2.02.2016

THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON: PREMIERES TONIGHT AT 10PM ON FX CHANNEL!


The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
PREMIERES TONIGHT | 10PM

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide.

Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

From Executive Producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk,

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling Brown, Nathan Lane, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson and Bruce Greenwood. The limited series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

http://www.fxnetworks.com/video/590855747929

GROUND HOG DAY 2016!


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning means he’s “predicted” an early spring.


Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the “forecast” at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Heck we have had Spring all Winter here in Ann Arbor...

1.21.2016

FULL WOLF MOON JANUARY 23-24 2016


In Native American and early Colonial times, the Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages.

The next full moon will be:
Saturday * 23rd Jan 2016 * 08:45:48 pm (EST)

Moon sign: Leo 3° 29'

This full moon falls on January 24, 2016, at 1:46 Universal Time. Although the moon turns full at the same instant worldwide, the clock time – and possibly the date – differs by time zone. For the mainland United States, the moon reaches the crest of its full phase on this Saturday evening on January 23 at 8:46 p.m. EST, 7:46 p.m. CST, 6:46 p.m. MST or 5:46 p.m. PST.

The January 2016 full moon counts the second full moon after the December solstice. In North America, we often this full moon the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon or Hunger Moon.

Astronomically speaking, the moon is full at the moment that it’s most opposite the sun in its orbit (180o from the sun in celestial or ecliptic longitude). For general reference, however, we can say the moon is full all night tonight, lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn


In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Sunday * 24th Jan 2016 * 02:45:48 pm (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 12:45:48 pm (AEDT)
TOKYO = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 10:45:48 am (JST)
BEIJING = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 09:45:48 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 08:45:48 am (ICT)
DELHI = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 07:15:48 am (IST)
DUBAI = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 05:45:48 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 04:45:48 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 02:45:48 am (CET)
LAGOS = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 02:45:48 am (WAT)
LONDON = Sunday * 24th January 2016 * 01:45:48 am (GMT)
RIO = Saturday * 23rd January 2016 * 11:45:48 pm (BRST)
SANTIAGO = Saturday * 23rd Jan 2016 * 10:45:48 pm (CLT)
NEW YORK = Saturday * 23rd Jan 2016 * 08:45:48 pm (EST)
MEXICO CITY = Saturday * 23rd Jan 2016 * 07:45:48 pm (CST)
CALGARY = Saturday * 23rd January 2016 * 06:45:48 pm (MST)
LOS ANGELES = Saturday * 23rd Jan 2016 * 05:45:48 pm (PST)
ANCHORAGE = Saturday * 23rd Jan 2016 * 04:45:48 pm (AKST)
HONOLULU = Saturday * 23rd Jan 2016 * 03:45:48 pm (HAST)

1.19.2016

EASY VIEW OF 5 PLANETS EARLY AM JAN 20 2016


Early morning stargazers will be treated with a rare spectacle that hasn't occurred since 2005. Five planets, located closest to Earth, will align in the sky.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all appear in the predawn sky from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, giving people around the world plenty of opportunities to view the rare astronomical alignment.

The best time to view the quintet of planets will be an hour to an hour and a half before sunrise. Earlier than that, some of the planets will not be above the horizon and any later, the light from the sun will drown out the glimmer of the planets as daylight approaches. READ FULL STORY


Where to find Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Mars in the predawn sky. The left side of the image is looking to the southeast while the right side of the image is looking to the south. (Photo/EarthSky).

1.13.2016

MILKY THE CLOWN AND OTHER CHARACTERS

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Detroit Kids of the 1950's watched and were entertained by "Milky" in front of those large b/w TV sets. Kids loved Milky's cartoons, games, and the Twin Pines Milk and Dairy products.


Clarence R. Cummings Jr. portrayed Milky the Clown for Twin Pines Dairy. Cummings started learning magic when he was twelve and received a magic set for Christmas. He read library books on magic, mastered dozens of tricks, and performed for his family and friends. He made his professional debut as a magician in 1929 at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham when he was 17 years old.


On the TV float. Top row: Larry Sands, Jerry Booth, (Jingles in Boofland, The Larry and Jerry Show), Milky the Clown (Milky’s Party Time), Sagebrush Shorty(Sagebrush Shorty’s Fun Ranch). Bottom row: Ricky the Clown (Action Theatre), Poopdeck Paul and Captain Jolly (Popeye and Pals), the boy is Michael Zadoorian. Photo taken by his dad Norman Zadoorian. Read More


Poop Deck Paul, Milky, Capt Jolly, Jingles, Johnny Ginger, Bozo



1.11.2016

DAVID BOWIE: THE MOST SPECTACULAR ROCK STAR HAS DIED

January 8, 1947-January 10, 2016

David Bowie, the British rock musician and actor, has died at the age of 69, just days after releasing a critically acclaimed album on his birthday.

Bill Zysblat, his business manager of 34 years, confirmed to that Bowie died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer.


A statement posted to his official Facebook page said Bowie "died peacefully today surrounded by his family" and asked for privacy for his family during their time of grief.

Born David Jones, his first musical instrument was the saxophone, and he became a fan of early rock by Little Richard, Fats Domino and Frankie Lymon.




While in high school, a fistfight over a girl damaged his left pupil, leaving him with one blue eye and the other permanently dilated and the appearance of a darker color.


Bowie's first hit song, "Space Oddity", reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969.


David Bowie filmography


After a three-year period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.


Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture."


The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved to be one facet of a career marked by reinvention, musical innovation and visual presentation. READ FULL BIO




1.09.2016

NATIVE AMERICAN ANIMAL TOTEM ASTROLOGY SIGNS

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/12native-american-astrological-signs-and-their-meanings.html#otter-totem

This is very interesting to me....Native American Astrology Animal Totem...I am the Otter!

The otter is an unconventional creature which behaves differently than its closest kin, the weasel. The traits of those born under this symbol are quite similar to this totem. They are highly creative, friendly, independent, and tend to view life in a way that is seldom understood by others.

They are intuitive beings and tend to look beyond what may meet the eye. They are not afraid to experiment and are highly witty by nature. Because of this, many people may take them to be stupid or foolish, only to realize that their eccentricity got them to the right path.

Otters can be great friends and companions, and they will always pay heed to their friends' needs with sensitivity and undivided attention. However, on the flip side, they can become somewhat rebellious, unscrupulous, and detached from society, especially if their out-of-the box perception fails to be compatible with others.

The detachment gives them a sort of freedom that they crave for when it comes to living life on their own terms.

Find out what your sign is HERE

1.07.2016

HARRY BENNETT PHOTOS FROM AUTHOR THOMAS DEWALD PART 2


Harry Bennett and bodyguard enjoy the circus

Bennett and his longtime driver/ bodyguard Frank Witmire enjoy a circus performance in Detroit, c. 1940. Few pastimes gave Bennett more pleasure than the spectacle and thrill of the circus. Bennett befriended wild animal tamers Clyde Beatty and Allen King.

It was from Beatty that Bennett received several sets of lion cubs which he raised during the mid-1930s. Once they grew to half size at five-six months old he traded them for cubs.

The cats provided a handy prop for Bennett's risky practical jokes. He often flipped off the lights at parties and quietly unchained a lion that brushed against people's legs, triggering panicked screams. He also locked unsuspecting guests in the darkened tunnel that contained the lion's cages.

He peered through peep holes to watch the terrified reactions when the guest reached the cages, unaware that bars protected them from the lions. However, the danger the lions posed outweighed the fun and Bennett gave up the hobby after several escapes and the injury of a guest.


 HB and Max Baer

Heavyweight boxing champ Max Baer and the diminutive Bennett (5' 6") at company headquarters in Dearborn, Jan. 1935.  Bennett hosted other ring champions for lunch in his opulent dining room at the Ford Administration building, including Jack Dempsey, Max Schmeling and Primo Carnera.  An avid sports fan, Bennett found work for such legendary athletes as Jim Thorpe, Jessie Owens, Kid McCoy, Mickey Cochrane and Eddie Cicotte.



Harry Bennett hands Truant to Navy

In 1941, at a ceremony on the quay at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station near Chicago, Bennett, representing the Ford Motor Co., conveys legal title to the yacht Truant, owned by Henry Ford, to the U.S. Navy for training purposes. 


Bennett sold his own yacht to the Coast Guard a year later for wartime patrol duty.


HB on Castle Porch


Harry Bennett, 36, strikes a genial pose in front of the castle's glass-enclosed front door in 1928.  A year later, at the close of a kidnapping case Bennett helped to solve, one of the fugitive kidnappers fired a shotgun blast at Bennett through the plate-glass door as he read a newspaper.  

The clean entrance and exit wound required hospitalization.  Afterwards, Henry Ford assigned a bodyguard to protect Bennett.  Ford also paid to bullet-proof the glass in Bennett's door and install an escape hatch to the Huron River.


Wine Cellar to Castle Tunnel

All seven Bennett homes were constructed with party rooms equipped with bars. Several homes contained wine cellars, like this one. The wine cellars were accessible by trick doors. Additional hidden doors inside led to tunnels. The below-ground cellars, featuring marble shelves, provided ideal refrigeration for wine storage.

Bennett Tunnel

Workmen using pick and shovel burrowed the tunnels beneath Bennett's homes. The floors, walls and arched ceilings are concrete. The tunnels measure approximately 30 inches wide and just under six feet high, and were outfitted with overhead lights. Their distances varied depending on the end point. Some ran 20 to 30 feet, while others extended hundreds of yards; one stretched more than three-quarters of a mile.

The tunnels ran beneath flat terrain, descended hillsides via staircases, and often branched off in different directions. One tunnel dipped beneath a creek and remained watertight for decades.  The mansions of both Henry and Edsel Ford contained subterranean pathways too. Theirs predated Bennett's tunneling.


Bookcase door to tunnel (shown closed & open)

In five of his seven homes, Bennett installed a variety of secret doors that opened to secret passageways and tunnels. Some portals were as simple as hinged storage shelves; others were quite sophisticated, involving hidden buttons and moveable towel racks. Pictured here is a hidden door to a tunnel disguised by floor-to-ceiling shelves.


HB tightrope walk

With a helping hand from Esther, his third wife, Bennett steadies himself as he walks a rope to the deck of his yacht during a party at his East Tawas cabin, c. 1937. Before World War I, Bennett served a four year hitch stoking the coal-fired engines of three U.S. dreadnaughts. Bennett held the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the naval reserve intelligence division for 17 years beginning in 1936.


 HB swims with daughter at Pagoda

A windswept, tattooed Bennett wades with his youngest daughter in the flooded yard of his Pagoda boathouse on Grosse Ile, c. 1941. The unpredictable level of the Detroit River's Trenton Channel periodically flowed into the ground floor of Bennett's summer home, where he moored his yacht in one of two sea-going slips enclosed by roll-up garage doors.


HB with Tris Speaker-Ty Cobb

Retired baseball greats Tris Speaker (left) and Ty Cobb flank Bennett at a Ford-sponsored baseball game in August 1945, one month before Henry Ford II replaced his grandfather as company presidency and pushed Bennett into retirement.  Bennett and Cobb remained friends for years.


HB on horseback after retirement

Bennett rides his pinto horse on the desert floor of his 80 acre ranch near the San Jacinto National Park at Desert Hot Springs, California. In 1946, the Bennetts relocated to the West Coast following Bennett's retirement. The family escaped the sweltering summers by spending June, July and August at their Lost Lake retreat in Michigan for the next ten years.

 In retirement Bennett filled his days by painting oils of the mountain scenery surrounding him, performing home improvement projects, and entertaining out-of-town guests. His family took an active part in community events. 

They frequently dined in Palm Springs, often in the company of Hollywood screen stars. In 1968, at the age of 76, Bennett and his wife moved to Las Vegas. Bennett died in 1979 at a Los Gatos, Calif., convalescent home.

12.31.2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016


★★Happy New Year to you all..here's to a year filled with peace, love...oh yes & extra cash★★ xoxoK
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