In Memoriam 2011

There were a number of celebrity deaths in 2011, but the following were also significant contributers to Pop Culture.

Elizabeth Taylor 2/27/32-3/23/11 One of the world’s most famous actresses, her award-winning performances in films and her scandalous personal life made her a pop culture icon. Ms. Taylor will also be remembered for her personal jewelry collection, perfume lines and perhaps most importantly, her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers.

Anne Francis 9/16/30-2/2/11   The actress is best remembered for her role in the Sci-Fi film classic Forbidden Planet, and also won a 1966 Golden Globe for her portrayal of TV’s sexy private detective Honey West.

Jeff Conaway 10/5/50-5/27/11  The actor appeared on Celebrity Rehab, but sadly lost his battle with addiction. He also played Kenickie in the classic musical Grease, and Bobby Wheeler on TV’s Taxi.

Ryan Dunn 6/11/77-6/19/11  The Reality TV star and fan-favorite … Read the rest…

California Condom Controversy?

Various and diverse issues seem to find their way onto California ballots. The June 2012 presidential primary ballot will be no different, when Los Angeles residents will be asked to weigh in as to whether porn actors should be required to wear condoms.

America’s 2nd largest city is home to the multibillion dollar U.S. porn industry, which health advocates say is riddled with STDs. “There are thousands of STD’s in this industry,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The group gathered over 71,000 signatures, well over the 41,000 needed to get the issue on the ballot.

Some in the industry have argued that using the latex would take away the fantasy appeal of their product. It could also force the adult companies out of the city, state or underground, making it even less safe for performers.

Only time will tell whether LA voters will endorse safer sex … Read the rest…

Cheetah, Chimpanzee in “Tarzan” Movies Dies

Cheetah, the chimpanzee who starred alongside Maureen O’Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller in “Tarzan and His Mate” and “Tarzan the Ape Man” in 1932 and 1934, died on Saturday after suffering from Kidney failure at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, FL. After leading a long life filled with filming the Tarzan movies and touching the lives of many, Cheetah passed away at the age of 80.

According to Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary’s outreach director, Cheetah spent the last years of his life at the sanctuary painting, watching football, and listening to Christian music. Throughout his stay at the sanctuary, Cheetah was known to brighten the days of the staff and visitors through his antics. On the sanctuary’s website, fans of Cheetah are posting their memories of Cheetah and mourning his passing, leaving loving words and kind goodbyes.

Mia Farrow, the daughter of Maureen O’Sullivan, posted to her twitter account: … Read the rest…

What Was Wrong With The ‘Dolly For Sue’?

The original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story was written as a giveaway for the Montgomery Ward department stores by Robert L. May in 1939. In 1949, May’s story was made into a song by Johnny Marks, who also wrote ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Holly Jolly Christmas.’ Johnny also wrote Chuck Berry’s sequel hit ‘Run Rudolph Run.’

Rudolph The Red-Nosed reindeer is the longest-running holiday special in the world (How the Grinch Stole Christmas came out in 1969, and the Peanuts Special for ran on Thanksgiving night, 1965). There have been several changes to the broadcast version over the year. Did Yukon Cornelious really fire off his guns in that Christmas special? Did he ever find that Peppermint mine? The answer is yes, depending on which edited version you’ve seen.

She started out as a “Dolly for Sue,” and ended up as one of the great mysteries of Christmas … Read the rest…

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