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When you describe somebody as having an amazing, incredible, or beautiful life, how much of it is usually a throwaway line and how much of it is true? Well, in the case of actress Adrienne Barbeau, we’d say it has been pretty beautiful given that she’s lived the life of a working actress for the past 56 years. It started with the original Broadway run of Fiddler on the Roof which led to the 1970s hit TV series Maude. And it has continued to this day with such recent films as Big Legend and For the Love of Jessee, as well as guest-starring on television series like Swamp Thing, Creepshow, and AJ and the Queen. Yep, sounds pretty beautiful to us.
She was born Adrienne Jo Barbeau on June 11, 1945, in Sacramento, California, and it was there, according to what she wrote in her autobiography, that she first became intrigued with the idea of performing. It seems that she traveled with the San Jose Civic Light Opera to Army bases throughout Southeast Asia to perform for the troops and that that was the thing that would ultimately bring her to New York in the mid-1960s.
Once in New York, she worked as a go-go dancer and by 1968 had made her way into Fiddler on the Roof, first as a part of the chorus and then as a replacement for the characters of Hodel and Brielle. In 1971 she played Cookie Kovac in the off-Broadway “nudie musical” Stag Movie, for which she was apparently able to strip away her inhibitions for.
What many may have forgotten at this point is the fact that in 1972 Adrienne was back on Broadway, only this time originating the part of Betty Rizzo in the original production of Grease (the part Stockard Channing would play in the movie version six years later). She would return again in 2006 playing Judy Garland in off-Broadway’s The Property Known as Garland and in 2014 as part of the national touring company of Pippin. In total, she’s been able to do about 25 musicals and plays.
And Then There’s ‘Maude’
Satisfied with what she’d accomplished on the stage, she decided to give television a shot and ended up cast in Maude, an acclaimed, though controversial, series. And while she enjoyed the material, it gradually occurred to her that the attributes being focused on weren’t necessarily her acting talents. “What I didn’t know,” she writes in the aforementioned autobiography, There Are Worse Thing I Could Do, “is that when I said my lines I was usually walking down a flight of stairs and no one was even listening to me. They were just watching my breasts precede me.”
Thanks to her success on Maude, Adrienne found herself making guest star appearances on many different shows throughout her career, and starring in a little over two dozen made-for-TV movies. She made the leap to the big screen in the 1980 horror film The Fog and found that that was a genre she would dip in and out of for years to come. Subsequent roles would alternate from horror to more comic, dramatic, science-fiction, thrillers, and more. She would even provide her voice for automated devices in movies like Sylvester Stallone’s Demolition Man (1993) and Judge Dredd (1995).
Is Adrienne Barbeau Still Married?
One has to give Adrienne credit for keeping her career diversified. She’s worked as a talk show host and a weekly book reviewer for Los Angeles talk radio station KABC, recorded an album as a folk singer, has played different characters in video games from 1999’s Descent 3 to 2018’s Fallout 76, and she’s written a trilogy of mystery horror novels under the umbrella title Vampyres of Hollywood. In her personal life, she was married to director John Carpenter from 1979 to 1984 (they had a son, John Howard “Cody” Carpenter). In 1992, she married producer/playwright/actor Bill Van Zandt, who was 12 years younger than she was, and the two of them were together until 2018. At age 51 in 1997, she gave birth to their twin sons, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt.
All of which reinforces our firm belief that Adrienne Barbeau’s life has been pretty beautiful, and to celebrate it you can check out the following illustrated guide to her career.
1 of 37. ‘Maude’ (1972 to 1978)
Long before she played Dorothy on The Golden Girls, Bea Arthur first caught the audience’s attention as Maude Findley, a character introduced as Edith Bunker’s cousin on All in the Family. This series — created by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin — was born out of the women’s liberation movement of the era and was the democratic counterbalance to Archie Bunker’s conservatism. Adrienne is Maude’s daughter, Carol Traynor, a single mother who fully embraces her sexuality and is like her mother in a lot of ways, though the two of them do end up butting heads a lot. Also starring is Bill Macy as Maude’s fourth husband, Walter Findlay. Portraying the next-door neighbors are Conrad Bain (he to be of Diff’rent Strokes) and Rue McClanahan, who would, of course, join Bea on The Golden Girls. Interesting bit of trivia, in the world of spin-offs, Maude’s housekeeper was Esther Rolle as Florida Evans, who would move on up (oh, wait, that was The Jeffersons) to her own show, Good Times.
2 of 37. ‘The Great Houdini’ (1976 TV Movie)
A dramatic look at the life of escape artist Harry Houdini (played by Starsky and Hutch’s Paul Michael Glaser). Adrienne is Daisy White, and her co-stars include Sally Struthers, Bill Bixby and Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz from I Love Lucy). That same year, Adrienne appeared in the TV movie Julie, Farr, M.D., which inspired two sequels and a short-lived TV series. And then, in 1977 she starred in the Have I Got a Christmas for You TV movie.
3 of 37. ‘The Fighting Nightingales’ (1978 TV Movie)
This one has kind of gotten lost in time given that the only spin-offs we think of as having come out of M*A*S*H are AfterMASH and Trapper John, M.D. (though there’s no way we believe that Wayne Rogers grew up to be Pernell Roberts — no way!). Well, color us stoopid, because Adrienne was featured as Major Kate Steele, one of a number of nurses in an all-female unit assigned to the Korean War in this TV movie pilot. Also in 1978, she was featured in the TV movies Crash and Someone’s Watching Me (which is where she met first husband, director John Carpenter), and, in 1979, The Darker Side of Terror.
4 of 37. ‘The Fog’ (1980)
A century after a ship sank in the water off a small coastal town, a deadly fog of supernatural origins begins attacking the locals. How on Earth do you fight a fog? That’s what the cast (including Adrienne as Stevie Wayne and Jamie Lee Curtis as Elizabeth Solley) has to figure out. John Carpenter writes and directs. In the same year, Adrienne appeared in the TV movies Top of the Hill, Valentine Magic on Love Island, and Tourist.
5 of 37. ‘Escape from New York’ (1981)
In the (then) not-so-distant future of 1997, Manhattan Island has been turned into a maximum-security prison, which just happens to be the place the President of the United States’ plane crashes. Kurt Russell as criminal Snake Plissken is sent him to rescue him and has to fight his way through various inmates. One of the people helping him to do is Adrienne’s Maggie, who’s armed with guns and some serious attitude — almost feels like the time to make some sort of crack about Maude, Carol, and hormones, but that would be insensitive, rude, and sexist and we’d like to think we’re more enlightened than that.
6 of 37. ‘The Cannonball Run’ (1981)
Admittedly this is Burt Reynolds’ movie, but Adrienne does manage her moment to shine as Marcie, one of a group of participants in an illegal cross-country race who are pretty much willing to do anything they have to in order to win. In some ways, you can think of it as a live-action version of the old Saturday morning cartoon Wacky Races. Co-stars include Farrah Fawcett, Dom Deluise, Sammy Davis, Jr., and that era’s James Bond, Sir Roger Moore (before he was a “Sir”).
7 of 37. ‘Swamp Thing’ (1982)
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, the film focuses on scientist Alec Holland (played by Ray Wise), who, due to sabotage in his laboratory, suffers through a terrible accident and is transformed into Swampy (our name, not theirs). Adrienne is Alice Cable, a government replacement at Alec’s lab who gets involved in a romantic relationship with him before things go to hell.
8 of 37. ‘Creepshow’ (1982)
Best described as a horror-comedy, this is an anthology of five stories, all written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. In ‘The Crate,’ Adrienne plays Wilma “Billie” Northup, whose husband (Hal Holbrook) manipulates things so that she’s eaten by an ape-like creature freed from a mysterious … wait for it … crate. Looking forward to a peaceful future, the indication is that the husband — Henry Northup — is destined to join Billie in the creature’s stomach. It’s why the word “horror” is in the description, ’cause that sounds pretty horrible.
9 of 37. ‘Bridge Across Time,’ aka ‘Terror at London Bridge’ (1985 TV Movie)
When the last original stone is put into place on a rebuilt London Bridge, a series of murders take place that policeman Don Gregory (David Hasselhoff) is convinced is the work of a resurrected Jack the Ripper. Adrienne is a character named Lynn Chandler while Stepfanie Kramer (who was starring on Hunter at the time) is Angie. Yeah, we’re not really familiar with this one either. In the same year, Adrienne appeared in the TV movie Seduced, playing a supporting role to Gregory Harrison and Cybill Shepherd.
10 of 37. ‘Back to School’ (1986)
This is really a Rodney Dangerfield vehicle as he plays Thornton Melon, who thinks attending his son’s college will help them bond. The concept sounds contrived, but it’s really funny and Adrienne is particularly shrewish as Thornton’s wife Vanessa, who’s affairing herself right out of the marriage.
11 of 37. ‘Open House’ (1987)
Adrienne is real estate agent Lisa Grant, whose life is in danger when her boyfriend, psychologist Doctor David Kelley (Joseph Bottoms) agrees to help the police track down a serial killer (played by Darwyn Swalve).
12 of 37. ‘Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death’ (1989)
C’mon, do you really care what this one is about? Aren’t you just drawn in by the title? It’s the sort of thing where you’ve got to see what it is even though every fiber of your being is telling you not to. Wikipedia actually describes it this way: “The film sends up many pop culture motifs and societal trends, including feminism, B movies, celebrities, writers and political figures, centered around a spoof of Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novel Heart of Darkness” (which, incidentally was modernized in 1979 as Apocalypse Now). Adrienne is Dr. Kurtz, who is captured by the “Piranha Women” and made their empress. She’s got to be rescued or something.
13 of 37. ‘Two Evil Eyes’ (1990)
Adrienne heads back into horror anthology territory along with filmmakers George A. Romero and Dario Argento. Her story is titled “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” which is based on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe and she is playing Jessica Valdemar, who, after cheating on her husband, is served supernatural comeuppance. In 1991 Adrienne also starred in the CBS TV movie Blood River, HBO’s Doublecrossed, and the ABC miniseries The Burden of Proof — quite the busy year.
14 of 37. ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ / ‘Gotham Girls’ (1992-1995, 2000 to 2002)
Adrienne voiced the character of Selina Kyle, who was really Catwoman, in eight episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and 19 episodes of Gotham Girls. In 1993 she also appeared in the film Father Hood alongside Patrick Swayze.
15 of 37. ‘Jailbreakers’ (1994)
Set in the 1950s, Shannen Doherty is teenager Angel Norton whose boyfriend (played by Antonio Sabato, Jr.) is bad news and ends up in jail. For a fresh start, her parents (Adrienne and Vince Edwards) decide to move her away from there, but then Tony breaks out of jail, grabs Angel and they head to Mexico. Will they make it?If we told you that, we’d take the thrill out of this thriller.
16 of 37. ‘Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island’ (1998)
Adrienne provided her voice for villainess Simone Lenoir, who threatens Scooby and the gang in this animated made-for-video movie. In the same year, she starred in the TV movie A Champion’s Fight.
17 of 37. ‘A Wake in Providence’ (1999)
Ah, there’s nothing like a funeral to bring out the funny in people — at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. In this case, it kicks off with Anthony bringing his black girlfriend Alissa to meet his family at his grandfather’s funeral. What results is everyone confronting each other and confessing secrets, while the couple is trying to get away from the situation so they can get married and start their life together. Adding to the fun is Adrienne as “Aunt Lidia.”
18 of 37. ‘Across the Line’ (2000)
In very much a supporting role, Adrienne is Mrs. Randall in this story about a small-town sheriff (Brad Johnson) who falls in love with an illegal alien (Sigal Erez) who was witness to murder on the Texas border.
19 of 37. ‘The Convent’ (2000)
If you’ve even seen a smattering of horror films, then you instinctively know that it’s simply not a good idea to break into an abandoned convent, but apparently, this group of college students never saw anything, because they do and, as a result, they set free demons who start trying to possess their bodies. Adrienne plays the adult version of a character named Christine, who, when she was much younger, killed all the nuns in the convent because they were possessed. See what we’re saying? Christine probably saw horror movies and knew exactly what to do. Two years later, Adrienne starred in No Place Like Home and The Santa Trap.
20 of 37. ‘Ghost Rock’ (2003)
Michael Worth is John Slaughter (now there’s an action hero name!), who, in the late 1800s, witnessed his family being murdered. Twenty years later he returns to the town of Ghost Rock to try and put his personal demons to rest. Adrienne plays a character named Mattie Baker.
21 of 37. ‘Carnivale’ (2003 to 2005)
The struggle between good and evil is at the heart of this HBO series about the people who are part of a traveling carnival, all with a supernatural vibe. While the producers were not looking for actors who had “baggage” in terms of their resumes, an exception was made for Adrienne, who was cast as Ruthie, the resident snake charmer.
22 of 37. ‘Ring of Darkness’ (2004 TV Movie)
Adrienne fully embraces her horror roots again with this film about a boy band that murders their lead singer, holds an audition to replace him, and then, when the winner finds out what the band truly is, he wants out. They disagree. Adrienne gets top billing as Alex.
23 of 37. ‘Christmas Do-Over’ (2006)
Think of this one as Groundhog Day for the holidays, when young Ben (Logan Grove) wishes that every day would be Christmas in the hopes that it will get his parents (played by Jay Mohr and Daphne Zuniga) back together. Adrienne plays Trudi. In 2006 she also appeared in the TV movie thriller Deceit, playing Kathleen Darrow.
24 of 37. ‘Halloween’ (2007)
They take a stab (yeah, we went there) at resurrecting this franchise that helped put the slasher genre on the map back in the 1970s. Writer/director Rob Zombie creates a film that is both an origin story and a remake. Tyler Mane plays killer supreme Michael Myers, while Adrienne, who shot scenes for the film, didn’t appear in the theatrical cut, but she was in the director’s cut (we can’t stop ourselves) on the DVD Special Edition.
25 of 37. ‘Unholy’ (2007)
Adrienne is back in the center seat as Martha, a mother whose daughter committed suicide and, in her search for the truth while trying to protect the rest of her family, uncovers a mystery involving a witch, the U.S. government and Nazi occultists. Damn Nazis!
26 of 37. Reach for Me (2008)
Offers the film’s official description, “Dying is hell, and Alvin’s going to make sure everyone knows it.” Seymour Cassel is Alvin, with Adrienne as Valerie and other co-stars including Lacey Chabert, Alfre Woodard, and LeVar Burton.
27 of 37. ‘Alice Jacobs is Dead’ (2009 Short Film)
In this 21-minute long film, Dr. Ben Jacobs (John Lazar) has saved humanity with a cure to the Z-virus, which had turned most of them into zombies. (Damn zombies — honestly, between Nazis and zombies, Adrienne is hanging out with the wrong crowd, but we digress.) But in Lazar’s attempt to cure the last victim of the disease, something goes terribly wrong.
28 of 37. ‘War Wolves’ (2009)
A group of soldiers on a mission in the Middle East are ambushed. Returning home, they discover something has happened to them and they are transforming into werewolf-like beings. One of them (Michael Worth’s Jake Gabriel) attempts to hold on to his humanity, but the others disagree with his plan. Adrienne is Gail, a woman who helps Jake through his “challenges.”
29 of 37. ‘The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation’ (2010 TV Movie)
Mario Lopez narrates as former K-9 police hero dog Zeus, who travels with the Bannister family to a Rocky Mountain resort for the Christmas holidays. Adrienne plays a character named Mildred in this sequel to 2009’s The Dog Who Saved Christmas.
30 of 37. ‘General Hospital’ (2010 to 2011)
For a year Adrienne was a part of the daytime soap opera General Hospital, playing the character Suzanne Stanwyck. Of her casting, TV Guide‘s Michael Logan commented, “If you can hold your own against Maude, those monsters in Port Charles should be a cinch.”
31 of 37. ‘Complacent’ (2012)
Back in a strong supporting role, Adrienne is Judy Sanderson in this story about two sisters who are trying to cope with challenges in their lives, particularly the older sister who is dealing with a mentally abusive marriage.
32 of 37. ‘Argo’ (2012)
Ben Affleck is CIA agent Tony Mendez, who pretends to be the producer of a new science fiction film in the hopes of rescuing six Americans who have been captured in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. Adrienne is Nina, who is “playing” Serksi the Gallactic Witch.
33 of 37. ‘Divine Access’ (2015)
The production offers this description of the film: “Jack Harriman (Billy Burke) becomes a spiritual celebrity after debunking Reverend Guy Roy Davis (Gary Cole) on a public-access TV show. While on the road spreading his brand of truth, forces natural and supernatural lead him to question whether he has a deeper calling.” Adrienne portrays a character named Catherine.
34 of 37. ‘ISRA 88’ (2016)
In this sci-fi adventure, a scientist and a pilot (respectively Sean Maher as Dr. Abe Anderson and Caper Van Dien at Lieutenant Colonel Harold Richards) take a vessel to the end of the universe and enter completely unknown territory 13 years later. Must have been some journey. “Look, it’s space!” “Over there, more space!” “You know what we’re going to see tomorrow?” “Even more space?” Adrienne is Dr. Withersford.
35 of 37. ‘Big Legend’ (2018)
Army veteran Tyler Laird (Kevin Makely) is driven to the edge of madness when his fiance, Natalie (Summer Spiro), is abducted by a creature in the woods during a camping trip. After spending a year in the psych ward, Tyler is freed and immediately plans to go after Natalie. His mother, Rita (Adrienne), provides him with all the police evidence that had been gathered in the case.
36 of 37. ‘Malevolence 3: Killer’ (2018)
Returning to the home he was kidnapped from a decade earlier, Martin Bristol (Jay Cohen) seemingly wants to immerse himself in a life of normalcy. But, given all the years of torture he underwent, the boy has been transformed into a monster, and the Martin who shows up embarks on a serial killing spree. Adrienne is his mother, Meredith.
37 of 37. ‘For the Love of Jessee’ (2020)
Losing his wife as she gives birth to their child, Doctor Luke Matthew (Randy Wayne) feels as though his entire world is falling apart as he retreats within himself. Hiring nanny Sage Smith (Mandahla Rose), she gradually gets him to recognize that he has to start pushing forward in life for himself and his child. Adrienne plays a character named Katharyn.
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Tim Allen recently posted a photo of a poster he found in an old toolbox to his Twitter account. The poster apparently got him pretty emotional, as he stated in the tweet. “This poster came in a toolkit I have and it actually got me emotional. Raise a wrench to all those people who don’t talk, they do. Those folks who don’t blame, they engage. When stuff is broken they don’t cry and run…they stay and fix,” he writes.
The poster showcases sections that says, “Repair is better than recycling,” “Repair saves the planet,” and “Repair is a war on entropy.” His replies are being filled with people who also enjoy repairing their own items. It makes sense due to the fact Allen and his Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn are embarking on a new project based on this topic.
Tim Allen shares a photo from an old toolbox that got him ’emotional’
This poster came in a toolkit I have and it actually got me emotional. Raise a wrench to all those people who don’t talk, they do. Those folks who don’t blame, they engage. When stuff is broken they don’t cry and run…they stay and fix. pic.twitter.com/SgtUf3vVRY
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) September 23, 2020
Allen and Karn will be executive producing a new show on the History Channel all about contestants repairing and restoring items around the house. The show is to be called Assembly Required and fans are super excited to see the two Home Improvement stars back together again!
Allen has a lot of deep respect and love for ‘repair and rebuild’
I've always admired people who repair something instead of replace it. So, I created a competition show with @HISTORY , and my old buddy @TheRichardKarn , to challenge the people who love to get stuff done! pic.twitter.com/EEVHKRPFum
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) August 25, 2020
“Let’s face it — we’re living in a throwaway society,” Allen says, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We buy, break, replace … rinse and repeat. Whatever happened to repair and rebuild? There are some people who unfriend, unfollow and dispose of anything that offends, annoys or breaks — so I’ve created a show to remind people of the satisfaction and pride that comes from rebuilding something on their own. And who better to join me than my buddy from the old Tool Time days – Richard Karn! Now we’re talking More Power! Albert Einstein once said, ‘I’m not a genius, I’m just passionately curious.’ Well, let’s get curious! Even a chimpanzee would at least show interest, right? Wait — I think I just came up with another idea for the show.”
Currently, aside from executive producing the new show with Karn, Allen currently stars in Fox’s Last Man Standing. The show will begin its 9th season sometime in 2021. We’re excited to see the new show as well!
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Reality often emerges more incredible than fiction could ever be. Pianist Lang Lang turned out to be a modern-day prodigy whose talents took him across continents and seas. He rose to fame just years after turbulence in his place of birth, China. Ron Howard is working on a biopic of him but director Lulu wang voiced her disapproval.
Born in Beijing, 1983, Wang voiced concern that a white director and production team won’t be able to convey his story rooted heavily in Chinese history. She cited previous (recent) films, America’s identity as a melting pot, and the unique cultural situation in that region of China.
It’s “impossible to tell Lang Lang’s story” without the right background
I'm not saying this because I want to direct this movie. I do not. I just don't think these are the artists to grapple w/ the cultural specificities of Northeast China where Lang Lang (and my family) are from. Or w/ the cultural aspect of the physical violence in his upbringing.
— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) September 22, 2020
In a series of tweets, The Farewell director Lulu Wang doubted that Ron Howard and his team are the best to tell Lang Lang’s story. “As a classically-trained pianist born in China,” she began. “I believe it’s impossible to tell Lang Lang’s story without an intimate understanding of Chinese culture and the impact of the Cultural Revolution on artists and intellectuals and the effects of Western imperialism. Just saying.”
Above all, Wang went on to clarify her intentions. Wang specified, “I’m not saying this because I want to direct this movie. I do not. I just don’t think these are the artists to grapple w/ the cultural specificities of Northeast China where Lang Lang (and my family) are from. Or w/ the cultural aspect of the physical violence in his upbringing.”
Wang shares some similarities with the famed pianist. For example, she herself received classical training with the instrument. Wang spent most of her early years in Beijing before the family emigrated to Miami when she was six. She seemed geared up for a career in music, however, decided against it when she was in college. Steven Spielberg’s Secretary (2002) inspired her to pursue filmmaking. Her more famous credits include Posthumous (2014) and The Farewell (2019). The latter won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film. It also ranked one of the top ten films of the year by the American Film Institute.
What does this all mean in context?
I am truly humbled to say that @RealRonHoward, @BrianGrazer & @weareAGCstudios will be making a new biopic about my journey. I have seen creative choices in Ron’s work that I strongly connect to in my own life and I am honoured to be able to share my story in this way 🙏 pic.twitter.com/QK2G1slHSI
— Lang Lang (@lang_lang) September 23, 2020
Her tweets went live on September 22. On September 23, Lang Lang himself actually posted on his own account, “I am truly humbled to say that @RealRonHoward, @BrianGrazer & @weareAGCstudios will be making a new biopic about my journey. I have seen creative choices in Ron’s work that I strongly connect to in my own life and I am honoured to be able to share my story in this way.”
The team includes Ron Howard and writers Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney from Power Rangers fame. They derive inspiration directly from Lang Lang’s memoir, Journey of a Thousand Miles. Lang Lang himself is an executive producer on the film. Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer issued a joint statement to THR. “Lang Lang’s story is one of determination, passion, sacrifice, and finding the inner strength to beat the odds,” they emphasized. “This film is a bridge between two cultures that share universal truths about the gauntlets we face in the pursuit of greatness.”
He brings his own experience as a prodigy who came into his piano talents at a very young age, though his inspiration came from an unlikely source. An episode of Tom & Jerry, featuring Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 drew his attention to Western classical music. By the age of nine, he found himself playing at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, though even then he proved an uncontainable soul and was expelled for “lack of talent.” That same young boy received encouragement from another professor and went on to play Chopin at the Beijing Concert Hall. After that, he took first place at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. Next, he played with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Today, he maintains an apartment in New York, and married fellow pianist Gina Alice Redlinger.
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Baby Boomers are typically classified as the generation born between 1946-1964. They lived through so many trends, movements, and changes. Now in the 21st century, things are pretty different than the era the Boomers grew up in.
Many things from the Boomer generation have ultimately died out for the better. However other trends have made a comeback in the 21st century and there are definetely a few we really miss. Do you remember any of these Boomer trends?
Love: Record Players
Record players are making a big comeback in the 21st century, but for many Boomers they were the ultimate way to listen to music. For good reason too, many hardcore music fans consider record players to be the king of music playing devices. And let’s not forget the experience of putting in a record and dropping down the needle. It’s certainly way more satisfying than tapping the screen of your phone to play a song.
Stay In The Past: Tobacco Ads And Smoking Everywhere
Now that smoking is so widely accepted to be bad for your health, it’s hard to imagine a world where smoking was allowed everywhere. On airplanes and in restaurants, at the office, and even in hospitals! Not only that, but tobacco ads appeared on television and billboards. Everybody knew Joe Camel and the Marlboro man, but thankfully for the sake of our health, these practices have since been banned.
Drive-ins have been around for a long time, but they’ve made a huge comeback in the era of coronavirus. They really are a great experience! Piling your family or friends into the car, loading up on snacks, and enjoying the fresh evening air while you watch a movie. We’re glad that drive-ins are one trend that hasn’t died out.
Stay In The Past: Weird Jello Dishes
We don’t really know why putting everything in Jello was a trend in the 60s, but we’re sure glad that it eventually faded away. A jiggly mold filled with ham and vegetables sounds as unappetizing now as it must have back then. Hopefully, no one is still making these.
Love: Hilarious Family-Friendly Television Shows
We’re not saying that family-friendly television shows don’t still exist, but the dynamic has changed quite a bit. There used to be a plethora of shows (such as I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and Gilligan’s Island) that both parents and children could enjoy equally. These days it’s more common for television to be geared toward one or the other. Adult shows are too inappropriate for children and children’s shows are too immature and overly silly.
Stay In The Past: Rotary Phones
If landlines are outdated then rotary phones are ancient. We really doubt anyone misses the experience of how much longer it used to take to dial someone’s number. Boomers are probably fine with just pushing some buttons these days. You might still have a landline for some reason, but rotary phones are a completely unnecessary nuisance.
Love: Diners And Ice Cream Parlours
Reaching their heyday in the 1950s, diners are definitely a trend we still love. Something about the rows of barstools, jukebox, and checkered floors just evokes a comforting feeling. Although traditional diners began to die out in the 70s with the rise of fast-food restaurants, tributes to this trend can still be found all over the United States.
Stay In The Past: Carpet In The Bathroom
Carpet In The Bathroom / Flickr
Carpet in the bathroom must have been an absolute nightmare. It’s a mystery to us why this ever became a trend. Maybe it seemed like fun at the time, but inevitably that fluffy shag will become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Keep this trend back in the 70s and maybe invest in some nice tile flooring.
Love: Classic Cars
Unfortunately, some classic cars like the Ford Fairlane and the Cadillac Coupe Deville are no longer being made today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all marvel when we see a classic car. Even the uglier old models tend to inspire awe and timeless cars like the Ford Mustang remind us of the good old days. They don’t make them like they used to!
Stay In The Past: Denim On Denim And Other Fashion Mistakes
The Canadien tuxedo is a look that thankfully has faded out of style. While we still love a nice pair of jeans or a denim jacket, denim on denim is just not a great look. The 70s really had no shortage of fashion mistakes like bellbottoms, vinyl jumpsuits, and patterned gowns. Unless you’re at a costume party, these styles can stay in the past.
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For the most part, rules provide participants a clear example of how things work and don’t work. Follow them, and you’re doing it right. However, some decisions based on rules can appear to split hairs so finely, people have to second guess the final results. This happened during a Final Jeopardy round that ended unfavorably because of a spelling ruling.
Weeks after the fact, Twitter can’t stop talking about Betsy, the player caught up in the spelling debate. In a round where all other contestants did not come close to the correct answer, she might have been able to stand out had it not been for one technicality…
What is…the proper spelling?
“In 2019,” the question read, “at a 60th-anniversary event in Detroit, this producer announced his retirement saying he had “come full circle.” Contestants dove into action to report their answers. Going through each, Trebek encountered one wrong answer after another.
When he got to one contestant, Betsy, he came across the name “Barry Gordy.” Alas, no one was told they had the correct answer. Then, the right response appeared: Berry Gordy. Though she was almost completely right, Betsy did not get credit for that answer in Final Jeopardy because her spelling was off.
‘Final Jeopardy’ demands precise spelling
Curious why this misspelling of Yul Brynner was accepted but Betsy's misspelling of Berry Gordy wasn't. pic.twitter.com/pVQdjjaYZT
— Libby (@libbyjones715) September 16, 2020
According to Uproxx, Betsy did not miss out on any substantial monetary awards. At the time, Betsy had $2,000, while the eventual winner, Cory, had much more than that and did not wager on the question. As a result, the query, taken from “The Music Biz” category, did not cost him. So, she would not have won even if they gave her that.
She did, however, win a massive push on Twitter that insists the judges made the wrong call. Online, fans proved how well they themselves know the rules Alex Trebek finally chimed in and explained the reason for the ruling. His explanation comes as a response to a user pointing out, “That judges’ ruling in Final Jeopardy tonight is completely inconsistent with past practice.” Other users, however, also pointed right to Rule Five in the rule book, which emphasizes no part of Jeopardy is a spelling bee unless specified.
In this case “Barry” is a different name. When a contestant adds incorrect information to an otherwise correct response, they are ruled incorrect.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) September 16, 2020
What do you think of the final verdict? For another example of spelling really deciding a game, watch the video below.
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Richard Thomas played the role of John-Boy Walton from the hit ’70s series The Waltons, which still airs reruns today. While Thomas actually left the show during its fifth season, it didn’t give viewers any reason to stop loving his character. John-Boy went on to become one of the most cherished and beloved characters on the show.
Additionally, because of the success of the role and show, it helped land Thomas more acting roles beyond that. Thomas actually got his start in acting much earlier than the ’70s, beginning in 1956 with a one-off role in the TV series The Edge of Night (which actually aired in 1961). His first recurring role was in the TV series A Flame in the Wind in 1964.
What is Richard Thomas (a.k.a. John-Boy) doing these days?
Thomas continued to appear in various TV series and film roles until The Waltons came up, his first recurring role in several years. He continued to act steadily through the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s with roles in various films and TV series, many of those TV roles recurring. It solidified his undoubted success in Hollywood at the time. He was actually in school at Columbia College at the time he got the role of John-Boy and needed to quit school in order to commit to the role full-time. While education is definitely important, we’re glad he did quit!
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Some of the post-Waltons roles include a role in the first three parts of miniseries Roots: The Next Generation, series Promised Land, and The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson. He even had a host role for quite some time in the documentary-style show It’s a Miracle.
Thomas has continued to act throughout the 2000s as well and hasn’t slowed down. In the early 2000s, we saw Thomas in roles with TV shows like Bloodhounds Inc, Just Cause, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Americans, and most recently, NCIS: New Orleans. Did you think because it’s 2020 that he’s slowing down? Not a chance. He has one miniseries in post-production and another project in the process of filming.
One of his most recent works is an upcoming untitled Sandra Bullock film, where he stands at 6th-billed, below A-Listers like Bullock, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Viola Davis. Even though Thomas has portrayed many different characters throughout the years, we all know what he will be most remembered for.
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