Archive for October 1st, 2008

Obit…House Peters, Jr.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008


Mr. Clean actor House Peters Jr. dead at 92



LOS ANGELES (AP) — House Peters Jr., a TV actor who became the original Mr. Clean on Proctor & Gamble’s commercials for household cleaners, died Wednesday. He was 92.


Peters died of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, said his son, Jon Peters.


The elder Peters’ most memorable role came as Mr. Clean — a muscular man with a bald head, a hoop earring and a no-nonsense attitude toward dirt and grime. From the late 1950s and into the early 1960s, Peters Jr. helped advertise the famous household cleaner with the trademark jingle, “Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean.”


Peters Jr. played many supporting roles through his career, including working with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on their television shows. He also appeared in Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and Lassie.


“He always played the heavy,” Jon Peters said, referring to his father’s customary roles as a villain or brawny character. “Even though he wasn’t happy about being cast in those roles, he worked really hard at it.”


His father’s acting career spanned 1935-1967, according to his Web site. He also wrote an autobiography, “Another Side of Hollywood,” in which he describes growing up the son of an actress and silent film actor in Beverly Hills. His father, Robert House Peters Sr., has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Peters Jr. was never a leading man, but played many character parts in cowboy movies and won a Golden Boot Award in 2000 for his lifetime contributions to the western genre, his son said.


Peters Jr. was born Jan. 12, 1916, in New Rochelle, N.Y., as Robert House Peters Jr. His son said Peters Jr. studied drama in high school and became inspired to pursue an acting career.


He also is survived by his wife, Lucy Pickett, a daughter, another son and four grandchildren.



Celebrity Recipes…Frank Morgan

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008


Frank Morgan







6 packages egg noodles

4 pounds tuna fish

4 quarts white sauce

2 cups dry break

½ cup butter


Cook noodles in boiling water, salted, until tender. Drain cooked genuine egg noodles. Butter baking pans. Put in layer of noodles, cover with layer of tuna fish and white sauce. Repeat, making at least two layers of each. Cover with buttered crumbs and bake in a hot oven until heated through and crumbs are brown. For buttered crumbs, melt butter in sauce pan and add crumbs mixing lightly with fork. Chopped green pepper and pimento may be added for variation. Serves fifty.


— Frank Morgan




Helen Gahagan Douglas…

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Before Hillary Rodham Clinton, there was Helen Gahagan Douglas


Helen Gahagan Douglas (Library of Congress)


Douglas, a liberal Democrat who ran against Congressman Richard Nixon for a California senatorial seat in 1950, was characterized as a communist.


By Tina Daunt
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 30, 2008


BEFORE Lee Atwater became a political hit man and before “Rovian” was written into the nation’s campaign lexicon, the campaign against actress Helen Gahagan Douglas symbolized the viciousness of politics by smear.    (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Hollywood Challenge…

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

A challenge to Hollywood



By Tina Daunt
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 30, 2008


Ohio entrepreneur and political activist Jonathan Lewis on Tuesday challenged the entertainment industry to donate money to fight California’s Proposition 8, which would bar same-sex marriages.


“With election day six weeks away, we are concerned that the entertainment industry hasn’t stepped up to the plate to fight this unnecessary initiative,” Lewis said in a statement. “We are pleased to see the leadership of Brad Pitt and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg. Now it’s time for the entertainment industry as a whole to take the lead.”


He added: “My family and I are issuing a $500,000 challenge to the entertainment industry. We will match the next half-million dollars that entertainment industry leaders contribute. This is an urgent time in the campaign, and we have to act now.”


So far, few in Hollywood have gotten involved in the anti-Proposition 8 campaign (Pitt and the Spielbergs have each donated $100,000).


Lewis said the match also applies to Florida’s Proposition 2, an initiative similar to California’s Proposition 8.