Archive for September 8th, 2008

Fight Over Poe’s Body…

Monday, September 8th, 2008


Baltimore Has Poe; Philadelphia Wants Him




BALTIMOREEdgar Allan Poe never lived in one city for long, and ever since he died and was buried here in 1849 this city has claimed him as its own.


But last year Edward Pettit, a Poe scholar in Philadelphia, began arguing that Poe’s remains belong in Philadelphia. Poe wrote many of his most noteworthy works there and, according to Mr. Pettit, that city’s rampant crime and violence in the mid-19th century framed Poe’s sinister outlook and inspired his creation of the detective fiction genre.


“So, Philadelphians, let’s hop in our cars, drive down I-95 and appropriate a body from a certain Baltimore cemetery,” Mr. Pettit wrote in an article for the Philadelphia City Paper in October. “I’ll bring the shovel.”  (Click on “Continue Reading’ for more)


Mary Pickford’s Oscars…

Monday, September 8th, 2008


Judge: Jury should decide fate of Pickford Oscars



LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury should decide whether silent film star Mary Pickford signed away rights to sell two Oscars she was awarded, a judge ruled Monday.


Three women who inherited the statuettes and a third one awarded to Pickford’s former husband Charles “Buddy” Rogers had hoped to win a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy, which each year awards film’s highest honor, is seeking to block the public sale of the statuettes.


Pickford won the best actress Oscar in 1930 for Coquette, and was given an honorary Oscar in 1976. Rogers won the academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1986.


The academy claims it has the right to buy back the Oscars for $10 each.


The women inherited the awards through Rogers’ second wife, Beverly. They claim Pickford won her first Oscar before the academy’s $10 buyback rule was enacted, but the academy counters that Pickford signed an agreement after she won her second Oscar that covers both awards.



Attorneys for both sides argued Monday over whether it is Pickford’s signature on the documents.


Judge Rex Heesemen declined to rule for either party on that issue.


“The more I hear this argument, the more I think these are issues the jury has to decide,” Heesemen said.


It was the second time a judge has rejected a motion that would allow the Oscars’ sale.


Attorneys for the Rogers heirs, Kim Boyer, Virginia Patricia Casey and Marian Stahl, wrote in court filings that the academy is dwindling their estate by fighting the sale.


The heir’s attorney, Mark Passin, said he was disappointed with the judge’s ruling.


The case is scheduled to go to trial later this year, although Heesemen said Monday it may be delayed.



Celebrity Recipes…Buster Keaton

Monday, September 8th, 2008


Buster Keaton


 Keaton (center with hat) serving his Chop Suey recipe to friends



Buster Keaton’s Chop Suey



Grease an iron pot with 3 tablespoons peanut oil and add 1 cup raw, lean pork, cut into cubes and allow to cook until brown.


Now put into pot mixed vegetables and allow to steam under tight-fitting lid. The mixture of vegetables consists of:


2 ½ cups water chestnuts cut in cubes,

2 ½ bamboo shoots,

2 cups Chinese greens cut in small pieces,

2 cups celery chopped into small pieces,

1 cup chopped onions,

3 cups canned mushrooms, chopped,

5 cups bean sprouts,

½ cup chopped salted almonds.


After steaming for 30 minutes, chicken stock is added to moisten. Thicken with 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Thin with chicken stock if too thick.


Dice whole roast chicken, being careful to use no skin or fat parts; place in pot and cook slowly for 15 minutes.


Add soy sauce as seasoning and to give it proper dark color.


This recipe should serve 8 persons.


— Buster Keaton