Thursday, October 8, 2015

Don Larsen Pitches Perfect Game

Don Larsen threw a perfect game during the 1956 World Series.
October 8, 1956
It was on this day during Game Five of the 1956 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw a perfect game. Not only was this historical event the only perfect game in World Series history, it was also the only no-hitter of any kind to be pitched in postseason play until Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter game on October 6, 2010. Larsen won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award that same year as well.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Michael W. Smith is Born

Michael W. Smith was born on October 7, 1957.
October 7, 1957
On this day in 1957, Michael Whitaker Smith was born in Kenova, West Virginia. The three-time Grammy Award winner has also won 40 Dove Awards to date. His biggest success, at least in the world’s eyes, was the release of the song “Place in this World” in 1991 which got as high as #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although growing up in a model Christian home, Smith started moving toward alcohol and drugs after he graduated from high school, but attended Marshall University while he honed in on his songwriting. After playing in a few local bands, he was encouraged to move to Nashville. There he worked as a landscaper by day, played at the clubs at night. Drugs and stress got the best of him and in 1979 Smith suffered a breakdown which led to his recommitment to Jesus Christ. The very next day he auditioned for a new Christian band, Higher Ground and the rest is history.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Video of the Day: Rend Collective on Fox and Friends

Bravo Rend Collective - your music sounds great and your answers about religion and having a relationship with Jesus was spot on!

First Movie with Synchronized Dialogue is Released

First movie with synchronized dialogue was released on October 6, 1927.
October 6, 1927
The first featured-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue was The Jazz Singer which was released on this day in 1927 which lead to the decline of silent films. Directed by Alan Crosland and recorded with the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the movie starred Al Jolson. The film was based on the play, The Day of Atonement by Samson Raphaelson. The story is about Jackie, a young Jewish man who is thrown out of his home by his father for singing in local beer garden which went against his heritage and family’s wishes. To hide the fact that he was Jewish, Jackie decides to go blackface and hides his ancient with a southern one. While this movie was a large hit, the 1980 remake (sans blackface) that starred Neil Diamond, Lucie Arnaz, and Laurence Olivier was a huge flop. However, like Xanadu, the soundtrack album did very well. 

"Golden Shoes' Movie is 'Just Okay for Kids'

Review of the movie, "Golden Shoes"
(Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Perhaps it is my own opinion, but I think that there is a difference between family movies and children’s movies. Disney is a master for producing movies that literally every member of the family can watch and enjoy. Some moviemakers tend to think that any juvenile movie can be considered a movie for the whole family, but that just isn’t true. It’s sloppy filmmaking. Two good examples: 101 Dalmatians = family movie, Air Buddies = children’s movie. (Even Disney gets it wrong occasionally).

Now available on DVD today, Golden Shoes has good intentions and has been endorsed by This is due to the film's positive storylines about family, working together as a team and is altogether wholesome fare. But while film may be wholesome, that doesn’t mean that the movie is great. That might sound harsh and no one was intending for this movie to be nominated for an Oscar, but overall, the film is subpar.

Golden Shoes may appeal to children under the age of ten, but for those older, like their parents, they will have a tough time sticking through with it. At just 89 minutes in length, it feels like a half hour too long. The film’s biggest flaw? The acting ability of the children involved. Christian Koza is weak in the starring role, but he’s not alone. It appears that every child actor in this film had their lines down, but not the emotions or facial expressions. Some may think children audiences can’t tell the difference between a good child actor and a poor one, but they can. The movie intends to have some heartstring-pulling moments, but they are lost with the lack of emotion. It also tries to make up for it by turning the soundtrack music up higher in some scenes. It doesn’t work.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Release of the 'Ten Commandments' Movie

The movie, "The Ten Commandments" was released on October 5, 1956.
October 5, 1956
One of the most famous faith-based film, The Ten Commandments, was released today in 1956 as a preview in Salt Lake City. The epic, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, tells the story of Moses. The film was shot in Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula and stared Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and Vincent Price. Yvonne De Carlo, who is best known as Lily from The Munsters TV show, played  Sephora. The movie was DeMille’s last and most successful film and ironically was partially a remake of his silent film of the same name that was created in 1923. At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made and is one of the most financially successful ones too. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards but only won one for Best Visual Effects.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

First ABC Afterschool Special is Aired

The very first ABC Afterschool Special was aired on October 4, 1972.
October 4, 1972
The Last of the Curlews was the very first ABC Afterschool Special to air on this day in 1972. Created by Hanna-Barbera, it was one the few animated specials to air during its 25 year run. The special ran about six times throughout the school year featuring hour-long made-for-TV movies that dealt with social and controversial issues in the day. Later, CBS followed suit with its’ own Afternoon Playhouse and NBC did as well with Special Treat. Later, ABC would air similar programming on Saturday mornings called Saturday Superstar Movie and the ABC Weekend Special.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Premieres

"The Dick Van Dyke Show" premiered on CBS on October 3, 1966.
October 3, 1966 
The comedy show hit, The Dick Van Dyke Show, premiered on this day in 1966 and starred Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam and Mary Tyler Moore. However, the show’s original pilot had a completely different cast – including the show’s namesake. The “other” show’s pilot was created in 1960 and was to be called Head of the Family and would have starred Carl Reiner. The storyline was basically the same as the finished product, but fortunately, the latter won out. The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS for five seasons. During that time, the show won 15 Emmy Awards.