# CCCLXXI (371)…Passing of “Blast From The Past”…

Unfortunately, as a writer, sometimes I come across names in my travels that stick out and, as such, should be related to the “younger generation”.  One such name, that of 96-year-old veteran actor Al Molinaro (1919-2015), who I mentioned on his 96th birthday on June 24 (See Post # CCCXXIX).

In regards to his demise, which I just found out about this morning, it is truly a dark day…as the comedy and acting world has lost one of its’ finest legends, as he had roles in two of the biggest comedies of the 70’s; “Happy Days” and the original “The Odd Couple”.  Not too shabby for a man that came from a small town in Wisconsin and the son of a restaurant owner.

A light that will forever be missed…RIP Mr. Molinaro…may you now entertain your fellow stars in the night skies…

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As for those celebrating today, Halloween, as your birthday, your twins are/were; late actress/singer (and former wife of Roy Rogers) Dale Evans (1912-2001), late “Dallas” matriarch Barbara Bel Geddes (1922-2005), CBS journalist Dan Rather (1931), late “Little House on the Prairie” co-star Michael Landon (1936-1991), former “M*A*S*H” co-star David Ogden Stiers (1942) and late football star Brian Piccolo (1943-1970).

Also celebrating “All Hallows Eve” are/were; comedian Brian Doyle-Murray (1945), actress Diedre Hall (1947), late comedian/actor John Candy (1950-1994), journalist Jane Pauley (1950), actor Ken Wahl (1954), actor Michael DeLorenzo (1959), actor/director Peter Jackson (1961), actor/comedian Rob Schneider (1963), singer Darryl Worley (1964), former ‘rapper’ Vanilla Ice (1967), The Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Johnny Moeller (1970) and famous offspring Willow Smith was born in “The Year of the Dragon” (2000).

Hoping you all enjoy your ‘tricks and treats’…as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CXXIX…Historic movie you’ve probably never seen…

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Greetings, boils and ghouls…sorry, bad Hallowe’en pun intended…it is with great pleasure that I now bestow upon you the title of a made-for-TV movie that was released 37 years ago today.  That movie, which I was too young to witness the premiere of, is none other than the rock music cult classic, “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park”.  Released on this date, Mischief Night (wow, haven’t heard that term since I left the city LOL) in 1978, and (for its’ time) at the height of popularity for the Rock Gods themselves, the movie did not become a Number 1 film…ever.

Having been released way before most of today’s special effects were even thought of, the movie is a real campy thriller which is based on a concert thrown by the owner of Magic Mountain.  The reason it’s so awesome, though, is BECAUSE of it’s cheesiness…which probably would be akin…

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# CCCLXX…An Amazin’ Legend…

Today, October 27th, is a date that all of the current “fans”, bandwagon or otherwise, of the New York Mets should cherise…it would have been the birthday of long-time Mets’ announcer Ralph Kiner (1922-2014).  As the team will play Game One of the 2015 World Series against the long-time American League franchise from Kansas City tonight, one can only imagine how his “It is gone, goodbye” would have graced the airwaves this past season (especially with Mets’ wunderkind Daniel Murphy).

His 53 seasons as an announcer is third in the list of tenured years as a broadcaster (Vin Scully, Dodgers since 1950; Jamie Jarrin, Spanish announcer for L.A. Dodgers since 1959) and, naturally, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Mets’ Hall of Fame in 1984.

His playing career, however, was short (compared to his broadcasting career); he amassed 369 homers, 1019 RBIs and a lifetime .279 hitter from 1946 to 1955, with the Pirates (who’ve retired his Number 4), Cubs and Indians…but his legacy as a broadcast journalist for the New York franchise will live forever.

Also, on this date that honors New York (as the first subway opened in 1904), I present the following birthday twins; late President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), late author Emily Post (1872-1960), singer/actress Nanette Fabray (1920), late actress/poet Ruby Dee (1922-2014), “Monty Python” alum John Cleese (1939) and late mobster John Gotti (1940-2002).

Additionally, we also have; country superstar Lee Greenwood (1942), actor/producer Ivan Reitman (1946), Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing (1951), Italian actor Roberto Benigni (1952), former “Star Trek: Voyager” doctor Robert Picardo (1953), Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon (1958), former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland (1967) and Ozzy’s daughter, Kelly Osbourne, was born on this date in 1984.

Here’s hoping that The Mets can honor their late broadcaster…LET’S GO METS!!!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCCLXIX…(369)…Six Months of Gambling Abstinence…

As I mentioned here first on last month’s mark, today is Day # 180 of my most current streak of gambling abstinence.  I don’t really have to do this but I feel that it is necessary for me to announce it…it’s part of the reason that I’ve held it intact for so long…as I am very proud of myself for continuing.

Granted, my bank account is still not smiling but, with some perseverance and a lot of patience (both of which I have AMPLE amounts of), it should be very shortly…

If you look at the upper-middle icon (the one that looks like a gear), you’ll see that I’ve started my own little “reminder”…I will be changing it on Saturday, in order to countdown to the next milestone.

As always…but wait…something’s missing…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

{The following is an edited version of last year’s post, which was titled, “Metallica’s 4th Bassist…”}

Celebrating his 41st today is the most current bass player for my Number 2 band, Metallica…the ever-impressive Robert Trujillo, whose previous bands include such high profile names as Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, and Black Label Society.  In case you’re not privy to the band, however, you would think that he’s the third bassist (behind the late legendary Cliff Burton and former bassist now with his own band, Jason Newsted).  {Little known fact; Metallica’s first bassist, a man named Ron McGovney, was not with the band when Kill ‘Em All was released!}

Robert Trujillo, however, admirably filled the shoes left by Burton and Newsted…I saw Metallica for the first time a few years ago (citation pending…I believe I still have the ticket) and, with the band opening the concert with their hit “Battery”, was just astonished by his playing, as he beautifully performed every song like he’d been there since Day One!  A very Happy Birthday on this milestone…and many happy more!!

Also, today would have been the 90th birthday of talk show mogul Johnny Carson (1925-2005).  It is the birthday, as well, of golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez (1935), former (original) New York Cosmos star Pele (1940), Motörhead guitarist Wurzel (1949), country superstar/actor Dwight Yoakam was born in 1956, and “Evil Dead” director Sam Raimi was born in 1959.

Also born in 1959 was comedian/actor/singer “Weird” Al Yankovic, former NFL quarterback (who heyday was actually his college years) Doug Flutie was born in 1962, former MLB pitcher (Yankees and Mets’ alum) Al Leiter was born in 1965, and actor Ryan Reynolds (who will be playing as “Deadpool” in the pending movie) joined this planet in 1976.

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# CCCLXVIII…Smoke If You Got ‘Em…

The only reason that the title of this post exists is thanks, in part, to rap star Snoop Dogg, who was born on October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, CA.  As many already know, the artist known (at any given time) as Snoop Dogg, Snoop Lion or Snoopzilla has a very strong penchant for the consuming of everyone’s favorite recreational drug, marijuana.

The above fact, however, doesn’t diminish the fact that, since 1992, this award-winning collaborator has produced thirteen solo albums, is a movie and television star and the fact that he is still around in an industry plagued (like rock-n-roll) by so many untimely deaths…we will smoke in his honor (maybe) and wish him many happy more!

Also celebrating today are/were; late horror legend Bela Lugosi (1882-1956), late actress Arlene Francis (1907-2001), late Yankee Stadium announcer Bob Sheppard (1910-2010), late psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-2013), late Yankees’ legend Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) and late “Law and Order” co-star (and “Dirty Dancing” father) Jerry Orbach (1935-2004).

On the list, as well, are/were; late veteran actor Earl Hindman (1942-2003), guitarist and rock legend Tom Petty (1950), former New York Met Keith Hernandez (1953), English director/producer Danny Boyle (1956), wrestlers Dave “Fit” Finlay (1958) and Scott Hall (1958), actor Viggo Mortensen (1958), “The Karate Kid” antagonist Willam Zabka (1965) and wrestler Chavo Guerrero, Jr. was born in 1970.

I’ll be back soon…dunno when, though, as my “project” needs to be finished…until then…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCXLIV…”No Particular Place to Go”…

As I’m concentrating on my “project” (90000+ so far), this is from last year…

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October 18, for those that are unaware, is the birthday of a true rock pioneer, Mr. Chuck Berry, who was born on this date in 1926.  In his repertoire are the smash hits “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybelline”, and, of course, the title of this post.  He “duck walked” his way into the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (deservedly so) in 1986 and his musical legacy will be around for years to come.

Also born on this date were late actor George C. Scott (1927-1999), “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star (and Frankenstein from “Young Frankenstein”) Peter Boyle was born in 1933, “Gilligan’s Island”s Mary Ann, Dawn Wells (1938), former Chicago Bears (and New Orleans Saints) coach turned broadcaster Mike Ditka (1939), JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) and journeyman actor Joe Morton was born in 1947.

Also, Pam Dawber (“Mindy” from Mork and Mindy) was born…

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# CCCLXVII…”Oldie” But a Goodie…

Today, October 13th, is the birthday of world-renowned disc jockey Bruce Morrow (1935), but here in New York, he will always be known by his “handle”…Cousin Brucie!    After starting at station WINS in 1959, he returned to New York in 1961 to WABC, where he was a mainstay until 1974 and solidified his place in New York radio.

He will forever be known by this writer, though, as the host of “Saturday Night Dance Party” and “Cruisin’ America” radio shows that were prevalent through my teenage years…we wish him many happy more!!!

Also celebrating today are/were; late comedian/actor Lennie Bruce (1925-1966), late English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013), late wrestler Killer Kowalski (1926-2008), guitarist/singer Paul Simon (1941), Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones (1942), actress Susan Stafford (1945) and singer/guitarist Sammy Hagar was born in 1947.

Director/producer Chris Carter (1956), singer/actress Marie Osmond (1959), Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna (1960), actresses T’Keyah Crystal Keymah and Kelly Preston (1962), former wide receiving great Jerry Rice (1962), skating “victim” Nancy Kerrigan (1969), comedian Sasha Baron Cohen (1971) and singer/actress Ashanti (1980) finishes today’s list.

As always, until next time from the left…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\