Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cy Young 150 -- March 29, 2017

Our Young People, July, 1905

Happy 150th birthday to Cy Young, the pitcher who won more games (511) and lost more games (316) than any other major leaguer.  Denton True Young was born on 29-March-1867.  He played in the major leagues from 1890 to 1911.  "Cy" was short for "Cyclone." 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon -- March 27, 2017

Fritzi at Movies Silently ( is hosting the Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon:

Fritzi says that "It’s time to give these talented women their moment in the sun and the Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon aims to do just that. This is a topic that is dear to my heart and I am just tickled pink to be hosting!"

My entry for the blogathon is on my movies-mostly blog, The Big V Riot Squad:
Dorothy Davenport: Her Life and Career

Dorothy Davenport, who was often billed as Mrs Wallace Reid, was an actress, director and screenwriter. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rufus Thomas 100 -- March 26, 2017
Happy 100th birthday to Rufus Thomas, the World's Oldest Teenager.  He was a disk jockey at WDIA, Memphis, who had great success in the south.  He made many hits at Stax Records, often with his daughter, Carla.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 World Baseball Classic -- March 23, 2017

I have been enjoying the World Baseball Classic coverage on the MLB Network.  The US made the finals for the first time.  They defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 in the final. 

Giants players like Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford have done well.  Mark Melancon pitched once.  Ex-Giants like Sergio Romo and Nori Aoki have done well. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr 150 -- March 21, 2017

Flo Ziegeld, American impresario, was born 150 years ago today, on 21-March-1867.  Early in his career, he promoted strongman Eugen Sandow.  Then he brought singer and dancer Anna Held over from France.

Anna Held gave him the idea of producing a Broadway revue, the Ziegfeld Follies.

Ziegfeld hired major composers like Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert and Rudolph Friml.
Photoplay, March, 1930

Ziegfeld hired major comedians like Fanny Brice, WC Fields, Eddie Cantor and Will Rogers.
Ziegfeld hired many female stars, like Marilyn Miller, Lillian Lorraine and Ruth Etting.
Ziegfeld hired many beautiful girls like Muriel Finley and Peggy Shannon to serve in the chorus.  They became known as Ziegfeld Girls.  The photos are by Alfred Cheney Johnston.
 And of course he married Billie Burke.  Lucky guy. 

The Follies ran every year from 1907 to 1931.  Ziegfeld also produced big musicals like Whoopee, Rio Rita, Show Boat and Sally.

The Great Depression ruined Ziegfeld.  He died in 1932, leaving Billie Burke with a young daughter, a mountain of debt and an elephant.  She went back to the movies to support her daughter and pay the debts.  I think she sold the elephant. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chuck Berry, RIP -- March 19, 2017

Chuck Berry died.  He was influenced by Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker.  He influenced everyone.  He kept going and going.  He has an album coming out this year.

Lots of people said he was a miserable sob to deal with, but amazingly talented.