Thursday, July 27, 2017

DA-NAY AND THE ZANANS AMONG US



From Wikipedia:
In Greek mythology, Danaë was the daughter, and only child of King Acrisius of Argos and his wife Queen Eurydice. She was the mother of the hero Perseus by Zeus. She was credited with founding the city of Ardea in Latium during the Bronze Age.

Disappointed by his lack of male heirs, King Acrisius asked the oracle of Delphi if this would change. The oracle announced to him that he would never have a son, but his daughter would, and that he would be killed by his daughter's son. At the time, Danae was childless and, meaning to keep her so, King Acrisius shut her up in a bronze chamber to be constructed under the court of his palace (other versions say she was imprisoned in a tall brass tower with a single richly adorned chamber, but with no doors or windows, just a sky-light as the source of light and air). She was buried in this tomb, never to see the light again. However, Zeus, the king of the gods, desired her, and came to her in the form of golden rain which streamed in through the roof of the subterranean chamber and down into her womb. Soon after, their child Perseus was born.


Unwilling to provoke the wrath of the gods or the Furies by killing his offspring and grandchild, King Acrisius cast Danaë and Perseus into the sea in a wooden chest. The sea was calmed by Poseidon and, at the request of Zeus, the pair survived. They were washed ashore on the island of Seriphos, where they were taken in by Dictys – the brother of King Polydectes – who raised Perseus to manhood. The King was charmed by Danaë, but she had no interest in him. Consequently, he agreed not to marry her only if her son would bring him the head of the Gorgon Medusa. Using Athena's shield, Hermes's winged sandals and Hades' helmet of invisibility, Perseus was able to evade Medusa's gaze and decapitate her.

Later, after Perseus brought back Medusa's head and rescued Andromeda, the oracle's prophecy came true. He started for Argos, but learning of the prophecy, instead went to Larissa, where athletic games were being held. By chance, an aging Acrisius was there and Perseus accidentally struck him on the head with his javelin (or discus), fulfilling the prophecy.

'THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN'
"THE LOST ISLAND" (PARTS 1&2)

From the Bionic Wiki:
Walter Jensen is a famous anthropologist and amateur yachtsman.

In 1928, Jensen and his schooner Shara are lost in the Pacific Ocean. Rudy Wells and associates search, to no avail.

Jensen with his boat reaches the shield of the Zanans, during an electrical storm. Somehow the storm neutralizes the shield, and he gets through. He lands on the island, badly injured. He is found by the Zanans, who are afraid to go near him.

Jensen is left for three days and nights. A Zanan lady cannot stand to hear his cries of pain any longer. She goes to him, feeds him, and takes care of him. They are in isolation for one year. Da Nay is later born to the couple, with minimal immunity against infectious diseases on Earth.



Walter Jensen, his daughter Da-Nay, and Gerro

First off, the date has to be a typo.  Although I believe Dr. Rudy Wells is either an android or a regenerating alien - not necessarily a Gallifreyan Time Lord - I don't think he was around fifty years earlier to participate in such a search.  And there was nothing about life among the Zanans which suggests that Walter Jensen would still be alive and looking no more than the 52 years of age borne by the actor who portrayed him, Robert Symonds.

And then there's this: in the first episode of this two-part story, Rudy mentions that Walter Jensen disappeared in the same area as that hidden island home of the Zanans twenty years before.  So we're talking 1958, not 1928.

But I'm writing this blog post about the Zanan-Terran hybrid, Da-Nay, daughter of Walter Jensen and a Zanan woman.

The other Zanans had appropriately alien names - Gerro the Zanan leader, plus Torg, Zandor, Arta, and Riga.  And Da-Nay would seem to fit into such a pattern.  But her father was a human from Earth, and I would think he would want to have a say in the choice of her name.

As an anthropologist, Walter Jensen may have included Greek mythology as one of his studies.  So perhaps he thought "Danaë" was a name which sounded Zanan, especially phonetically spelled out in their language - "Da-Nay" - but which evoked his own memories of the world he left behind.  I don't think it had any more of a connotation than that.

Just one final O'Bservation about this 'Six Million Dollar' story - the Zanans are still to be found on Earth, hidden away from human contact on their "lost island".  But aside from their lack of immunity from Terran disease, there really wasn't anything which marked a distinct difference from human anatomy.  It could be that since the Zanans were last seen in 1978, they have been able to build up their tolerance to human ailments, thanks to the serum.  Since they had the blessings of their leader Gerro to leave the island, the Zanans could have spread out into Terran society and be unrecognizable from any human standing right next to them.  And eventually as Walter Jensen did with Da-Nay's mother, they could inter-breed with humans.


Theoretically, there could be Zanans in just about any TV show on the air since at least 1980.  Perhaps one day I might begin inducting such alien races into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.  (Others would be the Galacticans, Andromedans, Bolians and the Silence......)

BCnU!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MISSING LINKS - "THE LOVE BOAT" AND "TWIN PEAKS"


The new incarnation of 'Twin Peaks' is loaded with cameos by actors usually known for larger roles in big screen productions or just famous in their own right for their past work - Richard Chamberlain, Candy Clark, Meg Foster are just some of the "blink and you'll miss them" who have been seen so far in the series.

If I didn't check the credits for the latest episode, Part 11, to find Alicia Witt (whose first two roles were in Lynch productions - "Dune" and the first incarnation of 'Twin Peaks'), I might never have discovered that Lauren Tewes did a quick scene as Stephen Burnett's neighbor.


Prime-Time marches on, which is why I didn't recognize her.  It's been twenty years since we last saw Cruise Director Julie McCoy of the Pacific Princess and that was in an episode of the spin-off which starred Robert Urich in his last starring role.


Julie McCoy is eligible for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame officially.  She has about 200 episodes of 'The Love Boat' to her credit, along with 'The Love Boat' spin-off appearance and guest shots on 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Martin'.

So I'm thinking: what would it hurt if we added this quick cameo from 'Twin Peaks' to her tally?

Like I said, it's been twenty years since we saw her last.  Perhaps after a failed romance (or two) Julie McCoy decided to move to Twin Peaks, Washington.  And there she's lived a quiet life, perhaps calling on her social director skills for a new career, maybe even using those skills in public service for the elderly citizens like Carl Rodd.

I don't think we're going to see Ms. Tewes again as the Neighbor.  (And that's how she was credited, no name listed.)  So where's the harm in thinking that it was Julie McCoy living in that apartment next to 208?

BCnU.....

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TUESDAY IS TWA'S DAY



From Wikipedia:
Trans World Airlines (TWA) was a major American airline from 1924 until 2001. It was formed as Transcontinental & Western Air to operate a route from New York City to Los Angeles via St. Louis, Kansas City, and other stops, with Ford Trimotors. With American, United, and Eastern, it was one of the "Big Four" domestic airlines in the United States formed by the Spoils Conference of 1930.

Howard Hughes acquired control of TWA in 1939, and after World War II led the expansion of the airline to serve Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, making TWA a second unofficial flag carrier of the United States after Pan Am. Hughes gave up control in the 1960s, and the new management of TWA acquired Hilton International and Century 21 in an attempt to diversify the company's business.

As the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 led to a wave of airline failures, start-ups, and takeovers in the United States, TWA was spun off from its holding company in 1984. Carl Icahn acquired control of TWA and took the company private in a leveraged buyout in 1988. TWA became saddled with debt, sold its London routes, underwent Chapter 11 restructuring in 1992 and 1995, and was further stressed by the explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996.

In 2001, TWA filed for a third and final bankruptcy and was acquired by American Airlines. American laid off many former TWA employees in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks and closed its St. Louis hub in 2003.

TWA was headquartered at one time in Kansas City, Missouri, and planned to make Kansas City International Airport its main domestic and international hub, but abandoned this plan in the 1970s.[8] The airline later developed its largest hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Its main trans-Atlantic hub was the TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, an architectural icon designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1962.


For the full Wikipedia entry, click here.


'THE PATTY DUKE SHOW'

But while they were in operation, TWA used its influence to shore up their presence in Toobworld.  I think you would see TWA airliners more often than any other airline's planes whenever TV characters had to fly.

Here are a few episodes in which they played a role either within the storyline or behind the scenes:

"Bachelor Father: The Greggs in Paris (#4.20)" (1961) ... Transportation Furnished By
"Bachelor Father: The Greggs in London (#4.21)" (1961) ... Transportation Furnished By

"Perry Mason: The Case of the Woeful Widower (#7.23)" (1964) ... Aircraft

"Burke's Law: Deadlier Than the Male (#3.10)" (1965) ... Aircraft Supplied By

"Gomer Pyle: USMC: The Jet Set (#1.27)" (1965) ... Airline Sequences Filmed With The Cooperation Of


'THAT GIRL'

"That Girl: She Never Had the Vegas Notion: Part Two (#4.12)" (1969) ... Transportation Arrangements And Promotional Consideration Provided By
"That Girl: She Never Had the Vegas Notion (#4.13)" (1969) ... Transportation Arrangements And Promotional Consideration Provided By

"Kojak: Loser Takes All (#2.15)" (1974) ... Production Assistance

The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (1982) (TV) ... Some Airline Transportation Furnished By

Of course, nowadays it's more fun to use fictional airlines, especially if there's going to be trouble in the air.  I'm not sure if it hadn't been for 'Lost', Oceanic Airways might never have achieved membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.

Just in case you were wondering how deeply I get into my Toobworld fantasy world, I do NOT believe that there's a picture of Wyatt Earp getting off a TWA plane seen above.  Even I know that it's a picture of Hugh O'Brian in costume.

Wyatt Earp traveled into the Future thanks to a trip in the TARDIS.......

Just idling on the runway here......


Monday, July 24, 2017

IN MEMORIAM MONDAY - SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY MICHAEL H. HANSON


I thought I would end this first phase of my tributes to the late Martin Landau with this poem which was shared on Facebook the day he died......


Good night and may God bless.....


Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE LANDAU GENTRY - A SUNDAY FAITH (DIS)SERVICE




ABRAHAM
Played by Martin Landau
"IN THE BEGINNING"

From Wikipedia:

Abraham, originally Avram or Abram, is the common patriarch of the three Abrahamic religions. In Judaism he is the founding father of the Covenant, the special relationship between the Jewish people and God; in Christianity, he is the prototype of all believers, Jewish or Gentile; and in Islam he is seen as a link in the chain of prophets that begins with Adam and culminates in Muhammad.

The narrative in Genesis revolves around the themes of posterity and land. Abraham is called by God to leave the house of his father Terah and settle in the land originally given to Canaan, but which God now promises to Abraham and his progeny. Various candidates are put forward who might inherit the land after Abraham, but all are dismissed except for Isaac, his son by his half-sister Sarah. Abraham purchases a tomb (the Cave of the Patriarchs) at Hebron to be Sarah's grave, thus establishing his right to the land, and in the second generation his heir Isaac is married to a woman from his own kin, thus ruling the Canaanites out of any inheritance. Abraham later marries Keturah and has six more sons, but on his death, when he is buried beside Sarah, it is Isaac who receives "all Abraham's goods", while the other sons receive only "gifts" (Genesis 25:5–8).

The Abraham story cannot be definitively related to any specific time, and it is widely agreed that the patriarchal age, along with the exodus and the period of the judges, is a late literary construct that does not relate to any period in actual history. A common hypothesis among scholars is that it was composed in the early Persian period (late 6th century BCE) as a result of tensions between Jewish landowners who had stayed in Judah during the Babylonian captivity and traced their right to the land through their "father Abraham", and the returning exiles who based their counter-claim on Moses and the Exodus tradition.


The story of Abraham took place in many TV dimensions, includiing Skitlandia and the Tooniverse.  And there were other heavy hitters besides Martin Landau to have played the role - Richard Harris and Gene Barry.  

And it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that the story of Abraham and Isaac also occurred in the musical dimension ruled over by Mr. Sweet the Demon.  Sweet was seen in 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' (and is a member of the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.)  This is the dimension in which you'll find TV shows like 'Hull High', 'Cop Rock', and plenty of musical blipverts like this one for Great American Soups:



I can't say the events of Abraham's life were auto-tuned there, but I get the feeling the chronicle of his most (in)famous moment makes the Good Book more of a songbook:

Oh, God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"
Abe said, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"
God said, "No" Abe say, "What?"
God say, "You can do what you want, Abe, but
The next time you see me comin', you better run"
Well, Abe said, "Where d'you want this killin' done?"
God said, "Out on Highway 61"
- Bob DylanCopyright © 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music

"All faith must have a little doubt mixed in.
Otherwise it's just flabby sentimentality."
Dr. Miguelito Loveless
'The Wild, Wild West'

Saturday, July 22, 2017

THE LANDAU GENTRY - MARTIN LANDAU AS "HIMSELF"



It must be accepted that everybody in Earth Prime has a counterpart in Earth Prime-Time.  With the proliferation of home videos shown on series like 'America's Funniest Home Videos' and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, eventually you probably will be a citizen of Toobworld.

And that has to be especially true for actors even if they already exist in that TV Landscape as other characters.  Many of the more celebrated actors might show up in sitcoms and even dramas as members of the League of Themselves.  Peter Falk played Daniel J. O'Brien and Lt. Columbo but he also appeared as himself in an episode of 'The Larry Sanders Show'.  It's a hazard that must be accepted by televisiologists.

Check out this short clip from 'Get Smart':


So Martin Landau was one of the many famous actors who did quick cameos on that spy sitcom but he wasn't playing himself; in fact, he was Maxwell Smart.  

However, the Chief mentioned Martin Landau by name which verifies his existence in Toobworld even if he wasn't technically "seen".

The best part is that this wasn't a Zonk!  There was no mention of 'Mission: Impossible'.  Alls we know is that Mr. Landau was playing a spy on television at the time.  Actually it might not have even been a TV role; his fictional televersion could have been starring a spy movie franchise.

I'm beginning to think I could run with "Landau Gentry" blog posts until I get tired of it.  Not really concerned how you feel about it.  LOL

Would that be something that you would be interested in?


Friday, July 21, 2017

THE LANDAU GENTRY - JOHN KOENIG AND THE MOONBASE ALPHA FLASHBACK




For the greater good of Toobworld, only part of the events of 'Space: 1999' actually took place.

You basically know this.  Think of all the times you've seen the moon in the sky like a big pizza pie on your favorite TV shows since 1999.

I wrote about this on Martin Landau's 84th birthday a few years ago:

Also, for those who didn't already know, there's a splainin why the events of 'Space: 1999' (another Landau series) never happened in the main Toobworld.

Up to a point, they did. There was a Moonbase Alpha, kept secret from the general public. In fact, there are still several moon bases in operation on the Moon. Commander John Koenig was in charge of the facility when the nuclear waste dumps on the dark side of the Moon exploded. But that did not trigger the cataclysm of the Moon leaving the Earth's orbit.



Everything we saw from that point on in the series all took place in the coma dream of Koenig, who had been seriously injured in the blast. That way we can keep the series' basics in the main TV Universe.

I brought it up again after the death of Sir Christopher Lee:

A sleeper ship of alien pacifists crash-landed near Moonbase Alpha and one of the lunar colony's commissioners plotted to take one of their suspended animation chambers for himself when they relaunched for Earth.

The captain of that space-faring vessel was Zandor, played by Christopher Lee.


I have established in the past that everything that occurred in 'Space: 1999' after the explosions at the nuclear fuel dumps on the far side of the Moon never actually happened.  If the Moon had been thrust out of its orbit by those explosions in 1999, it never would have been seen again in other TV shows.  And Toobworld itself would have been devestated by seismic disruptions.

So, my splainin?  Commander Koenig was thrown into a coma in which he dreamed the events and characters who would appear in the episodes to follow.  So the Psychon metamorph Maya, Raan of Zenno, and the huge spacecraft Delmer Plebus Powells Gwent and its Companion Gwent, all were products of Koenig's sub-conscious.  And that included Captain Zandor.

That's fine as far as it goes, but where did Koenig's imagination come up with the image of Zandor?  I think the alien was based on Christopher Lee himself.

The televersion of the British thespian, known for his horror roles, would have been the same in both worlds.  We saw evidence of this in several TV series.

It's a theory which I just can't seem to let go.......

SAMANTHA CARTER:
I was hoping that we could go over the plans for the new moonbase.
JACK O'NEAL:
What moonbase?


Even though the timeline was disrupted by Ba'al until it was set right by the SG-1 team, it was basically happening in 2008, the year in which the video came out.  Nine years earlier, Moonbase Alpha suffered severe damage when the nuclear waste dump on the far side of the Moon exploded.  (As you probably know, this happened in the first episode of 'Space: 1999'.)

So when Sam mentioned "the new moonbase", that determiner suggests that there was at least one previous moonbase.  And a moratorium on building a new moonbase which lasted about nine years seems about right.

Now some of you might think that there shouldn't be any moonbase without a moon.  But that's because you must think everything that happened after that explosion as seen in 'Space: 1999' actually took place.  But in the grand scheme of things in the Toobworld Dynamic, Commander Koenig of Moonbase Alpha had been seriously injured in the explosion and everything we saw in the show was part of his coma dream.

So the Moon has always been up there and this relieves the Dynamic of such an astral Zonk.  Except for the beginning, 'Space: 1999' was a dream series like 'Newhart' which only had its reality in the ending.


That explosion of the waste-fuel dumps near Moonbase Alpha was nearly eighteen years ago. Commander John Koenig was 42 years old by Toobworld reckoning at the time of the explosion (born March 17,1957).  This makes him five years younger than Landau at the time of filming.  

I don't think Koenig was in that coma for too long, perhaps only six months.  But it was more than enough time for him to experience all of those bizarre dream adventures which we saw as the future episodes of 'Space:1999'.


Despite having almost lost his life in the explosions, Koenig was quietly denied the opportunity to resume his command of the moonbase.  Instead, he accepted his discharge from the World Space Commission and returned to civilian life.

But what would he have done with himself to fill his life at such a relatively young age to retire?  We never saw him again in Toobworld after the turn of the new Millennium, and I don't think he changed his name to engage in other adventures.  (Logistically this would have been difficult from a production perspective.  The difference in ages between Landau and Koenig was such that any appearance by the actor in TV shows after 2000 was radically older than Koenig.  And we can't really ascribe that to physical impairment caused by the explosions even if we wanted to conflate such roles into Koenig.)

I think he may have been approached by an agent or agents unknown from "UNReal" to write books about his experiences as the head of Moonbase Alpha.  But not the actual truth - what they were interested in was transcribing his vivid coma dreams and presenting them as sci-fi stories.  (UNReal had access to those transcripts of Koenig's sessions with his psychiatrist - there was nothing which could be safeguarded against their intrusion.)


More bemused by the notion than offended by their prying into his life, Koenig took an active role in the writing and publishing of these novels and short stories by Whitestone Press, where his book editor was Martin Tupper.  Eventually UNReal arranged for the book series to be made into a few low-budget movies and even into a TV series.  The pervasive effect got the same result as with all of the other UNReal projects - when faced with the possible evidence that the moon colonies really did exist, the general public dismissed it as the rantings of fanatics swept up in the fiction of the books, movies and TV show.  

By the way, the first actual mention of 'Space: 1999' by another TV show which actually shared the same Toobworld did not occur until 'Malcolm In The Middle' in 2001.  (As far as I can tell.)  So that jives with the timeline.

John Koenig turned 60 years old on St. Patrick's Day in Toobworld this year.  Even though we haven't seen him on our screens lately, I feel confident he should be still alive.  Then again, people of that age haven't done so well this past year so far - Furst, Paxton, Ferrer, Headley....

But as I would do with any other character, I think Koenig should enjoy the same lifespan as his portrayer, Martin Landau.  Therefore, at some point in the summer of 2046, John Koenig will go on the Big Hiatus.

John Koenig circa 2045

No.  Scratch that.  I'd like for John Koenig to live into his nineties, long enough to be able to see the Moon hatch in 2049.

(Yeah.....  That's a 'Doctor Who' plot problem I will have to address one day for Toobworld's sake.  What happened to the moon colonies by then for starters.  And really?  The Moon is an egg???)

In the meantime, good night and may God bless Martin Landau.....

O'Bservation:
We'll have two more short posts about Landau's characters over the weekend and then return to the topic during our TV Western celebration in August.

Does that sound like something you would be interested in?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE LANDAU GENTRY - SUPER SIX LIST OF LANDAU'S HISTORICAL FIGURES




In the greater Toobworld Universe, Martin Landau's contributions are multi-dimensional; not all of them can be found in Earth Prime-Time.  And that includes almost a dozen historical figures he played on the small screen over the years.  Many of them can remain in the main Toobworld, but there are others who have been recast several times in the past and so somebody has to be relegated to other Toobworlds.  And with those characters who may have only appeared once on TV, but in TV movies, sometimes it's just easier to leave them in the MOTW Toobworld.  (But they could be in both dimensions.)

So by my count, Martin Landau played ten historical figures on television.  But as this is a Super Six List, we'll discard four of them to focus on the others.  A few of them I'll visit in future blog posts as Mr. Landau was one of those performers who made all of his roles fascinating to watch and study.  But there is one role I discarded simply because I couldn't find a picture to accompany it.  (As Jokanaan - John the Baptist - in "Salome" on 'Omnibus')  In this list I included only one of his TV Western characters, but that's because I'm going to save those profiles for the annual Western showcase in August.

So let's get started on our Super Six List.

SUPER SIX LIST
HISTORICAL CHARACTERS 
AS SEEN ON TV
PLAYED BY MARTIN LANDAU

The plot summaries of the TV series and movies come from the IMDb.  The historical data is from Wikipedia.  Both are sources of high reputation. (cough cough)

"ANNA NICOLE"
The life of Anna Nicole Smith, from small town dancer to Playboy centerfold, to her marriage to a billionaire, and her eventual self destruction.



J. Howard Marshall
James Howard Marshall II (January 24, 1905 – August 4, 1995) was an American businessman, academic, attorney, and government official. His life spanned nine decades and almost the entire history of the oil industry, from the early years when uncontrolled production depleted valuable fields and natural gas was burned at the well head, to the decades of energy shortages and the Arab Oil Embargo. Marshall was married to model and celebrity Anna Nicole Smith during the last 14 months of his life. His estate became the subject of protracted litigation which was reviewed by the Supreme Court in Marshall v. Marshall and Stern v. Marshall.

"JOSEPH"
The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.


Jacob
Jacob ("heel"; Arabic: يَعْقُوب‎‎ Yaʿqūb), later given the name Israel, is regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites. According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob was the third Hebrew progenitor with whom God made a covenant. He is the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah and Bethuel, the nephew of Ishmael, and the younger twin brother of Esau. Jacob had twelve sons and at least one daughter, by his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and by their handmaidens Bilhah and Zilpah.


Jacob's twelve sons, named in Genesis, were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. His only daughter mentioned in Genesis is Dinah. The twelve sons became the progenitors of the "Tribes of Israel".

As a result of a severe drought in Canaan, Jacob and his sons moved to Egypt at the time when his son Joseph was viceroy. After 17 years in Egypt, Jacob died, and the length of Jacob's life was 147 years. Joseph carried Jacob's remains to the land of Canaan, and gave him a stately burial in the same Cave of Machpelah as were buried Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, and Jacob's first wife, Leah.

Jacob is mentioned in a number of sacred scriptures, including the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the New Testament, the Quran, hadith, Bahá'í scripture, and the Book of Mormon.


"BONANNO: A GODFATHER'S STORY"
The true life story of mafia boss Joesph Bonanno. The story spans from Bonanno's early beginings in Italy, to his conquests in America.

Joseph Bonanno
Joseph Charles Bonanno, Sr. (January 18, 1905 – May 11, 2002) was an Italian-born American mafioso who became the boss of the Bonanno crime family.

O'Bservation: There are two portrayals of Joseph Bonanno in the greater TV Universe.  The other was by Ben Gazzara in "Love, Honor, & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage".  Rather than take a stand and decide which one belongs in the main Toobworld, I'll be craven and place them both in "foster homes".  But Bonanno does exist in Toobworld - in the "Members Only" episode of 'The Sopranos', he was name-checked 

"SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR: THE ALISON GERTZ STORY"

An AIDS-stricken woman becomes a leader in the struggle to educate people about the disease and its prevention.


Jerry Gertz
[Molly] Ringwald spoke about meeting the real Alison Gertz.  "I spent a weekend with Ali two weeks before we started the movie. Did I feel nervous? Yes. Guilty? Oh, sure. I remember having dinner with Carol and Jerry - Ali's mother and father. They sat there looking at her and looking at me and we're close to the same age and I'm healthy... I guess it was hard for everyone."

"MAX AND HELEN"
Based on the fact-based novel by Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal based on his 1962 prosecution of the head of a German factory whom he learns was a murderous labor camp commandant. To be able to take him to justice, he must find witnesses who can help him. This leads him to Max Rosenberg, a still tormented individual who lost his wife, Helen, in the camps. Initially Max refuses to cooperate, but gradually his story unfolds beginning before the Holocaust.


Simon Wiesenthal
Simon Wiesenthal (31 December 1908 – 20 September 2005) was a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter, and writer.

He studied architecture and was living in Lwów at the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Janowska concentration camp (late 1941 to September 1944), the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp (September to October 1944), the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, a death march to Chemnitz, Buchenwald, and the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp (February to 5 May 1945).

After the war, Wiesenthal dedicated most of his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazi war criminals so that they could be brought to trial. In 1947 he co-founded the Jewish Historical Documentation Centre in Linz, Austria, where he and others gathered information for future war crime trials and aided refugees in their search for lost relatives. He opened the Documentation Centre of the Association of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime in Vienna in 1961 and continued to try to locate missing Nazi war criminals. He played a small role in locating Adolf Eichmann, who was captured in Buenos Aires in 1960, and worked closely with the Austrian justice ministry to prepare a dossier on Franz Stangl, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1971.


'TALES OF WELLS FARGO' - "DOC HOLLIDAY"
Jim Hardie at a stop finds a stagecoach holdup netted $50,000 in crisp new bills and Doc Holliday and his wife Amy are there. When Amy receives some of the bills from Doc she accuses him of staging the robbery but Jim is doubtful.


Doc Holliday
John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist, and a good friend of Wyatt Earp. He is best known for his role as a temporary deputy marshal in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

At age 21 Holliday earned a degree in dentistry from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. He set up practice in Atlanta, Georgia, but he was soon diagnosed with tuberculosis, the same disease that had claimed his mother when he was 15, having acquired it while tending to her needs while she was still in the contagious phase of the illness. Hoping the climate in the American Southwest would ease his symptoms, he moved to that region and became a gambler, a reputable profession in Arizona in that day.  Over the next few years, he reportedly had several confrontations. While in Texas, he saved Wyatt Earp's life and they became friends. In 1880, he joined Earp in Las Vegas, New Mexico and then rode with him to Prescott, Arizona, and then Tombstone. In Tombstone, local outlaw cowboys repeatedly threatened him and spread rumors that he had robbed a stage. On October 26, 1881, Holliday was deputized by Tombstone city marshal Virgil Earp. The lawmen attempted to disarm five cowboys, which resulted in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Wyatt Earp learned of an extradition request for Holliday and arranged for Colorado Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin to deny Holliday's extradition. Holliday spent the few remaining years of his life in Colorado, and died of tuberculosis in his bed at the Glenwood Springs Hotel at age 36.


O'Bservation:
Doc Holliday is one of those True West characters who had many impersonators in the wild wild West.  (Two examples - as played by Peter Breck in 'Maverick' and by Jack Kelly in 'High Chapparal'.)  Douglas Fowley/Myron Healey is the official face of Holliday as they played the role in 'The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp'. (Recastaway splainin - Wyatt's perspective, and his impressions of Doc as being sick... and sicker.)  

I might have been inclined to claim that this version of Doc Holliday was seen from Jim Hardie's point of view because of the presence of Holliday's wife.  However, her name is Amy and in the Trueniverse her name was Big Nose Kate.  I believe they must have been a con artist team who pulled a fast one over the Wells Fargo agent.

Hopefully I can track down that episode so I can make an informed decision on that point.

So we covered six of Martin Landau's characters in this post and we're far from finishing!  I'll have another post tomorrow, addressing the major Zonk of the presence of the Moon in modern day Toobworld and Landau's place in that discrepancy discussion.

Does that sound like something you would be interested in?


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Probably the creepiest picture of Martin Landau
which I'll be posting during this tribute.
And we still have 'The Outer Limits' to get through!





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE LANDAU GENTRY - IVAN KOCHENKO (AKA ROLLIN HAND)



O'Bservation:
This entry for “The Landau Gentry” could just as easily have played out yesterday for the “Two For Tuesday” as it fits in “Wayback Wednesday”.  In fact, the time it took to write yesterday’s post could have been spared for a later entry since most of this is a repeat.


IVAN KUCHENKO
'The Twilight Zone'
("The Jeopardy Room")

Trying to defect, former KGB Major Ivan Kuchenko is trapped inside a hotel room. Commissar Vassiloff, a hitman, and Boris, his assistant, are watching him from a room across the street. Vassiloff is a sadistic killer who has tricked Kuchenko into drinking a sleeping potion in the hotel room after pretending to surrender to Kuchenko. 



Kuchenko wakens to learn that Vassiloff has planted a bomb in the room: Ivan must find it within three hours, or he will be shot by Vassiloff and Boris, who have a gun trained on him at all times. Vassiloff has hidden the bomb in the room's telephone, where it will be triggered by picking up an incoming call. Ivan manages to escape and avoid being shot. Later, Vassiloff and Boris enter the room and try to figure out what went wrong. The phone rings, and Boris—without thinking—picks it up; Vassiloff, realizing what is happening, yells at Boris, but the telephone bomb quickly goes off, killing both Vassiloff and Boris. On the other end of the phone line is Ivan Kuchenko, escaping to freedom. When the operator notifies him of the bad connection, he reassures her that the message was indeed delivered. The scene cuts to Vassiloff and Boris's charred corpses.
(Wikipedia)


ROLLIN HAND
'Mission Impossible'

Rollin Hand’s role as an IMF agent was that of an actor and disguise expert. In a theatrical brochure that headed his dossier, he was described as a quick-change artist and billed as "The Man Of A Million Faces." As such, he had formidable skills in mimicry and voice imitation (introduced in the second season) as well as a mastery of make-up that rivaled that of Lon Chaney, Sr. He was also an expert at sleight of hand and pickpocketing, which came into play in several missions where he would pick pockets or hide things on someone else's person without their knowledge. His language and cultural skills were formidable. He regularly passed himself off as a citizen of various Latin American and Eastern European countries and no one ever questioned his authenticity. 


He also successfully impersonated well-known public figures, such as the dictator of a fictitious Latin American country, rumored Nazi fugitive Martin Bormann, and indeed even Adolf Hitler himself. On at least two missions he even successfully impersonated a left-handed person, doing all gestures and reflexive actions left-handed when Rollin himself was right-handed. He successfully falsified a wide variety of maladies in the course of missions to dupe targets, including seizures and drug addiction.
(Wikipedia)

What if I told you that Kuchenko and Hand were the same person.... Is that something you might be interested in? (Channeling another Landau TV character, producer Bob Evans of 'Entourage'.)

After he defected from Russia, Kuchenko changed his name and joined the IMF agency, bringing all the skills he had at his disposal to be used in the cause for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Everything mentioned in that Wikipedia entry for Rollin Hand is what Major Kuchenko used to do for the KGB.

Born to rerun!


Most of this article appeared in the Inner Toob celebration of Martin Landau’s 84th birthday.

Tomorrow there will be another “Landau Gentry” entry.  Echoing my question earlier, would that be something you would be interested in?