room and living room were always clean and ready for company.  Just don't look behind the couch.

It was there where the guitars were kept, turn table, rigged speakers, cords and a pile of records.  It was never neat behind the couch.  House guest were just not supposed to look behind them while sitting on the couch.

It was here where I would pick up one of Brook's guitars and strum, hoping one day to become a player.  It was behind the couch that I flipped through my older brother's LP collection.

I'd listen to B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, etc.  I found a lot of great music back there.  Let me tell you.  It was behind the couch that I discovered The Who.  Now I have a great appreciation for The Beatles - but I have a real love of The Who.

How many times did I lay on the couch with the headphones on, listening  and lost in Tommy.  They churned out so much good music.  How could three musicians put out that much sound?   Simply amazing.