Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from the Internet...
...The Post Office has released a set of "Early TV Memories" postage stamps. Click the title of this post for the press release. Leonard Maltin has posted some great photos of the August 11th ceremony celebrating the release. June Lockhart was there with Lassie! She and Barbara Hale, among others, look terrific.
...Speaking of classic TV, TV reporter Stan Chambers has been a mainstay of KTLA Ch. 5 in Los Angeles since 1947. He just celebrated his 86th birthday...and still works every day! A few years back Stan published an enjoyable autobiography, which is not only the story of his life, but of major Southern California news events since the mid-20th Century. I once saw Stan in our area covering a news story (the Samantha Runnion tragedy).
...thirtysomething has its long-awaited DVD release 10 days hence. In the meantime, the TV Shows on DVD site has a series of 11 promo clips available, including the opening credits sequence.
...It took me a while to warm up to MAD MEN. I "speed-watched" Season 1, admiring the fabulous costumes and set decor and hitting the high points storywise, but not investing a great deal of time in what were often downbeat storylines; even today critics remark on the show's "icy" and "chilly" tone. Last season, however, was often fascinating, and by the end of the season I was hooked. Season 3 starts Sunday evening. USA Today gives the premiere a 4-star review and raves about its "icy genius" and "chilly brilliance." The L.A. Times admires it too. Links to more reviews are here. (P.S. for musical fans: How cool is it that the star of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is playing the ad agency's elder statesman?)
...A new article mourns the vastly scaled-back releases of classic movies on DVD, and notes that Fox has shut down its Studio Classics website. I checked, and sure enough, it's gone.
...James Peterson, author of wonderful cookbooks including ESSENTIALS OF COOKING, WHAT'S A COOK TO DO?, and COOKING, releases his newest book on September 29th: BAKING.
...Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has released a new study they commissioned on the results of homeschooling: "In short, the results found in the new study are consistent with 25 years of research, which show that as a group homeschoolers consistently perform above average academically. The Progress Report also shows that, even as the numbers and diversity of homeschoolers have grown tremendously over the past 10 years, homeschoolers have actually increased the already sizeable gap in academic achievement between themselves and their public school counterparts-moving from about 30 percentile points higher in the Rudner study (1998) to 37 percentile points higher in the Progress Report (2009)."
...A mini-roundup of interesting political articles of the last few days: "You Might Be a Birther If..." by Kyle-Anne Shiver of American Thinker, "Nazis For Me, But Not For Thee" by Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online, "What Are You Waiting For, Doc?" by Duane Patterson (the "Generalissimo" of Hugh Hewitt's show), "Will They Still Love Him Tomorrow?" by Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal, and your dose of Steyn on Saturday, "Unplugging Grandma Isn't the Problem."
...TV Shows on DVD reports that the series of TV-movies which followed the conclusion of THE ROCKFORD FILES will be coming to DVD starting November 3rd.
Have a great weekend!