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Sex Appeal Amid a bit of Mystique

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Today's History Lesson...memorable photographs

There are numerous photographs that have earned the tag famous: History and Memory: Iwo Jima, Kissing the War Goodbye, The Smiles of Diana, just to name a few. One of the most famous photographs of all time occurred on this day, September 15, 1954. The picture captured the sex appeal and mystique of Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Seven Year Itch. "The scene infuriated her husband, Joe DiMaggio, who felt she was quite the exhibitionist, and the couple divorced shortly afterward."

This Day in History: September 15, 1954
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"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." ~ Marilyn Monroe
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Awakenings: Halloween in August???

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When you hear the name Frankenstein, the 'monster' image probably appears as a mask for Halloween or any of the many movies of which he was/is the star: the silent film era, 1910-1921; a film series by Universal Studios, 1931-1997 (plus TV); a film series by Hammer Film Productions, 1957-1974; other adaptations, 1973-2015; plus the loose adaptations (mostly spoofs), 1958-1985. He has indeed been (still is) one popular 'man-made man' so to speak. Of course, movies are not his origin. He was not cast from some screenwriters imagination. Rather, the horror novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was the inspiration behind the scenes. But why celebrate Frankenstein in August? 

August 30 is...
FRANKENSTEIN DAY 
OR
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARY SHELLEY! 

Sharla Shults's insight:
There are actually three known "days' of celebration for Frankenstein, and as a result, a little confusion. Days of horror honor for our monster icon include Frankenstein Day, Frankenstein Friday, and National Frankenstein Day.
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Awakenings: Sizzlin' ♫Grease♫...NOT the oil!

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Today's History Lesson...music & the movies

Through the decade that changed the nation - the 60s, musical hits of Broadway were routinely successful as Hollywood big-budget screen versions. Such films as West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Funny Girl (1968) were among the biggest commercial hits of their era. In the early 70s, successful adaptations of Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Cabaret (1972) proved successful. Out of each of the films evolved some of the most phenomenal soundtracks. However, by the middle of the 70s, Hollywood had all but given up Broadway.

Today in Music History: August 26, 1978

In 1978, Paramount Pictures placed a big bet on a small musical called...
Sharla Shults's insight:
With its upbeat, catchy tunes, whirlin' 50s dance routines and sizzlin' Summer lovin', Grease's feelgood atmosphere just didn't come any better. Grease premiered in New York on June 13, 1978. The soundtrack album featuring photos from the movie became a best seller with the movie itself becoming one of the most successful musicals ever made.
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Awakenings: Where were you in '52?

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Today's History Lesson...the movies

Sometimes it takes only one movie...just one...to kick start the careers of film actors and directors. Then, the movie itself goes on to become a classic, an American icon. These are the films that truly bring back the memories as you stroll down memory lane revisiting the scenes and listening to the music of the era!

This Day in History: August 11, 1973
Sharla Shults's insight:
The 50s - Rockin' in the 50s, Rollin' Too! and the 60s - The decade that changed a nation proudly claim eras of their own. None ever like either one, none to ever be again. Both are definitely iconic America.
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Awakenings: Penguin Craze

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Today's History Lesson...movies

History delegates we step back in time...often way back in time...decades upon decades, centuries upon centuries in the past. That does not have to always be the case. Today we are going to remain in the 21st century with a look back to a movie produced 11 years ago. Not a thriller, a horror flick nor one of romantic nature (among humans anyway). It does depict a lot of action, adventure, drama, at times rather comical and you might even encounter a bit of dance. Its specific category is not even listed among Main Film Genres until you dig deeper into Genre Sub-Sections (Other Major Categories).

This Day in History: July 22, 2005
Sharla Shults's insight:
There are movies that make us roll with laughter until our sides hurt, cry what seems like buckets of tears leaving both eyes looking like Georgia road maps, wish we had never bought the movie tickets because they were a waste of money, or wait in anticipation until released on DVD in order to relive the emotion over and over and over again. Which one is this?
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Awakenings: Run, Forrest! Run!

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Today's History Lesson...the movies

From the humble beginnings of the cinema have been films with memorable movie lines, those that spark moments of happiness, laughter, sadness and tears. Then, there are the movies themselves...the unforgettable ones, the ones we watch time and time again never growing tired of any dialogue, scene, action or romance...Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), The Sound of Music (1965), Grease (1978), Top Gun (1986), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Titanic (1997), The Pianist (2002) just to name a few. Notice two were mentioned from the 90s and such is decade for the movie on this day in history.

This Day in History: July 6, 1994
Sharla Shults's insight:
Run, Forrest! Run! Forrest Gump, an American epic romantic comedy-drama film opens in US theatres on July 6, 1994. The film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom won Tom Hanks his second Oscar, Best Actor in a leading role. As of July 3, 2014, Forrest Gump ranked 31st in the All-Time Box Office charts.
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Awakenings: The 5¢ Theatre Ticket

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"Today's History Lesson...the movies

A great way to celebrate Father's Day is to gather the family together for movie time. Treat Dad, or perhaps even Granddad, to one of his favorite movies of all time along with the popcorn, beer, wine or whatever beverage of his choice. Before the movie starts, engage everyone in conversation about the early stages of moviedom. It is very possible a "Dad" in your family might have recollections from a granddad, great Uncle, etc. that will whet your historical appetite.

This Day in History: June 19, 1905"

Sharla Shults's insight:
On June 19, 1905, some 450 people attend the opening day of the world’s first nickelodeon, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed by the showman Harry Davis...
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Awakenings: Let's all go to the drive-in!

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"Today's History Lesson

Do you remember watching movies under the stars, in your automobile? That's right, the drive-in movies, aka Park-In Theaters! The concession stand offered the best popcorn around along with true fountain drinks made from dark, rich syrup. Some of the best times were not so much watching the movie while sitting inside the automobile as sitting on the hood of the car!

Where and by whom did the first drive-in movie get started?

This Day in History: June 6, 1933"

Sharla Shults's insight:
Richard Milton Hollingshead, Jr. opened the first open-air, drive-in movie theater on this day, June 6, 1933 in Camden, New Jersey. The concept of watching movies outdoors wasn't new as people often set up screens at beaches or other places where a wide expanse of sky stretched upward and outward.
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Awakenings: There's no truer grit than...True Grit (1969)

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"Growing up in the 50s and 60s meant cowboys and Indians, instead of iPhones and iPads! Time was spent outdoors playing the games children should play, enjoying nature and getting dirty. Mud on our faces, dirt in our shoes, soiled shirts and grass-stained jeans...that's what childhood life was all about!

When time was allowed for television, some of the best shows on TV were the Westerns...the shoot 'em ups where the bad guys were shot but always lived to play another 'baddie' in yet another Western movie. NO foul language, NO obscene sex."

This Day in History: April 7, 1970

Sharla Shults's insight:
It was on this day April 7, 1970 that the Motion Picture Academy considered John Wayne worthy of an oscar. This would be his first - and only - oscar. Hard to believe it took Wayne playing a one-eyed fat man in the movie True Grit to earn him the award.
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Awakenings: Frankenstein

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This Day in History: March 11, 1818 


What comes to mind when you hear the name Mary Shelley? Of course, if I asked the same question but referenced Frankenstein instead, you might get a clearer mental image. It is like comparing Bram Stoker to Dracula.


Do you think the picture above is the image Shelley had in mind when she wrote the book? Frankenstein was published in 1818 and the picture is from Frankenstein 1931 (Movie).

Sharla Shults's insight:

Does the picture depict the original Frankenstein? Which of the movies or TV shows are really Frankenstein? Do you even know who truly is the REAL Frankenstein? The only way to  to know him for real is to read the book!

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Awakenings: Hollywood Legend Remembered

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This Day in History: January 16, 1942


A TWA skyliner crashed suddenly against an icy Nevada mountain killing 22 persons, including Carole Lombard, her mother and 15 Army men. The incident happened during the return flight from a World War II War Bond tour. The disaster was so devastating it destroyed every ship's paper that would be of aid in solving the puzzle of the crash.

Sharla Shults's insight:

The love Clark Gable and Carole Lombard shared for six years was that Hollywood rarity: the real thing.

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You okay, Hoppy?

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"This Day in (Old West) History: September 12, 1972

Ah-h-h! Nostalgia at its finest and completely irreplaceable...that's the Westerns! The advent of motion pictures, the senses of cinema, brought history to life, especially back in the days of the ol' West. The rugged mountainous terrain, a rough-and-tumble dusty life, travel by foot, horseback, covered wagon or stagecoach, and the sound of the swinging saloon doors reverberating as they whipped open...Enter the tough cowboy with a huge chip on his shoulder."

Sharla Shults's insight:
The evolution of the Hopalong Cassidy films is indeed interesting as "Hoppy" moved up and down the movie ladder of success. Read MORE about William Boyd and Hopalong Cassidy pre- and post-war eras. In the post-WWII years, film production costs skyrocketed, people's movie tastes and habits were changing, and the B Western was fading. The new-fangled gadget known as television brought the wild, wild West directly into the home and was a significant boost for Boyd's career.
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Awakenings: ♫Oh, Pretty Woman!♫

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"It is not unusual for a novel to become a movie. Many classics have resounded their presence decade after decade upon the silver screen. Among the greats are Gone With the Wind, The Great Gatsby, The Last Picture Show, To Kill a Mockingbird, just to name a few. There are also movie series, such as Harry Potter and Twilight. Less known are the songs that have been made into movies. A few that immediately come to mind are Stand By Me, La Bamba, Walk the Line, Cold Miner's Daughter and The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. The song in the spotlight today is still going strong over 50 years after its release with the movie being an all-time favorite.

Today in Music History: August 29, 1964

Welcome into the Spotlight...Roy Orbison

Sharla Shults's insight:
Roy Orbison was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads with a typical theme of heartache. Music scholars have suggested that Orbison had a three- or four-octave range and his powerful, impassioned voice earned him the sobriquet "the Caruso of Rock." In fact it is claimed that The Big O and Enrico Caruso were the only 20th century tenors capable of hitting E over high C.
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Awakenings: Dirty Dancing Hits Theaters

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"This Day in History: August 21, 1987

A massive, unexpected box-office hit, one of the greatest movies of all times, Dirty Dancing, opens in theaters across the nation. Originally billed as a low-budget film by a new studio, Great American Films Limited Partnership, its expectations consisted of the film being shown in theaters for one weekend only, then, direct-to-video. To lessen its hopes of success even more was the fact that the cast consisted of no major stars at the time (except Broadway legend Jerry Orbach in a supporting role)." 

Sharla Shults's insight:
Has everyone gone mad? Is the theater jamming as the audience begins a rampage of dirty dancing up and down the aisles? What movie can bring on such excitement that cannot keep people in their seats? Actually, the dirty dancing takes place on the silver screen but the music and the motion makes dancing most enticing...even to present day!
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Awakenings: ♫Eye of the Tiger♫

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Filmmakers often depend upon certain passages of music to "produce specific emotional reactions in their audiences." The one in today's spotlight was a smash hit, not only from the perspective of the film but also from reviews of music lovers whether they viewed the film or not. Totally unforgettable!
 
Today in Music History: July 24, 1982
Sharla Shults's insight:
The band Survivor is best known for a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger'. This hit was written by band members Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik for the 1982 movie Rocky III. It was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen's 'Another One Bites the Dust'.