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Bat Masterson

Monday, April 21, 2014

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson was a real person (1853-1921). A gambler, a rambler, and a sweet-talking ladies man, he was also a buffalo hunter, army scout, U.S. Marshall, and lawman for several Western cities. He worked with Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, AZ, as a faro dealer in the early '80's.

Bat and Wyatt in Dodge City, 1876.

Gene Barry played a fictionalized version of Masterson from 1958-61. The half hour black ans white show had more than 100 episodes.



Words and music by Bart Corwin & Havens Wray; Mike Stewart sang it.

Back when the West was very young
There lived a man named Masterson
He wore a cane and derby hat
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.


A man of steel the stories say
But women's eyes all glanced his way
A gambler's game he always won
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.


The trail that he blazed is still there
No one has come since to replace his name
And those with too ready a trigger forgot to figger
On his fighting cane.


So in the legends of the West
One name stands out from all the rest
The man who had the fastest gun
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.




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BUTEAFULL 4/21/2014 10:33AM

    I watched all those shows...Bat Masterson, Cheyenne, Sugarfoot, Maverick etc.

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IDLETYME 4/21/2014 8:49AM

    Thanks for the memories. I really like those old pictures.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/21/2014 7:18AM

    Nope! Not one I'm familiar with. I watched Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Maverick....that was the extent of my Western experience as a kid!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/21/2014 6:52AM

    Never watched this one.

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JANET552 4/21/2014 6:38AM

    This is one I don't remember. Great pictures!!

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RASPBERRY56 4/21/2014 5:54AM

    I vaguely remember that show - I think it's being rerun on one of the minor cable stations I get......

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/21/2014 5:33AM

    This one I completely forgot about. LOL You do have an extensive repertoire.

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DCWILLIAMS831 4/21/2014 4:33AM

    Wyatt Earp (with Kevin Costner) had some points right and glossed over others. I believe they explained that Bat was short for Bartholomew in the film.

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The Gambler

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Gambler started out as a song by Kenny Rogers, (1978, written by Don Schlitz) and developed into a TV movie series. The Gambler (1980); The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (1983); The Gambler, Part Three: The Legend Continues (1987); The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991); and Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (1994). Kenny played the part of the Gambler (named Brady Hawkes in the movies) in each. In The Luck of the Draw, (from Wiki) The film features Rogers' character running across a galaxy of old TV western characters played by the original actors, including Gene Barry as Bat Masterson, Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp, Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie, David Carradine as Kung Fu's Caine, Chuck Connors as The Rifleman, Brian Keith as The Westerner, James Drury and Doug McClure from The Virginian, Paul Brinegar from Rawhide, and Reba McEntire as Burgundy Jones (who escorted Brady to poker game in San Francisco, 1906).




On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere,
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness
'Til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.



He said, "Son, I've made my life out of readin' people's faces,
And knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
So if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces.
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice."



So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.



You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.



Now Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."



So when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
Crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.



You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

  
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I_AM_COLLEEN 4/20/2014 10:23AM

    loved the song, loved Kenny, loved the movies ..

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LINDAKAY228 4/20/2014 10:20AM

    I never did watch the movies but there was always something about the song I really liked! Love Kenny Rogers anyway.

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GAYLLYNNE 4/20/2014 8:40AM

    Love that royal flush!!

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IDLETYME 4/20/2014 8:34AM

    I love the Royal Flush! Have a wonderful Easter!!!!! emoticon

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JANET552 4/20/2014 8:15AM

    Love it!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/20/2014 5:01AM

    Loved the song, loved Kenny Rogers-until he had the bad plastic surgery...JEEEZ-Scary! Always reminds me of my Dad who was a Gambler. He taught me to play poker when I was 10 and I still enjoy the occasional game of penny ante/nickel limit with my friends.

The Royal Flush picture is hysterical. I'm going to copy and keep that one!! Thanks for sharing and taking me down memory lane. I should check out the movies.

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Scooby Doo

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scooby Doo is a talking Great Dane, who, with 4 teenagers, Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy, make up Mysteries, Inc. They investigated supposedly supernatural creatures, but the villains generally turned out to be humans in costumes. The show began in 1969, and is still running in various incarnations. Where's the Mystery Machine when we need it?

Scooby Dooby Doo, Where are you
We got some work to do
Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you
We need some help from you now


Come on,Scooby Doo, I see you
Pretending you got a sliver
but you're not foolin' me, cause I can see
The way you shake and shiver


You know we got a mystery to solve and Scooby Doo,be
Ready for your act. Don't hold back!
And Scooby Doo if you come through you're gonna have
Yourself a Scooby Snack!


Scooby Dooby Doo,where are you
You're ready and you're willing
If we can count on you Scooby Doo
I know you'll catch that villain


Scooby Dooby Doo, Where are you
We got some work to do
Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you
We need some help from you now


Come on,Scooby Doo, I see you
Pretending you got a sliver
but you're not foolin' me, cause I can see
The way you shake and shiver


You know we got a mystery to solve and Scooby Doo, be
Ready for your act. Don't hold back!
And Scooby Doo if you come through you're gonna have
Yourself a Scooby Snack!


Scooby Dooby Doo,where are you
You're ready and you're willing
If we can count on you Scooby Doo
I know you'll catch that villain

  
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WAY2GOCAT 4/20/2014 4:43AM

    Scooby was a favorite childhood friend as he was my son's!

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LESLIELENORE 4/19/2014 6:03PM

    Scooby Doo! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 4/19/2014 11:42AM

    as ridiculous as this show was, I think I saw them all AND the movie
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AMARANTHAQ 4/19/2014 10:45AM

    I love Scooby Doo! Cute blog! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 4/19/2014 10:04AM

    So cute. My son once loved Scooby so much I made him a Scooby cake for his birthday!!

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RITZIBROWN 4/19/2014 8:49AM

    I thought it was a silly show but then who am I to say? It's still out there "in various incarnations" emoticon Hurrah for individuality!!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/19/2014 7:49AM

    I never watched Scooby Doo.

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/19/2014 5:17AM

    I love Scooby emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/19/2014 4:41AM

    Never watched a full episode of the cartoon but have 2 friends who "talk" like Scooby on a regular and really annoying basis! My pups won't eat Scooby snacks! Do yours?

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Fame

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fame was a series based on the 1980 film about the fictional New York City High School of the Performing Arts (based on the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York). The students and faculty were apt to break out in song and dance at any moment. The show ran from 1972-87. Irene Cara sang the theme for the movie, while Erica Gimpel sang it for the TV show.


Fame by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford


Fame!
I'm gonna live forever.
I'm gonna learn how to fly,
High!
I feel it coming together,
People will see me and cry



Fame!
I'm going to make it to heaven,
Light up the sky like a flame,
Fame!
I'm gonna live forever,
Baby remember my name,
Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember.


Fame!
I'm gonna live forever,
Baby remember my name,
Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember.

  
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BUTEAFULL 4/18/2014 10:30PM

    I enjoyed the song though I didn't watch the series

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RITZIBROWN 4/18/2014 10:03PM

    Great picture of the poicephalus! When's the band playing in the Carolinas?

Oh, Fame - missed another one :P

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LINDAKAY228 4/18/2014 11:50AM

    I never really watched the show but did see the movie. You're doing a great job! Saw on one station that the old Jack Benny show was on. Now that is really old!

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IDLETYME 4/18/2014 9:18AM

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/18/2014 6:40AM

    Yep, I remembered this one and it was good.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/18/2014 3:42AM

    Know the Irene Cara song but never saw the movie or the TV version. Your pictures were great. Loved the mouse band and the parrots!

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The Jeffersons

Thursday, April 17, 2014

And, here's another spin-off from All in the Family! The Jeffersons started out as Archie & Edith's neighbors. George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) started a dry cleaning business with multiple stores, and moved to an affluent neighborhood in Manhatten. With his wife Louise (Isabel Sanford) and son, Lionel (Mike Evans). After 11 seasons (1975-85), the show was abruptly canceled.



Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,The Jeffersons
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.


Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
Beans don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin',
Just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues,
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby,
There ain't nothin wrong with that.



Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

  
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2BDYNAMIC 4/17/2014 11:17AM

    I am movin on up too ........... to the gym if I can pry myself away from Sparks!! emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/17/2014 9:44AM

    I DO remember this one. George was such a putz and he just tortured Florence and called his wife "Weezie". The character I remember was his crazy mother!! Always with the nasty remarks for "Weezie" and her boy, George, could do no wrong!

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LINDAKAY228 4/17/2014 8:47AM

    I was just thinking of that one in a store yesterday! See, you've got me thinking of these old shows in weird places ha ha. I couldn't think of their name but did remember they suddenly were well off and had to deal with it. And their maid Florence I think her name was. And their friends where the guy was white and she was black and it was so strange for that time.

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IDLETYME 4/17/2014 8:38AM

    Thanks for the memories - fun! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 4/17/2014 8:14AM

    Just great!

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/17/2014 7:22AM

    Cute! I'm so happy I don't watch sitcoms anymore. Gesh!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/17/2014 6:45AM

    We're movin' on up....to the East side! emoticon (I don't even need to read these song lyrics - they are etched in my brain!)

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RASPBERRY56 4/17/2014 5:46AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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