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“What’s My Line” January 20, 1963

On this hot and humid summer day, please enjoy an episode of the great television show, “What’s My Line” that aired on January 20, 1963.


The mystery guest was the superb actor, Montgomery Clift.

John Charles Daly is the host, while Dorothy Kilgallen, Peter Cook, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf were the panelists.

Enjoy viewing the episode.


Remembering Rip Torn

Last week, the superb actor, Rip Torn passed away, at the age of 88.

Mr. Torn lived an extraordinary life, overcoming the insidious blacklisting/(Torn said he was greylisted–note the spelling, I can envision Torn in his great television role as “Artie” on “The Larry Sanders Show,” making the distinction amidst the “heaviness”), that permeated Hollywood and this country.

His performances in film include good roles and excellent performances in “The Cincinnati Kid” and the Tennessee Williams penned “Sweet Bird of Youth.”

Torn was married three times, each time to an actress (Ann Wedgeworth, Geraldine Page and Amy Wright, who was with him and married to him when he died. He helped his cousin, the great actress Sissy Spacek start her career.

I cited Torn as “Artie” on ‘The Larry Sanders Show” which starred the late Garry Shandling. He was “Zeb” in two “Men in Black” movies.

Go make some noise in a better place, Mr. Torn and as Will Smith, with him and a star in 2 “Men in Black,” movies, “communicated”— “rip” RIP!”


Rip Torn, pictured above.

Novak Djokovic Wins At Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic won a truly great, 5 set match vs another great player, Roger Federer, to capture the Wimbledon Men’s tennis crown.

It is the second straight Wimbledon title for Djokovic, and fifth overall.

Djokovic  won all three odd numbered sets, the fifth and final one in an unprecedented, fifth set tiebreaker.

Roger Federer (20), and Rafael Nadal, who lost in a very exciting semi-final match to Federer on Friday past, with 18, are the only two players in tennis history with more major titles than Djokovic, who now has 16.


Novak Djokovic, pictured above.




Simona Halep Wins Her First Wimbledon Tennis Title

Simona Halep eased past Serena Williams in straight sets (2) to win her first Wimbledon women’s tennis crown.

It is Ms. Halep’s second major title. She won the French Open title last year.

If Williams, certainly among the greats in women’s tennis history, who had the road “paved” for her in this tournament, (so many top players were ousted and though an 11th seed, Williams was a huge favorite in all her matches until the final and even then, was a 2 to 1 favorite) had prevailed, the hype would have been overwhelming.

I will not go the other way and highly criticize this failure, as I try to keep some perspective, even in the face of the “out of whack,” publicity afforded Williams, Tiger Woods, LeBron James and others.


A nice big picture of Simona Halep, as I concentrate on Halep won and NOT Williams lost.

Rare Pitching Match Up Last Night “informed,” that last night’s starting pitching match up between the Cincinnati Reds’ Sonny Gray and the Colorado Rockies’ Jon Gray was the first between non related, same spelling/last names that also were colors, since 1933.

Neither pitcher was involved in the decision. Each pitched very well in a game won by the Rockies (3-2), which had a projected total runs total of 12, in hitting friendly Coors Field in Colorado.


A nice photo image of the two Grays pitching.


Below more on the rare pitching match up from Stats by Stats

This is the first match up of starting pitchers with the last name “Gray” in MLB history.

The last time two pitchers squared off with the same color as a last name was Jumbo Brown (New York Yankees) vs. Lloyd Brown (Boston Red Sox) on July 26, 1933 (based on same spelling of last name).













Nostalgia: Judy Garland on “What’s My Line”

Fifty years after her death, Judy Garland is still remembered as a legendary performer. It is so much fun to see her on television!

I loved her as a youngster in ” The Wizard of Oz,” and as an emerging adult in “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

Among other great feats, she also shined in a heavy dramatic role in “Judgment at Nuremberg.” Of course, many remember her as the ultimate torch singer.

Such a talented person!
Enjoy this appearance, by Judy on “What’s My Line.” Click below to view it.

Baseball Update

At the All-Star break, five teams have nice divisional race leads while one race is mathematically wide open.

The L.A. Dodgers are up by 13 and a half games and almost certainly will win a seventh consecutive N.L. West “one eighth” crown.

In the American League, the Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins have respective 7 and a half, six and a half and five and a half game division leads.

Atlanta (Braves) lead the N.L. east by 6 games while the Central in that league is wide open.

After the meaningless, deflated All-Star Game, baseball resumes, in need of a spark, which I believe it will get in its tournament and perhaps sooner in some playoff races.


The Braves are bidding for a second consecutive N.L. East “one eighth” crown.