Sunday, March 3, 2019

And Now Presenting...

...the ad for my Papa's Model T books...that will be run in the March / April edition of "The Vintage Ford" magazine.

It was designed by Susan Yeager, the Executive Director of the Model T Ford Club of America.  Really appreciate her creative efforts on this...hopeful we might get some positive results this time.
It's another exciting IT disaster weekend... we race to flee our failing RH5 environment and move everything onto a current RH7 system...there are many "reasons" why we languished where we did for years and all of them were discussed and agreed upon by the brain trust at the time...
...but once support for RH5 officially ended and our troubles began, none of those seem valid.

The race continues...
Another snowy start to the morning...
...but at least now it's a March morning...we can actually start thinking about Spring as something more than a forlorn really happens this month, no matter how unlikely the above picture makes that seem.

And to underscore my desperation for some warm weather activities, I got outside and hit a few whiffle golf balls with my hickories in the snow today...
...not quite that bad...
Recent movies screened by the discriminating film critics at the Atomic Monster Cafe...

Notorious - 1946, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains.
A spy noir flick with decent acting by all three leads.

Bonus: Look for the Alfred Hitchcock cameo, often at the beginning of the movie, halfway through it this time at the champagne table during the grand party scene.

The African Queen - 1951, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.
Bogey won the Oscar for Best Actor in this adventure flick set in German East Africa at the start of WWI.  Our two unlikely heroes make a treacherous trip down the Ulanga River and fall in love.  Shot partially on location in Africa, it's a beautiful film.

Bonus: Watch How To Marry A Millionaire and listen for Lauren Bacall's backhanded reference to her husband Humphrey Bogart as "that old guy in the African Queen..."

Roman Holiday - 1953, directed by William Wyler and starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
Hepburn won the Oscar for Best Actress in this fun little romp about a perpetually broke American reporter (Peck) who ends up acting as tour guide for the truant princess (Hepburn).

She longs for a free day to see the sights as a regular person; he sees the biggest payday of his career if he sells the story and pictures of her unauthorized adventure.

By the end of the day they are standing on the precipice of love while he struggles with an attack of conscience.

Bonus: Watch the ending of Notting Hill (Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts) for a tip o' the hat to the ending of Roman Holiday.
A heartfelt "thank you" to whomever it is that purchased the 1st copy of Time Slip Island.  I appreciate your interest and hope you enjoy it.

If it's not too much to ask, could you please convince 500,000 of your closest friends to each buy 2 copies?

I'd like to retire to a chateau and vineyard in Provence...
...instead of a trailer and moonshine still in Kentucky...
...which is where I'm headed now.

later, mcm fans...

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