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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  Building on MeiDei's "The Music Man" quiz below, answer me this: Harold Hill was such a fraud that Harold (perhaps even Hill ) was not his real name! What, from the movie/show, was Harold's real first name?
December 2 at 11:57 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Marcellus Washburn (played by Buddy Hackett in the movie ) knew Harold well before he came to River City. But, he knew Harold as "Greg" and "Gregory."
December 3 at 07:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good add-on, never would have guessed the answer.
December 3 at 10:35 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Faith  Some random thoughts for this Thanksgiving:

We hear a lot of noise these days regarding "privilege" or "white privilege." It is used to keep a lot of people silent about their beliefs and values.

The concept, in my view, is misguided and wrong. I don't know about this so-called "privilege" with which "they" want to keep me silent.

I do know that what I have, even what I may have earned, is nothing without God. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, a means to make a living and a multitude of friends, both believers and non-believers. God's grace has indeed been shed on me. My response is not to denigrate my privilege, but to thank God profusely for all his blessings, with humility, praise and utmost respect. Without God's grace, I would have nothing.
November 23 at 09:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  You speak for me too.
November 23 at 18:47 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Nostalgia  TV Dinners. I recall as a young child having my mom try Swanson TV Dinners as an experiment. You see, my mom was/is an excellent cook, so this was just that - an experiment. Well, she heated them up in the oven (conventional, of course ), and we sat in front of the TV while we ate them (something we were then otherwise not allowed to do ) - they were "TV" dinners, after all. The experiment was not a complete failure or a big success. I remember that the food was rather unexceptional, but being a picky eater, I liked how the foods (veggies, meat and potatoes ) each had their on separate compartment. Anyway, TV Dinners became very rare in my house, as my mom made much better, tastier food.
November 14 at 12:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Our experience was similar. The tv dinners were advertised as being quick and efficient and tasty. I seem to recall there were only two Swanson versions: one of sliced roast beef and one of fried chicken. My mother loved to experiment, so we tried them out and decided they were ok in a pinch, but probably weren't going to become very popular. Fortunately for the tv dinner industry, we were bad market predictors.
November 17 at 05:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  We tried them once - OK, but if your mother was a good cook you always had left-overs to look forward to - not so w/single serving meals. Today Swanson has a few good frozen dinners that are handy for one of "those" days; Café Steamers have a few good ones too - for a quick lunch.
November 19 at 22:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rereading Calvin's post brought back a childhood memory. When I was preschool age my mom brought me to my paternal grandmother's; mom got her recipes from her that my father most liked. In my late teens, a newly married aunt was given recipes that her husband liked my his mother. My MIL hated cooking, her son had no favorites - good thing too!

I'm going to put together a little book of recipes for anyone tasked with cooking for my son, just seems like something that should be done.

And Cal, as a kid all our veggies/salads were served separately, I'm wondering if that was influenced by dad's years of service in the hotel industry; still do today to some extent.
November 19 at 22:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  My own sweet mother-in-law was just an ordinary cook, but her biscuits were wonderful. I spent many years trying to duplicate her biscuits, but never felt I succeeded. I made biscuits for almost every meal (3 per day ) for most of my marriage and I make excellent biscuits. But, hers were better.
November 22 at 06:30 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  "That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is."

Name the movie and the actor who gave this example.

Bonus: Can you punctuate, or provide inflection guidance, so that the words are sensible?
October 21 at 14:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  2 WAG's - The Mad Hatter or Yoda [lol]
October 21 at 15:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  "That that IS is that that is NOT IS not is that it it IS."
October 21 at 15:22 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Storm - I will give you the bonus points! I assume you know the film and the actor, but I will leave it open for now to see if someone gets it.

I will add some capitalization and punctuation to your input:]

"That that IS is. That that is NOT IS not. Is that it? It IS."
October 21 at 18:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Calvin, I don't know the answer, but if Elwood P. Dowd didn't say it, shame on the screenwriter.
October 22 at 05:30 EST .

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   Calvinesq  One more hint: The characters MeiDei mentioned above were permanent geniuses, unlike the main character in this movie. The actor won an Oscar for his performance.
October 22 at 09:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  Aha! I believe this may be Cliff Robertson (sigh! ) in "Charly".
October 22 at 10:06 EST .

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   Calvinesq  It IS! Based on the novel Flowers For Algernon. Well done.
October 22 at 10:47 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  Just some musing, not really a quiz this time. My post re Walter Matthau brought back some thoughts a about certain movies. Charade, for example, is one of my favorite thrillers (as I said below ).

Just one problem: Once you know "who" it is (the aha! moment ), it's hard to watch the movie again, or should I say, enjoy it as much as the first time. I feel the same way about "The Sixth Sense". Love the movie, but once the aha! moment occurs, it's just not the same when you watch it again.

On the other hand, I can watch a Hitchcock thriller like "North by Northwest" over and over again, and still enjoy it as much as the first time.

Do any of you have similar feelings about other movies in the "first category" (love the movie, but the aha! moment makes watching it again less intriguing or interesting ) or movies in the "second category" (where you can watch it again and again and it remains enjoyable )? Or (third choice ) I'm all wet in my categories?
October 14 at 15:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  "Wait Until Dark" is still just as terrifying to me, even when I know how it ends. And when I see "The Alamo" for the gazillionth time, I keep a faint hope things will end well this time.
October 14 at 16:39 EST .

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   Calvinesq  I agree. I can watch "Wait Until Dark" again and again. I suppose that is because the two leads were so good. Tap!... tap! tap! etc - so good. RC's betrayal was not much of an aha! moment in my humble opinion. Let's face it, the jump from the dead(? ) is still the best!

Alamo - great pic! Also, I do like some of the Disney Davey Crockett Alamo scenes for TV stuff too.
October 14 at 20:42 EST .

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   GO3  I agree on The Sixth Sense. A great movie but I don't watch it unless I'm with someone who hasn't seen it before. As you might expect, I'll watch 007 movies again. In fact I just watched Skyfall again the other day.
October 14 at 23:05 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  This Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor ) was born in New York City’s Lower East Side to a mother from Lithaunia and a Ukrainian father.

He served with the 8th Air Force during WWII as a radioman-gunner, in the same bombardment group as James Stewart, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. He was many times a villain in his early movies (including one of my favorite thrillers ) and later became known as a versatile comedy actor, having a movie career that spanned from the 50’s to the new century.

He had an ongoing joke that his middle name was Foghorn. One reviewer of an early career play in which he played a derelict said that the other actors “just looked like actors in make-up” but that he “really looks like a skid row bum.”

Name the actor.
October 13 at 14:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  His second and last wife was reportedly the inspiration for Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany's ).
October 14 at 05:48 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Correct, Storm! That would be Carol Matthau, wife of Walter.
October 14 at 11:33 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yes. I was just trying to give a bit of additional info without answering. I thought others would recognize Walter in the clue.
October 14 at 12:32 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Thanks. I'm still getting a feel for this, but I thought that I should close it out since it was almost a full day since the initial post. I'll let it linger a little longer next time. : )
October 14 at 14:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh no, Calvinesq. You did just right. It had been up long enough. That's why I added a bit of info to see if someone would answer. But see, even an additional four hours after my hint, he was still a mystery. It was a good quiz.
October 14 at 16:36 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Main Page The Lobby  Today is the 43rd anniversary of the beginning of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. I tried to find an article about the 1973 war dated within the past two or three days to post on Lucianne, but was unable to find one. I note that Ace had a link to the Wikipedia history of the war. The war was significant for the U.S. in that the DEFCON level of nuclear defense readiness was raised from Five to Three. There were four instances in which DEFCON hikes are known (all Three's ): a breakdown in the Paris 1960 Soviet-American talks; the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis; the 1973 Yom Kippur War; and the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
October 6 at 11:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  After reading this, I did a search too, Calvin and like you I couldn't find anything current. That's too bad. We all should be reminded of these events.
October 6 at 13:45 EST .

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   GO3  Not an article, but I regularly post significant events on military history on the Veterans/Militaria Wall. I do list the start of the Yom Kippur War. If readers have the time, go to YouTube and search for the Greatest Tank Battles show for Battle in the Sinai and the Golan Heights. Greatest Tank Battles series has some inaccuracies from time to time, but overall it's a good watch.
October 6 at 22:32 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Thanks, GO3. I watched the Greatest Tank Battles series several months ago and agree it was a very good watch. I was fortunate to visit Israel about three or four years ago and enjoyed my day in the Golan Heights. The view of Syria and Lebanon from there was amazing. Israel would be crazy to give back that territory.
October 7 at 09:26 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  Name the movie in which John Wayne played Ulysses S. Grant.
October 5 at 15:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  I know he played General Sherman in at least two movies. If he also played General Grant, Wayne had no soft spot for the invaded.
October 6 at 05:20 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Ack! My bad. I was mis-remembering How the West Was Won. You are correct, Wayne played Sherman and Harry Morgan played Grant. Guess I am not bound for the promised land on this one.
October 6 at 09:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  Don't worry yourself Calvin, Wayne did play Grant, I looked it up to satisfy my curiosity with no intention of cheating an answer - it's a good quiz, keep it current!
October 6 at 09:52 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Was it "The Horse Soldiers" Calvinesq?
October 6 at 22:40 EST .

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   Calvinesq  I do not believe so. I will repeat what I said above: The Horse Soldiers was a great "John Wayne movie" but Grant was played by Stan Jones. So, I think it was a swing-and-a-miss, strike three on my part.
October 7 at 09:37 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  OK, I'll give it a spin:

Name the movie and the character who said it: "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." Bonus: What was the game?
October 4 at 09:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good quiz - welcome!
October 4 at 11:13 EST .

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   GO3  Wargames; the NORAD computer (Joshua ). The game was Global Thermonuclear War.
October 4 at 11:19 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Ding! Ding! Excellent!

Also, what triggered the statement regarding Global Thermonuclear War was the futility of the computer's learning from playing Tic-Tac-Toe against itself.
October 4 at 12:09 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Main Page The Lobby  Well, I suppose Colin Powell should not expect any appointments to jobs with either a Clinton or Trump administration. His comment re Bill's bimbos still has me chuckling.
September 15 at 09:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  He's a disappointment.
September 15 at 11:02 EST .

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   GO3  As an assistant brigade adjutant in VN he also helped cover up the My Lai massacre. He'll do whatever it takes to prove his worth, normally to the wrong people. And BTW, you want to know who was the inside source for Bob Woodward's book The Commanders? You guessed it. He was leaking confidential conversations way before it was fashionable. The guy is a creep.
September 17 at 22:29 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Scooter Libey.
September 21 at 14:09 EST .

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