An Original Pic Of Re-Enactors
|Are these the actual Earp brothers and Doc Holliday?
A Facebook friend shared a photo (above) that was said to be an original pic of Doc Holliday, Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil Earp. Weeeeellll. Not so fast there, Spanky.
To my somewhat trained eye, the photo looked too modern. It didn’t look like the kind of photographs taken in the late 19th century. In fact, it looked more like a color photo that had been grey scaled. I was skeptical.
|The real Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil Earp.
|The real Doc Holliday.
I looked for what I could be reasonably certain were actual photos (above) of the four men in question. Those men didn’t quite match up with the four fellows that my friend shared. And the photographs look much more as though they were taken in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. In fact, Wyatt’s and Morgan’s photos appear to have been taken earlier than Virgil’s.
I continued my search and found a color photograph of four re-enactors from present day Tombstone, AZ. Surprise! Surprise! Two of the men in the color photo are also present in that “original pic of Doc, Wyatt, and his brothers”.
|Compare the two on the left in this modern image to the two of the left in the picture of the alleged real lawmen.
That sealed it. However, my FB friend didn’t care, because the image was romantic. Well, she should care. The internet is full enough of misinformation. She and the rest of us should all do our best to not add to the bullshit.
Abe Vigoda’s Oscar Snub
His daughter called it an injustice. I don’t think it’s quite that, but I was disappointed to find out the producers of this year’s Oscar ceremony didn’t think to include Abe Vigoda in its In Memoriam segment. I guess they must have thought Vigoda was more TV than movie. More Fish, less Tessio.
Perhaps. That was the same reasoning when Farrah Fawcett wasn’t remembered after she had died. But both Farrah and Abe had made movies. And Abe was in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, for crying out loud! I mentioned it would have been very poignant to show the scene in which Tessio realizes he won’t be returning from the ride he’s about to take. “Tell Mike it was just business.” How great would that have been?
Vigoda wasn’t enough of a movie guy, eh? How much of a movie guy was David Bowie? Do you think of Bowie as a movie guy? He does have more than 20 films to his credit, but so does Vigoda.
I looked back at past In Memoriam segments. I was looking to see of Johnny Carson had been included after he died. I looked for Carson because someone on Facebook suggested Vigoda might be like Carson – too TV. But Carson had hosted several Oscar ceremonies, so I thought it might be possible he was included. He wasn’t. But! I saw that Jerry Orbach was.
Jerry Orbach had made some movies. He was the voice of the candelabra in Beauty and the Beast and he did put Baby in the corner in Dirty Dancing. But, come on! Most everyone who remembers who he was identifies him as Lenny Brisco, the police detective on TV’s Law & Order.
Well, someone always gets missed. Abe Vigoda should have been included. The Emmys will likely remember him, but I don’t ever watch the Emmys.
Maddy Love Talks About Being A Skeptic
I have been trying to listen to more of the local skeptical podcasts lately. One of which is the MN Trans-Atheist Podcast hosted by Maddy Love. I haven’t gotten to listen to much but on a recent show Maddy gives a six minute talk addressing what it means to be a skeptic. She uses some ideas gotten from the awesome Carl Sagan, but she weaves in plenty of her well-focused ideas. She says in six minutes what I’ve been trying to impart in six years of doing Dimland Radio.
She graciously gave me permission to use her talk on my show. She even linked me to a nicely set-up mp3 version that I could easily play for my listeners.
The Return Of Never Found Live Bonus Week
My Never Found in the 80s segments on the Stuck in the 80s blog had been dormant since last September. So, with Steve Spears and Brad Williams (hosts of the Stuck in the 80s podcast) heading out on the 80s Cruise, I thought I’d help Steve out with the blog by providing five more live clips of 80s alternative bands.
I talked about how the song by Let’s Active (Blue Line) had an opening that was very similar to an REM song. I told how I had difficulty figuring out which REM song it was. Finally, I figured it out. It was Kohoutek from their album Fables of the Reconstruction. Phew! You can compare the songs using the links. Let me know if you think I’m right… or wrong.
I also noted the fan made video for REM’s song Green Grow The Rushes was nothing but anti-capitalism images. I found it ironic as REM has made millions and millions of dollars through the capitalist system. I guess it’s OK for your favorite band profits from capitalism, but not Coca-Cola.
And speaking of Robyn Hitchcock, I told the story of when Amy (my wife) and I were dating. We both had tickets to see shows on the same night. She had tickets for Joe Strummer, I had tickets for Robyn Hitchcock. We saw Hitchcock. Amy had never seen Strummer, I had. Amy would never see him. Joe Strummer died not long after that show.
I have regretted not going with Amy’s tickets, instead of mine.
Someone Send Megan Fox The Demon-Haunted World!
Megan Fox has once again been photographed in public carrying a book written by my friend Scott Roberts. Scott is pretty much at the opposite end of the skeptical scale from me. Oh, he has his moments, but overall he tends toward the paranormal. I don’t.
|There’s his name: Scott Alan Roberts!
|In May 2015, Ms Fox was seen with Scott’s book about giant angels. This past February, she had Scott and his co-writer’s book on the Exodus (which didn’t happen). Jeepers! It’s good for Scott. I’m happy for him. It’s just not so good for rational thought.
Movie Recommendation: Breaking Away (1979)
|20th Century Fox
A little sleeper hit from 1979 about four young men coming of age. They are called “Cutters” by the college students after what used to be the main industry of the town: Stone-cutting. “Cutters” is meant to be an insult when used by the students. Our four friends don’t much care for those college kids.
There’s Dave. He is the focus of the film. He is adrift like his friends, but he has cycling. And he’s very good at it. He fancies himself Italian because he so admires the Italians’ cycling skills. But reality hits him hard.
The conflict with the college students leads to the college allowing a team from the town to compete in the big cycling race to be held on campus. Dave and his friends enter that race to prove “cutters” are just as good as any college kid.
If you haven’t seen this, put it in your queue!
Music heard on the show…
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle
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