On The Beach Blog | March 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018


This is not the type of news I wanted to hear on a Good Friday... or any day, truth be told!

‘True Detective’ Drama: ‘Green Room’ Director Exits After 2 Episodes

The HBO show caught me (and the rest of the TV-viewing world) by complete surprise back in 2014 and received excellent critical notices, especially right here!

Headlined by Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan, the eight episode first season was written by a virtually unknown Nic Pizzolatto, and left me clamoring for more. More...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Honoring our dead

Adjacent Gabreski Airport this midday...


Photo courtesy of Jeanne.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happier Saturdays are here again


I haven't forgiven cable TCM for dropping their Saturday morning programming of serials and Grade B" (like Chester Morris' "Boston Blackie" or Ann Sothern's "Maisie" from the '30s and '40s.

Imagine my delight at discovering that TCM has resumed their Sat­urday morning trip into the way­back movieola with Universal's 1938 chapterplay, "Red Barry" starring 1932 Olympic Gold Medal­ist for 400-meter freestyle swimming, Linden "Buster" Crabbe, the versatle star who also portrayed "Flash Gordon," "Buck Rogers," "Tarzan" and later in life, "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion."

Unfortuntely, I missed the first two chapters, but after an almost three year hiatus, TCM is once again giving me a reason to look forward to Saturday mornings!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Political Scumbags

J. Parnell Thomas

The name J. Parnell Thomas (1895-1970) is mostly unknown today but 70 years ago the seven term Republican Congressman from New Jersey was an outspoken mem­ber of the House UnAmerican Activ­ities Committee [HUAC) which held nine days of hearings into possible communist in­flu­ence in the film industry.

From that came The Hollywood Ten, a group of screen­writers (several doubling as director or producer), cited for contempt, fined and sentenced to prison terms. More...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

There's an old saying...

...that dates back to the late '60s with me:

"Dope makes you stupid!"

Woman orders breakfast from jail booth, gets handcuffs

Lizabeth Ildefonso, 44, of Jamesport

"Deputy Sheriff Yvonne DeCaro observed that the woman’s eyes were glassy and her pupils were dilated, not to mention she had 'white powdery residue in her left nostril....'"

And in law enforcement circles, that's known as a "a clue."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Old familly receipe

Jeanne made kartoffelpfannkuchen for dinner last night and it was delicious... as well as a first for the household.


Next time out when she has more time, she says she'll use her mom's special recipe with the correct, properly aged potatoes... my stomach quivers in anticipation.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'In police work...'

...as my old pal Patty Rogers used to say, "this is what's known as 'a clue.'"

Jeanne's critical incident tee-shirt

In my household, it means "Hang on, there's a bumpy road ahead!"

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

'Hap and Leonard' is back...

...and all will be right in my television-viewing world for the next six weeks as the latest adaptation of Joe R. Lans­dale's popular series of novels, "The Two-Bear Mambo," debuted this evening, and it had Jeanne and myself chortling with considerable gusto from the jump.

Not surprising given that Lansdale is a laugh-out-loud writer, and I've read the entire series of books about best pals Hap Collins, a white ex-con, and Leonard Pine, an openly gay black retired Marine.

The television series, now in its third season on The Sundance Channel (Optimum #192), is a delight. To­night's episode is available on-line.

Monday, March 05, 2018

What the hell did TV Guide do...


...to Lionel Richie's face or head on the cover of the current (March 5-18, 2018) issue?

My wife, who knows about such things, wonders is he's suffering from Acromegaly.

(Contemporaries of mine may recall Rondo Hatton, a screen actor with a limited film career during the '30s and '40s.) More...

Thursday, March 01, 2018

'Designated Survivor'


I was a major fan of the post-9/11 Fox show "24," and stuck around for its full, sometimes uneven, eight season run, November 2001 through May 2010, and along the way became a bit of a fan of Kiefer Sutherland.

The series' protagonist, "Jack Bauer," was a direct action, hands-on kinda guy who overcame numerous terrorist plots with merciless approaches that made ACLU members ulcers bleed.

So when I learned Sutherland had an ABC series "Desig­nated Survivor" debuting in Fall 2016, it seemed like it might be worth a try despite my increasing antipathy to­ward broadcast network dramas. More...