STAMPEDE !!!

8 Jul

William Close & EHC – Performs “Earth Harp Mini Symphony”
Live at Willow Creek

“The Greatest Show on Earth”

July 4 – 13. 2014

Calgary Stampede poster 2014

Founded 1886 (Exhibition)
1912 (Rodeo)

Calgary Stampede bronco

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William Shatner / Parade Marshall 2014

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The Chucks

The Chucks

Calgary and Stampede

Calgary and Stampede Midway

Steeds


William Close and the Earth Harp

William Close and The Earth Harp

“Following huge success on America’s Got Talent, William Close and his Earth Harp have continued to wow audiences around the world! Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “Architecture is frozen music”, Close will be creating his musical installation right here on Stampede Park. Developed in 1999, the Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet.”

http://cs.calgarystampede.com/fun-food/themed-areas/western-oasis.html

The Lone Ranger Creed … Revisited

7 Jul

The Lone Ranger Creed

The enduring popularity of the original Lone Ranger is a very interesting phenomenon which must mystify a lot of todays young people who never grew up with it – and probably consider the whole thing to be somewhat Camp in character.
Yet there are still several (many?) Lone Ranger websites on the internet – well over 60 years after the masked man rode across our black and white TV sets.
That says that something is special. But what? Why?

What was it about this guy – and what he stood for – that grabbed so many people … and still does?

Surely a part of it is embodied in The Lone Ranger Creed.


The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture /  Gioachino Rossini

The Lone Ranger Creed 2

The Lone Ranger Mask

The Lone Ranger Creed 1

The Lone Ranger: “Only you, Tonto, know I’m alive. To the world, I’ll be buried here beside my brother and my friends… forever.”

Tonto: “You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.”

The Lone Ranger: “Yes, Tonto, I am… the Lone Ranger.”

The Lone Ranger pistol bar

Clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger

“Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn’t want any other.”

~ Clayton Moore

Hang the Spammers …

4 Jul

Not sure if this law is going to be effective, but it’s a nod in the right direction. I get spam mostly from Bots – programs that automatically send out crap that attempts to invade vulnerable sites. Most is easy to spot, but some I really have to scrutinize carefully. Sorry if I’ve blocked anybody that was legitimate. 


Anti-spam law carries hefty fines

Bill C-28 to crack down on spammers, but not email volumes: Expert

By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2010 1:54 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 2:08 PM ET

Canada’s first anti-spam legislation will empower authorities to fine aggressive spammers. But while cyber security experts welcomed the bill on Wednesday, they say it may not dramatically reduce the volume of unsolicited emails we receive.

Bill C-28, the new Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act, is a misnomer for that reason, said David Poellhuber, the chief operating officer of the Montreal-based managed security firm ZeroSpam.

“It’s not going to have a bit of an effect on the total volume of spam,” he told CBC News.

“The spam we receive is sent mostly from botnets, which account for 70 per cent of spam worldwide. That’s spam coming from your mother-in-law’s computer that’s infected. It’s coming from victims’ computers.”

Canada is not known as a source that originates a lot of outgoing spam, but the botnets — collections of hijacked or “zombie” computers that unwittingly attack vulnerable networks — are able to target us from afar.

more at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/anti-spam-law-carries-hefty-fines-1.948034

 

Who was that masked man anyway … ?

29 Jun

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Eli Wallach revisited …

27 Jun

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Eli Wallach

Eli Herschel Wallach (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014)

“I never dreamed I would do Westerns.”
~ Eli Wallach

In his acting career Wallach appeared in approximately 90 films and 85 Television shows.

Incredibly, though Eli Wallach appeared in only 6 Westerns, at least 3 are considered Classics: John Ford’s How the West was Won  (1962), The Magnificent Seven  (1960) and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly  (1966) .
Not bad shootin’ … for a badguy.

“My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.”
~ Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach Western Filmography

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
How the West Was Won (1962)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Mackenna’s Gold (1969)
Long Live Your Death (1971)
Shoot First… Ask Questions Later (1975)

Eli Wallach - The M7

 

“As an actor I’ve played more bandits, thieves, killers, warlords, molesters, and Mafiosi than you could shake a stick at.”
~ Eli Wallach

Below is my favorite Wallach scene from the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

I heard Wallach say that Director Sergio Leone basically gave him free rein to improvise that scene any way he wanted.
Nicely done.

“I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
~ Eli Wallach

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Eli Wallach passes …

25 Jun

Eli Wallach, star of The Magnificent Seven, dies at 98

From BBC News Site: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28012230

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On screen, Wallach was frequently cast as “the bad guy”

Eli Wallach, whose films included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, has died aged 98.

Character actor Wallach – who began his film career in 1956 after 10 years on stage – was admired for his wide range in a career spanning six decades.

His portrayal of bandit chief Calvera in The Magnificent Seven was regarded by many as his definitive role.

When he received an honorary Oscar in 2011, he was described as a “quintessential chameleon”.

Eli Wallach with Carroll Baker in Baby Doll
Eli Wallach with Carroll Baker in Baby Doll

Though he was never nominated for an Oscar during his 60-year career, the Academy rewarded him in 2011 for “effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role”.

His films included the classic westerns How the West Was Won and The Misfits.

Arguably best known for his villains, he made a lasting impression as Tuco opposite Clint Eastwood, in Sergio Leone’s 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Years later, Wallach said strangers would recognise him and start whistling the distinctive theme tune.

Eli Wallach (centre) in The Magnificent Seven
Eli Wallach (centre) as Calvera in The Magnificent Seven

“As an actor I’ve played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and mafioso than you could shake a stick at,” the Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying.

He was also successful in light comedy and appeared in many TV shows, including playing Mr Freeze for a spell in the 1960s Batman TV series.

The veteran star continued making films into his 90s, making his last big screen appearance in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine in the New York Times.

Eli Wallach with Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Eli Wallach with Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wallach was born on 7 December 1915 in Brooklyn to Polish Jewish immigrants.

He graduated from the University of Texas, initially intending to become a teacher.

But his focus shifted to acting, and after serving in World War II he studied at the Actors’ Studio, where he became a practitioner of method acting.

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Wallach, with his wife Anne Jackson at the premiere of The Holiday in 2006

He first appeared on the New York stage in 1945, where he met his wife Anne Jackson, to whom he was married for 65 years.

Wallach made his London debut in 1954 with The Teahouse of the August Moon.

His screen debut came two years later, playing an unscrupulous seducer in Baby Doll.

The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor and a Bafta award for most promising newcomer.

But the theatre remained Wallach’s first love. “For actors, movies are a means to an end,” he told the New York Times in 1973.

”I go and get on a horse in Spain for 10 weeks, and I have enough cushion to come back and do a play.”

He became a household name as Calvera in 1960′s The Magnificent Seven, alongside Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn.

He went on to earn an Emmy in 1967 for his supporting turn in the drama Poppies Are Also Flowers, and picked up four further nominations – most recently for his guest turns in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2007) and Nurse Jackie (2010).

Other notable roles came in How the West Was Won, Mystic River, The Holiday, Lord Jim, and The Godfather: Part III, playing an ill-fated Mafioso.

Asked about possible retirement, he told the Times in 1997: ”What else am I going to do? I love to act.”

Eli Wallach with (l to r) Anne Bancroft, Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman in Keeping the FaithEli Wallach with (l to r) Anne Bancroft, Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman in Keeping the Faith

The Lone Ranger and Tonto – Silver and Scout

22 Jun

The Lone Ranger and Tonto / Silver and Scout

I’m sure most people think that The Lone Ranger came out of the 50′s. Wrong! The Lone Ranger started on radio back before 1933 and ran over 900 shows up until 1956. 23 years! It translated to TV from 1949 to 1957.

So … my “Thrilling days of yesterday” go back to the early 50′s when I used to listen to The Lone Ranger on the radio. We didn’t always have a TV because Dad feared (rightly) that we wouldn’t read much.  But I loved the radio shows and listened to Hopalong Cassidy, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, The Shadow, Superman - and a few other radio programs as well. Grand stuff.

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The Lone Ranger and Silver

The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture by Rossini 

The Lone Ranger pistol bar

Tonto and Scout 2

Silver Bullets

Silver

that long ago

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