Gear Up for the Indy500

Each Memorial Day weekend since 1911, hundreds of thousands of race fans gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. The Indy500 is a 200-lap race on a 2.5 mile course. 33 drivers compete for the Borg-Warner Trophy, introduced in 1936, which proclaims the event as the “Indianapolis 500-Mile Race”. Traditionally, […]

The Love Boat

In a previous post, I said “If you were anybody in the 1960’s and 1970’s, you probably appeared on detective shows like Columbo and Mannix.” Very nearly the same thing can be said about series later in the 1970’s and early 1980’s like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. The Love Boat was an Aaron […]

Peter Falk (1927-2011)

Peter Falk (1927-2011) certainly led an interesting life. Educated, having earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, he quickly left public service for the stage and later the screen. He landed film roles starting in the late 1950’s like Murder Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and […]

Leave it to Beaver

  The landmark case of Parents v. Kids has been argued onscreen in dozens of television series since the 1950′s. One classic of the type is nearly as old as television. Leave it to Beaver began in 1957 and ran for six seasons. The family situations are viewed today as nostalgic, wholesome, middle-class stories of […]