random thoughts for monday october 10th, 2011




1.  it’s a milestone birthday today for actor PETER COYOTE…he turns 70 today…you may remember him from such classics as “E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL.”  he played one of the government guys….

here’s a photo of the E.T. cast recently with STEVEN SPIELBERG….PETER COYOTE is in the upper right….

and here’s PETER COYOTE today on his 70th birthday…

2.  everybody remembers this tv theme…


today we are going to find out whatever happened to the cast of “BONANZA.”

here’s an early cast photo of the gang….


we will start out with the dad, BEN CARTWRIGHT, played by actor LORNE GREENE….after “BONANZA”,  he went on to star in “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”….LORNE GREENE died of complications from prostrate cancer on september 11th, 1987 at the age of 72…here is his gravesite, and a later picture of him…


actor DAN BLOCKER played “HOSS” on the tv show…he kind of added the “comedic” style to the show….HOSS real name on the show was “ERIC.”

DAN BLOCKER did a few things after BONANZA, but nothing brought him greater fame than this role.

he died following gall bladder surgery on may 13th, 1972 at the age of only 43….BONANZA was still on the air when he died…..

here is DAN BLOCKER in his early 40’s, and a picture of his gravesite…

undoubtably, the most famous of the crew was MICHAEL LANDON….after playing “LITTLE JOE”, he went on to star as PA INGALLS on “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE”…

after that, he joined his “LITTLE HOUSE” co-star VICTOR FRENCH on a tv show called “HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN.”

little did MICHAEL LANDON know, but soon he would be on the “highway to heaven.”  on may 9th, 1991, he appeared on “THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON” to announce that he was dying of cancer….he died on july 1st, 1991 at the age of 54…..here is MICHAEL LANDON in his last few years, and a look at his grave….

the above picture is with former FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN…

and last, but certainly not least, actor PERNELL ROBERTS played the son ADAM CARTWRIGHT on the show…

he went on to play the role of an older TRAPPER JOHN from M*A*S*H, on the tv show ‘TRAPPER JOHN M.D.”….

PERNELL is the most recent to die from the show…he passed away on january 24th, 2010 at the age of 81…here he is in his later years, and here’s a look at his very modest gravesite….


3.  if you were at the GYPSY DAY parade in ABERDEEN on saturday, and you saw a fat flash of light come by you, that was ME….ha ha…i was 3-4 blocks behind my radio stations vehicles at all times….you know how i love to talk to people……i actually RAN most of the parade instead of walking it…..no wonder my legs hurt so bad on sunday….VAUGHN KARY said that he was awfully sore on saturday as well…

4.  i put a poll on the daily blog, right before this blog…i encourage you to go check it out….it asks the question as to how old you think kids need to be to register for FACEBOOK…i’m curious to see what you think….

5.  i was completely EXHAUSTED yesterday…i had a wedding on saturday, (congrats BROCK AND LACY), plus rehearsal friday night, the reception on saturday night, a sermon to write, and two church services on sunday….i was out cold on the couch for awhile watching football yesterday…….

6.  speaking of weddings, i have the honor of doing a wedding in NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA this coming weekend….(we’re coming to see you AMANDA AND MIKE)…my beautiful wife JEANNIE AND I haven’t gone anywhere together for weeks, if not months…so, we’re talking off on thursday for the seven hour trip, so we can spend a day and a half with each other….relaxing, swimming, and site seeing…..should be fun!!!

7.  i’m pretty proud of my WARNER MONARCHS girls volleyball team….the number one MONARCHS played number two PARKER on saturday night and beat them three games to none……this was PARKER’S first defeat…the MONARCHS beat them in game one 25-6….WAY TO GO LADY MONARCHS…this is one really good volleyball team, by the way…

8.  officials say that sanitation conditions are becoming a concern for WALL STREET protesters in NEW YORK….or, that smell could possibly be coming from ALEX RODRIGUEZ’S playoff batting average for the YANKEES….

9.  NESTLE PURINA has developed the first tv commercial that appeals to only DOGS….yep….great, i get to watch 30 straight seconds of dogs sniffing each others butts….

10.  an 18 year old girl from MINNESOTA, admitted to breaking into her neighbor’s home THREE TIMES to steal money to feed her addiction to PORN….hmm…she apparently doesn’t have the internet….

11.  this is true…a FLORIDA car dealership has started taking HORSES in for trade-ins…..i guess it started with a total misunderstanding…the customer came in the store and told the goofy salesman that he wanted to buy a three year old MUSTANG…

12.  PAUL MCCARTNEY was married over the weekend…AGAIN….but, this wedding was a mellow affair….his last wedding was such a huge party, and the bride drank like she had a hollow leg….the food and drink cost so much in that wedding that is cost PAUL an arm and a leg…well, at least a leg….

13.  three whales have gotten off course and wandered up a river in ALASKA…they’re about as lost as MICHELLE BACHMANN’S presidential campaign…

14.  FORBES magazine has named DETROIT as “AMERICA’S MOST DANGEROUS CITY.”  which explains the new CHRYSLER warranty…it covers 10 year, or 100,000 miles, or 10 carjackings…


 A cop pulls over a carload of nuns. He says, “Sister, this is a 65 MPH highway, why are you going so slow?”
    She replies, “Sir, I saw a lot of signs that said 22, not 65.”
    The cop is surprised. “Oh sister, that’s not the speed limit, that’s the name of the highway you’re on!”
    The nun shakes her head. “Oh! Silly me! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll be more careful.”
    At this point, the cop looks in the backseat where the other nuns are shaking and trembling.
    “Excuse me, Sister,” he asks, “what’s wrong with your friends back there? They’re shaking something terrible.”
    She replies, “I don’t know. She’s been like that ever since we got off highway 119.”





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