27 July 2022

finally... a smile

 with so much darkness in the land & evil in the world it's tough to be cheerful. so we must find joy where we can & celebrate it as we can.

yesterday it was announced that a local millionaire has purchasd a dying golf course a block from me & has given it to a land trust to be used as a nature preserve. there's already talk of it becoming the Central Park of Palm Springs.

so this morning -- its first full day as Prescott Preserve -- I walk the property as I have before but with a bounce in my step.

26 July 2022

I saw "Funny Girl" in previews

 but on opening nite I went to the Winter Garden to gaggle.

in the back of my Playbill I wrote this list of celebs I saw there:

Bette Davis

Lauren Bacall & Jason Robards Jr.

Earl Wilson

Phyllis Newman & Adolph Green

Ethel Merman

Ed Sullivan

Alan Jay Lerner

Maggie Brown

Hoagy Carmichael

Sybil Burton

Johnny Ray

Thomas Dewey

Jimmy Breslin

Jerome Robbins

Tina Louise

Tom Poston

Alfred Leslie

25 July 2022

Playbill Piece

 4 months ago was the 60th anniversary of my seeing my first Broadway show. it was "The Aspern Papers." this stage adaptation of the Henry James work featured a trio of international stars: Maurice Evans / Wendy Hiller / Francoise Rosay.

of course I saved the Playbill. as I did for every Broadway show I ever saw. at one time one cd purchase specially embossd binders to hold them. I have 16 holding some 270 programs. over the years I've spent pleasant hours going back to them. often I'll discover years later that I saw a future star in a small role. & of course they were an invaluable source for Alex in Movieland.

however I've begun my 80th year. I've lockd in a depository for my papers & a huge chunk of my art collection already has gone to its forever home. but I still have some collections which deserve preserving. I don't want to repeat the mistake I made before leaving Santa Fe. 2 different local book dealers screwd me. so I decided to turn the Playbills into an art piece. now the real work of dispersing them. like several of my serial pieces it'll take time & ingenuity. but I'm diving in.

06 July 2022

8 films with 8 cast members I've seen in person

 "It's a Big Country" (1951)

Keefe Brasselle

Van Johnson 

Gene Kelly

Janet Leigh

Frederic March

George Murphy

Keenan Wynn

John Ericson

"The Silver Chalice" (1954)

Paul Newman

Virginia Mayo

Jack Palance

Natalie Wood

Joseph Wiseman

E.G. Marshall

Albert Dekker

Strother Martin

"Designing Woman" (1957)

Gregory Peck

Lauren Bacall

Dolores Gray

Jesse White

Richard Deacon

May McAvoy

Max Showalter

Mario Siletti

"Marjorie Morningstar" (1958)

Natalie Wood

Gene Kelly

Carolyn Jones

Claire Trevor

Jesse White

Paul Picerni

Ruta Lee

Peter Brown

"Imitation of Life" (1959)

Lana Turner

John Gavin

Juanita Moore

Susan Kohner

Dan O'Herlihy

Troy Donahue

Ann Robinson

Jack Weston

"The Satan Bugs" (1965)

George Maharis

Anne Francis

Dana Andrews

Ed Asner

Simon Oakland

James Hong

Harold Gould

Lee Remick

"Hearts of the West" (1975)

Jeff Bridges

Donald Pleasance

Blythe Danner

Alan Arkin

Richard B. Shull

Marie Windsor

Tucker Smith

Granville Van Dusen

"The White Buffalo" (1977)

Charles Bronson

Kim Novak

Stuart Whitman

John Carradine

Ed Lauter

Martin Kove

Clifford A. Pellow

Christopher Cary