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May 31, 2012

Dick Beals - voice of Davey Hansen and Speedy Alka-Seltzer - dead at 85


The legendary Dick Beals — a star of radio, cartoons and more commercials than just about anyone — has died in a Southern California nursing home at the age of 85.

Dick stood 4'7" due to a glandular problem which also gave him his youthful voice. He was playing ten-year-old boys well into his seventies and was often called upon to loop (i.e., dub in the voice of) live-action child actors in movies or on TV programs.

He started in radio dramas in 1949 while attending Michigan State University. Several popular radio programs emanated from Detroit at the time and Dick wound up being heard on all of them but most notably The Lone Ranger, Challenge of the Yukon and The Green Hornet. His later cartoon credits include his being the first voice of Gumby and the first voice of Davey on the Davey & Goliath cartoon series. He was a loyal team member on the Roger Ramjet cartoon show and was heard throughout many Hanna-Barbera shows.

But his main line of work was commercials and he did thousands of them. His best remembered ones were probably the many he did for the Alka-Seltzer people as their mascot, Speedy Alka-Seltzer. Below, I've embedded a film of three of them, all with Buster Keaton. (And by the way: Was there ever a man who looked more like he needed an antacid than Buster Keaton?)

This old atheist loved watching Davey and Goliath as a boy. Cross gently, Dick...
May 23, 2012

Hi. I'm Cooley.

Most of the time, I'm in a good mood and helpful.

The rest of the time? Meh.

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(p.s. This thread makes me miss Roni - Newyawker99

May 23, 2012

Otis 'Dad' Clark, Oldest Known Tulsa Race Riot Survivor, Dies


TULSA, Oklahoma -
The oldest known survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot has died in Seattle, Washington. Otis Clark was 109 years old.

Clark was born in February 1903 in Meridian, Oklahoma, which at the time was Indian Territory.

He was known simply as Dad Clark, and he leaves a legacy that touched lives around the world.


"I don't think we should go back, in other words look back," Clark said. "Just forgive one another and try to straighten up our wrongs, whatever wrongs we have."

After the riots, Clark moved to California where he worked for movie stars like Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin. Clark and his wife lived in Joan Crawford's home. He was the butler, and she was the cook.


Cross gently Otis...
May 23, 2012

Spinal Tap Funnyman Michael McKean Hit by Car

Source: E! (yeah, I know...)

Michael McKean, star of This Is Spinal Tap and Christopher Guest troupe regular, was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, publicist Harriet Sternberg confirmed to the New York Daily News.

He remains hospitalized, but how what is the 64-year-old actor-writer's prognosis?

McKean's condition was upgraded to stable at the hospital, per his rep, but, in addition to cuts and bruises, he did suffer a broken leg.

"He'll be OK, hopefully he'll be fine," Sternberg said. "It's pretty devastating." She also said that McKean's wife, Smallville star Annette O'Toole, was flying in from Los Angeles to be with him. He also has two children from a previous marriage.

Read more: http://www.eonline.com/news/spinal_tap_funnyman_michael_mckean_hit/318349#ixzz1vf10IDlT

Read more: http://www.eonline.com/news/spinal_tap_funnyman_michael_mckean_hit/318349

SHIT! Get well soon, Michael!!!
May 2, 2012

Trivia: What US-built warship was attacked by the Japanese but ultimately sunk by the British?

Answer: The USS Phoenix/ARA General Belgrano. Today is the 30th anniversary of its sinking.


The ARA General Belgrano was an Argentine Navy light cruiser in service from 1951 until 1982. Formerly the USS Phoenix (CL-46), she saw action in the Pacific theater of World War II before being sold to Argentina. After almost 31 years of service, she was sunk during the Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas) by the Royal Navy submarine HMS Conqueror with the loss of 323 lives. Losses from the Belgrano totalled just over half of Argentine deaths in the Falklands War.

She is the only ship ever to have been sunk in anger by a nuclear-powered submarine and the second sunk in action by any type of submarine since World War II, the first being the Indian frigate INS Khukri by the Pakistani Hangor during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.

USS Phoenix passing the burning hulks of Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor during the attack on 12/7/1941

ARA General Belgrano (ex-USS Phoenix) sinking after being torpedoed by HMS Conquerer during the Falklands Islands conflict on May 2, 1982.

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