Archive for July, 2009

Walter Cronkite Obituary

Friday, July 17th, 2009

OBITUARY

Walter Cronkite dies at 92; longtime CBS anchorman

 

Walter Cronkite

  

The anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News’ was considered the most trusted public figure in America during his tenure.

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2009

 

Walter Cronkite, the former CBS news anchor whose steady baritone informed, reassured and guided the nation during the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s, died today, CBS News announced. He was 92.

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Walter Cronkite

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Ken Maynard in the 1930 Census

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

1930 CENSUS

Ken Maynard

(1895-1973)

Film actor

Ken in Tombstone Canyon (1932)

 

maynard

 

 

Afton Arms

 

Afton Arms Apartments 

6141 Afton Place

Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

 

 

 Rent, $30

Radio

Census taken on April 3, 1930

 

HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTS*

 

  1. Ken Maynard (head), 32 / Texas / Actor / Motion pictures.
  2. Mary Maynard (wife), 30 / Indiana / None.

 

NOTE: This is a private residence. Please DO NOT disturb the occupants.

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* Information includes relationship to head of household, age / place of birth (year of arrival in this country, if applicable) / occupation / industry.

  

The preceeding text is taken from my book, Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008). This directory provides an extensive listing of household information collected for over 2,265 famous or notorious individuals who were alive during the 1930 United States Census. Please note: The above photographs do not appear in the book.

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Gale Storm Memorial

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

FUNERAL/MEMORIAL

Gale Storm memorial service set

 

Gale Storm

 

A memorial service for actress Gale Storm, star of the 1950s situation comedies “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna,” will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, Monarch Beach in Dana Point. Storm died June 27 at age 87.

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Bob Mitchell Memorial

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

Bob Mitchell 

 

Bob Mitchell-program

The funeral for organist Bob Mitchell, who died on July 4, 2009, was held yesterday at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. Interment was at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The following is from his funeral program:

 

Bob Mitchell was born in Los Angeles on October 12, 1912. He began piano study at four and pipe organ at the age of ten. He accompanied silent movies beginning in 1924 (age twelve) until 1928 when sound replaced live music. At eighteen, he was the youngest candidate to receive the degree of Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (F.A.G.O). He was a scholarship winner at Eastman School of Music and the New York College of Music and still found time to sing and play on his own radio show in New York City.

 

Returning to Los Angeles, he founded the Mitchell Choirboys in 1934 – which continued for nearly 70 years. They performed in some one hundred motion pictures, most notably Going My Way, The Bishop’s Wife, and White Christmas. They toured extensively – five times abroad and once around the world, and made thousands of radio and TV appearances.

 

Bob served overseas in the Navy during World War II, and was pianist/organist for Meredith Willson’s Armed Forces Radio Service Orchestra.

 

He served as staff pianist/organist at several Los Angeles radio stations – KFI, KHJ, KECA, among others, and on TV with Art Linkletter’s House Party, The Jack LaLanne Show, and even The Mitchell Choirboys Show. Bob and the choir were featured in the Academy-monimated short film Forty Boys and a Song, and he was  honored on Ralph Edwards’ This is Your Life

 

Bob was organist for four years for the Dodgers and Angels at the then new stadium, the only person to ‘play’ for both the National and American leagues at the same time. He was musical director for many religious institutions over his 87 years as a professional musician, and most recently regularly exciting his many fans at the Silent Movie Theatre, Hollywood. Bob passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, July 4, 2009.

 

Bob Mitchell's crypt

 

Bob Mitchell’s crypt at Hollywood Forever Cemetery  at the Sanctuary of Memories, Elevation 8, Crypt C-49 (this is the new section in front of the Abbey of the Psalms, the second corrider to your right as you face the Abbey). Bob’s crypt is the one at the top (third row) center. The flowers are from his service.

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The Thriller of the Hunt

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

BLOGS

The Thriller of the Hunt

 

 Michael Jackson

 MJ’s landmark album”Thriller” ~ 25th Anniversary promotional photo

 

Adventures in Graving
By Lisa Burks

 

Before Michael Jackson’s death, grave hunting was a (pardon the pun) niche interest.

 

Today it’s become a national obsession as the mainstream media Keystone Cop their way around our stomping grounds, trying to do what seasoned Hollywood area grave hunters have been accomplishing for years: find out where a body is buried.

 

Now I can appreciate what Meryl Streep must feel like whenever a flavor-of-the-month model tries to act. Just kidding. Kindasorta. 😉

 

Click here to continue reading Lisa Burk’s article, The Thriller of the Night

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Maria Bennett at Hollywood Forever

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

Mary “Maria” Bennett:

The Cat Lady of Hollywood Forever

 

Maria Bennett

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Many old-timers who work and visit at Hollywood Forever Cemetery may remember Maria Bennett, the so-called Cat-Lady, who cared for many of the stray cats that made the cemetery their home. This was especially true many years ago before the cemetery was bought and restored by the Cassity family. At the time, the cemetery was going into bankruptcy, and with little or no staff to tend to the graves, the entire property was soon in shambles.

 

That, of course is another story. However, during this time many volunteers came forward to water the graves, pull weeds and make sure that many of the famous and not-so-famous still had some respect.

 

Maria Bennett's memorial

The inscription on Maria’s monument

 

Maria chose to take care of the stray cats that made the cemetery their home. She would come by on a regular basis to make sure the animals had food, water and shelter. She did this for many years. There are still cats living at the cemetery, many of them descendants of those that Maria cared for.

 

Maria died in 2007 at the age of 72 and was cremated at Hollywood Forever. While her ashes are not interred there, her son recently had a memorial placed there for her. Maria’s monument can be found in Section 2, across the road from Cecil B. De Mille.

 

Maria Bennett's monument

Maria’s monument is across the road from Cecil B. DeMille

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Bob Mitchell’s Funeral

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

Services for theater organist Bob Mitchell

 

 Bob Mitchel (Cinecon)

(Cinecon)

 

Larry Harnisch
The Daily Mirror
Los Angeles Times

 

Daily Mirror fan Karie Bible of Film Radar reports the death of theater organist Bob Mitchell. Mitchell was a regular feature of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series. He was quite frail at this year’s event but it was good to see him.

 

Mitchell’s services are scheduled on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at  Christ the King Catholic Church, 624 N. Rossmore Ave. He will be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assn. or Boys Town.

 

Here’s a field recording I made at Last Remaining Seats a few years ago of Mitchell playing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

 

Thanks to our friend Jon Weisman of the fabulous Dodger Thoughts blog for reminding us that Mitchell was the first organist at Dodger Stadium.

 

 Interview with Bob Mitchell (YouTube)

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Mark Burnett on Walk of Fame

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

WALK OF FAME

Mark Burnett Gets His Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

 

Mark Burnett

(The Insider/Photo By: Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.)

 

Mark Burnett was honored today with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California. The king of reality shows was all smiles.

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Bob Mitchell Obituary

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

OBITUARY

Bob Mitchell dies at 96; silent-movie organist was house musician for Dodgers

 

  Bob Mitchell

George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times
Bob Mitchell improvised soundtracks for silent movies, starting when he was 12 years old at Strand Theater in Pasadena.

 

The longtime director of the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir played at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2009

 

Bob Mitchell, an organist who was the first such house musician at Dodger Stadium and the last surviving working accompanist from the silent-film era, has died. He was 96.

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Bob Mitchell

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Fourth of July

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

 

 

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