Hate is such a strong word! But, it comes pretty close to how I feel about Great White after February 20, 2003. That is the night that 100 people died in a fire that was started by the band at The Station. This wasn’t a stadium where they decided to set off pyrotechnics. It was a night club. Maybe they knew that their music alone couldn’t get the audience into the concert, so they decided to use pyrotechnics. They weren’t the only ones with blood on their hands. The cheap-ass owners, the Derderian brothers (Michael and Jeffrey) installed crappy sound insulation foam which caught fire easily.
Although, Great White wasn’t 100% at fault, and one of their band members died (lead guitarist Ty Longley), they will never get a dime from me. Plus it doesn’t help that I never care much for their music anyway. I much prefer Whitesnake or White Lion.
Question: What film had Robin Williams’ character telling his long-lost father, “We got the same squinky eye”?
Last Question: What series starring Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker was nearly dropped in 1982, until CBS put it in the slot after Magnum P.I.?
Answer: Simon & Simon
On Simon & Simon, Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker played brothers who had their own private detective business. McRaney played the street smart, Vietnam Vet Rick, and Parker played the book-smart Andrew Jackson aka A.J.
After Simon & Simon, Jameson Parker did not really have any other major roles. He appeared in several television movies. In his book An Accidental Cowboy, Jameson Parker recounts his life after Simon & Simon. Another book Parker has written is called To Absent Friends, which he calls “a collection of stories of the dogs we miss”.
Other than Simon & Simon, Gerald McRaney had another role that he was well known for, Major John D. “Mac” MacGillis in the sitcom Major Dad. Most recently, he starred as the villainous General Morrison in 2010’s A-Team movie. Now, he has a recurring role as a judge in the show Fairly Legal on the USA channel.
This was a tough one! My favorite band changes daily. I almost went with Journey, but I believe that I already have a couple of songs by them on here, and there will be more.
So, today, Queen is my favorite band. Each member is a musical genius. Freddie Mercury has the best rock voice of all time. Brian May is an outstanding and unique guitarist. Roger Taylor is a great drummer and has a really good voice himself. And John Deacon has perhaps two of the most recognizable bass riffs in rock music – “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Under Pressure”
Here is one of my favorite songs by Queen, and perhaps one of their must underrated:
Question: What series starring Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker was nearly dropped in 1982, until CBS put it in the slot after Magnum P.I.?
Last Question: What year was the first Space Shuttle launch, and what was the name of the first Shuttle?
Answer: 1981, and it was Space Shuttle Columbia
Columbia was successfully launched on April 12, 1981, the 20th anniversary of the first human spaceflight (Vostok 1), and returned on April 14, 1981, after orbiting the Earth 36 times, landing on the dry lake-bed runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The first flight of Columbia (STS-1) was commanded by John Young, a Gemini and Apollo veteran who was the ninth person to walk on the Moon in 1972, and piloted by Robert Crippen, a rookie astronaut.
First Shuttle Landing
Unfortunately, Columbia came to a disastrous end on February 1, 2003.
It was on its way back from completing its 28th mission when it disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.
Question: What year was the first Space Shuttle launch, and what was the name of the first Shuttle?
Last Question: Where did Ernest go, in the title of the first Ernest movie?
Ernest Goes to Camp was the first movie when it was released in 1987.
Other Ernest movies include Ernest Saves Christmas, Slam Dunk Ernest, Ernest Goes to Jail, Ernest Goes to Africa, Ernest Rides Again, Ernest Goes to School, Ernest Scared Stupid, and Ernest in the Army.
But, Ernest did not start off in movies. The character, played by Jim Varney, appeared in television commercials. He would talk to Vern about whatever product he was hocking. The commercials were structured in a way to allow the viewer to be Vern, as Ernest looked directly in the camera whenever Vern was addressed.
Here are some classics:
In addition to playing Ernest, Jim Varney played Jed Clampett in the 1993 movie version of The Beverly Hillbillies, and he did the voice for the Slinky Dog in the first two Toy Story movies. Varney was replaced by Blake Clark in Toy Story 3 due to his death in 2000.
Varney died of lung cancer on February 10, 2000 in his home in White House, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, at the age of 50.