The Call of the Wild / Jack London

20 Jan

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog,
when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
– Jack London

John Griffith London (born John Griffith Chaney; born in San Francisco on January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916 was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.[6]

His most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire”, “An Odyssey of the North”, and “Love of Life”. He also wrote about the South Pacific in stories such as “The Pearls of Parlay”, and “The Heathen”.

London was part of the radical literary group “The Crowd” in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, workers’ rights, socialism, and eugenics.[7][8] He wrote several works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, The War of the Classes, and Before Adam.

Buck was a St. Bernard/Scotch shepherd mix breed

The Legendary Chilkoot Pass between British Columbia and Alaska

 Klondike Gold Rush / The Legendary Chilkoot Pass between British Columbia and Alaska

The Call of the Wild (2020)

19 Jan

Well … it looks like it’s been Disneyized for sure.
But it is a Classic.

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Mount Edith Cavell: Signs of the times – Part 1

15 Jan


Big Yellow Taxi / Joni Mitchell

I rant. Therefore I am.
– Dennis Miller

Mount Edith Cavell: Signs of the times.

     Canadians love Socialism. We can’t wait to hand over all our personal responsibilities (Freedoms) to the Government and be taxed to the eyebrows. 3 of the 5 political parties that ran in our last Federal Election were outright Socialist in philosophy: The incompetent and forever stupid Liberals; the insane and laughable NDP; and the complete lunatic Lefties: the Green Party. Absolutely terrifying that this bunch overwhelms any sane Political ideals here. 
     The damage of Socialism is long, pervasive and impossible to get rid of. 
     Example: Bilingualism – as Law in Canada. Most signage, packaging, anything! has to be done in both English and French. This has cost us – and continues to do so – untold Millions (zillions?) of Dollars. This single titanic feat of political stupidity alone has cost Canadians an unfathomable fortune in wasted money. Yet almost NOBODY outside of Ontario and Quebec speak French – or need to do so. In my job as a Greeter at Home Depot I believe I’ve only encountered about 2 people in the last 6 years that needed assistance because they only spoke French. (We couldn’t find any interpreters). But this Law persists – to appease the unappeasable Province of Quebec. This was inflicted upon us by that great French Canadian Socialist Pierre Trudeau – who like his son Justin (who now rules Canada) has professed an admiration for Communism. Yeah. 

     In a country where democracy is corrupted by the reality that 2 Provinces – Ontario and Quebec (out of 10) – can swing any Federal Election vote, we find the need to speak French  by any Politician who isn’t bilingual (like from Western Canada) immediately handcuffs him. 

Thinking about coming here?

WHY am this bringing this up?
Because the signs at Mount Edith Cavell reflects this mentality.
Apart from the fact that all signage has to be bilingual – in English and French –
there’s a question of whether these signs are need to exist at all?


But apparently,
in 2012, there was an “icefall” from the Angel Glacier into
the Tarn (glacier pond) which resulted in some flooding here. 
No one was hurt and it was pretty well a freak event,
but now we have signs everywhere.

 Signs … signs … everywhere a sign.

Fortunately … nobody was paying attention. 

Play videos in HD – controls at bottom. 


Next

Mount Edith Cavell: Signs of the times – Part 2

The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

8 Jan


Songbird / Eva Cassidy

Marilyn, over at Serendipity (https://teepee12.com/) frequently posts wonderful photos
of the birds and squirrels that visit her bird feeder at her place on the US East Coast.
So, out of blue, my partner Rose suggested we take a walk down to
The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary here in Calgary.
Off we went – cameras in hand.

Hmmmm …

When I was a kid I figured that the day I understood Bird Watching
would be the day that proved I was old … 

AHA !

I’m getting pretty old. 

Some kind of Woodpecker …
Maybe a Flicker?
(I carve a notch on my camera)

Rose got a better pic/peck though.

See him?

Ducks.

In the olden days they used to migrate.

Rose figures she can get a Chickadee to land on her hand.

She’s right!

Let’s try for something bigger …

A Bald Eagle !!
Not bad!

Holy crap !! A Condor !

What next !!!

A Pterodactyl !!!!

This Birdwatching is really something !

Time to go home … 

Canadian Hockey Juniors Prevail

6 Jan


We are the Champions!

Crazy 3rd Period sees Russia unravel
as Canada scores 3 goals.

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From mayhem to bedlam !

An inspiring Victory.

Party on lads!

Counting my Blessings ….

24 Dec

Most people in this world don’t have what I have.
Some are lucky to get even one meal a day. 

Yet I live in opulence. A Wonderful home. A Wonderful companion. 
Many Blessings. Too many to count.
But I try.

So I truly do give thanks. 
And like to express Good Will to All.

And I Thank you all for coming around this year.
I hope that I’ve offered something
that adds something to You
and your day. 

My pleasure. My honor. 
And may we all pass our good fortune on to others.

Blessings of the Season to You . 

Christmas Classics

23 Dec

Must Be Santa !!!

21 Dec


Must Be Santa! / Mitch Miller

Christmas music

20 Dec

There’s just a ton of inspired Christmas music on YouTube.

Emer Barry Soprano, Mary McCague Violin and Aisling Ennis Harp.

I could post stuff every day … 

Feel the Love …

18 Dec

Christmas in the trenches …

17 Dec

For GP Cox over at Pacific Paratrooper https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

We always hope. 

Santa Me !!!

15 Dec

HO HO HO!!!

They asked me if would do Santa?
I said: “SURE!”

Here ya go!!

Rose’s Favorite …

15 Dec

Christmas song: 

STAR WARS – The Rise of Skywalker

14 Dec

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Burt Lancaster – Western Film Great

11 Dec


Theme from The Gunfight at OK Corral 

John WHO?

Two blogs I follow (and I don’t follow that many) recently spotlighted Burt Lancaster. Cindy Bruchman over at Cindy Bruchman has Winter Project: Burt Lancaster. While John Charet over at Cinematiccoffee posted Sweet Smell of Success. Two Classics!

I was saying to Cindy that I consider Burt Lancaster to be among the Top Western Movie Stars of all time – appearing in so many Classics that I’d place right up there with John Wayne.
Permit me to prove that.

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The film received three nominations at the 1967 Academy Awards. Writer and director Richard Brooks, for Best Director and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and cinematographer Conrad Hall, for Best Cinematography.

The film won two Motion Picture Magazine Laurel Awards in 1967, for Best Action Drama and Best Action Performance for Lee Marvin. In Germany, it was one of only four movies to receive a Golden Screen Award (the others were Doctor ZhivagoMarvelous Angelique
and You Only Live Twice) in 1967.

Burt Lancaster Western Filmography

1951 Vengeance Valley 
1954 Apache 1954 Vera Cruz
1955 The Kentuckian / 1956 The Rainmaker
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral / 1960 The Unforgiven
1965 The Hallelujah Trail / 1966 The Professionals
1968 The Scalphunters / 1971 Lawman
1971 Valdez Is Coming / 1972 Ulzana’s Raid
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians / 1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches

Not all gems – but the red ones are definite Classics.
Others are notable.
A very impressive Western Film legacy.

 You want good Writing?
How about great Writing.

And great Actors to deliver it.

And if you’ve never seen The Rainmaker … 
Shame on you. 

"That old softspot." - Vera Cruz

“That old soft spot.” – Vera Cruz

Art from the 70’s / December 2019

7 Dec


Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys / 1966


Good Vibrations: How brilliant was that?


 


Jasper Journey – Part 2: Mount Edith Cavell

3 Dec


The Adventures of Superman

Mount Edith Cavell

I used to leap tall mountains in a single bound.
Now there’s a little too much snow on my peak.
The truth is that the pain in my legs is sometimes unbearable
when I try to go hiking.
Diabetes 2.
So my hiking days may soon come to an end.
But I ain’t quite done yet.

Beautiful up here!

A pure mountain stream!
But …

A flood? On a mountain?

Seems there’s a mountain pond up ahead – formed by a glacier. A tarn.
And falling rocks and ice could create a flash flood
and drown you.

And I was worried about bears.

 We fearlessly head up the trail.

I’ll be right along.

If I rest periodically I can make it. 

It’s just a matter of time. 

There does seem to be something blue up ahead … ?

Well … I’ll be tarned! 
There is indeed a large pond.

Time for a drink.


Next: Jasper Journey – Mount Edith Cavell: Part 3

Star Wars … Fallen Jedi

25 Nov


Star Wars Theme – A tribute. / Samuel Kim

“Luminous beings are we – not this crude matter.”
– Yoda

Not your average Star Wars game …

Star Trek: Picard Premieres January 23, 2020

24 Nov

Pat
Picard Intro Star Trek Generations

Star Trek: Picard is scheduled to premiere on January 23, 2020,
and its first season will consist of ten episodes.

Star Trek, pat

Engage !

 

Donald Sutherland, William Shatner, receive Order of Canada

24 Nov

“I have never planned anything. I have been doing this job for over 50 years. I have been paid to work with some wonderful people and it has been a huge gift, to me.”
 – Donald Sutherland

“We’re all embers from the same fire. Our ember winks out, we’re ashes, we go back to the fire. I like that image. There has to be a unifying theory. I think there is a continuity of some kind, that my love for my wife will go on past the death of my body. Nature is perfect.”
– William Shatner 

It’s a been a hell of ride guys.
Thank You.
Thank you very much.

Jasper Journey – Mount Edith Cavell … Part 1

22 Nov


Jules Massenet “Thaïs” Meditation / Michael Rabin

Mount Edith Cavell

We head out for some hiking at Mount Edith Cavell.
There she is.

Majestic!

A lot of people have the same idea.


Who was Edith Cavell?

“But this I would say, standing as I do in view of God and eternity,
I realize that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards any one.”
– Edith Cavell

Edith Louisa Cavell (/ˈkævəl/; 4 December 1865 – 12 October 1915) was a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested. She was accused of treason, found guilty by a court-martial and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage.

The night before her execution, she said, “Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” These words were later inscribed on a memorial to her near Trafalgar Square. Her strong Anglican beliefs propelled her to help all those who needed it, both German and Allied soldiers. She was quoted as saying, “I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved.” The Church of England commemorates her in its Calendar of Saints on 12 October.

Cavell, who was 49 at the time of her execution, was already notable as a pioneer of modern nursing in Belgium.

My Mother was also an British nurse – during World War II – and also a devout Anglican – who later became the President of the Red Cross in New Brunswick for several years. Interesting parallels


Next: Jasper Journey – Mount Edith Cavell … Part 2

Sourtoe Cocktail founder dies …

17 Nov


The Spell of the Yukon / Robert Service / Hank Snow

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
– Jack London

THE CANADIAN PRESS/DARRYL DYCK 

DAWSON CITY, Yukon — The founder of the legendary Sourtoe Cocktail in Dawson City, Yukon, has poured his final glass of the well-known whisky and pickled human toe drink.
Dick Stevenson, the former bartender known by his nickname Captain Dick, has died. He was 89.

Related imageStephen Lancaster, manager of the Dawson Hotel, where the Sourtoe Cocktail tradition continues, said Saturday patrons at the Sourdough Saloon and members of the community are deeply saddened by Stevenson’s passing Thursday in Whitehorse.

“When I walked into the bar last night, it was quite a sad feeling knowing that we lost somebody who was really important to the history of the place,” he said. “We are quite sad about it and want to honour him somehow, and we’re trying to figure out some way of doing that.”

Lancaster said the saloon has records of more than 93,000 brave customers who are members of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club started by Stevenson.
“You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe,” says the club membership motto, which involves drinking a shot of whisky from a glass that also contains a pickled human big toe. Lancaster said he expects the club to reach 100,000 members this summer.

Image result for sourtoe cocktail cardStevenson fit the image of a Yukon gold prospector, with his beard, cap and friendly and spirited demeanour, said Lancaster.
“He’s exactly like he looks,” he said. “He’s a fun, friendly guy you just want to talk to and hear his stories. We almost want to have a moment of silence to honour what he’s done here.”

Stevenson came up with the drink idea in 1973 after finding a frost-bitten human toe preserved in a jar in a cabin he purchased.
Lancaster said the Sourtoe Cocktail tradition will continue with Stevenson in the mix — his will asks his two big toes be preserved for future drinks.

So long Pardner

Jasper Journey – Heading Back Down …

13 Nov


wolf / first aid kit

Columbia Icefield

Saw one of these on the way back. 
Don’t know what they’re called, but it’s a hole 
in the glacier where water goes down. 

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A few people have gone missing up here over the years. 
They just found a body of a guy that had missing for 20 years.
But if you ever fell in one of these holes
I doubt they would ever find you.

Inuksuk

The word inuksuk means “that which acts in the capacity of a human.
A manmade stone landmark or cairn built for use by the Inuit, Iñupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America.

These structures are found in northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska (United States).
The inuksuk may historically have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds, places of veneration,
drift fences used in hunting, or to mark a food cache.

Remember … November 11

10 Nov

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FLU … again.

6 Nov

I slept for 18 hours yesterday.
Not sure that’s my record, but that’s quite a nap. 

When I woke up my bedding was soaked from sweat.
That used to mean my Flu was breaking. But I’m not so sure this time.
It’s been 4 days.
Rose caught it first. Coughing and vomiting. 
I’ve coughed so much my ribs and back are aching. 
Fever, headaches – it’s got it all.
At least it didn’t reach pneumonia.
That’s when you know you’re really in trouble.
I hope to go back to work tomorrow. 

 

RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 coming to PC on November 5

3 Nov


Ringo / Lorne Greene

I’ve been waiting for this. 

Warning! Extreme violence. Killin’ and stuff. 

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Saddle UP!

Star Wars … and The Dark Night of Soul

31 Oct

“It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.”
Thomas Fuller / 1650


pink Floyd / dark side of the moon

The eternal question

The Dark Night of Soul

“A period of spiritual desolation suffered by a mystic in which all sense of consolation is removed.
The dark night of the soul is a spiritual depression, a kind of existential crisis, that requires a deep and painful dip that must be experienced before enlightenment … “

Ever experience A Dark Night of Soul?
I know some of you have.
I have too.
You don’t have to be a “mystic.”

 I was thinking about this because of the new
trailers
for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story
which seems to depict this Spiritual event.

The Dark Night of Soul is not a fun event.
But it seems to be almost a Spiritual necessity?
A Spiritual certainty on our journey.

They can be long. Very long.
Lifetimes.
or short.

Whatever it takes.


Yet … eventually …
We break into the light.

A Dark Night can sneak up on you.
You can be right in the middle of one
and not even realize it.
Because it can come at you from an angle
that
you never knew existed.

?

Portrayed in many movies. 

“Even when you had two eyes,
you’d see only half the picture.”

Time to open that Third Eye.

Short trip …

23 Oct


Steamboat Whistle Blues / John Hartford with Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, Tut Taylor, and Randy Scruggs.

Thank you to all followers. 

Heading out for about 4 days.

Back soon. 

 

Promise

My favorite scene from The Vikings (1958)

23 Oct

The Vikings (1958)


The Vikings Theme / Mario Nascimbene

Always a film favorite of mine. I’ve watched it several times.
And will again. That places it as a Film Classic for me.

The Climactic Fight (BIG spoiler!)

“How he hastens to his death.”

We all know that Kirk could handle himself, but we might not know that
Tony Curtis was also very athletic and one of the
|best sword Action fighters in filmdom.
This fight scene with Viking broadsword doesn’t really showcase his skills,
|but it’s still a brilliantly choreographed piece of Action Filming from 1958.
Enjoy. 

“Why did he hesitate?”

If you’ve never seen The Vikings, don’t hesitate.
Great Stars, great Action, great writing, dialogue, cinematography … everything.

Great stuff. 

Favorite scene from Captain America The Winter Soldier (2014)

23 Oct

Yo!

My Favorite scene from Moneyball …

22 Oct

Yeah. 

Musical Interlude #93

22 Oct

Found this clip on YouTube.
The Marvelous Gene Kelly.
From ‘Anchors Aweigh’ (1945)

Had to post it.

 

Jasper Journey – Flag Afield

22 Oct


misty / ray stevens

Columbia Icefield

Seems somebody brought a Canadian Flag up to the Icefields one day.
It was a big hit, so …

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… they brought up more flags.

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I figure there’s about 20 different flags up here now. 
And probably more coming.

Why not?

Star Wars … continues

20 Oct

It was said that they were disappointed with the returns from
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”. 

So they shelved other intended movies they had planned
for other Star Wars characters. 

Not so. 

No matter what happens, there’s some undeniable magic
in this stuff that connects with a lot of people. 

May the Force be with you.

Art from the 70’s Volume 23

19 Oct


Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys / 1966


This song sends a chill down my spine. How brilliant was that?

 


Vikings … The End …

15 Oct


i am the only one

Though it was definitely graphically gory at times, I liked this Series.
It has a lot of good things. Great Writing, Characters, Dialogue, Action …
It was an all around high quality production.

So I watched it the first 4 seasons.
Until they killed off this guy:

Travis Fimmel

It’s unquestioned STAR.

Vikings creator and writer Michael Hirst said that Fimmel 
was supposed to be knocked off at the end of Season One,
but he was popular that he wrote him back in for three more seasons.
Smart.

The Series is still excellent.But after Season 4 Ragnar’s large ghost hung over the Series
like a dark cloak that couldn’t keep the reign out.

Did you ever hear my lecture on

Star Power?

It’s short.

NEVER CREATED. ONLY DISCOVERED.

There’s no formula.
If you find it, exploit it.
Flaunt it.
Star Power turns crap into Gold.
Don’t throw it away.

This means the Vikings might well have died after Season One 
if they had killed Fimmel off at that time.

But after Season Four they wanted to do something different.
They figured the other Stars could carry the axe.

And they’ve done a great job.


They’re good.

Even gorgeous.


But they aren’t Fimmel. 

OK Floki … Loki? …. ??

Waiting for

The Last Kingdom

You’re our last hope Alexander.


So what do we really know about the Vikings???
Well … we figure they didn’t really wear horns on their helmets.

Other than that we know as much about them as we do
about the Mayans. Next to nothing.
As this video shows.

My personal question is:
How did a relatively small group of people defeat
army after army, country after country
and
could have conquered all of Europe if they’d wanted to?
What superior warfare tactics/strategies did they know
that made them so formidable?
???

Jasper Journey – ICEFIELD – The Fountain of Cold

7 Oct


tender offerings / first aid kit

The Columbia Icefield

Glacier Stream!

Perhaps the purest water on the planet.
A tradition to drink.
But who could resist?

Snare some water from the fountain … 

A toast …
The cold blood of the Glacier.
Whereby any cup would be a Grail.

HOOOOLY …. !!!
It’s SSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOO …… !!!

Pure.
Cold. 
At Heaven’s Gate.

Jasper Journey – ICEFIELD 2

3 Oct


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The Columbia Icefield

If you’re skating on thin ice, you might as well dance.
– Anita Shreve

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Watch your step. It’s slippery.
Well … it’s ice!

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD on the ice

Rose helps a lady.

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Ice. On ice.

But we came prepared.
Ray bought some of these. 

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Mini crampons.

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD on the ice 5

Just so …

Also …
Our raingear from Niagara Falls.
Keep your powder dry.
I’ve found that wet cameras often don’t shoot well. 

There’s some people up here.

Lots of people.

And misty mountains.

Gateway to the Heavens.

When nobody was looking Rose claimed everything in the name of Canada. 

Glorious and Free.

Next: Icefield 3

Jasper Journey – ICEFIELD 1

1 Oct


magical mystery tour / beatles

The Columbia Icefield

Many are cold, but few are frozen.

You can only see a small part of the Icefield from below.
It’s HUGE.

The Tour doesn’t go up on top.
We go to the Athabasca Glacier.

Climb aboard!

But first: Melody? Melanie? gives us a prep talk. 

Sign behind her says: 
WARNING
This tour involves steep inclines, rough roads,

movements and sudden stops.

Hold on.

Off we go!

We rumble along at about 10 mph.
For 10 or 15 minutes …

Arrival!

Disembark!

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD out we tumble

Out we tumble …

Next: On the ICE …

Rose’s Garden 2

30 Sep


song for a winters night / Gordon Lightfoot / 1967

What happened to Summer?

This: 

In a couple of days we’ll go back to Fall again.
Then I can cut the grass

That's my new shovel. The red one. Has a wider blade.

That’s my new shovel. The red one. Has a wider blade.

Felix (the cat). Winter wonderland.

 

Rose’s Garden

27 Sep


Who Knows Where the Time Goes / Fairport Convention / Sandy Denny

Spring and Fall

What happened to the Summer??

 

Art from the 70’s a man with a duck

26 Sep


Time in a Bottle / Jim Croce / 1973

“Are you telling me that you built a time machine …
out of a DeLorean?”

Jasper Journey – ICEFIELDS – Saddle Up

24 Sep


when i grow up / first aid kit

The Columbia Icefield

So … when you get to the Icefield you’ll see this place: 

Except it was rainy. Drizzly rain. 
The Centre is full of people from every place on the planet. 
It has a restaurant/cafeteria; a gift shop; a viewing deck; historical displays; toilets … lots of stuff.
This is also where you buy tickets for the Icefield Tour. They cost over 100 bucks each.
Then you head out back …

… and jump on one of these things. 
They’re called buses.

This is Shawn … or Shane?. Our driver.
You can see the drizzly rain. 

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On the bus … 

10 minute bus ride?
Ice Explorer Depot ahead.

We made it.

The Ice Explorer. 
Not your average bus.

VROOOOOM !

Let’s ride !

Next … To the Ice!

Morgan Freeman’s production company to create TV series about legendary Oklahoma lawman Bass Reeves

24 Sep
Morgan Freeman is pictured in the 1992 Western "Unforgiven." He plans to return to the Western genre as a producer of a TV series about legendary Oklahoma lawman Bass Reeves. [Warner Bros. photo]
Morgan Freeman is pictured in the 1992 Western “Unforgiven.” He plans to return to the Western genre as a producer of a TV series about legendary Oklahoma lawman Bass Reeves. [Warner Bros. photo]

Revelations Entertainment, the independent movie production company founded and run by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary, has optioned Arthur T. Burton’s book “Black, Red & Deadly” for a TV series to be developed about legendary Oklahoma lawman Bass Reeves.

Revelations will work on the project with Malcolm Spellman, Ben Watkins, Josef Sawyer and “Grey’s Anatomy” actor James Pickens Jr., according to Deadline.

“When Morgan and I were editing the film he was directing ‘Bopha!’ back in the early ’90s, Bass Reeves’ story was brought to our attention. Morgan is so well read on U.S. and world history, yet both of us had never heard of him. We decided we had to figure out how to tell Bass’ story,” McCreary tells Deadline.  

According to The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was born as a slave in Arkansas Territory and grew up in Texas, where he belonged to Col. George R. Reeves. Bass Reeves was a young man when he escaped north into the Indian Territory, and he became acquainted with the Cherokee, Creek and Seminole tribes. 

It is believed he served as a soldier in the Union Indian Home Guard Regiments during the Civil War, and he then became in Van Buren, Arkansas, occasionally acting as a guide, scout and tracker in Indian Territory for deputy U.S. marshals working out of the federal court at Fort Smith.

In 1875, when Judge Isaac C. Parker took over the Fort Smith federal court, Parker commissioned Reeves as a deputy U.S. marshal. He is believed to be one of the earliest African Americans to receive a commission as a deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River, according to the encyclopedia.

Reeves worked for 32 years as a deputy marshal in the Indian Territory. He was the only deputy to begin with Parker’s court and work until statehood in 1907. Standing at 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Reeves became a celebrity as a lawman in Indian Territory.

Although he has been largely overlooked in modern popular culture, Reeves was one of the most accomplished lawmen in the history of the American West: He arrested more than three thousand men and women for violating federal laws in the territory, even apprehending his own son for murder after receiving the warrant, according to the Oklahoma encyclopedia.

The Reeves feature project was originally set up at Castle Rock with Freeman attached to play Reeves, Deadline reports.

“Back then we couldn’t quite crack the story, which was why we were thrilled when Malcom and Ben came in and opened up this world. Bass Reeves’ story speaks to what we are going through now in this country,” McCreary tells Deadline.  

Revelations recently re-optioned Burton’s book “Black, Red & Deadly,” along with the author’s “Black Gun, Silver Star.” After seeing Freeman speak about Reeves in a TV interview, Pickens partnered with the Oscar-winning actor to develop the TV series.

It hasn’t been determined whether Freeman will star and direct an episode, according to Deadline.

Bass Reeves – Portrait of a Western Lawman

Morgan Freeman is pictured in the 1992 Western “Unforgiven.” He plans to return to the Western genre as a producer of a TV series about legendary Oklahoma lawman Bass Reeves. [Warner Bros. photo]

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Jasper Journey – Icefield of Yesteryore

19 Sep


Climb Ev’ry Mountain / Peggy Wood
from The Sound of Music / Rogers and Hammerstein

The Columbia Icefield

The Icefields as they are today.

Coast Publishing Co (Publisher) . Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield Chalet, Banff – Jasper highway, Canadian Rockies. Vancouver: Coast Publishing Co., Vancouver, B.C, cca. 1920.

Harmon Byron (Photographer) . Columbia Icefields. Banff: Photographed and Copyrighted by Byron Harmon, Banff, Canada, [before 1942].

Six-Hundred Lovat Scouts trained during the Second World War on the Athabasca Glacier in 1944. Yellowhead-Museum and Archives.

Finally we arrive at our modern Icefield conveyance:
The ICE EXPLORER!

Next … To the ICE !

‘Westerns on the Blog’ Silverado / 1985

18 Sep

I just recently discovered Simon’s Western blog.
He’s doing some nice work over there.


Silverado Theme
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Raine

Westerns on the Blog

A blog dedicated to western movies

http://westernsontheblog.blogspot.com/
https://westernsontheblog.blogspot.com/2019/09/silverado.html

Silverado

September 17, 2019

Along with Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado was supposed to breathe new life into the western genre in the mid-eighties. It failed to do so. Reviews were positive, the film was even nominated for two (minor) Academy Awards, but moviegoers where underwhelmed. It did a lot better when released on videocasette and was one of those movies that drew Hollywood’s attention to the new market.

The film’s story is classic western stuff: A cowboy named Emmett saves a man called Paden, who was left behind in the desert by bandits who had stolen all his possessions, including his horse and (worst of all) his hat. Emmett and Paden head for the town of Silverado, were Emmett was born. En route they pick up Emmett’s younger brother Jake, a womanizer and gunslinger, who invariably gets into trouble by courting the ladies and shooting their lovers (in self-defense, of course). They are joined by a fourth man, Mal, a former slave turned farmer, who is looking for the murderers of his father. The town of Silverado is dominated by the McKendriks clan, long-time enemies of Emmett’s and Jake’s family. The sheriff is one of Paden’s old ‘pals’, a guy with a very dubious background, and Mal also thinks the men he’s looking for are hiding out in the town of Silverado …


Silverado is a lot of fun to watch. The mosaic script with four leads and multiple storylines may cause some confusion, but there’s plenty of action and in spite of a running time of more than two hours the movie is over before you know it. But if a movie aspires to revive a moribund genre, it must shed a new light on traditional genre elements, and this is exactly what Silverado fails to do. Like I have stated before, movies reflect as much the time in which they were made as the time in which they are set. If Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch was the prototypical American western of the late sixties, Silverado is the prototypical American western of the mid-eighties. It was not only made in the 80s, it breathes the 80s. No surprise if you know director Lawrence Kasdan contributed to the scripts of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire strikes back. He called his own movie his ‘Western Raiders of the Lost Ark’.

The Sixties were a period of change and turmoil, and the best westerns from the late Sixties, early Seventies, were preoccupied with themes such as the closing of the frontier and the transition to a new era (The Wild BunchMonte Walsh), the outlaw as a folk hero (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid) or the plight of the red man (Soldier BlueLittle Big ManUlzana’s Raid). The excessive violence in some of these movies was often interpreted as a reaction to the Vietnam war. It’s significant that several movies from the period featured juvenile character who were exposed to dangerous situations (The Culpepper Cattle Company, Bad Company).


Those movies weren’t all masterpieces, but they were thought-provoking, and dared to be dirty and violent. The American society was re-inventing itself, and so was that American genre par excellence, the western. The eighties were a decade characterized by a new national (nationalist) awareness. It also was a typical ‘bourgeois’ decade, hostile to true art. Don’t get this wrong: Art has no specific political color, it can be either left-wing or right-wing, but it is by definition challenging, thought-provoking. Like Roland Barthes stipulated in his classic study Mythologies, bourgeois society has two ways of dealing with art that challenges its nature: it either denies it, or tries to convert it. Silverado is very much a conversion, bourgeois style, of what the western had been in the previous decades. Instead of challenging and thought-provoking, Silverado is reassuring; it’s crammed with action, but it’s never dirty or nasty, it’s all clean fun for the entire family. People who usually do not love westerns, tend to love it more that fans of the genre. The four leads are fine (especially Costner, who still was some kind of ‘coming man’ in those days), but their motivations and actions are purely rhetorical. No wonder some of the supporting actors steal the show: Jeff Goldblume is well-cast as a perfidious card player and Brian Dennehy is a true delight as the corrupt sheriff of Silverado. There are also a nice cameo appearances by Linda Hunt and especially John Cleese as a sheriff who’s definitely not from these parts.

(1985 – Dir: Lawrence Kasdan – Cast: Kevin Kline (Paden), Scott Glenn (Emmett), Kevin Costner (Jake), Danny Glover (Mal), John Cleese, Jeff Goldblume, Rosanna Arquette, Brian Dennehy, Linda Hunt)

Nicely done Simon. This is a Favorite of mine. I’ve got to get it up there soon. Every time it’s on TV I can’t help but watch it. You’re right about hopes of reviving the popularity of Westerns. That may never happen. BUT I still say that most Directors and Actors want to do a Western some day. And they will. So Westerns are not dead. The main problem (IMO) is that some folks seem to think they have to re-invent the Western. Why? We still have a ton of great stories, yarns and great Western literature to draw from. All Movie worthy. Yet some are getting it right: ‘Unforgiven’, ‘True Grit’ ‘The Revenant’ … Westerns are still coming and always will. 

Ride on my friend. 

Jasper Journey – Heading for the Icefields …

16 Sep


Rainy Day People / Gordon Lightfoot

Heading for the Icefields

Rainy.
But we’ve got an appointment at the Icefields.

Mountains are like oceans. 
Even in bad weather
they are beautiful
and mysterious.

At Last!!!
Icefields in sight!

Jasper Journey – Athabasca Falls …

10 Sep


Blue Water / Poco

Day 2: Rain
We head out for our scheduled Tour of Columbia Icefields.
But on the way we stop at 

Athabasca Falls

Decisions, decisions …

Be careful …

Deadly accident at Athabasca Falls

Posted date: August 12, 2011 / https://www.fitzhugh.ca/author/admin/

… Public Safety Warden Garth Lemke … said the individual went over the very top left-hand side of the falls at approximately 3:15 pm.
…  “It looked like every solid structure in his body had been broken,” … “It wasn’t a pleasant scene.”
In the past 20 years, the park has reported five fatalities at Athabasca Falls, all of the accidents occurring in a similar location. 
… “Chances are the victim died from the impact of the fall into the rocky waters, but hypothermia can also be fatal if a victim survives the fall …”
The area where the individual fell is blocked off by protective railings, along with signage warning visitors to stay back.

Hear the thunder 

Ray and Sarah’s video. Thanks guys. 

Next: on to the Icefields

BIANCA!

7 Sep

– 19 years old
– Failed to qualify for the US Open on 2 previous attempts.
– Ranked 159th in the World before the Tournament
– Ranked No. 243 in the World Last Year

– Odds makers overwhelmingly picked Serena Williams to beat Bianca
– Bianca wasn’t listening

Truly amazing stuff.

Jasper Journey – Posters continued …

6 Sep


We May Never Pass this Way Again / Seals & Crofts