Frank’s Fax Facts and Reviews
Vol.. XIV No. 17
Sunday, July 21, 2013
After getting off to a wretched beginning with Comcast services, I finally unloaded them from my two TV sets. It all started when the man showed up for the first time, with NO recorder (that’s why I am back with Dish Network: anything worth watching gets saved, at least till I can watch it again. They wasted two weeks of my television viewing (it was impossible to get anything through that insipid Xfinnity -don’t ask ME what it means, other than being rather inane!). Right now I am still in limbo until I get my new Dish Network remote controls. Sadly, I am still unable to get phone service, but WILL have it back my tomorrow!
There’s No Place Like Home
I had a carbine shoved into my oh-so reluctant hands, as I walked unsteadily onto the tarmac, where we were ordered to perform a brief dismounted drill. I was never sure what the purpose could possibly have been, since I had not held a weapon in my hands since completing Basic Training! Of course, I did not want to have to explain that the only “Training” any member of the Historical Division got was on the occasional Saturday morning, when someone who could drive (I was not the only one with this stigma) would run us out to the Rhine River, where we rode a ferry across and back, then played a few games before returning to the barracks.
Soon my worst nightmare was about to happen: We were ordered to load the guns, and (as if by clockwork) when I attempted to get the ammunition thing-a-ma-bob open, there ensued a racket the likes of which I had never heard took place: My carbine (which I always preferred rather than the M-1 rifle we had to keep by our sides all nine of the 9-week cycle) now threw a fit of rebellion; half of it hit the tarmac with a noisy clatter, as I was left holding (not the firing part) as eyebrows and frowns of boredom seemed to light up the faces of all the brass there that afternoon! I have never felt more worthless than I did at that particular time! My face was hot with embarrassment, as I noisily and inexpertly reached down and retrieved the Carbine. In all fairness to the staff, I was never verbally criticized openly, but I could read only too easily what every gold-plated officer was directed at my head!
We marched (as a column) to the nearby prison where we were to escort our prisoners to the ship, and then (thank God) our responsibility was completed!
I had never even seen the prison, since our side trips to this town were frequently to see an opera, or concert. But now, something was causing me to have a sour stomach. Maybe it was the odor of all those
The return trip was even less appealing than the “Maiden Voyage” had been. Again, I was invited to perform on a “Talent Show” one afternoon, and I certainly was less fun without dear Lynwood. I even missed his dancing, which was not overly good. I had decided to play Chopin’s “Ocean Waves Etude” rather then the showier “Revolutionary Etude.” I ended up having to fight the piano rather than merely play it. A rather nasty little wind had come along, and was about to blow the upright piano into the water: and me with it. I actually had to fight to stay on my stool and hold onto the keyboard at the same time. It was not the kind of memory you wish to repeat!
Lady Liberty caused a great big lump to form in my throat, and I got the strangest feeling that I knew how Daddy had felt, when he first entered this country, via Ellis Island. And just thinking about being reunited with my precious family made it impossible not to count every section until I was back home to stay!
(One more chapter next week)
“In ancient times, cats were worshipped as Gods; they have not forgotten this.”
Old Movie Trivia Questions from last week
1. Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton filled the German skies with suspense and excitement in Where Eagles Dare?
2. Sigourney Weaver was the Sex Symbol who lit up Ghostbusters, and also Starred in the series
3. Bill Murray had top billing in the Ghostbusters.
4. The Women featured every MGM female star known to man. The surprise about the film was that even the animals had to be females
5. Greta Garbo somehow managed to escape from being one of The Women.
6. One of Paramount’s funniest comedies of the 30’s was The Lady Eve. Barbara Stanwyck played this role.
7. Henry Fonda was the clumsy oaf, always falling over furniture, etc.
8. Preston Sturgis directed this gem of a comedy.
9. Most of the film set was set on an ocean liner.
10. Charles Coburn was Eve’s monacle-wearing father.
Ole Movie Trivia Quiz
1. Frank Sinatra’s first Hollywood film was Reville with Beverly. He sang, “Ole Man River”. Who played Beverly?
2. His role in which WW2 film won an Oscar?
3. His first starring movie was in Higher and Higher, which was definitely in the direction his career was going. His co-star was what actress?
4. One of my favorite of all of his films was with Debbie Reynolds, the title was also the movie’s theme song.
5. Frank acted with Gina Lolobridgia in what wartime film?
6. Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and several other male favorites became known as what Group nickname?
7. Sinatra and Bing Crosby finally starred in the same film: it was a remake of a huge MGM hit of the 1940’s.
8. Crosby had played priests in Going My Way, with Barry Fitzgerald and again in The Bells of Saint Mary’s (with Ingrid Bergman); Sinatra was equally wonderful in RKO’s priest film, also with Bells in the title.
9. Frank starred with “The with the Kid from Hattiesburg” who was in The Music Man on Broadway, with Eleanor Parker. What was this called?
10. What were his two children’s names?