Little Cigars

If you ever thought that the Lollipop Guild from “The Wizard of Oz” seemed a wee bit shifty, well your suspicions may have been true.  Today’s film features a group of little people, a couple of whom did appear as Munchkins in the 1939 classic, taking to a life of crime when they team up…

Satisfaction

In 1985, Michael J Fox provided an unexpected one-two-punch at the box office with the hits “Back to the Future” and “Teen Wolf.”  Up until that point, Fox was mainly known as the star of the hit TV series “Family Ties,” but nobody was expecting him to become the next big movie star.  But when…

Money Talks

The catchphrase of Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera” television program was always “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!” I suppose that was better than being completely honest with the people being pranked and saying, “Smile, we just made you look like an idiot in front of millions of viewers.” The show began as a radio program, “Candid…

Pufnstuf

I don’t think I’ve mentioned here on the blog what I do for a living. It always gets a big reaction when people, trying to make small talk, casually ask me what I do, and I answer, “I’m a professional puppeteer.” That’s the truth…and I love it! Of course, the work of Jim Henson and…

Skidoo

I grew up watching reruns of a lot of classic TV in the 70’s and 80’s.  Weekday nights at 9:00 on channel 32 in Chicago was when we caught Jackie Gleason and company in “The Honeymooners.”  That was must-see-TV for us back then.  Also in that category were the reruns of the “Batman” TV series,…