Thursday, May 31, 2012

05/31 Pat Boone!

Charles Eugene"Pat" Boone (born June 1, 1934) is an American singer, actor andwriter. He was a successful pop singer in the United States during the 1950sand early 1960s. Among his hit songs were cover versions of black R&B artists' songs (when parts of the countrywere segregated).He sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits and appeared in more than 12Hollywood movies. Boone's talent as a singer and actor, combined with hisold-fashioned values, contributed to his popularity in the early rock and rollera.

According to Billboard,Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters, and was ranked at No. 9—behind The Rolling Stonesand Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin and The Beach Boys—in its listing of the Top 100 Top40 Artists 1955–1995.[1] Boone still holds the Billboardrecord for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songseach week.

At the age oftwenty-three, he began hosting a half-hour ABC variety television series, The Pat BooneChevy Showroom, which aired for 115 episodes (1957–1960). Manymusical performers, including Edie Adams, Andy Williams, Pearl Bailey and Johnny Mathis made appearances on the show. Hiscover versions of rhythm and blueshits had a noticeable effect on the development of the broad popularity of rockand roll. During his tours in the 1950s, Elvis Presley was one of his opening acts.[2]

As a prolificauthor, Boone had a No. 1 bestseller in the 1950s (Twixt Twelve and Twenty,Prentice-Hall). In the 1960s, he focused on gospel music and is a member of the Gospel Music Hall ofFame. He continues to perform, and speak as a motivational speaker,a television personality, and a conservativepolitical commentator.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

05/24 Chad McQueen!

Chadwick Steven"Chad" McQueen (born December 28, 1960) is an American actor,film producer, martial artist and race car driver. He was born in Los Angeles,California to American actor Steve McQueen and Filipino actress Neile Adams.

Personal life
McQueen wasmarried to Stacey Toten from 1987 to 1990. Together they had one son, actor Steven R. McQueen, who is currently playing therole of Jeremy Gilbert inthe tv series The Vampire Diaries.Chad is also the stepbrother of producer and screenwriter Josh Evans(through his father's marriage to Ali MacGraw).

McQueen hasworked as a film actor for some time, appearing as Dutch in The Karate Kidand "The Karate Kid Part II",and many other roles including a role in the 1995 film New York Cop withMira Sorvino and in the action films "Red Line"and Death Ring. He has also worked as a producer, winning a Telly Award for hisdocumentary Filming at Speed. He has appeared on numerous television programsrelated to motorsports, including Hot Rod TV and Celebrity Rides.

Racing career
McQueen'sracing career began early as he piloted a Porsche 917 from his father's lap while shootingthe film Le Mans. Heteamed with Belgian racing legend Jacky Ickx and his daughter Vanina, piloting a trio of Porsche 959s restored by Porsche Motorsports forthe 2004 Goodwood event.
McQueen hascompeted in several types of racing from Motocross to the Baja 1000. At age 6, he won his class in theWorld Mini Grand Prix. In 2004, he qualified for the SCCARunoffs, winning multiple events. Racing for WesternesseRacing, he finished 4th.
In January2006, he was seriously injured (suffering a broken lower left leg, as well as apair of fractures to his vertebrae and multiple ribfractures) in an accident at the DaytonaInternational Speedway while practicing for the 24 Hours of DaytonaSports Car race. McQueen now says that his driving days are over. He returnedto Daytona during the 2007 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race to thank the medicsand track workers who he says saved his life.[1]
In November2007, he returned to the DaytonaInternational Speedway and got behind the wheel of the Brumos 1975Ecurie Escargot RSR, driving it in the exhibitions at the Rennsport ReunionIII.
In January2010, he started McQueen Racing LLC, a company which partners with leaders inthe motorcycle and custom car industries to create limited edition highperformance motorcycles and automobile transbrakes.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

05/17 Francine York!

Francine York (August 26, 1938 – ) is an American movie actress. She was born Francine Yerich, the daughter of Frank and Sophie Yerich, in Aurora, Minnesota. At an early age she developed an interest in performance. She won a local beauty contest then placed first runner-up in the Miss Minnesota pageant. After attempting a career as an airline stewardess, then winning the Miss San Francisco beauty contest and working as a model, she became an actress.

Francine was born in a small mining town in northern Minnesota called Aurora to her parents Frank and Sophie Yerich. She won all the declamation contests she entered in high school and also starred in all the class plays. Her drama coach wrote in her yearbook, "To Francine, I know someday you will be a success in Hollywood because you have the talent." Well, Hollywood was still a long way away for 17-year-old Francine. But then, an opportunity came up in a beauty contest which was part of the Miss America Pageant. Francine entered locally, became "Miss Eveleth", and Runner-up in Miss Minnesota. Her first modeling jobs started locally after that.

Moving to Minneapolis, she got a job modeling sweaters for Jane Richards Sportswear and began traveling all over the U.S., ending up in San Francisco. Taking a modeling course at the "House of Charm" School and Agency, started her off on a fabulous modeling career for all the department store ads (Macy's, Magnins, ect.) . But a new opportunity arose...the Miss San Francisco Pageant, which she entered and was Runner-up, only to take over the title because the winner got ill. The Maid of California Beauty Contest followed, which she was also Runner-up. By this time, Hollywood beckoned. She then met Mary Meade French who brought Francine to Hollywood and was her first agent.

A series of commercials followed: Chrysler, Betty Crocker, Valley Federal Bank, Chevrolet, and many more. She soon stared in her first feature called "Secret File Hollywood" which was premiered in her home town of Aurora for all the town to see. To this day, she says this was the biggest thrill of her life seeing the whole town, the press, her parents, grandparents, and all her friends, plus the high school band turned out at the airport to greet her. This was just the beginning though, as soon she was discovered by Jerry Lewis and six films followed, starting with "It's Only Money"," The Nutty Professor", "Family Jewels". "The Patsy", "Disorderly Orderly", and her last with him in 1982 where she plays a noble woman with a French accent from the 15th century called "Cracking Up". She also went on to star with Marlon Brando and David Niven in "Bedtime Story" for Universal Studios.

During this period, she also appeared in many Max Factor Cosmetic ads showing here and in Europe. Her makeup artist was Hal King who was Lucille Ball's makeup man all during the "Lucy" series. Francine's vast interest in nutrition put her on the covers of such national magazines as Let's Live, Fitness Plus, and others. Her appearances on fashion pages of the STAR, and National Enquirer have been numerous, and Mr. Blackwell's A-1 Dress List. She is also a gourmet cook and has hosted dinners for sometimes as many as 80-100 with such stars as Clint Eastwood, Peter Ustinov, Glenn Ford, Rex Harrison, and her many more. Her recipes have also appeared in both Hollywood movie magazines and health magazines.

Some of Francine's other credits are "Curse of the Swamp Creature" (now a cult film), "Tickle Me" with Elvis Presley, "Cannon for Corboda" (shot in Spain with George Peppard), George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "Sergeant Was A Lady for Universal, etc. She starred with Bob Hope and Eva Marie Saint in "School for Bachelors". As Venus De Milo on "Bewitched"; as the agricultural student all the men fell in love with on "Green Acres" Soon Irwin Allen, famous disaster film producer, discovered her talents and soon starred her in "Lost in Space" as the infamous Queen Niolani, "Land of the Giants" as Dr. North, "The Flood" as Robert Culp's girlfriend, "Time Traveler", a pilot for ABC which she played a scientist, "Luxury Liner" opposite Robert Stack, "Batman Soon Came Up" opposite Roddy McDowell (as Lydia Limpit) his girl . That got her a story in Saturday Evening Post and later she was known as one of the Bat Girls. "The Streets of San Francisco", "Columbo", "Kojak", "Wild Wild West", "Police Story", "Mission Impossible", "Riptide", and "Perry Mason" all followed.

Some of her other television shows were "Ohara U.S. Treasury" opposite David Janssen and "Police Story". On "Days of Our Lives" she played the notorious blackmailer Lorraine Temple, and on "General Hospital" Thelma, and infamous madam from Florida. She also starred in "Mama's Family", "Brothers", "Mr. Belvedere". "Matlock" opposite Andy Griffith, and she recently Guest Starred in "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Lois & Clark" (the new Superman) and "Marilyn Is Alive" Starring as Marilyn Monroe.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

05/10 Robert Conrad Talks to You!

The show is all about you! Your letters, your emails and YOUR calls! It's a love-fest between you and Robert Conrad!

Friday, May 4, 2012

05/03 Robert Conrad talks to you!

The show is all about you! Your letters, your emails and YOUR calls! It's a love-fest between you and Robert Conrad!