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Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

When I was young, I was led into a homemade haunted house on every Halloween. It was comprised of sheets tunneling through the halls and bedrooms, colored lights, and scary surprises around every corner. I’ll never forget how it was all so delightfully set to a record of Alfred Hitchcock Presents playing. My older sisters …

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Aleksandr Petrov, Master of Painted Glass Animation

Today is the birthday of Aleksandr Petrov, the Russian animator born July 17, 1957, in the village of Prechistoye. He is known for his unique technique of creating animations from pastel oil paintings on glass, using his fingertips to paint for added texture. Petrov’s first animation was made in 1988, Marathon, and was a tribute …

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Remembering “Mayor of Macdougal Street” Dave Van Ronk

Folk singer & songwriter Dave Van Ronk was born on June 30, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY.  As a young boy enamored with the local jazz and folk music of his day, he learned to play the guitar, and when he was a little older, he played banjo in a group.  He also played piano, possibly inspired …

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A Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration in 5 Songs

On May 24, 1941, American legend of song Bob Dylan was born. His music is gold and his lyrics are pure poetry. For example, Bringing It All Back Home, released March 22, 1965 was poetry in motion. The song “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” features some of the most captivating lyrics of the century, including “he …

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Hayley Mills: Angelic Icon of the ’60’s and Beyond

Actress Hayley Mills was born on this day, April 18, 1946, in London, England.  Her child acting career began with her debut performance in the 1959 crime drama Tiger Bay, for which she won the “BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer.” A year later she starred in the Disney classic Pollyanna (1960), and quickly became one of …

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