Eat your heart out

Movies Actors and Actionist ole Geezers remember


The TV Guide below is interesting - just about 5 channels to choose from - 2, 4, 5, and 7 - and that little black and white screen in the box provided hours of entertainment.  Now we sit for ages scanning through the hundred or more available stations and, since most of the stuff is crap, we tune in to a nostalgia station to watch, what else, old TV show and old movies!
If you're a fan of television and movies, you'll enjoy this mail. 
If you're at least 50, you'll find it enjoyable and interesting.  If you're 60,
you'll also find it triggering long forgotten mind scenes. 
If you're over 70, you'll find this very nostalgic.
As it was at the beginning

1960 Philco Predicta UG-4744
1966                                              1961                                              1967
The  Beverly Hillbillies 1962                                                  Howdy and  Buffalo Bob 1955
                Leave It To Beaver 1959                           Father Knows Best 1955                The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1954
1968                                                        1954                                                  1953

Captain Kangaroo 1955                                        All In The Family 1972                                        Maverick 1959
WKRP In  Cincinnati 1978                                           The Lone Ranger 1949
       1950 Zenith G2355                                 1954 RCA 17S351                               1953 Admiral Color C1617A

Haverhill Gazette TV Guide  Monday, May 1, 1961
    The Ed Sullivan Show 1967                                                       The Addams Family 1965
The Red Skelton Show 1951                               Gunsmoke 1970                                    The Mod Squad 1968
Bonanza 1960                                                       Rawhide 1959
1954                                                   1955                                                       1965

Dark Shadows 1966
           Dr. Kildare 1961          The Man From Uncle 1965              Ironside 1967            Peyton Place 1964      The Mickey Mouse Club 1959
The Andy Griffith Show 1963                                       1966                                           The Honeymooners 1955
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961                                   Seahunt 1958
1967                                              1959                                              1970
The Twilight Zone 1960                                        Lassie 1958

Gilligan's  Island 1966
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1958                                     Zorro 1957
The Rifleman 1958                                            I Love Lucy 1951
Mr. Ed 1961                                                 Charlies Angels 1976
TV Test Patterns 1960
Some of you younger guys probably have not even heard of these 'old movie stars'...some contrast between these men and the anti-American movie stars of today. 
Hope you find this as informative and interesting as I did.
In contrast to the ideals, opinions and feelings of today's "Hollywonk," the real actors of yester-year loved the United States .  They had both class and integrity. With the advent of World War II many of our actors went to fight rather than stand and rant against this country we all love.
They gave up their wealth, position and fame to become service men & women, many as simple "enlisted men".
This page lists but a few, but from this group of only 18 men came over 70 medals in honor of their valor, spanning from Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, Distinguish Service Cross', Purple Hearts and one Congressional Medal of Honor.
So remember; while the "Entertainers of 2005-2006" have been in all of the news media lately I would like to remind the people of what the entertainers of 1943 were doing, (65 years ago).
Most of these brave men have since passed on.
"Real Hollywood Heroes"
Alec Guinness (Star Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.
James Doohan ("Scotty" on Star Trek) landed in Normandy with the U. S. Army on D-Day.
Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) really was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.
David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy .
James Stewart Entered the Army Air Force as a private and worked his way to the rank of Colonel. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot, his service record crediting him with leading more than 20 missions over Germany , and taking part in hundreds of air strikes during his tour of duty.
Stewart earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, France 'S Croix de Guerre, and 7 Battle Stars during World War II.  In peace time, Stewart continued to be an active member of the Air Force as a reservist, reaching the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in the late 1950s.
Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) Although he was beyond the draft
age at the time the U.S. entered WW II, Clark Gable enlisted as a private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles.
He attended the Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach , Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1942.
He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943 he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s.
Capt. Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his own request, since he was over-age for combat.
Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.
Ernest Borgnine was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945.
(Maybe that's why he starred in "McHale's Navy") 
Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy
earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.
Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps, more
specifically on B-29's in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan
George C. Scott was a decorated U. S. Marine.
Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action  as a
U. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.
Brian Keith served as a US . Marine rear gunner in several actions against the
Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.
Lee Marvin was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas campaign when he was
wounded earning the Purple Heart.
John Russell: In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he received a battlefield commission and was wounded and highly decorated for valor at Guadalcanal
Robert Ryan was a U. S. Marine who served with the O. S. S. in Yugoslavia .
Tyrone Power (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the
U.S. Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa .
Audie Murphy, little 5'5" tall 110 pound guy from Texas who played cowboy parts:
Most Decorated serviceman of WWII and earned: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals with "V", 2 Purple Hearts, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Distinguished Unit Emblems, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar, French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier, French Croix de Guerre W ith Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Medal of Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm.
Audie Murphy was killed in 1972 in a plane crash in Roanoke,Virginia. 
So how do you feel the real heroes of the silver screen acted when compared to the hollywonks
today who spew out anti-American drivel  as they bite the hand that feeds them?
Can you imagine these stars of yester-year saying they hate our flag,
making anti-war speeches, marching in anti-American parades and saying they hate our president?
I thought not, neither did I!
If you enjoyed this bit of history, please pass it on.
It is the soldier,
not the President,
who gives us democracy.
It is the soldier,
not the Congress,
who takes care of us.
It is the soldier,
not the Reporter,
who has given us Freedom of Press.
It is the soldier,
not the Poet,
who has given us Freedom of Speech.
It is the soldier,
not the campus Organizer, who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag;
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag, that allows the protester to burn the flag.
Father Dennis O'Brien,
US Marine Corp. Chaplain