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FIRESIGN THEATRE CONTINUES TO THRIVE

FIRESIGN THEATRE CONTINUES TO THRIVE

The author becomes a fan of Firesign Theatre, America’s answer to Monty Python, at a recent live (rare) show in Hollywood.

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Meskimen Classic Movies Clip #1

Meskimen Classic Movies Clip #1

The first in a series of audio parodies of Turner Classic Movies and Robert Osbourne, by voice actor and satirist Jim Meskimen.

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Birthday Message

Birthday Message

Call this essay, The Second Fifty.  Better yet, call it what it actually is for me; the NEXT Fifty. September 10, 1959.  Do the numbers of the date of your birth look special and kind of magic to you?  Mine always do to me. Fifty years ago, my mother gave birth to a premature little

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Food, Love, Laughter… and One Hard-Boiled Egg

Food, Love, Laughter... and One Hard-Boiled Egg

Last weekend my mother threw a birthday party for my step father, actor Paul Michael.  As with any party at Marion’s, it was a unique creation, and a wonderful time. My step dad celebrated his 83rd birthday, and there was much to celebrate.  He and my mom have been together for more than twenty years

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ABUNDANCE

ABUNDANCE

My mother, Marion Ross, believes in Abundance.  That’s Abundance with a capital “A”. And to know her is to understand perfectly what she means; she truly seems to want for nothing.  It makes it hard for us to buy her presents at Christmastime; she already has everything. Part of her abundance is expressed by absence,

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!

Cultural High Water Mark: The Return of Return to Forever Last year Tamra and I had the great good fortune of seeing Chick Corea and Return to Forever perform live at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The recordings that were made of that tour are now available, and I just heard the CD and

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An Appeal to my Fellow Commercial Actors

An Appeal to my Fellow Commercial Actors

I’ve been a professional actor now for over 25 years.  During that time I’ve been involved with the making of many hundreds of TV and radio commercials. Commercials are one of the ways we actors stay alive thru times between other, more artistic projects like plays, films and television shows.  One can make a good

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THANKS, but NO THANKS

THANKS, but NO THANKS

Wherein the author proposes a simple action towards ending slavishness.

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Embarrassment and the Zeitgeist

Embarrassment and the Zeitgeist

Okay, so we are all very different. Got that. Thanks to TV we know that we are all basically the same kind of species, anyway, and most of us individually have the same worries and concerns, family, income, health, blah, blah, blah. Right? But we have a lot of different interests and totally different dreams

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INAUGURATION DAY 2009: The Positive Power of Ideas

INAUGURATION DAY 2009: The Positive Power of Ideas

My thoughts on the inaugural address of President Barack Obama.

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