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Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 9:58pm : Billy Ingram
I went to ConvergeSouth this weekend, a conference of local bloggers. It was really interesting, with lots of spirited back and forth about the new media, where it fits in with the old ways, newspapers in particular. The whole thing was flawlessly executed, casual and often unintentionally revealing. I only wish I could have stayed for the whole thing.

Elizabeth EdwardsThe keynote speaker was Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator John Edwards who is out now promoting her book, Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers. (If I'm not mistaken the proceeds from this book go to charity?)

The founder of, one of those Bizarro-world conservative blogging communities, expected - as did I - that her message would be tainted with politics, or at least be a prolonged plug for her book. That would have been only fair, after all. Instead, I found her to be a genuinely nice person, what I think of as the modern southern lady, the kind of folks I grew up with. Insightful and inclusive in her remarks (with no books in sight - I mean at all), Ms. Edwards was wonderfully down to earth - especially when you consider she had just made an appearance on Oprah a few days earlier.

She had a lot to say about creating and being involved in online (and offline) communities; it's what her book is about, essentially. Apparently. I haven't read it. Her presentation was unprepared and casual and I couldn't have been more impressed. There's a certain joy in watching someone who is clearly used to public speaking kick back and engage an audience off the cuff. That takes a certain talent that few people possess.

I was going to say that she's the polar opposite of Laura Bush - without that being a slam on either lady; how impressive it was that someone can be that plain spoken after all she's been through in the public light. I certainly wouldn't expect to see much humility in Hillary Clinton or Mrs. George Allen or Tipper Gore.

Ms. Edwards mentioned in passing that her husband has a hard time blogging because he doesn't type very well. I sympathize. I type with one finger - two when I really get into the groove. I type quickly, almost as fast as someone who types for real - but the text is riddled with mistakes that I have to go back and correct. Overall it's a frustrating experience. So why don't I take a typing course as has been suggested to me? If this old dog learns any new tricks it will be a skill I don't currently possess - like writing.

Anyway, the blogger's conference got me thinking about whether I should start blogging about my personal life - or what I think about this and that. Maybe I will. Truth is, I don't find my life all that interesting right now and I can't imagine anybody else would either. The TVparty Blog is the Un-Blog?!?



Buster KeatonFriday, October 13, 2006 - 5:59pm : Billy Ingram
In the mid-fifties, legendary silent film comedian Buster Keaton starred in commercials for (among others) Alka-Seltzer. In this spot you get to see 'Speedy,' Alka-Seltzer's animated mascot.



Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 4:45pm : Billy Ingram
Here are some random clips I added over the last few months that you may have missed. Pretend you care...

Red Skelton and Martha Raye in a rehearsal for The Red Skelton Show in the 1960s. Red would do a run-through for the CBS staffers before taping his program each week. It was anything goes at these rehearsals where the dirty jokes flew. Martha Raye happily joined in.

Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen / early-1980s

CBS 1986 Saturday Morning transitions

Did you know William Shatner sold Olds in 1987 with his daughter - part of the 'Not Your Father's Oldsmobile' campaign.



pat paulsenWednesday, October 11, 2006 - 4:44pm : Billy Ingram
Another sound clip: the late, great Pat Paulsen was running for President again in 1975. Here's one of his comedy routines from that election cycle where he skewers the primary candidates on both sides.



George Burns TV SpecialWednesday, October 11, 2006 - 4:36pm : Billy Ingram
Here's another sound clip I recorded from the television during the mid-seventies with one of my favorite comedians, George Burns.

Also from those tapes - Gilda Radner announcing a two week hiatus for SNL on 10-30-74.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 9:16am : Billy Ingram
How cool is this?!?
S'more Entertainment has The Paul Lynde Halloween Special listed as "Coming Soon" in their product listings. But I doubt that it will be available in time for Halloween this year. The company is changing its distribution company from the St. Clair Entertainment Group to Image Entertainment beginning in January and, I suspect, will not be able to bring the DVD to market this year . . . but, at least, it's "on the radar screen."
- Regards, Bob Huggins

I know I'll be buying a copy...


Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 6:26am : Billy Ingram
I love Halloween. Did you know this is the 40th anniversary of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? I saw a really cool book at Borders the other day that relates the entire story of the special and reprints the picture book that was released in 1966 in conjunction with the broadcast (I still have my original copy).
It's also the 30th anniversary of The Paul Lynde Halloween Special with Paul camping it up with Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked With of the West, Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo, Donny & Marie, Tim Conway, Roz Kelly as Pinkie Tuscadero and the first primetime appearance of KISS. I understand there are bootlegs on Ebay - this one really should be on DVD.


Phyllis Diller ShowsSunday, October 8, 2006 - 10:06am : Billy Ingram
One of the best theme songs of the sixties (of all time, really) came from a show that only lasted a half-season - The Pruitts Of Southampton starring Phyllis Diller. It was written by the immortal Vic Mizzy, who also wrote the themes for The Addams Family, Green Acres, Mr. Terrific and so many other classics.
Michael Thom recently sent us this tune - he taped it off of the TV with a reel-to-reel recorder in 1966 and it's a joy. Think we'll ever see this one on DVD? Not likely - yet this show, Camp Runamuck, Hank and other one season wonders from the golden age are the programs I really want to see again.


Friday, October 6, 2006 - 2:06pm : Billy Ingram
I reviewed the new Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5 here if you're interested. Great series! And I'm loving Dick Cavett Show: Hollywood Greats, where entire shows are presented starring Bette Davis, Robert Mitchum, Groucho, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and other legends. Not the usual hatchet job where you get the 'best of.'



Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 11:44am : Billy Ingram
Was the funniest man in America (IMHO) - Paul Mooney of the Richard Pryor and Dave Chapelle shows - censored? Scary stuff... you can be too smart and funny for today's America. Referring to the Bush daughters as Gin and Juice? Priceless. Read for yourself.
Of course, this is the day and age when you can be arrested for criticizing the vice-president to his face. Shameful.



Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 10:33am : Billy Ingram
Bob Newhart bookI Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny - by Bob Newhart
A couple of weeks ago, I received a copy of this book to review - but it took me until a couple of days ago to get it back. When it arrived, I had a houseguest and he immediately devoured the book. He loved it so much he was recounting the hilarious stories in it at every opportunity. I finally had to tell him to stop - that I wanted to read it myself! Then he hijacked the book to give to his parents and they didn't want to put it down either. Everyone who got a hold of it thought it was a sensation.
And no wonder. The stories in this book are priceless. This is the closest we may get to an autobiography of Bob Newhart - as such, it's a breezy romp from one great show business story to another.
When I see Bob Newhart on TV these days - and it's an all too-rare occurrence - I think of him as our elder statesman of comedy; the forerunner of the smart, early-sixties comedians that distinguished himself from the Bob Hope / Jerry Lewis prototype to usher in a new age of intelligent comedy. After Newhart and his contemporaries, people could laugh with - and not solely at - the comedian. This book is a pleasant reflection on his years in the business; wall to wall smiles and laughs - insightful, delightful and only the least bit spiteful. Click here to order from Amazon.


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