Special – HBO – Strippers – An American Original – Host Gwen Verdon – Part 1

DOG ASIDE: Gwenyth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon (January 13, 1925 – October 18, 2000) was an American actress and dancer….who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances….while also serving as the non-credited choreographers assistant and specialty dance coach for both theater and film. With flaming red hair and a quaver in her voice….Verdon was…

Special – 1979 – Stan Barrett’s Land Speed Record Attempt – Part 2

DOG ASIDE: In an effort led by Hal Needham….another Hollywood stuntman like Stan Barrett…..and sponsored by Budweiser….the Budweiser Rocket was built with the intention of being the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier. The 3-wheeler was powered by a hybrid liquid and solid-fuel rocket engine. The solid fuel booster engine essentially came from…

Special – HBO Sports – Fenway Park -Boston Red Sox Legendary Ballpark

DOG ASIDE: As host for USA Network’s Stroh’s Circle of Sports….Robert Conrad gets to pay tribute to 104 year old Fenway Park….home of the Boston Red Sox….and a true iconic stadium in the world of sports….as Fenway Park was the 1st American stadium to surpass 100 years in operation.  The ole ball park deserves all…

Rock Photography – Lisa Laws On Janis Joplin & Baron Wolmon On Rolling Stones Magazine

DOG ASIDE: Lisa Law is an American photographer and filmmaker….best known for her photographic chronicles of the counter-culture era. Law is also the author of the book and documentary film Flashing on the Sixties.  Law’s career as a photographer began in the early sixties….where she landed a job with as an assistant to the manager of…

Special – Profile of Mark Fidrych – The Bird Soars And Dives

DOG ASIDE: Mark Steven Fidrych (August 14, 1954 – April 13, 2009) who was nicknamed “The Bird”….was a Major League Baseball pitcher….who pitched his entire career for the Detroit Tigers (1976–1980).  In 1976, Fidrych led the major leagues with a 2.34 ERA….won the AL Rookie of the Year award….and finished with a 19–9 record.  Shortly after, injuries…

HBO Blockheads Ventriloquism Show – Part 2 – Willie Tyler and Lester

DOG ASIDE: Willie Tyler (born September 8, 1940) is an American ventriloquist, comedian and actor….as most of the time he is credited as Willie Tyler and Lester or Willie Tyler & Lester.  He has appeared in many television commercials, sitcoms, and movies. He got his first big break in 1972 on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.…

HBO Blockheads Ventriloquism Show – Part 1 – Jay Johnson n Filadendra & Chris Kirby

DOG ASIDE: In the segment of HBO’s Blockheads ventriloquism show…..hostess Marianne Hartley introduces a phenomenal ventriloquist Jay Johnson and his talking plant Fhiladendra….which is hilarious and creative…..with Johnson being followed by Australian ventriloquist Kris Kirby…..who does a bit with his buddy Terry….and then does a weird by funny piece about a man and a woman…

HBO Blockheads Ventriloquism Show – Part 4 – Jay Johnson

DOG ASIDE: Jay Johnson (born July 11, 1949 in Lubbock, Texas…folks, he’s a West Texas boy….and cuz he’s from West Texas…I know him….cuz I’ll bet a dollar to a hole in a donut that he’s just like every other West Texas boy that I know….ie: Bone Daddy…..anyway, Johnson grew up in Richardson, Texas) is a ventriloquist…

HBO Blockheads Ventriloquism Show – Part 3 – Terry Rogers & Shorty Harris

Terri Rogers, born Ivan Southgate (4 May 1937 – 30 May 1999) was a transsexual English ventriloquist and magician  Rogers was born in Ipswich….was a somewhat isolated youth….but determined to build a career in variety.  Rogers developed a technically highly proficient ventriloquism act with her ventriloquist figure Shorty Harris….first of all appearing as a supporting…