Donna S.'s blog

Whatever Happened to Theme Songs?

Composer Vic Mizzy died this week at the age of 93. You might ask, “Who’s Vic Mizzy?” Good question. He’s the man responsible for the theme songs of classic sitcoms The Addams Family and Green Acres. Is there a child of the 60s who can’t sing those theme songs?

It's a Small Town After All

I grew up in a town of approximately 2500 people. In fact, there are still about that many people there. Perhaps for that reason, I have an affinity for movies and TV series set in small towns. Occasionally the movies still pop up. But we have fewer and fewer TV shows set in locations outside major cities.

Now I could bounce all over the map and find movies and TV series to fit the criteria. But I’m going to stick close to home and talk about films and series where the action is set in Texas.

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving

Time to make a confession, one that will come as no surprise to my family, friends, and co-workers: I love Canada. I do. Have ever since I was a kid and found out that that big area of land above the United States was another, totally different country. What a concept! And then I started reading up on it and learned about the history and Mounties and everything else that makes Canada unique. Later on I met someone from Saskatchewan who became my best friend, so  I’ve had the opportunity to visit there a few times. 

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Does anybody really care? Yes! I do! Because I’m a sucker for time travel stories. Have been since I was a kid. I like watching the time traveler cope with a land in which the familiar is suddenly unfamiliar. And maybe they learn a thing or two along the way.

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I began thinking of some DVDs and videos we have here at the library. We have many Spanish language movies and telenovelas, but I considered the idea of heritage in a slightly different way. I chose some movies that focus on second and third generation Hispanic Americans and their lives and choices. These titles are well worth checking out.

 

Patrick Swayze (1952-2009)

While talking with a friend on the phone last night, she told me that Patrick Swayze had died.

Your Day in Court

I’ve mentioned growing up watching TV on a black & white set.  Well, one of the first shows I remember watching is Perry Mason.  (Yes, I’m old.  Not older than dirt.  Just as old as dirt.) Now I was very young and don’t recall if I really followed the storyline; but since the rest of my family was glued to the tube, I watched, too.  Hey, I was a kid of the 50s-60s.  It was TV.  I was gonna watch.

The Awesomeness of Color Movies

Last time I wrote about how much I love black & white movies and recommended a few titles. This time I’d like to talk about color movies. Because, yes, I love them, too.

The Awesomeness of Black & White Movies

When your favorite movies are black & white, and you confess that to people, many of them look at you as if you're some kind of alien species.

"Black and white?! That's boring!"

I grew up with a television that had a dial and wires to an outside antenna and showed only black & white. We didn't get a color TV until I was 12 years old. So for me, entertainment began in glorious black, white, and gray. That could account for my love of the oldies.

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