Julius Caesar

I spent the day listening to speeches. It was in preparation for the spring semester. I came away with some useful information on how to apply for a full-time position, and I also too an extra sandwich from lunch so that I wouldn’t have to buy my usual California burrito. I took the bus back and browsed through the record store. Back at home, I watched “Julius Caesar,” the movie starring Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, and John Gielgud as Cassius. It struck me how quiet many of the scenes were, like in early sound movies. Marlon Brando proved that he could do Shakespeare. This was 19 years before “The Godfather.” I thought Brando was more impressive in other films, but he was a strong figure in addressing the crowd. He enjoyed stirring them up. The only James Mason movie I saw in original release while he was still alive was “The Verdict.” I remember him for “A Star is Born” and “Lolita.” The memory I have of John Gielgud was “Arthur.” The cast also included Edmond O’Brien, Greer Garson, and Deborah Kerr. You know that Cassius and Brutus are doomed once they kill Julius Caesar. The blood in the death scene looked fake, and I didn’t think he had the strength to say anything to Brutus. The director was Joseph L. Mankiewicz. I kept wondering what Orson Welles would have done with this play. Two of the best Shakespeare films were the Laurence Olivier films. Cassius and Brutus are assisted in their deaths, unlike Japanese hara-kiri. You can’t do the wrong thing, and Brutus was snared into doing the wrong thing. I don’t know what the rules are in the age of Trump, however. He seems so unpopular that his reign won’t last for very long. I don’t see those who want him impeached as very realistic. The characters in this movie seem to move uncomfortably in their costumes. I was reminded of a film in which Gielgud acted some Shakespeare scenes. He had an approach that felt artificial. The movie was in black and white, but I think it would have been a good movie in color. I’m thinking about something like Kubrick’s “Spartacus” when I say that. “Julius Caesar” was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. I liked the movie as a glimpse of what Brando was doing at the time, but the movie didn’t excite or inspire me. I thought about how a dead body and words from a will could provoke a crowd and thought it was chilling how millions of people in the modern age can be swayed by television or social media. There were familiar character actors in this movie, and I couldn’t place their names. I liked the film, although I would rather see “A Streetcar Named Desire” or “Mutiny on the Bounty” again. The DVD had an introduction by Robert Osborne. 1953 didn’t seem so distant when I was a kid, but it does seem like a long time ago now. It is 65 years, after all. I miss the actors of those years. Already, it’s been nearly 15 years since Brando died. I hadn’t seen Deborah Kerr in quite some time. I heard that the parents of those 13 children could do a lot of time in jail. It was rather funny how the kids were in that photograph wearing those Thing T-shirts. The parents renewed their marriage vows with an Elvis impersonator performing. The family seemed like they were having fun, except for the parts involving starvation, torture, and being shackled to furniture. I couldn’t understand how they didn’t make enough noise for neighbors to hear and do something. My music for the day was The Zombies. It was a CD that I had bought in the wake of Tom Petty’s death, and it was only now that I was getting around to listening to it. Some of the people who died on January 19 include James Dickey (1997), Carl Perkins (1998), Hedy Lamarr (2000), Tony Franciosa (2006), Wilson Pickett (2006), Suzanne Pleshette (2008), John Stewart (2008), and Miguel Ferrer (2017). Today is a birthday for Paul Rodriguez (63), Katey Sagal (64), Dolly Parton (72), Shelley Fabares (74), and Michael Crawford (76). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for January 19, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” reached Number One on the Billboard album chart in 1980. In 1990, “Tremors” was released.

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The Hudsucker Proxy

I felt very tired and stayed at home instead of going out on $5 movie night, and I sat in front of the television set to watch “The Hudsucker Proxy.”  It felt like a melding of Frank Capra movies like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Meet John Doe,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” with the scheming of “The Producers.”  Tim Robbins was the naïve James Stewart or Gary Cooper coming into town from Muncie, Indiana.  Jennifer Jason Leigh was the reporter in the vein of Rosalind Russell, Jean Arthur, Katharine Hepburn, or Barbara Stanwyck.  Paul Newman played a key role, Sidney J. Mussbruger, one of the board of directors.  This was the same year that he appeared in “Nobody’s Fool.”  Robbins is Norville Barnes, promoted straight from the mailroom to president of Hudsucker Industries as a scheme to depress stock prices and gain a controlling interest.  This movie is about other movies more than it’s about any particular place or time in history, and that is why critics like Roger Ebert gave it a lukewarm review.  The movie looks good with its distinctive sets and shots, but it doesn’t have a such a good reason to exist.  On the one hand, capitalism is a rigged game which people like Mussburger control.  On the other, bumblers like Norville can get lucky, almost like a corporate Peter Sellers.  The story fictionalizes the invention of the Hula Hoop, although I don’t see why.  The hero of the story contemplates suicide, like in a Frank Capra film, but the scene takes a wild Coen brothers turn which is not too satisfying.  An article in The Atlantic mentioned references in this movie to “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” “The Lady Eve,” “Sullivan’s Travels,” “Metropolis,” “Meet John Doe,” “Christmas in July,” and “The Third Man,” among others.  I know that I couldn’t keep track.  Charles Durning, Peter Gallagher, and Steve Buscemi were in the film.  Anna Nicole Smith shows up as a sort of Jayne Mansfield type of woman, which I thought was an amusing bit of casting.  It was a little bit of a shock seeing her here, her first movie role.  She would live for not quite 13 more years, dying in 2007 at age 39.  “The Hudsucker Proxy” was supposed to be a commercial film, so naturally it died at the box office.  A movie with a title like “The Hudsucker Proxy” is not going to make much money.  The movie had some similarities to “Hail, Caesar!”  They both have stories that seem to be transplanted into the 1950s.  I would say that “The Hudsucker Proxy” ranks low on the list of Coen brothers films.  I couldn’t see why the librarian I knew recommended it to everyone.  The Coens knew how to make films, but I don’t know how they go about choosing the subject matter.  “The Hudsucker Proxy” was not a movie that stayed in my mind very long.  I didn’t really care about Norville’s fate.  I didn’t care about the relationship between Norville and Amy.  You have to start a movie with the right script.  Not even the greatest technique can rescue a script that doesn’t work.  You can’t come up with a winner every time, no matter who much talent you have.  I could see the movie working a little better with Clint Eastwood in the Paul Newman role.  In the morning I heard about the death of Jo Jo White, the basketball player for the Boston Celtics who played a great series against the Phoenix Suns in 1976, including one of the greatest games in history in Game 5.  He was traded to the Golden State Warriors on January 30, 1979, which would be a terrible trade for the Warriors.  He was there only until the end of the following season, and he would go on for one final season with the Kansas City Kings.  I heard his name so much in my youth, and so I had to feel a bit of sadness at this news.  Some of the people who died on January 18 include John Tyler (1862), Rudyard Kipling (1936), Curly Howard (1952), Carl Betz (1978), Kate McGarrigle (2010), and Glenn Frey (2016).  Today is a birthday for Jason Segel (38) and Kevin Costner (63).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for January 18, The Beatles settled a defamation suit that Pete Best filed against them in 1969.  In 1975, “The Jeffersons” debuted on CBS.  Also in 1975, Barry Manilow had his first Number One hit, “Mandy.”  In 1978, the Warren Zevon album “Excitable Boy” was released.  In 1986, Dionne and Friends, consisting of Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John, reached Number One on the singles chart with “That’s What Friends Are For.”

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The Trouble with Dick

As I was waiting for a software update to install, I watched “The Trouble with Dick.”  It was a comedy from 1986, and the star was Tom Villard as science-fiction writer Dick Kendred.  He’s having trouble coming up with a new novel, and in the meantime he moves into a house with three women.  There is the friend from ten years ago, Diane, her landlady Sheila, and Sheila’s daughter Haley.  One interesting thing is that Susan Dey plays Diane and Elaine Giftos plays Sheila, and the two of them were in the cast of The Partridge Family.  The movie doesn’t have the pace we expect of most comedies, and it made me think back to the days of “Choose Me.”  What has Alan Rudolph been doing?  This story was like a French sex comedy, with with some science-fiction elements cut into it.  I thought of “A Boy and His Dog,” but those scenes featured David Clennon, someone I remember from “Being There.”  Dick’s publisher Samsa was played by Jack Carter.  There were some familiar faces in this film.  The actress who was Haley was Elizabeth Gorcey.  At first I thought I had seen her in “Repo Man,” but that was someone else.  Gorcey was in “Footloose” and “Teen Wolf.”  I thought that Villard was pretty funny, at least for a while.  How much can you take of one person bumbling around, not showing the ability to deal with life?  This movie made me think of “Pardon Mon Affaire.”  “The Trouble with Dick” managed to win the Grand Prize at Sundance.  This is an amusing little film, but I don’t think it stands out.  It is something you might remember the 1980s by, something like “Mike’s Murder.”  I wondered about the filming locations, and I wished that I had a lot more information about the making of this picture.  It showed Susan Dey before she went back to being a TV star, and I’m sorry that she during into a district attorney for all those years.  It’s sad to read about what happened to Tom Villard.  1986 seemed to be a highlight in his career, with appearances in “One Crazy Summer,” this film, and “Heartbreak Ridge,” and television appearances in “The A-Team” and “The Golden Girls.”  He contracted AIDS.  In February 1994, he made an appearance on Entertainment Tonight, telling the audience that he was gay, had AIDS, and needed help.  He died on November 14, 1994 at age 40.  There isn’t much biographical information about Gary Walkow, the director, except that he went to Wesleyan University.  He is about 64 years old.  I wondered how he was able to go on for so long with a career in film.  I was glad that I saw “The Trouble with Dick” because of the memories of that time in the 1980s that it brought back.  Jack Carter was still alive, and Susan Dey hadn’t turned 35 yet.  The movie had some spirit to it.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for January 17, Dean Martin’s son Dino was arrested for trying to sell an AK-47 machine gun to an undercover officer.  In 1976, Barry Manilow had the Number One single, “I Write the Songs.”

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On the holiday I heard the sad news of the deaths of two musical figures.  There was Delores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, who was 46, and then Edwin Hawkins, famous for “Oh, Happy Day.”  He was 74.  I also heard about the Take One Video in Pleasant Hill going out of business.  The owner said that his best year was 2005, but the end of the article said that he should have closed the place in 2000.  That didn’t make sense to me.  Later, I would hear the news about David Turpin and Louise Turpin, the couple in Perris, California who kept their 13 children prisoners in their house.  I was glad that it didn’t rain very much overnight.  I headed to the office and hoped I could get my computer to work better.  I watched the movie “Disappearance” with Harry Hamlin and Susan Dey.  The years that these stars worked together on the L.A. Law television series must have helped in the filming.  Dey seemed pretty comfortable in her role.  The family had a scene in a diner, but she didn’t eat the food, however.  The family drives out to a town in the middle of the Nevada desert, which is something I would not do.   You go out there, and the situation is so precarious, as the vehicle and the cell phone are your only connections with the rest of the world.  The movie apparently was filmed in Australia rather than Nevada, and it moves along a bit slowly and is predictable.  The characters aren’t completely stupid, but they do contradict themselves.  Dey tells everyone to stick together, and yet she goes off alone to use the toilet.  One of the kids throws down a rope for her to climb and for no good reason goes down the rope, only to have to immediately go back up again.  Hamlin and one of the kids try to walk 20 miles across the blazing hot desert to get help.  The story has elements of The Twilight Zone, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and a hint of Poltergeist.  We don’t see any of the mutants or zombies or creatures that are out there, but I suspected that it was because of a low budget.  I didn’t see why Hamlin allowed one of the boys to go ahead of him and out of sight because it was obvious that something was going to happen.  In any of these movies, the moment on character is out of sight is the moment something horrible happens.  A fair amount of suspense does build, although at one point, the twists in the plot seemed almost comical.  Also, everyone knows that you can’t trust a small-town sheriff.  You should also keep your eyes on the road.  The real lesson seemed to be that you should heed the warnings when the locals tell you not to do something.  Susan Dey was nearly fifty when this movie was made.  Her daughter in real life was older than either of her kids in the film, although she was playing a stepmother.  I would not call this brilliant filmmaking, but it was rather fun to watch.  It was one of the last appearances from Susan Dey.  One of Harry Hamlin’s best roles was in “Movie Movie,” but he was also in “Clash of the Titans.”  He had a son with Ursula Andress in 1980.  I saw him not too long ago in “The Meddler.”  Some of the people who died on January 17 include T.H. White (1964). Betty Smith (1972), Virginia Mayo (2005), Art Buchwald (2007), Bobby Fischer (2008), Erich Segal (2010), and Don Kirshner (2011).  Today is a birthday for Zooey Deschanel (38), Jim Carrey (56), Steve Harvey (61), James Earl Jones (87), and Betty White (96).

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On the holiday, I got out of bed slowly.  I kept hearing people talking about the end of the Vikings game with the Saints.  I went out to the theatre to see “Marshall,” the movie about Thurgood Marshall.  Actually, it wasn’t really about Marshall, but one of his early cases from 1941.  As it is, it’s just a glimpse into a moment in his life, as he guides Jewish lawyer Sam Friedman through this rape trial.  The script felt awfully familiar, and it had a processed quality, with predictable elements inserted.  Chadwick Boseman was Marshall, and he was a strong presence on the screen, although he didn’t convince me that he understood the law.  I thought this film had a weakness that most movies about trials have, and that is too much talking.  Kate Hudson plays Eleanor Strubing, the accuser, and she made me think of how quickly the eighteen years since “Almost Famous” have passed.  It was kind of sad to see her play a character who gets booed when audiences see what she is.  James Cromwell, the man we remember from “Babe” quite a few years ago, plays Judge Foster.  He just about sabotages the trial for Marshall and Friedman.  A movie about Thurgood Marshall should have been about all his accomplishments, but that would be too difficult to show, and audiences aren’t patient for that sort of thing.  They want conflict and clear victory.  This movie had the audience talking and making comments about who to trust and who was displaying racism.  That is what made me skeptical, since I think that audiences are stupid.  Sam Friedman’s nephew Roger Friedman said, “Almost not a word of my great uncle’s depiction in the movie is accurate.”  He was not an inexperienced lawyer who was lost without Marshall.  Friedman had been practicing law for 14 years at that point and had a good reputation as a trial lawyer.  Roger said that the moment when Marshall cursed at Friedman for saying that he couldn’t afford to lose the case was absurd and made his family cringe at a private screening.  After the trial, Joseph Spell eventually moved to East Orange, New Jersey.  He died in 1968.  I thought this was not a great movie, even though it received quite a few good reviews.  The hero wasn’t so heroic.  He just learned how to do things in a courtroom.  The defendant behaved badly.  The situation was a mess, and no one emerges with our respect.  It certainly wasn’t an uplifting story.  I thought the Sam Friedman character deserved something better.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen racial issues treated well in a movie.  It is a difficult thing to do because there are more than two sides to the issue.  This movie received some light applause after it was over.  On this Martin Luther King holiday, it was discouraging to think that Clarence Thomas is on the Supreme Court in place of Thurgood Marshall.  I headed home to watch some Laugh-In with Flip Wilson and Gina Lollobrigida and take a nap.  Some of the people who died on January 16 include Léo Delibes (1891), Carole Lombard (1942), Arturo Toscanini (1957), Ted Cassidy (1979), Bernard Lee (1981), Ron Carey (2007), Andrew Wyeth (2009), Russell Johnson (2014), Dave Madden (2014), and Eugene Cernan (2017).  Today is a birthday for Sade (59), Debbie Allen (68), and John Carpenter (70).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for January 16, the Cavern Club in Liverpool opened in 1957.  In 1963, “Son of Flubber,” a sequel to “The Absent-Minded Professor,” was released.  In 1966, the James Coburn movie “Our Man Flint” was released.  In 1970, The Who began a tour of European opera house, performing music from the “Tommy” album.  In 1972, Ross S. Bagdasarian, known as David Seville, died of a heart attack at age 52.  In 1991, The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 1998, “Fallen,” starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, and James Gandolfini, was released.

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Paddington 2

I watched CBS Sunday Morning.  The segment on Sharon Stone took me back to the day she threw out the first pitch at an A’s game.  Nancy Giles talked about the various fitness devices and videos she bought from television commercials.  She still had her Suzanne Somers Thighmaster.  I wondered what happened to Bill Geist.  I made my way to Antioch.  The bus went past a house that had the Alabama Crimson Tide logo displayed out in front.  I missed the big inflatable snowman I saw a couple weeks ago, but a couple of streets still had Christmas banners up.  I wondered if the business called Forsty King was supposed to be Frosty King.  I had an early lunch at Carl’s Jr.  I liked the place better when I was a kid, but the place had a television set showing the Steelers and the Jaguars.  Afterwards, I thought I should have just gone with one of the five-dollar combos.  Maybe I should go to the taqueria next time.  The theatre opened the box office at 11:45.  I got in line to buy a refill of my popcorn bucket.  The girl behind the counter was the friendliest employee in the place.  I was there for “Paddington 2.”  The room could hold 340 people, but this audience was maybe one-tenth that number.  The movie was agreeable enough, although it made the youngest children restless.  Paddington was trying to earn enough money to buy a pop-up book for her aunt for a birthday present.  He tried a job in a barbershop.  He ends up accused of stealing the book, so he goes off to jail, a harsh punishment for the offense.  The plot had a hint of Hitchcock and more than a hint of Charlie Chaplin, and one shot later in the film was highly reminiscent of “Modern Times.”  There was a sequence at the end of the movie that involves two trains that looked like it could have come out of a silent movie.  The funniest idea in the movie was how Paddington managed to transform the prison.  You might think that it had something to do with orange marmalade.  The closing scene of the movie reminded me of “The Blues Brothers.”  Hugh Grant played a bad guy, and he was a good fit for the story, although the story was not quite so fascinating.  Maybe it was to the young kids.  This was a good family movie.  The hero stands for kindness and decency, which is a good message in this Trump age.  Even though I saw the first Paddington movie recently on Blu-ray, it wasn’t fresh in my mind.  The human characters, except for Sally Hawkins, weren’t so memorable.  They are too sentimental about this bear.  This movie gave me a feeling that was similar to what I experienced seeing “Curious George” some years ago.  I had to take note of the technology the characters used in the movie.  Paddington made a call from a phone booth.  The daughter ran a printing press.  The son ran a steam engine.  I wanted to know how quickly three men could land an airplane on water and dive down a good distance for a rescue.  Paddington became a bit irritating with his clumsiness.  I would have been angry with him for messing up the laundry.  Christy Lemire liked this film, and I agree with her opinion most of the time.  This movie didn’t make the kind of money that “Jumanji” did this weekend, but quite a few kids and parents will like it.  I would rather watch this movie a second time than “Jumanji.”  Nobody in this crowd lingered around during the ending credits except for me.  I was a bit disappointed that the theatre had gotten rid of their Murder on the Orient Express cutout, because I wanted to take a photo of myself in front of it.  The movie ended at 2:05, so there was half an hour to go before my bus would arrive.  I walked over to Baskin-Robbins and asked for a single scoop of their Flavor of the Month, called Bobsled Brownie.  Before the bus ride back to the BART station, I heard that the Vikings were ahead of the Saints by 17 points.  When I reached the station, the song I heard on the radio was “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.”  I listened to the news about the false alarm affecting Hawaii.  I wondered if this person who made the big mistake had any reason to do it on purpose.  I heard about the Italian opera company that changed the ending to Bizet’s Carmen to make a politically correct statement.  I hated the idea and thought they should compose a new opera if that’s what they were going to do.  They should think about what a tragedy really is.  I was glad to head back home.  I browsed through the record store and thought about buying some John Lennon singles, but put that off until later.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN.  He played some of Willie Nelson’s favorite songs, like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”  One of the movie channels was showing Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in “In a Lonely Place.”  I watched the last forty-five minutes of a Columbo episode with Patrick McGoohan.  The suspect left clues like gum and cheese.  I miss those Sunday nights of many years ago.  I thought that Emily Turner would be happy with the football result of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  She mentioned a while ago that she rooted for the Jaguars to beat the 49ers.  I am sick of the Patriots, certainly, but I don’t know if I really want to see a Super Bowl with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  If the Jaguars can go from three wins in 2016 to one game from the Super Bowl in only one year, it’s not impossible for the Raiders.  Is this the year that the Minnesota Vikings finally win the Super Bowl?  How was it that none of the Saints could make a tackle on the last play?  It was not a miracle touchdown.  A miracle is something that is impossible to happen, not something that is unlikely to happen.  I may be rooting for the Eagles next week.  I saw a skunk walking around the nearby church, so I wouldn’t be shocked if our library also had skunks around.  I was fortunate that we have a Monday holiday this week.  Some of the people who died on January 15 include Ray Bolger (1987), Gordon Jackson (1990), Sammy Cahn (1993), Harry Nilsson (1994), Minnesota Fats (1996), Nagisa Oshima (2013), Kim Fowley (2015), and Dan Haggerty (2016).  Today is a birthday for Mario Van Peebles (61).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for January 15, the Aretha Franklin album “The Girl’s in Love with You” was released in 1970.  In 1977, the Eagles’ “Hotel California” was Number One on the album chart.  In 1995, the revival of the Get Smart series aired on the FOX network, but the series would run for only seven episodes.

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The Harlem Globetrotters at the Oracle Arena

I woke up and watched the chef segment of CBS This Morning, featuring Fabio Trabocchi.  Some of his signature recipes include Tagliolini alla parmigiana with Cinco Jotas jamon iberico, Onions and potatoes smoked in hay, Paella de pescado y mariscos, Italian trifle, and Polvorones.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on January 14, 1978 were “We Are the Champions,” “Come Sail Away,” “Sentimental Lady,” “Hey Deanie,” “Slip Slidin’ Away,” “Back in Love Again,” “You’re in My Heart,” “Here You Come Again,” “How Deep is Your Love,” and “Baby Come Back.”  I took the bus out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I went over to the Oracle Arena box office and bought a ticket for the attraction that would appear in the next hour, the Harlem Globetrotters.  The set was eight rows behind the courtside section.  Before the teams came out, we saw some games with audience members involving musical chairs, giant basketballs, and dancing.  The Globetrotters of my youth were Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal.  They were Saturday morning cartoon characters and also had their own program for one season.  These Globetrotters had names like Big Easy, Hammer, Flip, Scooter, Too Tall, and Torch.  After the introductions, we heard “Sweet Georgia Brown,” although re-recorded for the audiences of 2018.  The opposing teams was the Washington Generals, wearing green.  Their leader wore a black mask, making him look like a bit like Bill Laimbeer and Kylo Ren.  The Generals were booed, which in a way was the most hilarious moment of the afternoon.  Most of the routines they went through hadn’t changed much over the past forty years that I can recall.  They did a lot of the Weave, although their timing was off at times.  Perhaps they had done too many promotional appearances instead of practicing.  They took some time out to let a couple of kids come onto the court and help out with a trick or try to make a basket.  They brought out a familiar woman out onto the court for some dancing.  It was the woman with the bright, sparkly sweater that we usually see during the Warriors Dance Cam segments.  Torch was the female Globetrotter, and she showed some dribbling skills, and the crowd was behind her.  Big Easy reminded me a bit of Shaquille O’Neal.  Not that the score was important at all, but it was 45-29 at halftime.  The Generals didn’t play any defense.  During the break, they sold basketballs at one end of the court, and a group of girl gymnasts took the court to do a routine.  In the second half, the water bucket with the confetti and the remind and slow motion bit.  Some of these things the Globetrotters have done for many years, but they work with the audience every time.  They could have worked on some of their comedy for this new age, though, as some of it didn’t work, as there were a couple of uncomfortable moments with wrestling and a fake slap across the face.  There were quite a few empty seats, as maybe a lot of people felt they’ve already seen all of this before.  Of course, we didn’t have cell phones in the 1970s, and Adele was not around at that time, either.  There was a four-point line for this game, and Scooter ran up the score with a couple of those shots, although he didn’t make as many shots as Stephen Curry could have.  A crowd of Warriors fans is used to seeing the spectacular.  Curry can make long shots during practice.  Big Easy tried the long hook shot but couldn’t make it.  They brought out a machine that shot T-shirts into the crowd, but none of them came anywhere near me.  The evil Generals attempted to hijack the game by altering the score so that they were ahead, 114-81 with time running out.  The referee set the score at 114-114 so that the last minute would decide the result.  The Globetrotters put out a burst of energy and pulled out the victory, 120-116.  The game obviously wasn’t about the score, though.  It was a bit of circus, comedy infused with basketball, and interacting with the audience.  The show ended just before four o’clock, and thus lasted just about two hours.  They had a big autograph session afterwards.  I didn’t buy a basketball, which was the popular souvenir item, so I didn’t stick around.  Maybe the next time I see the show, I will buy one, although I already have too much stuff from all the years.  On my way back home, I sat on the train next to a young woman who liked talking about games, and he discussed with her friends the rules of a game called Iota.  I think I envied her enthusiasm.  I headed home to catch the game between the Patriots and the Titans.  The Titans actually scored first with an impressive one-handed catch, but Tom Brady wasn’t exactly about to panic.  When the score was 21-7, I dozed off.  I woke up to see the end of the Star Trek episode “The Deadly Years,” which had Kirk, McCoy, and Spock aging quickly.  The guest star was Sarah Marshall, who was in movies like “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Lord Love a Duck,” “Dave,” and “Dangerous Minds.”  She died of cancer on January 18, 2014 at age 80.  The episode of Battlestar Galactica on Me TV had Kent McCord in it.  The episode had a lesson about prejudice against Latinos.  I heard about the death of Keith Jackson, who was 89.  The Philadelphia Eagles won their game against the Atlanta Falcons.  I saw part of “Sunset Boulevard” on KQED, from Norma’s Charlie Chaplin bit until the end.  In the morning, I saw the CBS Sunday Morning Almanac segment, which told us that it was 45 years ago that Elvis Presley performed the famous Hawaii concert that was televised via satellite across the world, although it was actually tape delay for many people.  Some of the people who died on January 14 include Lewis Carroll (1898), Humphrey Bogart (1957), Barry Fitzgerald (1961), Peter Finch (1977), Kurt Gödel (1978), Donna Reed (1986), Shelley Winters (2006), Ricardo Montalban (2009), Susannah York (2011), and Alan Rickman (2016).  Today is a birthday for Jason Bateman (49), Dave Grohl (49), LL Cool J (50), and Faye Dunaway (77).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for January 14, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in 1954.  In 1976, “The Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuted on ABC.  In 1977, “Fantasy Island” with Ricardo Montalban made its debut on ABC.

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