The Scientology Set ( Pt 2 )

April 23, 2015 admin 2

Yesterday I wrote a little about the Church of Scientology and its adherents (both past and present) in the world of entertainment. Alphabetically, I got as far as ‘G’. Here are the rest of them:     HAYES, Isaac: Singer/songwriter, occasional actor. An active Scientologist, the ‘church’ forced him to […]

The Scientology Set ( Pt 1 )

April 22, 2015 admin 0

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. One thing they are not short of in Hollywood (humility aside, of course) is scientologists. Most of us know about Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but there are many others, some of them quite prominent. Before I look at just who embraces this ‘thing’, […]

Conspiracy or Cock-up?

April 21, 2015 admin 2

When asked for their opinion on why, for instance, America got caught with its pants down at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, historians tend to fall into one of two camps – conspiracy or cock-up. One school will argue that the US allowed the Japanese to attack, even pushed […]

Western Women ( Pt 1 )

April 20, 2015 admin 0

There have been countless stories written about the men in the American West, but very few about the women, yet there were quite a few who achieved varying levels of fame and notoriety. Of course, most of them were just hard-working, dirt poor and ill-educated sodbusters’ wives, women who slaved […]

HUMPHREY BOGART – The iconic tough guy.

April 18, 2015 admin 6

  Humphrey was not born on Christmas Day 1899 as his studio liked to state. At least two 1900 census forms prove it. He was actually born on 23 January 1899, but the Warner Bros publicity department chose to run with the stupid tagline, ‘a guy born on Christmas Day […]

JFK – Oswald alone? Rubbish.

April 16, 2015 admin 10

I was 16 years old when John F Kennedy was assassinated. Like just about everyone else, I assumed Lee Harvey Oswald did the deed because the US government, FBI, CIA and Secret Service all said he did. Yet, even at sixteen, I smelled some kind of rat when Jack Ruby […]

James Dean – over-rated nobody?

April 15, 2015 admin 2

  James Dean’s mother died when he was nine. His father promised to attend the funeral, but never showed up, and Jimmy would resent him for the rest of his short life because of it. He once told Elizabeth Taylor of how he had been consistently molested by a trusted […]

Capital Punishment – yes or no?

April 13, 2015 admin 0

When I was young and passionate I was all in favour of capital punishment. Why should killers be shown mercy and compassion when they had shown neither to their victims? Why should they continue to live a full life after depriving others of theirs? Why should society be concerned about […]

Ben-Hur ( 1959 ) – why 11 Oscars?

April 12, 2015 admin 0

  Every so often a movie comes along that has the Hollywood crowd and the critics tripping over one other in their eagerness to shower it with honours. William Wyler’s 1959 epic Ben-Hur is one such picture. It was nominated for twelve Oscars and won an unprecedented eleven. Only Karl […]

Maralinga? What’s a Maralinga?

April 10, 2015 admin 6

  About eight years ago I was tutoring a unit called ‘Reinventing Australia’ at Murdoch University in Western Australia when, in a moment of boyish enthusiasm, I asked my students: ‘What does the word ‘Maralinga’ mean to you?’ The response was deafening. Deafening silence that is. You would have thought […]