Tuesday, December 1, 2015


In memory of my friend Keith Belli........

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Day Without Art, remembering those in the arts, like Keith, who have lost their lives due to AIDS, and hopefully inspiring positive action against the scourge.  

So this is my version of a day without "Art".  I apologize to the memory of the original artists, Al Hirschfeld and George Wachsteter, for using their artwork.

It will be twenty years next year since Keith Belli left the real world.  I'd like to think he's still around in my Toobworld.

I miss you, "Kieth".......

Monday, November 30, 2015



In the opening credits of 'Murder, She Wrote', we see the same sentence being typed each week: "Arnold raced down the stairs".  (At least that's when Jessica Fletcher was still using a typewriter.  Not sure what she was typing once she switched to a word processor.)

I think it's safe to assume that Jessica was paying tribute to the assistant librarian at the Cabot Cove library, Arnold Lummis.  After all, he let her stay after hours to do her research and even trusted her to lock up the place herself.


Sunday, November 29, 2015


If you think you ate too much on Thanksgiving, here's my recommendation for how to burn off those calories......

Nyuck nyuck nyuck!

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Since it's Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I'd take it a bit easy.

Here's the character who will link 'Arrow' & 'The Flash' - but only in the Tooniverse, for now....

Friday, November 27, 2015


Jack Davis:What else have they got against me?

James Hawley: 
Your reputation - you're known as a gunman.

Jack Davis: 
I never drew first in my life. 
They can't hang a man for havin' a reputation.

James Hawley: 
They can try.
'Death Valley Days'

Sometimes I find the greatest nuggets of televisiological trivia when I'm looking for something else.  Okay, so this isn't the lost treasures of the Library at Jasonalexandria, but 'twill serve..... 

I was searching to see if Frank Sutton, as Sgt. Vince Carter, would be eligible for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame as the bane of his existence Gomer Pyle was, when I stumbled across these two roles in his resume at the IMDb.
Death Valley Days 
Jack Davis
- Diamond Field Jack (1963)

Frank Sutton in three 'Gunsmoke' episodes

Route 66 
Jack Davis
- To Walk with the Serpent (1962)

Frank Sutton in 'Route 66'

I don't even have to strain with this splainin!
With 'Death Valley Days' being an anthology series, not all of the episodes take place in Earth Prime-Time, just as is the case with 'The Twilight Zone'.  This is especially the case if an episode of the series involves an historical figure, like young Mark Twain.
But "Diamond Field Jack" does take place in the main Toobworld, even though Davis was an historical figure.  (Click here for the Wikpedia entry.)
"Diamondfield Jack" Davis would have been the forefather of the family lineage which would lead to the Jack Davis of Boston in the early 1960s - the televersion of Diamondfield Jack was probably that neo-Nazi's grand-pappy since he died in the 1940s.  That a real world character could be related to a fictional character has precedence in Toobworld.  In this case, Diamondfield Jack probably had fathered a son with a fictional saloon girl. (The fecund sluttiness of saloon girls is going to be a theme in the TV Western showcase for next year.)
It doesn't even have to matter what Fate befell either character or what the premise for each plotline entailed; the telegenetics are just that strong in this case.  But in case you wanted to know, I haven't been able to see the "Diamond Field Jack" episode of 'Death Valley Days'.  Here's the TV Guide plot summary for it, however:

Arrested for murder, Jack Davis (Frank Sutton) seems more concerned about preserving his reputation as a gunman than saving his skin.

As for Jack Davis of Boston, he was a follower of the "Awake America" leader John Westerbrooke.  He had been dishonorably discharged in 1950 for torturing a prisoner of war.  At Westerbrooke's rally in the Boston Common, Davis was shot dead by the FBI when he acted as a sniper to blow up a bomb concealed in one of the statues of the Revolutionary heroes.

The pictures of Frank Sutton in Western gear come from his three episodes of 'Gunsmoke':

  • "Catawomper"
  • "Miss Kitty"
  • "Old Comrade" (My personal favorite of the trio)

I couldn't find the 'Death Valley Days' episode except maybe through OVGuide, but I wasn't sure about the site.....

But here is the 'Route 66' episode if you want to see Sutton as the neo-Nazi Jack Davis:


Thursday, November 26, 2015


Here's this year's Thanksgiving story.  I don't know how Elon Musk will be spending Thanksgiving in the real world, but in Toobworld....?


While working in a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving this year - today! - Howard Wolowitz got to meet the Tesla Motors businessman and inventor.  Both of them were assigned to washing dishes (Howard started out there, but Musk was banished there after being too free and easy with the gravy ladle.)  Musk and Howard shared a tossed-off, half-eaten piece of pumpkin pie and exchanged email addresses.   

From Wikipedia:
Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity.

He is the founder of SpaceX and a co-founder of Zip2, PayPal, and Tesla Motors. He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion. His most important goal is to make human civilization multiplanetary. 

Elon Musk also has a counterpart in the Tooniverse, thanks to an episode of 'The Simpsons.'

For the rest of Musk's life story, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Yesterday's Five-O, visiting San Francisco inspector mentions working with Insps. Stone and Keller, who don't always follow the rules. Given Stone's age in the '70s and Keller's resignation from the force, my guess is the current Stone and Keller followed on their pops' footprint.

Take care,
Martin Ross

I don't place the new version of 'Hawaii Five-O' in the main Toobworld in which 'The Streets Of San Francisco' took place, and for a very good reason - the original 'Five-O' series with Jack Lord, James MacArthur, and on occasion Kigh Diegh has the honor of being part of Earth Prime-Time.  The 2010 series, still on the air, is a total remake... despite bringing in Ed Asner as a character he played in the original show.

For me this reference to the Quinn Martin show which starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas still was not a Zonk.  Instead, the Frisco detective was referring to the counterparts of Stone and Keller in that Land o' Remakes, who were probably younger and recast - as was the case with the Five-O squad.

So it still works but on an interdimensional level.  Thanks, Martin!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015


FX has gained the rights to bring Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle", his fourth novel, into a limited run TV series.  The man overseeing the project is Noah Hawley, who has found the right formula in bringing the Coen Brothers' "Fargo" to fruition as a TV series.

The A.V. Club gave a good summation of the work:
Vonnegut’s original work was published in 1963 and takes on science, technology, and religion with equal satirical fire. After the novel’s narrator, John, becomes involved in the lives of the adult children of Felix Hoenikker, a fictional co-creator of the atomic bomb, he travels to the fake Caribbean island of San Lorenzo and encounters a strange outlawed religion called Bokononism that many of the area’s inhabitants practice anyway. Through Hoenikker’s children he also learns about ice-nine, a way to freeze water at room temperature that could be devastating if used improperly. Needless to say, destruction and dark humor ensue.

I've got a good feeling that FX won't change its mind about the project and that it will make it to air on the network.....

(This won't be the first time Dr. Hoenikker and Bokonon have appeared on TV.  Back in the early 1970s, PBS made a movie combining several of Vonnegut's works in a story about Stony Stephenson traveling through the chrono-synclastic infundibulum.  Other characters included were Harrison Bergeron, Wanda June, and Diana Moon Glampers.  All of these characters take precedence for Toobworld and the new version will go to the Land o' Remakes.


Monday, November 23, 2015


Sam Malone:
You are the nuttiest, the stupidest, the phoniest fruitcake I ever met!

Diane Chambers:
And you, Sam Malone, are the most arrogant, self-centered...

SHUT UP! Shut your fat mouth!

Make me!

Make you? Why, I'm... I'm gonna...
I'm gonna bounce you off every wall in this office!

Try it and you'll be walking funny tomorrow.
Or should I say funnier.

You know, I always wanted to pop you one.
Maybe this is my lucky day.

You disgust me. I hate you.

Are you as turned on as I am?


[They kiss]


Debra Barone:
I need that squash!

Ray Barone:
Are you as turned on as I am right now?

'Everybody Loves Raymond'

Sunday, November 22, 2015


A public service announcement before you take your Thanksgiving home movies.....