R. I. P. Brandon deWilde

MDP HSWhen I was very young, just old enough to take a date to the drive-in theater, I fell deeply in love with a fascinating and brilliant young woman. Although we didn’t use the phrase back then, I will allow that she rocked my world.

I remember that we attempted to watch a double-bill featuring Paul Newman in Hud and Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field. Something kept fogging up the windshield making it difficult to see the screen so we had to come back a couple of weeks later to see what all we missed the first time. Despite this being our first real date, I confessed to her that I was in love. She contended that it was just glands.

Well, wherever she is today, I want her to know that I got old and my glands retired, but I still have those same feelings for her that I called love over fifty years ago.

Now where did I put my cane?

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Smurf’s Are Blue

HudI’m certain Larry McMurtry readers are intimately familiar with McMurtry’s first novel, Horseman, Pass By. If your memory is a little faded, I’ll remind you that the novel was adapted into the award winning film, Hud. This film won Academy Awards for Melvyn Douglas and for Patricia Neal. It was also famous for denying Paul Newman in one of the actor’s best cinematic roles. If you poke around the other awards won that year, Hud was almost unbeatable.

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