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Everything Is In Its Place . . .

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. . . in my new digs.

Now I just have to find out where those places are.

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July 23, 2022 at 3:00 am

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This Blog Will Come Alive . . .

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. . . shortly after my move is over.

My computer guru knows how to enliven blogging

and will set up a system for me to enhance this tool

into a daily newsletter.

Until then, live happy and have fun.


Written by Cecil Scaglione

July 4, 2022 at 3:00 am

What Happened to the Worst Boss . . .

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. . .you ever had?

was a question I asked at my most recent Flashbacks session.

Everyone had a story to tell and was eager to share it.

I didn’t elaborate on my contribution but just pointed out that

my two worst bosses were at the same place at the same time

and both died ugly deaths.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

May 22, 2022 at 3:00 am

A Golden-Aged, Silver-Haired Couple . . .

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. . . who met and linked up here decided to wed.

When I suggested that getting married at their age could cost both of them a lot of money, the gent smiled and said not to worry because his nephew was a clergyman and would marry them for nothing.

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May 20, 2022 at 3:00 am

Got a Memory Outing . . .

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. . . on tap today to the Mesa Swap Meet.

This is a permanent shopping complex where Bev and I made several fun visits.

Last attendance was before pandemic with a Canadian snowbird photog buddy I worked with eons ago at a daily newspaper just an hour from Toronto.

It’ll bring back a lot of memories and, who knows, I might even buy something.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

April 29, 2022 at 3:00 am

Double Anniversary . . .

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. . .Five years ago today,

we moved into Sunrise of Gilbert, and

39 years ago today,

Bev and I were married at 3911 Kendall Street.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

March 25, 2022 at 7:21 am

Favorites From the ‘60s

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There probably still are 50-year-old things around the house that recall the 1960s.

How about that pair of ugly but comfortable Birkenstocks? And that packet of M&Ms tucked into the kitchen cupboard?

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A constant reminder of that decade are those big square brown trucks UPS still uses as is your color television set, which came into its own in the mid ‘60s. Alex Trebek and “Jeopardy” began their amazing run about the same time as “Star Trek” ventured “where no man has gone before.”

The Big Mac and Pop-Tarts emerged during the decade along with a healthier counterpart, Gatorade.

Both James Bond and The Beatles popped into our culture then along with the pill, that planted seeds for the later sexual revolution.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

February 6, 2022 at 3:00 am

A recent call for authors . . .

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. . . by the Union-Tribune alumni blogster prompted me to recall, and then to write, this.

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It was my writing of a book made possible by a 1967 Canadian centennial grant matched by the H.J. Heinz Co. that financed a six-week vacation to California I cajoled out of my newspaper boss and that convinced me we had to move there.

Titled “The Tomato Capital,” it was (is, if there are any copies around anywhere) a history of the southern Ontario city of Leamington on the north shore of Lake Erie that’s the HQ of the Heinz company’s Canadian operations.

More recently, I collaborated in San Diego with a TV anchor and two daily newspaper columnists with whom many 919ers are familiar to write “Close Encounters With the 4th Estate,” which is a bit more readable and was much more fun to produce.

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February 5, 2022 at 3:00 am

Make Someone Happy ! ! !

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Call an old friend.

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Received one from one of mine dating back to my teens and had a fun time recalling fond memories. Make a list and call one a day.

It’ll do you good, too

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January 8, 2022 at 3:00 am

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An Audience To Remember

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By Tom Morrow

There are times in one’s life when unexpected pleasures come flooding in. One of them occurred back in 1979, while a cast member of the venerable stage play, The Philadelphia Story at the Patio Playhouse in Escondido.

I was cast as Uncle Willie, one of the supporting characters. The movie version was a favorite of mine. The 1940 Oscar-winning film featured Cary Grant, Katharyn Hepburn, James Stewart, and Ruth Hussey.

A friend told me Miss Hussey was living in Carlsbad and had her phone number. The actress had been nominated for an Oscar for her role as the photographer Elizabeth Inbrie in that movie.

It occurred to me it would be something of a coup having this movie star attend one of our Escondido stage performances. I called her and she accepted without hesitation. And she asked if she could she bring some of her Hollywood friends.

I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.

Ruth Carol Hussey was born Oct. 30, 1911, in Providence, R.I., and worked as a model before landing a number of stage roles with touring companies. MGM signed her to a contract and she made her film debut in 1937. She quickly became a leading lady and usually played sophisticated, worldly roles. In 1941, exhibitors voted her the third-most popular new star in Hollywood..

Some notable movies Hussey starred in include Flight Command (1940) with Robert Taylor, Northwest Passage (1940) with Robert Young, Tennessee Johnson (1942) with Van Heflin, The Uninvited (1944) with Ray Milland, The Great Gatsby (1949) with Alan Ladd, Stars & Stripes Forever (1952) with Clifton Webb, and The Facts of Life (1960) with Bob Hope.

She made more than 60 films and numerous radio and television appearances during a career that stretched from 1937 to 1973 and in 1967 she was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

Miss Hussey appeared in early television dramas such as “Marcus Welby, M.D,” “The Jimmy Stewart Theater,” “Jane Wyman Presents,” “Studio One,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,”and “The New Perry Mason” as well as many other TV shows and commercials.

She also was active in Catholic charities, was noted for painting in watercolors, and was a lifelong Democrat although she did vote for Republican Thomas Dewey in 1944,, and for Hollywood friend and former co-star Ronald Reagan in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.

In 1942, she married talent agent and radio producer C. Robert “Bob” Longenecker at Mission San Antonio de Pala here in San Diego’s North County. They raised three children: George Robert Longenecker, John William Longenecker, and Mary Elizabeth Hendrix.

With the birth of her children, Hussey focused much of her attention on raising a family and, in 1977, she and her husband moved from their Brentwood home to Rancho Carlsbad. Her husband died in 2002 shortly after celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

After she watched our Patio performance, I introduced the 18-year-old young lady playing the photographer. The youngster not only had never seen the Academy Award-winning movie, she had no idea who the Oscar-nominated star was.

Among the friends Miss Hussey brought that evening was her film producer-husband and Dick Simmons, known to the world as Sgt Preston of the Yukon. Ruth Hussey died April 19, 2005, at the age of 93, from complications from an appendectomy and was interred in Westlake Village, Ca

Written by Cecil Scaglione

December 29, 2021 at 3:00 am