I have devoted many a blog post to the all-too-short-lived series Parenthood on NBC.
You may have noticed.
But this weekend, an unrelated article in the Sunday New York Times has brought forth yet another question:
Why did the family name change from Buckman — in the 1989 origin film — to Braverman in the TV series?
I’ve done some research, and apparently I’m not the first to ask this question, but for decidedly different reasons.
Many viewers pointed out that “Braverman” is a surname of Jewish origin, but the Parenthood family is decidedly not so. Others surmised that “Buckman” sounded a bit too Midwestern — where the movie was located — and the name change was necessary to reflect the California setting.
Or was it a bit of an inside joke?
The Sunday New York Times article discussed the evolution of Doc Johnson Enterprises, the ‘first family of pleasure products.’ The family surname? Oh, it’s not Johnson; it’s Braverman. And it got me thinking…
Could one of television’s great family dramas have added this little Easter egg…just for giggles and grins?
Or maybe one of the creators is simply related to a Braverman, or it tested well…neither of which is as fun for me.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged Braverman, Buckman, Doc Johnson Enterprises, Easter egg, Jewish origin, Midwestern, New York Times, Parenthood, Parenthood movie, Parenthood tv show
Are you a fan of Poldark?
I only discovered the Masterpiece series — which recently began its third season on PBS — a couple of weeks ago.
Now I’m hooked.
Flash flooding yesterday in Chicago gave me the perfect excuse to binge watch seasons 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime Video. (PBS members can also watch past episodes on their local affiliate website.)
The saga of the Captain Ross Poldark and his family set in post-Revolutionary War Cornwall is wonderful costume drama. And Aidan Turner as Poldark? Well, let’s just say I finally have a reason to watch the Hobbit movies, too.
But tonight? I will be glued to the tube watching season 3 of Poldark.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, History, Humor, Television
Tagged Aidan Turner, Amazon Prime Video, binge watching, Cornwall England, costume drama, Hobbit movies, Humor, Masterpiece Classic, PBS, pbs.org, Poldark, Revolutionary War
I had big plans for Labor Day.
Despite the great advice I shared two days ago, I was going to work the day away.
My ears had different plans.
I had a slight cough yesterday — so slight that I thought it was a reaction to something in the air — but in the middle of the night, I woke up slightly disoriented with chills and fever.
I took some meds for the fever, but it was even higher this morning and my head hurt, so off I went to urgent treatment.
The diagnosis: an ear infection. My ears were ‘as red as the chairs in reception.’ (They were pretty darn red.)
I got a big ol’ bag full of drugs, and have been parked on the couch all day, trying to get my fever down and my spirits up because I feel like crap.
And I didn’t get a lick of work done.
I also appear to have called my boyfriend at 2:45am. For his sake, I hope that was a quick hang-up that he didn’t hear.
(Sorry about that.)
Posted in Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged best laid plans, chills, cough, diagnosis, drugs, ear infection, fever, Holiday, holidays, Humor, Labor Day, medicine, urgent treatment
As we enjoy the extended Labor Day weekend, this speech attributed to Coca Cola CEO Bryan G. Dyson bears repeating:
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls –- Family, Health, Friends and Spirit -– are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.
Value has a value only if its value is valued.”
Have a great holiday, everyone!
Posted in Business, Family, Friends, Health, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged Bryan G. Dyson, Coca-Cola, don't drop the ball, family, friends, Health, Humor, juggling, Labor Day, life, value, work
If you’ve been watching the US Open Championships this week, you probably recognize this guy:
Denis Shapovalov, phenom from Canada
I first saw him beat Rafa Nadal a few weeks ago in a tournament in Montreal. Now he’s cutting a similar swath through the men’s bracket at the Open.
I’m pulling for him.
But I am distracted by his hat. It is always cinched so tight.
I have to wear caps like that at the widest possible position. Some don’t fit me at all. Which begs the question…
How small is Denis’ head? And how big is mine?
Posted in Automobiles, Celebrities, Commentary, Humor, Sports, Television, tennis
Tagged Denis Shapovalov, hats, Humor, Rafa Nadal, Sports, Television, tennis, US Open
My favorite subject in college had nothing to do with my communications major.
I took Astronomy 101 and 102 to avoid the chemistry sequence that my BS degree required. I will always be grateful to the University of Kentucky for this ‘broadening of my horizons,’ because it introduced me to Professor Thomas Troland.
Dr. Troland was one of the best teachers I have ever had. His sense of humor made his classes zip by, and made me a true fan of astronomy, a subject I had little knowledge of prior to college.
If you are interested in the upcoming total eclipse of the sun, I encourage you to give a look-see to this UK news story featuring Dr. Troland, who I am proud to say is a good friend to this day.
Posted in Astrology, College, Education, Humor
Tagged astronomy, college, Dr. Thomas Troland, Eclipse, education, friendship, physics and astronmy, science, teaching, total eclipse of the sun, University of Kentucky
By now you’ve no doubt heard that John Heard died.
Yesterday my social media feed was full of articles about the actor, all attributing his success to Home Alone.
I know he’s not here to read this — and let’s face it, he wouldn’t if he could — but I feel the need to apologize.
While the family comedy may have made the most money in his filmography, it certainly did not make the most of Heard.
If you’re interested and willing to do a bit more research than his obit writers, I encourage you to watch Heard in the gripping thriller Deceived, co-starring Goldie Hawn. He also played opposite Tom Hanks in the comedy Big (a great excuse to watch that again). And he was an excellent Arthur Dimmesdale in a TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter in 1979.
Let’s hear it for one of the great character actors. He will be missed.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Movies, Television
Tagged actors, Big movie, celebrities, character actors, Deceived movie, entertainment, filmography, Goldie Hawn, Home Alone, in memoriam, John Heard, Movies, Television, The Scarlet Letter
Excited to see Kansas City highlighted in this Citi commercial that just aired during The Open on NBC:
Just one of the many great things happening in this little big city!
Posted in Advertising, Business, golf, Humor, Sports, Television
Tagged advertising, Business, Citi, golf, Kansas City, Sports, Television, The Open
My hometown lost two of its own this week…
Two girls that I grew up with.
I say ‘girls’ because that is how I remember them — sunny, spirited teens…not as the moms, wives and emotional centers of the families who mourn them
My hometown mourns them as well. When a community of less than 500 loses two — especially two so very young — everyone feels the effect.
Of course, at times of loss, my hometown immediately rallies with signs, both large and small, of love and support. My family has been the beneficiary on more occasions than I care to count, and we are forever grateful.
And my hometown will rally again for our two girls, gone too soon, but never forgotten.
Posted in Family, Friends, Life, Love, Relationships
Tagged family, friends, live, loss, love, mourning, relationship, small towns