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Topic: Guess Who With Three Clues
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 9, 2019 11:32PM)
Guess Who With Three Clues (no googling):

1. He had a Terrier named Little Fox
2. He was a fan of American Football
3. He took methamphetamine on a daily basis

If no one gets it, I’ll provide another clue.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 10, 2019 09:05AM)
Elvis Presley?
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Sep 10, 2019 09:47AM)
Adolph Hitler
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 10, 2019 10:02AM)
Tom Cutts
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 10, 2019 11:10AM)
Rowdymagi5 got it: Adolph Hitler!

OK Rowdy, it's your turn. Post 3 clues and let us guess the answer.

If no one gets it after a couple of days, provide additional clues.

If someone does guess correctly, then it's their turn.

Remember, guys ... no googling.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 10, 2019 04:26PM)
While we're waiting...

1.) Archibald Leach
2.) Bernard Schwartz
3.) Lucille LeSueur
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 10, 2019 09:27PM)
Hmm, I know who the first two are, but not the third.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 10, 2019 09:40PM)
[quote]On Sep 9, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
3. He took methamphetamine on a daily basis[/quote]
I thought that he took meth merely [i]daily[/i].

;)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 10, 2019 10:25PM)
Haha! That’s funny, S2000. Here are some other tidbits about Adolph Hitler:

He had a Terrier named Little Fox.

One of his favorite movies was King Kong.

He was a fan of American Football.

He was a messenger in World War I.

He took methamphetamine on a daily basis.

He was saved from freezing to death by a Jewish charity group.

He suffered from hypertension, headaches and heart trouble.

He was spoofed by The Three Stooges.

He was Time Magazine's Man of the Year.


Regarding Animated Puppets’ 3 clues: I don’t have a clue! (Although Archibald Leach sounds familiar).
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 10, 2019 11:11PM)
1.) Archibald Leach
2.) Bernard Schwartz
3.) Lucille LeSueur
4.) Jeopardy[i]![/i]
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 11, 2019 08:00AM)
Well, I knew the first three, but it's too late now...
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 11, 2019 09:25AM)
@Animated - were they in a movie together?
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 11, 2019 12:01PM)
1.) Archibald Leach
2.) Bernard Schwartz
3.) Lucille LeSueur
4.) Jeopardy[i]![/i]
5.) Cheers
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 11, 2019 12:28PM)
Things Made in Canada.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 11, 2019 01:35PM)
Did they all play magicians?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 11, 2019 01:36PM)
Here is my guess, "The Magic Castle"
Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Sep 11, 2019 03:48PM)
Games like this make me realize how Google centric I've become. It has become my default brain for better or worse.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 11, 2019 04:28PM)
[quote]On Sep 11, 2019, slowkneenuh wrote:
Games like this make me realize how Google centric I've become. It has become my default brain for better or worse. [/quote]

Trivia has become trivial. The Brain is smart enough to outsource.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 11, 2019 04:40PM)
The changed names for fame seemed easy till "Cheers!" so I'm still thinking.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 11, 2019 04:42PM)
[quote]On Sep 11, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Did they all play magicians? [/quote]What sort of magic act would bill themselves as "Jeopardy!"? :D
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Sep 11, 2019 04:43PM)
Who are 3 people who have never been in my kitchen. Cliff Clavin
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 11, 2019 04:51PM)
[img]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/92/Cliff_Clavin_in_Jeopardy.png[/img]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Is..._Cliff_Clavin%3F
:)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 11, 2019 08:30PM)
Animated, is that another clue or is it the answer?
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 11, 2019 08:32PM)
Answer. Mark figured it out.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 11, 2019 08:34PM)
The first 3 clues were the Jeopardy[i]![/i] answer Cliff had for final jeopardy. It was the first thing that sprang to mind when I saw the title of this thread.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 12, 2019 12:32PM)
Well, if no one else is going to jump in, here goes:

Who said the following?

1. Simplicity is a most complex form.

2. Music is the tonal reflection of beauty.

3. If it sounds good, it IS good.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 12, 2019 12:48PM)
No idea, but those are three intriguing ideas coming from one person. I'm really curious.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 12, 2019 12:53PM)
Liberace?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 12, 2019 02:10PM)
BB King?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 12, 2019 02:15PM)
Guess who?

1. Mark
2. Bent
3. Tigran
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 12, 2019 02:42PM)
Mr. Salk, you'll have to wait to start a new one until the current clues are answered ...

Here's another clue for the above:

Who said the following?

1. Simplicity is a most complex form.

2. Music is the tonal reflection of beauty.

3. If it sounds good, it IS good.

4. By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 12, 2019 04:00PM)
Miles Davis?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 12, 2019 09:51PM)
Not Miles, but you're on the right track, Mr. Salk! Here's another quote from this individual:

5. There are two rules in life: Number one - never quit. Number two - never forget rule number one.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 13, 2019 12:32PM)
[quote]On Sep 12, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Not Miles, but you're on the right track, Mr. Salk! Here's another quote from this individual:

5. There are two rules in life: Number one - never quit. Number two - never forget rule number one. [/quote]

This one is tough. There are a plethora of soul/jazz musicians who seem like they'd have that attitude. John Coltrane?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 13, 2019 01:01PM)
No other guesses? This should give it away:

6. Music is my mistress and she plays second fiddle to no one.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 13, 2019 02:15PM)
If it's not James Brown I'm tapping out.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 13, 2019 08:50PM)
OK, since no one else is guessing, I'll provide the easiest clue:

7. It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 13, 2019 09:02PM)
Louis Armstrong?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 13, 2019 09:33PM)
Was that sarcasm, S2000?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 13, 2019 09:39PM)
[quote]On Sep 13, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Was that sarcasm, S2000?[/quote]
I didn't think so.

The name that springs to mind when I hear "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" is Satchmo.

I take it that that ain't the answer.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 13, 2019 10:37PM)
OK, understood. The answer is one of my idols, Duke Ellington. One of the two main reasons I came to the USA to study music was to learn how to compose and arrange in his style. (The other reason was to learn all there is to know about film scoring).

I must say, I’m flabbergasted that no one guessed his name. He’s one of the true masters of American jazz. I thought everybody (at least those older Café Members born in the USA) would be familiar with some of his quotes.

Well, let someone else have a go. I believe Mr. Salk had posted these clues:

Guess who?

1. Mark
2. Bent
3. Tigran
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 14, 2019 10:42AM)
Eichmann
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 14, 2019 12:04PM)
Nope
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 14, 2019 04:27PM)
Another clue.

4. Boris
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 14, 2019 05:25PM)
I'm still baffled..
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 14, 2019 08:07PM)
Heydrich
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 14, 2019 08:55PM)
Expanded clue;

1. Mark Taimanov
2. Bent 
3. Tigran
4. Boris
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 14, 2019 08:58PM)
Jelly Roll Morton
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 14, 2019 09:00PM)
Czar Nicholas II
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 14, 2019 09:02PM)
1. Mark Taimanov 
2. Bent Larsen
3. Tigran 
4. Boris
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 14, 2019 09:18PM)
Bullwinkle?

(Lobo'd know the answer.)
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 14, 2019 09:23PM)
[quote]On Sep 14, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
Bullwinkle?

(Lobo'd know the answer.) [/quote]


When I saw "Boris" first thing that sprang to my mind was [i]Moose and Squirrel[/i]...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 14, 2019 09:24PM)
Chess
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 14, 2019 09:30PM)
... or Bobby Fischer?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 14, 2019 11:50PM)
Bingo!

Bobby Fischer played 3 grandmasters in the candidates tournament leading up his world chess champion match against Spassky in 1972.

1. Mark Taimanov  
2. Bent Larsen 
3. Tigran Petrosian 
4. Boris Spassky
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 15, 2019 12:19PM)
Cliff tipped it for me by putting forth 'chess'. It was enough for me to remember a few tidbits from the movie [i]Searching for Bobby Fischer[/i].
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 15, 2019 01:14PM)
Your turn
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 15, 2019 01:25PM)
Here is an easy one.

Person:

1.) Octum
2.) Zooty
3.) 1/2
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 15, 2019 01:35PM)
Bill Cosby
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 15, 2019 01:36PM)
Nope.

If Ed Rhodes sees this he will know it instantly.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 15, 2019 01:41PM)
This is easy? Wow
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 15, 2019 01:47PM)
Easy-ish... the obscurity of the references is the only veil available to prevent an obvious answer.

... though this answer is equally obscure ;)
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 15, 2019 06:09PM)
Person:

1.) Octum
2.) Zooty
3.) 1/2
4.) Silent[i]-ish[/i]
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 15, 2019 07:34PM)
Teller
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 15, 2019 07:51PM)
See easy[i]-ish[/i].

Teller voiced Octum (a mutant) in the animated movie "Gandahar" which had a wonderful riddle "In a thousand years, Gandahar was destroyed, and and all its people massacred. A thousand years ago, Gandahar will be saved, and what can't be avoided will be."

He also played Zooty on Babylon 5 along with Penn who played Rebo as a comedy team.

1/2 of Penn & Teller.

... and though silent for the most part he has been known to a few speaking parts.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 15, 2019 08:52PM)
I have had three conversations with Teller in the last 30 years or so. He is very well-spoken.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 16, 2019 05:44AM)
1. Victory
2. Nile
3. Copenhagen

...and no googling nor binging
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 16, 2019 12:05PM)
Dr. Livingstone ?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 16, 2019 05:25PM)
I find it interesting how this thread has veered away from Arthur's original premise.

In his original, the clues are straightforward, and easy to understand even if you have no idea who the person is. Everyone understands what "He was a fan of American football" means, for example.

However, later installments have morphed into cryptic clues: "Nile", "Copenhagen". Unlike "He was a fan of American football", in which the relationship between American football and the person in question is explicitly clear, we are not told what the relationship is between "Nile" and our mysterious individual. We don't know if this person likes Copenhagen, lived in Copenhagen, was born in Copenhagen, or what.

I find this particularly interesting because of my work with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. On the real exams, the questions are extremely straightforward and clear (like Arthur's clues), and extremely difficult. On many practice exams provided by third parties, however, the questions are difficult precisely because they are unclear, or convoluted, or ambiguous. In short, they're awful, both as learning tools and as tools for preparation for the actual exams, because they look nothing like the actual exam.

I propose that we try to return to Arthur's original model: give clues that are easy to understand, while still making the individual difficult to identify. It's an interesting art.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 16, 2019 06:51PM)
I second that, S2000magician!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 16, 2019 07:25PM)
I agree with S2000, especially since I seem not to have a clue about any of these. I have a straight forward one ready to go if anyone wants me to. I was waiting till I got one right, but, well that ship seems to have sailed.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 16, 2019 08:43PM)
[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
I agree with S2000, especially since I seem not to have a clue about any of these. I have a straight forward one ready to go if anyone wants me to. I was waiting till I got one right, but, well that ship seems to have sailed. [/quote]

Your recognition of chess players from the 60's solved mine.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 16, 2019 10:51PM)
Ok so mine has been the easiest one so far- by far.
The answer is Horatio Nelson. Whose Flagship was the HMS Victory, who altered the course of history by smashing the French at the Battle of the Nile, and the Dutch and Danes at the Battle of Copenhagen.
Two of the most significant battles in world history.
I basically gave this one away.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 16, 2019 10:55PM)
[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
I find it interesting how this thread has veered away from Arthur's original premise.

In his original, the clues are straightforward, and easy to understand even if you have no idea who the person is. Everyone understands what "He was a fan of American football" means, for example.

However, later installments have morphed into cryptic clues: "Nile", "Copenhagen". Unlike "He was a fan of American football", in which the relationship between American football and the person in question is explicitly clear, we are not told what the relationship is between "Nile" and our mysterious individual. We don't know if this person likes Copenhagen, lived in Copenhagen, was born in Copenhagen, or what.

I find this particularly interesting because of my work with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. On the real exams, the questions are extremely straightforward and clear (like Arthur's clues), and extremely difficult. On many practice exams provided by third parties, however, the questions are difficult precisely because they are unclear, or convoluted, or ambiguous. In short, they're awful, both as learning tools and as tools for preparation for the actual exams, because they look nothing like the actual exam.

I propose that we try to return to Arthur's original model: give clues that are easy to understand, while still making the individual difficult to identify. It's an interesting art. [/quote]
Cryptic?
Oh dear. How very disappointing, Bill.
Victory at the Nile and at Copenhagen while sailing the VICTORY??? LOL my goodness nothing could be more straight forward nor less cryptic.
But then, I suppose just because you know grammar doesn't mean you know history. I'll leave this thread now before I say something I'll regret.

Have fun.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 17, 2019 12:30AM)
[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, magicfish wrote:
[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
I find it interesting how this thread has veered away from Arthur's original premise.

In his original, the clues are straightforward, and easy to understand even if you have no idea who the person is. Everyone understands what "He was a fan of American football" means, for example.

However, later installments have morphed into cryptic clues: "Nile", "Copenhagen". Unlike "He was a fan of American football", in which the relationship between American football and the person in question is explicitly clear, we are not told what the relationship is between "Nile" and our mysterious individual. We don't know if this person likes Copenhagen, lived in Copenhagen, was born in Copenhagen, or what.

I find this particularly interesting because of my work with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. On the real exams, the questions are extremely straightforward and clear (like Arthur's clues), and extremely difficult. On many practice exams provided by third parties, however, the questions are difficult precisely because they are unclear, or convoluted, or ambiguous. In short, they're awful, both as learning tools and as tools for preparation for the actual exams, because they look nothing like the actual exam.

I propose that we try to return to Arthur's original model: give clues that are easy to understand, while still making the individual difficult to identify. It's an interesting art.[/quote]
Cryptic?[/quote]
Yes: cryptic.

Is Victory to be taken literally, or is it a name?

Is Copenhagen a city, or a chewing tobacco?

[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, magicfish wrote:
Oh dear. How very disappointing, Bill.[/quote]
Sorry about that. I certainly didn't intend to disappoint you.

[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, magicfish wrote:
Victory at the Nile and at Copenhagen while sailing the VICTORY??? LOL my goodness nothing could be more straight forward nor less cryptic.[/quote]
Nothing?

How about saying that he had a victory at the Nile, and a victory at Copenhagen, and that he sailed a ship named Victory? That's clearly straightforwarder and less cryptic.

You know: in the same manner that Arthur told us what all of the words mean.

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with they game you're playing. It's simply a completely different game than the one that Arthur proposed.

[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, magicfish wrote:
But then, I suppose just because you know grammar doesn't mean you know history.[/quote]
Well, duh!

I know some history, but certainly not all history.

[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, magicfish wrote:
I'll leave this thread now . . .[/quote]
That's too bad, and it was not my intention to make you uncomfortable here.

[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, magicfish wrote:
. . . before I say something I'll regret.[/quote]
If your concern about regret is that you might say something that would offend me, let me allay that concern: you won't.

It is, after all, just a game.

[quote]On Sep 16, 2019, magicfish wrote:
Have fun.[/quote]
I intend to.

I hope that you can, as well.

And I trust that you know that I mean that sincerely.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 17, 2019 02:37PM)
S2000, since Magicfish has chosen to leave, why don’t you jump in and submit 3 clues to resume the game?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 17, 2019 03:07PM)
I'm on it. I've been waiting for it anyway. See if these clues are more appropriate...

1) I am not a "Dame" but the Queen did bestow me the title CBE (Commander of the British Empire) 1 step below knighthood.
2) I invented the head worn microphone that allows music performers to dance while they sing.
3) I have had several huge hits in England, but in the U.S. I am sadly a one hit wonder.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 18, 2019 09:20AM)
4) an unofficial album of my "B" sides and rarities has been called, "Shrubberies."
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 18, 2019 12:31PM)
John Cleese?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 18, 2019 07:46PM)
Nice one, but no.

5) I am not related, but I share my last name with two United States Presidents.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 18, 2019 08:58PM)
Kate Bush?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 18, 2019 09:23PM)
[quote]On Sep 18, 2019, landmark wrote:
Kate Bush? [/quote]

Shazam! We have a winner. Good job Landmark!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 18, 2019 10:21PM)
1) His real name was John Gerard Rodney Boyce

2) He died in Brooklyn, New York

3) He owned and performed in his own theater for ten years.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 19, 2019 12:01AM)
Ripley?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 19, 2019 08:04AM)
Harry Kellar?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 19, 2019 09:47AM)
Tommy is getting warmer.

4) He was born in Australia

5) His most famous partner was a newspaperman by trade
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 19, 2019 10:52AM)
George C. Scott?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 19, 2019 11:40AM)
6) His more common pseudonym was French sounding

7) He wrote more than 30 books after retiring from his performing career.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 19, 2019 11:43AM)
8) If you were a subscriber, approximately every 30 days you would receive something informative in the mail from him.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 19, 2019 12:04PM)
Aha! Hugard's Magic Monthly!

I didn't realize that Jean Hugard was Australian.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 19, 2019 04:18PM)
You got it!
Fred Braue was a journalist and editor when he wasn't messing around with cards, and Hugard owned and performed magic in a theater in Coney Island for a decade.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 19, 2019 04:31PM)
Cool!

Sounds like it's my turn.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 19, 2019 04:42PM)
1. Was born in Southeastern Scotland.

2. Was blinded, and spent six weeks in a darkened room before he regained his eyesight.

3. Had a secret one-on-one meeting with President Roosevelt, when the latter was supposed to be the guest of honor at an elaborate dinner party.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 19, 2019 05:40PM)
Alexander Graham Bell?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 19, 2019 06:26PM)
[quote]On Sep 19, 2019, tommy wrote:
Alexander Graham Bell?[/quote]
Nope.

But an interesting guess.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 19, 2019 09:41PM)
4. Invented, amongst other things, a hybrid alarm clock / study desk that literally thrust him out of bed each morning.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 20, 2019 12:06AM)
Rube Goldberg
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 12:50AM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Rube Goldberg[/quote]
Touché!

Alas, however, a foul tip.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 12:54AM)
5. For 10 years, managed his father-in-law's 2,600-acre (1,050-hectare) fruit orchard.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 20, 2019 04:19AM)
Channing Pollock springs to mind, only because he went into farming of some sort.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 10:15AM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, tommy wrote:
Channing Pollock springs to mind, only because he went into farming of some sort.[/quote]
I wasn't aware of that.

Nope: not Channing Pollock.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 10:18AM)
6. Has at least four mountain peaks named after him.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 20, 2019 02:12PM)
Wilson?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 02:27PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Wilson?[/quote]
If you mean Woodrow Wilson, I suspect that he wasn't born in Scotland.

Call it a hunch.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 20, 2019 03:32PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, S2000magician wrote:

If you mean Woodrow Wilson, I suspect that he wasn't born in Scotland.
Call it a hunch. [/quote]

Actually I am thinking there was a famous Scott called William Wilson, but I don't know for sure if he was in the right time period. Mt. Wilson of course is famous and well known.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 03:39PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
If you mean Woodrow Wilson, I suspect that he wasn't born in Scotland.

Call it a hunch.[/quote]
Actually I am thinking there was a famous Scott called William Wilson, but I don't know for sure if he was in the right time period.[/quote]
There are lots of William Wilsons; I'm not sure of which one you're thinking.

Also, it's [i]Scot[/i], not [i]Scot[b]t[/b][/i].

[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Mt. Wilson of course is famous and well known.[/quote]
But named for Benjamin Davis Wilson, second elected mayor of Los Angeles, who was born in Tennessee.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 20, 2019 03:54PM)
Well, if nothing else, I am getting a history lesson from this. I never knew who Mt. Wilson was named for.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 20, 2019 04:12PM)
Hillary? (mountaineer not Clinton)
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 20, 2019 04:16PM)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - he might know.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 04:30PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Well, if nothing else, I am getting a history lesson from this. I never knew who Mt. Wilson was named for.[/quote]
Neither did I.

I (wrongly, as it turns out) assumed that it was named for Woodrow Wilson.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 04:31PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, Mr Salk wrote:
Hillary? (mountaineer not Clinton)[/quote]
Neither.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 04:32PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, tommy wrote:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - he might know.[/quote]
Alas, Houdini's not here to ask his spirit.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 04:35PM)
7. Argued with Josiah Whitney about the formation of Yosemite Valley, saying that it was formed by glaciers, not (as Whitney contended) by earthquakes.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 20, 2019 06:34PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
6. Has at least four mountain peaks named after him. [/quote]

Irving Mount?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 06:55PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, landmark wrote:
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
6. Has at least four mountain peaks named after him.[/quote]
Irving Mount?[/quote]
Neither Irving nor his brother Tanta (commonly known by his title, Sir), nor his sister, Dis.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 07:02PM)
8. Co-founded the Sierra Club.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 20, 2019 08:24PM)
This is a tough one!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 08:31PM)
9. Has at least four hiking trails named after him: one each in California, Tennessee, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 20, 2019 09:07PM)
John Muir?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 20, 2019 10:44PM)
Amsel Adams.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 20, 2019 11:07PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
John Muir?[/quote]
Bingo!

You're up!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 20, 2019 11:17PM)
I was born in Georgia.
I played bass guitar in a band, but that is not what I am known for.
Somehow I got a small role in a blockbuster movie that jumpstarted my career.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 21, 2019 08:03AM)
My 31-year-old daughter is 5' 11'
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 21, 2019 10:00AM)
Jeff Goldblum
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 21, 2019 10:06AM)
Clint Eastwood?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 22, 2019 09:31AM)
Good guesses, not right.

I have made action movies and comedy movies, but the film industry is not my primary profession.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 22, 2019 03:00PM)
Sadly, in my primary profession, I have had to watch several of my peers pass away at a young age.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Sep 22, 2019 03:12PM)
Lee Ermey?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 22, 2019 03:35PM)
Good Guess A.P, but not it.

Most people consider me an entertainer. I will claim I am a sportsman.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 22, 2019 04:22PM)
Dog?

(Kidding.)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 22, 2019 05:03PM)
No, not Dog.

I actually have a licensing agreement with Marvel Comics.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 23, 2019 12:33AM)
The Rock
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Sep 23, 2019 07:29AM)
Hulk Hogan
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 23, 2019 09:07AM)
And Mark wins the prize today. Well done. I think my favorite guess in this round was Lee Ermey. That fit in nicely with the clues up to that point.

Your turn Mark...
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Sep 23, 2019 06:52PM)
I will pass my turn...whoever wants to jump in, be my guest.

Mark
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 23, 2019 11:53PM)
OK, I've got one:

1. I was born in Texas.
2. Favorite drink: whiskey.
3. I’ve got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 24, 2019 09:11AM)
Sandra Bullock
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 24, 2019 07:15PM)
No other guesses?

4. I once performed at Royal Albert Hall.

(Remember, no Googling or Binging, etc.)
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 24, 2019 08:06PM)
Kris Kristopherson
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 24, 2019 10:32PM)
Not Kristopherson.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 24, 2019 11:25PM)
Tex Ritter
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 25, 2019 08:26AM)
J.R.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 25, 2019 10:55PM)
5. I left money in my will for a party.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Sep 26, 2019 08:02AM)
[quote]On Sep 15, 2019, Animated Puppets wrote:
Nope.

If Ed Rhodes sees this he will know it instantly. [/quote]

I haven't been following this thread. You woefully overestimate my abilities!
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Sep 26, 2019 08:04AM)
[quote]On Sep 15, 2019, Animated Puppets wrote:
See easy[i]-ish[/i].

Teller voiced Octum (a mutant) in the animated movie "Gandahar" which had a wonderful riddle "In a thousand years, Gandahar was destroyed, and and all its people massacred. A thousand years ago, Gandahar will be saved, and what can't be avoided will be."

He also played Zooty on Babylon 5 along with Penn who played Rebo as a comedy team.

1/2 of Penn & Teller.

... and though silent for the most part he has been known to a few speaking parts. [/quote]

Ah, I was expecting to do a facepalm over how I should have known this, but I missed both of the performances, so the clues meant nothing to me! Sorry.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 26, 2019 02:40PM)
Repeating my last clue so we can get back on track ...

5. I left money in my will for a party.

... and here's a new one:

6. The last thing I recorded was a birthday song for John Lennon.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 26, 2019 03:04PM)
Wow. No idea. Wild guess: Hank Williams Jr.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 26, 2019 06:09PM)
Janis Joplin
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 26, 2019 07:53PM)
You got it!


[youtube]S6ThBBYUmEI[/youtube]


My next two clues were going to be:

7. I was a member of the “27 Club.”

8. I sang with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

You're up, Mr. Salk.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 27, 2019 02:05PM)
The birthday-song gave it away (even though I didn't know about it).
I assumed is was a female folky alcoholic. Bingo!

I'm going to PASS my turn as well.
Onward!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 27, 2019 02:25PM)
I have something … but would like to give someone else a chance. Anyone ready? I’ll wait until tomorrow, and if no one has posted, I’ll do mine.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 28, 2019 02:26PM)
OK, since no one else is posting, guess who?

1. This person appeared in many Hollywood films.

2. Had several high-profile affairs.

3. Turned down the role of the “Waco Kid” in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 28, 2019 03:43PM)
Gene Hackman?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 28, 2019 05:22PM)
Gene Autry?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 28, 2019 05:35PM)
Gene Pool
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 28, 2019 07:26PM)
Burt Reynolds
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 28, 2019 10:29PM)
Good guess, Mr. Salk ... but no.

1. This person appeared in many Hollywood films.

2. Had several high-profile affairs.

3. Turned down the role of the “Waco Kid” in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles.

4. Lost a footballing scholarship due to injury.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Sep 29, 2019 06:46AM)
Burt Reynolds
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 29, 2019 09:03AM)
Burt Lancaster
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 29, 2019 10:58AM)
Warren Beatty
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 29, 2019 01:03PM)
Close guesses, but no cigar yet ... Here's another clue:

5. This person was considered to be too old for military service in WW2.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 29, 2019 02:42PM)
Buster Keaton
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 29, 2019 03:16PM)
Peter Sellars?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 29, 2019 09:45PM)
Kirk Douglas?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 29, 2019 10:53PM)
Nope, nope and nope.

6. This person’s nickname was the same name as their childhood dog.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 30, 2019 09:59AM)
James Cagney
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 30, 2019 10:28AM)
Spike Milligan?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Sep 30, 2019 02:18PM)
Marlon Brando
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 1, 2019 12:58PM)
OK, this has gone on long enough.

7. Posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

... and now I'll give it away:

8. Received an Oscar for his leading role in the movie "True Grit".
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 1, 2019 01:58PM)
John Wayne
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 1, 2019 02:04PM)
Assuming I'm correct with that gimme, I still PASS a turn.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 1, 2019 03:18PM)
I have one ready to go, but I will wait till you officially get confirmation of being right.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 1, 2019 10:11PM)
Bingo, Mr. Salk! Go ahead,. Cliff ...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 1, 2019 10:28PM)
1. I changed my name, so most people don't know I am Italian.
2. I come from New York
3. I am a star of many different genres
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 1, 2019 11:04PM)
Lady Gaga
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Oct 2, 2019 08:06AM)
Madonna
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 2, 2019 08:51AM)
How can you come from New York and be Italian?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 2, 2019 11:22AM)
Clue number 1a. My background is Italian, but I changed my name.

btw, I have no problem telling people that my ethnic background is Polish. I have never been in Poland, and I too am from New York.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 2, 2019 11:22AM)
4. Among my other accomplishments, I published a few successful books for children.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 3, 2019 09:36AM)
5. I have won two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe award. I even have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 3, 2019 10:05AM)
Rosie O'Donnell
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 3, 2019 11:28AM)
6. I play the trumpet, but Carl Reiner would not let me really play it in the movie. It was dubbed.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 3, 2019 12:05PM)
This is a tough one, Cliff! But I'm sure I'll kick myself when the answer is finally revealed.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 3, 2019 12:11PM)
Steve Martin
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 3, 2019 12:12PM)
Michael Bolton
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Oct 3, 2019 03:01PM)
Billy Crystal
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 3, 2019 03:40PM)
7. In 1977 I stared on a tv show that ran 24 episodes, it co-starred Richard Crenna.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 3, 2019 03:49PM)
John Travolta
Message: Posted by: Sixten (Oct 4, 2019 06:45AM)
I grew-up in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY, & lived 1 mile away from this person & her family. (I'm 4 yrs. younger)

The Very, Very Talented & Beautiful Ms. B. Peters!

And I turn the floor over to someone else. :)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 4, 2019 09:45AM)
Sixten has it. Bernadette Peters.

for the record...

8. I have released six solo albums of mostly show tunes and standards. I have also appeared on numerous original cast albums.
9. Some people think my movie career was launched by my romance with Steve Martin.

next
Message: Posted by: Sixten (Oct 4, 2019 10:30AM)
If I may?

#10. Quite a buzz over her appearance in Playboy
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 4, 2019 10:51AM)
Yes, I knew of this, but I chose not to mention it. I also have never actually seen it. I respect Ms. Peters' work so much that Playboy is not the way I want to think of her.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 4, 2019 12:41PM)
Years ago, Ms. Peters appeared as a prostitute in an episode of McCloud that also featured William Daniels as some species of government representative.

I vividly recall this exchange, when Peters was in the police station, and Daniels mistook her for a member of the police force:

Daniels: [i]Washington has given me carte blanche.[/i]

Peters: [i]I don't take credit cards.[/i]
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 4, 2019 02:59PM)
Good one, Cliff! You certainly had me stumped.

I saw Ms. Peters live on Broadway years ago. Wonderful! I also loved her role in the Amazon Prime series Mozart In The Jungle.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 4, 2019 09:56PM)
Come on, fellas! Somebody else jump in … Don’t make me wear out the few brain cells I have left!

In the meantime …

1. Born in Pennsylvania.
2. Excelled in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field at high school.
3. His first professional nicknames were “Jax” and “Buck.”
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 4, 2019 11:40PM)
Bo Jackson
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 5, 2019 02:35PM)
4. Another nickname was the name of a month.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Oct 5, 2019 03:50PM)
Reggie Jackson
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 5, 2019 04:03PM)
You got it, Mark! Your turn ...
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Oct 6, 2019 06:56AM)
Once again, I will pass my turn.

Thank you.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 6, 2019 01:19PM)
1. Among other things, this person was an actor and a painter.
2. Played the recorder and saxophone.
3. Was a defiant brawler as a child.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 6, 2019 02:27PM)
David (Jones) Bowie
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 6, 2019 05:43PM)
Wow! How did you know, Cliff!? I thought was being vague enough with my first 3 clues.

Your turn again ...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 6, 2019 06:15PM)
I know my Bowie. Been a fan since the mid 70's. What other clues did you have lined up?

I'll try to get a new one out tonight or tomorrow.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 6, 2019 07:15PM)
Cliff, I had all these prepared:

4. Known for “astonishing poise” as a dancer.
5. Upon hearing Little Richard, this person thought they had heard God.
6. Also earned to play ukulele, keyboards, guitar, and tea-chest bass.
7. Played in various bands but only became successful as a solo artist.
8. The members of one of his bands were known as spiders.
9. He and his spouse had an open marriage.
10. Paired with the band Queen to record a hit single.
11. This person’s most successful album was called “Let’s Dance.”

I was friends with, and worked on several record dates with Bowie’s original Spiders From Mars guitarist, Mick Ronson. Later on, I also recorded with another Bowie guitarist, Earl Slick. Got some stories! But probably best not shared with the general public.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 6, 2019 08:30PM)
1. I was born to a wealthy New York Jewish family, but we did not practice our religion.
2. I earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard
3. I was almost blocked from my most important job when I was accused of being a communist.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 6, 2019 11:01PM)
That's got to be Oppenheimer.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Oct 7, 2019 02:38AM)
@arthurstead Please send along to me any stories "best not shared with the general public." I shall be the soul of discretion.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 7, 2019 09:09AM)
Well Arthur, all I can say is, "You da bomb!" Now I know how that feels. You must know Robert Oppenheimer's story pretty well to have guessed from just those three clues. Good Job.

4. My Ph.D. advisor was a friend and colleague of Albert Einstein.
5. My work was the most expansive thing ever done in the united states and may still be.
6. A man who wanted my job, cried sour grapes when he didn't get it and had to later one up me.
7. I accomplished my goal and it lead me into depression.
8. My work was authorized by the President of the United States.
9. I both employed and killed more people than any single enterprise either before or since.

Back to you Arthur. Though truthfully I am running out of steam on who to clue about.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 7, 2019 12:46PM)
Good clues, Cliff! One of my favorite reading subjects is real-life espionage, especially during World War Two and the Cold War, so I know a lot about Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.

Foolsnobdy: It’s no secret that in my past I took the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle to extremes. So it’s only natural that I hung out with other musicians and celebrities who did the same. Several people have encouraged me to write a book. But unfortunately many of my experiences are so outrageous, people probably won’t believe my stories!

OK, on with the game! If someone else want to jump in, go ahead. Otherwise I’ll post some new clues later on today.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 7, 2019 01:26PM)
I have a good one (from my daughter, to be fair), but I'm in the middle of a time crunch.

I'll post it later today.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 7, 2019 07:03PM)
1. Her maiden name was Rothschild.
2. She covered for PG Wodehouse doing theater reviews for Vanity Fair when he was on holiday.
3. She was good friends with Adolph (Arthur) Marx.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 8, 2019 05:11AM)
Dorothy Parker?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 8, 2019 08:37AM)
Ms. Parker it is!

Your turn!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 8, 2019 07:32PM)
I got it from the Harpo clue, 'cause I'm a Marxist.

1. I was born in Texas.
2. I won an athletic scholarship to college in California and was a phys. ed. teacher. I was asked to try out for the US Olympic high jumping team.
3. I decided not to keep that Olympic team tryout appointment, and instead embarked on a different career.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 9, 2019 08:55AM)
Jane Lynch
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 9, 2019 12:44PM)
No, not Jane.

4. Music turned out to be my winning game.

5. A music agent wrote to his record company exec about me: ""Have found phenomenal 19-year-old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts."
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 9, 2019 02:09PM)
Blake Shelton
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 9, 2019 03:56PM)
No, not Blake.

6. One of my record albums was on the Billboard Top 200 albums list for 9 and a half consecutive years!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 9, 2019 04:16PM)
Roger Miller
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 9, 2019 06:22PM)
Glenn Frey
Message: Posted by: Sixten (Oct 9, 2019 08:07PM)
Just now, before my friend left, he started singing, "Chances Are."

He said it's so, I didn't look. If he's correct, another member can step in. Thanks! :)
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 9, 2019 09:39PM)
7. He sang the title song of a movie that he appeared in.

8. Chances are, Sixten, that you are correct!

[youtube]NEH3uqbpsm8[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 11, 2019 12:32PM)
OK, here's a new one:

1. He was born in Italy.

2. While young, lived in Buenos Aires where he developed his trade.

3. Worked in South America’s version of vaudeville.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 11, 2019 01:16PM)
Ricardo Montalban
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 11, 2019 02:39PM)
Senior Wences
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 11, 2019 03:30PM)
Nope and nope ...
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 11, 2019 09:13PM)
Tony Slydini
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 11, 2019 10:20PM)
Juan Tamariz
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 11, 2019 11:55PM)
Landmark got it! These would have been my next clues:

4. Moved to New York during the Great Depression.
5. Found employment at Hubert’s Dime Museum on 42nd Street.
6. Throughout the war, he entertained thousands of troops in camps and hospitals.
7. He was an inspiration to generations of well-known magicians.
8. He was an expert in timing and misdirection.
9. Became friends with Dick Cavett and appeared on his TV show.
10. Dai Vernon once said, “He is the only magician who could ever fool me.”

You're up again, Landmark!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 12, 2019 11:57AM)
Thanks, but I'll pass to anyone who wants to jump in.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 12, 2019 01:57PM)
1. I was born in Long Beach California
2. I was acquitted of murder
3. I have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 12, 2019 01:59PM)
Cameron Diaz
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 12, 2019 02:06PM)
Nope
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 12, 2019 02:24PM)
Robert Blake
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 12, 2019 02:48PM)
Not Blake.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 12, 2019 03:17PM)
Robert Wagner?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 12, 2019 03:31PM)
Nope.

4. I have appeared in numerous films and television episodes, but acting is not what I'm primarily known for.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 12, 2019 04:27PM)
5. I was the first artist to release a track as a ring tone before the single.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 12, 2019 04:42PM)
OJ Simpson.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 12, 2019 06:17PM)
William Shatner.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 12, 2019 06:22PM)
6. I converted to Rastafarianism, surprising no one.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 12, 2019 07:48PM)
Melissa Etheridge
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 12, 2019 09:23PM)
7. I'm 6 foot 4 and an avid sports fan, but not an athlete.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 13, 2019 11:20AM)
Haile Selassie
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 13, 2019 11:27AM)
Ziggy Marley?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 13, 2019 11:43AM)
Eminem?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 13, 2019 12:27PM)
[quote]On Oct 13, 2019, landmark wrote:
Eminem? [/quote]

No....

8. My music has been described as having an ultra smooth, laid back delivery with flavour filled melodic rhyming.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 13, 2019 12:57PM)
Arthur Stead
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 13, 2019 01:07PM)
Vanilla Ice?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 13, 2019 01:47PM)
Snoop Dog?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 13, 2019 01:56PM)
Correct!

SNOOP DOGG

9. I was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr and earned my nickname from a Peanuts character.

I see that hip hop is a blind spot in this forum.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 13, 2019 02:02PM)
Good one, Mr. Salk! Not a big fan of that genre, but the Rasta clue pointed me in the right direction.

If no one else wants to jump in, I’ll think of something later on …
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 13, 2019 07:32PM)
OK, here goes:

1. My birth name (as opposed to my stage name) is Spanish.

2. I first won attention in a well-known science fiction movie.

3. Images of me were made into best-selling posters.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 13, 2019 07:43PM)
Martin Sheen?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 13, 2019 08:15PM)
Nope.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 13, 2019 08:28PM)
I find myself annoyed over Snoop Dog. Anyone who looks at the words under my icon will know why. One year I taught (years apart though) at the high school he attended along with Cameron Diaz.
Grrr.

Current guess: Lynda Carter
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 13, 2019 09:10PM)
Nope.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 13, 2019 09:47PM)
Farrah Fawcett.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 13, 2019 09:48PM)
Nope.

4. Before becoming famous, I worked as a weather forecaster, model, and cocktail waitress.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 13, 2019 09:52PM)
Dang! She fits #2 and #3 so I thought I had it.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 13, 2019 10:10PM)
Bo Derek
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 13, 2019 11:27PM)
Nope.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 13, 2019 11:46PM)
Jane Fonda
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 14, 2019 08:30AM)
Geena Davis?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 14, 2019 08:56AM)
Debbie Harry
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 12:22PM)
5. I was rated one of the sexiest stars of the 20th Century.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 14, 2019 02:15PM)
Surprised it wasn't Jane Fonda.

Gotta Be: Bridget Bardot
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 02:31PM)
Haha, Mr. Salk! I'm pretty sure Jane was Henry Fonda's daughter (i.e. not Spanish).

It's not Bridget Bardot either ...
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 14, 2019 02:37PM)
That's the second time I thought the clues were too easy for this one...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 02:42PM)
6. In the movies I’ve co-starred with James Stewart, Dean Martin, Dudley Moore, Burt Reynolds and Frank Sinatra.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 14, 2019 02:51PM)
Anne Francis
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 14, 2019 04:02PM)
Cyd Charisse?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 14, 2019 04:05PM)
Sophia Loren?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 04:23PM)
Not yet, fellas . . .
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 14, 2019 04:54PM)
No idea now.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 04:57PM)
7. I once acted in an episode of Seinfeld.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 14, 2019 05:20PM)
Lauren Bacall
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Oct 14, 2019 05:32PM)
Donna Reed
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 06:57PM)
Nope.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 07:32PM)
8. I won a Golden Globe award and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 14, 2019 07:57PM)
The Seinfeld clue has really got me confused.

Rita Moreno?

Chita Rivera?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 08:05PM)
9. In the 1980’s I released beauty and fitness books and videos.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 14, 2019 08:32PM)
Christie Brinkley
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 08:44PM)
Nope. OK, here's my last clue, after which all will be revealed …

10. Even though I’m a sex symbol and appeared in Playboy Magazine, I have always refused to take off all my clothes and pose nude.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 14, 2019 09:47PM)
Suzanne Sommers?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 14, 2019 09:50PM)
Raquel Welch
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 14, 2019 09:51PM)
Raquel Welch!
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 14, 2019 09:51PM)
*** too slow...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 14, 2019 10:26PM)
S2000magician just beat you to it, Mr. Salk!

The answer is Raquel Welch (birth name: Jo Raquel Tejada).

She appeared on the Seinfeld episode entitled “Summer of George.”

You’re up, S2000 . . .
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 10:42AM)
1. Although named for an American inventor, he is not from the United States
2. There was an error on his birth certificate
3. Is a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 15, 2019 12:46PM)
You make me think of Ron Popeil.

But I will go with Eric Idle
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 02:00PM)
Nope and . . . nope.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 02:02PM)
4. He was described by an opponent as, ". . . someone who was not born on the same planet as the rest of us."
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 15, 2019 02:23PM)
David Beckham
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 02:33PM)
Nyet.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 02:35PM)
5. He started his professional career at the age of 15
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 15, 2019 02:59PM)
Winston Churchill.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 03:05PM)
[quote]On Oct 15, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Winston Churchill.[/quote]
I love it!

Alas, it's not correct.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 03:09PM)
6. He has met President Reagan and Vladimir Putin
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 15, 2019 03:34PM)
Steven Seagal
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 04:52PM)
7. Andy Warhol said of him, "[He] was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries."
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 15, 2019 04:53PM)
[quote]On Oct 15, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
7. Andy Warhol said of him, "[He] was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries." [/quote]

I already said Steven Seagal!!!
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 15, 2019 04:56PM)
Elton John
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 15, 2019 06:45PM)
Bono.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 15, 2019 08:17PM)
. . . or Bob Geldof?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 15, 2019 08:50PM)
Sting (Gordon Sumner)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 10:14PM)
Nope⁵.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 10:18PM)
8. After retirement, he was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 15, 2019 10:20PM)
Sean Connery
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 15, 2019 11:23PM)
[quote]On Oct 15, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Sean Connery[/quote]
You're [url=https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=701832&forum=32]fixating[/url].

And . . . nope.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 16, 2019 12:05AM)
Not fixating, That answer made perfect sense. Sadly it seems it is wrong.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 16, 2019 12:42AM)
9. He is generally known by his nickname which apparently has no known meaning
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 16, 2019 04:52AM)
Pele?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 16, 2019 10:22AM)
You got it!

Edson Arantes do Nascimento (whose birth certificate reads "Ed[b][i]i[/b][/i]son"), better known as Pelé.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 16, 2019 12:35PM)
Gotta say that was a wild guess as I had no idea how he could fulfill the KBE title. That was sneaky! I'll pass it on to whomever wants it.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 16, 2019 12:36PM)
Nice one, S2000! The KBE threw me . . . didn’t know about that, so I kept thinking it was either a pop star humanitarian or a British politician.

Your turn, Landmark!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 16, 2019 01:26PM)
I was a bit concerned when Mr Salk guessed David Beckham. I thought that people might focus on footballers.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 16, 2019 03:17PM)
[quote]On Oct 16, 2019, landmark wrote:
I'll pass it on to whomever wants it. [/quote]

1. Earlier I was a Train Engineer, but very few people remember me for that.
2. During the war, I served my country by joining the United States Coast Guard.
3. I retired and opened my own restaurant
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 16, 2019 04:02PM)
James Beard
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 16, 2019 06:13PM)
Colonel Sanders.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 16, 2019 07:31PM)
No, not the Colonel, and not the famous bald cook. (I was once in the same room with him though back in the '70s.

4. My sea-food restaurant did ok, often I even greeted diners at the door, but I am best known for my nautical career.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 17, 2019 08:55AM)
5. I share both my name and my longest running job, with my father
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 17, 2019 09:26AM)
Alan Hale, Jr.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 17, 2019 11:07AM)
George W Bush
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 17, 2019 11:54AM)
[quote]On Oct 17, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
Alan Hale, Jr. [/quote]

Ha! Casey Jones...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 17, 2019 01:40PM)
Alan Hale Jr. it is!

and yes he was Casey Jones the Train Engineer.

6. Though I was ranked as an E-3 Seaman, I usually wore a Captain's hat at my restaurant.
7. I did manage to bring a crippled boat safely to shore with no injuries or casualties.
8. After my heroic handling of the boat, I was viewed as a leader.
9. While I may not have been the smartest, I knew when to ask a smarter person for help.
10. Between my military service and my restaurant, I had a long career as an actor.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 17, 2019 01:41PM)
[quote]On Oct 17, 2019, Mr Salk wrote:
George W Bush [/quote]
ROTFL
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 17, 2019 09:30PM)
1. I was born in Texas
2. I was known for wearing a black cowboy hat
3. Although I marketed some packaged food, I'm better known in other professions
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 17, 2019 11:51PM)
Paul Newman
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 12:00AM)
Nope, not Butch.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 12:01AM)
4. I was married seven times
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Oct 18, 2019 05:09AM)
Jimmy Dean
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 08:45AM)
Not the sausage king.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 08:46AM)
5. During World War II, I was a flight instructor and test pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 18, 2019 09:51AM)
Charlie Weaver (Clifford Arquette)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 10:19AM)
Not Mr. Lower-Left Square.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 10:19AM)
6. My name is often associated with a reptile
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 18, 2019 10:25AM)
Daryl Dragon
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 10:44AM)
[quote]On Oct 18, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Daryl Dragon[/quote]
I believe that Dragon's signature headgear more closely resembles that of Alan Hale, Jr. than that of Chuck Norris.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 18, 2019 10:53AM)
Ray Kroc
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 10:59AM)
[quote]On Oct 18, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Ray Kroc[/quote]
This is what I love about this thread; you made me laugh, Cliff!
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 18, 2019 11:56AM)
Antonin Scalia
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 18, 2019 03:03PM)
7. Unlike Mr. Newman, above, I didn't finish merely second at Le Mans; I won.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 19, 2019 11:35AM)
8. The two numbers commonly associated with my name are 289 and 427
Message: Posted by: Sixten (Oct 19, 2019 12:52PM)
My friend, who sang, 'Chances Are', returned, & asked to read the latest, here, & after he read, that, the mystery man said: "I DO", 7 x's,, he asked me to type-in Mr. Shelby.
If correct? Please, I turn the floor over. :)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 19, 2019 01:30PM)
Carroll Shelby it is!

The next clue was going to be that Matt Damon would be portraying him in a movie set to be released in November.

An interesting link between Mr. Shelby and yours truly is that his test driver, Ken Miles (whom Christian Bales will portray in the aforementioned movie, [b][i]Ford v Ferrari[/i][/b]), taught my father to drive sports cars in road races.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 19, 2019 10:34PM)
OK, this should be an easy one:

1. I was orphaned at age 14.
2. Arrested for stealing food at age 16.
3. Escaped and joined a group of cattle rustlers.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 19, 2019 11:16PM)
William Bonney?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 20, 2019 12:23AM)
I bet he was he in the moovies or a moosician.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 20, 2019 01:57PM)
[quote]On Oct 19, 2019, landmark wrote:
William Bonney? [/quote]

You got it, Landmark! Billy the Kid, born name Henry McCarty, aka William H. Bonney.

My other clues would have been:

4. Took part in the Lincoln County War.
5. Committed several murders.
6. I was sentenced to hang but escaped from jail.
7. The reward for my capture was posted at $500.
8. I eventually died from a gunshot wound.
9. The fellow who shot me was Pat Garrett.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 20, 2019 08:41PM)
1. My father was an Army pilot.
2. I was an indifferent student and dropped out of high school.
3. I was arrested hundreds of times.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 20, 2019 10:09PM)
4. I wrote a few books, but that's not what I'm most known for.

5. One of the books describes some intricate detail about one of the major tools I use in my work.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 21, 2019 09:06AM)
Abby Hoffman
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 21, 2019 09:38AM)
[quote]On Oct 21, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Abby Hoffman[/quote]
I suspect that you mean [i]Abb[b]ie[/b][/i].
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 21, 2019 09:43AM)
[quote]On Oct 21, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
[quote]On Oct 21, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Abby Hoffman[/quote]
I suspect that you mean [i]Abb[b]ie[/b][/i]. [/quote]

Your suspicions may prove correct.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 21, 2019 10:31AM)
Not Abbie.

6. I'm an international law breaker.

7. My photo graced the cover of a rock album that sold more than half a million copies worldwide.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 21, 2019 12:23PM)
Julian Assange
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 21, 2019 07:42PM)
Not Julian.

8. I single-handedly built a barn in the Catskill Mountains using the methods and tools of 18th-century timber framers to use as a studio.

9. It might be a bit ironic that landmark is asking about me--since I've been involved with so many.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 21, 2019 09:03PM)
Paul Revere
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 21, 2019 09:34PM)
[quote]On Oct 21, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Paul Revere[/quote]
The band leader from the '60s?

I suspect that the other guy's father wasn't a pilot.

Call it a hunch.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 21, 2019 09:58PM)
Pilot could refer to a boat captain back then.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 21, 2019 10:25PM)
[quote]On Oct 21, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Pilot could refer to a boat captain back then.[/quote]
Did the Army have boats?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 21, 2019 11:30PM)
10. As punishment for my greatest crime, the judge sent me to Central Park to perform for children.

11. August 1974.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Oct 22, 2019 01:46AM)
Levon Helm?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 22, 2019 09:27AM)
Not Levon.

12. I'm a well-balanced fellow, but unfortunately, I can never repeat my greatest accomplishment.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 22, 2019 10:15AM)
Lenny Bruce?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 11:14AM)
I like that Lenny Bruce had to perform for children as punishment for his obscenity.

The answer is the tightrope-walker who spanned the World Trade Center.
His name eludes me. Maybe I get a half-point.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 22, 2019 11:57AM)
There you go, Mr. Salk! Full points. Phillipe Petit.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 22, 2019 12:12PM)
[quote]On Oct 22, 2019, Mr Salk wrote:
I like that Lenny Bruce had to perform for children as punishment for his obscenity.
[/quote]

Rotfl
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 12:37PM)
I've got one:

1. I eventually followed my father's footsteps as a naval officer.
2. I briefly commanded two ships during WW 2.
3. I am more famous for my post war career.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 22, 2019 12:58PM)
Admiral Dewey?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 22, 2019 01:28PM)
JFK?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 01:37PM)
No and No.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 02:07PM)
4. Much of my autobiography was fictionalized.
5. I published stories in many pulp-genres.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 22, 2019 02:26PM)
Dashiel Hammet
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 02:32PM)
Nope
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 08:23PM)
6. I was convicted of fraud in 1978 in an enormous infiltration case with 5000 covert agents.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 09:10PM)
7. I had a lifelong obsession with the sea and christened myself "Commodore". I sailed around the world for years to escape prosecution from foreign governments.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 22, 2019 10:19PM)
The guy from Catch Me If You Can? Frank something?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 22, 2019 10:22PM)
No
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 23, 2019 12:02AM)
8. John Travolta starred in a panned sci-fi film adapted from my second-best selling book.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 23, 2019 05:53AM)
Elron Hubbard?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 23, 2019 08:20AM)
Correct. L Ron Hubbard it is!
The L is for Lafayette.


9. I invented a device to read innermost thoughts.
10. I authored Dianetics.
11. I founded Scientology.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 23, 2019 09:17AM)
I stopped watching Travolta and Whitaker for a few years after Battlefield Earth. That was truly a horrible film... and performance.

Been wanting to do this one for awhile:


1.) My first business was a gas station in my hometown.
2.) Later on I ran for Mayor of my hometown but lost by a few votes.
3.) I had to register as a foreign agent of the Libyan government after receiving a 'loan'.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 23, 2019 12:18PM)
Mayor Pete
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 23, 2019 08:22PM)
Jerry Herbst?
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 23, 2019 09:06PM)
No and no.

4.) Both myself, my sister and mother all died of Pancreatic Cancer.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 24, 2019 08:08AM)
5.) I once urinated on an airport runway in full view of the press and dignitaries.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 24, 2019 10:34AM)
Ted Kennedy
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 24, 2019 10:44AM)
Ozzie Osborne
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 24, 2019 11:38AM)
No~
and no.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 24, 2019 12:20PM)
Hunter S Thompson
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 24, 2019 12:23PM)
No...

6) I was the spokesman for Falls City Brewing Company.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 24, 2019 12:51PM)
William Burroughs
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 24, 2019 12:56PM)
No.

7.) They used my name on the cans of beer and my likeness on the beer cases...
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 24, 2019 01:08PM)
Banksy?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 24, 2019 01:35PM)
Billy Bush.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 24, 2019 01:51PM)
Billy Carter
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 24, 2019 02:22PM)
Adolph Coors?
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 24, 2019 04:35PM)
That bear that's always like "from the land of sky blue waaaters"
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Oct 24, 2019 09:00PM)
[quote]On Oct 24, 2019, Alan M wrote:
Billy Carter [/quote]

Winner winner chicken dinner...

A lot of people collected cases of Billy Beer believing it will be valuable one day. I hear you can sell them for their aluminum, so there's that.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 24, 2019 09:56PM)
Still gonna have this stuck in my head tho
https://youtu.be/o83xxWCel8g
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 24, 2019 10:07PM)
When I was young my uncle had a 6 pack of unopened Billy Beer that he was quite proud of and displayed prominently in his home bar.

During a New Years Eve party at his home in the late 70's, one of the guests decided to crack one open and that is my first memory of seeing a grown man absolutely lose his s**t.

I will post my three clue challenge shortly...
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 24, 2019 10:20PM)
Here's my challenge...

1) I've been nominated as Best Actor for an Academy Award three times but never won.

2) I speak fluent English, Danish, French and Spanish. I am conversational in Italian and also understand Norwegian and Swedish.

3) I was married to the singer of a punk rock band for about 10 years.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 24, 2019 10:35PM)
John Malkovitch
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 24, 2019 10:43PM)
Not Malkovich.

Great actor though. I'm surprised he hasn't won an Academy Award.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 25, 2019 09:41AM)
Benedict Cumberbatch
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 25, 2019 12:40PM)
Nope, not Benedict.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 25, 2019 01:51PM)
Scarlett Johanssen (sp?)
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 25, 2019 02:12PM)
Antonio Banderes
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 25, 2019 02:19PM)
Not Scarlett, nor Antonio.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 25, 2019 02:40PM)
Liv Ullman?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 25, 2019 03:22PM)
Gina Davis
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 25, 2019 04:43PM)
Richard Ramirez
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 25, 2019 04:44PM)
*oh wait the beer wasn't a clue. I retract Richard Ramirez and would like to buy a vowel.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 25, 2019 10:40PM)
OK Alan M, I think it's time for a 4th clue . . .
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 26, 2019 12:04AM)
None of the above.

4) Bob Anderson, renowned film fight choreographer and swordmaster, described me as the best swordsman he's ever trained.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 26, 2019 12:51AM)
Mandy Patinkin
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 26, 2019 01:19AM)
Viggo Mortensen. Swords, I know.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 26, 2019 01:32AM)
That part where he deflected the knife thrown at him... so good. Man I gotta watch those movies.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 26, 2019 01:41AM)
We have a winner... Viggo Mortensen is correct!

Nominated as best actor for Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic and Green Book.

Most well known though for playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, hence the swordsmanship.

Married to Exene Cervenka, singer from X, from 1987 - 1997. They have a son named Harry.

Well done, Critter!
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 26, 2019 10:00AM)
1. I have a Masters degree in chemical engineering and received multiple scholarships.

2. I worked hard to succeed in part because of an abusive father.

3. I've danced at Studio 54.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 26, 2019 01:12PM)
Paula Abdul
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 26, 2019 03:45PM)
Andy Warhol
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 26, 2019 05:11PM)
No but they met Andy Warhol.

4. I've been a part of both the Marvel and Bond universes.

5. I nearly killed the star of another succesful franchise.

6. I gave a TED Talk.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 26, 2019 10:33PM)
Dame Judi Dench
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 26, 2019 10:48PM)
7. I was married to a supermodel.
8. I am an expert in full-contact karate.
9. I speak two languages fluently and am conversational in three others, though it's often misreported that I'm fluent in all.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 27, 2019 11:24AM)
10. I have a heart stopping punch.
11. I wrote a book about fitness. Much like the guy I nearly accidentally killed.
12. In a tragic turn of events my home was broken into and family held hostage. No one was killed but the PTSD led to the decline of my marriage.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 27, 2019 01:56PM)
I think you mean “nearly killed accidentally” not ‘nearly accidentally killed”. :lol:
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 27, 2019 02:19PM)
Bruce Lee
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 27, 2019 05:31PM)
[quote]On Oct 27, 2019, Mr Salk wrote:
Bruce Lee [/quote]

So close. He made a movie with his son. That's 13.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 27, 2019 05:33PM)
14. I have only played my own Nationality once.

15. I trained with an Olympic pentathlon team for a role as an East German pentathlete.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 27, 2019 05:34PM)
[quote]On Oct 27, 2019, Tom Cutts wrote:
I think you mean “nearly killed accidentally” not ‘nearly accidentally killed”. :lol: [/quote]

I think either might apply from a certain point of view.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 27, 2019 06:48PM)
Stephen Segal?
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 27, 2019 10:28PM)
Dolph Lundgren?
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 27, 2019 11:16PM)
[quote]On Oct 27, 2019, Alan M wrote:
Dolph Lundgren? [/quote]

Boom, got it.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 28, 2019 04:04PM)
1) My interest in rock and roll music began at age 10 when I met Elvis Presley.

2) One of my first guitar teachers went on to become a member of the Eagles.

3) In 1987, an arsonist set my house on fire, destroying everything but my basement studio.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 28, 2019 05:15PM)
Tom Petty.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 28, 2019 05:34PM)
You nailed it, Tom!
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 28, 2019 06:00PM)
You can’t get much about Tom Petty past me. I even have a pre publishing advance copy of his autobiography, as well as the published one.

Anyone who wants start the next round.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 28, 2019 07:10PM)
1. Although born in England, I attended a university in Spain.
2. As a Royal Air Force pilot, I flew the de Haviland Vampire.
3. I later worked as a journalist for Reuters and the BBC.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 29, 2019 05:24AM)
Christopher Lee.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 29, 2019 11:07AM)
4. I was a spy for MI6 for twenty years.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 29, 2019 11:16AM)
Ian Flemming?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 29, 2019 11:23AM)
[quote]On Oct 29, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Ian Flemming?[/quote]
That would have been my reply, but with only one "m".

I hope that you're right.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 29, 2019 11:38AM)
II Amm Alsoo Hopingg Thatt II amm Rightt
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 29, 2019 12:00PM)
Haha! But no correct answers yet . . .
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Oct 29, 2019 12:55PM)
A shot in the dark... Winston Churchill?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 29, 2019 01:24PM)
Nope.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 29, 2019 02:53PM)
John LeCarre
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 29, 2019 03:59PM)
Nope.

5. My first novel became an international best-seller.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 29, 2019 07:16PM)
6. Some of my books were made into films.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 29, 2019 08:22PM)
Trevanian...(First name is not used but I believe it is Lee.)
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Oct 29, 2019 08:36PM)
Roald Dahl
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 29, 2019 08:56PM)
Jeffrey Archer?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 29, 2019 08:58PM)
No, no, and no.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 30, 2019 01:09PM)
Leon Uris
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 30, 2019 01:10PM)
Actually I think I was thinking of James Mitchner
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 30, 2019 01:14PM)
7. Actors portraying my protagonists in movies include Jon Voight, Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger and Pierce Brosnan.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 30, 2019 10:04PM)
No guesses?

8. Sam Elliott, Michael Caine and Timothy Hutton also starred in film adaptations of my novels.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 30, 2019 10:43PM)
Len Deighton?
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Oct 31, 2019 01:44AM)
Robert Ludlum?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 31, 2019 12:45PM)
A couple of these guesses were oh so close ... but still no cigar.

Here are my last two clues:

9. I was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

10. My memoir is entitled “The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue.”
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 31, 2019 01:23PM)
I'd probably have gotten it much earlier if you'd included Edward Fox as having a starring rôle, or Derek Jacobi in a supporting rôle.

When I was perhaps 13 I read the Reader's Digest condensed version of [i]The Day of the Jackal[/i]; it was excellent.

Frederick Forsyth.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 31, 2019 01:29PM)
I had recently figured out it was Day of the Jackal, but did not know the author's name.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 31, 2019 01:48PM)
And the answer is ….. (drum roll) …..

Frederick Forsyth, author of Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol, and many others.

If you fellas don’t know his work, I highly recommend reading at least the first two books listed (the full versions), and then seeing the original movie adaptations (i.e. not any remakes, if they exist).

Well, Cliffg37 PM’d me and knew the film, but not the author, so S2000magician is the winner! Your turn …
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 31, 2019 03:42PM)
Good one, Arthur!

[url=https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069947/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1]The Day of the Jackal[/url] is an excellent movie! If you haven't seen it, you should. It was, in my opinion, as faithful to the book as it could be, given the limitations on the length of a theatrical release.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 31, 2019 03:53PM)
I've not read the book. I thought the original move was excellent. The Richard Gere remake (Re boot?) Not so much.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Oct 31, 2019 04:27PM)
The Odessa File is equally as good a read ... as is the movie adaptation with John Voight.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Oct 31, 2019 11:51PM)
Saw that movie Arthur, and loved that one too. Actually it was your inclusion of John Voight that got me started thinking in thta direction.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Nov 1, 2019 11:09AM)
1. I was born in Vienna.
2. I was married and divorced six times.
3. I advised Howard Hughes to change the shape of his airplanes.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 1, 2019 12:33PM)
Werner Von Braun
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 1, 2019 01:13PM)
Hedy Lamarr
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Nov 1, 2019 01:41PM)
Landmark nailed it!

Good job!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 1, 2019 01:49PM)
Yes, well done, Landmark! I was concentrating on a male person and didn't have a clue.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 1, 2019 07:14PM)
1. I had polio as a child
2. I was a certified acupuncture doctor
3. I won a nationally broadcast talent show
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 1, 2019 09:54PM)
4. I developed over 30 patents in my lifetime, including one for a disposable razor.
5. I have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for my television work.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 2, 2019 08:42AM)
Ron Popiel
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 2, 2019 09:19AM)
Not Ron.

6. Dr. Heimlich (of the Heimlich maneuver) claims that my artificial heart invention was the precursor to the Jarvik artificial heart.

7. I made my most famous career by knocking on wood.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 2, 2019 10:24AM)
Paul Winchell
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 2, 2019 04:32PM)
Hooray! Hoorah! Yes, it's Paul Winchell
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 2, 2019 04:54PM)
I used to love Paul's show as a kid. Sadly, I heard a lot of the show recordings were destroyed in contract disputes.

1. My father worked at a plant that made chemical weapons for the military
2. There is a bust (statue of my head) on display in Lithuania
3. In Berlin Germany, there is a street named after me.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 3, 2019 08:02AM)
4. I became a "mother" on mothers' day of 1965
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 3, 2019 08:15AM)
Frank Zappa?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 3, 2019 08:56AM)
Back to you Landmark. Good job!

5. I had very little respect for formalized education
6. Soupy Sales knew who I was
7. My primary home was in Los Angeles
8. I was almost made ambassador to Checkoslovikia, but due to controversy, I had to settle for Atache.
9. I once testified before a Senate subcommittee.
10. People thought of me as a singer, but I said I was a composer.
11. My four children have unusual names.
12. Alice Cooper came to me to start his musical career.
13. When I was young I "played" a bicycle for Steve Allen.

Almost everything about that man seemed like it didn't make sense.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 3, 2019 09:34AM)
Thanks. I'll pass to anyone who wants to take it.

Meanwhile, here's the Steve Allen Zappa clip:

[youtube]DqL9MlZCjhw[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 3, 2019 09:50PM)
Haha! That's hilarious!

I'll jump in if no one else is ready. This should be another easy one ...

1. I could be described as a jack of all trades.
2. One of my job descriptions would be editor.
3. Another, president of a college.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 4, 2019 02:32PM)
Benjamin Franklin
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 4, 2019 02:36PM)
Excellent, Cliff! These would have been my other clues:

4. At one time I was also affiliated with the Post Office.
5. I’m respected in the fields of science and politics.
6. I was admired by the French.
7. Although initially a slave owner, I later became an abolitionist.
8. People who borrow books from the library should thank me.
9. An image of my face appears on US currency.
10. I was one of the founding fathers of the United States.

You’re up!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 4, 2019 07:38PM)
That was an educated guess, but as a Physics teacher, I do talk about Franklin at times, especially his electric work.

1. I am a Brit - Born in London.
2. I have been married three times.
3. I have lots of famous friends who boosted my career.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 5, 2019 09:31AM)
4. Like many of my generation, I took what could have been an amazing career and changed it to a mediocre one through drug use.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Nov 5, 2019 11:23AM)
Timothy Leary?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 5, 2019 11:38AM)
Amy Winehouse?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 5, 2019 11:40AM)
Not Leary....
Was he a Brit?

5. After my drug induced career drop, I spent two years of my life homeless and living on the street.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 5, 2019 02:28PM)
Harry Nillson
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 5, 2019 02:54PM)
Nillson? Yo! He's a fellow New Yorker like me. Not him.

6. My slide down the scale culminated in a suicide attempt which cost me custody of my child.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 5, 2019 04:10PM)
Drat! Nillson seemed like the sad sort of sod who would fit the bill.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Nov 5, 2019 07:18PM)
Syd Barrett.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 5, 2019 08:45PM)
Marianne Faithful.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 5, 2019 09:49PM)
Brilliant Arthur hadn't even gotten to the obvious stuff yet.

7. The media once reported I had a strange love of chocolate. I denied it as untrue.
8. My biggest success came in 1979 when I released a song about terrorists.
9. I once did a duet with David Bowie
and the really obvious
10. I had a four-year romance with Mic Jagger, but we never married, and it was suggested that he may not have been the only rolling stone I slept with.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 6, 2019 12:18AM)
Thanks, Cliff! I just thought of all the rock ’n’ roll casualties (like myself) that I’ve met or are familiar with, and concluded Marianne must be on that list.

Here's one that shouldn't take too long to solve:

1. My mother was a midwife.
2. My father played trumpet and piano.
3. I have an extensive vocal range.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 6, 2019 08:24PM)
Annie Haslam
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 6, 2019 08:58PM)
No.

4. I met one of my colleagues on a bus.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Nov 6, 2019 11:12PM)
Whitney Houston
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 6, 2019 11:42PM)
Not Whitney.

5. I admired Slim Whitman.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Nov 7, 2019 01:06AM)
Paul McCartney
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 7, 2019 10:16AM)
Reba MacIntire
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 7, 2019 12:18PM)
Foolsnobody's got it!

These would have been the rest of my clues:

6. I was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
7. I play left-handed guitar.
8. I’m one of the most successful composer/performers of all time.
9. My first band was The Quarrymen.
10. I also received an OBE.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 7, 2019 02:02PM)
The left handed part would have given it to me. I have seen three different Beatle tribute bands, and not one of them features a left handed Sir Paul.

Anybody know the difference between an OBE and being Knighted?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 7, 2019 02:40PM)
I knew a bass player/singer in NYC who had a Beatles tribute band, and who actually played left-handed bass.

Among his many other awards and honors, Paul Mcartney was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1965, and received a knighthood in 1997 for his services to music.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service.

A knighthood, and the female equivalent, a damehood, is an award given by the queen to an individual for a major, long-term, contribution in any activity, usually at a national or international level. Men who are knighted become Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) and shall be called Sir, while women become Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) and get the title Dame.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 8, 2019 10:37PM)
Well, until Foolsnobody shows up again, here's a quick one:

1. I was born out of wedlock.
2. While I was in the cradle a bird opened my mouth with its tail.
2. Later, I enjoyed painting although I had no formal training.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Nov 9, 2019 03:10AM)
Take it, arthur! lol
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 9, 2019 08:44AM)
Picaso
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 9, 2019 02:22PM)
So sorry, Foolsnobody! I jumped the gun . . .

Here’s another clue:

4. I influenced many later generations.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 9, 2019 10:34PM)
5. I was extremely curious with an inventive imagination.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Nov 10, 2019 12:42AM)
Salvador Dali?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 10, 2019 04:23PM)
6. Some people thought I was superhuman.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 10, 2019 04:47PM)
DaVinci?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 10, 2019 05:17PM)
You got it, Landmark! Leonardo da Vinci.

7. One of my paintings was reproduced countless times.
8. I conceptualized many inventions.
9. Some of my many interests included science and music.
10. I practiced botany in the Vatican City gardens.
11. I was a contemporary of Botticelli.

Your turn ...
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 10, 2019 08:08PM)
I'll pass it to whomever wishes.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 12, 2019 09:47AM)
1. I was born of Arabian descent in the mid-west
2. I appeared on a few TV shows, but had a co-starring role on one long running show
3. I once posed nude for a skin mag
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 12, 2019 12:43PM)
Burt Reynolds
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 12, 2019 06:21PM)
Nope, Not Burt.

4. I have been married for a long time and I have a son.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 12, 2019 10:32PM)
Kim Kardashian.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 13, 2019 07:15AM)
Long shot: F. Murray Abraham.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 13, 2019 08:07AM)
I don't use it, but my name ends in Jr. My son is a III
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Nov 13, 2019 11:26AM)
Oded Fehr
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 13, 2019 11:54AM)
No, not Oded.

6. On my long running TV show, there were so many cast changes from one season to another, that by the end of the series, only myself and one other original actor were left.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 13, 2019 04:06PM)
7. I played Superman in some videos, until my skin magazine posing was revealed.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 14, 2019 09:27AM)
8. I did alright with my acting career, but at 6'4" and beefy, I am in the Guinness Book and have won awards as a body builder.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 14, 2019 10:38AM)
[quote]my name ends in Jr. [/quote]

Andre The Giant,
Junior
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 14, 2019 10:52AM)
Andre had no son. Only one daughter. She is not connected with wrestling.

9. My father was Syrian, (Hence my Arabian lineage) my mother was American. But my last name is a latin word.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 14, 2019 07:07PM)
10. I like cinnimon, but one of my costars liked cinnamon more than me.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 14, 2019 07:38PM)
Peter Lupus
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 14, 2019 08:12PM)
Thank you, Landmark, I was about to run out of clues.

11. Since I hit 50 years old, I have been promoting healthy lifestyles for people in older years.

I guess that one was too obscure.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 14, 2019 09:07PM)
By the way, I liked Peter Lupus as Willie Armitage, but he made a rotten Superman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ3DFMcRjzo

I also could not bring myself to use the clue that an autoimmune disease bears his name.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 15, 2019 09:07AM)
I'm fairly certain that Peter Lupus actually only did one day of work on Mission: Impossible. They filmed him saying, "Right, Jim," and kept using the same clip over and over. :)

I'll pass.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 15, 2019 12:06PM)
I must admit I’ve never heard the name Peter Lupus before.

1. I was born in Pennsylvania.
2. English was not my first language.
3. When my father died, I worked in a coal mine from age 10.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 15, 2019 04:01PM)
W.C. Fields
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 15, 2019 04:13PM)
Nope.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 15, 2019 10:22PM)
4. We were so poor that at one time I had to wear my sister’s dress to school for lack of clothing.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Nov 16, 2019 03:03AM)
Andy Warhol?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 16, 2019 10:45AM)
Charlie Chaplan
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 16, 2019 12:32PM)
5. I was a Boeing B-29 Superfortress aerial gunner during WW2.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 16, 2019 11:01PM)
6. I was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in battle.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 17, 2019 06:41AM)
Kirk Douglas? Wait no--Charles Bronson.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 17, 2019 08:35AM)
Clint Eastwood?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 17, 2019 12:46PM)
Landmark’s got it! Charles Bronson. These would have been my other clues:

7. After the war, I joined a theatrical group and shared an apartment with Jack Klugman in NYC.
8. I got married, moved to Hollywood, and began to find small film roles.
9. Changing my last name landed me bigger roles, as a detective, U.S. Marshall, an outlaw, American Indian, etc.
10. My most famous role came when I was 52 years old.
11. I appeared in 15 films with my second wife, Jill Ireland.

Your turn, Landmark!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 17, 2019 03:11PM)
Yes, I remembered an interview where he talked about his really tough childhood.

1. I was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross after flying 35 missions in Europe during WWII.

2. I got a Ph. D. in history.

3. My grandfather was an alcoholic; my father, a preacher, worked in the coal mines from the age of nine.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 17, 2019 05:30PM)
Jimmy Stewart?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 17, 2019 10:05PM)
Not Jimmy.

4. The Ogala Sioux nation named me "The Great White Eagle."
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 18, 2019 07:24AM)
5. Once, after being heckled, I famously told the heckler, "I've got a secret for you," then said softly into his ear, "Kiss my a**!". Unfortunately for me, it was picked up by a live mic.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 18, 2019 09:28AM)
Don Rickles
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 18, 2019 10:07AM)
Not Don.

6. I was United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, under two Presidents of different political parties.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 18, 2019 11:22AM)
Pat Paulson
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 18, 2019 08:00PM)
LOL. Not Pat.

7. By the close of 1961, the Food for Peace program I headed was operating in a dozen countries, and 10 million more people had been fed with American surplus than the year before. In February 1962, I visited India and oversaw a greatly expanded school lunch program thanks to Food for Peace; subsequently one in five Indian schoolchildren would be fed from it, and by mid-1962, 35 million children around the world.

8. I once said, "For many years, I wanted to run for the presidency in the worst possible way – and last year I sure did."
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 19, 2019 05:26AM)
I thought the last one would give it away. No more guesses?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 19, 2019 09:05AM)
Adelai Stevenson
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 19, 2019 09:30AM)
Very close.

9. I said of one of my opponents, ""I'm tired of old men dreaming up wars for young men to fight. If he wants to use American ground troops in Cambodia, let him lead the charge himself."
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 19, 2019 12:52PM)
George McGovern
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 19, 2019 02:47PM)
Yes, George McGovern is correct. A man with a more interesting resume than most may have thought.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 19, 2019 02:53PM)
Wow, there is a lot I did not know about the man, even though I remember when he ran for President.

I guess it is my turn, but before I come up with one, how many people are actually still in the game? Has it run its course? Ia m enjoying all I am learning here, but if it is done, then it is done. Let me know...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 19, 2019 03:09PM)
I'm certainly still in it ... and judging. by the number of views, I would say several previous and possible new participants might be lurking.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 19, 2019 03:15PM)
1. English is not my first language.
2. I now live in America, but hold dual citizenship.
3. I was married once.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Nov 19, 2019 06:20PM)
I’m still in but several of the last games have had me too stumped to even hazard a guess!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Nov 19, 2019 09:38PM)
I'm in, I've simply been swamped lately.

There have been a few really good ones lately, I noticed.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 19, 2019 11:16PM)
4. My native tongue was German
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 20, 2019 09:20AM)
5. I have been involved in several lawsuits, each over vastly different issues.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 20, 2019 11:07AM)
Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 20, 2019 12:28PM)
Nope not Arnold.

I am five foot seven inches tall.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 20, 2019 08:37PM)
7. I don't own any horses.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 21, 2019 10:07AM)
8. I have been nominated for two Oscars. I won one of them.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 21, 2019 12:11PM)
9. I have been featured on the cover of several magazines including, people, us, glamor, in style and rolling stone.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 21, 2019 12:16PM)
Heidi Klum ... although I think she must be taller than 5' 7".
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 21, 2019 12:43PM)
Not Heidi,

10. Frustrating and conflicting fact about me... One source says I had trouble with filming a water scene as I cannot swim. Another source says I earned a diving license to do the scene.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 21, 2019 03:47PM)
Claudia Schiffer?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 21, 2019 04:48PM)
Good guess, Landmark. I couldn't think of anyone else with dual USA/German citizenship fitting these descriptions ...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 22, 2019 12:00AM)
Not Claudia...

11. I have two adopted children which is ironic as I won my Oscar for for a movie about taking in a homeless child.
4a. Bonus: I do not look German, I do not have a German name, and I have no hint of a German accent.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 22, 2019 12:42AM)
Angela Merkel or Joe Pesci :bawl: :confused: :worry:
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 22, 2019 10:01AM)
Neither...

12. In an early role, I was 25, I played a student given super abilities through scientific means. Later I was considered for two other superhero movies, but neither was ever made.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 22, 2019 11:59AM)
Kelly LaBrock.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 22, 2019 01:27PM)
No, Not Kelly.

13. I was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres who asked me what my favorite swear word was. I said "Ef Me!"
14. Unlike the answer to Cliff's last round at this game, the obscure Peter Lupus, I am a name known to pretty much everyone thanks to my Movie career which started in the early 90's and is still going on today.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 22, 2019 04:11PM)
15. I think I shocked a lot of people when I made a movie that was critically acclaimed, but I played against type. My role was a self-entitled, foul mouthed suburban racist.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 22, 2019 04:22PM)
I STILL can't figure it out, Cliff!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 22, 2019 07:44PM)
I cracked. I googled the answer.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 22, 2019 09:07PM)
Julia Roberts
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 22, 2019 09:27PM)
Not Julia Roberts...

Landmark, were you shocked at the answer? I was.

16. Although I have played an amazing number of different types of characters, most people think of me as a "Girl Next Door" type. However I have played a secretary, I played a Bionic girl. (NOT WOMAN) I've been FBI, I've been a scientist, I've traveled in more than one form of transportation. Early in my career, I was a cashier and later a thief. I've even been a reluctant witch.
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 23, 2019 09:00AM)
The modes of transportation clue makes me think of Sandra Bullock.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 23, 2019 09:57AM)
Motown is the winner with Sandra Bullock.

17. My outlaw husband was a biker and I was his third wife.
18. My husband had his own cable TV show

Wow, that one took a while, I think 16 clues is the most we've had so far.

Landmark, exactly what did you google to look it up?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 23, 2019 11:23AM)
It was tough, but I googled something like homeless child oscar film.

But what was the horse clue about?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 23, 2019 12:23PM)
One of the things I read in one of her biographies is that she loves horses, but doesn't own any as she is terribly alergic to them.
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 23, 2019 01:28PM)
1) I was born in Harlem.

2) I once worked with John Wayne.

3) My nickname was Babe.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 23, 2019 02:04PM)
Babe Ruth?

P.S. Cliff: I thought of Sandra Bullock earlier on ... pictured her face in my mind, but couldn't remember her name!
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Nov 23, 2019 05:00PM)
Until clues 17 & 18 after the fact, I would have guessed Sanda Bullock never. That was a tough one!
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 23, 2019 05:32PM)
It was not Babe Ruth.
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 23, 2019 06:48PM)
Here’s another clue:

4) I had a signature line, that was also the title of one of my movies.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Nov 23, 2019 07:29PM)
Roscoe Lee Browne?
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 23, 2019 11:18PM)
Sorry, Roscoe Lee Brown is not the answer.
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 24, 2019 12:38PM)
Clue: 5) I share a distinctive facial feature with an infamous man.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Nov 24, 2019 01:41PM)
Charlie Chaplin?
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 24, 2019 03:53PM)
It’s not Charlie Chaplin,

Clue 6: ) I wore a coonskin cap in one of my films, which was different from what people were use to seeing me in.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 24, 2019 07:36PM)
Mae West?
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 24, 2019 10:56PM)
No, it’s not Mae West.

You guys are playing in the right area.

Clue: 7) While I was born in the United States, my partner was not.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 25, 2019 10:07AM)
OK, I got this one now. but having just come off a long winded Sandra Bullock phase, I am not answering this one.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 25, 2019 12:14PM)
Groucho Marx
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Nov 25, 2019 12:21PM)
Good guess, Mr. Salk! I couldn't think of anyone.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 25, 2019 02:46PM)
George Burns?
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 25, 2019 04:45PM)
None of those are correct. I thought the last clue would seal the deal.

This is turning into Another Fine Mess, as I’m running out of clues.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 25, 2019 05:11PM)
Oh. Stan Laurel.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 25, 2019 05:32PM)
Or Hardy...I think he had the 'tash.
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 25, 2019 05:34PM)
Oliver Hardy is correct.

He was born in Harlem, GA
He appeared with John Wayne in the Fighting Kentuckian.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Nov 26, 2019 01:54AM)
I knew this one from the first clue. I've been on vacation and popped back in to be too late for the boat!
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Nov 26, 2019 09:53AM)
That was a good one. Deep but not impossible.
Unfortunately I haven't got anything queued.

PASS

Let's give the floor to Animated Puppets!
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Nov 26, 2019 08:09PM)
Thanks!

1.) I have a degree in electrical engineering.

2.) I went to primary school with Tony Blair.

3.) I have my very own HGV licence.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 27, 2019 02:39PM)
Oh, I think I know this one...

I think we are talking about Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson!
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Nov 27, 2019 08:30PM)
Yep. A quick easy one.

4.) I'm good friends with Prince Charles and Camilla.
5.) I have trouble pronouncing words with the letter ‘B’ in them.
6.) I had a stammer for many years.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 28, 2019 09:01AM)
Good one A.P. What is really funny about that last person was that I was considering running a set of clues on Mr. Atkinson myself.

Excelsior!

1. I was born in Queens, New York.
2. I was married three times
3. I was born Jewish but turned my back on that aspect of my life from a young age.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 29, 2019 11:09AM)
I hope you all had a geat thanksgiving...

4. My father was a tailor who made official uniforms (Police, military etc.)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 29, 2019 08:59PM)
5. I got fired from a job, that I never actually held because of other comitments.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Nov 30, 2019 01:36AM)
The Dalai Lama? Jk...how was your Thanksgiving? Speaking of Thanksgiving, I'm going to try to share this little cartoon from back when I was a hippie in the Haight:
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Nov 30, 2019 01:38AM)
Couldn't add attachment. Sorry.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 30, 2019 09:12AM)
Not Dalai Lama

6. I lived most of my later years in Pasadena, California.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 30, 2019 08:57PM)
7. I once corrected one of my daughter's high school teachers. He refused to teach her further. I had to "home school" that subject.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 1, 2019 12:50AM)
Richard Feynman
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 1, 2019 09:27AM)
Feynman it is. I figured you'd know that one.

8. One of my wives had a severe form of tuberculosis and I could not even physically touch her.
9. I loved to travel, but only if I could live as the locals did and not stay in a westernized hotel.
10. Albert Einstein once told me he thought my early work was "not correct"
11. Cliffg37 never met me, but two years ago he met and shook hands with my then 49-year-old daughter.
12. I was known for my sense of humor and referred to as a "Curious Character."
13. I played drums, did sketches, and throat sang.
14. I won the Nobel prize for figuring how electrons spin.
15. I knew why the challenger space shuttle blew up. I testified to this in front of congress.
16. I was an early recipient of Radiation Therapy, but I died of cancer in 1988

This truly brilliant man was a member of the Southern California American Association of Physics Teachers, a local chapter of a national academic organization. He passed on 10 years before I became a member of the group, but I am proud to be its President today. I actaully got his daughter Michelle Feynman to come and give a talk in his name.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 1, 2019 01:41PM)
That's yet another person I've never heard of. I guess it's obvious why I failed math and science at school ...

P.S. Very impressive credentials, Cliff!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 1, 2019 04:17PM)
Thank you, Arthur.

Check this out, Feynman's bit starts about 2 minutes in...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOzoLdfWyKw
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 2, 2019 01:13AM)
I was working as a warhead designer when the Challenger accident occurred. One of my coworkers did some hydrocode analysis on the booster design after the accident and showed that even if the cold weather hadn't compromised the o-rings, the design was still flawed and likely would still have failed.

I'll come up with a new person tomorrow morning.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 2, 2019 04:47PM)
If you read Feynman's findings on the issue, one of the things he states was that every dept had calculated an overall possibility a failure percent. He said it was all Wah Wah (His way of saying the bull word) because they had had not fired enough shuttles into space to record any form of meaningful data. Statistical analysis was meaningless, and yet the shuttles were sent off as if the safety margin was really calculated.

If you read "Riding Rockets" by astronaut Michael Mullane, he talks about the plan NASA came up with after the Challenger disaster to have astronauts skydive from a crippled shuttle. His comment was that there would be no success in even getting to the hatch, never mind jumping.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 2, 2019 08:22PM)
Unfortunately, NASA was sometimes pretty cavalier with the lives of the astronauts. IIRC, Nixon had two speeches ready on the eve of the moon landing--one to celebrate its success, and another to give condolences in the event of an accident.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 2, 2019 08:44PM)
Cliff and S2000magician: I am in awe of your scientific knowledge. But since you mentioned Challenger — if you’ll allow me to digress — I have a totally different story regarding that tragic event.

After the success of The Goonies, I wrote another song for Cyndi Lauper entitled Heading For The Moon. Cyndi liked it so much, she planned to make it the title track of her next album. We recorded a basic home demo for the studio musicians to copy during the actual recording date. Unfortunately, by then Cyndi’s ego had become so big that she thought as he could do anything. So she produced the song herself (along with a “yes-man” co-producer). And sadly, she lost sight of the charm of my original musical arrangement.

To make matters worse, the studio musicians spoiled my song’s “groove” by overplaying. Plus, an eclectic guitarist Cyndi hired to recreate one of my rather important instrumental counter-melodies, added a 5th effect on the guitar, which ruined the simplicity of the original demo. Once the musicians had left, Cyndi actually called me from the studio to come and salvage the arrangement. I re-played and fixed a few things, but it was too late. The damage had already been done.

Nevertheless, Cyndi still planned to make Heading For The Moon the title of her new album … until Challenger exploded. She thought the allusion was too close. Can’t say I blame her for that. But not only did she change the album title, she also completely nixed the song off the album!

I had to fight hard to get her and her management to at least put it on the B side off the first single. Luckily that single was True Colors, which went #1 all over the world. So while I did not earn any money from airplay, I did receive some good compensation from sales of the single.

Anyway, sorry for the diversion! I just thought you might find my Challenger story interesting.

And now ... back to the quiz!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 3, 2019 07:00PM)
Great story, Arthur. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 5, 2019 12:45AM)
Sorry for the delay; these last few days have been too busy.

1. I was born in San Francisco.

2. I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives twice.

3. My father was a mining engineer.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 5, 2019 04:39PM)
Gavin Newsome?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 5, 2019 06:01PM)
[quote]On Dec 5, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Gavin Newsome?[/quote]
Nope, not Newsome.

(How alliterative!)

4. I was enrolled in, attended, and was expelled from Harvard College.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 5, 2019 08:41PM)
No idea yet, but it's getting interesting...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 6, 2019 10:38AM)
5. I once ran for mayor of New York City, but wasn't elected.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 6, 2019 02:35PM)
Ottinger?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 6, 2019 07:24PM)
[quote]On Dec 6, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Ottinger?[/quote]
Not Ottinger, either.

6. I ran a second time for mayor of New York City, but wasn't elected.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 6, 2019 08:23PM)
Hmmm. I thought I was pretty familiar with NYC history, but no idea...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 6, 2019 09:41PM)
7. Between those two shots at mayor of New York City, I once ran for governor of New York, but still wasn't elected.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 7, 2019 12:29AM)
You've stumped me again, S2000!
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 7, 2019 01:18AM)
I don't even know who the wrong answers are...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 01:21AM)
8. Before all of this silly New York stuff, I ran for President of the United States and . . . you guessed it! . . . wasn't elected.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 01:22AM)
[quote]On Dec 7, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
You've stumped me again, S2000![/quote]
Truth be told, without a bit of research, I'd have stumped myself with this one.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 01:25AM)
9. I once owned a ranch where I established an Arabian horse breeding program.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 7, 2019 10:31AM)
Gus Hall?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 10:33AM)
[quote]On Dec 7, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Gus Hall?[/quote]
Alas, no.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 7, 2019 10:33AM)
Nuts thought I nailed it with Gus.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 10:35AM)
10. In December, 1979, a painting in my estate was authenticated by an art expert whose name was . . . I'm not kidding here . . . Ed Sullivan. (Ask me about this one later.)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 7, 2019 10:39AM)
Lynden LaRouche?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 10:44AM)
Not LaRouche.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 10:46AM)
11. One of my former residences is now a National Historical Landmark.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 7, 2019 10:48AM)
BTW silly as this sounds, I suspect that LaRouche was the only person in U.S. history to mount a viable Presidential campaign from a federal prison cell.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 7, 2019 11:46AM)
Nope, Socialist candidate Eugene Debs garnered almost a million votes while in prison in 1920.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 7, 2019 11:47AM)
Barnum?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 7, 2019 11:53AM)
Harold Stassen?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 01:19PM)
Neither Barnum nor Stassen.

12. I built a moderately successful publishing business.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 7, 2019 03:58PM)
Horace Greeley?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 04:09PM)
Not Horace Greeley.

13. My estate's ranch (see #9, above) produces branded, grass-fed beef for retail markets; the ranch's Circle C brand is the oldest registered brand in use in the state.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 7, 2019 05:26PM)
Is it that ex-senator/congressman who once played a recurring role in Law & Order? Thomson, or something like that?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 06:24PM)
[quote]On Dec 7, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Is it that ex-senator/congressman who once played a recurring role in Law & Order? Thomson, or something like that?[/quote]
Not Fred Dalton Thompson.

14. I was well-known for yellow journalism.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 7, 2019 07:11PM)
Norman Mailer
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 07:15PM)
Not Norman Mailer.

15. The grounds of my residence that is a National Historical Monument (see #11, above) are known for harboring exotic animals; e.g., zebra and giraffes.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 7, 2019 07:15PM)
Hearst??
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 07:19PM)
[quote]On Dec 7, 2019, landmark wrote:
Hearst??[/quote]
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

William Randolph Hearst it is!

The other two clues that I had queued up were that I tried to prevent one of Orson Welles' movies from being shown in theaters, and that my granddaughter was captured by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

My wife suggested "Rosebud".
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 7, 2019 07:27PM)
I had no idea that Hearst had served in Congress. That was the clue that kept baffling me. Nice puzzle, Bill.

I'll pass to whoever wishes to go.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 07:42PM)
[quote]On Dec 7, 2019, landmark wrote:
I had no idea that Hearst had served in Congress. That was the clue that kept baffling me.[/quote]
Nor did I. It would have baffled me as well.

[quote]On Dec 7, 2019, landmark wrote:
Nice puzzle, Bill.[/quote]
Thanks!

Kinda makes up for my two or three previous flops.

Concerning clue #10:

In December, 1979, my wife and I were on our honeymoon and were staying for part of our trip at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. One day we decided to visit Hearst Castle (San Simeon). When we got there, tour #1 (the main house and such) and tour #2 (I don't recall what) were booked solid, so we took tour #3, covering mainly the guest houses. In one of the buildings we were walking down a long hallway; on the wall at the end of the hall was a huge portrait, the name of the painter of which I do not recall. The tour guide stopped to tell us about this painting. Apparently it had hung there for decades without anyone knowing who had painted it. However, the day before we visited the Castle, an art expert was there to study the painting to determine who the artist was. What I do recall is that, whoever the artist was, this was the only example of his work outside Europe, and the best-preserved example of his work anywhere, and it was worth millions. But for decades, nobody working at the Castle had any idea who had painted it. And the best part of the story: the tour guide told us that the art expert's name was . . . honest to goodness! . . . Ed Sullivan.

And, yes, for those of you who have done the math, we're celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary next Saturday.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 7, 2019 08:43PM)
Great story, and congratulations for next Saturday, Bill!

If nobody minds, I’ll jump in again:

1. I was born to a wealthy family in Indiana.
2. I defied my grandfather's wishes to become a lawyer and took up music as a profession.
3. I learned the violin at age six, the piano at eight.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 7, 2019 08:56PM)
Liberace?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 8, 2019 12:39AM)
Not Liberace.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 8, 2019 10:02AM)
Larry Fine?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 8, 2019 10:04AM)
[quote]On Dec 7, 2019, S2000magician wrote:
And, yes, for those of you who have done the math, we're celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary next Saturday. [/quote]

Congratulations Bill
I'm coming up on 30 myself.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 8, 2019 01:34PM)
Congratulations, Cliff!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 8, 2019 04:39PM)
Congratulations to you too, Cliff! I’ve only reached 24 earlier this year. But then it is my third time. The combined total would be 37. (Three years for the first and ten for the second. That’s not counting the time living together prior to marriages, and separation time before divorces).

Here’s another clue:

4. I wrote the lyrics as well as the music for my songs.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 8, 2019 05:05PM)
Stevie Wonder
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 8, 2019 10:18PM)
Nope.

5. A horseback riding accident left me in constant pain.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 8, 2019 10:48PM)
John Cougar Mellencamp?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 9, 2019 12:30PM)
6. I composed the football fight songs that are still played at Yale today.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 9, 2019 12:44PM)
Stephen Foster?

Oh, no no no--it's Cole Porter, I'll bet. The horse polo accident.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 9, 2019 12:47PM)
Irving Berlin
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 9, 2019 04:44PM)
Landmark’s got it! Cole Porter. Some of his most famous musicals are: Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings.

His many hit songs include: Night and Day, Begin the Beguine, I Get a Kick Out of You, I've Got You Under My Skin, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, and You're the Top.

He also composed scores for films, including Born to Dance which featured the song You'd Be So Easy to Love; Rosalie which featured In the Still of the Night; and High Society which included True Love and Les Girls.

My remaining clues would have been:

7. During college, I became well acquainted with New York City's vibrant nightlife.
8. The French Foreign Legion lists me as one of its soldiers who served in World War One.
9. I maintained a luxury apartment in Paris, where I held extravagant and scandalous parties.
10. I am one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage.
11. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced to many of my tunes.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 9, 2019 05:25PM)
12. Tom Lehrer imagined a verse of [b]Clementine[/b] as if it had been written by me:

[youtube]nfQzChAM-RY[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 9, 2019 10:47PM)
Who’s Tom Lehrer? (Had to google him to find out).
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 10, 2019 09:08AM)
Tom Lehrer is an hysterical math professor who writes and sing satirical songs while playing the piano. When I taught Chemistry, I used to give extra credit to any student who could sing his version of "The element song." I think it is the only song he did for which he borrowed the tune. Usually he writes his own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2cfju6GTNs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSAaiYKF0cs Even Daniel Radcliffe can do it!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 10, 2019 11:59AM)
I'll pass to whoever wants to go.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 10, 2019 06:44PM)
1. I was born in upstate New York
2. I served my country by enlisting in the U.S. Airforce
3. Though not related to air travel, I honed my career path while in the Airforce
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 11, 2019 09:54AM)
4. You can't tell by looking at me, but I am part Native American
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Dec 11, 2019 12:06PM)
Elizabeth Warren
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 11, 2019 01:40PM)
No, not her.

5. I have been married three times, but only to two different women. After divorcing my second wife, I remarried her when I found the Lord.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 11, 2019 05:07PM)
Burt Reynolds?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 11, 2019 08:05PM)
No, not Burt.

6. Alcoholism runs in my family and I too suffer from an addiction to the bottle.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 12, 2019 09:32AM)
7. I met my first wife while working as an usher at Radio City Music Hall. We had four children together before we divorced.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 12, 2019 11:14AM)
8. I totally changed my name when I started acting. This was wise as had I kept my original name, three of my screen roles, including my most important, would have made my name a groaner of a pun.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 12, 2019 02:21PM)
9. I have been in three major TV series. On the first one,I was a background character who appeared in pretty much every episode. People thought I was happy, but I left the show after two seasons to go into rehab for booze.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Dec 12, 2019 06:12PM)
Kelsey Grammer
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 12, 2019 08:40PM)
Nice try Mr. Salk, but no not him.

10. In my third and most successful series on TV, I once managed to work my alcoholism/recovery into my charcter, making him an alcoholic too.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 12, 2019 08:55PM)
Ted Danson?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 12, 2019 09:19PM)
No, not Ted, but another good guess.

11. In my successful starring role, I did not play a king, but I did have a princess I could command.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 12, 2019 09:23PM)
Robert Young?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 12, 2019 09:35PM)
I see where you went with that one Landmark, nice, but not him either.

12. Till the day they passed on, I remained friends with Ernest Borgnine and Ted Knight
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Dec 12, 2019 11:19PM)
Peter Falk?
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Dec 13, 2019 08:39AM)
[quote]On Dec 12, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
I see where you went with that one Landmark, nice, but not him either.

12. Till the day they passed on, I remained friends with Ernest Borgnine and Ted Knight [/quote]

I don't know, but I'm going to suggest; Dick Van Dyke?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 13, 2019 09:42AM)
No not Peter, nor Dick. Gee, I didn't think this one was so hard...

13. In my second series I was a supporting actor. Still it was considered my break out role. I even got my real first wife to play my character's wife on the show.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 13, 2019 09:49AM)
14. I still consider Ted Lange to be a best friend.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 13, 2019 01:12PM)
Ed Asner?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Dec 13, 2019 01:27PM)
Don Knotts?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 13, 2019 01:42PM)
Not Ed, not Don.

15. My birth name is Alan See. The movie "Operation Petticoat" from the late 50's was the first nautical appearance I made which would have made the name See into a pun for sea.
16. Ed Asner was once cast in a role that I auditioned for. That worked out well as the role I got instead was considered my "breakout."
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 13, 2019 02:23PM)
Gosh, you've given us everything and I still can't get it.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 13, 2019 02:41PM)
17. In my breakout role, I played a writer. I may have been just a supporting actor, but I slaughtered the role and made it my own. I was nominated for two Golden Globe awards.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 13, 2019 03:21PM)
Jack Klugman or Tony Randall?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 13, 2019 03:31PM)
I think that I finally put together Ernest Borgnine, Ed Asner, and Ted Knight:

We're talking about Gavin MacLeod.

Is he friends with Donald Sutherland?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 13, 2019 03:33PM)
No Arthur, not them.

Honestly, this is my last clue. I don't know what else to say about the man.

18. I published a memoir called, "This is your Captain speaking." The title was based on my strongest and most memorable role.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 13, 2019 03:36PM)
Oops, Bill and I crossed times of posting. Yes... "Sigh" I do not know if he is friends with Donald Sutherland or not, but it is "Gavin MacLeod"
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 13, 2019 03:39PM)
I remember him well from [b]McHale's Navy[/b], and also from [b]Kelly's Heroes[/b], before [b]The Mary Tyler Moore Show[/b].
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 13, 2019 03:43PM)
Right, He left McHale's Navy for rehab. That was his second nautical role. The Love Boat, his most famous and biggest, was the third. He and his wife currently do evangelical speaking engagements.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 13, 2019 04:41PM)
Good one, Cliff! (And S2000).

My next guess would have been Jack Lemon, because of the Operation Petticoat clue.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 13, 2019 05:39PM)
I didn't know that MacLeod was in [b]Operation Petticoat[/b]; I was trying to figure out when Ernie Borgnine and Ted knight were in a series together.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 13, 2019 08:32PM)
I thought it might be him from the Princess clue, but I didn't think the other clues supported what little I knew about him.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 13, 2019 08:42PM)
[quote]On Dec 13, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Good one, Cliff! (And S2000).

My next guess would have been Jack Lemon, because of the Operation Petticoat clue.[/quote]
Jack Lemmon wasn't in [b]Operation Petticoat[/b].

Perhaps you're thinking of [b]The Wackiest Ship in the Army[/b].
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 13, 2019 08:57PM)
You're probably right, Bill! Cliff really had me guessing.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 14, 2019 12:31AM)
I'll give this one a shot:

1. I was born near Dublin, Ireland.

2. While my given name is Biblical, I'm better known by a nickname.

3. I was bedridden with an unknown illness, so I didn't start school until I was 7 years old.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 14, 2019 02:25PM)
Bono?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 14, 2019 02:33PM)
Pierce Brosnan
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 14, 2019 05:59PM)
Neither Bono nor Brosnan.

4. For 27 years I was the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 15, 2019 10:16PM)
Bram Stoker
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 16, 2019 12:30AM)
Stoker it is!

You guys are too good!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 16, 2019 12:41AM)
[quote]On Dec 16, 2019, S2000magician wrote:

You guys are too good! [/quote]

Not all of us, Bill! I had no idea ...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 16, 2019 05:59AM)
[quote]On Dec 16, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
[quote]On Dec 16, 2019, S2000magician wrote:

You guys are too good! [/quote]

Not all of us, Bill! I had no idea ... [/quote]

+1
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 16, 2019 07:27AM)
I'm a theater history guy, so the Lyceum clue led me to thinking about Stoker who was basically a pr guy for 19th century actors. The Biblical name clue sealed it for me.

1. I founded a weekly newspaper--though that wasn't my major claim to fame.
2. I was on the Board of Trustees of a major university--though that wasn't my major claim to fame.
3. I co-founded a transportation company--though that wasn't my major claim to fame.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 16, 2019 08:26AM)
Alice Cooper
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 16, 2019 09:19AM)
Not Mr. Cooper.

4. I was an elected public official--though that wasn't my major claim to fame.
5. One of my legislative accomplishments was overturned in 1965 by the Supreme Court.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 16, 2019 09:55AM)
[quote]On Dec 16, 2019, landmark wrote:
5. One of my legislative accomplishments was overturned in 1965 by the Supreme Court.[/quote]
The US Supreme Court, I presume.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 16, 2019 11:20AM)
Yup. US Supreme Court.

6. I was a Democrat and switched to the Republican party, because...

7. "I whipped my slaves. I ought to have been whipped a thousand times for this myself."
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 16, 2019 11:28AM)
8. The first seven clues were distractions, though all true. I was portrayed in Hollywood movies several times.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 16, 2019 12:12PM)
Andrew Jackson
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 16, 2019 05:36PM)
Not Andrew.

9. I asked the Evening Sun to print my obituary just prior to my death so that I might read it.

10. One of my favorite words was also the favorite word of a character in a holiday story.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 16, 2019 06:39PM)
Mark Twain?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 16, 2019 09:53PM)
Not Mr. Clemens.

11. I'm not known as a fiction writer like Mr. Twain, but I've told my share of whoppers, for sure---and I got paid handsomely for them.

12. I created America's first aquarium.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 16, 2019 10:42PM)
P.T Barnum
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 16, 2019 11:01PM)
I thought of guessing him, Cliff ... but I couldn't think of his name.

Who knows? You may be right!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 17, 2019 09:07AM)
PT Barnum is right!

What a wild life he had. And his second wife was 40 years younger than he was. Many more accomplishments than I ever realized before:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._T._Barnum
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 17, 2019 11:26AM)
Interesting bit of trivia indirectly related to P.T. Barnum.

Around 1890 or so a ne'er do well fellow named Daniel David Palmer made a name for himself...sort of. Palmer had a series of useless jobs that never took him anywhere. His greatest claim to fame would have been that he sold fish for a living. But he got lucky, and it was little more than dumb luck, when he somehow passed himself off as a doctor who practiced "magnetic" healing. Perhaps he would have remained as quack doctor, one of many at the time, long before the AMA began regulating medical licenses, but Harvey Lillard came into his life. Harvey was the janitor at the building where Palmer had his office. Harvey was also extremely hard of hearing. Palmer asked how Lillard lost his hearing, and got the answer that he was bending over his bucket of cleaning soap and heard a "pop" in his neck. after that he could barely hear. Palmer examined him and found an odd bump at the base of Harvey's neck. pushing on the bump (probably blindly) Palmer gave Lillard the world's first Chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment took pressure off the nerve and Harvey's hearing was restored. Palmer had just become the world's first modern day Chiropractor. Palmer grew popular in his town (somewhere in Iowa.) The thing is, Palmer had little charisma and no business sense, and Chiropractic might have died with him if not for his son B.J. (Bartlett Jamison) Palmer. B.J. smelled money and being a prize huckster, he had all the skills his father lacked.

How to best describe B.J. in a way that all will understand? P.T. Barnum was his best friend. What more do you need to know.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 17, 2019 11:27AM)
Next one up...

1. I am sure everyone on this thread knows my name. Many would recognize my face.
2. I was born in Arizona
3. I went to college in California
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 17, 2019 01:07PM)
Steve Brooks?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 17, 2019 01:34PM)
ROTFL. No, not our host here at the Café.

4. I am short. I almost always look up to the people I work with. I took to wearing platform shoes to level the issue.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 17, 2019 01:42PM)
Tom Cruise
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 17, 2019 02:12PM)
No, not the Cruiser... Thou he and Robert Redford have a special place in my heart for their height.

5. I came into the public eye in the mid 1970's, and I am still pretty well known today.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 17, 2019 03:22PM)
John Travolta.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 17, 2019 03:33PM)
Nice try Arthur, John Travolta is 6' 2"

6. I was the Victim of a really stupid freak accident. I badly broke my foot stepping into my swimming pool. It healed, but it permanently slowed me down.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 17, 2019 04:11PM)
Danny DeVito
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 17, 2019 09:26PM)
[quote]On Dec 17, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Nice try Arthur, John Travolta is 6' 2"

[/quote]

That’s funny, Cliff. He always struck me a s a shorty. But then, I’ve never seen Saturday Night Fever (nor have I seen Travolta in any of his other big roles, for that matter).

Danny De Vito is a great guess!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 18, 2019 09:25AM)
Weird, I thought I answered last night, but the answer never posted...

Nope, not 4'10" Danny DeVito.

7. I was married once briefly. I married for the wrong reasons and it did not last long.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Dec 18, 2019 11:24AM)
Martin Short
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 18, 2019 12:02PM)
Not Martin Short

8. I can strum a few chords on the guitar, I can play a few notes on the piano. Playing instruments is not my thing, yet I write some amazing songs.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Dec 18, 2019 03:09PM)
Dolly Parton?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 18, 2019 04:02PM)
Not Dolly...

9. Although only married once, at different times, I was romantically linked with three different members of a band I was in.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 18, 2019 04:24PM)
Stevie Nicks
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 18, 2019 08:02PM)
There we are Bill. Tis Stevie indeed.

10. I have been through rehab twice, once for cocaine and once for pills, yet my career never burned out like many other rockers did.
11. I am known for my large eyes and distinctive voice.
12. My way of dressing, combined with words of a song I wrote led to the idea that I was a witch. (I say I am not)
13. My then-boyfriend and I were hired into a band at the same time, and our popularity soared.
14. In the 70's it was suggested that I would drink nothing but champaign.
15. I once teamed up with Tom Petty.
16. My solo career maybe even more successful than my band career.
17. The band I was in, was named for the rythem section... Drumer and bass player.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 18, 2019 10:33PM)
I was simply trying to think of a band with male and female members.

I hit the correct one.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 18, 2019 10:40PM)
That was a good one, Cliff!

Oh man, could I tell some Stevie Nicks stories ... (but I won't).
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 18, 2019 11:07PM)
Never met her, but she lives about 20 miles from me, and maybe less. My wife has a cousin that used to work for her. In his younger days he worked in her mother's store, and later was a Fleetwood Mac roadie.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 19, 2019 10:12AM)
[quote]On Dec 18, 2019, Cliffg37 wrote:
Never met her, but she lives about 20 miles from me, and maybe less.[/quote]
Then she can't be all that far from me.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 19, 2019 10:12AM)
Santa Monica
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 19, 2019 10:15AM)
Here's hoping that this one's a bit tougher than my last (feeble) attempt:

1. I was born on Long Island, NY.

2. To friends and family, I was known as "Mike", which is not related to either of my christian names (first or middle), nor to my surname.

3. I managed the Harvard College football team while I was enrolled there.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 19, 2019 11:00AM)
Ah, a sports question. I have no shot at getting this answer.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 19, 2019 01:12PM)
If it's about American football, I don't have a chance either. However ... some politicians and even movie stars played ball in their younger days ...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 19, 2019 01:32PM)
Note that the clue doesn't say that this person [b][i]played football[/i][/b]; only that he managed the team.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 19, 2019 03:13PM)
That's why I added my "however", Bill! But we still need more clues ...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 19, 2019 04:16PM)
But nobody's proffered a guess yet!
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 19, 2019 08:12PM)
Just tossin' it out there...

Matt Damon?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 19, 2019 08:42PM)
Not Matt Damon.

4. After completing my undergraduate studies at Harvard College in only three years, I enrolled in and, later, graduated from, Harvard Law School.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 19, 2019 08:52PM)
George Plimpton
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 19, 2019 11:32PM)
Not George, but that's a very interesting guess.

5. After graduating law school, I became a legal assistant at New York Central Railroad.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 20, 2019 08:53AM)
William Howard Taft?

How's that for a wild leap?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 20, 2019 10:21AM)
I like the leap, but, alas, it's not Taft.

6. During the Great War, I served as a Navy lieutenant on submarine‐chasing duty, out of Queenstown, Ireland.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 20, 2019 10:50PM)
Alf Landon?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 20, 2019 10:52PM)
Doug MacArthur
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 20, 2019 10:59PM)
Neither Landon nor MacArthur.

7. I had a second cousin once removed who was a fairly well-known clothing designer (amongst other things).
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 21, 2019 11:56AM)
It's not Teddy Roosevelt, though it should be. I'm pretty sure he wasn't a lawyer.

I'm going to keep with the Supreme Court theme: Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 21, 2019 01:01PM)
Neither Teddy nor OWHJ.

8. I'm possibly best known for two pastimes: card playing and sailing.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 21, 2019 01:08PM)
Charles Goren?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 21, 2019 01:18PM)
Not Mr. Bridge.

9. I won the America's Cup three times.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 21, 2019 10:55PM)
Well the America's Cup clue should give it away, but I know nothing about sailing except don't fall in, so I'll continue with a card player guess.

Any other bridge player would be too obscure except for Omar Sharif and he's too young and too foreign.

So a poker player? But from the background, he sounds like a rich guy, and I don't associate poker with born rich guys.

And he's best known for these activities, so he isn't someone primarily famous for something else which should really narrow the field down.

But I'm still stuck.

How about the original Vanderbilt, whatever his first name was? Rich, the train connection, Gloria Vanderbilt designer connection, and I think there's a sailing connection there too. Not sure about the card playing though.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Dec 21, 2019 11:23PM)
[quote]On Dec 21, 2019, landmark wrote:
Well the America's Cup clue should give it away, but I know nothing about sailing except don't fall in, so I'll continue with a card player guess.

Any other bridge player would be too obscure except for Omar Sharif and he's too young and too foreign.

So a poker player? But from the background, he sounds like a rich guy, and I don't associate poker with born rich guys.

And he's best known for these activities, so he isn't someone primarily famous for something else which should really narrow the field down.

But I'm still stuck.

How about the original Vanderbilt, whatever his first name was? Rich, the train connection, Gloria Vanderbilt designer connection, and I think there's a sailing connection there too. Not sure about the card playing though. [/quote]


There you go, Landmark...Harold Vanderbilt essentially invented contract (as opposed to auction) bridge.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 22, 2019 12:08AM)
Harold Vanderbilt it is.

Not the [b][i]original[/i][/b] Vanderbilt, who in most people's minds would likely have been Cornelius.

Gloria's great grandfather (William Henry - "Billy") was Harold's grandfather; hence, second cousins once removed.

As Lobo mentioned, Harold essentially invented contract bridge while sailing through the Panama Canal. What he did, in a nutshell, was to come up with a scoring method different from that of auction bridge, with bonuses for games bid and made, and slams bid and made, as well as the idea of vulnerability, which increases the rewards and penalties.

Later clues would have mentioned his familial affiliation with a private university in the SEC, and his service on the board of directors of his family's railroad holdings. And, perhaps, his having won the trophy named after himself.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 22, 2019 12:10AM)
[quote]On Dec 21, 2019, LobowolfXXX wrote:
[quote]On Dec 21, 2019, landmark wrote:
Well the America's Cup clue should give it away, but I know nothing about sailing except don't fall in, so I'll continue with a card player guess.

Any other bridge player would be too obscure except for Omar Sharif and he's too young and too foreign.

So a poker player? But from the background, he sounds like a rich guy, and I don't associate poker with born rich guys.

And he's best known for these activities, so he isn't someone primarily famous for something else which should really narrow the field down.

But I'm still stuck.

How about the original Vanderbilt, whatever his first name was? Rich, the train connection, Gloria Vanderbilt designer connection, and I think there's a sailing connection there too. Not sure about the card playing though.[/quote]
There you go, Landmark...Harold Vanderbilt essentially invented contract (as opposed to auction) bridge.[/quote]
See, Lobo? I told you that you should participate in this thread.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 22, 2019 07:09AM)
Yeah, I was totally unaware of Harold. And Cornelius, surprising to me, was born too early--1794 according to ERW! BTW, I thought Ely Culbertson was the contract bridge originator.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 22, 2019 10:47AM)
[quote]On Dec 22, 2019, landmark wrote:
BTW, I thought Ely Culbertson was the contract bridge originator.[/quote]
That what he [b][i]wanted[/i][/b] you to think!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 22, 2019 11:28AM)
And his diabolical plan worked.

I don't know if that counts as a win on my part, but if it does, I'll pass it onwards.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 22, 2019 01:07PM)
1. I was born into a low income family.
2. Worked as a radio sports commentator.
3. My father nicknamed me “Dutch”.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 22, 2019 01:59PM)
Just so no one thinks less of me, I will be off line for the next week or so. No worries, I will be back soon.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 22, 2019 02:51PM)
Dutch Schultz
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 22, 2019 03:25PM)
Not Mr. Schultz.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 22, 2019 04:18PM)
Even I know that one, pretty sure. But I'll shut up for awhile.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 22, 2019 04:56PM)
I know only two other Dutches.

Dutch Meyer?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 22, 2019 08:54PM)
4. I did motivational speaking for GE.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 22, 2019 09:18PM)
"Dutch" Reagan
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 22, 2019 10:08PM)
I had a sneaking suspicion this would be too easy!

5. My name is within a star on a famous sidewalk in Hollywood.
6. My wife was also in the movies.
7. First a Democrat, I later switched to Republican.
8. I worked to root out communism.
9. I represented the labor union for actors.
10. Was elected Governor of California.
11. Won the Republican presidential nomination.
12. Became the 40th President of the United States.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 22, 2019 10:13PM)
I was waiting for Bonzo.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 22, 2019 10:46PM)
[quote]On Dec 22, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
I had a sneaking suspicion this would be too easy!

5. My name is within a star on a famous sidewalk in Hollywood.
6. My wife was also in the movies.
7. First a Democrat, I later switched to Republican.
8. I worked to root out communism.
9. I represented the labor union for actors.
10. Was elected Governor of California.
11. Won the Republican presidential nomination.
12. Became the 40th President of the United States.[/quote]
As a native Californian for over 60 years, I'm pretty familiar with Reagan.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 27, 2019 03:07PM)
Here's one I hope will be interesting, and not patently trivial:

1. I was born in Massachusetts.
2. After reading the Bible, I became an atheist in my early teens.
3. I am a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 27, 2019 07:19PM)
Pretty sure that would be Penn.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 27, 2019 07:59PM)
[quote]On Dec 27, 2019, landmark wrote:
Pretty sure that would be Penn.[/quote]
I'm beginning to hate you.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Dec 27, 2019 08:06PM)
Yeah... that one was rather easy.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 27, 2019 08:20PM)
Sorry, Bill. :)

When I was a teen I went to an open call they were holding in NYC for the Clown College. It turned out to be more of a publicity stunt than a real recruitment. (I met a guy there with an act with a pet duck who supposedly did amazing tricks; unfortunately, the owner lamented, by the time he had trained the duck, the duck would up and die, and the guy would have to start all over with a new duck.)

Anyway, I've since been surprised about the number of interesting people who actually ended up attending that school. So it stuck in my mind when I saw an interview with Penn where he mentioned having attended it. And then the atheist thing nailed it for me.

1. I was not born in Massachusetts or any of the thirteen colonies.
2. I was a believer and then I became an atheist.
3. Had things gone a bit differently, I might have been a lawyer.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Dec 27, 2019 10:18PM)
[quote]On Dec 27, 2019, landmark wrote:
Sorry, Bill. :)

When I was a teen I went to an open call they were holding in NYC for the Clown College. It turned out to be more of a publicity stunt than a real recruitment. (I met a guy there with an act with a pet duck who supposedly did amazing tricks; unfortunately, the owner lamented, by the time he had trained the duck, the duck would up and die, and the guy would have to start all over with a new duck.)

Anyway, I've since been surprised about the number of interesting people who actually ended up attending that school. So it stuck in my mind when I saw an interview with Penn where he mentioned having attended it. And then the atheist thing nailed it for me.

1. I was not born in Massachusetts or any of the thirteen colonies.
2. I was a believer and then I became an atheist.
3. Had things gone a bit differently, I might have been a lawyer. [/quote]

Christopher Hitchens?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 28, 2019 07:35AM)
4. Not Hitch, but I've been interviewed by Richard Dawkins.

5. The magazine [i]New Scientist[/i] also interviewed me.

6. Clues 4 and 5 while true, might be considered by some as misdirection.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 28, 2019 11:54AM)
Tom Cruise
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 28, 2019 11:41PM)
7. Not Tom because I haven't been in the movies. But you can catch me on television, DVDs, stage or in books.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 29, 2019 12:04AM)
Criss Angel
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Dec 29, 2019 12:06AM)
Jim Parsons
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 29, 2019 12:18AM)
Bill Nye
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Dec 29, 2019 01:37AM)
Leonard Nimoy?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 29, 2019 01:59PM)
8. Not Criss, or Jim, or Bill, or Leonard, though like them all, I deal with alternate realities.

9. I've got a secret...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 29, 2019 02:32PM)
Garry Moore
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 29, 2019 07:34PM)
10. Not Garry, though these days, even more than Garry's famous crew cut, I've got very short hair bordering on bald.

11. I've got a new stage show opening in 2020.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Dec 29, 2019 08:55PM)
Marc Salem.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 29, 2019 11:47PM)
Not Marc, but awfully close.

12. I was Genii's December 2019 cover.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 30, 2019 09:45AM)
No one yet?

13. From my perspective, that cover photo is in colour.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 30, 2019 12:41PM)
No idea. (But then I don't read the magic mags).
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Dec 30, 2019 04:21PM)
Derren Brown
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 30, 2019 05:10PM)
Yes, it's Derren. He studied Law and German at University and his latest stage show is called Secret.
He was interviewed early in his career as a mentalist by skeptical scientists, because he used to proclaim that he used NLP as a method.
And of course as a Brit, he sees in colour, not in color, as the poor colonies do.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 30, 2019 10:53PM)
Haha! I wondered about the spelling, Landmark! Knew it had to be a clue, but I was still clueless. Nice one!
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Dec 31, 2019 05:33PM)
Being so very busy with family stuff, I will ask that someone else jump in to offer the next challenge. I wish you all a Happy New Year!

-Alan
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 31, 2019 06:57PM)
Happy New Year, everyone!

1. I was born in the USA but grew up in the Bahamas.
2. My family used to travel to Miami to sell produce.
3. Raised a Catholic but later became an agnostic with views closer do deism.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Dec 31, 2019 10:04PM)
Wally Amos?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 31, 2019 11:29PM)
Not Wally.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 2, 2020 07:40PM)
4. At age 16, I moved to New York City where I found employment as a dishwasher.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 2, 2020 11:16PM)
Madonna (Louise Ciccone)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 2, 2020 11:31PM)
No, not Madonna.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 3, 2020 09:46PM)
No other guesses?

5. In 1943 I lied about my age and enlisted in the Army during World War II.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Jan 4, 2020 12:04AM)
Harry Belafonte?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 4, 2020 02:07PM)
6. During the war I worked with psychiatric patients at the VA, after which I faked mental illness to get a discharge in 1944.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 4, 2020 04:47PM)
Timothy Leary
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 5, 2020 01:10PM)
7. Joined a theater group in NYC and started getting roles on Broadway.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 5, 2020 04:45PM)
Jack Cassidy?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 5, 2020 05:34PM)
Sidney.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 5, 2020 07:14PM)
Sidney who? Just kidding, Landmark. Of course, it's Sidney Poitier. You're too good at this!

My remaining clues would have been:

8. In the ‘50s I got into the movies and worked alongside the likes of Richard Widmark and Tony Curtis.
9. I was nominated several times and eventually won an Academy Award.
10. In the 1970s I co-starred in movies with Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Richard Prior and Gene Wilder.
11. I was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
12. I was the first black actor to receive an Oscar.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 5, 2020 09:08PM)
Bahamas--WWII generation--Bway actor--just had to add up to Mr. Poitier.

Here's a quick Sidney Poitier story: When I was in college, my acting teacher was a fellow named Lloyd Richards. When he was a young aspiring actor himself, Lloyd and his aspiring actor friend Sidney were then so poor they would pool their money to buy a hot dog and split it between the two of them for the day's meal. They used to swear to one another that if one of them ever made it, they would help the other one out.

Eventually Sidney got some Hollywood recognition, and he was tapped to play the lead on Broadway for [i]A Raisin in the Sun[/i]. Sidney remembered the pact he had made with Lloyd, and told the producers he would not star in the play unless Lloyd was the director. And so Lloyd became the first African-American to direct a Broadway play. Lloyd went on to became an acclaimed director, teacher, and nurturer of playwrights. Sidney had kept his promise.

I'll pass.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jan 7, 2020 01:04AM)
[quote]On Jan 5, 2020, landmark wrote:
Bahamas--WWII generation--Bway actor--just had to add up to Mr. Poitier.

Here's a quick Sidney Poitier story: When I was in college, my acting teacher was a fellow named Lloyd Richards. When he was a young aspiring actor himself, Lloyd and his aspiring actor friend Sidney were then so poor they would pool their money to buy a hot dog and split it between the two of them for the day's meal. They used to swear to one another that if one of them ever made it, they would help the other one out.

Eventually Sidney got some Hollywood recognition, and he was tapped to play the lead on Broadway for [i]A Raisin in the Sun[/i]. Sidney remembered the pact he had made with Lloyd, and told the producers he would not star in the play unless Lloyd was the director. And so Lloyd became the first African-American to direct a Broadway play. Lloyd went on to became an acclaimed director, teacher, and nurturer of playwrights. Sidney had kept his promise.

I'll pass. [/quote]


Awesome story. How was Richards as a teacher?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 7, 2020 03:32PM)
1. I was born in the Midwest but was raised in Kentucky
2. I am six feet tall
3. I was married four different times
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 7, 2020 07:29PM)
Tina Turner
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 7, 2020 07:30PM)
4. I use my middle name for my first. The last name I use came as a tribute to someone else.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Jan 7, 2020 08:22PM)
Cher
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 7, 2020 09:07PM)
Not Tina nor Cher.

5. I was once offered a try-out for the St. Louis Cardinals. (football) I declined and moved to Los Angeles instead.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 7, 2020 09:41PM)
Sonny Sixkiller
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 8, 2020 11:52AM)
Nope not Sonny.

6. I turned down the offer from the Cardinals and moved to Los Angeles. My big break came as an actor when I was discovered while working at a local "Parks and Rec" department.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 9, 2020 09:40AM)
7. My 3rd wife was a playboy model, but my 2nd was much better known.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 9, 2020 09:42AM)
8. I had the amazing luck/skill/good timing to be cast in an opening credit starring role in four different TV shows in three different decades. Each of my shows ran at least 3 seasons.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 9, 2020 05:55PM)
9. My second wife was an actress whose career started very strongly, but somehow fizzled out and dwindled down to almost nothing.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Jan 9, 2020 08:50PM)
Burt Reynolds?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 9, 2020 09:21PM)
Not Burt.

10. My second wife did also end up in Playboy, but she refused to be nude and had a more conservative modeling shoot.
11. For my break out role, I beat out a lot of people. One who did not get my role was a young Burt Reynolds.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 9, 2020 10:08PM)
Lyle Waggoner
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 9, 2020 10:14PM)
Nice try, not Lyle.

12. In my four major TV series, I played 3 tough guys and one smart guy
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 9, 2020 10:51PM)
Lee Majors
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 10, 2020 12:18PM)
Ah, there we are. Harvey Lee Yeary aka Lee Majors.

13. My third show was based on a fiction book, written by a military reporter, based on a true and real test pilot's plane crash.
14. My third show is probably the one I was known best for.
15. In my third show, I had a lunch box and a pinball machine with my likeness on it.
16. Judge my voice as you wish, but in my 4th show, I was allowed to sing the theme song.
17. In my first show, I may have been the first person to say the "B" word on national network TV, as I played a man who had been born out of wedlock and announced it.
18. As my career has been winding down with age, I was on a Marvel, made-for-tv movie. I played the commander of a police squad who proved to be working for the bad guy.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 10, 2020 01:56PM)
Bear in mind that I have two [i]Million-Dollar Man[/i] knees: an advantage in this one.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 10, 2020 07:00PM)
Do you make that Nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh noise when you walk?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 10, 2020 07:13PM)
Only when I run in slow motion.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 11, 2020 10:28AM)
[quote]On Jan 10, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
Only when I run in slow motion. [/quote]

ROTFL
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 11, 2020 12:32PM)
[youtube]7uJL8er_tV0[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 12, 2020 07:17PM)
I guess you're up, Bill ...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 13, 2020 01:30PM)
1. I was born in Atlanta, GA.
2. I was partially of Irish ancestry
3. At the age of 12, blaming myself for my grandmother's death, I jumped out of a 2nd-story window, but survived.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 13, 2020 02:54PM)
Bruce Jenner
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 13, 2020 05:51PM)
Not Bruce.

4. I started college at age 15, and played football my freshman year.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 14, 2020 12:12AM)
Charles Manson.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 14, 2020 10:35AM)
Joe Nameth
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 14, 2020 12:18PM)
Neither Manson nor Nameth.

5. After earning a BA in Sociology at 19, I entered a theological seminary.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 14, 2020 01:57PM)
Doug Flutie or Payton Manning.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 14, 2020 02:33PM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Doug Flutie or Payton Manning.[/quote]
Are you allowed to make two guesses in one post?

We need a rule book!
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Jan 14, 2020 02:59PM)
Doug Manning
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 14, 2020 04:15PM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Doug Flutie or Payton Manning.[/quote]
Are you allowed to make two guesses in one post?

We need a rule book! [/quote]

I didn’t consider it to be a problem … but I’m perfectly willing to abide by the general consensus, if we need to take a vote.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 14, 2020 04:42PM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Doug Flutie or Payton Manning.[/quote]
Are you allowed to make two guesses in one post?

We need a rule book![/quote]
I didn’t consider it to be a problem … but I’m perfectly willing to abide by the general consensus, if we need to take a vote.[/quote]
Fair enough. (I was kidding, of course.)

In the interim, it's neither Doug nor Payton.

[quote]On Jan 14, 2020, Mr Salk wrote:
Doug Manning[/quote]
Nor Doug.

6. I got married on the lawn on my parents-in-law, in Heiberger, Alabama.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 14, 2020 04:50PM)
G. Gorden Liddy
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 14, 2020 04:53PM)
Not Liddy.

7. My wife and I had four children: two girls and two boys.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 15, 2020 08:09AM)
[quote]On Jan 13, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
Not Bruce. [/quote]

Caitlin? ;) ...

How about Martin Luther King Jr.? ...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 15, 2020 11:01AM)
It is, indeed, Dr. King!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 15, 2020 12:32PM)
Good one, Bill! You had me thinking in an entirely different direction.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 15, 2020 12:50PM)
[quote]On Jan 15, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Good one, Bill! You had me thinking in an entirely different direction.[/quote]
Given some of the other answers, it appears that you weren't alone.

I, for one, didn't realize that Dr. King had played football.

I figured that it was a fitting puzzle this week, and would have finished with a clue that he has a national holiday (in the US) in his honor.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 15, 2020 01:45PM)
An interesting story indirectly involving MLK you might enjoy (or not):

I had already lived, worked and paid taxes in the USA for 10 years (as a resident alien) before applying to become a citizen. To take the test, I had to learn about our constitution, the justice system, important historical events, names and dates of all the presidents, etc. It took quite a bit of studying, because I actually had to memorize everything ... not answer multiple choice questions like they do today.

Anyway, on the day of my test, I got off the subway in downtown NYC, and was confronted with a 5-person wide line of people stretching for more than two blocks! It turned out that this was the day President Reagan had declared amnesty for all illegal immigrants. Thousand of people of all nationalities were waiting in line to become citizens.

Since I had a bona fide appointment to take my test, I shoved my way through this mass of humanity, and forced my way to the front of the line. I explained my situation to a guard at the main entrance of the building. But he didn't believe me … even though I showed him a letter confirming my appointment! He told me to get to the back of the line.

Now panicking, I didn't know what to do. If I didn't show up as scheduled, they would automatically disqualify me! So I walked around the block, and to my relief found a small side door where there was no line. There, a more understanding guard looked at my letter and let me in.

During the test, a question came up which I didn't know the answer to. The agent asked me, "This year a new national holiday was introduced. What is the holiday?" I really didn't know. But when she told me, I thought for sure they would flunk me. It was Martin Luther King Day. Because of my South African roots, I thought, "I've flunked the test, because they'll hold that against me."

But thankfully, that did not happen, because the rest of my answers to their questions had all been correct. And a few months later I was accepted and sworn in.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 15, 2020 01:57PM)
That's a wonderful story, Arthur!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 18, 2020 02:37PM)
While we're waiting for Joseph to return, let's try this:

1. I was born in New York to Polish and Ukrainian parents.
2. As a boy I was bullied and teased by classmates.
3. At age 14 I became a poolside entertainer.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 18, 2020 06:39PM)
Gee Arthur... That could easily be so many people.

I'll go with Soupy Sales
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 18, 2020 09:12PM)
Johnny Weissmuller
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Jan 18, 2020 09:19PM)
Jerry Lewis
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 18, 2020 09:58PM)
None of the above.

4. I was taught to play the drums by a famous drummer.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 19, 2020 11:07AM)
Zack Starkey? (Can't be, wrong enthnicity and wrong birth place)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 19, 2020 11:50AM)
Johnny Thompson
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 19, 2020 01:44PM)
Not Ringo's son or The Great Thomsoni.

5. I was drafted into the US Army in 1944.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 19, 2020 03:21PM)
Gene Krupa
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 19, 2020 04:43PM)
Cab Calloway
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 19, 2020 07:00PM)
6. I diffused land mines in Nazi Germany, and after the war, organized shows for captured Germans and American forces.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 20, 2020 01:06AM)
7. After the war, I played drums and piano at resorts and nightclubs.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 20, 2020 09:39PM)
Danny Kaye?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 20, 2020 11:31PM)
Not Danny, but it's a good guess!

8. Eventually I worked my way into doing stand-up comedy.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 21, 2020 12:01AM)
Bob Hope
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Jan 21, 2020 09:42AM)
Buddy Hackett?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 21, 2020 11:56AM)
Alan King
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 21, 2020 12:18PM)
You’re getting closer, but no cigar yet …

9. My comedy acts led to more rewarding behind-the-scenes work as a writer for TV shows.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 21, 2020 12:28PM)
Mel Brooks
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 21, 2020 02:16PM)
Buck Henry
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 21, 2020 03:13PM)
Bill’s got it! Mel Brooks it is. These would have been my remaining clues:

10. The TV shows and stars I wrote for became house-hold names.
11. I gained success as a Hollywood film director, and some of my films were adapted into Broadway musicals.
12. I am one of the few people to have received an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy.
13. Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman and Cloris Leachman regularly starred in my movies.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 21, 2020 03:18PM)
I detect a [url=https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058805/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2]Get Smart[/url] theme.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 22, 2020 10:59PM)
I believe you're up, Bill.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 25, 2020 12:11AM)
I'll try to come up with someone this weekend.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 26, 2020 03:19PM)
1. I was born in Lincolnshire.

2. As a youngster I played piano and field hockey.

3. I earned a BS degree in chemistry, specializing in x-ray crystallography.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Jan 26, 2020 04:30PM)
The Butterfly Man?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 26, 2020 04:41PM)
I don't know who that is.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Jan 26, 2020 04:52PM)
Robert Nelson: Busker. He had a butterfly tattoo on top of his head.

I'm pretty sure he had a chemistry degree so I went for it.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 26, 2020 04:57PM)
[quote]On Jan 26, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
I don't know who that is. [/quote]

! To be fair, he didn't give you three clues, maybe. :)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 26, 2020 09:07PM)
[quote]On Jan 26, 2020, magicalaurie wrote:
[quote]On Jan 26, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
I don't know who that is.[/quote]
! To be fair, he didn't give you three clues, maybe. :) [/quote]
To be honest, I would have said that myself, if I had thought of it.

Good one, Laurie!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 26, 2020 09:11PM)
[quote]On Jan 26, 2020, Animated Puppets wrote:
Robert Nelson: Busker. He had a butterfly tattoo on top of his head.

I'm pretty sure he had a chemistry degree so I went for it.[/quote]
Not Robert.

4. After graduating, I got a job as a research chemist at a plastics engineering company.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 27, 2020 09:59PM)
Alan Turing.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Jan 28, 2020 01:01AM)
DuPont.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 28, 2020 10:37AM)
Neither Turing nor DuPont.

5. I later applied for a job at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), but was rejected after the personnel department described me as "headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated".
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Jan 29, 2020 02:56PM)
Ken Kesey?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 29, 2020 07:16PM)
Not Ken.

6. I received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 29, 2020 09:40PM)
Marcel Marceau
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 30, 2020 01:13AM)
Not Marcel.

7. My best known nickname, interestingly, contains a chemical element (a metal), though it has nothing to do with my experience in chemistry.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 31, 2020 09:39AM)
Raymond Burr?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 31, 2020 11:18AM)
[quote]On Jan 31, 2020, Cliffg37 wrote:
Raymond Burr?[/quote]
I see where you got that.

Not Perry . . . er . . . Robert . . . er . . . Raymond.

8. After being a research chemist, I became as a barrister, specializing in taxation.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 31, 2020 12:13PM)
Rumpole? (Haha)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 31, 2020 12:19PM)
[quote]On Jan 31, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Rumpole? (Haha)[/quote]
You're just jonesing for another clue.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 31, 2020 12:27PM)
I thought Rumpole was a fictional character....
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 31, 2020 01:33PM)
Indeed he is. That's why the (Haha) was included. And it also illustrates that I'm at a loss for an answer.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 31, 2020 02:59PM)
That last clue was a headspinner. I was going to go for Watson or Crick, but now I'm going to assume, since there are no famous tax barristers that I'm aware of, that this person is famous mostly for nothing to do with law or science. Yet s/he got the award from Bush, so I'm going with politician. How about Maggie Thatcher?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 31, 2020 03:09PM)
[quote]On Jan 31, 2020, landmark wrote:
That last clue was a headspinner. I was going to go for Watson or Crick, but now I'm going to assume, since there are no famous tax barristers that I'm aware of, that this person is famous mostly for nothing to do with law or science. Yet s/he got the award from Bush, so I'm going with politician. How about Maggie Thatcher?[/quote]
The Iron Lady!

Interesting that everyone else thought that it was a man.

I never got to give the clue that she survived an assassination attempt by the IRA.

You're up!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 31, 2020 04:38PM)
I have to say that beyond the analysis above, it was a very lucky guess for me. I was just throwing out the first British pol of the Bush era that came to mind for me. I had no idea that she had had that science and law background. Very interesting, Bill. Thanks for that one.

1. I was born in Paris
2. I was the youngest of 16 children
3. In London, I stole a policeman's badge.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 31, 2020 05:56PM)
Let's go with one of Cliff's guesses on mine: Marcel Marceau.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 31, 2020 08:42PM)
Stealing a policeman's badge (or hat) makes me think of P.G. Wodehouse, but I'm pretty sure he's 100% British.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 31, 2020 09:23PM)
[quote]On Jan 31, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
. . . I'm pretty sure he's 100% British.[/quote]
100%.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 1, 2020 12:38AM)
Not marcel or p. g.

4. My dad taught me some of what I eventually used to make a living, but even moreso my older brother.
5. My spouse and I both survived repeated rifle fire.
6. I was fortunate enough to travel the world.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 1, 2020 10:36AM)
7. My spouse and nephew were also in the same profession.
8. The Czar of Russia was pretty impressed by me.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 1, 2020 10:47AM)
The great Karl Wallenda
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 1, 2020 12:34PM)
Good guess, but not Karl.

9. I performed for "A thousand and one nights" at The Egyptian Hall
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 1, 2020 03:02PM)
Might be waaaaaaay off- been awhile since I read about him, but... Robert Houdin?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 1, 2020 04:58PM)
Getting closer...

10. After I died, my spouse was known as the Queen of Magic.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 1, 2020 08:24PM)
Could it be Alexander Hermann?...
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 1, 2020 09:29PM)
You got it! He and wife Adelaide frequently faced rifle fire as they performed the famous bullet catch--which she performed even after his death.

Your turn.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 2, 2020 02:38AM)
[quote]On Feb 1, 2020, landmark wrote:
You got it! He and wife Adelaide frequently faced rifle fire as they performed the famous bullet catch--which she performed even after his death.

Your turn. [/quote]

I swear, I'd love to see Lifetime, or some other channel, do a bio-pic in Adelaide and her ascension to the title of "Queen of Magic."
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 2, 2020 07:53AM)
Ok

As a youth, I spent most of my time in reform schools..
My acting roles were mostly western or police movies..
I did a lot of my stunts...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 2, 2020 09:17AM)
John Wayne?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 2, 2020 09:46AM)
Not Wayne...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 2, 2020 10:50AM)
Clint Eastwood?
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 2, 2020 11:20AM)
Charles Bronson
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 2, 2020 02:14PM)
I think you might be right about Charles Bronson.

But I'll venture Steve McQueen.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 2, 2020 07:42PM)
Arthur, you got it!
and off to you...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 2, 2020 07:50PM)
Thanks, Joseph! I was going to say Paul Newman, but then it occurred to me that Steve McQueen was probably more of a "bad boy."

1. Besides my native German, I also spoke French and Russian.
2. I had myself inoculated against smallpox by a British doctor.
3. I helped establish the first state-financed higher education institution for women in Europe.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 2, 2020 08:40PM)
Lise meitner.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Feb 2, 2020 11:55PM)
Marie Curie
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 3, 2020 12:50PM)
Not Lise ot Marie.

4. I organized a coup d'état to gain power.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 3, 2020 02:40PM)
Catherine the Great
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 3, 2020 06:42PM)
Bill does it again! I really have to make my clues harder.

These would have been my subsequent clues about Catherine the Great:

5. Under my reign, my country was revitalized.
6. Many new cities and towns were founded under my orders.
7. I am my country's longest-ruling female leader.
8. I regarded myself as an enlightened despot.
9. It was rumored that I was quite promiscuous.
10. I was Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796.

Your turn, Bill …
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 3, 2020 09:49PM)
11. And don't forget that she is credited with having her engineers "invent" what would become the modern day roller coaster.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 5, 2020 04:43PM)
Paging Mr. Bill (S2000magician): Your turn at bat ...
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 5, 2020 09:22PM)
Sorry: I've been feeling rotten the last few days (cough, sore throat, headache, congestion).

I'm working on it right now.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 5, 2020 10:32PM)
Thanks Bill! Sorry about your condition. Take care of yourself and wishing you a speedy recovery.

Arthur
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 5, 2020 10:46PM)
Thanks, Arthur.

OK, let's give this one a whirl:

1. I was born in Ohio.

2. By the time I was 14 I had lived in 16 towns in Ohio.

3. I earned the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 6, 2020 09:53PM)
Robin Zander
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 6, 2020 10:32PM)
Weren't the Cheap Trick boys all from Chicago?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 6, 2020 10:40PM)
[quote]On Feb 6, 2020, Cliffg37 wrote:
Robin Zander[/quote]
Not Robin.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 6, 2020 10:41PM)
[quote]On Feb 6, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Weren't the Cheap Trick boys all from Chicago?[/quote]
Got me.

Are you guessing one of them? If so, which one?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 6, 2020 11:15PM)
I thought Robin was from Ohio.

oops... It's Wisconsin
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 6, 2020 11:17PM)
I thought that's who Cliff guessed ... Robin Zander, the lead singer for Cheap Trick (who was also one of my partners in crime with rock 'n' roll road madness during my touring days)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 6, 2020 11:29PM)
I apologize for my ignorance.

4. I was accepted at MIT, but after watching the Boilermakers soundly beat the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium, I decided to attend Purdue.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 6, 2020 11:42PM)
I still don't have a clue, but just out of interest: who is this other Robin Zander that Cliff mentioned?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 7, 2020 01:02PM)
No no Arthur, I meant Robin from Cheap Trick. I don't know of any other. He is apparently from Wisconsin, not Chicago or Ohio.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 7, 2020 01:48PM)
OK, thanks for clarifying, Cliff. In the mid-1980’s I did an extensive US tour with John Waite, where we co-headlined with Cheap Trick. Throughout the tour we alternated nights opening for them, and them opening for us. Great band! And I used to love hanging out with Robin & Rick and their crew.

But what I remember more than anything was their (and our) on-the-road debauchery. Those guys take definitely deserve first prize!
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Feb 7, 2020 10:20PM)
Tom Scholz
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 7, 2020 10:41PM)
Not Tom.

5. My undergraduate studies at Purdue were interrupted by a short tryst in the US Navy, after which I returned to Purdue to earn a BS in aeronautical engineering.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 7, 2020 10:52PM)
Robert Oppenheimer.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 7, 2020 11:16PM)
Not Bobby Oppy.

6. Fifteen years after graduating Purdue, I earned an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 8, 2020 12:02AM)
Boeing?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 8, 2020 12:08AM)
Not Boeing . . . no matter which one you meant.

7. A plane I was piloting in the Navy was mistakenly reported as having sustained anti-aircraft fire. In point of fact, they missed.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 8, 2020 08:07AM)
My guess is out of this world..

Neil Armstrong? ...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 8, 2020 09:37AM)
Gotta go with Chuck Yeager.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 8, 2020 12:02PM)
[quote]On Feb 8, 2020, joseph wrote:
My guess is out of this world..

Neil Armstrong? ...[/quote]
You got it!
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 8, 2020 08:03PM)
;) ..

I was born in Brazil, In.

I also attended Purdue University.

I'm known for my oversized bow tie...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 8, 2020 08:37PM)
Gene Shaffer?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 8, 2020 11:23PM)
Bill Nye, the Science Guy?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 9, 2020 07:52AM)
Not Gene or Bill ..

The entertainment provided by the TV commercials in which he starred was noteworthy...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 9, 2020 08:47AM)
Orville Redenbacher
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 9, 2020 09:07AM)
Yes!

Off to you, Cliffg37 ...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 9, 2020 10:29AM)
1. I was born in the Midwest
2. I served my country by enlisting in the U.S. Marines.
3. I was married five times.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 9, 2020 01:35PM)
Randolph Scott
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 9, 2020 05:44PM)
Not Randolph...

4. I was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 9, 2020 05:53PM)
Gary Burghoff
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 9, 2020 06:49PM)
Not Gary.

5. My post-military career got a huge boost when I appeared in a movie with some high-level performers.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 9, 2020 10:12PM)
Audie Murphey.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 10, 2020 09:29AM)
Nope, not Audie.

6. I thought after that big blockbuster, that my movie career would take off. It did not. I even wrote my own screenplay to appear in, and it was never produced.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 10, 2020 07:29PM)
7. Soon I turned to work in Television; I began to get roles to play.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 10, 2020 07:48PM)
OJ Simpson?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 10, 2020 08:27PM)
;) ..

George Peppard? ...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 10, 2020 08:31PM)
Jack Palance?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 10, 2020 09:08PM)
Nice Arthur, but no, not Jack.

This one goes back to Joseph. George Peppard, it is.

8. In my most successful mid-career role, I received an award from the "Polish-American Congress" for portraying a Pole in a positive light.
9. I was offered a third-year renewal of the role but chose to walk away so my second ex-wife would get less alimony. (This began my rep as hard to work with)
10. I was known in that role for spouting silly made-up "Old polish sayings."
11. I learned to fly a plane for a role I had.
12. I hit the skids for a while and turned to the bottle.
13. Late in life, I began to help other boozer actors as I could.
14. I beat John Forsythe for the role of Blake Carrington in dynasty, but I was soon fired as I was bad-mouthing the show.
15. I left the Marines as a corporal, but my biggest success was waiting for me playing a green beret colonel.
16. When a costar became more famous than I, I refused to talk to him off-set.
17. I thought I beat lung cancer. (I smoked for years)
18. I passed away from pneumonia after my lungs were weakened from cancer.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 10, 2020 09:40PM)
I was born in connecticut ...

I was an author, publisher and philanthropist..

I founded a weekly newspaper before moving to New York City ...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 10, 2020 11:14PM)
I think probably way out there, again awhile since I read his bio, and the clue sounds more modern, but... Benjamin Franklin? :hmm:
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 11, 2020 08:21AM)
No, Laurie .. It is a little later ..

I had several businesses over the years, including a general
store, a book auctioning trade, real estate speculation,
and a statewide lottery network.

My roof was transformed to a strolling garden with a view of
the city, where I launched hot-air balloon rides daily...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 11, 2020 09:25AM)
Hemingway?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 11, 2020 02:38PM)
[quote]On Feb 11, 2020, joseph wrote:


I had several businesses over the years, including a general
store, a book auctioning trade, real estate speculation,
and a statewide lottery network.

My roof was transformed to a strolling garden with a view of
the city, where I launched hot-air balloon rides daily... [/quote]

The Wizard of Oz!!!!!
:) j/k :)
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 11, 2020 08:32PM)
Not Hemingway or Wizard of Oz ;) ..

I organized flower shows, beauty contests, dog shows, and poultry
contests, but the most popular were baby contests such as the fattest
baby or the handsomest twins.

If you heard my first and middle initials, you would probably
know immediately who I am...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 11, 2020 08:48PM)
P. T. Barnum?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 11, 2020 08:54PM)
Yes!

off to you, Animated Puppets...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 11, 2020 08:59PM)
Wow... that was a stab in the dark only based upon the initials clue.

I got somebody, but let me formulate the clues...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 11, 2020 09:57PM)
1.) My father was the local Chief of Police.

2.) I saved a drowning man's life in 2004 while on vacation in Hawaii by swimming out and bringing him back to shore.

3) For many years, I wrote a monthly column for the bodybuilding magazines Muscle & Fitness and Flex.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 11, 2020 11:00PM)
David Hasselhoff
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 11, 2020 11:10PM)
Not the Knight Rider.

4.) During my army service, I won the Junior Mr. Europe contest (I went AWOL during basic training so I could take part in the competition and then spent a week in military prison).
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 11, 2020 11:59PM)
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 12, 2020 12:37AM)
[quote]On Feb 11, 2020, magicalaurie wrote:
Arnold Schwarzenegger [/quote]

Yep.

5.) Besides being the Chief of Police my father was also a member of the Nazi Party.
6.) My accent was so bad that my voice was dubbed in early films, or I played a mute.
7.) I'm well known by my catch phrases.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 12, 2020 11:54AM)
Yay! O.k. I've got someone in mind. Give me a few minutes, here. :)

------------

1.Father was a local pharmacist who worked night shift.
2. Lived with maternal grandmother for several years, but...
3. Was sent away to St. John's Military Academy in L.A. at age 10.

That's really more than 3 clues if you're reading between the lines... and I think you are. Oh well. I'm new here. :)
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 12, 2020 12:18PM)
Laurie:

I'm really happy to see you here in this thread. We appreciate new blood.

I have no idea who this is. As a guess: William Calley, Jr.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 12, 2020 12:30PM)
'Fraid not. :) Thank you for your kind greeting. :)

I'll give another clue or two ;). Let's see...

4.After military academy, attended San Diego High school and lived with father.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 12, 2020 07:45PM)
Colin Powell
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 12, 2020 10:04PM)
No.

5.Father advocated for a career as a doctor, so enrolled at University of California, Berkeley as a pre-med student.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 13, 2020 04:46PM)
6.By senior year, though, found real interest was in writing in acting and was drawn to communal, familial aspects of the theatre.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 13, 2020 07:06PM)
Keanu Reeves
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 13, 2020 08:33PM)
Gregory Peck? ...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 13, 2020 08:42PM)
Gregory Peck is correct.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 13, 2020 08:54PM)
I was born in San Francisco, CA. ..

As a youth, I held a number of jobs, including as a lifeguard,
paper carrier, grocery clerk, forest firefighter, and golf caddy.

I was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. ...
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 14, 2020 08:21AM)
I was a passenger on a Douglas AD bomber that ran out of fuel
and crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes. Using a
life raft, me and the pilot swam 3.2 kilometres (2 mi) to safety. ...
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 14, 2020 12:22PM)
You must have been soaking wet, but I don’t know who you are now.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 14, 2020 01:46PM)
[quote]On Feb 14, 2020, joseph wrote:
. . . me and the pilot swam 3.2 kilometres (2 mi) to safety.[/quote]
"Me and the pilot . . . ."?

Johnny Weissmuller
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 14, 2020 02:53PM)
Good guess, Bill! I'm still stumped ...
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Feb 14, 2020 06:05PM)
Mark Spitz
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 14, 2020 08:13PM)
Not Johnny or Mark ..

I played a Navy lieutenant in a segment of Navy Log in 1958.

In early 1959 I made a notable guest appearance on Maverick.

I was nameless in some of my acting roles...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 14, 2020 09:00PM)
Jack Kelly?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 14, 2020 09:02PM)
Not Jack Kelly ..
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 14, 2020 09:06PM)
I directed several oscar winning movies...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 14, 2020 09:11PM)
I'll go with Clint Eastwood... He was my other choice though I thought he wasn't in the Korean war
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 14, 2020 09:14PM)
You got it...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 14, 2020 09:41PM)
I remember that Clint Eastwood received a break on Maverick (seen the episode too).

1.) I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2.) I was born to "show business parents".

3.) I had guest roles on the celebrity game shows Battlestars, Body Language, Super Password, Win, Lose or Draw, Match Game, Price Is Right and Hollywood Squares, and Nickelodeon's Figure It Out.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 14, 2020 10:16PM)
Louis Armstrong.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 14, 2020 10:35PM)
Sally struthers
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 14, 2020 10:53PM)
No and no.

4.) My real first name is Milton, but I go by another as a tribute to my Uncle who paid for my college.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 15, 2020 12:23AM)
Mark Expectoratez
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 15, 2020 12:25AM)
No not Mark...

5) I was a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and Late Night with David Letterman.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Feb 15, 2020 12:37AM)
Larry Bud Melman
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 15, 2020 12:39AM)
David Roth
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 15, 2020 01:06AM)
No, and no...

6) I became obese during my early childhood and adolescence. At the age of 15, I weighed 182 pounds, and I eventually reached a peak of 268 pounds.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 15, 2020 01:12AM)
Chris Farley
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 15, 2020 01:25AM)
Not Cris Farley.

7.) I had a falling out with both David Letterman (too many pranks) and Howard Stern (too many insults).
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 15, 2020 07:55AM)
8.) My trademark attire is candy-striped Dolphin shorts and tank tops decorated with Swarovski crystals.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 15, 2020 10:52AM)
Richard Simmons
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 15, 2020 11:43AM)
Soupy Sales
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 15, 2020 08:24PM)
[quote]On Feb 15, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
Richard Simmons [/quote]


Yes.

More clues:
Exercise studios of the day favored the already fit customer, so there was little help for those who needed to gain fitness from an otherwise unhealthy state. I established gyms, and my interest in fitness helped me lose 123 lb (56 kg).

I began to draw media attention due to the success of my health club that began with my appearance on Real People.

David Letterman once sprayed me with a fire extinguisher while I was dressed as a turkey. It triggered an asma attack.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 15, 2020 08:34PM)
[quote]On Feb 15, 2020, Animated Puppets wrote:
[quote]On Feb 15, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
Richard Simmons[/quote]
Yes.[/quote]
Wow!

That guess was a complete goof.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 15, 2020 08:42PM)
If you’ll allow me to interject a funny (but true) story:

Years ago, when I was musical director for The Mamas and The Papas, we were scheduled to perform live on the Good Morning America show at their TV studio in New York City. They put us up in the Plaza Hotel the night before. We had to be dressed and ready in the TV studio at the ungodly hour of 6:30 am.

While we were backstage in our dressing rooms, Richard Simmons walked in. (Yes, wearing his trademark tank top and hot pants). He was also scheduled to appear on the show, and wanted to introduce himself. His first shock was the fact that all of us were smoking cigarettes. He had a small hissy fit about that one! We all thought that was quite normal ... it's how we lived back then ... but he did his best to convince us how bad it was for our health.

Then Richard discovered John Phillip's bottle of Scotch ... and he almost had a conniption! I can't tell you how red-faced and excited he became ... he just couldn't fathom the idea that anyone would be hitting hard liquor so early in the morning! Eventually he just ran out of things to say, and stormed out of the room.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 15, 2020 10:07PM)
I found the following while looking up news on Richard Simmons. Food for thought and all...

[i]Friendship isn't therapy. Holy moly, people, if you never believe anything else you read on the Internet, believe that friendship isn't therapy and therapy isn't friendship. When you're asking both "weren't these friendships?" and "weren't these therapeutic relationships?" you are diagnosing in real time the problem with the direction such things can go. Without professional structure and rules, it's not therapy. Without reciprocity, it's not friendship.[/i]

Here is the article I took it from: https://www.npr.org/2017/03/21/520943717/missing-richard-simmons-and-the-nature-of-being-known?t=1581825186414
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 16, 2020 12:27PM)
This one is a suggestion from my younger son:

1. I was born in Edinburgh.

2. My father was an alcoholic and died after many years of psychiatric illness.

3. My early education was at Jesuit schools in Lancashire and in Austria.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 16, 2020 12:36PM)
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 16, 2020 12:40PM)
[quote]On Feb 16, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle.[/quote]
Bingo!

That one was too easy, or else you're too brilliant!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 16, 2020 12:44PM)
No, it's more a matter of great minds think alike. I've had Sir Arthur all set and ready to go! These would have been my clues:

1. One of my given names was Ignatius.
2. My parents were both of Irish Catholic descent.
3. When I was a child, my family dispersed due to my father’s alcoholism.
4. Three years later, we came together again and lived in squalid tenements.
5. Fortunately, from age 9, some wealthy uncles supported my education in England.
6. Later I was sent to study in Austria, where I began to drift away from Catholicism.
7. One of the main subjects I studied in college was medicine.
8. While at university I started publishing academic articles and writing short stories.
9. Upon graduation from college, I was employed as a ship’s surgeon.
10. My many literary works include fantasy and science fiction stories.
11. I also wrote plays, romances, non-fiction and historical novels.
12. I had a longstanding interest in mystical subjects and was initiated as a Freemason.
13. My most famous fictional character was a private detective.

I'd be very curious to know what your additional clues would have been, S2000!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 16, 2020 12:54PM)
Well . . . I would have mentioned that he shared a christian name with one of the Café members, and that he shared a surname with one of the Café members.

I hadn't thought a lot beyond that; you didn't give me a chance.

You're up!

Oh . . . and my first guess is Fred Flintstone.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 16, 2020 02:05PM)
1. I grew up in New York's Lower East Side.
2. I learnt my skills at a facility for filtering and purifying water.
3. Later I gained employment at a club on 55th Street in New York.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 16, 2020 03:17PM)
Johnny Weismuller?
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 16, 2020 03:58PM)
[quote]On Feb 16, 2020, landmark wrote:
Johnny Weismuller?[/quote]
Copy cat!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 16, 2020 04:56PM)
Debbie Harry
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 16, 2020 05:46PM)
Alan Truscott
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 16, 2020 07:24PM)
Not Johnny, Debbie or Alan.

4. The enthusiastic response of an actor known for playing sinister and villainous roles changed my approach to performing.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 16, 2020 07:58PM)
Marlon Brando
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 16, 2020 08:19PM)
Keith Carradine
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 16, 2020 08:26PM)
Alan Rickman
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 16, 2020 08:43PM)
No, no and no.

5. I once hosted my own local TV show.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 17, 2020 11:31AM)
Woody Woodberry?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 17, 2020 12:45PM)
6. Also made appearances on Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Regis Philbin, etc.
Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Feb 17, 2020 01:09PM)
Jack Palance?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 17, 2020 03:16PM)
Jonathan Harris
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 17, 2020 04:05PM)
No and no.

7. Johnny Carson was a fan and regularly booked me on The Tonight Show.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 17, 2020 08:03PM)
Jonathan Winters?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 17, 2020 08:59PM)
Not Jonathan.

8. Many top corporations used my video course as training for their employees.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 17, 2020 09:54PM)
Rodney Dangerfield
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 17, 2020 11:53PM)
Not Rodney.

9. I founded a school in New York, employing Bob Elliott and Darwin Ortiz as instructors.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 18, 2020 12:47AM)
Harry Lorayne
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 18, 2020 12:49AM)
The Great Buck Howard...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 18, 2020 01:06AM)
Robert Fitch
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 18, 2020 01:08AM)
Bill's got it!

My last two clues would have been about Harry offering $1,000 to anyone whose name he couldn't remember, and finally that he was the author of numerous influential books on memory and magic.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 18, 2020 08:27AM)
I recall Harry being on the Tonight Show, greeting the audience members as they entered the studio, and memorizing their names.

Arthur: please post a list of all of the people you've researched for this, so that I can avoid them with my next set of clues.

;)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 18, 2020 12:47PM)
[quote]On Feb 18, 2020, S2000magician wrote:


Arthur: please post a list of all of the people you've researched for this, so that I can avoid them with my next set of clues.

;) [/quote]

LOL, Bill! Our synchronicity with Conan Doyle was a complete coincidence.

I had been racking my brain for someone you fellas night have a hard time guessing. Once I thought of Sir Arthur, I prepared his list of questions ahead of time. Right at that moment, you posted your Conan Doyle questions, and so my head was full of Conan Doyle facts.

Just for the record, I don’t always prepare these questions ahead of time … but I DO have a secret someone in mind for the next time its my turn!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 20, 2020 12:28PM)
It's your turn again, Bill .....
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 20, 2020 07:28PM)
I'm pondering.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 20, 2020 08:10PM)
LOL! Pondering is good … as long as you don’t pontificate. I can’t stand people who pontificate.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 20, 2020 08:13PM)
[quote]On Feb 20, 2020, S2000magician wrote:
I'm pondering. [/quote]

Ponda the Smith? .. ;) ...
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 22, 2020 08:04AM)
While Bill is pondering .. ;) ..

I was born in St. Louis ..
I had a risky nightclub routine in the 50's & 60's ..
I earned my nickname because of my hair and complexion.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 22, 2020 11:02AM)
Carrot Top? (I think he is too young to fit the 50's and 60's)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 22, 2020 02:49PM)
Rip Torn. :)

Red somebody, I can't think of the last name. :question:
edit! Skelton?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 22, 2020 02:58PM)
Josephine Baker?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 22, 2020 06:31PM)
Probably not Josephine. Is it Carmen Miranda?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 22, 2020 07:59PM)
None of the above, but magicalaurie was closest ..

My first sitcom lasted for 6 seasons...
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 22, 2020 08:19PM)
Red Foxx?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 22, 2020 08:22PM)
Redd Foxx.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 22, 2020 08:32PM)
Read Faux.

There... we have all bases covered.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 22, 2020 08:35PM)
Yes!

looks like landmark was first,
so off to you ...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 22, 2020 08:43PM)
You gave it away with your comment to Laurie, Joseph!

Your turn, Landmark.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 22, 2020 09:22PM)
Well, I'll pass as Bill is pondering...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 22, 2020 10:42PM)
Don't ponder too much longer, Bill ... I've got a good one ready and waiting!

Arthur
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 23, 2020 04:40PM)
Well, since Bill is still pondering … (Hope everything is OK with you, Bill):


1. I was overweight for much of my childhood.
2. I tried to be funny to make up for the fact that I was fat and ugly.
3. As a teenager, I left school to travel with a theatre company, and was spotted by a talent agent who sent me to London to audition for films.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 23, 2020 04:44PM)
Jerry O'Connel
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 23, 2020 08:07PM)
Not Jerry.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 23, 2020 08:11PM)
Fatty Arbuckle
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 23, 2020 08:45PM)
Not Fatty, either.

4. An English actor proposed marriage after seeing my photograph in the paper.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 24, 2020 09:47AM)
Oliver Hardy
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 24, 2020 01:32PM)
Not Oliver.

5. My marriage led to me becoming one of the most photographed celebrities in the world.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 24, 2020 02:52PM)
Rosanna Arquette
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 24, 2020 08:28PM)
Britt Ekland
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 24, 2020 10:32PM)
You got it, Joseph! Britt Eckland, one of my favorite blonde bombshells. (My other favorites include Brigitte Bardot, Elke Sommer and Julie Christie).

My remaining questions would have been:

6. I starred in three films with my husband.
7. My appearance as an Amish girl in a musical film earned me critical acclaim.
8. A role as a gun moll, playing opposite Michael Caine, firmly established me as a sex symbol.
9. I also appeared in several horror films.
10. In my most iconic horror role I played a Pagan villager and seductress.
11. I was cast as the lead Bond girl in a James Bond film.
12. I provided the French spoken part on a hit single for my one-time domestic partner, Rod Stewart.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 25, 2020 07:42AM)
My favorite, too...


I was born in 1961 ..
My musical career started by playing keyboard
and vocal backup ..
I can sing I 10 languages ...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 25, 2020 10:42AM)
Geddy Lee
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 25, 2020 04:38PM)
I can't think of anybody who can sing in 10 languages!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 25, 2020 05:37PM)
Nana Mouskouri (sp.)
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 25, 2020 08:16PM)
None of the above ..

The commercial and critical success of my 1988 album propelled me to worldwide fame,
I'm known for my privacy...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 25, 2020 08:19PM)
Elizabeth Frazier
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 25, 2020 08:25PM)
Not Elizabeth ..

I have sold 26.5 million certified albums in the United States...
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 25, 2020 09:07PM)
Cat Stevens?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 25, 2020 09:17PM)
Not Cat ..
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 25, 2020 09:26PM)
Sinead O'Connor.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 25, 2020 09:32PM)
That's a good guess, Laurie!

But I'm still stumped. Maybe we should be thinking about the classical music market?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 26, 2020 07:20AM)
Not Sinead ..

Several weeks after the release of my debut album,
I secured a recording contract with Warner Music UK ...

In 1993, I won my first Grammy Award. ...
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Feb 26, 2020 08:29AM)
Edie Brikell?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 26, 2020 08:30AM)
Not Edie...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 26, 2020 02:51PM)
Terrence Trent Darby (sp)
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 26, 2020 03:01PM)
Nope ..
I live in a castle...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 26, 2020 03:03PM)
I don't know if he lives in a castle but I'm gonna throw Seal out there.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 26, 2020 03:14PM)
Enya
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 26, 2020 03:17PM)
Yup..your turn magicalaurie ...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 26, 2020 05:39PM)
Let us know when you want back in, Bill. :)

1. Born in 1952
2. Studied pre-law at University but switched to English and Drama
3. Five years in England at London Drama Studio and Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 26, 2020 07:55PM)
Is it Kenneth Branagh?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 26, 2020 08:27PM)
No.

4.Began acting in theatre productions and gained t.v. acting experience with a guess appearance on the British series "Bless This House"
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 26, 2020 08:38PM)
Helen Mirren.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 26, 2020 08:38PM)
Hugh Laurie
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 26, 2020 08:53PM)
No.

5. Went on to divide time between New York, L.A., and Toronto with early credits on The Littlest Hobo, Airwolf, T.J. Hooker, and feature films The Omen, A Bridge Too Far, and The Spy Who Loved Me
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Feb 27, 2020 12:16PM)
Richard Keil?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 27, 2020 12:22PM)
No.
6. Received Genie nominations in 1982 and 1983
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 28, 2020 01:40PM)
7. In 1987 fame increased with the detective/comedy series Diamonds, which was broadcast in Canada and also on CBS late night in the U.S.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 02:01PM)
Nicholas Campbell?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 28, 2020 03:55PM)
Yay! yes. :)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 28, 2020 04:12PM)
Who's Nicholas Campbell?
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 04:36PM)
The Canadian actor about whom magicalaurie gave us 7 clues. Is it my turn now?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 28, 2020 04:55PM)
It's your turn, Karnak! Must admit I've never heard of Nicholas Campbell.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 05:11PM)
1. Born in England in 1945.
2. Wrote an uber-famous classic hard rock/old school metal guitar riff that has been compared to Beethoven’s Fifth’s dramatic opening motif for its enormous popularity/familiarity/ubiquity.
3. Now (alongside his singer wife) plays medieval/Renaissance acoustic music fused with melodic hard rock.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 28, 2020 05:41PM)
Years ago at a live music club in Greenwich Village, I saw an artist who claimed to have written a riff which was pilfered by Led Zeppelin, but I cannot remember his name.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 28, 2020 05:45PM)
Has to be the bassist from Deep Purple, but I can't remember his name.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 05:53PM)
Close, but not the bass player....
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 28, 2020 06:07PM)
I don't know the rest of the bands names either, and don't want to cheat but 'Smoke on the Water' sprang to mind from your second clue.

Arthur will know.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 07:29PM)
Bingo. That’s perhaps close enough. I don’t know all the rules exactly, but yes, it’s the author of “Smoke On the Water”’s riff (Deep Purple’s guitarist). Surely someone can name him?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 28, 2020 07:36PM)
Well, that's got to be Ritchie Blackmore.

Actually, at first I was thinking of someone totally different. You would know the name, Karnak. It’s a British acoustic guitarist I saw at The Bottom Line in NYC. He played & sang an original song for which the riff was identical to a Led Zeppelin track. When introducing it, he said they had heard him do it and ripped it off.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Feb 28, 2020 07:44PM)
I would have had to google his name. At least I knew the song.


Authur your up.

Anybody hear from S2000?
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 07:46PM)
Blackmore it is! I’m a guitarist myself, and he’s my hero. For his post-Purple Renaissance/rock fusion, check out his current band Blackmore’s Night.

Zeppelin seems to be no stranger to plagiarism lawsuits, from what I’ve read in the news lately.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 28, 2020 08:06PM)
Karnak, from what I’ve glimmered from our Café interchanges, you really know music, and I’m tempted to believe you are a great guitarist! I’m friends with Joe Lynn Turner, the one-time lead singer in Ritchie Blackmore’s band, Rainbow, and who also replaced lead singer Ian Gillan in Deep Purple later on.

Animated, I haven't heard from S2000, and I'm hoping all is well with him.

OK, try this:

1. Born into a middle-class family in St. Louis, Missouri.

2. I had an interest in music from an early age.

3. While a high school student I was convicted of armed robbery and sent to a reformatory.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 08:23PM)
I could be wrong, but upon impulse I seem to want to say “Chuck Berry.”

As a huge Deep Purple/Rainbow fan, I have much respect for Joe Lynn Turner. Perhaps my favorite song of his from that era is “Spotlight Kid,” though of course there are many other greats (“Stone Cold,” “Tearing Out My Heart,” “Jealous Lover,” “Eyes of Fire,” “Street of Dreams”). Tell him I said so!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 28, 2020 08:31PM)
Chuck it is, Karnak! These would have been my follow-up questions:

4. After my release, I settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant.

5. I developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship.

6. I traveled to Chicago and met Muddy Waters, who suggested I contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records.

7. My adaptation of the country song "Ida Red” (renamed as something else) sold over a million copies.

8. My original song lyrics focused on teen life and consumerism.

9. I became an established star, with several hit records, film appearances, and a lucrative touring career.

10. I spent three years in prison for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

11. After my release, I had several more hits, but these did not achieve the same success.

12. I received a four-month jail sentence and community service, for tax evasion.

13. I am among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986.

Your turn again, Karnak ...
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 08:41PM)
Well, just to move it out from music into the movies....

He played Frankenstein’s Monster (or Creature).
He played the (living, killing) Mummy.
But he is perhaps best known for playing Count Dracula.

Not Lon Chaney; a British actor.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 28, 2020 08:52PM)
Boris Karloff.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 28, 2020 08:54PM)
Bela Lugosi.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 28, 2020 08:56PM)
Correction- Christopher Lee. Missed the British part.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 28, 2020 11:48PM)
Aha. Lee it is! (Best Dracula ever.)
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 29, 2020 11:54AM)
Critter’s turn.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 29, 2020 04:39PM)
Christopher Lee was one of the coolest dudes ever.

1. Recorded all of my output in improvised recording conditions such as facing the corner of a tiny room.

2. Lomax tried to book me for Carnegie Hall but I was already dead.

3. There is only one known photograph of me, though others have been investigated.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 29, 2020 05:02PM)
Robert Johnson?
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 29, 2020 08:14PM)
Yes!
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 29, 2020 08:16PM)
Was holding onto the crossroads bit as the giveaway. Turns out he might not have been the first to have that story told about him but dang I love his music.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 29, 2020 09:07PM)
Karnak, you're up.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 29, 2020 10:32PM)
Robert Johnson started the mythology about the deal with the devil for musical talent. Anybody remember the movie “Crossroads” with Karate Kid Ralph Macchio wielding his Telecaster against the Devil Went Down To Georgia’s prog metalman Steve Vai as Eddie Van Satan?
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 29, 2020 10:39PM)
Mmmmkay, this might be too easy, but what the heck.

1. Born in England in 1875.
2. Notoriously excoriated by tabloids of his day as “The Wickedest Man In The World.”
3. Jimmy Page later bought his house on Loch Ness, and Ozzy Osbourne wrote an *EPIC* classic rock song about him.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 29, 2020 10:45PM)
Oh, I know this one: Aleister Crowley.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 29, 2020 11:07PM)
Yep, you got it! Your turn, Arthur!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Feb 29, 2020 11:13PM)
A very eccentric fellow! For years I assumed he had authored The Satanic Bible, but that was someone else.

OK, hopefully this will get some heads scratching:

1. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1896.

2. At high school I experimented with high-frequency circuits, optics and magnetic fields.

3. While adapting a dielectric device by adding circuitry to generate an audio tone, I noticed that the pitch changed when my hand moved around.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 1, 2020 12:20AM)
[quote]On Feb 29, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
...For years I assumed he had authored The Satanic Bible, but that was someone else...
[/quote]

Anton LaVey. I find it fascinating that he was very openly pulling a con but people still bought into it, literally. Shelling out a pretty penny for a little card proclaiming them something akin to minions.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 1, 2020 12:21AM)
Theremin.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 1, 2020 12:25PM)
Critter is correct: Léon Theremin, sometimes thought of as the father of electronic music. As you will surmise from my remaining questions below, his was a fascinating but tragic life:

4. I patented my device in 1928 and started giving public concerts with the instrument.

5. After a lengthy tour of Europe, I performed with the New York Philharmonic.

6. When I abruptly returned to the Soviet Union, it was believed that I had been kidnapped by Soviet officials.

7. I was, in fact, sent to a Gulag labor camp and put to work in a secret laboratory.

8. I was forced to develop an eavesdropping system, which was used to spy on the British, French and US embassies in Moscow.

9. The sound of my musical instrument was often used to enhance eerie situations in movies.

10. My musical instrument was used on one of the Beach Boys’ most famous songs.

11. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones also used my instrument on their albums.

Here’s a re-enactment of how it was used in scene from the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=51&v=5VQgImg15sQ&feature=emb_logo


OK, Critter, your turn!
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 1, 2020 01:01PM)
My dad was an electronic engineer who tinkered and built gadgets as a hobby. I still have his home-made theremin. I plug it into a Marshall half stack with a chorus pedal, ha. Sounds like Harry Lubin’s TV scores for One Step Beyond and The Outer Limits.

Also, I found a pretty cool theremin app that is now on my iPad, and fun to play with. Instead of proximity, it works by you just dragging your finger across the screen. But it sounds like the real deal, especially with lots of finger vibrato.

Anyway, yes, it’s Critter’s turn!
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 1, 2020 01:49PM)
I can pass to whoever wants it. Busy day.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 1, 2020 01:58PM)
OK, I have one ready to go:

1. I once said: “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

2. I was the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings.

3. The first tune I learned to play was the television theme "Peter Gunn”.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 1, 2020 02:07PM)
I’m guessing Les Paul?
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 1, 2020 02:11PM)
Retracted. Dumb impulse answer. Peter Gunn was too late to be LP’s first tune.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 1, 2020 02:12PM)
Hendrix maybe?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 1, 2020 02:16PM)
You're too good at this, Karnak! Jimi Hendrix it is. Your turn again ...

P.S. I’ll get back to you guys later … My wife and I are taking the ferry to Seattle to attend a once-in-a-lifetime Violins of Hope performance at Benaroya Hall.

More info here: (If you scroll down on this link, the video is worth watching):

https://www.musicofremembrance.org/concert/violins-hope
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 1, 2020 02:34PM)
Back to the movies:

British horror film star who more than once played Baron Frankenstein (as evil bad guy)
Also played Dracula’s nemesis Dr Van Helsing (as sweet gentile good guy) — so great range!
Was in Star Wars, so Christopher Lee was not the only Hammer horror guy to appear in that franchise
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 1, 2020 05:43PM)
Peter Cushing.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 1, 2020 06:16PM)
Exacto-mundo! Critter’s turn again.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 1, 2020 10:13PM)
Pass 🙂
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 1, 2020 11:18PM)
On it...

1. I was born in 1947
2. I am a homegrown Californian
3. Among those who know me, I have a reputation as a nice guy.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 2, 2020 09:32AM)
4. I had some training as a Shakespearean actor.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 2, 2020 01:33PM)
Don Rickles?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 2, 2020 02:49PM)
Not Don Rickles

5. I turned out to be a very versatile actor playing both nice and nasty characters
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Mar 2, 2020 08:13PM)
Jack Nicholson?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 2, 2020 08:37PM)
Not Jack...

6. Soon after leaving the world of Shakespeare, I began to get cast in movies, some small parts, some big, nut usually a helpful or friendly person. I worked with lots of well-known actors!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 2, 2020 09:09PM)
Walter Matthau?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 2, 2020 10:48PM)
Not Walter.

7. My break out role came when I played a visitor to a city on a tv show. I played a nice and helpful character.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 3, 2020 09:02AM)
8. I was married twice, but I am not married any more.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 3, 2020 09:03AM)
9. The role for which I am best known came along, I had a famous rock star playing my father.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 3, 2020 06:33PM)
I think you've stumped us all, Cliff!

P.S. Has anybody heard from S2000magician?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 3, 2020 09:06PM)
Judi Dench?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 3, 2020 09:41PM)
10. I was shocked as I thought I had been typecast as the nice helpful guy, but my most famous role had me playing a terrible person with no redeeming value of any kind.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 3, 2020 09:42PM)
Nope, not Dame Judith.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 3, 2020 09:46PM)
11. In that role, I lashed out at teenagers to make up for how my drunk and abusiove father had brutalized me.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 4, 2020 09:01AM)
12. That movie was so successful that it was followed by sequels, a TV show and a re-boot all about the same terrible character.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 4, 2020 09:10AM)
Oh, the guy that did the Freddie Kruger films. I forget his name.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 4, 2020 10:43AM)
I'll take it Landmark, Freddie Himself Robert Englund.

13. My first film in this set also debuted a fellow actor who would go on to great fame
14. The story that I talked my friend Mark Hamill into auditioning for Star Wars in NOT a true story.
15. A new re-boot of my character is being planned. I stated I was too old to play the role.
16. My TV show was an anthology that was somewhat reminiscent of the Twilight zone, but more horrific.
17. Contrary to popular belief, I have never lived on an Elm Street.
18. I remain good friends with most of my co-stars.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 4, 2020 07:02PM)
1. I was born in Torquay.
2. I was home schooled at an early age; my parents taught me to read and write. When I was 15, I was sent to France to study.
3. When I came back home, I wrote and acted in amateur theatricals.
4. When I disappeared for ten days, a psychic was given an article of clothing of mine, presumably to help track me down.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 4, 2020 08:00PM)
Ruby Rose
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 4, 2020 10:23PM)
Anne Heche?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 4, 2020 10:27PM)
Not Ruby or Anne.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 5, 2020 02:34PM)
Aubrey Plaza?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 5, 2020 03:21PM)
Not Aubrey.

5. As a volunteer nurse during the war, I treated Belgian soldiers and refugees. Lucky for my future career.

6. When I married for a second time, I married an archeologist. That too was a lucky turn of events as it allowed us to travel together as we both did our respective work.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 5, 2020 03:50PM)
Calamity Jane?

I feel like this is the sort of odd thing I should know about but I'm stumped.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 5, 2020 04:29PM)
Agatha Christie?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 5, 2020 05:02PM)
Ms. Christie is correct! Her most famous creation, Hercule Poirot was Belgian. And several of her mysteries featured archeological settings. When she disappeared for 10 days after her first husband announced their divorce, the newspapers were filled with the story for days. The movie [i]Agatha,[/i] starring Vanessa Redgrave as Christie was based on that incident.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 5, 2020 06:38PM)
What a prolific writer Mrs. Christie was!

1. I was born in Germany but my family moved to the USA when I was 2 years old.
2. At high school I encountered issues with a stutter.
3. My first job was as a security guard.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 5, 2020 08:46PM)
James Earl Jones
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 5, 2020 09:19PM)
Not James Earl Jones. (Years ago he spoke-sang on my musical arrangement of an aria from the opera Carmen, for an AT&T TV commercial).

4. After subsequently working as a private investigator, I turned to acting.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 6, 2020 07:32PM)
5. I moved to New York City and performed as an extra in the movie The Verdict.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 7, 2020 12:44AM)
Richard Moll?

I'm really curious who this will turn out to be.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 7, 2020 02:09PM)
6. I enjoyed moderate success as a recording artist.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 7, 2020 04:39PM)
Kris Kristofferson?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 7, 2020 09:01PM)
Not Kris.

7. Seagram hired me to be the pitchman for their Wine Cooler products.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 8, 2020 03:28AM)
Well Yippi-Ki-Yay I might have a guess. If he can fond his shoes.
"Come to the Café they said, there'll be magic they said..."
Message: Posted by: joseph (Mar 8, 2020 08:11AM)
Bruce Willis? ...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 8, 2020 09:49AM)
Gene Autry?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 8, 2020 12:09PM)
[quote]On Mar 8, 2020, joseph wrote:
Bruce Willis? ... [/quote]

I think you're right.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 8, 2020 02:35PM)
Yes! Bruce Willis it is. Interesting side-note: When reading that Willis he’d been the spokesperson for Seagram, it reminded me that in the early 1990s I did the music for Seagram’s Wine Cooler commercials, hiring Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough fame) to sing the vocals.

My remaining questions were:

8. In my first lead role, I starred with Kim Basinger.
9. My role in an action movie catapulted me to movie stardom.
10. My first wife left me for a younger man.
11. I am co-founder of Planet Hollywood, with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Even though Joseph guessed the name, I think Critter’s was the first correct answer (although oblique).
Message: Posted by: joseph (Mar 8, 2020 08:06PM)
I will pass to Critter.. :) ....
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 9, 2020 03:38AM)
Here I thought I could have my fun and dodge responsibility too 😅
K just give me a moment to collect my mind.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 9, 2020 03:46AM)
-The child of a famous parent I found my own place in his world through my work with children.

-I spoke multiple languages and was known to be highly competitive with my siblimg.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 9, 2020 12:38PM)
Marlo Thomas
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 9, 2020 01:01PM)
Angelina Jolie.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 9, 2020 01:03PM)
-Born in Vienna, died in London.
-Proved my father's work could apply to children, he didn't think it could.
-Youngest of six children.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 9, 2020 01:12PM)
I would venture the son or daughter of Sigmund Freud, but I don't now their names.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 9, 2020 05:19PM)
[quote]On Mar 9, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
I would venture the son or daughter of Sigmund Freud, but I don't now their names. [/quote]


Yup, Anna Freud!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 9, 2020 08:10PM)
1. My art teacher said in a report: "Retarded artistically. Idiotic in other respects".

2. I was interested in home science kits, with a particular fondness for explosions.

3. I joined my local Sea Cadet Corps band at the age of twelve on the bugle.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 9, 2020 09:19PM)
Walt Disney?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 9, 2020 09:56PM)
Not Walt.

4. I left school at age 14 and enrolled in a technical college, which led to a job as a radio repairman.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Mar 9, 2020 10:10PM)
Albert Einstein
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 9, 2020 11:41PM)
Not Albert.

5. I started playing in a cover band in the early 1960s.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 10, 2020 09:26AM)
Robert Fripp?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 10, 2020 10:35AM)
Pablo Picasso?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 10, 2020 12:20PM)
Haha! Picasso in a cover band?

6. I incorporated theatrical tricks into my act, including "shooting" the group's lead singer with a starter pistol.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 10, 2020 01:29PM)
Screaming Lord Sutch?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 10, 2020 02:51PM)
Alice Cooper?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 10, 2020 03:00PM)
No and no.

7. I idolized the Beach Boys and, given the opportunity - even at the peak of my own band’s fame - I would have left to join the California band.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 10, 2020 03:38PM)
Ozzy?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 10, 2020 04:53PM)
Terry Cath?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 10, 2020 09:36PM)
8. As I got more famous, I became addicted to alcohol, particularly brandy and champagne.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 11, 2020 09:08AM)
Phil Collins
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 11, 2020 10:55AM)
Iggy Pop
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 11, 2020 11:17AM)
9. I was noted for my eccentric behavior, decadence and dark humor.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 11, 2020 04:16PM)
Peter Gabriel?
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Mar 11, 2020 04:18PM)
Alice Cooper?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 11, 2020 04:53PM)
11. In a limousine on the way to the airport, I insisted they return to my hotel, saying "I forgot something." At the hotel I ran back to my room, grabbed the television and threw it out of the window into the swimming pool below. I then jumped back into the limo, saying "I nearly forgot.”
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 11, 2020 07:48PM)
Just realized I skipped number ten:

10. On several occasions I passed out on stage and was hospitalized.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Mar 11, 2020 08:40PM)
Rob Halford?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 11, 2020 10:57PM)
Meatloaf?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 11, 2020 11:55PM)
I can't believe no on e has guessed it yet!

12. My nickname was "Moon the Loon".
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Mar 12, 2020 02:34AM)
Too easy now. I should have got it at the television set at least.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 12, 2020 10:56AM)
Yeah, I should have gotten it earlier too.

Clearly Moon Zappa... just kidding.

Alright, Keith Moon.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 12, 2020 11:35AM)
Yes! The one and only Keith Moon. I was as surprised as anybody to learn that he idolized the Beach Boys.

He was one of the earliest rock drummers to regularly employ double bass drums in his setup. He also loved smashing his kit on stage and destroying hotel rooms on tour. He was fascinated by destroying TV sets and blowing up toilets with cherry bombs or dynamite. Moon destroyed friends' homes and even his own, throwing furniture from upper-storey windows and lighting fires.

Peter Frampton told me of an incident that happened when he was on tour with The Who (first as their opening act, then after Frampton Comes Alive became a smash hit, as the headliner). One night he was fast asleep in a hotel room when he was awakened by an awful loud noise. It was Keith Moon, whose hotel room was right underneath Frampton's, sawing his way through the ceiling (and thus through the floor of Frampton's room) with an electric chain saw! When the hole was big enough, Moon stood on a desk, popped his head through and said something like, “Oi, mate!”
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 12, 2020 12:39PM)
Here is a bit of trivia before I pick up again.

- Depending on how you count, there have been 87 - 89 people to guess on this thread.
- There has been one repeated person to guess (P.T. Barnum twice)
- Thee of the people to guess were nailed after just the three initial clues.
- The most clues before getting the right answer was 17


1) I was born in 1941 in Minnesota
2) My father was an amateur pianist, I credit him with my love of music
3) I was married to the same woman for over 30 years. The only reason the marriage ended was her passing on.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 12, 2020 01:09PM)
Just to update your stats, Cliff: In my Keith Moon thread two persons guessed Alice Cooper..
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 12, 2020 08:05PM)
James Anthony Bailey?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 12, 2020 10:11PM)
Not Bailey...

4) In my youth, I was blessed with a local thrift store that had a large old record collection on sale really cheap. I made many purchases there.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 12, 2020 10:50PM)
(Didn’t we all?)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 12, 2020 11:08PM)
[quote]On Mar 12, 2020, karnak wrote:
(Didn’t we all?) [/quote]

Now that you mention it... Yeah, I did too.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Mar 12, 2020 11:44PM)
So #4 doesn’t really count? (How could it? It’s near-universal.)
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 13, 2020 12:32AM)
Weird Al?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 13, 2020 09:40AM)
Not Weird Al.

5. After an uneventful high school career, I moved to Portland, Oregon to attend college. I successfully earned a Bachelor's degree.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 13, 2020 10:19AM)
[quote]On Mar 13, 2020, critter wrote:
Weird Al? [/quote]

Weird Al is 79? Looks great!
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 13, 2020 04:24PM)
Sam Elliot?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 13, 2020 07:12PM)
Nope, not Sam.

6. I used my musical knowledge to my advantage and became "program director" for the college radio station.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Mar 13, 2020 09:35PM)
Phil Spector?
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Mar 13, 2020 09:47PM)
Alice Cooper...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 13, 2020 11:36PM)
Not Alice Nor Phil

7. After college I moved to Southern California. I attended UCLA and earned two master's degrees. One in folklore and one in music.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 14, 2020 12:54AM)
Alan Lomax?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 14, 2020 02:29PM)
Not Lomax.

8. After earning my master's degrees, I found work in Los Angeles as a local Disk Jockey.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 14, 2020 04:21PM)
Don Imus.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 14, 2020 04:21PM)
Or Howard Stern?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 14, 2020 04:29PM)
Dr. Demento?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 14, 2020 04:53PM)
There you are critter. The Doctor is in!

9. Few would recognize my name, but my pseudonym is known worldwide.
10. My pseudonym came for a co-worker of mine insulting my musical taste.
11. There is nothing unusual about the music I play, it is just old and off-track from the mainstream.
12. I have released dozens of albums of music, but I do not sing on them,
13. I am credited with giving Al Yankovick the boost his career needed to become successful.
14. Though not a businessman, I did self produce a radio show.
15. My live stage shows have met with great success.
16. I currently live in Lakewood Californa about 3 miles from Cliff, but we have never met.

Note: The Doctor's real name is Barret Eugene Hansen.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 14, 2020 07:09PM)
Sweet! We've been listening to his collection CDs so the two radio guys I I could think of were him or Wolfman Jack.

1. I've written and performed some of the most popular songs of all time but others are known more for them.

2. I spent most of my life on the road in cheap motels, cabins, and trailers.

3. I'm not Bob Dylan. At least one person has said I'm better.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 14, 2020 08:06PM)
Dolly Parton.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 14, 2020 08:10PM)
Or Bruce Springsteen?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 14, 2020 09:01PM)
Knowing you're a blues fan, I'll say Robert Johnson.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 14, 2020 09:16PM)
None of those, though I do like all three.

4. I was inspired to learn music after seeing Elvis on TV.

5. I had memory loss due to insulin shock therapy.

6. I just wanted that kid to play the "Wabash Cannonball." At least... that's what I said.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Mar 14, 2020 09:59PM)
Glen Campbell?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 15, 2020 12:25AM)
Not Glen Campbell.

7. I never recorded for a major label and the consensus is that my self-destructive habits are what kept me obscure from the general public.

8. The person who called me a better songwriter than Bob Dylan stated that he would stand on Dylan's table in his cowboy boots and say it.

9. I was fond of dogs.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 15, 2020 12:38AM)
J.J. Cale?
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Mar 15, 2020 12:39AM)
Phil Ochs?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 15, 2020 10:42AM)
Diane Warren?
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Mar 15, 2020 12:10PM)
Alice Cooper? ;)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 15, 2020 12:14PM)
Leonard Cohen
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 15, 2020 01:01PM)
None of those

10. In the movie "Blaze" about another songwriter, I was a supporting character and was played by Charlie Sexton.

11. I lost several teeth when I fell asleep inhaling model airplane glue.

12. My most well known song, in a duet version by two other singers, was written after I saw a story of two Mexican outlaws on the news.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 15, 2020 02:12PM)
Eddie Money
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 16, 2020 03:00AM)
13. One of the most infamous stories about me involved Russian roulette with Steve Earle's gun.

14. I've been covered by Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson.

15. I died of heart failure likely caused by shock after I walked out of a hospital during alcohol withdrawals.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 16, 2020 09:21PM)
I had to cheat, so I'm not making a guess, but... dang!
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 16, 2020 09:37PM)
16. Speaking of blues I was really into Lightning Hopkins and once said onstage "it wouldn't be a ______ show without some blues."

17. Though I'm known more for my tragic life and sad songs I was prolific with jokes and pranks.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 16, 2020 09:40PM)
18. I said in one interview that I wanted “to examine and possibly alter the state of grace in which I live, and thereby the state of grace of anybody who listens."
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 16, 2020 09:43PM)
Waylon Jennings?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 17, 2020 12:26AM)
Close. Waylon and Willie Nelson covered one of his songs as a duet. They were friends.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 17, 2020 12:30AM)
19. I was one of the subjects of the documentary "Heartworn Highways."

20. Several documentaries have been made about me, the most successful being "Be Here to Love me."
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 17, 2020 12:33AM)
[quote]On Mar 17, 2020, critter wrote:
Close. Waylon and Willie Nelson covered one of his songs as a duet. They were friends. [/quote]

Correction, it was Merle Haggard on the duet with Willie. He was friends with Waylon though and I think they interviewed Kris Kristofferson for the documentary.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 17, 2020 11:03AM)
20. I'm not City Van Zandt or County Van Zandt.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 17, 2020 11:08AM)
Hoyt Axton?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 17, 2020 11:09AM)
Oh for gosh sakes. I just let your last clue hit me: Townes Van Zandt. LOL.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 17, 2020 01:37PM)
[quote]On Mar 17, 2020, landmark wrote:
Oh for gosh sakes. I just let your last clue hit me: Townes Van Zandt. LOL. [/quote]


Excellent!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 17, 2020 03:22PM)
Never heard of him.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Mar 17, 2020 04:04PM)
My very next guess was going to be "Somebody I never heard of before?"

As always Landmark is one step in front of me again! ;)
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 17, 2020 05:14PM)
I can't recommend him highly enough. He is without a doubt in my top five songwriters. Maybe top three.
I think this recording is POWERFUL:

https://youtu.be/v-Rq-4spRz4
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 17, 2020 09:10PM)
In the late 60s and early 70s I used to listen to a freeform FM station (WBAI NYC--where I work today!) and there was a guy with a late night show who always used to talk up TVZ.

1. My dad was a minister.
2. I was heavily involved in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 60s.
3. I was a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War--probably the first in my county.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 18, 2020 09:06AM)
4. The bad news is that my attempts to follow in my Dad's footsteps failed.

5. The good news is that someone at the seminary set me free to follow my true path.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 18, 2020 06:04PM)
Timothy Leary?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 18, 2020 07:02PM)
I have no idea ... but since Cliff guessed Timothy Leary, I'll venture: Ken Kesey?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 18, 2020 09:06PM)
Not Tim or Ken.

6. It turns out that my calling was performing.

7. So I showed them my stuff on the streets of New York and then I travelled to California.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 18, 2020 10:06PM)
Harry Anderson?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 19, 2020 12:25AM)
P.T. Barnum?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 19, 2020 09:54AM)
Not Harry (a good guess though!) or PT.

8. Billy, my mentor, suggested I change my last name to something more pronounceable, so I did, though it's not too different.

9. I performed at one particular West Coast venue many times, and for a while I was Vice-President of the organization.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 19, 2020 08:11PM)
10. Three must be my lucky number, because I even wrote two books about doing things with three objects.

11. I had a mid-life renovation where I changed my performing style quite successfully.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 19, 2020 10:14PM)
12. I'm full of surprises--especially my opener.

13. Pixie dust?--no problem; I grind 'em myself.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 19, 2020 10:40PM)
Whit Haydn?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 20, 2020 08:17AM)
You got it! Whit Haydn, whose name was Hadden before Billy McComb told him to change it, was the VP at The Magic Castle for four years. Fortunately for us, his superiors at the seminary told him he would best be serving God by using his magic talents rather than becoming ordained.

He almost always opens his set with his version of the Chicago Opener, "Chicago Surprise."

And he self-grinds his own pixies to ensure the purity of the dust.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 20, 2020 10:46AM)
Nice one, Landmark! And good guess, Critter!
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 20, 2020 01:55PM)
It was the Chicago surprise clue that made it click :)

K, gotta think of someone...
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 20, 2020 01:57PM)
1. After some bad times I picked up kung fu as a key coping skill.

2. I was on Saturday Night Live.

3. I'm not british but I've played a few characters who were.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 20, 2020 10:16PM)
Dick Van Dyke
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 20, 2020 11:15PM)
Sorry slow responding. I'm a crisis professional so busy and tired.

4. I was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time.

5. I was roommates with Kiefer Sutherland.

6. I was six the first time I tried a marijuana.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 21, 2020 09:49AM)
Oliver Platt
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 21, 2020 10:27AM)
7. I am sometimes considered one of the "Brat Pack" of the 80s.

8. I was once named the worst cast member during my time with SNL.

9. I often sing on soundtracks to my own movies.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 21, 2020 11:02AM)
Anthony Michael Hall
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 21, 2020 03:30PM)
10. From 2013-2015 Forbes listed me as the highest paid actor in Hollywood.

11. Mel Gibson made it possible for me to return to work.

12. I was born in New York.
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Mar 22, 2020 02:02PM)
Mike Myers
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 22, 2020 09:25PM)
Johnny Depp
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 23, 2020 02:50AM)
Getting closer I think.

13. The style of gung-fu that helped me recover from my addictions was the same as Bruce Lee's original style. I also credit yoga and meditation as beneficial.

14. Spiritually, I have described myself as a Jewish-Buddhist.

15. I famously hid healthy snacks on the set of one of my most popular films and randomly offered them to costars.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 23, 2020 10:58AM)
Keanu Reeves
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 23, 2020 11:25AM)
Molly Ringwald.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 23, 2020 11:47AM)
Eddie Murphy? No...Robert Downey Jr?
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 23, 2020 04:49PM)
[quote]On Mar 23, 2020, Mr Salk wrote
...Robert Downey Jr? [/quote]

Bingo.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 23, 2020 04:54PM)
I don't recall his SNL span...but the brat pack, drug usage and current box office hit steered me home.

I will have to PASS this turn.
I'll catch one next time around.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 23, 2020 06:56PM)
1. I was born in Florida.
2. I was adopted almost from birth.
3. With my new name I was raised in New Jersey.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 24, 2020 11:36AM)
Bruce Springsteen
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 24, 2020 02:21PM)
No, not Bruce.

4. In my later year I have become a philanthropist, raising money for worthy causes, but I had a long road to travel to get there.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 24, 2020 02:26PM)
Bill Gates.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 24, 2020 05:40PM)
Nay, Not Billy Boy.

5. Some people said I did my best work in my 20's while high on any and every drug I could find.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 26, 2020 12:12PM)
6. In the 1970's I was often found at places like CBGBs and Studio 54 in New York.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 26, 2020 11:08PM)
7. I was in more than one musical band before I started my own band
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Mar 27, 2020 10:45PM)
Alice Cooper?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 28, 2020 11:12AM)
No, Not Alice,

8. Like many women my age, I found myself removing at least some of my clothes for photos and entertaining to earn money. I think I did it with more class than some others did.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Mar 28, 2020 12:21PM)
Grace Slick?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 28, 2020 01:50PM)
Debbie Harry?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 28, 2020 02:25PM)
Or Patti Smith?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 28, 2020 02:56PM)
Arthur nailed it, Debbie Harry.

9. I named my most successful band after an insult that was hurled at me by some men.
10. My band was Punk style early on, as it was meant to be, but later we ended up far more mainstream then anyone thought.
11. My band is credited with creating the world's first music video.
12. A graffiti artist introduced me to hip-hop music, and then I changed the world with the first number one Rap song ever.
13. I dated and married my band's guitar player.
14. I later admitted to having been in a lesbian relationship earlier in my life.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 28, 2020 03:09PM)
Debbie Harry's the only female musician from the CBGB days who I thought could have removed clothing in a classy way.

Patti Smith was just an additional guess because of you mentioning earlier drug use …

1. I was born to a wealthy family.

2. I did poorly academically and regularly misbehaved.

3. I joined the army at age 21.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 28, 2020 08:40PM)
Elvis?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 28, 2020 10:43PM)
4. Afterwards, I became a politician.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 28, 2020 11:44PM)
JFK
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Mar 29, 2020 11:44AM)
John Kerry
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 29, 2020 01:16PM)
5. During this time I championed prison reform and social security.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 30, 2020 09:48AM)
FDR
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 30, 2020 06:51PM)
6. After being put in charge of a military campaign which was a disaster, I resigned from government.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 30, 2020 10:00PM)
Aw nuts, I know what you are talking about and can't bring up the name even though we studied this in College.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 30, 2020 10:37PM)
7. Thereafter I served in an infantry regiment, eventually returning to politics.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 30, 2020 11:06PM)
Winston Churchill?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Mar 30, 2020 11:28PM)
OK, I was wrong before I guess.

Al Gore
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 30, 2020 11:33PM)
Landmark is the undisputed champion of this game so far! Winston Churchill it is.

These were my remaining questions:

8. In the 1930’s I took the lead in countering the growing threat from Nazi Germany.

9. In WW2 I oversaw my country’s involvement in the war effort against Germany.

10. My wartime leadership was widely praised, although certain acts generated controversy.

11. Amid the developing Cold War I warned about Soviet influence in Europe.

12. Upon my death in 1965, I was given a state funeral.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 31, 2020 09:13AM)
I had a feeling from the combination of clues that it wasn't a US politician; and I know arthur is from SA originally, so I focused on English pols.

Nice choice, arthur. Has there ever been a modern politician as celebrated as Churchill who has had so many incredible failures punctuating so many incredible successes?

1. My childhood dream was to play shortstop for my hometown Pittsburgh Pirates
2. I'm a law school dropout
3. When I found my true calling, not only was I at the top of my field, but an innovator in many aspects.
4. I married my assistant--who happened to have been previously married to my closest collaborator.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 31, 2020 02:11PM)
5. I joined the Navy in 1944 and I must have never lost the uniform.

6. When my first wife was about to be fired from a major Hollywood film because of her alleged Communist sympathies, I threatened to close down the film I was directing for the same studio. The studio backed down, and both films were made.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 1, 2020 11:54AM)
No guesses, yet?

7. I once said, "Why you hypocrite, you fraud. The atheist who believes in God. You're just as religious as he was."

8. Rita Hayworth thought the movie she made with me was one of only two movies she thought was worth remembering.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 1, 2020 12:18PM)
John Derrick?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 1, 2020 01:52PM)
Not John Derrick.

9. Though I was active for decades, I made perhaps my most famous splash in 1952.

10. I won an Honorary Academy Award "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 1, 2020 02:47PM)
Gene Kelly
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 1, 2020 05:43PM)
Yes, you got it, Mr Salk. Gene's first wife was Betsy Blair who was almost fired from Marty for being too leftist, and his second wife, Jeanne Coyne had previously been married to Kelly's brilliant collaborator, Stanley Donan. In the film Inherit the Wind, about the Scopes Monkey Trial, he did no singing or acting, but turned in a top notch performance as EK Hornbeck the cynical newspaperman. And in 1952, he was splashing around the screen in Singin'in the Rain, while in 1944 he danced with Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 1, 2020 05:48PM)
The last few clues ensured you beat it out of me.

I will PASS.
But I will prep one for next time as I seem to have a knack for swooping in and stealing it..
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 1, 2020 05:53PM)
Wish I’d gotten here sooner. “Inherit the Wind” is one of my all-time favorite movies. Love Kelly’s portrayal of E K Hornbeck (a thinly disguised H L Mencken).

“He that sups with the Devil should use a long spoon.”

“He’s the only man I know who can strut sitting down.”

“Hello, Devil. Welcome to hell.”

“I may be rancid butter. But I’m on your side of the bread.”
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 1, 2020 09:02PM)
I almost feel guilty jumping in here ... but what the heck ... Let's give this a try:

1. I was born in London but later became a US citizen.

2. My mother was an actress and my father a music hall comedian.

3. My father built a backyard theatre for me and my sister.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Apr 2, 2020 02:41AM)
Charlie Chaplin?
Message: Posted by: critter (Apr 2, 2020 03:03AM)
Stan Laurel. Chaplin only had brothers.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 2, 2020 12:47PM)
4. I wrote my first play at age seven and toured with a traveling theater company as a child.

5. By the age of ten, I had memorized some of the leading roles in Shakespeare's plays.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 2, 2020 01:17PM)
Patrick Stewart

(I sorta hope not because I don't have anyone prepped)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 2, 2020 03:12PM)
Sir Lawrence Olivier
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 2, 2020 04:06PM)
6. My uncle, who was an actor and theater manager, assisted me in moving towards film acting.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 2, 2020 11:00PM)
7. I did not enjoy acting in films and felt uncomfortable with many of the early roles I was given.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 3, 2020 10:28AM)
Michael Caine?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 3, 2020 08:41PM)
8. In a movie also featuring Humphrey Bogart, the the critical consensus was that I stole the show.

9. I starred in 59 films, but much preferred writing and directing.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 3, 2020 10:58PM)
Thought I had a good guess, but now I'm stumped.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 4, 2020 02:39PM)
10. The first film I directed dealt with out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

11. After producing four more films about social issues, I became the first woman to direct a film noir.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 4, 2020 04:44PM)
Ida Lupino?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 4, 2020 04:49PM)
You got it, Karnak! (I knew that last clue would give it away). These would have been my remaining two questions:

12. I was the only woman to direct episodes of the original The Twilight Zone series (most notably "The Masks"), as well as the only director to have starred in the show.

13. I have many other TV directorial credits, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, The Twilight Zone, Have Gun – Will Travel, Honey West, The Donna Reed Show, Gilligan's Island, 77 Sunset Strip, The Rifleman, The Virginian, Sam Benedict, The Untouchables, Hong Kong, The Fugitive, and Bewitched.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 4, 2020 05:09PM)
I know who she is, vaguely, probably seen her in a few things, but I'd never have gotten that one. Love this thread, I'm still learning.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 4, 2020 05:39PM)
1. My father was an actor who was known for playing everything from Shakespeare to Dracula.
2. I had training as a dancer, which later came in handy in other ways.
3. I am a white Caucasian, but I was best known for playing an Asian (or half-Asian) character.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 4, 2020 11:27PM)
David Carradine?
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 4, 2020 11:49PM)
Bingo, “Grasshopper”!
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 5, 2020 10:01AM)
1. Born in Detroit MI, raised in Madison Heights MI.
2. 1956 entered Michigan State University as football player.
3. My football career was cut short immediately because of knee problems.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 5, 2020 02:10PM)
4. I have a masters degree from Central Michigan University
5. I became a teacher, amateur wrestling coach and football coach at Madison High School
6. Member of the Michigans Coaches Hall of Fame
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 5, 2020 05:33PM)
George Steele
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 5, 2020 05:36PM)
Cliff nailed it!

Wow impressive! George "The Animal" Steele WWE Hall of Famer!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 5, 2020 07:33PM)
This former pro-wrestling referee never met George, but I recognized his past.
Give me a bit, and I'll have a new one to post.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 5, 2020 07:45PM)
1. I was born in 1942
2. I am a New Yorker
3. I atttended Queens College.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 5, 2020 07:54PM)
Robert De Niro? By the way, what's WWE?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 5, 2020 09:11PM)
WWF was the World Wrestling Federation, now it is called WWE World Wrestling Entertainment.

Not De Niro

4. In high school, I dated a famous rock musician.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 6, 2020 12:12AM)
Jane Fonda
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 6, 2020 08:30AM)
Art Garfunkel?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 6, 2020 09:31AM)
Not Fonda, not Garfunkel.

5. I was married four times.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 6, 2020 06:11PM)
6. My third marriage was physically abusive.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 7, 2020 10:10AM)
Diana Ross?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 7, 2020 10:26AM)
Yoko Ono
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 7, 2020 10:31AM)
Not Yoko nor Ross.

7. I credit my first husband, who I met at Queens College, with helping me gain confidence in my career and pushing me to be successful.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 7, 2020 03:09PM)
Tina Turner?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 7, 2020 03:22PM)
Carole King?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 7, 2020 06:16PM)
Carole King on the nose!

8. My third husband, the abusive one, died of a cocaine overdose very shortly after I left him.
9. My first husband and I got work with a "Tin Pan Alley" type music writing/publishing company.
10. I wrote songs that made other people famous.
11. My babysitter went on tour from the strength of a song I wrote.
12. I was happy writing for other people until I was convinced to sing and play my own material.
13. In 1971 I released my biggest album, it set records (at the time) for longevity on the charts.
14. Producing giant Lou Adler helped me with that ground breaking album.
15. Someone thought my story was worth telling and a Broadway musical was written about me.
15. At my advanced age I am still performing proving it wasn't too late.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 7, 2020 07:32PM)
I should have gotten it earlier--I saw the B'way show about her life, [i]Beautiful,[/i] only last fall!

1. I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940.
2. I was the captain of my high school's basketball team.
3. I graduated undergraduate college with a degree in classics.
4. In my schooling after my Bachelor's, I graduated first in my class.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 7, 2020 08:23PM)
Dustin Hoffman.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 7, 2020 08:24PM)
Wilt Chamberlin?

at 5'6" I don't think Dustin made the basketball team, never mind captain it. ROTFL
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 7, 2020 08:32PM)
Haha, Cliff! I'm just naming any famous New Yorker I can think of in that age group who may have had a literary education.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 7, 2020 10:57PM)
5. I did well for myself; from 1983 to 2002, I was the 13th most-cited scientist among the 2.5 to 3 million authors in all disciplines throughout the world who published articles in scientific journals.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 8, 2020 09:59AM)
Bill Nye?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 8, 2020 11:23AM)
Not Bill--or Wilt or Dustin.

6. My wife is a nurse.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 8, 2020 02:35PM)
Dr. Carl Sagen
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 8, 2020 07:10PM)
Not Carl.

7. I'm an editor of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, among many other publications.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 8, 2020 07:10PM)
8. Lately I'm part of the supporting cast of a prime time television broadcast.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 8, 2020 10:48PM)
Dr. Micheo Kaku
Message: Posted by: critter (Apr 9, 2020 01:12AM)
Larry Bird?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 9, 2020 08:14AM)
Not Micheo or Larry.

9. I'm a member of the American Association of Immunologists.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 9, 2020 09:59AM)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 9, 2020 12:52PM)
Not Sanjay.

10. The general public probably first became aware of me because of my work on HIV.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 9, 2020 12:57PM)
Dr. Fauci?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 9, 2020 01:00PM)
The very one! First in his class at Cornell Medical School, he helped to identify the AIDS virus, worked under six presidents, and he's leading the current administration's response on the coronavirus.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 9, 2020 04:22PM)
And doing a tremendous job, along with Dr. Birx and others.

1. As a child I accompanied my mom to theaters and watched actors perform on stage.

2. This inspired me, and led to an increased interest in the performing arts as I grew up.

3. I received a drum kit from my parents on my fifth birthday, and later on took drumming lessons.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 9, 2020 04:59PM)
Fred Armisen
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 9, 2020 04:59PM)
Karen Carpenter
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 9, 2020 07:32PM)
4. Starting at age 14, I also received training in acting and singing.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Apr 9, 2020 09:17PM)
Desi Arnez Jr.?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 9, 2020 10:44PM)
5. Just a couple of years later, I began playing lead roles in various theatrical productions.

6. Eventually I also starred in films and TV series.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 10, 2020 08:13AM)
Hal Linden?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 10, 2020 10:46AM)
John Stamos
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 10, 2020 12:30PM)
7. In high school I played in various bands of my own.

8. I was inspired by The Beatles, and Ringo Starr was my personal hero.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 10, 2020 02:39PM)
Phil Collins?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 10, 2020 02:45PM)
You got it, Cliff! I had the following questions prepared:

9. I answered an advertisement for an established rock band, and after an audition, became their new drummer.

10. For the next five years, I toured and recorded with the band.

11. When the band’s singer quit, I filled in as the lead singer for a while.

12. My first solo album featured a different style of music, which was more inclined towards funk.

13. Ten years later, critics said that my time was over and that my fans were tired of my music.

14. Although my career was reduced to a shambles, my past musical milestones had kept my credibility alive, and I received several honors.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 10, 2020 03:46PM)
1. I was born in 1945 in North Carolina
2. If you want to hear a southern drawl, look somewhere else, I don't have one.
3. Amid rumors of infidelity, my father took off when I was an infant. I did not meet him until I was middle school age.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 10, 2020 07:38PM)
4. My mother remarried and I was given my step father's last name.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 11, 2020 09:34AM)
Ric Flair?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 11, 2020 09:51AM)
No, not Ric

5. My stepfather was physically abusive to my mother. As a child I tried to intervene, all that did was earn me beatings instead.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 11, 2020 09:52AM)
6. When I got old enough, I planned to kill my step-father. Luckily, he died of natural causes before I was old enough to do it.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 11, 2020 02:07PM)
7. In middle school, I was introduced to my father and told him I wanted to follow him into his business. (He did not like the idea)
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 11, 2020 04:02PM)
Well, since nobody has ventured a guess yet, I'll take a real long shot: Michael Douglas?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 11, 2020 04:25PM)
No, not him.

8. For high school, I went to Fishburne Military School in Virginia
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 11, 2020 08:32PM)
9. I went to East Carolina University and got a business degree.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 11, 2020 09:26PM)
10. My grandfather had started a business that could not be called completely honest as it relyed largely on cronyism, backroom deals, bribery, and the like. My father took it over, and that is what I wanted to do.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 11, 2020 11:10PM)
Why do I think it's one of the Kennedy's?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 11, 2020 11:19PM)
11. In 1966 I married my wife. We are still married today.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 12, 2020 01:36AM)
Sam Walton?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 12, 2020 10:04AM)
Nice one landmark, but no, not Sam.

12. in the early 1970s, my father gave in and let me manage a small, less important, section of his territory to see if I had what it took to run his business.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 12, 2020 10:10AM)
Vince McMahon?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 12, 2020 11:04AM)
John Gotti?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 12, 2020 12:03PM)
Mark body-slammed this one, Vincent McMahon it is.

13. In the early 1980s I begged, borrowed, and probably stole enough money to buy out my aging and ailing father. Now the business was mine.
14. I took the medium that my grandfather knew little about, and that my father used as he could, television, and used updated technology to improve business distribution.
15. I broke every territorial deal my dad made and proceeded to gobble up the rest of the U.S. territories, even though it badly strained my cash flow. I even jousted with Ted Turner over territory.
16. I spent more money than I had to ensure that I always had the best possible people working for me. (Note: this does not mean that I did not exploit my workers. I did that every step of the way)
17. It was rumored that a sniper took a shot at me in 1985 and missed. It may not be true, or it may have been a warning or dumb luck.
18. John Law has come looking for me many times. I was convicted of some kind of conspiracy to commit tax fraud. I was accused of drug pushing twice, Willfully allowing bodily injury once, and many cases of sexual harassment all were dismissed and I skated.
19. After the tax fraud conviction, I put many of my major assets into my wife's name to protect myself.
20. My wife once asked me if I had cheated on her. Rather than lie to her I told her all about my numerous infidelities. Probably due to financial entanglement, the marriage held together.
21. My wife currently holds a very high political position
22. I wanted my kids to follow me in business. For a while both did. My son chose to bow out a while back, my daughter and her husband will see to carrying on my legacy.

I will admit this one was a bit off the beaten path. I'll try to be more mainstream next time.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 13, 2020 08:13AM)
The territory thing for me was the tip-off. Good one Cliff!

I will pass my turn at this time.

Anyone who wants to jump in...please do!

Mark
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 13, 2020 09:00PM)
1. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

2. My pastor father was known for his emotionally driven sermons.

3. During my childhood I sang hymns in church.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 13, 2020 09:32PM)
Al Sharpton
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 14, 2020 12:35PM)
4. At the age of 18, I embarked on a secular music career.

5. I once filled in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti..
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 14, 2020 03:14PM)
Aretha Franklin
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 14, 2020 05:19PM)
Cliff gets the Grammy! My other clues would have been:

7. I eventually sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

8. I was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

9. I appeared in a movie with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

10. I paid tribute to songwriter Carole King by singing one of her songs at the Kennedy Center Honors.

11. I am the most charted female artist in history.

12. I came to be known as "The Queen of Soul".

Great story about Aretha (from Wikipedia): In 1998 she received global praise after her 1998 Grammy Awards performance. She had initially been asked to come and perform in honor of the 1980 The Blues Brothers film in which she appeared with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. That evening after the show had already begun, Luciano Pavarotti himself contacted show producers and said he was too ill to perform the opera aria "Nessun dorma" as planned. The show's producers were desperate to fill the time slot, and approached Franklin with their dilemma. She was a friend of Pavarotti, and had sung the selection two nights prior at the annual MusiCares event. She asked to hear Pavarotti's rehearsal recording, and after listening, agreed that she could sing it in the tenor range that the orchestra was prepared to play in. Over one billion people worldwide saw the performance, and she received an immediate standing ovation. She would go on to record the selection, and perform it live several more times in the years to come; the last time being in Philadelphia for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. A small boy was so touched by Franklin’s performance that he came onto the stage and embraced her while she was still singing.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 15, 2020 10:52AM)
The preachers kid, is a common story among soul singers. I think Aretha is the most famous of them.

1. I was born in 1937 in Long Beach, California (Current home city of Cliffg37)
2. I sadly left the world a few years ago.
3. I was a Mormon, but that did not figure or show in my work.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 15, 2020 02:03PM)
4. If you saw a photo of me, the odds are pretty good you would not know who I am, but I'll bet all of you know my work.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 15, 2020 03:19PM)
5. I was married three times, and I have nine children. (I was busy!)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 15, 2020 09:54PM)
6. I have helped write words to songs, but I am not known for that. I have helped write music for songs, but I'm not known for that. I have even helped write stories, but I am not known for that.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 16, 2020 10:58AM)
7. I considered Gene Rodenberry to be a mentor.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 16, 2020 11:08AM)
Not only don't I know who your mystery person is, I don't even know who Gene Rodenberry is!
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 16, 2020 11:11AM)
Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 16, 2020 11:14AM)
Nichelle Nichols?
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 16, 2020 11:25AM)
Kurt Vonnegot?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 16, 2020 12:20PM)
Steven Spielberg?
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 16, 2020 01:29PM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Steven Spielberg? [/quote]

I suspect he is not an ~80 year old dead Mormon you wouldn't recognize...
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 16, 2020 01:34PM)
LOL Mr. Salk.

So far no right answers. Good guesses though.

8. I worked with industry giant Quinn Martin on the TV series, the "Fugitive."
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 16, 2020 02:10PM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2020, Mr Salk wrote:
[quote]On Apr 16, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Steven Spielberg? [/quote]

I suspect he is not an ~80 year old dead Mormon you wouldn't recognize... [/quote]

Doh! You got me there, Mr. Salk! Before guessing I should have referred back to the original clues ...

That said, I don’t know anything about Star Trek except for when I came to the USA in 1974, where I occasionally watched some TV episodes on a small black & white TV in the college dorm.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 16, 2020 06:31PM)
9. In my first solo outing, (1971) I was never accused of anything officially, but it was a commonly gossiped joke that I had stolen the concept of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for my work.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 16, 2020 09:58PM)
Clint Eastwood?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 16, 2020 10:59PM)
Oops ... I just checked, and he's still alive, too.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 17, 2020 09:49AM)
10. If you were watching prime-time TV between 1971 and 1995 you almost certainly saw my name.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 17, 2020 10:49AM)
Michael Douglas?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 17, 2020 11:11AM)
Norman Lear.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 17, 2020 11:27AM)
Neither Michael nor Norman.

11. I like the heroes of my shows to be skilled fighters and morally infallible. No bumblers for me.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 17, 2020 12:07PM)
Aaron Spelling
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 17, 2020 12:12PM)
Getting closer Mr. Salk. Not there yet.

12. I was accused of stealing a plot from "The Rockford Files." James Garner claimed that when I went to explain/apologize to him, he punched me halfway across the room.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 17, 2020 02:02PM)
13. My longest running TV series was "Quincy M.E." I helped write one episode that Jack Klugman refused to act in as he felt it was out of character.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Apr 17, 2020 03:12PM)
Alan Sorkin

I actually don't know much about him but I think he fits the bill for most of these clues..
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 17, 2020 03:12PM)
Dean somebody. I forget his last name! I think he produced Matlock too.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 17, 2020 05:30PM)
Not Alan nor dean.

14. I had a few flops and one-season only minor successes. Most of my shows have run two years or more. Magnum P.I. was on of my longer running shows that I produced.

15. My characters mostly had good fighting skills. Micheal Knight (Knight Rider) was a highly trained war vetran. B.J. McKay (B.J. and the Bear) had been P.O.W. Johnny Domino (Nightman) was a natural martial artist.

Kind of out of clues other than listing shows by name. If no one gets it, I'll just give the name.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 17, 2020 07:55PM)
I'm tapped out.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 18, 2020 11:05AM)
Oh well... Someone else take the next one.

This one was TV producer mogul Glen Larson. His name appears at the end of every show he produced on a large graphic.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 18, 2020 12:06PM)
Hey Cliff, what happened to: "I'll try to be more mainstream next time"? LOL.

1. My father was a teacher, my mother a hairdresser.

2. I am, among other things, an actor and a film producer.

3. I gained press notoriety for my romantic involvements.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 18, 2020 12:14PM)
I thought that was Mainstream... lol.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 18, 2020 01:58PM)
Mickey Rooney?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 18, 2020 05:56PM)
George Clooney
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 18, 2020 07:52PM)
4. I fathered eight children with five women.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 18, 2020 10:57PM)
William Marsten
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 18, 2020 11:21PM)
5. When I started a band, we played for no money and had to borrow equipment.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 19, 2020 11:01AM)
Mic Jagger
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 19, 2020 11:39AM)
#5 sounds like me.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 19, 2020 12:36PM)
[quote]On Apr 19, 2020, karnak wrote:
#5 sounds like me. [/quote]

Haha! Me too, Karnak.

You got it, Cliff … Sir Michael Philip Jagger. If you hadn’t nailed it now (although I don’t know how), my follow-up questions would have made it progressively easier to guess:

6. We eventually scored thirteen number one hits.

7. My love of rhythm and blues began with Little Richard.

8. As unlikely as it seems, I studied economics before forming a band.

9. Our first international hit established us a defiant troublemakers.

10. After our first drug arrest, we faced legal battles for the next decade.

11. One of our band members drowned under mysterious circumstances.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 19, 2020 07:04PM)
If nobody gets this one before I hit the tenth clue, I'll eat my hat. That is easy to say since in general, I don't wear hats. But this one you should get!

1. I was born in 1950 In New Haven, Connecticut.
2. I studied ballet and tap dancing as a child. I may have learned rhythm from this, but little else. I never loved dancing.
3. In my early teens, we moved to Los Angeles.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 20, 2020 08:54AM)
4. In high school, I joined the marching band to avoid gym class. I was given the glockenspiel to play, and I did not like the instrument.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 20, 2020 02:09PM)
5. I hated the glockenspiel, but I got a band mate to teach me how to play drums. I liked the drums much better.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 20, 2020 07:32PM)
6. I don't know if we really had the money, but I convinced my parents to buy me a very expensive drum kit (Same type Ringo used) and I more or less taught myself to be a drummer.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Apr 21, 2020 07:12AM)
Phil Collins?
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 21, 2020 08:54AM)
Neil Peart?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 21, 2020 12:20PM)
7. In high school, I was part of an all girl band. We broke up when I suggested my brother join the group.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 21, 2020 12:36PM)
Karen Carpenter.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 21, 2020 07:14PM)
Arthur, I said I would eat my hat if no one got this by the tenth clue, and at number seven you have rescued my hat as well as saved me from having to eat it. I loved her voice, and The Carpenters was my favorite band when I was in high school. I took a lot of heat from my class mates as everyone else was into progressive rock and heavy metal.

8. When I left the all girl band, I teamed up with my brother and made beautiful music
9. I was not only a great drummer, but I had a amazing singing voice with a three octave range.
10. My brother wrote a lot of our songs and played multiple keyboards as well.
11. We soon signed a record contract and set to making music the whole world could love.
12. I did not feel great about leaving the drums to take center stage and sing, but at 5'4" no one could see me behind the kit.
13. My brother and I had three TV specials on in the 1970's
14. Cliff's mentor Steve Baker once opened for a concert we did.
15. I died in 1983 from heart failure that was a complication of anorexia nervosa.
16. My drum kit is currently on display in the "Carpenter Center" concert hall, about 2 miles from where Cliff lives
17. Two albums were released after my death of previously recorded work.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 21, 2020 07:23PM)
Haha, Cliff! Glad I saved you from eating your hat! I knew it was Karen Carpenter when clue #7 mentioned an all-girl band and a brother.

My favorite female drummer from way back when was Honey Lantree of The Honeycombs:


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My favorite contemporary female drummer is this young girl:


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Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 21, 2020 07:31PM)
1. I was born in Cincinnati in the 1930’s.

2. I became a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry.

3. When I was about 5, my mother robbed an acquaintance, but was arrested and jailed for 10 years.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Apr 21, 2020 08:16PM)
Carol King?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 21, 2020 11:05PM)
Not Carol.

4. My own criminal history started when I was 9 years old.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 22, 2020 03:23PM)
5. Multiple arrests led to me being sent to various different reform schools.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Apr 22, 2020 03:39PM)
Louis Armstrong
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 22, 2020 03:41PM)
One of my favorites!

6. After escaping from reform school at age 17, I was arrested for stealing cars and driving them across state lines.
Message: Posted by: karnak (Apr 22, 2020 04:04PM)
Chuck Berry?