“You are the same today you’ll be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
I just recently discovered that quote, and I have to say that I can really identify with it. I love to read and there are so many books that have made a big impact in my life. Also, in the past two years since I’ve started blogging, I’ve met some really cool new people online, and that too has enriched my life.
One of the coolest bloggers, heck one of the coolest people period, that I have met in the past two years has been Karen, author of the blog Shadows and Satin and editor of an awesome newsletter called The Dark Pages. She writes mostly about film noir and pre-code films, and not only is she very passionate and knowledgeable about the topics she writes about, she also has a great sense of humor that makes her blog really stand out. Please be sure to visit her site before you read any further!
Always one of my most generous supporters, Karen recently presented me with a Liebster Award (thank you Karen!), which came with some fun requirements. As a recipient of the award, I am supposed to list 11 random facts about me and answer the 11 questions given to me; nominate 11 other blogs; and present the recipients with 11 new questions.
11 Random Facts About Me:
- Once again this year, I’ll be fighting feelings of sadness and jealousy over not being able to attend the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. However . . .
- This year, it just happens to fall on the same days as the NFL draft, which my sister and I love to watch together every year while snacking on sweet treats such as French Lace Cookies and oatmeal caramel bars. Doing that will go a long way towards easing my sadness.
- I play the alto saxophone, and I love it whenever I see one being played in a classic movie or when I discover that a classic movie star, such as Fred MacMurray, played one in real life.
- I could probably listen to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony all day long and never get sick of it.
- I’m currently addicted to watching The Food Network. My favorite shows are Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Giada at Home, Chopped, Iron Chef America, 30 Minute Meals, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Cupcake Wars.
- I serve on the Board of my local area historical society.
- I walked a full marathon in 2001 and am currently training to walk my second half marathon later this year.
- Even though I’m not very good at either one, I love to play tennis and golf.
- The three cities in Europe I most want to visit are Paris, Vienna, and Prague.
- The only place I’ve been to outside of the United States is China. I spent two weeks there in 2006.
- I love to fly and spend time in airports! Long layovers don’t bother me one bit.
And here are my answers to Karen’s questions, which I had a lot of fun with!
What movie do you watch every time it comes on TV?
Jim Halpert would be ashamed of me (that’s an inside joke for all you fans of The Office), but for some reason I can never resist watching Legally Blonde. Either that or Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. “Well, I guess we better send the ol’ ball and chain out to buy us more.” That’s another inside joke for my sister, Eileen.
What’s your favorite movie musical?
Singin in the Rain. It’s a great movie regardless of genre, I absolutely love Gene Kelly, and the dance numbers in the movie are incredible.
What classic movie star would you have most liked to meet?
Oh, Jimmy Stewart most definitely!
What’s your most treasured movie or TV-related possession?
It’s not exactly a possession, but I’d have to say Turner Classic Movies. I was without cable for over 8 years and finally got it installed again last November. It’s so great to once again have access to such a great collection of movies that I may not get to see otherwise, and of course to be “reunited” with Robert Osborne.
If you could make a living doing whatever you wanted to do, what would that be?
Anything that would involve one or more of my biggest passions; history, classic movies, sports, music, or reading.
What’s your favorite movie western?
I hate to say this, but I don’t have one. I just recently watched my very first western (Winchester ’73) and despite the fact that it starred my favorite actor of all time, Jimmy Stewart, I didn’t like it at all. I am very sensitive to violence so any movie with a lot of fighting and/or shooting scenes is going to be very difficult for me to get through. I have to admit that I fast forwarded through much of the movie for that reason, and I’m not sure if westerns will be a big part of my future movie watching experience.
Have you ever had an encounter with a movie or TV star?
About 10 years ago I was standing in the same hotel lobby in downtown Chicago as Richard Gere. I would estimate I was about 30 feet away from him. A few of the women I was with were swooning over him, but I have never found him all that attractive so I just sort of stood there and gawked.
If you could program a perfect day of movies on TCM, what would be the seven films on your schedule?
The Philadelphia Story, The Lady Eve, Double Indemnity, The Third Man, Rear Window, Notorious, All This and Heaven Too
Who are your top five favorite fictional characters?
George Bailey, Rick Blaine, Marty McFly, Neil Page, and Del Griffith (I could name so many more, but those are the first ones that popped into my head)
What movie have you seen more often than any other?
I haven’t kept count, but it’s probably a close race between my favorite comedy of all time, Plains, Trains, and Automobiles and the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott, which I watch just about every year on Christmas Eve. Although I seem to be in the minority, that is my favorite version of that movie.
Bette Davis or Joan Crawford?
Definitely Bette Davis. I like Joan Crawford and quite a few of her movies, but Bette Davis is one of my two favorite actresses along with Barbara Stanwyck.
As for nominating 11 other bloggers, I’m just going to use this as a way to let you know about some of the other great bloggers out there who do a great job of covering classic film. There is no obligation for them to participate, unless of course they are interested in doing so. In the interest of time, I am going to ask that they answer the same questions Karen posed to me if they do participate.
Here are 11 great blogs you should check out:
- Lasso the Movies
- Grand Old Movies
- Silver Screen Modiste
- Journeys in Classic Film
- Movie Star Makeover
- My Love of Old Hollywood
- Vintage Style Files
- The Girl with the White Parasol
- Silver Screenings
- Bette’s Classic Movie Blog
- Dear Mr. Gable
Thanks for reading and supporting the classic movie blogging community!