Saturday, June 02, 2012
The following is a rerun of a blog I wrote a few years ago, about John Hopkins University and their 2009 year-end thank you video:
Cindybin's Video Pick of the Week: JOHN HOPKINS AND GOMEZ ADAMS
“’Tish, you spoke French!”
Who doesn’t recognize that famous line from Gomez Addams to his lovely wife Morticia? Anywhere, anytime, the foreign accent drove him wild. Not to mention the other wild and spooky things that happened in that eccentric clan!
The Addams Family is one of my favorite shows, running in the mid-60’s along with another creepy and kooky family show, The Munsters. (I’m proud to own the entire DVD sets for both series.) I happened to catch a glimpse of The Addams’ the other day and was curious to see who was still alive, so I looked it up on Wiki. Carolyn Jones, who played Morticia, died in 1983 at age 53 (the same age as me, ack!). Of course Grandmama and Uncle Fester are both deceased, and Lurch died in his 40’s. Little Pugsley and Wednesday are all grown up, and even Cousin Itt is still around. That leaves John Astin as Gomez, who at 79 is definitely alive and kicking, and even featured in a cute music video I will share with you.
Astin had numerous roles throughout his long career, but is probably best known for his role as Gomez. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1952 as a drama major and continues to act. What’s more, he teaches method acting and directing in the Writing Seminars Department at his alma mater, and hopes to re-establish a drama major at the University.
In a recent music video released by Hopkins, Astin can be briefly seen singing and playing the cowbell. Faculty, staff and students joined together to create this production as a year-end thank you to supporters and friends of the University. It’s well worth viewing several times to catch all the witty, clever and interesting effects. The tune is catchy, too! You wouldn’t have to watch it but you’ll be glad that you did, that you did…
JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 2009 THANK YOU VIDEO
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I had a dream last night about Illya Kuryakin, my old crush from the Man From U.N.C.L.E. show of the 60's. It's hard to remember, but I think we were married or somehow romantically attached, and he came home from an assignment and gave me a cool classified magazine that had secret instructions to get to U.N.C.L.E. Headquarters. I was so impressed! Then he went off to take care of some other business, but I was anxiously awaiting his return that evening so I could hug and cuddle him. Pretty racey, I know.
Anyway, that got me to thinking about a blog I wrote a few years ago about David McCallum's role as Illya. So I thought I'd re-post it here:
CINDYBIN’S VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK: THE ILLYA KURYAKIN AFFAIR
I shouldn’t do anything to promote YouTube but I still have a bunch of videos I want to recommend. So this week we return to the world of spies, with links to clips from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., one of my favorite shows as a youth in the 60’s. Show co-star David McCallum was my first crush as a young girl—even before the Monkees. He played U.N.C.L.E. agent Illya Kuryakin, along with Robert Vaughn as fellow agent Napoleon Solo. Vaughn was supposed to be the James Bond-type star of the show, with Illya’s character not really in the limelight at first. But the two made such a captivating pair that Illya was soon bumped up to equal partner. It didn’t hurt that he made all the girls swoon with his cute long hair, which was quite daring at the time. In fact, he was sometimes referred to as “the blond Beatle”. McCallum was British in real life but played a Russian on the show, which explains his accent.
Each episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. had a title with the word “Affair” in it, i.e. “The Vulcan Affair”, “The Never-Never Affair”, etc., which is why you will often see titles of YouTube videos worded the same way, such as the one below. I even saw one called “The YouTube Affair”.
McCallum has been on NCIS for several years as medical examiner “Ducky” Mallard. I have enjoyed this show, especially McCallum’s parts. (I also like Abby!) There are videos of Ducky on YouTube if you want to see what he looks like now, if you haven’t seen him already. For a man in his 70’s, I think he still looks pretty good and brings a lot to his role.
I hope you check out the following links. Sit back, grab a few cacao nibs, and enjoy!
THE MAN FROM UNCLE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQyJnAs7BlU
Good black and white footage from first season in 1964, Napoleon and Illya entering secret U.N.C.L.E. headquarters through the tailor shop, etc.
ILLYA KURYAKIN: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_48RQha9U
Takeoff on Austin Powers with music from that movie. Nice mix of color and black and white shots.
MAN FROM UNCLE—THE RUSSIAN ANGEL AFFAIR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkdEyK5LieQ
Entertaining footage of McCallum, opening with short clip from NCIS where characters talk about what Ducky looked like when he was younger: “Illya Kuryakin”. Of course most of the cast on that show was not around when U.N.C.L.E. was on, so unless they’ve seen reruns they can’t appreciate what a legend McCallum was.