Friday, May 14, 2010

Frank Frazetta, fantasy artist, dead, stroke, 82

Frank Frazetta, an illustrator of comic books, movie posters and paperback book covers whose visions of musclebound men fighting with swords and axes to defend scantily dressed women helped define fantasy heroes like Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.

Many of these images are classic art to me. From my days growing up playing AD&D these images helped fill in the blanks of what the characters looked like from many novels. Thank you for your great work.

A collection of his work can be found at

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Drifting satellite threatens US cable programming

LONDON – A TV communications satellite is drifting out of control thousands of miles above the Earth, threatening to wander into another satellite's orbit and interfere with cable programming across the United States, the satellites' owners said Tuesday.

Communications company Intelsat said it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 5, possibly because the satellite's systems were knocked out by a solar storm.

Yves Feltes, a spokesman for AMC 11 owner SES World Skies, would not name any of the cable television channels or providers that could be affected or say how long the interference could last.

DirecTV Inc., the largest U.S. satellite TV company, said it will not be affected. Comcast Corp. said it was monitoring the situation.

Cox Communications Inc. said it could not immediately specify if its service would be affected and Dish Network Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. had no statements on the matter or did not return Associated Press calls seeking comment.

30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and The Office are the only shows left this week that I watch if any of these are affected I'm going to be really upset. We already missed a bunch of shows due to tornadoes and the lack of power at our studio this week.

They are probably just covering up for this...

Doris Eaton Travis, the last Broadway Ziegfeld Follies Girl, dead, 106

Doris Eaton Travis, one of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls, who wore elaborate costumes for the series of lavish Broadway theatrical productions in the early 1900s, died Tuesday at age 106, public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown said. It didn't say where or how she died.

Travis, who owned several dance studios in Michigan and operated a horse ranch in Oklahoma, had a few wrinkles and white curly hair that framed her eyes of blue. She enrolled at Oklahoma University and earned a bachelor's degree in history at age 88. She credited her longevity to her ongoing love affair with dancing and not drinking or smoking.

I really don't know how important the Ziegfeld Follies were. I think this is probably akin to the last Back Street boy dying. I'm really not sure. It is truly the end of an era.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Scooter powered carousel of death

From this link.

When life gives you lemons....

When life gives you lemons or in this case baseball size hail, you make lemonade or keep your beer cool. Whatever.

My friend Gigi said yesterday, "You have to be made of strong stuff to live in Oklahoma."

Gigi, you nailed it.

This pic posted by my best friend's wife who lives in Oklahoma City.

Check out the hail pictures sent in to the newspaper. My favorite...the chunk of hail that went through the roof and ceiling of this house.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tornados wreck Oklahoma

We are all safe. The main cells went North and South of us again. Hwy 9 is just 4 miles away. The marina at Lake Thunderbird is about 8 miles to the due east. Moore got a small tornado that was about 6 miles north.

Lena Horne, jazz singer, dead, 92

"Lena Horne, the silky-voiced singing legend who shattered Hollywood stereotypes of African Americans on screen in the 1940s as a symbol of glamour whose signature song was 'Stormy Weather,' died Sunday in New York City," reports Dennis McLellan in the Los Angeles Times. "She was 92.... Beginning as a 16-year-old chorus girl at the fabled Cotton Club in Harlem in 1933, Horne launched a more than six-decade career that spanned films, radio, television, recording, nightclubs, concert halls and Broadway. As a singer, Horne had a voice that jazz critic Don Heckman described in a 1997 profile in the Times as 'smooth, almost caressing, with its warm timbre and seductive drawl — honey and bourbon with a teasing trace of lemon.'"

Truly a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. She will be greatly missed.