Dick Van Dyke. My Lucky Life . . .
Words of wisdom, opinion, and lessons learned, like this, my favorite: You can spread jelly on the peanut better but you can’t spread peanut butter on the jelly. It’s the kind of book that I want from me. It covers my sixty-plus years in show business, including my starring roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mary Poppins, two projects that have withstood the test of time and will, I am proud to say, likely go on entertaining future generations.
I attribute a lot of it to luck- to being the right person in the right place at the right time.
(DICK VAN DYKE My Lucky Life in and out of show business. A Memoir)
Eddie Haskell. The Bad Kid Who Never Went Away
The amazing phenomenon of Ken Osmond’s character is still going strong, over half a century after ‘Leave It To Beaver’s’ cancellation. Even today, the name Eddie Haskell remains firmly entrenched in the American lexicon. Political foes from both sides of the ideological spectrum love to accuse their opponents of, ‘acting like Eddie Haskell,’ and when Kobi Bryant argues a referee’s call, tweets go out labeling him as an ‘Eddie Haskell.’ Psychology Today Magazine has published articles about recognizing and treating ‘Eddie Haskell Syndrome’ and Matt Groening created Bart Simpson as his own version of ‘the son of Eddie Haskell.’
(excerpt from ‘Eddie’ The life and times of America’s preeminent bad boy. Autobiography of Ken Osmond.)
‘The Importance of Being ERNIE’
The acting business is a weird, wonderful world. It has taken me on a long, eventful ride. I started out strong as a youngster with ‘My Three Sons’, worked on stages from Broadway to Salt Lake City, went into a midlife career hibernation, battled some demons, started a family, became Mr. Mom, and began a slow, tenacious climb back into a respectable adult acting career.
I can’t wait to see what’s coming next. Because I’m not going away any time soon.
(Excerpts from Barry Livingston’s autobiography ‘The Importance of Being ERNIE’ From MY THREE SONS to MAD MEN, a Hollywood Survivor Tells All)
‘What’s So Funny?’
Imagine for a moment that you are a member of a jury and I have been brought to the witness stand on a charge of indecent exposure in a public place. Before you come to a verdict, here are the details.
I was waiting for Charlene in the men’s department of a well-known specialty store. I was minding my own business, leaning up against the shirt display case. A lady came over to me and, assuming that I was a clerk, said, ‘Pardon me, where is your underwear?’
I showed her.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.
(excerpt from Tim Conway’s autobiography ‘What’s So Funny?’ * My Hilarious Life *)
‘Like’ Andy Griffith?
Two Chairs No Waiting 245: Mayberry Trivia
by Floyd on July 23, 2013
Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:08
In past episodes, we’ve done trivia that was from the Mayberry Days Trivia contest held each year in Mt. Airy, NC. Those questions are so hard that I thought we might have more fun answering, or trying to answer, questions that “regular” folks might actually have a chance to get right.
In this episode, we’ll have 11 questions that *might* be something you can answer. How do you think you’ll do? These questions aren’t super easy because I want to make you think but if you’re ready to give it a try…..let’s go!
Trivia from Cruise to Mayberry 2009
Questions 1 thru 11
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Paul Petersen: ‘A Minor Consideration’
REPEATING THE OBVIOUS
Perhaps we don’t say this often enough, but the commitment of A Minor Consideration to help young performers has not lessened from the day we started back in 1990. If there’s a young person in trouble and they work in the entertainment industry, please, for God’s sake, let us know. We understand discretion and we keep secrets better than any group you know. Anonymity is guaranteed when events and concerns are reported in real time. Our contact number is listed on our Home Page. There’s just no excuse not to call.
Thousands of people are currently working in the Industry. Thousands. Among those at work, today or who are about to go to work in the coming weeks are professionals who have significant “issues” that need to be addressed. That’s the reality of the human condition. A certain percentage of humanity is always “at risk.” An impaired actor puts hundreds of jobs in peril, not to mention the dangers posed to themselves. A crew member with a critical function can harm himself and others whether they’re working high, driving a rig or serving food. Our particular expertise is with the performers under 17 years old, and those who are former kid stars. Cory Monteith was at the outer edge of our mandate, but we are not bound by arbitrary age limits. The point of this posting is to remind folks that we are here and that getting the right kind of help is vitally important to lasting recovery. If you see, smell or sense trouble and don’t know what to do, give us a call.
Drugs and alcohol are bad enough, but when you throw in the complications of juvenile celebrity, the dangers of unrestricted social media, plus an irresponsible Press you have a prescription for disaster. One thing we’ve learned since our beginnings in 1990 is that in every case of personal disaster there were plenty of signs and portents of impending trouble. Someone, nearly always, knew something.
It’s not just co-workers and family members who can call. You might be a bartender who sees something coming down that smells like a rat or a producer who sees persistent tardiness and/or a shrinking of capabilities. You may be a studio teacher who catches hints of disassociation. You might even be a therapist who finds that you can’t handle the sophisticated defenses of the confused but endearing addict who has come to you for help.
We are not miracle workers. We do, however, have tools that are not available to the average stage-parent, therapist, or high-priced rehabilitation spa. We’ve done our share of lying and using and hiding behind our fame. We have dealt with the loss of careers and the estrangement of dependent families. We don’t gossip or dish dirt. We don’t play the blame game. Our services and support are free. We don’t give up and we always answer the phone. If you are close enough to a young performer, past, present or future, to see or suspect danger it’s worth your time to make a call. You may think you know better than the people who have “been there,” but you don’t.
Comedy, without the ‘F’ bomb!
Standup Comedian David Coulier, best known for his role as Joey Gladstone on ABC’s sitcom Full House, and host of America’s Funniest People… still loves to make people laugh! David is now launching a venture to bring comedy to a movie theater near you through NCM Fathom. But, ‘THIS’ series of theater-based concerts will have one missing ingredient – foul language. Dave says, ‘It didn’t take a genius to figure out people want the laughs without the F-bomb aftertaste.’
Dave’s Clean Guys of Comedy concept is gaining traction. Under the Aspen Talent agency (www.aspentalent.com), Clean Guys has a stable of a dozen comedians you might even be able to invite to a church function without being embarrassed. (courtesy of Mastermedia Int’l… focused on the big picture)
Actors, You have been Gifted
Each of us has been uniquely gifted with the capacity to make a contribution to the work of Christ. We were never intended to live in isolation but to work together to become a great force for God and the advance of His cause. As Paul reminds us, the body of Christ “is not one member but many” (1 Cor. 12:14). All of us are to use our gifts to serve one another so that together we can make a significant difference in our world.
Put your giftedness to work, joyfully cooperate with the giftedness of those around you, and let the wind of the Spirit use you for His glory!
Lord, teach us to use our strengths in cooperation with
the strengths of others. Help us to serve as one so that
we might know the joy of the power of our togetherness
for Your name’s sake and the advance of Your kingdom.
We can accomplish more together than we can alone.
(by Joe Stowell, Our Daily Bread)
Doris Day & Friend
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