Dec 25, 2016

Hardrock, Coco and Joe


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Hardrock, Coco and Joe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hardrock, Coco and Joe is a short stop motion animated cartoon based on a song written by Stuart Hamblen. It is about three of Santa Claus' helpers who ride on Santa's sleigh each Christmas

The short has become an annual "Christmas Classic" on Chicago's WGN-TV and Johnstown, PA WJAC-TV since its introduction in the mid-1950s. The film is entirely in black-and-white.

Its full title is Hardrock, Coco and Joe - The Three Little Dwarfs. It was originally created by a company called Centaur Productions utilizing the stop-motion talents of artist Wah Ming Chang. Its running time is about 2 minutes and 45 seconds. (The Santa figure's facial features resemble Wah Chang.) This cartoon is traditionally broadcast with their two other short Christmas cartoons, "Suzy Snowflake" and "Frosty the Snowman".

According to the narrative song, Hardrock drives Santa's sleigh, and Coco navigates with maps. Santa "has no need for Joe/ but takes him 'cause he loves him so". (However, in the Bozo the Clown special "A Bozo Christmas," Coco states that Joe, who was unable to go with them that year due to illness, was in charge of crisis management.) 

Part of the charm of this primitively-made cartoon is that Joe, the smallest of the three, and very boyish-looking, has a deep bass voice.

Oh-lee-o-lay-dee, o-lay-dee-I-ay
Donner and Blitzen, away, away
Oh-lee-o-lay-dee, o-lay-dee-I-oh
I'm Hardrock!
I'm Coco!
I'm Joe!

Dec 19, 2016

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

The Photo was from 1925 by the Chicago Daily News

The site below has the photo and many other nice photos.

You can do a google search for any image by right clicking the image and searching for the source.

Dec 16, 2016

Andy Bendel MPHS Jan 66

Our dear friend Andy Bendel MPHS Jan 66 died earlier this year.  We made 4 movies together in the 1960s.  Those features are no longer around to view.  

However there is a 1992 feature film starring John Goodman that in fact features an enthusiastic radio announcer.  That radio announcer is played by our friend Andy Bendel.  

Attached is the cover of the DVD of that film, as well as the scenes that feature our good friend, Andrew Bendel!
Play this clip whenever you want to remember our high school friend, Andy Bendel.

Click to Play the Clip 

Chuck Kuenneth

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Dec 14, 2016

Senior Wisdom......

Senior Wisdom...... 

Lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that, at my age, I don't really give a rat anymore. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. 
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, and drinks water, but is still fat. 
A rabbit runs, and hops, and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn't run, and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And they tell us to exercise? I don't think so. 
Now that I'm older, here's what I've discovered: 
1.  I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it. 
2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran. 
3. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded. 
4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded. 
5. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it? 
6. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than it was to get wiser. 
7. Some days, you're the top dog, some days you're the hydrant. 
8. I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them. 
9. Kids in the back seat cause accidents. 
10. Accidents in the back seat cause kids. 
11. It is hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere. 
12. The world only beats a path to your door when you're in the bathroom. 
13. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees. 
14. When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess. 
15. It is not hard to meet expenses . . . They're everywhere. 
16. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. 
17. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . . I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm "here after". 
18. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded. 
19. It is a lot better to be seen than viewed. 
20. Have I sent this message to you before...or did I get it from you?

Dec 12, 2016

The female sleeping quarters will be out-of-bounds

The Department of the Navy is now assigning females to quarters in a separate private OFF LIMITS area on all aircraft carriers...

Addressing all boat personnel at Pearl Harbor, CINCPAC advised, "The female sleeping quarters will be out-of-bounds for all males.  Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time."

He continued, " Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $50. 

Being caught a third time will cost you a fine of $100.   Are there any questions?"

At this point the Marine Sergeant Major from the security detail assigned to the ship inquired: 

"How much for a season pass???"

Dec 8, 2016

Dinosaur Tail in Amber

(CNN)The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.
Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border.
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John Glenn, Semper Fi

John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016) was an American aviatorengineerastronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the earth, circling three times. Before joining NASA, he was a distinguished fighter pilot in both World War II and Korea.

He was one of the "Mercury Seven" group of military test pilotsselected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first astronauts. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titovand the sub-orbital flightsof Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. Glenn was the earliest-born American to go to orbit, and the second earliest-born man overall after Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy. Glenn received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. Glenn was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven after the death of Scott Carpenter in 2013.

Glenn resigned from NASA on January 16, 1964, and the next day announced plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio, but withdrew after an accident. He retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965. A member of the Democratic Party, he finally won election to the Senate in 1974 and served through January 3, 1999.

On October 29, 1998, while still a sitting senator, he became the oldest person to fly in space, and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs, when at age 77, he flew as a Payload Specialiston Discovery mission STS-95. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

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Semper Fi, Marine

Deaths in Afghanistan

Our troops in Afghanistan are still fighting and dying.  The son of friends of ours is Commanding troops there and has lost three soldiers and two contractors. Very sad.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. 
Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown, 46, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died Dec. 6 at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan, that occurred on Nov. 12.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Also killed in the incident were:
          Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California, who died Nov. 12. 
          Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois, who died Nov. 12.

Dec 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later

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Chicago Snow - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

This photo shows Old Wolf Road at about 207th in Mokena. Submitted by Nancy Osbourne

The Chicago area finally got its first snowfall of the season on Sunday.

And Mother Nature held nothing back, leaving more than 8 inches of snow for some towns and going down in the record books as the largest first snowfall of the season for Chicago. The 6.1 inches of snow recorded at O’Hare Airport on Sunday beat the previous first snowfall record of 4.6 inches set back in 1964, according to the National Weather Service.

Record First Snow of Season and a Look Ahead to This Week's Weather Forecast

As for the Chicago-area town with the highest recorded snowfall for Sunday, those honors go to Romeoville where residents are digging out from 8.1 inches of snow.

How did other towns fare during the first snowfall? Here is a rundown of how many inches fell in several Chicago-area towns:
Romeoville (Will): 8.1 inches
Joliet (Will): 7.5
Geneva (Kane): 7.4
Plainfield (Will): 7.2
Elburn (Kane): 7.0
North Aurora (Kane): 7.0
Elgin (Kane): 7.0
Downers Grove (Du Page): 6.9
Buffalo Grove (Lake); 6.9
Elk Grove Village (Cook): 6.8
Westmont (Du Page):.6.5
New Lenox (Will): 6.4
Batavia (Kane): 6.3
Riverwoods (Lake): 6.3
Manhattan (Will): 6.3
Woodstock (McHenry): 6.3
Homewood (Cook): 6.1
Aurora (Kane): 6.0
Harvard (McHenry): 6
Oak Lawn (Cook): 6
Chicago Ridge (Cook: 6
Park Forest (Cook): 6
Sugar Grove (Kane): 6
Lockport (Will): 6
Lake Zurich (Lake): 6
Wonder Lake (McHenry): 5.9
Countryside (Cook): 5.8
Mundelein (Lake): 5.8
Cary (McHenry): 5.6
Elmhurst (DuPage): 5.5
Gurnee (Lake): 5.5
Lakemoor (Lake): 5.5
Midway Coop (Cook): 5.5
St. Charles (Kane): 5.4
La Grange Park (Cook): 5.3
Highwood (Lake): 5.2
Oak Park (Cook): 5
Algonquin (McHenry): 5
Beach Park (Lake): 4.2
Hebron (McHenry): 4.1
Palatine (Cook): 4
Lincolnwood (Cook): 2.6
Waukegan (Lake): 2.1