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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hollywood has lost another legend with the death of the perennial Mickey Rooney. Rooney, born Joseph Yule Jr., began his 93-year career almost literally from birth. He was born into vaudeville during the heyday of live entertainment to parents Joseph and Nellie Yule and made his first appearance on stage at 14 months, when he crawled out during a show wearing a harmonica around his neck, according to his autobiography. Three months later he was wearing a tailored tuxedo and was part of the show. He remained in show business up until his death.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

For the longest time, I was a cellphone holdout, especially in the early days. I just did not see the point of carrying around a phone. After all, when we are in a car driving, why in the world would we want to be distracted by phone calls. And yet today, people talk to each other via cellphone, hopefully using hands-free Bluetooth devices, daily while driving, walking or doing some other task. I had a Bluetooth device for a while, but I just could not get used to the earpiece, and today I could not tell you where it is.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"You want me to what?" I asked my wife, Katie, one afternoon. "Spit in this tube and we can find out where you come from," she answered.

About a year or so ago, my wife ordered a DNA test through a program offered by Ancestry.com, and when she received the results I found it completely fascinating.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

At 12:41 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 took off bound for Beijing on a routine red-eye flight. In less than seven hours, the routine flight became the latest transportation mystery to captivate the world after the flight's transponders were shut down and the plane apparently kept flying for several hours before becoming totally lost to satellites and ground radar.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

If you have ever seen a live magic performance, perhaps at a birthday party, on a stage or close-up in a restaurant by a skilled performer, it should have created a sense of wonder or awe. After all, that is the purpose of magic to create a sense of astonishment in the minds of those watching the magician seemingly bend the laws of nature to his or her will.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A long time ago in a theater in a nearby city, you would see magic live on stage and that was about the only time audiences were able to view magicians and their shows.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Shades of Norse god Thor; in case you missed it last weekend, we apparently dodged another doomsday prophecy albeit this one was a little more subjective than others previously including the infamous Mayan 2012 prophecy.

Apparently there was a Norse prophecy as interpreted by a British museum Viking festival coordinator named Daniella Daglan who said that Ragnarok or the "fate of the gods" would take place on Feb. 22.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

For the golden age of show business this has been a really sad past few weeks. When I wrote this column it was the day after Shirley Temple Black passed away, and then a day or two later comedy lost one of its trailblazing legends and most beloved performers, Sid Caesar.

While Caesar was not active in recent years, he was a legendary performer and pioneer in the early days of television. He also starred in stage and screen productions although his heart was always in television.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

It was a somber week for me as another screen icon that kept me company on Saturday afternoons and many sick days in my youth passed from this realm to a much better place.

Silver screen legend and true stateswoman and diplomat Shirley Temple Black died Monday evening at the age of 85.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

This has been an interesting winter compared to the last few which could probably be rated as busts.We have gone from having barely any snow the past few years to having a more normal Pennsylvania winter this year, but apparently for many they either have short memories repressing winters past in favor of the warm winters the last few years.Other than one or two years, most of the winters I can remember as a Pennsylvania native were quite snowy so I'm not sure what the difference is between then and now unless more people from the Sunbelt have migrated to our area which I find quite unlikel