Familiar with the term “star-struck”? I believe it can refer to a few different feelings, but I mostly hear it these days in regard to people who have a fascination with celebrities – especially film, television, and music performers. A person is considered star-struck if their behavior changes around famous people, like they get all giggly or can’t speak or their foreheads sweat and their palms turn cold. It happens to most of us regular people. There is just something about meeting someone who we’ve only seen on a screen or heard on a music player that seems surreal.
Film Series: Minnelli Musicals Hosted by Bob Butler
Vincente Minnelli -- four of whose classic screen musicals will be screened at the Parkville Branch in October -- probably had little choice when it came to a career. From the moment of his birth in 1903, he was destined for show business.
His parents operated the Minnelli Brothers Tent Theatre, one of dozens of traveling troupes that worked the cities and towns of America. Papa ran the show with little Vincente’s uncle; Mama was the company’s leading lady.
I have been helping a friend with her genealogy. She was the recipient of some notes her mother’s cousin had made regarding the family’s genealogy. This cousin, named D. D., had done much research on my friend’s Burns family line. She indicated that William H. Burns married Martha McKittrick in Washington County, Kentucky in 1853. D. D. seemed to be a good researcher, and I was inclined to believe her, even though we found a marriage record for William H. Burns and Martha Stumpff.
In last year's amazing showing, local fifth grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh grader Kush Sharma went 66 rounds in the Spelling Bee finals, ending when Bee officials ran out of available words. The competition went an additional 29 rounds before Kush was declared the winner.
One of my friends had just watched a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical on television… and he fell in love. He took to Facebook to proclaim his new-found love and announced that he wanted to do a black and white movie party.
I've written in a previous blog post of my love of podcasts, and lately I've been listening to actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani's The X-Files Files. Like Nanjiani, I was an X-phile of the highest order during its original run, at least up until a major casting change late in the series. Now, you may ask why someone would dedicate a podcast to exhaustively covering a 20-year old television program.
A Review for Anime Movie Night by an Anime Watcher
Anime Movie Night is a great place to go if you’re into anime or manga. How it works is, you go in around 6:30 p.m. at the Parkville Branch (but we only have them on the second Tuesday of every month!), you pick a seat, and you can watch the anime we are playing that round. But we can’t forget all of the awesome people you will meet there that will love this kind of atmosphere just as much as you! You may even make some new friends!
August 1921: Baseball’s Black Sox Scandal Would Have Blown Up Twitter, ESPN
Baseball’s biggest controversies come today in social media-friendly shorthand: PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs), A-Rod (the Yankees’ suspended Alex Rodriguez), and deep six (the immediate state of his Hall of Fame candidacy).
Ninety-three years ago this month, there was no abbreviating a scandal that remains the greatest the game has known, staggering in both gravity and scope.
I love to read historical fiction, and if it has a little romance or suspense, it’s even better. (I know you are probably wondering since you are reading a genealogy blog, but don’t worry, it really does relate.) One of the things that I love about historical fiction is that even though the characters are fictional, the setting is a real time in history. I love to learn about the little-known parts of history or the everyday life that is so different than mine. My thoughts are similar when I research my family history.
"I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse." - Auggie PullmanIn
In Wonder, an amazing book by R. J. Palacio, fifth grader Auggie Pullman is about to go to school with other kids for the first time in his life. He’s a bright, hardworking, Star Wars fan, a normal kid in every way – except for his face.