(You know me and character actors.)
I first saw Steven Hill in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour entitled ‘The Thanatos Palace Hotel’. A place where suicidal folk could go to be murdered. 😨
Following that, I was at home in bed recovering from the onset of my leg disability. Watched a lot of TV. And the show ‘Mission Impossible’ premiered.
I WAS HOOKED! Both on the show’s premise and the MI team’s head honcho, Dan Briggs.
Played by Stephen Hill.
He left after the first season, because he refused to work Saturday, being an Orthodox Jew.
Later, he was a District Attorney on Law & Order. And was also memorable.
(Sandwiching many, many other shows in-between!)
So, a guy walks up to a sentry and asks, “Hi, sentry, new in town?”
Back-in-the-day, when I was young and foolish (I’m not so young, anymore) I used to read Soldier Of Fortune magazine. (In addition to Shotgun News, Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Guns Magazine and pretty much every firearms periodical I could find!) This was before they were sued for facilitating a hitman in their classifieds, and LTC Robert Brown (founder and publisher – U.S.Army-Retired) reportedly discharged a 1911 underwater at a Scottsdale resort pool. Just to see if it would function. Rumor was some alcohol was involved.
For me, being unable to get into the military, I was, as Brown described it, truly an armchair adventurer.
And, unlike Playboy’s centerfold (that used to be nude women – sigh), SOF had a centerfold with a different focus. Sentry removal.
I’m certain Michael Echanis, premier martial arts editor, had something to do with the content.
It would illustrate techniques like the Turkish twist, and judiciously-lethal dagger placement, as though all the readership had been to the CIA’s ‘Farm’ or Ranger School.
Like we were all spec-ops assassins just aching to ‘take out a sentry’, silently.
Of course, we weren’t, but enjoyed reading such macho fodder, nevertheless.
And we’d do the joke about ‘taking out’ sentries whenever a new issue arrived on the newsstand.
And absorb tales of mercenaries world-wide, new gun reviews, read about the latest in electronic surveillance gear, U.S. and foreign military actions and macho TV and movies.
Mike Echanis died in a plane crash en route training in Central America. And more lawsuits continued.
April 2016 was the last paper edition of SOF. It continues to be available online.
I’ve not read it regularly for some years. For me, just getting out of the armchair requires effort enough. Forget adventure or sentries.
FTC – I bought my own. Get your own!
Kelly McGillis said she plans to apply for a concealed carry gun permit after she was assaulted by an intruder in her North Carolina home Friday, June 17.
The actress, who is best known for playing Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood in “Top Gun,” recalled the scary incident in a recent Facebook post.
“Upon entering the house I notice a pair of girls pink sandals and a black larger pair,” McGillis wrote. At first, she thought it her daughter might be home and she called out several times for her.
“[But then] a stranger, a woman, came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me. I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said ‘you know why you’ve been stalking me in Twitter.’ Not true.”
The 58-year-old wrote that she keeps guns and ammunition in her home and was concerned one of the intruders had gotten a hold of them.
“That’s when I started to panic” and “ran out the front door and called 911.”
McGillis wrote that the intruder ran after her and “began punching and scratching [me] trying to grab the phone out of my hand. I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me.”
It was a Friday night so not many people were around, McGillis explained. She managed to set off her car alarm since she had her car keys in hand. “More fighting ensued.”
McGillis ran to her truck and drove off. She eventually flagged down another driver who called 911 for her.
The intruder, 38-year-old Laurence Marie Dorn, was arrested by the Henderson County police and charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery and interfering with emergency communication. She is being held on $60,000 bond, according to her arrest report.
McGillis wrote that she was left “scratched and bruised” but is “very thankful it turned out well.”
She added, “But who I feel heartache for is the little girl that was with her. Mental illness takes many hostages. I don’t know her name… but I would like to asked that you pray for her and her mother.”
In a separate post, McGillis shared her plans to protect herself from future invaders.
“I have decided to get a conceal and carry permit. And you can be sure I will be setting the alarm from here on out.“
This isn’t the first time McGillis has been the victim of assault; she and her girlfriend at the time were raped in 1982. She has said the experience led her to play the role of attorney Kathryn Murphy in the 1988 film “The Accused,” based on the gang rape of Cheryl Araujo.
O-kay. She owns guns, but left them in her house, and failed to set the alarm!
Just because you no longer live in L.A. doesn’t mean you are safe. Hopefully, she gets proper training and her permit and starts setting the alarm from this day forward…
Some folks don’t get second chances.
Attached, please find an email I received recently.
(I figured as long as you were in a clicking mood from the previous post!)
No donation is required – although I’m certain one would be appreciated.
When I think of the USO, I think of Bob Hope. And the many years he brought entertainment to our troops worldwide. And the many other entertainers since who have given time, money and even entered dangerous venues to perform…
They asked me to send a message to those who had served. I was unable to send money, but, regardless, I’m certain the message is appreciated.
Take a moment to send one, as well, please.
Our service members need to hear from you.
For our brave service men and women, keeping our country safe isn’t their only worry. They’re stressed about being able to afford a house and quality daycare for their children. They’re anxious about finding a job after they leave active duty.
According to the 2015 Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey, many believe the American people don’t appreciate how much they’ve given up to serve our country.
Until they hear from you.
When we asked you to send a message of support to a hero, you answered the USO’s call to deliver a million messages in honor of our 75th anniversary.
We know your message will bring a smile to the service member who receives it. So why stop there? Will you take a moment to thank our men and women in uniform again by sending another now?
Show your gratitude and support by sending another message to a brave service member now. Let our heroes know you stand with them, today and every day.
Guffaw, the annual Blue Star Families Survey revealed a number of worrying trends among our service members and their families: financial anxiety, especially when it comes to housing, childcare and retirement; difficulty in transitioning from military to civilian life; and nervousness about future job prospects.
But that survey also shined a bright light on these heroes’ most remarkable qualities: Resilience and pride. Commitment to education and community.
Yes, our brave men and women in uniform are pillars of American strength – and at the USO, we know they draw that strength from connecting to the things they love and fight for. So we’ve helped build those connections – with our shows and celebrations, at our wellness and welcome centers, through your gifts and messages – for 75 years.
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Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #9 of 22)
I’ve gotten used to seeing political correctness on TV. Not that I like it, but have come to the realization that most of the TV show writers, producers and networks foster an agenda. Nowhere near that of a constitutional republic.
And many times, it’s not based in fact – it’s based on what is perceived as popular and liberal.
An aside on a sitcom about the prevalence of global warming; the presence of a gun – in and of itself – shown as evil and dangerous. The whole BLM agenda, as well.
But, occasionally, some differing opinions slip through the cracks!
Last Man Standing – a sitcom with Tim Allen as a beleaguered conservative business owner, surrounded by liberals and mostly conservative females. Making statements against The President’s policies and Secretary Clinton’s lack-of-action about Benghazi. And, still remaining a comedy!
Blue Bloods – a Tom Selleck (a Gunsite graduate) cop family vehicle including Catholicism, proper gun handling instruction, and the difficult balancing of policing with civil liberties. Tom plays the current police commissioner.
Criminal Minds – The FBI against serial killers, with Joe Mantegna (another Gunsite graduate) showing off many his many skills.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders – Another FBI vehicle, this time offshore, with Gary Sinise (a champion for the American Veteran). In a recent episode, they helped capture a duo of American mass murderers in Cuba (!) Sinise gave a passionate spiel about the Communist propaganda prevalent on our college campuses, and the ubiquitiousness of that vile t-shirt celebrating a murdering bigot Che’!
So, there IS hope…
Sadly, watching Blue Bloods, with Mr. Selleck as the Police Commissioner, I’m reminded of watching the movie Air Force One (in the 80’s), wherein Harrison Ford plays a President who had been a Green Beret (I remember). He stands up to terrorists and kicks a**!
I left the theater feeling good. Until I remembered Bill Clinton was (then) the actual President!
And the current P.C. of NYC is no Tom Selleck! :-(
The brilliant and beautiful Tamara posted recently the dearth of correct tactics and technique with regard to television shows and weapon technique.
She, of course, is correct.
I’ve posted in these pages regarding the same stuff – the guy in the show 24, for example. Cup-and-saucer does not Weaver or Isosceles make…
But these martial faux pas go back decades.
The Untouchables, M Squad, The Detectives, The FBI (in color!) And don’t even bring up the spy genre – The Man From UNCLE (for example). And the movies! James Bond to Dirty Harry…
And thousands of other TV shows and films.
Weapon technique is terrible! Cup-and-saucer. Or worse yet, grabbing one’s wrist with the off hand. Or supporting the shooting arm with the other under the forearm!
Shooting rifles and submachine guns from the hip! Because it looks cool…
And the gun hand up next to the face. Because it frames our hero with a gun next to their face, NOT because it’s a good idea!
And the ubiquitous fingers on triggers!
And many of us (mostly male) took their initial learning ques from these ‘techniques’. This is why women are generally better students. They don’t have to unlearn as much.
We do need to be reminded that these media are for entertainment, and are not documentaries or training aids, however.
But sometimes some of these Hollywood presentations are just too ludicrous to be able to suspend disbelief and enjoy. Remember T.J. Hooker?
Having been a semi-professional magician in my youth, I’ve had much the same reaction to watching magicians on television. Either I know the secret (or know something) and the performance loses it’s entertainment value.
As with art (and so many other things) I may not know it, but I know what I like.
like love Linda Ronstadt!
In the early 1970’s, Dave (the
genius mechanic) introduced me to Linda Ronstadt’s music. Being a lonely guy in my 20’s, her torchy rock (a term coined by Time magazine) was just the ticket! I bought and listened to many of her albums, and even was lucky enough to take a fine blond lady named Ali to her concert here, at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, in 1979.
In the late 70’s Playboy magazine called her “the best White pipes in the business.” I agree.
Like so many other entertainment types, unfortunately, she chose the platform built by her music to expound on things political. She even dated Jerry Brown for a while.
But, her music continued to soar, and she kept experimenting. From popular standards (with Nelson Riddle arranging!) to Gilbert and Sullivan and even La Boheme!
I don’t get the opportunity to acquire CDs as I used to, and have never gotten used to digital music. So it saddened me to learn that she is suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and now Parkinson’s disease.
She retired from singing and can no longer perform, in 2009.
She has written a musical autobiography, entitled Simple Dreams, which good friend Biff just gifted me. It details her musical education, growth and evolution, from her Mexican-emigre’ family in Tucson, to her Malibu beach house and beyond. And encounters with musical partners from the guys who later formed The Eagles, to Dolly Parton and even Frank Sinatra!
If she interests you, I highly recommend the book. It would be considered name-dropping, if she weren’t so talented.
(FTC – I get nothing except musical entertainment from Ms. Ronstadt!)
Nope. Not just Trivia!
When it comes to Hollywood entertainment, much like art, I may not know it, but I know what I like.
I love the back stories, the behind-the-scenes stuff. And production people who pander to their audience.
An old-school example: Remember The Man From UNCLE (you baby-boomers out there)? Yeah, there were board games, and toys and books, and movies. But I especially appreciated the minutiae.
We wish to thank the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement without whose assistance this program would not be possible
Man, I loved that in the credits! I knew they couldn’t put that statement there unless such an organization existed!
I remain a fan of the TV show Person of Interest (even though it’s ratings are down and IF it returns it will be later this year with only 13 episodes😦 ) And I was trolling the Internet, looking for some tidbit of information regarding an actual start date and/or show renewal.
And I found THIS telephone number:
(for the unitiated – or less obsessed – this is a number given by Mr. Finch to Shaw in an effort to recruit her in his efforts to save people using the machine – if this is meaningless to you, you really need to catch P.O.I. on You Tube or Netflix!)
Usually, fictional telephone numbers on TV or films are separated from the real by the inclusion of the prefix 555, which the telecoms have agreed means non-working and fictional, lest a real number be shown and people start calling someone’s real number. (867-5309 or Pennsylvania 6-5000 ring any bells? Yes, I know, I’m old…)
But, if you are a fan of POI, you should really call the number…
It goes to a Harold Wren of Universal Heritage Insurance (!) which is one of Finch’s covers. (Of course, Finch isn’t his real name, either.)
But wait, there’s more – Universal Heritage Insurance has a website!
You see? Minutiae. And production people pandering to their audience.
(Obviously, I’ve too much time on my hands.)
Just because we’ve not GUFFAWED in a while!
(Nick Otto/For The Washington Post)
FRESNO, Calif. — While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report.The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning.The man had a firearm conviction and gang associations, so out of caution police called a negotiator. The suspect surrendered, and police said the intelligence helped them make the right call — it turned out he had a gun. (…)
Another twist on ‘the machine’ from TV’s Person of Interest. Not video or audio surveillance, but data-mining to determine if a
subject suspect person-of-interest is a potential danger.I wonder if it finds blog posts and comments and scores them with regard to potential danger, based on a peaceful expression of concern for governmental abuses?Guess I’m worthy of a bright red warning…h/t Liberty Headlines