Monday, December 31, 2007
This tribute image above of Bobby Pickett was created by my friend, artist George Chastain. Below is Pickett in his last years:
Here's a striking image of Yvonne DeCarlo, which can be seen in a large gallery of other beautiful Yvonne DeCarlo photos at the Skylighters site:
Click on the photo below to download this album from Ernie(Not Bert):
More sites to see to learn about Yvonne DeCarlo's life and to see pictures of the lucious lady who would later embody Lily Munster:
And by clicking on the blog label "death notice", you can see previous TDSH entries marking the passing of Ms. DeCarlo and Mr. Pickett. An interview with Bobby Pickett is part of one entry.
Onward to 2008!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Oh my god. Okay, so "Hottest Beauties Of The Year" apparently refers to an article NOT about Michael Jackson. But, from the photo of the former King of Pop, I'm guessing he's had more done to his face that makes him look ever more she-male.
Seems to me he oughtta get the re-assignment surgery once and for all and be done with it. By the time he gets around to it, he'll look less like Diana Ross and more like Miss Jane Pittman.
Metaphorically, he'd have greater cojones if he had no cojones.
And speaking of Diana Ross, go here and see what she looks like today. Either she has a Dorian Gray-style portrait of herself in a closet, or she passed away and we're seeing the animatronic Diana, like the robots in WESTWORLD. Or maybe she's been plasticized like those corpses from China now touring in museums in the BODIES exhibition. (It's currently here in Pittsburgh, and I sorta have a yen to go and see it.) She seems to have stopped getting older, and I wish I knew the secret of her preservation. Can't be alcohol, though. I've been pickled for years and it hasn't kept me an ageless beauty!
Can't use the myrrh. If I try to light it, Frankie goes nuts.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
But unlike his work in the animated Grinch, Karloff's audio recording of The Year Without A Santa Claus is little heard today. Recorded in 1968, it was one of his last performances, as he died in February 1969. The recording is all the more amazing when you consider that Karloff had terrible emphysema at that point and was using less than one lung. (By contrast, he sounds fit in the Grinch role, which he recorded only two years earlier, in 1968.)
Now, thanks to a friend, I'm sharing it with you as a Christmas present! (Mike Shanley of the great shanleyonmusic jazz blog has it on LP.) He told me about it a few days ago, and then transferred it to a disk for me. I'm grateful to him, as this is one sweet gift! The album was produced by Capitol Records as a special product for the E.F. MacDonald Incentive Company, a marketing and promotional business. On the flip side of the record are Christmas songs by such artists as Glen Campbell and Peggy Lee. Here's the front of the album:
Because of my wonky computer, it took me eight hours to upload this and post about it, but man, do I feel happy! I'm as merry as a schoolboy! I'm as giddy as a drunken man! (I'm slap-happy from sleep deprivation!) Listen to Boris returning from the shadows to share this helping of Christmas cheer, and you'll be giddy too!
Boris Karloff Christmas classic for children of all ages
Special thanks to "The King of JingaLing" and "Karloff 3" at the fine Falalalala website, where people keep Christmas in their hearts all year 'round.
Music by TONY AWARD winner Mark Hollmann
Sound Effects by Clyde Baldo and The Cast
Engineering by David Nolan
KPR (Kansas) STREAMING
Sunday, December 23rd, 8pm CST
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Christmas Eve, 8pm PST
Christmas Eve, 8pm MST
Christmas Eve, 8pm EST
Christmas Eve, 10:30pm EST (Part 2)
Christmas Eve, 10pm and Christmas Day, 7pm PST
"(Quicksilver's) work is GREAT, not just good" - Bill Owen, co-author of
THE GREAT AMERICAN BROADCAST
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Mars glows; no need for Rudolph's nose
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Thu Dec 20, 11:17 AM ET
Mars will be unusually bright this Christmas Eve and the moon will be shining full — a development that might make Santa Claus rethink his need for Rudolph's red nose.
That idea, from Miami Space Transit Planetarium director Jack Horkheimer, made us wonder if retooling a certain reindeer song is the best way to explain it to the kids:
Mars is a red-tinged planet
With a very shiny glow
And if you look to see it
You will find the moon in tow.
The red planet will shine brighter because it will be directly opposite the sun, reflecting the most light, and fairly close to Earth, only 55.5 million miles away. The full moon will appear nearby, rising about an hour later, said Horkheimer, host of the public television show "Star Gazer."
I love to post news items with the name "Horkheimer" in them. Because I'm a wisenheimer. Or items with "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" -- that's my name too!
News excerpt copyright 2007 Associated Press.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Zombies of the North Pole
Need to choose a last-minute gift? How about these joy-inspiring holiday apparel items? (Click on the images for links to pages you can order from. Getting something shipped overnight can be expensive, but your loved ones are worth it.)
Here's another memorable T-shirt image:
You'll need a card with those gifts (even if you hafta give them AFTER Christmas, 'cause you putzed around and put off doing your shopping until the last minute!), and here's a lovely card that goes perfectly with any late present:
Just click on the images to take you to sites where you can spread Christmas greenery around! Fed economists will thank you.
Since you're already looking at zombies, go to this TDSH post and see a new photo of me self flanked by zombified makeup students from the Tom Savini school.
Friday, December 21, 2007
The 1959 record album above is not in my personal collection, but I wish it was. A Christmas album with a horrifically huge Santa in bondage on the cover? THAT's my idea of a classic holiday image!
Or did Santa land in Lilliput? Appears he was brought down swiftly (pun intended) by catapulted Christmas tree decorations!
Hmmm. Ornaments for armaments. Seems to contradict the meaning of the season, but if all weapons were changed into big blown-glass balls, we'd have at last "Peace on Earth."
Thursday, December 20, 2007
That oughtta make you lay off drugs, too!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?
2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Kings Disoriented Are
3. Amnesia --- I Don't Know If I'll be Home for Christmas
4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me
5. Manic --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and...
6. Paranoid --- Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me
7. Borderline Personality Disorder --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire
8. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ---Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells . . .
9. Agoraphobia --- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day But Wouldn't Leave My House
10. Senile Dementia --- Walking in a Winter Wonderland Miles From My House in My Slippers and Robe
11. Oppositional Defiant Disorder --- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus So I Burned Down the House
12. Social Anxiety Disorder --- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas While I Sit Here and Hyperventilate
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I had a grand time kickin' loose with one of my cinematic heroes. Gave me a big head!
See me and BK in action in my own version of "Dancing With The Stars":
Max and Boris
Monday, December 17, 2007
The three men look at St. Peter, stunned. The first man fumbles through his pockets and pulls out a lighter. He flicks it and the flame appears. He tells a dubious-looking St. Peter, "It represents a candle, and candles represent the light of the star of Bethlehem".
Saint Peter considers this. "You may pass through the pearly gates," he finally says.
The second man reaches into his pocket, pulls out a set of keys and jingles them, then says, "They sound like little bells, and I always think of Christmas whenever I hear bells jingle." He begins to ramble about church bells and "Jingle Bells" when Saint Peter says, "Okay, okay, you may pass through the pearly gates."
The third man, Jack, starts searching desperately through his pockets. Finally he pulls out a pair of women's panties.
St. Peter looks at the man with a cocked eyebrow and demands, "And just HOW are THOSE associated with Christmas?"
The man replies, "These are Carol's!"
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Firts, (FIRTS? And after only one teeny martiny!) there's a Christmas story for all ages (and I bet Morticia Addams used to tell it to Wednesday and Pugsley.) From the blog "Granny Sue's News and Reviews"): The Christmas Spider
For a white (man's) Christmas, here's an a cappella comic Twelve Days of Christmas video (by a group with a name that warms my snockered severed head: "Straight, No Chaser").
Christmas is about an unlikely birth. But your birth is unlikely, too. For proof, watch this video of Eric Idle's Galaxy Song.
Mary told me to go elf myself. But here, YOU do it: Elf Yourself
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I've added several new links: Eddie's Riff, The Sneeze, California Babylon, Pappy's Golden Age Comics, and Dr. Goulfinger's Haunted Hall of Horror Hosts. The link to the Universal Monster Army has been updated to go the UMA's brand-new message board.
I've also added a link to VCI Entertainment, which recently donated a few hundred copies of their new release of A CHRISTMAS CAROL to Blue Star Mothers of America as gifts for our troops. Jane and I bought a copy of this recently; it's one of the best versions of Dickens' tale, and has been released in the original b&w and with a colorized version.
I've added pictures to this post and to this post.
Most importantly, I've added links to photos and video footage to-- and re-edited-- this post on the life of "I. Zombi" Hayden Milligan. I'm really looking forward to seeing the documentary on his life (which was far too brief), and hope the film gets a dvd release.
Monday, December 10, 2007
How much time you have to get a severed body part reattached.
Amputees will get artificial limbs that can actually feel! (This link leads to a pdf format article from a scientific journal.)
PRESENTS OF ODD 'OLIDAY AUDIO:
Do You Fear What I Fear (great gift from Erick at Wonderful Wonderblog!)
Holiday Horrors (from superb blogsite Universal Horror Sounds!)
Quirky Christmas (Jeffco generosity!)
FOR YOUR INNER "CHRISTMAS CURMUDGEON":
SEVERED HEAD'S HEADLINES:
Man turning into a "tree" (Report #1)
Man turning into a "tree" (Report #2)
Man turning into a "tree" (Report #3)
(Stories with photos of a man who has a strange, rare skin condition that has made him appear to be growing bark. The Indonesian government won't let this poor man travel out of the country to get help. A tragedy.)
A real Rhedosaurus from "Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" discovered!
Cat alive and well with two faces (the pics ain't pretty!)
SNAZZY SNOW SNAPS: (These pics ARE pretty!)
Icarus snow sculpture
The art of the U.S. Snow Sculpting Team
2006 Snow Sculpture Championship winners
TASTY BLOG ROLL:
Creepy Los Angeles
Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine!