Archive for January 3rd, 2012

A TRIP TO ROCKY BUTTE

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The Rocky Butte tunnel

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A view of Mt. Hood from Rocky Butte

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Atop Joseph Wood Hill Park on Rocky Butte stands a tower and beacon light   

Rocky Butte is an extinct volcano, one of four located in Portland, Oregon. Formerly known as Wiberg Butte, a large quantity of rock was removed from the quarry on the east face of Rocky Butte in the 1940s for use in a new Multnomah County jail which
was demolished in the 1980s.

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DARTH VADER’S DOUBLE, DEAD AT 89

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(Fox News) – The man who wore Darth Vader’s costume during the Dark Lord’s epic
light saber fights in two "Star Wars” movies has died at the age of 89.

Former British Olympic fencer Bob Anderson stepped in for Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse during fight scenes in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return Of The Jedi."

But the "Star Wars" movies were not his first experience with Hollywood. Not by a long shot.

Anderson first coached Hollywood legend Errol Flynn in fencing. He went on to teach scores of stars sword fighting, including Sean Connery and Johnny Depp.

Anderson also directed swordfights in movies including "The Mask of Zorro," "The Princess Bride," and "The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy.

Anderson, who died on Sunday, got involved with movie-making after competing in
the 1952 Olympics. He placed fifth for England in a team fencing competition.

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Mark Hamill (left) and Bob Anderson.

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SERIES RUN BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1952

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Shown from left: Ben Alexander and Jack Webb

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The pilot for Dragnet, "The Human Bomb", adapted from the July 21, 1949 radio
radio episode, aired on television on December 16, 1951 as a special presentation
of the NBC program Chesterfield Sound-Off Time. After the pilot’s success, the
regular series debuted 0n Thursday, January 3, 1952 with the episode titled
“The Big Actor”.

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RAY MILLAND WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1907

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                  Ray Milland (born Alfred Reginald Jones)     

                         (3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986)

Milland was a actor and director whose screen career ran from 1929
to 1985, and is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning
portrayal of an alcoholic writer in the 1945 film The Lost Weekend.

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DESTINATION, NEW YORK!

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Greyhound Bus Terminal, New York, 1936

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