85 for 99!

Happy 85th Birthday, Barbara Feldon of Get Smart!

Would you believe the actress known as Control Agent 99 is celebrating her 85th birthday?  Hope you’re having a great day, Barbara!

One of the TV commercials she did before Get Smart


Another Member of M*A*S*H Has Died! RIP, David Ogden Stiers!

Sad news tonight! David Ogden Stiers played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, the actor who replaced Larry Linville’s Major Frank Burns on M*A*S*H has died of cancer at the age of 75.  He remained with the show right up to the final episode.  Unlike his predecessor’s character, Major Winchester was a very capable and talented surgeon.  He was a great nemesis to Hawkeye and BJ (Alan Alda and Mike Farrell) when he came on, but later on he became more of a friend than an enemy to them.

After the sitcom ended, Stiers appeared on other TV shows and movies including Fraiser and the Disney animated movie Beauty and the Beast.  In 2009, he came out as gay.

He’ll be greatly missed.

Major Winchester

In recent years, the cast has lost Wayne Rogers (Trapper John), Alan Arbus (Sidney Freeman), and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy).


Happy Birthday Fats, Van, and Brian!

Some end of the month birthdays to mention:

Happy 90th Birthday, Fats Domino! (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)


Fats would have 90 this week!  He gave us great music!

Happy 84th Birthday, Van Williams! (February 27, 1934 – November 28, 2016)

The actor who was the Green Hornet would have been 84 years old.  He left a big sting on pop culture when he teamed up with Bruce Lee (Kato) for that TV show.

Happy 76th Birthday, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones! (February 28, 1942 – July 3, 1969)

An original member of the Rolling Stones would have been 76 years old.  Rocking in Heaven!


It Would Have Been 79 For Ray

Happy 79th Birthday, Ray Manzarek of the Doors! (February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013)

Ray was the keyboardist and co-founder of the Doors.  He was also the late Jim Morrision’s best friend.  Missing you, Ray.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ray a few times whenever he was in the Boston area.  Very intelligent and talented man.


Some Belated January Birthdays

It’s been a busy month for me offline than online.  I didn’t have the chance to wish a Happy Birthday to a few celebs who had birthdays in January.

Happy 63rd Birthday, Eddie Van Halen! (Born January 26, 1955)

Happy 60th Birthday, Ellen Degeneres! (Born January 26, 1958)

Happy Birthday to Stephen Stills (January 3, 1945), Jimmy Page (January 9, 1944), and Mick Taylor (January 17, 1949).  Also, Happy Birthday to Syd Barrett (January 6, 1946 – July 7, 2006).

Happy 84th Birthday, Tom Baker who is the fourth Doctor Who! (January 20, 1934)

Happy Birthday, DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy)! (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999)


82 for Hawkeye Pierce!

Happy 82nd Birthday, Alan Alda of M*A*S*H!

One of my favorite TV actors is celebrating his 82nd.  A few days ago, he was locked out of Facebook, but I saw tonight that he’s back on Facebook.  Congrats, Alan!

He appeared in every episode of M*A*S*H along with Loretta Swit (Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan) during all 11 seasons of the show.  He also won a bunch of Emmys for acting, writing, and directing.




50 Years Ago This Week: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

It was on  January 22, 1968, when the variety series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In began on NBC replacing The Man From UNCLE which aired its final episode on January 15.  The comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin amongst other comedians and actors heralded in a new era of laughs.

They had a huge cast of regulars:

Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Alan Sues, Judy Carne, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Joanne Worley, Lily Tomlin, Flip Wilson, and many others.

Check out this link for the rest of the cast and guests:


Cast of Laugh-In

Man From UNCLE‘s Leo G. Carroll (Mr. Alexander Waverly) shows up at the Cocktail Party on Laugh-In.

Three Dog Night sings “Joy to The World” at the Cocktail Party on Laugh-In