M*A*S*H 4077, Scientific American Frontiers, and Alan Alda (1936.01.28)

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A socially conscious performer, director, and writer, best known as Hawkeye in the tv show M*A*S*H, Scientific American Frontiers, and his current podcast “Clear and Vivid,” Alan Alda was  born on this date in 1936.  A diverse playlist will celebrate the equally varied endeavors of Alan Alda on Crosscurrents, 1/28 at 8 am.

   The plan is for the show on Monday to include some edited segments of interviews with Alan Alda in between the tunes designed to celebrate his birthday.  Of course, we hope that teechnology and my editing skills allow us to produce the show in the desigtned manner.

ALAN ALDA SHOW EDIT SHEET

Discussing MASH success

00:01 One of the reason the show works….

…..they really were in a situation that could drive you crazy. 01:03

01:03 The thing that was essential…

…..ah, the truth and the audience got that and appreciated it. 02:07

Discusses censorship

00:00  I did worry about controversy….

…thinly vailed  one tion to politicians. 1:00

How MASH tackled war

We had very funny comedy.

03:17 All kinds,  burlesque, satire…

…recognition. that the war was acid. 03:35

03:35

….not about the Vietnam war. 04:21

Describes the approach to Scientific American Frontiers

It happens in front of them

02 46  And I have to use my acting skills…

……and they are great teachers. 03:53

All we have is now.

Near death experience.

53:04. Well ten years ago…

….I’m really glad to be alive. 54:22

I am hopeful for communication

So much communication over text. Are we hopeless?

16:18. I see some hope…

 It was the only way I could talk to you. The door was closed.  17:14

Laurel and Hardy, silent movie, and “Second Hundred Years” (1927.10.08)

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 Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy first appeared together as convicts escaping from a penitentiary in the silent short-film “Second Hundred Years” released on this date in 1927.  Laurel and Hardy are perfect inspiration to the craziness to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 10/8 at 8 am.  STAN AND OLLIE ON KRNN 10/8: live on-air link:  http://www.krnn.org

 

 

 

Comedian, Silent Film and Charlie Chaplin (1889.04.16)

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The British comedian, writer, and director who was unforgettable for his clever portrayal of man’s tragic-comic struggles with fate, Charlie Chaplin was born on this date in 1889.  The birthday of Charlie Chaplin is a chance to celebrate his work’s joyful inspiration on Crosscurrents, 4/16 at 8 am.  http://www.krnn.org

THE KID 1921
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
     Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him. Chaplin directed, produced and starred in the film, as well as composed the score.
MODERN TIMES 1936
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
     This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.
CITY LIGHTS 1931
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.
     A hapless but resilient tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) on the tough city streets. Upon learning that she and her grandmother are to be evicted from their home, the tramp undertakes a series of attempts to provide them with the money they need, all of which end in humiliating failure. But after a drunken millionaire (Harry Myers) lavishly rewards him for saving his life, the tramp can change the flower girl’s life forever.
THE GOLD RUSH 1925
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.
     In this classic silent comedy, the Little Tramp (Charles Chaplin) heads north to join in the Klondike gold rush. Trapped in a small cabin by a blizzard, the Tramp is forced to share close quarters with a successful prospector (Mack Swain) and a fugitive (Tom Murray). Eventually able to leave the cabin, he falls for a lovely barmaid (Georgia Hale), trying valiantly to win her affections. When the prospector needs help locating his claim, it appears the Tramp’s fortunes may change.
THE IMMIGRANT 1917
Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.
     The Immigrant was selected for preservation by the Library of Congressas being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.[1]
A DOGS LIFE 1917
The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.
     Charlie rescues a stray from other dogs, and together they meet Edna after finding a wallet full of cash.
THE CIRCUS 1928
The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.
     Wrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion’s cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.

 

Berry Gordy Jr. (1929.11.28)

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BERRY GORDY Jr. ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/27:  Record entrepreneur, music producer, and founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy was born in Detroit on the 28th of November 1929.  Gavin and Wyatt are in the Motown recording studio for an audition.  We explore some of the rare gems in the Motown archives in advance of Berry Gordy’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/27 at 8 aMotown was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., who was once a professional boxer before the U.S. Army draft for the Korean War.

Facts and Trivia:

  1. Gordy borrowed $800 dollars from his father in 1959 to start Motown. He then released Marv Johnson’s song, “Come to Me.”

  2. Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy, is a producer and songwriter. His first group and first million-selling act was The Miracles.

  3. Gordy wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs for Motown’s music catalog, consisting of approximately 15,000 songs.

  4. Motown was the first record label to run its own “charm school” to teach artists how to perform.

  5. The backing band on almost all of the Motown recordings are a group of highly dedicated and tight-knit group of musicians called The Funk Brothers. The surviving members received The Grammy Legend Award in 2004 and were induced into The Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2007.

  6. Between 1961 and 1971, Motown produced 110 US top 10 hits.

  7. “Motown” derives its name from “Motor City”, the nickname for Detroit where the label was founded. At the time the biggest car factory, Ford was based here. Berry Gordy Jr, the label’s founder once worked for Ford.

Awards and accolades

Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Gordy was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1998.

Gordy received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Pioneer Award on June 13, 2013. He is the first living individual to receive the honor.[8]

In 2016, Gordy received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama for “helping to create a trailblazing new sound in American music. As a record producer and songwriter, he helped build Motown, launching the music careers of countless legendary artists. His unique sound helped shape our Nation’s story.”

L. Frank Baum (1856.05.15)

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FRANK BAUM ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/15:  The Land Of Oz was created by its author, L. Frank Baum who was born on the date in 1856. You are invited to join us as we are “off to see the wizard” heading down the “yellow brick road”  to Crosscurrents, 5/15 at 8 am.

Playlist may include songs by The Tinmen;  The Big Little Lions;  The Scarecrows;  Dorothy;  and The Red Shoes.