Rosemary’s Baby

After I returned home from work, I sat down to watch “Rosemary’s Baby” on Blu-ray.  It did look very good in high definition.  This movie was very well made and very disturbing.  Whoever decided that Roman Polanski should have been the director was a genius of a sort.  Mia Farrow’s accent was distracting during the first part of the movie.  Rosemary wasn’t the smartest woman, as she used poor judgment in talking about witchcraft to Dr. Hill, the Charles Grodin character.  It seemed that her relationship with her husband Guy was a situation she should have exited, if she thought he raped over while she was unconscious.  Also, he threw away her book.  When you see this movie several times, you think about when Guy made his deal, and what happened with Terry’s death.  Guy makes jokes about the old couple after he and Rosemary have that first dinner together with them, but then he is eager to go back and listen to stories, as he says.  It would be hard to picture Tuesday Weld doing a better job in the role of Rosemary.  Mia Farrow’s fragile appearance added a lot to the frightening quality of this movie.  Some people thought this was a terrible movie, and I think it was because of the way pregnancy was shown.  There was a sadistic quality to the scenes with Rosemary in pain.  Supposedly, Polanski’s first cut ran four hours long.  I would have liked just one look at it.  I read that there was a scene with Joan Crawford and Van Johnson that was not used.  One of the funny bits is Rosemary continuing to mention to people that Guy appeared in “Luther” and “Nobody Loves an Albatross.”  I also thought that Guy’s negative comments about Rosemary’s Vidal Sassoon haircut were funny, too.  I couldn’t explain why Rosemary didn’t inform her parents about the problems she was having with her pregnancy.  The lullaby that we hear is “Sleep Safe and Warm” by Krzysztof Komeda with Mia Farrow’s voice.  It’s a catchy tune and haunting.  Ruth Gordon was quite remarkable in her role as nosy neighbor.  The last scene is still quite chilling.  I’m glad it didn’t go on and on, as I suspected it did in the four-hour cut.  This might be the greatest horror movie I’ve ever seen.  It’s still frightening to watch all these years later.  I guess everybody after seeing this wanted to know what happened to the baby.  I wanted to know what happened to the marriage between Rosemary and Guy.  Some of the people who died on May 16 include Django Reinhardt (1953), Eliot Ness (1957), Andy Kaufman (1984), Irwin Shaw (1984), Margaret Hamilton (1985), Sammy Davis, Jr. (1990), and Jim Henson (1990).  Today is a birthday for Olga Korbut (62), Pierce Brosnan (64), and Danny Trejo (73).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 16, “Annie Get Your Gun” with Ethel Merman had its Broadway premiere in 1946.  In 1960, Elvis Presley’s “Stuck on You” was the Number One single.  In 1966, Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album was released.  In 1970, the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album “Déjà vu” reached Number One on the album chart.  In 1985, Margaret Hamilton, known as the Wicked West of the West in “The Wizard of Oz,” died in her sleep at age 82 following a heart attack in Salisbury, Connecticut.  In 1986, the ninth season finale of “Dallas” aired on CBS, revealing that Bobby Ewing was still alive and that the entire season was his wife’s dream.  Also in 1986, “Top Gun” was released.  In 1990, Sammy Davis, Jr. died of throat cancer in Beverly Hills at age 64.  Also in 1990, Jim Henson died at age 53.

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There’s No Business Like Show Business

I awoke and watched CBS Sunday Morning.  One of the segments was about Goldie Hawn.  My parents phoned me.  I went grocery shopping and listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on the radio.  I took the buses out to the Grand Lake Theatre to see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” again.  I’m not sure that I want to listen to “Brandy” again.  I think that I should get to choose the songs for the soundtrack for Vol. 3.  It took me nearly one hour to get back home.  I watched “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” which I thought was an unexceptional movie.  Marilyn Monroe’s character was inserted into the movie to give it some box office appeal.  Vicky Parker definitely was not one of her memorable or likable characters.  The chemistry between her and Donald O’Connor was nothing special.  O’Connor proved his talent in “Singin’ in the Rain,” but he seemed old to be playing to be playing this immature son.  Seeing Ethel Merman in Match Game 78, it is something of a surprise to see her looking so good in this picture.  I had to love hearing her powerful singing voice, although “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” is not my idea of a great song.  I saw Dan Dailey recently in “The Wayward Bus.”  Johnnie Ray, the singer known for the hit “Cry,” was in the cast.  His character becomes a priest for some reason.  There are all sorts of themes left untouched because this movie was made in 1954.  The ending seemed too artificial even for a musical.  The color photography in Cinemascope made that last big production number fun to watch, although I questioned whether Marilyn knew all the words to the song.  I thought she might fall and hurt herself.  Marilyn didn’t appear in the film until nearly 29 minutes into it.  She does a song and disappears for quite a while.  I can see why this movie didn’t attract too many ticket buyers.  Those who were expecting Marilyn to be in it didn’t get what they wanted.  The people who wanted a wholesome family entertainment probably stayed away.  Donald O’Connor reportedly thought this was his best movie, maybe because of the way it showed his talent.  His dance at the fountain was quite good, although it wasn’t a show stopper compared to things we’ve seen from Gene Kelly.  Mitzi Gaynor is still alive.  The director was Walter Lang.  This was an NBC Saturday night movie, although I could see a lot of its appeal lost in the broadcast in black and white in a small screen format with pan and scan.  Marilyn’s beauty came across best in color.  I thought that throwing her into this story about a vaudeville family was not very inspired, and it actually showed the worst side of Hollywood.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played songs by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, and Hank Williams.  I watched the Columbo episode “Strange Bedfellows,” which featured Rod Steiger.  The episode of Kolchak reminded me of how much I liked watching Darren McGavin.  I heard that the Warriors fell behind by 25 points against the Spurs, but still managed to win.  I heard about the death of Powers Boothe.  I became aware of who he was when I saw “The Emerald Forest” years ago.  Some of the people who died on May 15 include Emily Dickinson (1886), Edward Hopper (1967), and June Carter Cash (2003), and Barbara Stuart (2011).  Today is a birthday for Jamie-Lynn Sigler (36), David Krumholtz (39), George Brett (64), Chazz Palminteri (65) and Jasper Johns (87).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 15, “Gigi” had its New York premiere in 1958.  In 1963, Tony Bennett won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year for “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” while Robert Goulet won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1963.  In 1971, Three Dog Night was Number One on the singles chart for a fifth week with “Joy to the World.”  In 1976, the Sylvers had the Number One single, “Boogie Fever.”  Also in 1976, the Rolling Stones had the Number One album on the charts “Black and Blue.”  In 1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie were Number One on the singles chart with “Ebony and Ivory.”  Also in 1982, “Asia” was the Number One album.  In 1992, “Lethal Weapon 3,” starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, was released.  In 2003, June Carter Cash died of complications from heart valve surgery in Nashville.

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I watched the CBS This Morning chef segment featuring Craig Koketsu.  His signature recipes include Bacon with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly, Corn crème brûlée, Long-bone short rib steak with steak sauce butter, and Scalloped sunchokes.  The Top 10 songs on May 15, 1976 were “Shannon,” “Happy Days,” “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Get Up and Boogie,” “Show Me the Way,” “Love Hangover,” “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” “Silly Love Songs,” “Welcome Back,” and “Boogie Fever.”  I went out to the Grand Lake Theatre to see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” again.  My only new thoughts were that the golden people reminded me of the woman who was painted gold in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger,” and also that the space suits looked something like bubble wrap.  It was rather funny how Peter said that David Hasselhoff had kick-ass adventures and hooked up with hot women.  I went home to watch an episode of The Quest with Stacy Keach.  I went to the 7:30 screening of “Obit,” which was a documentary on the writers in the obituary department of the New York Times.  I found it really fascinating because of my longtime interest in celebrity deaths.  One of the stars of the movie was Bruce Weber, a writer we see working on an obituary of John F. Kennedy’s TV aide, a figure behind the scenes of the famous Kennedy-Nixon television debate in 1960.  The audience favorite was Jeff Roth, the keeper of the newspaper’s new morgue, the drawers filled with files of clippings and photos.  One of the good photos he showed us was a two-year-old Pete Seeger.  Everyone in the theatre found him funny, with his commentary on the crazy filing system.  The movie illustrates us to how time passes so quickly, and makes us think about what it means to accomplish something in life.  There is also something of a lesson on what good writing is.  In this social media age, people write a lot of short messages, but hardly anyone masters the art of writing.  I notice that some of these newspaper reporters are not great typists, as Weber looked like he was using a two-finger approach.  One of the key obituaries was about John Fairfax, the first person to row across an ocean.  The footage of him showed him describing himself as just a happy guy.  I thought this was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, as it was more about life than death, and was rich in meaning and nostalgia.  After the screening, we had a Q&A session with the director, Vanessa Gould.  She was skinny and looked very young, although later I would look her up in IMDB and see that she was born in 1974.  She first talked about how “Obit” came to be.  It was after a subject in a previous documentary, a paper artist, died.  She said that one of the painful things in making the movie was seeing the relative scarcity of women and people of color being written about.  She also mentioned that the writers in the film were now former writers for the New York Times because of a wave of buyouts that have been common in the newspaper business in recent years.  She said that Margalit Fox had a lot of stories to tell that were cut from the film, including one about the inventor of a coffee cup.  She praised the writer, saying that they were great because they did obits, and she mentioned their tendency to be introverted.  She was in San Francisco on Friday night, but maybe we were a different crowd.  She called her approach to making the film as footage-driven, and said they used an intuitive approach to interviewing, as they always tried to go somewhere interesting with the questions.  I was starting to feel uncomfortable after sitting in my seat for quite a while, and so I was in a hurry to get home.  I walked past Vanessa without congratulating her or telling her how much I admired the film.  I think that this movie will grow in stature in the years to come, and many people will like it.  I watched the Svengoolie movie, which looked comical.  The stars were Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Scott Glenn, and Bernie Casey.  I guess it was called “Gargoyles.”  With the low budget, there was only one shot of the gargoyles flying, and the wires were visible.  Jennifer Salt was in “Midnight Cowboy,” “John and Mary,” “Sisters,” and “Play It Again, Sam.”  Cornel Wilde was once in “Leave Her to Heaven” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  He was about 60 years old at the time of “Gargoyles.”  His last feature film was “Flesh and Bullets” in 1985, and he died in 1989 at age 77.  Who was the director of “Gargoyles”?  It was Bill Norton, who went out to direct “More American Graffiti,” “Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend,” and “Three for the Road.”  Some of the people who died on May 14 include Emma Goldman (1940), Sidney Bechet (1959), Billie Burke (1970), Hugh Griffith (1980), Rita Hayworth (1987), Lyle Alzado (1992), Frank Sinatra (1998), Robert Stack (2003), and B. B. King (2015).  Today is a birthday Sofia Coppola (46), Cate Blanchett (48), Tim Roth (56), David Byrne (65), Robert Zemeckis (65), and George Lucas (73).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 14, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” was first performed at Willow Grove Park in Pennsylvania in 1897.  In 1957, Elvis Presley was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after he accidentally swallowed a tooth cap.  In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young announced their breakup.  In 1982, the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Conan the Barbarian” was released.  In 1989, NBC aired the last episode of “Family Ties.”  In 1998, Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 82.  Also in 1999, the last episode of “Seinfeld” aired on NBC.

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After returning home, I watched a little bit of a Big Bang Theory episode showing the reopening of the comic book store.  I watched the Partridge Family episode “Al in the Family.”  It looked like Laurie was about to eat some pancakes or waffles in one scene.  Al’s jokes weren’t too funny.  Ricky didn’t appear in the episode, and his absence made the episode a bit better.  I watched the 1972 movie “Fuzz,” which had Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch in it.  The movie reminded me of the Barney Miller television series.  It did take place in Boston, though.  I would say that audiences in 2017 would find some of the scenes not very funny.  The sight of Burt Reynolds dressed as a nun is not so outrageous, and it was a reminder of how he has aged in recent years.  The bit with Raquel Welch struggling to get out of a sleeping bag wasn’t hilarious, either.  I wonder if Roger Ebert found it funny because he was hostile towards her for some reason.  She wasn’t the major character in this movie, although she had a couple of decent action moments when she drew her gun.  Tom Skerritt was one of the cops, and his character wasn’t very much.  Jack Weston was funny, or trying to be funny.  Yul Brynner added some energy to the film with his presence as the bad guy called The Deaf Man.  He seemed to be right on the money with his view that the police were behind the times.  These cops are not a top-notch group, although they weren’t on the level of Inspector Clouseau.  The stakeout in the park showed that their tactics weren’t too clever.  The bad guy gave a lot of $5 bills to people to hand his notes to the police.  Peter Bonerz was one of the bad guys, too, which is rather odd if you’re used to seeing him in The Bob Newhart Show.  I was a little surprised that they had explosions and destroyed cars in this movie, considering how low budget it was.  Charles Martin Smith, The Toad from “American Graffiti,” was a tormentor of homeless people.  Reynolds had a scene where he was burned, and it looked like he was really injured.  It seems that if you’re going to hire Raquel Welch, you should photograph her well.  The filmmakers could have done a better job there.  One shot lingered on her so that one of the characters seemed to have no sense at all.  According to what I read about this movie, Reynolds said that liked working again with Raquel after “100 Rifles,” even though they had a falling out during the filming of that earlier picture.  The picture quality of this DVD was not great.  The movie itself is something that most people can skip, unless you really like Burt Reynolds or Raquel Welch.  It is what you would call uneven in quality.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 13, Gary Cooper died at age 60 in 1961.  In 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded “Satisfaction.”  In 1970, the Beatles’ film “Let It Be” had its New York premiere.  In 1974, 50 people were injured when people threw bottles outside a Jackson Five concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, CD.  In 1977, “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl” album was released.  In 1978, Yvonne Elliman reached Number One on the singles chart with “If I Can’t Have You.”  In 1993, the Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled” aired, featuring guest stars Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Bette Midler, Barry White, Luke Perry Elizabeth Taylor, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  In 1994, Johnny Carson made his last television on David Letterman’s show.

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Kimi no na wa

I wasn’t too eager to go to work.  It was a quiet day, though, so the shift wasn’t too bad.  I was hungry afterwards, and I returned home to eat a salad.  I browsed through the record store and bought two Herb Alpert albums, and then I went over to the theatre that was showing “Your Name.”  It was a Japanese animated film that showed two young people with an unusual connection with each other.  It was the mind and body and gender switch that I saw recently in “Goodbye Charlie.”  The characters were Mitsuha and Taki.  The Tokyo in this film seemed more like the actual city than what we saw in “Lost in Translation.”  A movie that shows cell phone use cannot win me over completely.  I also feel that I cannot watch movies about adolescents for the rest of my life.  A comet is coming close to the Earth, and as soon as you see the report on the news, you know that it’s going to play a big part in the story.  The comet does give the movie some striking images, but it didn’t seem like the greatest idea for the plot.  The movie stretched out for too long, as I wanted the whole thing to come to an end.  There were a lot of shots of doors closing.  The music on the soundtrack was catchy, although I thought that the songwriters could have worked on those verses.  This film certainly feels like the new age of Japanese animation in the way scenes are presented and the music on the soundtrack, although one thing that stayed the same is the big eyes of the characters.  This movie has received a fantastic amount of praise, although I didn’t love the concept of the story, with touches of “Freaky Friday” and a bit of science fiction disaster.  I thought there was too much there, and the movie took a long time to make a point that wasn’t clear.  The director was Makoto Shinkai, born in 1973.  I was glad that this was the subtitled version and not dubbed in English.  I don’t think it would have been right with English dialogue.  Some of the people who died on May 13 include Gary Cooper (1961), Bob Wills (1975), Paul Bartel (2000), Jason Miller (2001), Donald “Duck” Dunn (2012), and Joyce Brothers (2013).  Today is a birthday for Stephen Colbert (53).

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2 Days in the Valley

I saw Betty White on the James Corden show, and it seemed that she couldn’t move around.  She still seems to be in better shape than my mother.  I spent the day grading papers and preparing for a lecture.  After class, I went over to the record store and looked through the used Blu-ray discs.  I really wanted to see “Doctor Zhivago.”  I returned home to see “2 Days in the Valley.”  I was a bit of a shock to see how Teri Hatcher has aged since this movie, as I also saw her in the latest Supergirl episode.  She was supposed to be an Olympic athlete in this story.  I thought she was pretty good in this movie, and not so good in the Supergirl episode.  There were some notable Woody Allen actors here, like Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Glenne Headly, and Charlize Theron.  James Spader and Eric Stoltz had a John Hughes connection.  Stoltz The Marsha Mason of the 1970s was in “Cinderella Liberty,” “The Goodbye Girl,” and “Chapter Two.”  I would say that she didn’t have the greatest role in this film.  Paul Mazursky was the great director of “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “Harry and Tonto,” and “An Unmarried Woman,” and the not-as-great director of “Scenes From a Mall.”  He didn’t do his greatest work in this film, either.  After I saw the joke about using an Emmy as a toilet paper holder, I thought back on whether I saw something like that on The Simpsons.  Charlize Theron just about stole the show as Helga, and she sure looked like from what she was in the latest Fast and Furious movie.  We witness murder, kidnapping, an injection in the ass, an argument about a massage parlor, and a fight between two women.  I think that the movie is not quite as entertainment as it was made out to be, but I did enjoy seeing Marsha Mason and Paul Mazursky again.  I felt nostalgic about the movies he made all those years ago.  Jeff Daniels played one of his unpleasant characters, although I agreed with him about the pack of cigarettes.  The Stoltz character was irritating in the way he acted at the crime scene.  Louise Fletcher was another 1970s actress in the cast.  Too bad they didn’t find a way to get Ellen Burstyn into the picture.  I was more interested in this film as a glimpse back into the 1990s.  It was ten years after Spader and Stoltz were in the John Hughes films, and it was the start of Charlize Theron’s stardom.  It’s rather remarkable that this cast was put together.  I found the setting less than exciting.  The Daniels character talks about, as he wants to get rid of the massage parlor, which is supposed to be the first to invade his neighborhood in the valley.  All I ever knew about the valley was that it was hot there.  Mazursky had a scene in a cemetery that was reminiscent of “Harold and Maude.”  He did have similar suicidal thoughts.  I think I wanted to see more of Helga because she was from outside this hellish place and seemed like she would take us somewhere.  The movie made me feel like taking another look at David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.”  I also wanted to see Charlize Theron’s next film, “That Thing You Do!”  The presence of Keith Carradine made me think of Robert Altman, as this movie had something of a Robert Altman feel to it, along with Quentin Tarantino.  Roger Ebert gave the movie a positive review, saying that it was fun to think about.  What did John Herzfeld so after “2 Days in the Valley”?  In his credits, I see TV work and “15 Minutes” and “Reach Me.”  I think I see the symbolism of the Emmy.  Mayim Bialik was on the Stephen Colbert show.  She reminded me that The Big Bang Theory was not as funny as it used to be.  I missed Michelle Pfeiffer on the Jimmy Fallon show.  “Goodbye Charlie” was shown again at 12:30.  Some of the people who died on May 12 include Erich von Stroheim (1957), Robert Reed (1992), H.R. Giger (2004), Syd Hoff (2004), and Robert Rauschenberg (2008).  Today is a birthday for Emilio Estevez (55).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 12, the Rolling Stones album “Exile on Main Street” was released in 1972.  Also in 1972, Paul McCartney released his single “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”  In 1973, Led Zeppelin reached Number One on the album chart with “Houses of the Holy.”  In 1984, Lionel Richie had the Number One single, “Hello.”  In 1989, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, was released.  In 1992, Robert Reed died at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena at age 59.  In 2001, Perry Como died in his sleep at his home in Florida.

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Chad Pinder’s Unbelievable Opposite Field Power

I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station and arrived at the Coliseum before the gates opened.  I went over to a food truck and bought a fish sandwich.  I took a walk around the stadium to see if anyone was selling ice cream.  I took my seat and listened to the radio.  Andrew Triggs walked the first three batters of the game, and so the afternoon was looking like a disaster for the home team.  Triggs went to a 3-2 count to the next Angels batter, but then struck him out.  He got the next batter to hit a ground ball to third, but then a not-so-smooth attempt at a double play resulted in just one out at second base, and so the Angels took the early lead at 1-0.  Triggs got the next batter to hit a ball out to centerfield for the third out.  Triggs pitched a clean second inning, and in the third he allowed just a two-out single, which was followed by a double play ball.  In the fourth, he gave up just a double with one out.  The fifth inning was a bit messy, with a one-out double followed by an error by Ryon Healy at third base.  A force play moved the runner to third base, but then Triggs got a strikeout to end the inning.  The stadium organist played the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” before the bottom of the fifth inning.  Mark Canha single, and then Chad Pinder hit a home run that put the A’s ahead, 2-1.  The ball bounced off the top of the outfield fence.  Ray Fosse on the radio said that Pinder had displayed “unbelievable opposite field power.”  Later in the inning, Rajai Davis reached base on an error and stole second base, but Healy was unable to bring him in.  Kara Tsuboi asked a kid a math question involving four tons, but the kid had to take some time to answer, even though he had the assistance of multiple choices.  You’re not a genius if you need help to see that four tons is eight thousand pounds, kid.  Triggs had a clean sixth inning, although he did throw a lot of pitches, a total of 105.  We got to see a Big Head race, which Dennis Eckersley won again.  Liam Hendriks pitched the top of the seventh and had a clean inning, aided by Pinder on a line drive that looked as though it would get past him.  Ryan Madson pitched the top of the eighth inning, and he also had a clean inning.  After Rajai Davis made an out in the bottom of the inning, Healy singled, Yonder Alonso walked, and then Khris Davis singled to score Healy, and an error on the play allowed Alonso to go to third base.  Jed Lowrie got to a 3-2 count before drawing a walk, loading the bases with one out.  However, Canha and then Pinder both struck out, so Santiago Casilla would have to enter the game in the top of the ninth inning with just the two-run lead.  Casilla went to a 3-2 count to the first batter, but then struck him out.  He also struck out the second batter.  Casilla then allowed a single on a 3-1 pitch.  On the next pitch, he got the fly ball out at centerfield to end the game.  Albert Pujols was left without the chance to pinch-hit.  The game had started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 64 degrees and ended at 3:32. The attendance was 11,061.  I took my time leaving the stadium, as I was not eager to face the real world.  I stopped at Trader Joe’s and brought home a bag of food.  I took a shower and went out to the laundromat to do my laundry, which included my green jersey stained from a chocolate malt.  I went to one of my hangouts and had a hamburger, and then browsed through a bookstore.  I bought an Avengers guide book, another book of Beatles photos, and a DVD copy of Billy Wilder’s “One, Two, Three.”  I watched Fred Astaire on the Dick Cavett Show and then fell asleep.  Some of the people who died on May 11 include Juan Gris (1927), Lester Flatt (1979), Bob Marley (1981), Douglas Adams (2001), and Noel Redding (2003).  Today is a birthday for Mike Lupica (65) and Eric Burdon (76).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 11, Led Zeppelin met Elvis Presley for the first time at a Presley concert in Los Angeles in 1974.  In 1981, “Firestarter,” starring Drew Barrymore and based on a Stephen King novel, was released.  In 1984, “The Natural,” with Robert Redford and Glenn Close, was released.  In 1985, Madonna’s single “Crazy for You” reached Number One on the charts.  In 2001, Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” died of a heart attack at age 49.  Also in 2001, Suzanne Pleshette married Tom Poston.

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