Friday, April 29, 2011

bolding going where all men have gone before...

Both actors Leonard Nimory (Spock) and William Shatner ( Captain Kirk) of Star Trek fame turned recently turned 80.  Their birthday's are only four days apart.  Both of these guys careers are still going strong.  Boomers like these guys.  Some fans like them a little too much.  

I am not a Treky, but I do enjoy the show.  I don't remember StarTrek during it's original run.  I do remember coming home during my Jr. High school years and watched them in Dad's room.  Dad never went for such silliness.  I'd watch the show while he was still off at work.

80 years old!  Captain Kirk and Spock are 80 years old!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

old man...

I know there was a lot of rebellion going on in the 60's.  I remember the clarion of my generation, "Never trust anyone over 30".  Who ever said it was an idiot.  The old men that I knew in my life were good men.  They were the men who towered over me smiling down at church.  It was the old man over 30, my Scout Master Milton Smitherman and the rest of the men volunteers who accompanied our outings who led us and urged us to live out the motto and creed.  I knew great old men who were my neighbors.  Mr. E.N. (Bud) Lawley is the first to come to mind.   So many good men.  My dad was a good man who could be trusted.  All the God fearing men who were his friends were all great individuals.  I could name so many of them.

Frankly, I don't know what those young idiots were talking about back then.  They were rebelling against good men who were born into a depression, endured hard times, survived wars, came home to raise their families.  These were men who you could count on, men who could be trusted.  These old men I knew were born from adversity, brothers born for adversity.  Such men made great husbands, great fathers, and great role models.

So much for those colorful clowns who spent their youth turning on, tuning in, and dropping out.  They look so small in comparison.  Most of those old men are gone now.  Just know that it was all these un-hip old men that are and still my heroes.  Thanks.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Linda Ronstadt was a voice frequently heard throughout the seventies. In the above Youtube clip, Linda sings a J.D. Souther song, Faithless Love.

Monday, April 25, 2011

the old man we all knew

July 24 1894 -September 21, 1974
Every kid in my generation knew this man's name and love him.  He was Bogie's rummy sidekick, and even rode alongside the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and The Duke himself.   He was one of the best character actors on both silver screen and television - a three time Oscar Winner.  If you ever saw him, you'd know that he was The Real McCoy!