C166 Being Ed Asner or it is Lou Grant?

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Being Ed or it is Lou?

Ed’s claim to television fame was as Lou Grant in Mary Tyler Moore Show, as the obnoxious and hard-nosed yet lovable tyrant who ran the WJM-TV’s Six O’clock Newsroom in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The clip below, the first episode of the iconic show, that ran on CBS, aka then the Tiffany Network, from 1970 to 1977, got Ed the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nomination for an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy series every year for the next seven. He won in 1971, 1972 and 1975.

When CBS canceled the show, he continued playing the archetypal tough but warm-hearted boss in the eponymous spinoff “Lou Grant.” Here he won another two Emmies as best lead actor, making him the first performer to have received Emmys for playing the same character in both a comedy and a drama series.

Her comment made the Brandy Alexander an incredibly popular drink during the 70s.  You can get the recipe here.

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The RunHappy Travers @ Saratoga Park

Well, Joyce’s method nailed the winner, the great Essential Quality but 2-5 odds or 2.10 he did not pay. Some though like a “sure thing” but a $1000 to get a $100.00 is dicey to me. The exacta fared slightly better at a 2 to 1 odds for $5.90, but the best bet was the 10 cents Superfecta for $13.22. The real slam dunk was the Daily Double Essential Quality and Home For Christmas. I’ve attached the whole card for those interested.The next big race is the Breeder’s Cup on November 5th in Del Mar, California.

I guess they are trying to compete with the Melbourne Cup, turf race, also that weekend in Victoria, Australia. But November is a long time coming, so for those who love turf, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in France is the month before. Even if you don’t, play the turf or overseas, this one is a classic and its a beauty to watch.

On a sad note, Harvey Pack of NYRA passed last month and has moved on to greener pastures. Our salute to a great horse announcer.

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Saratoga, the Travers and You

Going to Saratoga this weekend for what is considered the Mid Summer Derby aka the Travers Stakes so you can catch a glimpse of Essential Quality? If so , here’s a chart with Transpluto, the Nodes and Part of Fortune to help you out. 

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C177 Smiling & dancing in the rear, Charlie Watts

                              Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stone drummer

The Rolling Stones’ website eponymous website, not a single word of his demise, just a full-screen photo of Charlie Watts in a pea coat, wedding band and smirk. Charlie Watts was a class act. This August, Watts age 80, said he would not join Rolling Stones for their 2021 “No Filter Tour,”  a 13-date tour begins September 26th in St. Louis and wraps November 20th, right before Thanksgiving,  in Austin; but within the month Charlie was gone.

While not specified, the Watts’ spokesperson announced the drummer had undergone a successful medical procedure, but the drummer he needed time from which to recover.

Rock legend, singer, songwriter and former bassist for the Beatles, Paul McCartney OBE, said he knew Watts was sick, “but didn’t know he was this ill.”


“Condolences to ‘the Stones’ this is a huge blow to them because Charlie was a rock, and fantastic drummer. Love you Charlie. I always loved you… and great condolences and sympathies to his family.”

Sir Paul McCartney said in an Instagram post

Several more musicians offered their condolences on social media, from Axl Rose of Guns and Roses and Gene Simmons of Kiss to Elton John OBE and Billy Idol but there are no quotes, condolences from the Band.  No matter, for neither rhythm nor reason 1 from John Skelton, 1520, who in the 1520s wrote that ‘For reason can I none find/ or good rhyme in your matter.’ Borrowed by Wm Shakespeare many a time. can probably understand their loss.

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    from John Skelton, 1520, who in the 1520s wrote that ‘For reason can I none find/ or good rhyme in your matter.’ Borrowed by Wm Shakespeare many a time.

C178 Don Everly The First of the Everlies, the Last to Repose

Don, was born Issac Don in Brownie Creek Kentucky, on February 1, 1937 and two years before bandmate Phil, to Margaret (nee Embry) and Ike Everly. They were recording since they they were six years old thanks to their parent’s radio station on KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa. Both boys attended Longfellow elementary school in Waterloo, Iowa, and the brothers finished their school days at West High, Knoxville, Tennessee. Don is the brunette; Phil the blond.

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25 July 1965 The Newport Folk Festival & the Making of Bob Dylan

In the 1964

At the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, the annual folk music festival where Bob Dylan made his name, was still a folk musician in the shadow of the Weavers and Woody Guthrie. Ronnie Gilbert, a member of The Weavers, a Greenwich Village Folk art music band, introduced him and made a tactical mistake by saying to the audience “And here he is… take him, you know him, he’s yours.”

Fast Forward same place a year later

A year later, on July 25 1965, at the same venue, Dylan, who had an entire year to stew on that comment, went electric. The chart below shows the approximate time of introduction and Dylan’s (the Sun) appearance. They are in direct opposition with Dylan as 02 Leo 47 coming to Newport as the acknowledged king of the folk music scene. That bothered Ronnie Gilbert and the Weavers (Pete Seeger was a co-founder) as did Dylan’s commercial success when they had been working it at for nearly twenty years and still had a small, though dedicated, following but could not break through on radio.

“Take him he’s yours. What a crazy thing to say. I don’t belong to anyone — then or now.

Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One c. 2005

But Gilbert was wrong in his analysis.

The Weavers had been a political folk group, and built up an extensive repertoire of traditional folk ballads, adding in their own. They played to standing room crowds at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, New York City and were commercially successful, but they undermined their own achievements with their open Communist leanings and lyrics. (Pete Seeger did not deny this later on in his career) The Weavers were blacklisted and forced to disband from 1952 to 1955.

The House Committee on Un-American Activities called Pete Seeger and Lee Hays to answer for their lyrics and their popularity in Better Dead than Red America languished.

Dylan’s Hurricane

Dylan never wrote openly Marxist lines though ten years after Newport, he came out with “Desire” and his popular tune “Hurricane” defending Rubin Hurricane Carter from a serial murder rap . Alas, Carter was guilty and Dylan got mocked for it, but the music was excellent and still made AOR radio. Why people expect artists,actors and musicians all who lie on the bohemian side of the spectrum, or are outright hustlers, to be politically savvy, is something I have never understood.

Back to Newport where it all began

We return to Newport.

The chart below for Dylan going electric. It has no T-Square or Cross, thus the opposition stands on its own as striking statement why he broke with the Folk crowd. Saturn, the symbol for established Folk Music listeners aka Folkies, against the plethora of modern planets in the seventh house shows how well Dylan’s his decision went in Newport that day, as he brought them kicking and screaming into the twentieth century with its T-Square to the Nodes; some liked it some didn’t.

Neverthless, Mars in the eighth house, sextile the Sun, shows Dylan had made an irreversible break with the Folkies, and was not going back to “Maggie’s Farm no more.”

Weekly, August 22nd 2021 in Phoenix Arizona

Originally our destination was Richmond but then I saw we were just there in March, so I threw that out.  Trying again via our random site, we got Phoenix.  Here is the Richmond chart with 3 oppositions, including one to the Midheaven coming from Saturn in  the third.   

Our header images is Daniel Ridgway Knight‘s Women Washing Clothes by a Stream.

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Look up! Black Cherries Moon this Saturday

This weekend will feature an uncommon event in the night sky, a full blue moon., and since it is in August, it is the Black Cherries Moon. Typically, Blue moons are the second full moon in a calendar month, and this is how the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ came about because it does not happen often.                   

 A third Blue Moon in a Season

But here’s the other oddity: while almost every season has three full moons, every few years, there is a season that has an extra full moon. When this happens, the third of the four full moons is a seasonal blue moon.

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