Jim Nabors, Hawaiian pistachio farmer, singer and actor, has died at age 87. His show Gomer Pyle USMC was notorious for never mentioning the Vietnam War even though it aired during that period. But one time Gomer met some hippies in the woods and sang a Dylan song with them. (One of the hippies in Rob Reiner.)
And that show lasted five seasons and he was still an E-2, Private First Class in the final episode. He didn’t even make Lance Corporal! I was promoted to E-4 in my second year in the army. Gomer must have been a real fuckup.
I preferred the comic book series “Sad Sack” (by George Baker) to the Gomer Pyle TV series. More anarchic. And I feel so stupid to just learn (va Wikipedia) that the title “was a euphemistic shortening of the military slang ‘sad sack of shit’, common during World War II.” But then I was very young when I read it.
Can’t believe I only just now saw the great 1954 film “Salt of the Earth.” (It was on TCM last night.) The only US film to ever be blacklisted. Thought to be the first feminist film. Directed, produced and written by black-listed Hollywood creatives, with a cast of mostly non-actors portraying a strike by union workers in 1951 New Mexico. A rare portrayal of the realities of union organization. The Mexican-Americans and “Anglos” work together in the union. US business and government would work for decades to destroy the popularity of labor unions and now white, black and brown workers don’t often feel the solidarity necessary to bring back union representation.
Friends & Neighbors! I just finished my “Curious Clodfelter” script and have submitted it to Amazon Studios and my brother is going to shop it around. My goal for next year is to finish several projects including an action/bank heist screenplay I’ve been plotting for years. I need to buy a new laptop (my trusty Lenovo Thinkpad is dying–I’ve had it for 10 years) and I have other expenses. I’m trying to raise $2000 over the next 60 days. Please consider contributing to my Fundly campaign! Everyone who contributes will get a PDF of the finished screenplay and a thank you in the end credits if and when the film gets produced.
I’m working on a pilot for a TV series about my first job in NYC: working for an adult website in 1997-98 with a crew of young skateboard punk HTML-ers and a host of colorful characters including a boss who would ideally be played by Bobby Cannavale. I’m making a list of songs from that year that were played a lot in the coder room. I didn’t like some of these songs but they help me get back into the era and the mood:
“Block Rockin’ Beats” Chemical Brothers
“6 Underground” Sneaker Pimps
“Tubthumping” Chumbawamba (many people don’t know this was a very politically-involved band; I use this for the finale of the film)
“The Beautiful People” Marilyn Manson
“One Headlight” The Wallflowers
“Mo Money Mo Problems” The Notorious B.I.G.
“Lovefool” The Cardigans
“Karma Police” Radiohead
“Barbie Girl” Aqua (horrible song but one guy kept playing it and it was the #3 song of 1997)
“Candle in the Wind ’97” Elton John (not played in the room but the #1 song of 1997)
“Bittersweet Symphony” The Verve
“Wannabe” Spice Girls (I have this song playing as piped-in music at the Barnes and Noble I worked at before I got the website job)
“Brimful of Asha” Cornershop
and more to be added, especially a lot of death metal