Wednesday, June 27, 2018


In the great scheme of the blogosphere, I know Inner Toob gets a lot of visitors - the clicker tells me so.  But I don't have delusions about its impact; it's just a little diversion geared to my own O'Bsession, for my own bleeps & giggles (as they would say in the non-premium areas of Toobworld.)

So it's always a thrill when I hear from the type of people with whom I never would have crossed paths here in Winsted, nor even in the forty years I spent in Manhattan.  The first time I was so chuffed was when I got email from a member of Michael Dunn's family, thanking me for a lengthy blog post in celebration of Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless of 'The Wild Wild West' (in my mind, the greatest TV character of all Time!) 

Another time was when I published the April Fool's post about the 1949 sitcom "The Frank Morgan Show" which only got six episodes completed before the actor who played the titular character in "The Wizard of Oz" passed away.  I received a response from the historian of the Screen Actors Guild who wanted to know where I found my very detailed information - I had her fooled!  And there were others.

Well, just the other day, I got an email from one of the archivists for the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Hi Toby—

Just discovered your blog and I’m loving it!  Maybe you can assist me?  Here at the LOC, I’ve been trying to ID some super hard movie and TV stills and you might just have the “eye” to solve some.  Can you take a look at the link below and let me know?


Cary O’Dell
National Recording Registry
Library of Congress

Cary provided a link to the latest page of these pictures and that had links to the previous two requests for help.

I looked through them and I only recognized two people who were already identified.  (One was Mary Martin and I wouldn't even have known that had it not been she was on a poster with her name emblazoned above it.  I'm better with TV characters in their natural habitat than the actors who portrayed them.)

Most of the people in the Library's collection of the unknowns seem to be outside the purview of television.  But as I said, there are many visitors to Inner Toob from all walks of life.  Who knows?  Someone among you might recognize some of these.

Here are the three pages of links supplied by Cary O'Dell, each with a sample picture shown here as an example:

The bearded fellow is Howard Da Silva,
but the other two men are still waiting
to be identified.

Everybody knows that's Ian Ziering
of 'Beverly Hills 90210'.
But who's the lady with him?

If you have any information as to the identities of the people in these photos, leave a comment on the appropriate page for Mr. O'Dell.  

I hope somebody in Team Toobworld will be able to help.....


1 comment:

Lucien61 said...

Re the Ziering lady: Coud that be Megan Gallagher?