Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Hot Club




575 South Water Street

Providence, RI

Congratulated Eben Bates, who is a big Yankees fan, on them making the playoffs (this was before they were ousted). Talk turned to players who had never made it to the World Series and, of course, Don Mattingly’s name came up. Eben made a strong pitch that Mattingly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and that his career numbers are not far from Kirby Puckett’s. Puckett (RIP) is in the Hall. Will check for the next Sportzine.

Eben also said to check out Jimi Hendrix’ Midnight Lightning which came out after Hendrix died. An Internet look says the album was released in November of 1975.

Overheard from the DOM: “Even Dirty Old Men need love too.”

Buffalo Steve and I went back to yesteryear and were discussing Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who was on The FBI, and also 77 Sunset Strip with Roger Smith and Edd ‘Kookie’ Byrnes. I noted that Smith married Ann Margaret, but became confined to a wheelchair, so she took care of him. Wikipedia says that Smith was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular disease, in 1965, and his condition went into remission in 1985. Smith managed Ann Margaret’s career and produced her Las Vegas shows.

77 Sunset Strip made me think of Hawaiian Eye with Anthony Eisley and Connie ‘Cricket’ Stevens. Buffalo Steve said he was married when Hawaiian Eye was on the air. Steve’s wife didn’t like ‘Cricket’ and was jealous of her. Steve said his wife called ‘Cricket’ the ‘Insect’.

On the way to the Hot Club, there was a biker in front of me with a leather jacket on. The back of the jacket said Leathernecks with the Marine logo and underneath it was Central, RI. Where the hell is Central, Rhode Island?

We were talking about music and Fleet Feet Pete said he saw the Allman Brothers in Beantown on the Boston Common. Schaefer beer was the sponsor and it was a paid concert. It was about 1971.

ORric likes westerns and was fondly recalling Shane with Alan Ladd, and one of the great villains of all time, Jack Palance. ORric recalled the barroom scene where even the dog scuttled away from the action. I told him that Alan Ladd was so short, about 5’4”, that they made him stand on a box in some movies and in one, they had the female lead stand in a trench. Wikipedia says Ladd’s height was between 5’4” – 5’9” but probably 5’6”. However in discussing Veronica Lake, who was paired with Alan Ladd in 4 movies, Wikipedia says Ladd was 5’5” and Lake was chosen to work with Ladd because she was the shortest Paramount female star at 4’11 ½”.


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