BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 19 April, 2022


19 April, 2022

(Updated Daily)

[1360 days in a row]


from Bruce



• Max D. Stein, a lawyer, liked to tell this story: A man came to see him about a legal question. A dog had come into his butcher shop and had run away with a $4 steak. His question was this: Is the dog’s owner responsible for the loss of the steak? Mr. Stein replied that yes, the dog’s owner is responsible. Hearing that, the man said, “Please pay the $4—it was your dog.” Mr. Stein paid the $4, then said, “My minimum fee for legal advice is $500.”

• Being a ballet impresario is not necessarily (or likely!) a remunerative position. When Léonide Massine was choreographing ballets for Sergei Diaghilev, he was surprised to see that Mr. Diaghilev had holes in the soles of his shoes. And here is a bit of history trivia: Among the people who wrote to Serge Diaghilev saying they wished to become a member of his Ballets-Russes was the spy Mata Hari.

• Jazz singer Anita O’Day was named Anita Belle Colton when she was born. She took the name O’Day because in pig Latin it means “dough,” and she hoped to make a lot of dough as a professional walkathon contestant. (During the Depression, people tried to make money winning marathon walks, where they walked for days in front of an audience with only occasional 15-minute breaks.)

• On Purim, many pious Jews distribute money to the poor. R’ Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta once counted money over and over again before Purim. His son saw him counting the money, and said, “Father, I thought you hate money.” R’ Avraham Yehoshua Heshel replied, “I want to distribute this money to the poor. If it means nothing to me, then my gift will be of no significance.”

• Theater director Tyrone Guthrie could be frugal at times. Once, he reserved tickets to see Paul Muni in Inherit the Wind. However, he arrived late, just after Act One. The ticket seller named the price for his ticket, but a somewhat inebriated Mr. Guthrie said, “That’s for three acts; what’s the price for two?”

• Corey Ford’s writings were widely plagiarized—especially his short humorous piece “How to Guess Your Age.” Whenever this happened, Mr. Ford would sue, winning every case. He once said about his lawsuits, “I find this a much easier way to make a living than by writing.”

• Basso Karl Formes loved the performing arts so much that in his early, impoverished years he once swam a river to see an actor because he did not have enough money for both passage on the ferry boat and a ticket for the play.


• Dizzy Gillespie played a trumpet that had an unusual shape. Its bell did not point forward but up—at a 45-degree angle. He says, “The truth is that the shape of my horn is an accident. I could pretend that I went into the basement and thought it up, but it wasn’t that way.” So how did the shape come about? A man accidentally sat on it, and the bell bent. It was 6 January 1953, the birthday of Dizzy’s wife, and he played at the party for her. He liked the sound of the unusually shaped trumpet. He says that “when the bell bent, it made a smaller hole because of the dent. I couldn’t get the right sound, but it was a strange sound that I got from the instrument that night. I played it, and I liked the sound. The sound had been changed, and it could be played softly, very softly, not blarey.” The next day he had the trumpet straightened, but it missed the sound that the trumpet had had. He contacted the Martin Company and had an artist draw a trumpet with a bell at a 45-degree angle and told them, “I want a horn like this.” They told him, “You’re crazy!” Dizzy said, “’OK, I’m crazy, but I want a horn like this.’ They made me a trumpet, and I’ve been playing one like that ever since.”

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Trivia Question of the Day

Released on April 20, 2012, what Willie Nelson single, featuring vocals by Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson, is a lighthearted tribute to cremation?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

On what 1950-60s sitcom would you find Larry Mondello, Hubert "Whitey" Whitney, and Clarence Rutherford?

       "Leave It To Beaver"                                                      Source

Leave It to Beaver is an American television sitcom broadcast between 1957 and 1963 about an inquisitive and often naïve boy, Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver (Jerry Mathers), and his adventures at home, school, and around his suburban neighborhood. The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver's parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver's brother Wally. The show has attained an iconic status in the United States, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-20th century.

Leave It to Beaver ran for six full 39-week seasons (234 episodes). The series had its debut on CBS on October 4, 1957. The following season, it moved to ABC, where it stayed until completing its run on June 20, 1963. Throughout the show's run, it was shot with a single camera on black-and-white 35 mm film.

The still-popular show ended its run in 1963 primarily because it had reached its natural conclusion: In the final show, Beaver is about to graduate from grade school into high school, but Wally was about to enter college and the fraternal dynamic at the heart of the show's premise would be broken with their separation.

Main cast
     Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver
     Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver
     Tony Dow as Wallace "Wally" Cleaver
     Jerry Mathers as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver

Recurring cast
     Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Wally's mischievous best friend
     Rusty Stevens as Larry Mondello, Beaver's apple-eating best friend
     Stanley Fafara as Hubert "Whitey" Whitney, Beaver's classmate and friend
     Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford, Ward's overbearing boss
     Frank Bank as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford, Fred's bully of a son and Wally's friend        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Leave It to Beaver.

Randall wrote:
   Leave it to Beaver

Leo in Boise said:
   Leave it to Beaver

Alan J answered:
   Leave It To Beaver.

Stephen F responded:
   Leave it to Beaver

zorch replied:
   Leave It To Beaver.

Tony from Phoenix said:
   Ward, you were a little hard on The Beaver last night
  Leave It To Beaver

mj wrote:
   One of my favorite double entendres of all time
  involving one morning at breakfast, June Cleaver taking exception to the rather severe punishment her husband, Ward Cleaver, had handed down to young Theodore. It takes a truly evil genius to find such smirking humor something as sweet and innocent as Leave it to Beaver.

Adam answered:
   Leave It To

Dave responded:
   Leave it to Beaver. I saw it on syndication when I was little. All but the first season was on ABC so our TV wouldn’t receive that signal.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   Leave It to Beaver

Billy in Cypress U.S.A. replied:
   Leave It to Beaver

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Leave It To Beaver

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   They were characters in Leave it to Beaver. Mr. Rutherford would have made a better Associate Justice then Mr. Thomas, but then, who wouldn't?
  May have posted this before but when Howard Stern was the morning guy on DC-101 he had what he called "Beaver Breaks". The theme was played on a kazoo & the cast was introduced as Hugh Blowmont, Barbara Billingsbush, Tony Cow & Jerry Mattress as The Beaver. Best episode was when Wally wanted to prove his love for Jodie Foster by bumping off the Beaver. So he stuck the Beaver in a microwave & turned it on High.

Daniel in The City answered:
   Leave It to Beaver

DJ Useo replied:
   One of my fave shows. "Leave It To Beaver". Good from the 1st to the last.

Tom C responded:
   Larry and Whitey were friends of Beaver and Clarence was a friend of Wally on Leave it to Beaver

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Music: "Ring of Gold"


Artist: The High Llamas

Artist Location: London, UK


“The expedition continues on Llama-back, as they continue deeper into their exotic world of sound. The new naturalism breathes with life — a city of the future is borne to your ears’ delight!”

“A good start [to listening to their catalogue] is near the beginning with HAWAII (a full two hours of music) but this song has always been one of my favorites, from TALAHOMI WAY: ‘Ring of Gold,’ [which is] about a racehorse put out to pasture.” — George Raymond, fan and author of TREFOLOGY Blog

“The High Llamas are an Anglo-Irish avant-pop band formed in London circa 1991. They were founded by singer-songwriter Sean O’Hagan, formerly of Microdisney, with drummer Rob Allum and ex-Microdisney bassist Jon Fell. O’Hagan has led the group since its formation. Their music is often compared to the Beach Boys, a band he acknowledges as an influence, although more prominent influences were drawn from bossa nova and European film soundtracks.” — Wikipedia

“Following the spirit. Sweet music to feed the soul. Get it out there, however you can. Channel the past, learn from the young. Check out brother High Llamas.” Sean O’Hagen

Price: $9 (USD) for 12-track album. Tracks cannot be purchased separately; only one track can be previewed.

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Last Night

Mostly sunny afternooon.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'FBI', followed by a FRESH 'FBI: Overkill', then a FRESH 'FBI: Most Wanted'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Neil deGrasse Tyson and Emmy Blotnick.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Elle Fanning, Anthony Ramos, and UPSAHL.

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ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Judge Steve Harvey', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then the FRESH 'black-ish: A Celebration - An ABC "News" Special', followed by a FRESH 'To Tell The Truth'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel is the cast of "Black-ish".

The CW offers a RERUN 'Superman & Lois', followed by a RERUN 'Naomi'.

Faux has a FRESH 'The Resident', followed by a FRESH 'Name That Tune'.

MY recycles an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then an old 'King Of Queens', followed by another old 'King Of Queens'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by hours of old 'Storage Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'Unforgiven', followed by the movie 'Open Range'.

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Leaves to Fight Russia in Ukraine

Malcolm Nance

A longtime MSNBC on-air terrorism and national security analyst is now fighting Russians in Ukraine.

Malcolm Nance, a former naval intelligence officer who became executive director of The Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies after leaving the service, appeared on Joy Reid’s 7 PM program Monday from a “secure location,” where he revealed that he had joined the “International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine,” essentially a Ukrainian version of the French Foreign Legion.

Nance has been an MSNBC analyst since 2007, according to his LinkedIn page, appearing on a number of shows to discuss intelligence, insurgency and national security-related topics.

An MSNBC spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter Monday that Nance “is not a contributor” with the cable news channel, though it is not clear when he parted ways with the network. He was identified as an MSNBC analyst on-air as recently as February 28, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had already begun.

“The more I saw of the war going on, the more I thought, ‘I’m done talking, all right? It’s time to take action here,’” Nance told Reid. “I am here to help this country fight what essentially is a war of extermination. This is an existential war and Russia has brought it to these people and they are mass murdering civilians, and there are people here like me who are here to do something about it.”

Malcolm Nance



Returns To Hollywood

TCM Film Festival

Classic film lovers know the importance of a grand entrance and the folks at Turner Classic Movies are pulling out all the stops for the return of the TCM Classic Film Festival this week in Hollywood.

After two years of virtual editions because of the pandemic, the festival kicks off Thursday with the help of Steven Spielberg, who will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” He and stars Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace and Robert MacNaughton will gather at the TCL Chinese Theatre for a discussion with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before the new IMAX restoration of the 1982 film screens.

It’s the first time Spielberg will be at the festival. He’ll also make an appearance to introduce a 4K restoration of the George Stevens’ film “Giant,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean.

“E.T.” isn’t the only 40-year reunion on the slate. Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg and Paul Reiser are reuniting for a discussion and screening of Barry Levinson’s “Diner.” And Aileen Quinn is joining Alicia Malone to talk about playing the lead in John Huston’s “Annie.”

The festival will celebrate talent like 85-year-old Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, the now 90-year-old star of “Carrie,” “The Hustler,” “Twin Peaks” and “Children of a Lesser God” and Floyd Norman, the 86-year-old animator who has had a hand in everything from “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Jungle Book” to “Toy Story 2.” Cast members of “Cooley High” and “A League of Their Own” will be on hand to discuss their films and Lily Tomlin will also cement her Hollywood legacy with a hand and footprint ceremony outside of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

TCM Film Festival


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West Coast Tour

Bob Dylan

The question of whether and when Bob Dylan will go further west in his concert dates was resolved Monday morning, as the artist’s website revealed a run of 14 new shows, all of them along the west coast, commencing not much more than a month from now.

The first of the newly announced shows is May 28 in Spokane, Washington, and the last is June 18 in San Diego. In-between will come concerts in Seattle, Eugene, Redding, Oakland and Los Angeles. The latter two California cities will each get a three-night stand in a historic movie palace.

The June 14-16 run in Hollywood’s majestic Pantages Theatre brings Dylan back to a venue that has served him well in the past. He previously performed a seven-night there in May 1992, and returned for five nights in March 2005, the latter gigs with the late Merle Haggard as his opening act. His most recent concert appearance in L.A. was in June 2016 at the Shrine.

The new shows will kick off right after Dylan’s 81st birthday on May 24.

Bob Dylan



Flying Heritage Collection Sold

Paul Allen

Three and a half years after his death, another one of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s passion projects — the extensive collection of aviation and military artifacts that was housed at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett, Wash. — has reportedly been sold off by his estate.

Air Current magazine reported late last week that the museum’s entire collection was sold “in its entirety.”

The collection’s new owner is Steuart Walton, the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton, according to Scramble, a publication of the Dutch Aviation Society.

Since Allen’s death due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 65 in 2018, his sister and the trustee of his estate, Jodi Allen, has dramatically transformed Vulcan through the transfer of numerous holdings — including the Stratolaunch space venture; prime property in Los Angeles and Hawaii; and Allen’s Octopus superyacht, which played a role in the billionaire’s deep-ocean exploration projects. (The new owner of the Octopus is said to be Swedish billionaire Roger Samuelsson.)

Vulcan also closed facilities such as Seattle’s Cinerama movie theater, the Living Computers Museum + Labs and the Flying Heritage museum, largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Allen


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Voids Mask Mandate

‘Not Qualified’

A Trump grifter-appointed Federal judge in Florida has voided a national mask mandate for airplanes and other transportation. “Wearing a mask cleans nothing,” U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle wrote in her decision on Monday. “At most, it traps virus droplets. But it neither ‘sanitizes’ the person wearing the mask nor ‘sanitizes’ the conveyance.”

Mizelle, 35, was only eight years out of law school at University of Florida when Trump the unindicted conspirator appointed her to the lifetime position in 2020. The Daily Beast noted at the time that her only trial experience was as an intern, and that she held four clerkships, including one for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Mizelle was rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association prior to her appointment, citing her lack of experience.

The transportation mandate case on which Mizelle ruled was filed on behalf of a group known as Health Freedom Defense Fund, as well as airline passengers. Mizelle said that the Centers for Disease Control had exceeded its legal authority, that it had failed to justify its decision and follow comment protocols, and that the mandate was “arbitrary and capricious,” according to The Washington Post. The CDC had announced earlier this month that it extended its mask mandate to May 3.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it will no longer enforce the mask mandate in light of Mizelle’s decision, according to CNN.

Fortunately for the mandate’s opponents, the former president was able to appoint a slew of unqualified judges.

‘Not Qualified’



To The International Space Station

Holographic Doctor

For over 20 years, there has been a continuous human presence in space. If that’s not science-fiction made real enough for you consider this: on October 8, a doctor was beamed to the International Space Station (ISS) as a hologram.

Now we are not talking Star Trek Emergency Medical Hologram level, but it is certainly something of a breakthrough. NASA flight surgeon Dr Josef Schmid, together with Fernando De La Pena Llaca from AEXA Aerospace and their teams, were "holoported" to orbit to chat with European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

The approach combined, a Microsoft Hololens Kinect camera and custom software from AEXA. The results were high-quality 3D models of the people transmitted inside the ISS in a conversation that happened live. They interacted with 3D models of each other almost like they were there for real.

Holoportation has been developed by Microsoft over the last six years but this is the first time it has been used in space, making Dr Schmid and company the first people to be holoported off Earth. The next step for this technology is to combine it with augmented reality so that telementoring can become a reality. Technical expertise can be beamed up live to the astronauts to assist with experiments, for example.

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Stunning Aurora


A sunspot that "awoke from the dead" last week and erupted with a medium-size solar flare, along with a mass ejection of plasma, also lit up the northern skies in glowing lights. One stunning image of the effect showed the aurora seeming to rain through the clouds above Iceland.

Rays from this aurora shone near Goðafoss Waterfall, which is about about 45 minutes from Akureyri, the second-largest city in Iceland.

"The nighttime window of darkness is rapidly shrinking here at 65.7 degrees north latitude, just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, which makes the aurora spectacle that much more precious," photographer Todd Salat, of, told

The shining northern lights were generated by a moderate-sized solar storm, associated with an explosion of solar particles witnessed by satellites. The sunspot that exploded was poetically dubbed "dead" because it had recently erupted and become part of a quiet solar patch. Even so, as those solar particles interacted with Earth's magnetic field lines, air molecules high up in the atmosphere were excited, producing the incredible sky show.

On Facebook, Salat told viewers that this was the first time he had seen auroras of this magnitude during a planned two-week trip to Iceland, from his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. It was Salat's ninth night in Iceland, and he had only seen glimpses of the northern lights before this. Then the weather forecast turned.




Enhance Salty Taste

Electric Chopsticks

Japanese researchers have developed computerised chopsticks that enhance salty tastes, potentially helping those who need to reduce sodium in their diets.

Co-developed by Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita and beverage maker Kirin Holdings Co., the chopsticks enhance tastes using electrical stimulation and a mini-computer worn on a wristband.

The device uses a weak electrical current to transmit sodium ions from food, through the chopsticks, to the mouth where they create a sense of saltiness, said Miyashita.

"As a result, the salty taste enhances 1.5 times," he said.

The taste-enhancing chopsticks may have particular relevance in Japan, where the traditional diet favours salty tastes. The average Japanese adult consumes about 10 grams of salt per day, double the amount recommended by the World Health Organisation.

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