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With the Oscars less than a month away, the Academy has just released the Oscar nominees and we've had the usual hand wringing about who was snubbed.

Pardon me for not sympathizing.

When you consider that the famously snubbed director of “Rebecca,” “Lifeboat,” ”Rear Window,” “Spellbound,” “The 39 Steps,” “Psycho,” and others, never won an Academy Award for Best Director — only winning the Irving G. Thalberg Award late his career.

Hollywood’s way of saying, “We hope you'll forgive us.”

The oversight is all the more unfathomable since nobody left his directorial stamp more than the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

“I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.”

Two of his films left off the list, which probably left Hitchcock buffs muttering why no “North by Northwest” or “Notorious,” were supposedly Hitchcock's favorites.

All the more notorious for not being nominated for Best Picture.

Of course you're familiar with the 1959 thriller starring Cary Grant, (twice nominated but unbelievably never won an Oscar either) who gets mixed up in a series of memorable situations involving Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, a cornfield and Mt. Rushmore.

How many times do you admit to seeing it?

Notorious featured the love triangle of Cary, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains — who managed to be a sympathetic figure, even as a Nazi.

Made all the more memorable by an incredible turn by Austrian actress Leopoldine Konstantin as Claude’s sinister mother.

“My first film," she said, "and they made me a monster.”

But what a monster.

So why wasn't justice done?

Did Hitchcock offend Hollywood intelligencia for being too entertaining?

“A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theater admission and the babysitter were worth it.”

Did he antagonize too many influential actors?

“I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”

This conspiracy of omission has all the makings of a Hitchcockian thriller.

But we can certainly give him his due props in here.

The chair is yours.

Don't keep us in suspense.

J. Peterman


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January 27, 2012 12:21 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

All of his films have triumphantly withstood the test of time. They make you think, they cause you to be startled 'cos he was the mater of suspense......yet he never seemed to take himself too seriously.

Alfred Hitchcock, a character who could never be portrayed by any actor. One of a kind.

more on the honor roll
January 27, 2012 12:27 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

...and his droll lead ins to commercials ----I miss those

January 27, 2012 1:03 AM
293 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rings90 said...

Alrite I will admit it - I have seen Notorious, Rebecca & Suspicion many more times than North By Northwest. It`s nothing personal, I just happen to find Hitchcock films to be more Suspenseful when shot in B&W.

I don`t think Hollywood knew what to do with Hitchcock, He was quite visionary and for that era thought well outside the box, much to the establishments dismay.

January 27, 2012 1:14 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

My Dear Friends & Fellows .......
I am just in from an Emergency Trip to the Family Place up in West Texas ... My Oldest Uncle pass'd away at one minute into last Friday morning, and with him gone there isn't a Jew within a hundred miles in any direction ... so when I got the frantic call that he was gone, and nobody up there knew what to do with him, I took off like a Jack Rabbit with his tail on fire, and went up to Sit Shiva with Uncle Leo and take care of getting him plant'd in the Family Cemetery up thru the shin'ry on the hill right behind Hog Creek ....... I lock'd the house up, for the first time in over eighty years, and I will go back up as soon's I can find a Sharecropper to take care of the place ....... A little over four hundred miles, one way, so we were High Ballin' purdy good to get there ... drifting a bit on the way back, stopped in at Risin' Star and Breckenridge to see Cousins I hadn't seen in a while, and soon's I walked in this door and wash'd my hands and face, I got a grip on a couple of Bottles of Coldbeer, and sat right down to say Howdy and apologize for the disappearin' act !!!  
I have miss'd y'all immensely, even with so much to do, and no help until four Cousins drove up from Houston ... God Bless 'em all, ... None of them ever even met Uncle Leo, but they are all Frum Jews, and Family is Family ... A Mitzvah is a Mitzvah .......
We never did make a Minyan but about two dozen folks show'd up for the Graveside Services (of course they all show'd up after the hole was dug) One thing about "Small Towns" ... One need not put an announcement in the Local Paper when a Birth or Death occurs ... and the whole Town knew Leo ... All forty-three of 'em ....... There was some confusion when someone decided that we ought to sing a Hymn, but none of them knew what would be appropriate ... I told them to sing, Bringing In the Sheaves or Rock of Ages (Leo liked them both) Mr. Burns said, "You sure we can be singin' a christian Song fer a Joosh feller ???"  I told him it was OK, and besides they were both written by a Jew Kid named David ....... Mr. Burns look'd at me quite surprisedly and said, " Well ... how d'ya figger that happened ???"  I told him that David had a Good Agent ... Burns was completely non-plussed, and I was straining every muscle in my body not to break out laughing ....... Uncle Leo ... was somewhere having himself a good laugh !!!
Glad to be back, and soon's I shoot this off, I'll do a little Meskin Catch-Up with the Mail ...
Blessings Upon You All ...
Leila Tov,
Friend IVAN
(The Wandering Jew)
(Nuthin' Like Startin' Out, "Off Topic")

January 27, 2012 1:19 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Talk about a master of suspense....he's baaaaaack.
IVAN ~ Sorry about Uncle Leo.  Welcome home.

January 27, 2012 1:27 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Some great Uncle Leo stories have graced the pages (?) here in the Village, so,at least electronically,He lives on....Shalom

January 27, 2012 1:33 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

ANDY ~ I spent a few days in Vegas at the ARIA. They have an Elvis show produced by those french canadian clowns cirque du soleil; because of time constraints I did not get to see it.  However, I am sending you a virtual tee shirt as a souvenir.  VIVA ELVIS a rockin' blend of dance, music and acrobatics.  You oughta book a room at the ARIA for the weekend, hop on a SWA flight out of BWI to LAS, see the show and gamble away your last 50 dollars.  Your last spin on the slots will win all your money back.  I guarantee it.  Well maybe you should hold out enough for the cab ride back to the airport.

January 27, 2012 5:39 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Hooray! IVAN is home!

January 27, 2012 6:10 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Ivan- Shalom Cowboy and condolences. Moses and you are two of my favorite wanderin' Jews. I hope you packed lighter. He schlepped around those heavy stone tablets and boy were his arms tired. You were sorely missed 'round these parts.

January 27, 2012 6:14 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

P- That's why they made silver dollars round...let em roll. If you plays you gots to pays.

January 27, 2012 6:20 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

IVAN........................welcome back! So glad you were there to take care of your Uncle leo's last needs. IYou wre missed, people worried, but now we know why. Am very sorry about your Uncle Leo. If he was anything like you, he lived life to the fullest...................
The scene in Notorious where Grant finds her in bed & realizes what has happened & he kisses her.....................maybe one of the sexiest few minutes in movies...........................DDDDDDDDPPPPPPPPPPRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????

January 27, 2012 7:01 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

IVAN! So sorry about Uncle Leo! So glad you're back....

January 27, 2012 7:16 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

As a child I do not believe I even knew the name of another director, but a new Hitchcock movie was a family holiday (even before I was allowed to actually go). Just the word "movie" summons up Cary Grant being chased by the plane in North By Northwest or the incredible scene in Grand Central Terminal.

Can you even remember a Hitchcock film that "wasn't so good"? And when he had his television show the best part was when he did the intro!

Only recently we were discussing the arbitrary ways of the Academy. Scorsese was overlooked for years and now he is royalty. Even Meryl Streep who has more nominations than anyone ever has not actually won an award since 1983. Like all politics, its hard to know what actually goes on behind the scenes, but yes, mention ANY Hitchcock movie and its inconceivable that it was not at least
nominated...and as for Hitchcock himself not winning.....well clearly, there's stuff we do not know!!

January 27, 2012 7:22 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Ivan ~ So sorry to hear about Uncle Leo but so glad to see you back, welcome home to us.....I missed your colorful, informative and interesting posts.  This was no exception.........................Paolos ~ Thank you for my t-shirt; I will treasure it always.

January 27, 2012 7:45 AM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Welcome back IVAN. I sorry about your Uncle Leo.

January 27, 2012 7:51 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

"Good Evening."

Nothing to do with movies but memorable.

Welcome back Jalopkin. Trust you to do the right thing by family.

January 27, 2012 7:56 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Hitch's favs were mine as well. Loved his cameos; especially NxNW waiting for the bus. The camera work in Rope and Rear Window is so fascinating. I have most every Hitchcock film and my daughter and I once attended a Hitchcock festival and it was so pleasing to see so many young people who love his work. The dialog was clever, sexy, and suspense is best when what you don't see is the scariest moment on the screen.

January 27, 2012 8:27 AM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Welcome back, Ivan. You were missed.

A round of A-ra-Cees and Moon Pies for the house!

Busy day for me today, so if I don't pop in later, good Shabbos
to all.

January 27, 2012 8:32 AM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Music is one of the greatest tools to enhance a script...background music in any movie helps me enjoy the film: Midnight in Paris is a favorite, mainly,  the historically memory playback scenes, delightful and i also directed Victorian Historical plays so loved the flashbacks; I am a Victorian Enthusiast and have a vast Victorian collection; War Horse was so exceptional and all the elements of growth...the affects of War-torn men...Horse lovers cried, like I did; I had stream of tears; in this movie, My Uncle, a Doctor of Law, served in the Calvery...during World War I ...had a lodged bullet in his arm; and it was not small at all, I used to see and feel the end of it in his forearm muscle...Hugo was super and wonderful...shows that you can not suppress the human eventually shines out, in this movie, how youth reflect love of heart, and desire to help those loveones, his all risk, act of selflessness,.the film influenced and affectively visually draws you into the movie itself....mystery...story...and then flashbacks on the vaudeville film industry....wonderful the silent screen mechanics...I really Loved all three movies...hard to choose one over the other.........all the movies illustrated that we can learn from history.All the movies gave me inspiration, a new way of thinking, my life ambitions for change...changing way I work, and live my life my situation, shifting gears from the everyday responsibilities providing all the mother job raising my family, children, who are now grown with a moral compass...and successful; it is finally time to focus" on me" ballet dance." longer do I want to Direct a play; song or dance....but only to finish the books that i wrote, sew the garments of dreamt to create, my concern for the whole being and envronment...I have free time to dedicate to see more of now i am challenged with "what I know" and forces me out of my comfort this "eye," chatting...evolvement to a script of a tumultuous century where revolution is everywhere...and no longer is life easy, safe, and calm;people are rightless and rightously wrong...I say use you gut, and not rely solely on religion, to be aware that freedoms in our society..are dimmished.... Each movie drama,conflict, distress character, hero, villlian... all the elements of a movie script illustrated each main character with the idea at the end of their dramatic performance...a challenge..of hope...and continue a renewed spirit..this is at reach for attainment the asking...New Beginnings...!

January 27, 2012 8:32 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Ooopsie, had been outside looking for a lost dog and did not realize Deb, and whoever thought she was a risk, beat me to it.
Funny, the dog, a scruffy little terrier, had hopped a bus and some kid's mom brought him back.
ChefDeb ~
I had meant to say that I agreed with your assessments of Rachel and Guy (what is his demographic?).
My favorite was Jacque & Julia.

January 27, 2012 8:47 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

STONEY --can never hear enough of that funeral march! Now that I finally mastered posting a youTube link (oh, duh) there's the possibility of obnoxion on my part...

Jacques & Julia--oh yes! I just love(d) their arguments about how much garlic, etc. I consider that he is the reigning Master Chef of the Universe at this time. I am not sure who can match hiim in technique and skill. Watching his knife work is poetry. I watch their shows currently on Sat. afternoons.

So cute that the dog went for a ride on the bus!

January 27, 2012 9:15 AM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

STONEY: That post brought back a lot of good memories.

January 27, 2012 10:42 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Hi All,
Was out of town yesterday so missed the gentleman's discussion.  I'm compelled to add, CD--please let me know where you saw the article about Foie Gras hot dogs!!!  I'm close enough that I will go down there and find one. But I wonder if it may be a joke from when foie gras was illegal in Chicago. If anyone knows, let us know!

January 27, 2012 10:52 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Of course, I love Hitchcock. It was always an event at our house when one of his movies was on TV--it became sort of a family event.  It was usually Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC--remember? Even my dad, who never watched TV, might have stopped and watched a few minutes before retreating back to his study.
I've always loved The 39 Steps.  I was a regular feature at the campus movie theater when I was in college. I was so disappointed at the remake that was done recently by the Masterpiece folks. I usually love Masterpiece, but it was totally different from the movie--no Mr. Memory or anything.  The play version of the Hitchcock movie was absolutely great--did anyone else see it? I saw it at the Milwaukee Rep.  To illustrate the train across Scottland, they had a little miniature train go across the stage. It may not sound like much, but it was so funny!

January 27, 2012 10:54 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

I MARJORIE -- I actually first saw it on Anthony Bourdain's show and the owner of the Hot Dog place (all I can remember offhand was that the place was not downtown)was one of t hose people influential in legalizing foie gras in Chicago! It definitely was not a joke. If I have time I will play with Bourdain's Travel Channel page and see if I can come up with the place. Sounds sooooo good!

January 27, 2012 11:14 AM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

IVAN - you have returned.  I am so sorry about Uncle Leo.  We've heard many fine stories about Leo - I hope they don't stop.
Hitckcock has always been a favorite - all were excellent and still are. 

January 27, 2012 11:15 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

I MARJORIE--the place is called Hot Doug's and they also have french fries cooked in duck fat!

January 27, 2012 11:24 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Here is what the menu says: Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel $9.00
I will give it a try and let you know. I'm not schedudled to go back down there until April (our next theater tickets) but I may have to make a special trip!  Thanks for the tip!
Also, glad you'ver resurfaced, Ivan.  Your chums missed you!

January 27, 2012 11:26 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Late to the party today, but full of happiness to see Ivan among us once again.  My condolences over Uncle Leo's death.            

January 27, 2012 11:31 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Glad to see you back, Jalopkin/Ivan! So heroic of you to drive so far for a fellow's demise when he was not close....good karma for you. Talk about being a minority! I suppose being Jewish in Texas needs a book written about it.

Condolences for the family loss of Uncle Leo. Even distant relatives deserve our attention and respect. Sounds as if you have many stories to put to paper. Good on you for going, gathering the cousins, and singing "Rock of Ages" for the send-off. Any ceremony helps with closure for sure.

January 27, 2012 11:39 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Hitchcock was - as said before - a genius of his time...! Master of suspense, and understatement, he knew exactly how much to show to create tension.

Rear Window, NBNW, Man Who Knew Too Much, Psycho, The Birds - all great suspense -- and with a psychological element....fine film experiences.

Loved his TV series and looked forward to the March of the Marionettes music in the intro with the director himself walking into the outline at the end. Bio says he suffered from obesity and poor self image all his life, but finally was able to capitalize on his unique physique in that intro! Sheer genius.

January 27, 2012 12:13 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

CD~ how come no one informed us this is NATIONAL CHOCLATE CAKE DAY?!?!?!

January 27, 2012 12:41 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

A gentleman is anyone that rises to the occasion with dignity and class.... Ivan is doing just that........ Again.

January 27, 2012 12:51 PM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Fascinating discussion topic!!!

January 27, 2012 12:51 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

I bet Hitchcock liked chocolate cake.

January 27, 2012 1:07 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

RY on my way to the kitchen now...virtual flourless chocolate cakes for all!!

January 27, 2012 1:12 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

My Thanks to you all for your kind words, not just today but what I have read from days past ... Just went thru past weeks' Topics, but still have a buncha stuff to go thru in E-Mail .......  Had a Big Time Crunch cuz it is impossible for me to just drop everything and split ... but, we got thru .......
On July 17th. Uncle Leo would have reached 106 years of age ... He had a very full life, and enjoyed himself every moment ... Leo was a Carpenter, and a non-Degreed Veteranarian ... When he and Great Aunt Letitia divorced in the early 50's, Leo decided to chuck it all, and move up the country to the Family Place, and became a Ranch Hand, working at his own pace and enjoying his Freedom, and having fun ... Not altogether a bad thing to do ...
TOMMY:  Moshe had bad headache from all those days of not eating, while he was up on the mountain communing with God ... At length he complained, and God said, "Here ... take these two Tablets, we have more to talk about yet ..." Thus began the schlepping around with the stones ... It must be a Jewish thing ... whatever one must do in life, however insignificant, can always be made more difficult and a Bigger pain in the ass, with the addition of a few more cockamamie Rules to go by (Many of which could probably be handled by a Dental Hygienist and a Good Dry Cleaner) But, thats just the way of it, and that is also how Tradition was born ... (Can you imagine Kinky as Tevye ??? 2nd. Avenue would plotz ...)
Back to the Mail mess !!!
Y'all have a Great Day !!!

January 27, 2012 1:47 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

I'm fortunate to frequently receive back-to-back Alfred Hitchcock episodes on one of the cable channels that are not, unfortunately, commercial free. His sarcasm when segueing into a commercial break is even more valid than when the show originally aired as the number of commercials have increased so much that I often forget what show I was watching.

But maybe that is just my short little span of attention at work.......

January 27, 2012 2:10 PM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo Cassiepants said...

Dear Ivan~ As my favorite boss, a Sephardic Jew, always says, May he rest in peace, and may you live and be well. One of my greatest honors was to be invited to attend his eldest brother's funeral. I had never attended a Jewish funeral and found the tradition of each person putting dirt onto the casket incredibly moving. The words too were, in many ways, so much more a celebration than what I had experienced in the Catholic memorial services I went to growing up. So glad to have you back, and so sorry that the world has lost Uncle Leo - anyone who shuffles along this mortal coil for 105+ years had some real stories to tell.
My husband directed his first feature film two years ago (still waiting for the producers to find a distributor) and he was heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock. It's a suspense thriller type of film that is all about the people...
We watched a marathon of Hitchcock films while he was preparing, and my favorite is Shadow of a Doubt. The plodding pace causes dread to build so spectacularly...

January 27, 2012 2:26 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Last fall at precisely 10:35AM, The phone rang: "Your help is needed."
Being a midwestern guy and retired, I did what we do and said: "Where and when?"
"At noon," he said and mentioned a cemetery I had never heard of while rattling off the names and addresses of two men I would need to pick up on the way.
He didn't know where it was but knew it could be figured out and also said: "Appropriate dress but no dark suits or any other suit come to that."
Pallbearers for an unknown man.
It was odd that all eight of us, none of whom had communicated with or even knew each other, showed up in blue blazers. Khaki pants? Odder still. The blue oxford button-down shirts were kind of a given but the red and navy diagonally striped club ties were just cosmically improbable.
A woman took our photo: "Wait, this is just too rich. You look like the 1958 eighth grade graduating class from the Buckley School for Boys… or something."
And so we did. She sent the class picture around today and it is just laughable.
That photo is not about to be scanned to the interweb and if it hadn't been for the ties, it would hardly have been worth mentioning at all.
We looked pretty good though.


January 27, 2012 2:51 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

STONEY what a great st ory...mostly for what it says about you whether you shrug it off as "midwestern and retired" or not. But the class picture! Love it. When my husband and I went to my boarding school 10th Reunion he remarked to me that he was the only man in the room not in a blue blazer. It was true! Trust him to be in brown herringbone jacket, hippie!

January 27, 2012 3:47 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Suspense and horror ...... my mother is/was not a great cook. When we lived in Africa, us kids would be exchanging sidelong glances as she set about attempting to reconstruct a traditional English Sunday Dinner. (WHY??)  Our trepidation grew as aromas not usually associated with 'tasty' wafted from the kitchen. The sense of foreboding grew under a miasma of eye-watering blue smoke from overheated roasting pans. Eventually, dinner would be served. The horror bit is you have to eat it - all of it, and say Thank You, that was very nice. Even 'tho we were taught it is wrong to lie. Despite the ceramic plaque with a big beady eye in the centre proclaiming Thou, God, Seest Me, the dogs lurked under the table and on occasion, even they refused the food. The whole vile meal would be seasoned with anxiety about getting caught out sneaking food to the dogs. Dessert was always Instant Whip and canned fruit - again, WHY when we had a garden full of exotic fruit? At least she couldn't go wrong with that .... or could she?

January 27, 2012 3:52 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Oh Hazel, that is funny.  Did Hitchcock ever do a movie about the effect of unpleasant food?  Hmmm...We used dogs in our family too.  Our St. Bernard would always eat my peas.

January 27, 2012 4:11 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Hazel--well, at least the suspense didn't kill you!!!   And it's a real shame that you didn't eat local...such a waste.   But, I guess she was doing her best and trying to inculcate a loyalty to what she percieved as home in her children.  The best thing she did, however, was to furnish her daughter with the lively sense of humor a huge stock of references and stories for life.

January 27, 2012 4:30 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Remember the episode of AH Presents where the woman kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then cooks it and serves it to the detectives? That was my Dad's favorite.

January 27, 2012 5:25 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

MISS BLUE: I really wanted to see the whole episode. It stopped just short.

January 27, 2012 5:44 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Thank you MISS BLUE.
I did really like watching Alfred. It was one of the few we were allowed to see when I was a kid.

January 27, 2012 5:54 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

I want to Wish Everyone in This Village, a Most Marvelous Weekend !!!  Seems like it is unseasonably warm most everywhere ... I Wish You All Lots of Fun and Pleasant Recreation ... Family and Good Friends, Good Food ... Good Wine ... (Some decent Cheesecake maybe) and an Abundance of whatever Makes You All Happy !!!  Be Safe and Be Well ... Relax and Forget About The Grind !!! Take it easy for a while ... You deserve it, whether anybody else thinks so or not .......
I Wish You a Sabbath of Peace ... I Wish You a Sabbath of Joy ... I Wish You a Sabbath of Rest .......
Let Us Learn to Enrich the Teaching of Our Heritage With the Knowledge of Our Own Time
So Then, Shall We by Our Own Lives & Labors Bring Nearer to Realization the Great Hope of Our Forebears ... The Redemption of All Humanity, in a World Transform'd by Liberty, True Justice ... and Peace .......

May Our Rest Be Pleasing Unto The King of The Universe, undimmed by the Evil That He Spares Us From .......
Blessings Upon You All .......

January 27, 2012 6:01 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

All this talk of Hollywood and days gone by had me stop by the Hip Zipper and pick me up a retro director outfit after lunching at the Gerst Haus on the heart-stopping sausage sampler.

January 27, 2012 6:27 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Aaaaaahhhhh~ all is well with the world. Friday nite blessing from Ivan.  

January 27, 2012 7:00 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Floyd has just turned up at my back door asking about lamb bones and offering to destroy any evidence. He says he read about my mothers cooking and is thankful he never had to try it. On the question can Mum get Instant Whip wrong? O yes, use a pint of sour milk. Horrible! Dear Mum now has meals delivered and randomly bungs them in the microwave and explodes them. Last time I visited, a sucepan was welded to the kitchen floor - she'd taken it off the stove 'cos it had boiled dry and the floor seemed the best place .... and she keeps a spare pair of slippers in the 'fridge 'cos her feet get too hot. She's discovered that she can 'phone for free for a hour in the evening, so she does - and tells me the same stuff over & over. Eeeeeewwwww! I do love her, but she's hard work.

January 27, 2012 7:47 PM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Thank you, Ivan -- so glad you're back home with us.

January 27, 2012 10:26 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

..Ivan, my prayers to you and your family...

January 27, 2012 10:41 PM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

Blessings Upon you also IVAN.
The week-end can begin.  Be of good cheer EyE-sters.

January 27, 2012 11:02 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Claude Rains the best character actor ever....

Lifeboat- Dying together's even more personal than living together.

Violet- Midnight in Paris...running into Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at an elegant soiree, where Cole Porter croons “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love).”

January 28, 2012 3:49 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

OH IVAN.  The wandering Jew - you mean thing you, leaving like that without a WORD, it's almost unforgiveable, but of course, you had to go, dear UNCLE LEO.  You did what you had to do of course...but IVAN don't try it again, just up and leaving like that, or you'll hear from me even sooner and more often SIR, and you shall find out that any one of your wives has nothing in the nagging department than this Swedish shiksa.   .... I am so glad you're home.  Blessings back to you IVAN, ten times over.

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