Friday, October 30, 2009

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson (born May 17, 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, director and actor. He is the present host of CBS's The Late Late Show, a role that earned him an Emmy nomination in 2006.[1]

Before his career as a late-night talk-show host, Ferguson was best known in the United States for his role as the office boss, Nigel Wick, on The Drew Carey Show from 1996 to 2003.

He is the author of the 2006 novel Between the Bridge and the River and his 2009 memoir American on Purpose, which details his life experiences over several decades. He both starred in and co-wrote three films, including The Big Tease (2000).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Albert Schweitzer 1875 – 1965

Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Henry Gibson 1935 – 2009

Henry Gibson (September 21, 1935 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor and songwriter, best known as a cast member of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and for his recurring role as Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

butterfly - in a drawer somewhere.

One of the great thing about computers that I like is being able to archive artwork and pull it up with little effort. Here's something I did a few years ago. Someone ordered a print of it today. Had it been in a drawer somewhere I don't know if I would have been able to find it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III

Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III (born January 23, 1951) is an American airline transport pilot (ATP), safety expert, and accident investigator from Danville, California, who successfully carried out the emergency ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, offshore from Manhattan, New York City, on January 15, 2009, thus saving the lives of all 155 people on the aircraft.

Sullenberger is an international speaker on airline safety and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety. As of September 30, 2009, Sullenberger is also the co-chairman of the EAA's Young Eagles youth introduction-to-aviation program. He is the author of Highest Duty, a memoir of his life and of the events surrounding Flight 1549, published by HarperCollins.

Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Raymond William Stacey Burr

Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian actor, primarily known for his roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside.

He was born Raymond William Stacey Burr in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada (although the 1930 census states Burr was born in Illinois), to William Johnston Burr (1889-1985), an Irish hardware salesman from County Cork, Ireland, and his wife Minerva Smith (1892-1974), a concert pianist and music teacher who had emigrated to Canada from Chicago, Illinois, United States, in 1914.[2] Burr spent part of his childhood in China, where his father worked as a trade agent. After his parents divorced, Burr moved to Vallejo, California with his mother and younger sister and brother.

As soon as he came of age, Burr went to work as a ranch hand and a photo salesman to help support his mother and younger sister and brother. After two years in the Navy during World War II, Burr returned home after being wounded in the stomach on Okinawa.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jack Benny - Dead at 39 years old

Does anyone know why it is said that Jack Benny died at age 39?

Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, and actor for radio, television, and film. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of someone comically "tight" with his money and often playing the violin badly.

Benny was known for his comic timing and his ability to get laughs with either a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, tremendously popular in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s were a foundational influence on the situation comedy.

Source: Wikipedia

Monday, October 5, 2009

Steve Martin - bic pen

Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas) is an American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician, and composer. He was raised in Southern California in a Baptist family, where his early influences were working at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm and working magic and comedy acts at these and other smaller venues in the area. His ascent to fame picked up when he became a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on the Tonight Show.

In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. In the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he became a successful actor, playwright, and juggler, and eventually earned Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards. Source: Wikipedia

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Julie Andrews as a child

Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells;[1] 1 October 1935)[2] is a British film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews was a former British child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known. Her voice spanned four Octaves until it was damaged by a throat operation in 1998.

Andrews had a major revival of her film career in the 2000s, in family films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and the Shrek animated films (2004–2007). In 2003 Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York (and later at the Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Connecticut in 2005).

Andrews is also an author of children's books, and in 2008 she published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

Source: Wikipedia

Friday, October 2, 2009

Patrick Swayze 1952-2009

Patrick Wayne Swayze (pronounced /ˈsweɪziː/; August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Faber-Castell Display at AC Moore

The Faber-Castell Company is currently featuring a pencil drawing I did of the Statue of Liberty in AC Moore stores.

This comes from the Faber-Castell Company regarding the information listed incorrectly on Wikipedia:

I was surprised that it (Wikipedia) listed only the Premium pens being manufactured in Germany. The pencils are made in the original facility in Stein (near Nurnberg, Germany).
The products produced at Faber-Castell plant in Malaysia are artist erasers.
Our core products, pencils are mostly produced in Germany (including the Castell 9000 pencils that you created the Liberty image with). Polychromos color pencils, Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, and PITT artist pens are also produced in Germany. Some of our Art Grip pencils are produced in Brazil (reforested wood) and some in Germany…

Wikipedia Profile:
Faber-Castell is a German high-end manufacturer of writing instruments, art supplies, staplers, slide rules, and luxury leather goods, founded in 1761 in Nuremberg by Kaspar Faber. The enterprise was in the Faber family for five generations when through the marriage of Count Alexander Castell-Rüdenhausen (1866 - 1928) with Ottilie Baroness von Faber to create the branch of Faber-Castell in 1898. The Faber-Castell family has continued to run the company in the sixth, seventh and eighth generations through now.

Faber-Castell USA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is part of the global network of Faber-Castell companies operating in countries such as Australia, Brazil, and Malaysia.[1] Most consumer products from Faber-Castell are made in Malaysia. Only some premium pens are still manufactured in Germany.