A Priest, a T. Rex, and Some Doobies
It’s that time of year when the fall foliage is in full bloom, pumpkins are everywhere, and we find out who the nominees are for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There’s a little something for every rock fan this year, as the list includes Whitney Houston, The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Pat Benatar, Nine Inch Nails, Motörhead, Judas Priest, The Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Kraftwerk, T. Rex, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan), Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, and Thin Lizzy.
Only five with make it into the Hall, and the list will be decided by artists, journalists, and historians. And you! You can go to Google to cast your votes (search for “Rock Hall Fan Vote”). You can vote once a day, every single day until January 20. And congratulations to you if you’re that dedicated.
Anybody Out There?
It seems that we get stories about how we’ve possibly found life on other planets at least twice a year. But did we already find life on Mars back in the 1970s?
That’s the claim from ex-NASA scientist Gilbert Levin in this op-ed for Scientific American. He says the 1976 Viking mission revealed positive results for organic life, but other scientists dismissed the results, saying the evidence “mimicked” life but wasn’t actually life. None of the Mars missions since then have carried life-detection instruments on board, Levin says. For the record, NASA stands by its own findings.
In related news, the space agency unveiled its new spacesuits this week. They’ll be used on the next mission to the moon in 2024.
30 Hours in a Coffin (Kinda)
When I first read this story about an annual Halloween contest held at several Six Flags amusement parks, I thought it was funny. I mean, staying in a coffin for 30 straight hours isn’t something I’d ever want to do, but it sounded like a great idea for the spooky season. One location even had Butch Patrick from The Munsters as emcee!
Then I saw the story on my local TV news station and changed my mind. Sure, you had to stay in the coffin for 30 hours, but you didn’t have to lie down with the lid closed; you could sit up! And you got 13-minute bathroom/walking breaks every 3 hours. And you could still eat, drink, and talk on your phone in the coffin. So basically it’s what I do every Saturday night, only I do it on my couch.
Sure, they had to do other challenges too, some involving bugs, and they had to stay awake the whole time. But it doesn’t sound like the hardest contest in the world. My question isn’t who won the contest; I want to know how anyone could lose.
RIP Elijah Cummings, Robert Forster, Harold Bloom, Aleksei Leonov, Sally Soames, Dana Fradon, and Sam Bobrick
Elijah Cummings was a Democratic Congressman from Maryland who was serving his 13th term. He was chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and a strong civil rights advocate. He died yesterday at the age of 68.
Robert Forster was a veteran actor who appeared in movies like Jackie Brown (for which he received an Oscar nomination), Reflections in a Golden Eye, Medium Cool, The Black Hole, and the recently released Breaking Bad movie El Camino. On TV he starred in the early ’70s private eye drama Banyon, Nakia, Heroes, the Twin Peaks sequel, and he played Tim Allen’s dad on Last Man Standing. He died last week at the age of 78.
Harold Bloom was an influential and controversial literary critic, professor, and author. He died Monday at the age of 89.
Alexei Leonov was the first man to walk in space, leaving his spacecraft in March of 1965. In 1975 he was part of the crew that took part in the historic Apollo-Soyuz linkup. He died recently at the age of 85.
Sally Soames was an acclaimed photojournalist whose black-and-white portraits appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, and Newsweek. Her work is also in many galleries around the world. She died last Saturday at the age of 82.
Dana Fradon drew 1,400 cartoons for The New Yorker from 1948 to 2003. He died on October 3 at the age of 97.
Sam Bobrick created the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell and also wrote several episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. He also wrote for The Paul Lynde Show, The Flintstones, Get Smart, and Bewitched. He died last week at the age of 87.
Quote of the Week
“There are 100 — maybe 500 — more deserving Italians we could be celebrating. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Marconi, Bon Jovi. Instead we honor a man whose gift to America was measles.”
—Jimmy Kimmel, on Christopher Columbus
This Week in History
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Premieres (October 12, 1950)
Do people younger than 50 even know who George Burns is? Maybe they saw Oh, God! on cable at some point. I’m sure they don’t know his wife Gracie, who co-hosted this popular comedy on CBS for eight years.
Noah Webster Born (October 16, 1758)
Webster’s Dictionary defines born as “brought forth by or as if by birth.” That’s what the creator of the dictionary did on this day in 1758. The company advertised in the Post many times.
Webster died (“to pass from physical life — expire”) on May 28, 1843.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Campbell’s Soup For Lunch (October 18, 1952)
Apparently, boys are too dumb and lazy to get their own soup so of course some female in the house has to make and serve the meals.
This Week’s Recipes: Soup (Of Course)
October is the start of soup season. That’s not an official thing, but I think it’s something we can all agree on, right?
Let’s start off with some classics, like Ellie Krieger’s Navy Bean Soup with Ham and then this Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup from All Recipes. Fine Cooking has this recipe for Tomato Soup, and Simply Recipes has this recipe for French Onion Soup. I don’t know how classic Caldo Verde is, but it was Emeril Lagasse’s childhood favorite. It’s made with chorizo and crispy kale.
You need a sandwich to go with those soups, so how about this Grilled Cheese with Apples from The Lemon Bowl (it would go great with the tomato soup) or this Inside-Out Grilled Ham and Cheese from Food & Wine?
And if you want to end the meal with a dessert and think you can’t incorporate soup somehow … oh, how wrong you are! Try this Tomato Soup Spice Cake from Campbell’s. Just make sure you use the condensed and not the Chunky style.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
World Series Starts (October 22)
The 115th fall classic begins at the home of the Washington Nationals, on Fox at 8 p.m.
TV Talk Show Host Day (October 23)
You can celebrate the career of any talk show host you like, but you should know that this falls on October 23 because that’s the day Johnny Carson was born in 1925.
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