Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Friend Grandpa Al Lewis making a Comeback

It's Official: NBC Orders 'The Munsters' to Pilot
by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
The Munsters
"Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller will write and executive produce the reimagining of the 1960s sitcom.
NBC is going back to the well with The Munsters.
NBC Gives Life to 'Frankenstein' Reboot
The network has picked up the pilot, which is billed as an imaginative reinvention of the classic comedy series as a visually spectacular one-hour drama.

'The Munsters': 'Pushing Daisies' Creator Takes Second Stab at Remake With NBC
The project, which is being produced by Universal Television, will be written and executive produced Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies).
Fuller and NBC first made an attempt to revive the 1960s CBS sitcom last year, with the network ultimately passing.
Fuller’s new look is said to be an edgier and slightly darker take exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster (originally played by Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo) and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
The original series, produced by Universal Studios, aired 70 episodes from 1964-66 on CBS. The series has proved strong in syndication, ultimately producing a spinoff, The Munsters Today, which ran from 1988-91 and lasted 72 episodes. A feature film, Munster, Go Home, and a 1981 NBC telefilm, The Munsters’ Revenge with the original cast, also stemmed from the original property.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Burnt Out in Brooklyn

Don't park at 3rd Ave and 9th St in Brooklyn unless you have fire and strip insurance.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Boardwalk Empire Closeup

This was filmed in Rockaway Queens. It's was supposed to be Memorial Day Atlantic City 1920. I am the Spanish American War Veteran.

My Boardwalk Empire Closeup

The key as an extra to get a closeup is sit next the guy who is going to get wacked in that episode. I manage to get into 3 scenes. I was the Spanish American War Veteran.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in NYC 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Occupy Percy Tavern and Start Feelin Groovy Sat Nov 19th at Percy Tavern

Start Feelin Groovy Sat Nov 19th with some comedy with Barry Crimmins, Randy Credico and myself at Percy Tavern on the Lower Esat Side at 13th and AVE A

Vets For Peace at the NYC Veterans Parade, WAR IS A RACKET

Proud to be with my fellow Vets For Peace at the NYC Veterans Parade. Read after the pics Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC War Is A Racket

Frank Sterns

Ken Dalton

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC
1881 – 1940
Double recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor
“War Is Just A Racket”

“War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

NYC VETERANS DAY PARADE,Abraham Lincoln Brigade banner

Holding the Abraham Lincoln Brigade banner at the NYC Veterans Day parade.

I was proud to interview some of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade members.
During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), almost forty thousand men and women from fifty-two countries, including 2,800 Americans, traveled to Spain to join the International Brigades to help fight fascism. The U.S. volunteers served in various units (medical, combat and transportation) and came to be known collectively as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

New York's Hack Daddy in Boardwalk Empire

I manage to get into 3 scenes in episode 17 of Boardwalk Empire.It happens in the first 5 minutes. This was filmed in Rockaway Queens. It was suppose to be Memorial day Atlantic City 1923. A get together of Civil War. Spanish American war and World War 1 Veterans. I was a Spanish American war Vet.

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