Wednesday, December 26, 2012

And Thank Heavens That Mayan Dude Was Wrong

Durnig And Klugman...

...died on Christmas eve. Back in the late 50's and early 60's, Klugman, 90, was everywhere on the new thing called television, and for my money was the best worst actor ever. Forever over-emoting, he made the small screen seem much bigger. Durnig, 89, was the character actors character actor, never turning down a role, and, unlike Klugman, never argued with a director or producer. Fact of the matter is they'd never stand a chance starting out in today's Hollywood that searches for feminine male clones and talent be damned. How else can you explain the continued theatrical employment of the Afleck-types.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Operation Hawaii...

...was what the Japs called the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. 

What it really accomplished was to enrage America into entering World War II, ending the Empire of Japan as well as the designs of Adolph Hitler.

The day still lives on in infamy, and is a reminder of what it was like back when the U.S. knew how to fight a war.

"The base was attacked by 353[13] Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers.[13] All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. Of these eight damaged, two were raised, and with four repaired, six battleships returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship,[nb 4] and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed[15] and 1,282 wounded. Important base installations such as the power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor was captured."