Thursday, December 12, 2019

K.A.C. 2019 - T - 13 ...

     Thirteen days to go! Our picture this morning is a fascinating glimpse of a wartime holiday Christmas - Father back on leave for the holidays and Mom and the kids (and the new console radio, of course, can't forget that!) are there to make the season complete! Looks charming, doesn't it? Almost ideal, wouldn't you say? It dovetails rather nicely into one of our more chilling Christmas For Your Ears episodes - just change the military uniform for a policeman's outfit, add Raymond Burr as an ex-con who is determined to kill the cop who sent him up and the con's ex-girl, who promised to wait for him but married the cop. He's got the perfect Christmas eve disguise and a gun ... what could possibly go wrong? Another excellent episode of SUSPENSE, from December 21st, 1958 - give a listen to 'Out For Christmas'. 


           If Raymond wanted to use a shiv instead of a rod to plug the copper and the babe with the nice gams (I REALLY need to rein in my pulp crime reading!), I've got just the ticket ... and guess who it comes from? None other than Charlie 'The Ghost' Dickens! Seems our boy Chuck loved his pet cat Bob a lot, so much so that when Bob spent the last of his nine lives and went on the Kittie Heaven, Charles wanted something to remember him by. So what did he do? What any well-thinking Victorian gent would do: had one of Bob's paws cut off and taxidermied, stuck a blade on one end and turned it into a LETTER OPENER! And just to make sure it wasn't mistaken for somebody ELSE'S amputated cat foot letter opener, he went the extra mile and had the blade engraved, saying: "C.D. In Memory of Bob 1862" ... as you do.

     For the full story of Three-Footed Bob and the Postal Mystery, click on the link below!

          And speaking of Raymond Burr, his old buddy Godzilla has been getting lots of press this year with this fine, custom, smoke-blowing homemade Christmas tree! If you're wondering why I mention these two thespians in the same sentence, it's because early in his career, Ray starred in the original GOJIRA ... well, sort of. The Japanese film was made in 1954, then American footage with Ray was shot and judiciously inserted into the original film to make it more palatable for American audiences, whereupon it was released stateside in 1956 as GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, and the two have been linked together ever since.

     To see this fine bit of G-Tree in action and learn how it was made, check out the link below!


     More tomorrow!

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