BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 3 January, 2015


3 January, 2015

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[1194 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Twin Peaks Planet (NY Times)
Our current global setup isn't working for everyone. What consequences from that are ahead if we don't do something about it?

Jonathan Romney: "Insomnia: Unbearable Lightness" (Criterion)
The 1997 Norwegian detective thriller Insomnia is a paradoxical object-as director and cowriter Erik Skjoldbjærg has described it, "a reversed film noir with light, not darkness, as its dramatic force." Insomnia is so drenched in light that you could call it a film blanc-blanc meaning "white" but also "blank," given the film's detached chill, as opaque as the features of its policeman antihero.

Marina Hyde: Childbirth is as awful as it is magical, thanks to our postnatal 'care' (Guardian)
Giving birth in hospital these days is a hallucinatorily exhausting experience - and the cuts mean it's about to get even worse.

Oliver Burkeman: 'Detoxing' has been debunked. Maybe it's time to debunk that (Guardian)
We live in an age when disagreeing with something too often means we declare it absolutely wrong.

Lucy Mangan: The future of Britain's libraries: why lattes and Wi-Fi are nothing to fear (Guardian)
Few victims of austerity have been so fiercely mourned as libraries. If they are to be revived, a recent report argues, they must look down the High Street to Starbucks. Can that approach change a writer's beloved childhood sanctuary for the better?

Jake Hinkson: "Helen Holmes: The Girl at the Switch"
A century before Jennifer Lawrence was slinging arrows as Katniss Everdeen, Helen Holmes invented the female action hero. So why have you never heard of her?

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Trivia Question of the Day

Known as "queen of waxes," Carnauba comes from the leaf of a palm that is grown only in what country?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

On what TV series would you find dirty old man Tyrone F. Horneigh chasing spinster Gladys Ormphby?

      Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In                                                      Source

Ruth Ann Buzzi (born July 24, 1936) is an American comedienne and actress of theatre, film, and television. She is especially known for her performances on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1968 to 1973.

Her most famous character is the dowdy spinster Gladys Ormphby, clad in drab brown with her bun hairdo covered by a visible hairnet knotted in the middle of her forehead. In most sketches, she used her lethal purse, with which she would flail away vigorously at anyone who incurred her wrath.

On Laugh-In, Gladys most often appeared as the unwilling object of the advances of Arte Johnson's "dirty old man" character Tyrone F. Horneigh. In a typical exchange, Tyrone accosts Gladys and asks, "Do you believe in the hereafter?" "Of course I do!", Gladys retorts defensively. Delighted, Tyrone shoots back: "Then you know what I'm here after!" NBC collectively called these two characters The Nitwits when they went to animation in the mid-1970s as part of the series Baggy Pants and the Nitwits. Buzzi and Johnson both voiced their respective roles in the cartoon.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   That's gotta be

  Gladys Ormphby and Tyrone F. Horneigh

  Tyrone: Do you believe in the hereafter?
  Gladys: Yes...
  Tyrone: Then you know what I'm hereafter...

   was a TV show that was an hilarious collection of very short comedy skits of political and cultural satire and made minor stars of

  Arte Johnson

  and Ruth Buzzi well as Alan Sues

  JoAnn Worley

  Judy Carne

  and launched the careers of people like
  Lily Tomlin

  and Goldie Hawn

  Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

broke down a lot of barriers and really pushed the limit with their rapid-fire jokes and one could argue that they even opened the door for the wildly successful

Alan J wrote:
   Rowan & Martin's Laugh In

mj said:
   You can bet your bippy
  That would be Laugh In.

Charlie replied:
   It was Arte Johnson as Horneigh and Ruth Buzzi as Ormphby on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:

John I from Hawai'i says,
   Happy New Year and "Laugh-In."

Marian wrote:
   Laugh In

Kevin K in Washington DC said:
   Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
  The "couple" was played by Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi. I was 10 years old
  in 1968 and it remains one of the mysteries of my life that my conservative
  Catholic parents enjoyed that show and let us watch it. And I'm so glad they did.

DanD replied:
   Like the Kraken, it came to my consciousness as "Laugh In."
  I could even be right.

Deborah responded:
   I love when I know the answer right away - Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In." That show was genius in its conception, delivery, and humor. And being a pscyclepath, I always loved Arte Johnson toodling around and tipping over on his tricycle.
  Thursday's Trivia Question - After I fired off my answer it later occurred to me on my first bike ride of the New Year that perhaps the answer wasn't the 3 Kings but the 3 Stooges. *red face*

Dale of Sunny Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in. Ha Ha.

Billy in Cypress said:
   That would be Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

MAM   wrote:
   Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In ~ Tyrone F. Horneigh (Arte Johnson) and Gladys Ormphby ( Ruth Buzzi)

DJ Useo answered:
   Why, the answer is "Laugh-In".
  I wish more of them were available as dvd's.
  They're still quite entertaining.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Sally's got some great news.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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speaking of free fall----or is it tree fall?

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from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Last Night

Sunny and colder.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by another RERUN 'The Mysteries Of Laura', then a RERUN 'SNL' (from 12/15/12, with Martin Short hosting, music by Paul McCartney).
'SNL' is a RERUN, with Woody Harrelson hosting, music by Kendrick Lamar.

ABC starts the night with the movie 'Hairspray', followed by '20/20'.

The CW offers a RERUN 'iHeartRadio Music Festival'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bones', followed by a RERUN 'Sleepy Hollow'.

MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Out For Justice', followed by the movie 'Under Siege'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Musketeers - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Friends and Enemies
 [7:00AM]    The Musketeers - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Sleight of Hand
 [8:00AM]    The Musketeers - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Commodities
 [9:00AM]    The Musketeers - Season 1 - Ep 4 - The Good Soldier
 [10:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Revisited: Walnut Tree
 [11:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
 [1:00PM]    Top Gear: Sydney Special
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear: Best of British-Episode 1
 [3:00PM]    Top Gear: Best of British-Episode 2
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear: Best of British-Episode 3
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 20 - Tin Man
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 21 - Hollow Pursuits
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 22 - The Most Toys
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 23 - Sarek
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 24 - Menage a Troi
 [10:00PM]    The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 13 - NYENEW
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 18 - Allegiance
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 19 - Captain's Holiday
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 20 - Tin Man
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 21 - Hollow Pursuits
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 22 - The Most Toys
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 23 - Sarek
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 24 - Menage a Troi    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Maid In Manhattan', followed by the movie 'Enough'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Billy Madison', followed by the movie 'Superbad'.

FX has the movie 'The Dictator', followed by 2 hours of old 'Mike & Molly'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', 'Revelaton: The End Of Days', and another 'Revelation: The End Of Days'.

IFC  -   
 [3:15AM]    PEEP WORLD

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Chocolate
 [6:15AM]    (500) Days of Summer
 [8:15AM]    (500) Days of Summer
 [10:15AM]    Cyrus
 [12:15PM]    Risky Business
 [2:30PM]    Swingers
 [4:45PM]    Martha Marcy May Marlene
 [7:00PM]    The Beach
 [9:00PM]    Outbreak
 [11:45PM]    The Fly
 [1:45AM]    Outbreak
 [4:30AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Dirty Talk and Stolen Identities
 [5:30AM]    The Approval Matrix    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Elektra', followed by the movie 'The Spirit'.

 [6:30 AM]      Hollywood Canteen (1944)
 [9:00 AM]      Anne Of Green Gables (1934)
 [10:30 AM]      Carry on, Constable (1961)
 [12:00 PM]      Courage Of Lassie (1946)
 [2:00 PM]      A River Runs Through It (1992)
 [4:15 PM]      Cat Ballou (1965)
 [6:00 PM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      Bus Stop (1956)
 [10:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962)
 [2:00 AM]      Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
 [3:30 AM]      Escape From New York (1981)
 [5:15 AM]      The House in the Middle (1954)
 [5:15 AM]      Tear Gas In Law Enforcement (1962)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  01/04/15

 [6:00 AM]      Anchors Aweigh (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      On Approval (1944)
 [10:15 AM]      Criss Cross (1949)
 [12:00 PM]      Carefree (1938)
 [1:30 PM]      The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
 [3:15 PM]      Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
 [6:00 PM]      The Miracle Worker (1962)
 [8:00 PM]      Charade (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      Arabesque (1966)
 [12:00 AM]      Moran of the Lady Letty (1922)     SILENT 
 [1:15 AM]      Stolen Moments (1920)     SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Children Of Paradise (1945)
 [5:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #34 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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US singer David Hasselhoff, right, poses for a photograph with Hayley Roberts in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. On New Year's Eve in 1989, Hasselhoff sang his hit "I've Been Looking for Freedom" to 500,000 people in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
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Net Neutrality Vote Next Month


Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.

The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net neutrality rules, agency spokeswoman Kim Hart said Friday. She was confirming reports in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal on the planned timing of the vote. Details of the draft proposal weren't disclosed.

President Barack Obama has asked the FCC to put Internet service providers under the same rules as those imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. The aim is to protect net neutrality, the concept that everyone with an Internet connection should have equal access to all legal content online, including video, music, email, photos, social networks and maps.

The idea was a fundamental tenet of the Internet from its origin. But its fate has been in limbo since January 2014, when a federal appeals court struck down the FCC's guidelines and forced the agency to come up with new rules. The court ruling said the FCC has the authority to regulate service providers' treatment of Internet traffic but that the agency failed to establish that its regulations don't overreach.



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Journalists Face More Jail Time


Three Al-Jazeera journalists faced Friday the prospect of at least several more weeks in Egyptian prison, with two of them awaiting a decision on whether they can be deported, lawyers and relatives said.

Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were detained in December 2013 for spreading false information and accused of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Greste's lawyer said he had submitted a request to have his client deported from Egypt under a new law signed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

A similar demand has been made to deport Fahmy to Canada, according to his brother, while Mohamed's wife said she was looking at ways to get her husband out of Egypt.



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Cathedral To Turn Out Lights


One of Germany's most famous landmarks, Cologne Cathedral, will be plunged into darkness on Monday evening in protest at a march by a growing grass-roots anti-Muslim movement through the western German city, cathedral authorities said.

The rise of the group, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), has shaken Germany's political establishment, prompting Chancellor Angela Merkel to say in her New Year address that its leaders were racists full of hatred and citizens should beware being used.

PEGIDA's last weekly rally in the eastern city of Dresden attracted some 17,000 people, and the movement plans further marches in other cities, including through the center of Cologne on Monday night with a rally by the cathedral.

"PEGIDA is made up of an astonishingly broad mix of people, ranging from those in the middle of society to racists and the extreme right-wing," Cathedral Dean Norbert Feldhoff told Reuters.

"By switching off the floodlighting we want to make those on the march stop and think. It is a challenge: consider who you are marching alongside."



People wear Guy Fawkes masks and hold a placard reading "Regime" during an anti-government protest called by civil groups in Budapest January 2, 2015. The protest follows a number of other rallies against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, which has seen a plunge in popularity over the past months on a plan to tax Internet use that was later scrapped and clashes with Western powers.
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May Never Play Guitar Again


Bono says he now has a titanium elbow and may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling accident.

The 54-year-old U2 frontman suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November. He required hours of surgery after what doctors called a "high-energy bicycle accident."

On the band's website Thursday, Bono said the "recovery has been more difficult than I thought. As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again."

He added that his bandmates - The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen - "have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this."



Wake-up Call


Dog As Step Stool

Mrs. Palin

Facebook photos posted by Sarah Palin (R-Quitter) showing her son Trig using the family dog as a step stool unleashed online fury on Friday reminiscent of the public reaction to the disclosure that Mitt Romney had once driven with his dog strapped on the car's roof.

Trig, 6, who has Down Syndrome, is shown stepping on the back of the family's black Labrador while it lies on the kitchen floor in order to reach the sink. The dog appears unruffled.

The Facebook post by Palin, who was the losing Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, drew more than 12,000 comments by midday Friday, ranging from cries of animal abuse to those seconding Palin's praise for the youngest of her five children.

Palin, a former half-term governor of Alaska, was the running mate of Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008; McCain lost to President Barack Obama.

Mrs. Palin


A titmouse leaves a snow-covered bird house in the southern German village of Warngau after heavy snowfall January 2, 2015.
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Ordered To Pay Charities

California Lawyer

A judge has ordered a California lawyer to pay four prominent non-profit groups, including Doctors Without Borders, a total of $4.3 million for using "undue influence" in arranging to inherit money a client originally meant to leave for charity.

The ruling last week by San Diego Superior Court Judge William Nevitt capped a four-year fight over the estate of Siv Ljungwe, a retired California schoolteacher who, with her husband, had accumulated real estate worth millions of dollars.

The judgment against her San Diego-area lawyer, Carl Dimeff, is to be shared evenly by Doctors without Borders, the National Public Radio Foundation, the United Nations Children's Fund and the San Diego State University-based public television channel KPBS in accordance with Ljungwe's 2004 trust.

Dimeff told Reuters on Thursday he would appeal against the ruling, saying he did not know Ljungwe had shifted her assets to him until after her death. He said he distributed $400,000 to the charities while settling the estate.

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Update Triggered Crash

Bad Code

Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp search engines temporarily went dark on Friday after Microsoft pushed out a bad code update and then struggled to roll it back, a person briefed on the outages told Reuters.

The outages were not caused by an outside attack, the person said, declining to be named because the discussion concerned internal Yahoo matters.

Microsoft's Bing search engine powers Yahoo search under a 10-year deal announced in 2009. Yahoo was not immediately available for comment. Microsoft confirmed the outage, but declined to comment on the cause.

On Friday afternoon, users who typed got an error message saying that Yahoo engineers were working to resolve the issue. The search engine appeared to be working again later in the day.

After the crash, Microsoft's roll-back procedure failed, forcing it to shut down its groups of linked servers to get back the point where everything worked smoothly, the person said.

Bad Code


The setting sun dips the sky in orange-red light over Basilica of San Luca Near Bologna, Italy, 02 January 2014.
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Surveillance Cell Towers

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Law enforcement organizations around the country are desperate to keep the public unaware of the use of Stringrays, a surveillance technology that secretly monitors cell phones, even as courts and lawmakers are starting to fight back.

That's the conclusion of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which tallied up a year's worth of public records requests by American media organizations, as well as court and legislative actions, related to the government's use of the technology, also known as IMSI catchers.

"We've long worried about the government's use of [Stingrays, which] masquerade as a legitimate cell phone tower, tricking phones nearby to connect to the device in order to track a phone's location in real time," the EFF wrote in a blog post today. "We're not just worried about how invasive these devices can be, but also that the government has been less than forthright with judges about how and when they use IMSI catchers. This year, the public learned just how desperately law enforcement wanted to keep details about Stingrays secret. … The results are shocking."

Stingrays became a big part of the public conversation this year. Last summer, as VentureBeat reported, the CEO of ESD America, which builds a highly secure phone for clients who demand military-grade security, revealed that in the course of testing their phone, the company discovered cell towers capable of intercepting calls and then handing them off to carriers' networks, a tool that allows the government to listen in or add spyware to mobile devices.

Made by the Harris Corporation, a Florida multinational, Stringrays are designed to obtain the cell number of people targeted in criminal or intelligence investigations and then mimic the nearest cell tower so that any calls from the target phone are routed through the device instead.

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Psychiatry Fodder


"Seinfeld" may have been a show about nothing, but a psychiatry professor is using it for much more than that.

Medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are learning about psychiatric disorders through Dr. Anthony Tobia's "Psy-feld" teaching tool, reports.

Tobia has created a database of teaching points from all the show's episodes. Third- and fourth-year medical students are assigned to watch two episodes a week and then gather to discuss the psychopathology demonstrated on each.

"You have a very diverse group of personality traits that are maladaptive on the individual level," Tobia said. "When you get these friends together the dynamic is such that it literally creates a plot: Jerry's obsessive compulsive traits combined with Kramer's schizoid traits, with Elaine's inability to forge meaningful relationships and with George being egocentric."



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In Memory

Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died.

Douglas died Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near her hometown of Zachary. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, said her niece, Charlene Smith. Douglas was 82.

She was best known for her role in "The Beverly Hillbillies," the CBS comedy about a backwoods Ozark family who moved to Beverly Hills after striking it rich from oil discovered on their land.

The series, which ran from 1962 to 1971, also starred the late Buddy Ebsen and Irene Ryan as well as Max Baer Jr., who turns 77 on Sunday.

Chosen from more than 500 other actresses, Douglas said she felt at ease playing the role because, like her character, she grew up a poor Southern tomboy. Her childhood in Pride, Louisiana, came in handy when she was asked during her audition to milk a goat.

Douglas' career began with beauty pageants - she was Miss Baton Rouge and Miss New Orleans - followed by a trip to New York to pursue a career in entertainment.

While modeling didn't appeal to her - "I didn't want to be that skinny" - television did. Douglas was featured as the Billboard Girl on "The Steve Allen Show" in 1959.

She landed a featured role in the 1959 film "Career," starring Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine, and a bit part in the film musical "Li'l Abner." She also had a small role as Tony Randall's secretary in the 1961 romantic comedy "Lover Come Back" with Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

Douglas starred in one of the most memorable episodes of Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" - titled "Eye of the Beholder," it was the one in which her head is wrapped in bandages for most of the half-hour after plastic surgery aimed at fixing her "ugliness," which in fact was beauty in a universe of monsters. And she starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie "Frankie and Johnny."

After "The Beverly Hillbillies," Douglas worked in real estate, recorded country and gospel music albums and wrote a book for children that drew on biblical themes.

Douglas was married twice, to Roland John Bourgeois, Jr. until 1954, and then to The Beverly Hillbillies director Robert M. Leeds. They divorced in 1980 after nine years of marriage. Survivors include her son, Danny P. Bourgeois.

Donna Douglas


In Memory

Little Jimmy Dickens

Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humour and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94.

Dickens died Friday at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said.

Dickens, who stood 4-foot-11, had performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948. His last performance was Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration. He sang "Out Behind The Barn" and delivered his trademark comedy. He had turned 94 a day earlier.

Country legend Hank Williams Sr. nicknamed him "Tater" based on Dickens' song "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)."

His novelty songs, including his biggest hit "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" about good and bad luck, earned him a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

It crossed over from a country hit to become a hit on the pop charts - a rarity in those days - with its rollicking chorus: "May the bird of paradise fly up your nose; May an elephant caress you with its toes; May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose; May the bird of paradise fly up your nose."

The guitarist made more than a dozen trips to perform in Europe and entertained troops in Vietnam three times.

His other hits included "A-Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed," ''Out Behind the Barn," ''Country Boy" and "I'm Little But I'm Loud."

He is credited with introducing rhinestone suits to country music around 1950, taking a suggestion from Los Angeles clothing designer Nudie.

Dickens was born in Bolt, West Virginia, the 13th and youngest child in a coal-mining family. Coal mining was the main industry in his area, but it wasn't for him.

"I wouldn't have worked the mines. I wasn't large enough," he once said.

One of his first jobs was crowing like a rooster on a radio station in Beckley, West Virginia, to begin the station's broadcasting for the day.

Before becoming a nationally known country singer, he worked at radio stations in Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Topeka, Kansas; and Saginaw, Michigan.

He is survived by his wife, Mona, and two daughters.

Little Jimmy Dickens


In Memory

Miller Williams

Arkansas poet Miller Williams, a prolific writer and teacher who read a poem at President Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration, has died. He was 84.

Williams, the father of singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, died Thursday night at a hospital in Fayetteville of complications from Alzheimer's disease, family friend Linda Sheets said Friday. Williams was a longtime professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

He helped found the university's publishing arm, the University of Arkansas Press, in 1980, and directed it for almost 20 years. He has written, translated or edited more than 30 books, including a dozen poetry collections, according to the Poetry Foundation.

Clinton chose his friend to read his poem, "Of History and Hope," at the 1997 inauguration, making him just the third inaugural poet.

Williams, who had campaigned for Clinton's unsuccessful 1976 congressional bid, said in a 2013 interview that he wanted the poem to be a "consideration of how a look at a nation's past might help determine where it could be led in the future.

Lucinda Williams last year put one of her father's poems, "Compassion," to music as the lead cut on her latest album. Williams said her father had told her recently that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry.

"I started crying when he told me that," she said last year. "I just bawled like a baby. I couldn't believe it. This was my dad, the poet. It was like someone saying that he couldn't see anymore. It was part of him that was just gone. It's like a part of him died. That's why this is so important to me."

Along with his two daughters, Williams is survived by his wife, Jordan, and his son, Robert.

Miller Williams


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Frankie Randall

Frankie Randall, a vocalist, pianist, actor and favorite of Frank Sinatra who performed the theme song for the 1960s NBC adventure series Flipper, has died. He was 76.

Randall, who starred in and performed in the 1965 beach comedy film Wild on the Beach - which marked the film debut of Sonny and Cher - died Sunday of lung cancer at JFK Medical Center in Indio, Calif., his partner, Melinda Read, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Randall toured in nightclubs around the country, was a regular on Dean Martin's 1966 summer variety series for NBC and appeared in the 1973 film The Day of the Wolves.

He met Sinatra while playing Jilly's bar in New York and often accompanied him as his pianist. Sinatra "bestowed" his original musical orchestrations by such arrangers as Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Neal Hefti and Quincy Jones to Randall in 1997, according to Randall's website, and he used them for his "Tribute to Sinatra" nightclub show.

He was lured by Sinatra to the Palm Springs area, where he bought a home, and he received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2001.

A native of Passaic, N.J., Randall served as entertainment director for The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and later became a vp at the Bally's casino.

Frankie Randall



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