inktober52: sandy

the fireworks are hailing over little eden tonight

In 1978, the film version of the stage musical Grease was released to theaters. It was a huge hit. Personally, I didn’t like it. However, a recent theory concerning the true story of Grease has been making its way across the internet — making the film a bit more enjoyable… at least to me.

According to the theory, Sandy drowned during her summer encounter with Danny Zuko. She was taken unconscious to the hospital where the entire movie is presented as Sandy’s coma-induced fantasy. At the very end, Sandy unfortunately dies and ascends to heaven in a convertible.

Now… doesn’t that make things better?

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DCS: dorothy dare

yoo hoo hoo

Born in Philadelphia, Dorothy Dare began singing in church and made her stage debut at the age of seven. When she got older, she was spotted during a performance by an impressed Florenz Ziegfeld. The famed producer gave Dorothy a place in his stage show. Soon, she was appearing in a series of Vitaphone musical short subjects.

Dorothy co-starred with Bette Davis in the Michael Curtiz directed Front Page Woman in 1935 and Busby Berkeley’s Gold Diggers of 1935. Film critics were impressed by her performances in the shorts rather than her full-length features.

After the 1942 patriotic musical The Yanks are Coming, Dorothy abruptly left show business. She moved to Orange County, California and rarely gave interviews or spoke about her time in Hollywood. She passed away in 1981 at the age of 70. Her death was barely noticed by the press.

Years after her death, an actress in New York began making claims that she was Dorothy Dare and was briefly entertained by the media — until an investigation exposed her as an impostor.

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DCS: john lewis

freedom

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” — John Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020)

I support the movement to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in honor of John Lewis. Edmund Pettus was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

John Lewis was the opposite.

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inktober52: garden

how does your garden grow?

I came upon a child of God/He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going/And this he told me
I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm/I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band
I’m going to camp out on the land/I’m going to try an’ get my soul free
We are stardust/We are golden/And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Max Yasgur, a 49 year-old dairy farmer, leased one of his farm’s fields to concert promoters for their Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in August 1969. He hoped that the festival would help his business and close the so-called “generation gap.” Despite being a staunch Republican and supporter of the war in Vietnam, Max welcomed the crowd of hippies, providing free food and water over the course of three days.

He was chastised by his neighbors and, after the festival, was sued by the owners of many surrounding farms for damages… although Max’s farm sustained far more damage.

In 1971, Max sold his farm and moved to Florida. He passed away eighteen months later at the age of 53.

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DCS: corinne griffith

The Orchid Lady of the Screen

Corinne Griffith was regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses of the silent film era. A biographer’s research revealed that the phrase “the camera loves her” was coined for Corinne. She was praised by critics for her acting abilities, as well. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929. He had the opportunity of produce her own movies, a rarity among women in the early days of Hollywood. As the 20s became the 30s, Corinne’s’ career slowed and she decided to retire from the silver screen in 1932.

In her retirement, Corinne remained very active. She embarked on a new a career – writing. She was very prolific, releasing a number of fiction and non-fiction works. Her 1952 memoir Papa’s Delicate Condition was turned into a film starring Jackie Gleason and Glynis Johns in 1963. She also became active in the real estate market. She delivered speeches supporting her efforts to repeal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.

After two brief marriages, Corinne married Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall in 1936. During her marriage, she wrote the lyrics to “Hail to the Redskins,” the Redskins’ fight song. Marshall passed away in 1958 and Corinne remarried a fourth time, this time to Broadway actor Danny Scholl, who was 25 years her junior.

Corinne’s marriage to Scholl lasted just two months before divorce proceedings began. During the divorce hearing, Corinne claimed that she was not Corinne at all. She claimed that Corinne had died and she was actually Corinne’s younger sister. She also denied that she had been previously married. When she was questioned about her true age, Corinne refused to comment, stating that her religion, Christian Science, prevented her from publicly disclosing it. Two actress acquaintances testified against Corinne’s claims, but she stuck by her story… initially. Until she changed it, explaining that she was Corinne’s twin sister, Mary. She insisted that Corinne had died in 1924 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Mexico.

In the wake of her wild claims, Corinne spent her final years writing in seclusion. She focused on non-fiction, including two collections of essays and an analytical book called Not for Men Only – but Almost, that detailed the appeal of sports to men, and its lack of appeal for most women.

Corinne suffered a stroke in 1979 and passed away in the summer at the age of 84. She left behind an estate worth in excess of 150 million dollars, making her one of the richest women of the time.

 

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inktober52: wires

Good heavens Miss Sakamoto - you're beautiful!

“I don’t believe it! / There she goes again!
She’s tidied up, and I can’t find anything!
All my tubes and wires / And careful notes / And antiquated notions.”
— She Blinded Me with Science

Magnus Pyle was a well-respected scientist, published author, admired expert and Chairman of the Nutrition Society of Scotland long before he became a noted pop star of British New Wave, adding iconic dialog to Thomas Dolby’s 1982 hit “She Blinded Me with Science.”

In 1988, he was badly beaten during a burglary in his home. He passed away in 1992 at the age of 83.

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DCS: mikki jamison

deb girl

Dark-haired with a brilliant smile, Mikki Jamison embodied Hollywood’s vision of “the girl next door.” She made numerous guest appearances in black & white series in the early days of television. From her 1962 screen debut in Hawaiian Eye, Mikki popped up in episodes of Dennis the Menace, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Donna Reed Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet… during which she dated Ricky Nelson. Mikki appeared in an episode of the sitcom Hazel as the wife of Lancer star James Stacy.

Mikki was tagged to star as “Veronica Lodge” in a pilot based on the popular Archie comics, featuring Frank Bank in the title role. Only a pilot was filmed and it was not picked up as a series. Bank cited his own typecasting and identification as “Lumpy Rutherford,” his role on the recently-canceled Leave It to Beaver.  He felt that audiences could see him as another character. In 1965, she was cast in a pair of teen films — one, a beach party movie with Edd “Kookie” Byrnes and the “anti-beach” movie Ski Party with Frankie Avalon.

Later, Mikki was cast as the wife of Kent McCord on the police drama Adam-12. Often referenced, but rarely seen, Mikki appeared in three episodes. After a small role in the action superhero series Wonder Woman and the adventure film Sea Gypsies, Mikki called it a career in 1978.

In June 2013, 70 year-old Mikki was traveling alone on a highway in Idaho. Her car crossed the center line and drove head on into an on-coming pick-up truck. She died instantly.

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DCS: emanuel bronner

soapy

Emanuel Heilbronner emigrated from his native Germany in 1929, dropping the “Heil” from his surname to avoid any association with the Nazis. He begged his parents to follow him to the United States, but they refused. His last correspondence from his parents was in the form of a censored postcard reading: “You were right – your loving father.” They were murdered in a concentration camp.

Emanuel Bronner continued his family business by producing soap in his home. The bottles sported labels crammed with Bronner’s philosophy, which he called “All-One-God-Faith.” He quoted a variety of sources including the Old and New Testaments, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Paine, Jewish sage Hillel the Elder and Jesus, whom he referred to as “Rabbi Jesus.” The passages on the soap bottle labels were often log and rambling, fraught with hyphens and an abundance of exclamation marks.

In 1946, Emanuel was invited to the University of Chicago by a student group to lecture on his so-called “Moral ABC” philosophy. He was arrested for speaking without a permit and committed to a Chicago area mental hospital. After several electroshock treatments, Emanuel escaped.

He moved around the country, finally settling in Escondido, California, where his soap-making operation grew into a small factory. Emanuel passed away in 1997 at the age of 89. At the time, his factory was producing over a million bottles of soap annually. The company, still going strong, is run by Emanuel’s grandson David.

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