Archive for February, 2009

Movie Trivia

February 28, 2009

One of the few times John Wayne sang in a movie he performed a song which was again sung (about 20 years later) in a different movie by Mick Jagger.  What was the song; what were those two movies?


In “The Quite Man,” John Wayne sang “Wild Colonial Boy.”  Later, in “Ned Kelly,” Mick Jagger was on the soundtrack album singing that same traditional ballad.

Another one bites the dust

February 27, 2009

Another American newspaper is gone.

Ginmill History

February 26, 2009

The Palomino in North Hollywood was a legendary venue for country music artists.

What was its name before it became “the Pal”?

Reportedly it was the location for something called “The Mule-kick saloon.”

We tried to confirm this fact online but could not find any reference to this bit of trivia.  This blog tries to present material not found elsewhere online.

Are you from Santa Monica? (2)

February 25, 2009

If you see a DC-3 airplane, you don’t have to ask that question.  All DC-3’s were manufactured in Santa Monica.

For an large collection of DC-3 related links go to this page:

Main Ave.

February 25, 2009

Many US towns have a Main St., but Scranton Pa. was in Ripley’s Believe It or Not because (he said) Scranton was the only town in the USA to have a Main Avenue.

Dunno if that still holds true.

What a co-inky-dink!

February 22, 2009

According to one online site, a civilian DC-3 was involved in the hostilities at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

A tracer round hit the airpane and started a fire.

Another round hit a fire extinguisher and set it off and that put the fire out.

Here is the link to the page

What a co-inky-dink!

Best Production car ever?

February 21, 2009
40 Ford

40 Ford

This blogger believes that the best most desirable production car ever was the 40 Ford DeLuxe Coupe.  We saw one for sale on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica on Saturday.

We can’t buy the car.  No tengo dinero.  We can’t take pictures and send them to Jalopnik because the DOTS cars have to be seen (and photographed) on the streets and seeing one in a show room doesn’t seem to qualify.

Beatnik, hippie, or vagabond?

February 21, 2009

If Perth is a bit east of Fremantle and a fellow

leaves Perth going East, eventually, he will get back

to Fremantle, wouldn’t he?

That is the quest/question for my latest column on

Smirking Chimp

Oscar Predictions

February 20, 2009

Oscar Predictions

Best wit Oscar Wilde

Best boxer Oscar de la Hoya

Best Race Car Driver Oscar Kovaleski (of Scranton!)

Best Pianist Oscar Petersen

Best autobiographer    Oscar Levant

Best hot dog Oscar Meyer

Best costume Oscar de la Renta

Tonight Show hosts

February 19, 2009

So you think you know the history of Tonight Show hosts?  OK!  Who was the host (for just five weeks) between Steve Alan and Jack Paar?

Did you say Al “Jazzbo” Collins?

“You are correct, sir!” as Ed McMahan used to say.