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“Believe It Or Not?”

A word that is 184 letters long? A three-story home built by a blind man? A man who can pick up and hold, in one hand, twelve billiard balls? Allow Mr. Robert Ripley to answer all of these burning questions, and more, with a nostalgic look back to 1930 from his “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” short subject! 

I’m sure you’re familiar with Ripley’s books and television shows. But, did you know that Ripley (and the company bearing his name) produced his syndicated cartoon features in over 200 worldwide newspapers, broadcast several radio series to every world nation, created thirty-two “Odditorium” museums around the world, maintains an website and blog, and made an early talkie film series for Warner Brothers? Believe it or not!

Ripley was an avid artist, an explorer extraordinaire, a tireless traveler, and a generally busy guy, who, if had been a cat, would have surely died too soon from his insatiable curiosity. 

Enjoy more Ripley videos on MrJadedtom’s YouTube channel.

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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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When you’re messin’ with Rose, hang on to your teddy bear!

For your one-minute morning chuckle, here’s Rose, also known as Betty White, from the hit TV show, The Golden Girls. Gotta love her!


Posted by on August 18, 2013 in TV, Video


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A Cast of Characters in Comedy

As a single act…all first class!

As a team…second to none!


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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Movie, TV


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My 100th post done! I’ve finally found “Serenity”!

Captain Mal Reynolds

Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion)

To celebrate this 100th post, I will revel like a good nerd should … I’ll sit back, whip off my browncoat, and ask my favorite TV cast from Firefly to join me.  

Disclaimer: to those who don’t know Firefly, I apologize for all the show-specific slang ahead.

"Wash" Washburne

“Wash” Washburne (Alan Tudyk)

First, thank you all for readin’ my Pastimes blog — more than once! You know who you are, I’m pointin’ right at ya! I couldn’t have kept bloggin’ along if it weren’t for you guys!

Jayne Cobb

Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin)

Writin’ can be dandy, but it can also be dreadful! Most of the time, I ask myself, “what am I thinkin’?” And, most of the time someone answers back, “you aren’t!”

Dr. Simon Tam

Dr. Simon Tam (Sean Maher)

Once, while lookin’ for a post idea, I was so ornery that I wished Dr. Tam could swap Badger’s brain for mine so I could smuggle other people’s posts into my blog. However, it would be just my luck and Tam would plop in the brain of a flesh-eatin’ Reaver! Yikes!

Zoe Washburne

Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres)

Every other mornin’, I would whine that I had writer’s block. I wanted to rabbit right back to my foxhole. But, I knew that joyless Jayne would find me and haul me right back, kickin’ and screamin’! 

Shepherd Book

Shepherd Book (Ron Glass)

Before my 50th post, I thought about givin’ up. I had a vision … someone was standin’ over me with wild, white hair. I heard chanting … “get the Shepherd, get the Shepherd!” 

River Tam

River Tam (Summer Glau)

After bein’ “saved” by the Shepherd, I dreamt that River sent me to my room for more rest and reflection. One can’t be too “shiny,” you know!

Kaylee Frye

Kaylee Frye (Jewel Staite)

On the way to my 75th post, I knew it was time for desperate measures; my essay engine needed rewirin’ fast. Could I channel ever-chipper, mechanical magician Kaylee to “get my bird in the air”?

Inara Serra & Kaylee Frye

Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin) & Kaylee Frye (Jewel Staite)

All was quiet now; my writin’ monster had been soothed once again. My 99th post was finished and here was my 100th! I think I’m ready for the next 100. Somewhere up in the sky, I hear a voice. Sounds like Joss whispering “Gohn Shi” (congratulations).

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Movie, TV


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Like father, like daughter – Robert and Elizabeth Montgomery

A chip off the old block! You could certainly say that about TV’s “Bewitched” star, Elizabeth Montgomery. Her father was Robert Montgomery, popular Hollywood actor of the 30’s and 40’s, and TV producer in the 50’s. Actually, I lied. Elizabeth was a “double” chip off the old block, as she was also the daughter of Broadway actress Elizabeth Bryan (Allen). Great genes!

To introduce, or remind you, how funny and charming Robert could be, check out the first video above. The next video catches a young Elizabeth awkwardly giggling on her father’s TV show, “Robert Montgomery Presents.” (31 seconds into the clip.) On the last video, you can see the familiar proof of Elizabeth’s inherited comical expressions and timing. Definitely, a family affair!

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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Movie, TV, Video


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“When I started my career, I thought I would be a character actor. I never thought I had a chance at leading man roles. I thought that was for good-looking guys with talent.” Harrison Ford

Who doesn’t love Harrison Ford? Well, I guess there are a few of you who might not, but I won’t let that stop me. For those of you who are fervent fans, you’ll appreciate watching young Harrison in this TV episode clip of The Virginian (1967)…10 years before he became heartthrob Han Solo!

Although, Harrison made three appearances before this show, I chose a longer clip to give you more viewing time of our young master carpenter playing cowboy. A role that could easily have prepared him for his future Star Wars outlaw.

Harrison once said, “I don’t want to be a movie star, I want to be in movies that are stars.” Visit IMDb and YouTube to discover more about our humble Harrison

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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Movie, TV, Video


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Separate & Together!

CREDIT: Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer. “Hilda Kassell, E. 53rd St., New York City. Father reading newspaper, two children viewing television,” 1950. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-G613-T01-57609.

Now, why didn’t I think of that! Resourceful “partition” of family time. 

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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Books, Photos, TV


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