Friday, December 9, 2016

Happy birthday, Lt. Worf!

Handsome Michael Dorn, who played Lt., I mean Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space 9, was born December 9, 1952 in Luling, TX.

He is an  avid pilot and owns several aircraft.  He has flown with the Thunderbirds and the Blu Angels, and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Remembering John Glenn, astronaut, 1921-2016

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has passed away.  He flew on the Friendship 7 in February 1962 making three orbits of Earth in  just under 5 hours.  President John F. Kennedy presented him with the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

At 77, he flew  on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998 as a Payload Specialist, making him the oldest man to go into space.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oklahoma AG Pruitt to head the EPA - WTF?

Reuters is reporting that Trump is going to appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  WTF?  He is an opponent of President Obama's push to curb global warming, i.e. Pruitt believes it is a hoax.  That means the EPA is going to be stripped and gutted like a catfish.  Oil and gas companies will be able to drill with impunity, regardless of the cost to the environment or the public.

Corporate greed.  Pollution.  Fracking. Thanks for making America 'great' again, Trump.

Apollo 17, last trip to the Moon, launched 1972

Apollo 17 crew (L-R): Lunar Module Pilot Harrison H. Schmitt; Commander Eugene A. Cernan (seated); Command Module Pilot Ronald E. Evans

December 7, 1972, Apollo 17 began its trip to the Moon, the last manned mission of the Apollo program.  Eugene Cernan became the last man to walk on the lunar surface, just three years after Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon.

Cernan and Schmitt spent about 3 days on the Moon, longer than any previous crew, and logged over 22 miles on the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), traveling almost 5 miles from the lunar lander.

They splashed down in the south Pacific Ocean, December 19.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book review - Teddy Bears by Brandon Witt

Teddy Bears is an appropriate title to Brandon Witt’s new Christmas story, although Beauty and the Nerd would have worked as well.  The tale opens with loner and full-time geek Brian working at a popular bathhouse in Denver and just existing.  During his off-hours, he is either gaming or recreating Buffy the Vampire Slayer scenes with his hamsters to post on Youtube.

A few weeks before Christmas, a big, muscle bear comes into the bathhouse.  Brian can hardly breathe, much less complete the checking-in transaction because he is so taken with the huge daddy James.  Brian is even more surprised when James asks him out on a date. 

Although Brian is ecstatic, his own insecurities begin to gnaw at him.  Where James is masculine, attractive and sexy to everyone, Brian is not.

I typically avoid reading stories like this since I can totally relate to Brian but, in actuality, nerds don’t ever get the good-looking bears, especially the muscular ones.  However, I still enjoyed reading how the geek gets the hunk.  The story remains light-hearted, doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a satisfying romance.

Agnes Moorehead born 1900

One of the most talented actresses ever, Agnes Moorehead, born December 6, 1900, was nominated for four Oscars, all for Best Supporting Actress but never took home the statue.  Their loss because she was fantastic.  She died of uterine cancer, a consequence of filming The Conqueror in Nevada in 1954 close to where the US Government was conducting nuclear tests.  The radiation fallout also resulted in the deaths of John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Dick Powell.

She did win two Golden Globes, one for her role in Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte! for which she SHOULD have won the Oscar.

Another of my favorite performances, besides Endora on Bewitched, was her Twilight Zone episode, The Invaders.  In this performance, she does not utter a single word throughout the entire episode.  Now that's awesome acting!

Be warned:  This clip contains spoilers!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Final Episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" airs 1974

The end of an era:  The last episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus aired December 5, 1974.  John Cleese had left the show before the fourth (and last) season, saying the show had become repititious and had run out of ideas.  He did collaborate with the other members and even appeared in one episode in the last season.

TV Guide has ranked it the 5th in the Top 25 Cult Shows Ever! and has it ranked as #35 of the Top 250 TV shows.

Graham Chapman passed away in 1989, but the rest are still alive and kicking!