Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Some things that happened on "May 20"

Taking some notes today from L.A., and that list of things that happened on this date in history, I noticed the passing of a very funny woman who I enjoyed watching over the years.

"1989 – Gilda Radner, Saturday Night Live comedienne, dies of ovarian cancer at 42."

That was from the era when SNL used to be funny all the time, and had a lineup deep in talent. I haven't watched SNL more than once or twice a season since those days, so they could be all very talented and funny all the time, but Gilda Radner and her fellow cast members of the day were "memorable" and these others later were not.

Another name enters the world on May 2o, 1946 – Cher (Gypsies Tramps & Thieves, Half Breed, Believe) born in El Centro.

It's hard to believe that 's the right year, but I remember hearing Sonny & Cher's music from way back when the Beatles were just getting known in America. They went their separate ways later- Sonny went to Congress and had the skiing accident and died and Cher added "actress" to her singing talents, to this day still very active. She's in Las Vegas performing at the moment, I believe, as someone said on the radio, who did not want to mention her actual age (63).

1920 George Gobel - comedian, actor- all from another time to most of you, and had his own t.v. variety show and was a regular on the Hollywood Squares quiz show.

1908 Jimmy Stewart - actor (Oscar® winner, 1940) - Star of numerous movies, several Hitchcock suspense movies among them, and a bomber pilot in World War II.

1936 Anthony Zerbe - actor - Many roles, including the police detective in "Harry-O," the original t.v. series that starred David Janssen when it was set in San Diego, shown it's locations as they were before that city was completely redeveloped as it is now. He starred in the movie, "Omega Man" (1971) with Charleton Heston, that was based on the "I Am Legend" novel (1954), that was the source of the movie, "I Am Legend" in 2007.

1928 David Hedison - actor- starred in the original "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," t.v. series as the captain, with Richard Basehart as the admiral.

People born on this date would be born under the astrological sign of "Taurus," the bull.

Some other historical items of this date:

Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, to begin his historic solo flight to Paris. About this event.

Five years later- another famous aviator begins her flight:
Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin her historic solo flight to Ireland- (Earhart was lost in the Pacific years later) A readable Earhart biography here.

And here are a few photo samples from the "Planes of Fame" Air Show last weekend:

A-10 Warthog on the runway

One of the several flying P-51D Mustangs fighters of WW II.

A Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter from WW II, a dual fuselage (or "booms") and single nacelle for the cockpit, dual engine plane

B-25 Mitchell bomber in flight

A-10 Warthog

in flight