Celebrations Galore and a Goodbye...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, June 25, 2009

Got to read some blogs yesterday but never had time to come back and comment.

Y'all know I was there and that is what counts. No?

A happy birthday shout out to my Aunt Adele (Dad Vince's sister). Aunt Adele is a vibrant, statuesque, classic woman. This is the only picture I can find and it is a tad over 10 years old, taken on May 9, 1999 (I LOVE iPhoto tagging) with her 'little' brother at a celebration for Mom Joan's 66th Birthday. Have not had a chance to see her in a few years, but hope to see her soon.

Sad to have heard that Mr. Ed McMahon passed away the other day. Our fellow hottie TRAVIS from "Trav's Thoughts" did a wonderful post on Mr. McMahon yesterday. Go on over and check it out.

Congratulations to the LSU Tigers who won their 6th College World Series last evening in Omaha, Nebraska. It is the first championship for coach Paul Mainieri who played his freshman year at LSU in 1976 and returned to the school after coaching stops at St. Thomas (Fla.), Air Force and Notre Dame.

They did it on the strength of pitching and some clutch hitting. The Texas Longhorns and their coach Augie Garrido should hold their heads up high today. They had an incredible seson.

Dave Weaver - AP Photo

Received an email yesterday from a buddy and I am sure you have seen it in one form or another. It had to do with the original Hollywood Squares TV show and the ribald answers the stars used to give.

This was the mid 60's and the US was in its 'revolution' period, but for network TV, this show sometimes pushed the envelope to its breaking point.

Some history on the show:
The show began as a black-and-white pilot episode filmed for CBS on April 21, 1965. That pilot was hosted by Bert Parks with the squares occupied by Cliff Arquette (in his "Charley Weaver" comic persona), Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Abby Dalton, Jim Backus, Gisele MacKenzie, Robert Q. Lewis and Vera Miles. The first five of the initial panelists were to later appear on the first broadcast week (October 17-21, 1966) and become the five initial regulars on NBC-TV.

CBS shot a second pilot hosted by Sandy Baron, but chose not to pick up the program with either host. A year later, NBC acquired the rights to the show and chose Peter Marshall as host, a job he held for fifteen years until 1981. During most of its daytime run, NBC broadcast Squares at 11:30 a.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Central time; it dominated the ratings until 1976, when it moved to the first of a succession of different time slots.

Paul Lynde, in addition to his recurring role as "Uncle Arthur" on Bewitched, had his greatest fame as the coveted "center square" throughout most of the original show's run. On October 14, 1968, after two years on the show, Lynde became the regular center square. Lynde's outrageous (and sometimes kinky) zingers helped him win two daytime Emmy Awards, in 1974 and 1978.

Some regulars would frequently be asked questions pertaining to a certain topic or category. For instance, Cliff Arquette (Charley Weaver), a history buff, excelled at American history questions. Rich Little would almost always get questions about other celebrities, which gave him an opportunity to do an impression of that individual. Roddy McDowall would usually give correct answers about the plays of Shakespeare. Rose Marie often got questions on dating and relationships, playing off her lovelorn comic persona. John Davidson played up a dumb-pretty boy act, but often offered effective bluffs. Demond Wilson often responded with mock anger to questions that were carefully worded to play upon Black stereotypes.

Other regulars and semi-regulars over the years included Nanette Fabray, Kaye Ballard, Wally Cox, Morey Amsterdam, Florence Henderson, Marty Allen, Wayland Flowers and Madame, Barbara Eden, George Gobel, Vincent Price, Charo, Sandy Duncan, Carol Wayne, Jonathan Winters, Karen Valentine, and Joan Rivers. Lynde left the series after taping the August 20-24, 1979, week of shows, but returned when the series relocated to Las Vegas in the 1980-1981 season.

This email had some of the responses given by the stars. When you realize that 99% of these were scripted by the writing staff you have to stand and applaud this group of unknown talent. These people got stuff over the airwaves that others could not think about during that time.

Some examples:
Q.. Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?
A. Paul Lynde (after a loooong pause): Loneliness!
And the audience laughed for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
A.. Rose Marie: No wait until morning.

Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say 'I Love You'?
A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty..

Q. What are 'Do It,' 'I Can Help,' and 'I Can't Get Enough'?
A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.

Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?
A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh

Were you a fan of this incarnation or one of the later versions?

They just made me crack up....

Happy Birthday to Carly Simon. Ms. Simon was born on this day in 1945.

Ms. Simon was born in New York City, New York. Her father was Richard L. Simon (co-founder of Simon & Schuster), a pianist who often played Chopin and Beethoven at home. Her mother was Andrea Louise Simon (née Heinemann), a civil rights activist and singer.

Simon's career began, with a short-lived attempt with her sister Lucy as The Simon Sisters. They had a minor hit, in 1964, which was called "Winkin', Blinkin', and Nod", and made three albums together before Lucy left to get married and start a family.

Later Simon collaborated with eclectic New York rockers Elephant's Memory for about six months. She also appeared in the 1971 Milos Forman movie Taking Off and played an auditioning singer and sang "Long Term Physical Effects", which was included in Taking Off, the 1971 soundtrack for the movie.

Her solo music career began in 1971, with the self-titled CARLY SIMON on Elektra Records. She has since released a total of 31 albums (including compilations) and her fans span the generations.

She has won:
2 Grammy Awards:
- Best New Artist, 1971.
- Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, 1990, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl.
* Academy Award:
- Best Song, 1988, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl.
* Golden Globe Award:
- Best Original Song, 1989, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl.

And she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.

Ms. Simon is also a celebrated writer of children's books. She has written; Amy the Dancing Bear, 1989; The Boy of the Bells, 1990; The Fisherman's Song, 1991; The Nighttime Chauffeur, 1993; and Midnight Farm, 1997.

Charles William Donaldson (January 4, 1935 - June 22, 2005) was an English satirist, writer and playboy, author of The Henry Root Letters. He was also briefly engaged to Ms. Simon in the 60's and once described her as "the answer to any sane man's prayers; funny, quick, erotic, extravagantly talented."

Ms. Simon is a cancer survivor and grandmother and we send her a BIG CONGRATS on her birthday.

Sure, "You're So Vain" would have been an easy choice...but the way she performs this song has always been a favorite of mine. From her 10th studio album (11th overall), TORCH the Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green composition "Body & Soul".


15 Of Your Sparks

  1. I used to watch Paul Lynde on HS whenever I was home from school. My mom was a big fan. Of course, some of the humor was over my head; come to think of it, my mom might not have gotten all of it either! Not sure all of it translated well for her.

  2. DrillerAA09 Says:
  3. I don't think my mom ever missed an episode of Hollywood Squares. Whenever I got the chance I would watch as well. At some point, it went night time and I got to watch more often. Love Charlie Weaver and Paul Lynde. Thanks for the memories.

  4. Matt-Man Says:
  5. I had an Aunt Adele as well. Happy Birthday to her. Ah yes, Paul Lynde...Yet another funny man from the Great State of Ohio. Cheers!!

  6. Nice words about Ed. He will be missed. I found the Hollywood Squares info really interesting. Have a good one!

  7. really laughing this morning remembering hollywood squares! thanks bond...

    smiles, bee

  8. Tug Says:
  9. OMG I LOVED the original Hollywood Squares and Paul Lynde! The 'olden days' were a lot funnier IMO (Carol Burnett!)...

    Happy Birthday to Aunt Adele, and I also love Carly. ;-)

  10. katherine. Says:
  11. happy birthday to your aunt!

    it is a shame there is no longer talented daytime television.

    the bits you included were really funny and clever.

  12. katherine. Says:
  13. and I appreciate you changing your comment deal...smile.

    hopefully it will be less labor intensive for you as well.

  14. ...thoroughly enjoyed this post,Good Sir!...

  15. Jay Says:
  16. Paul Lynde was an absolute comic genius. He was one of the funniest people to ever walk the Earth. And I loved the old Hollywood Squares.

    And Carly Simon? smmmmokin hot and her awesome talent just makes her that much hotter.

  17. Jay Says:
  18. And oh yeah, as I said on Twitter the other day, losing Ed McMahon reminds me of the days when the Tonight Show was truly great. Never cared for Leno or Conan much. But I loved Johnny and Ed.

    RIP to one of the best comic sidekicks ever!

  19. vin~ we are getting old~ i used to hate it when dad would talk about how things used to be better

    i may have missed it in my absencce~ do you and nancy have a date set yet?

  20. Travis Says:
  21. Paul Lynde was hilarious on that show. Hollywood Squares was always a favorite, along with Match Game.

  22. Ralph Says:
  23. Adele and Vin, what great looking siblings! Like I said the other day, a fine looking family you descend from!

  24. Dana Says:
  25. I'm a huge fan of the original Hollywood Squares - the reincarnation? Nah ...

    And Happy Belated Birthday Aunt Adele!


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