Saturday, May 9, 2015

Trivia Bits 09 May


 Flying Down To Rio  poster

1933 RKO musical film Flying Down To Rio (poster pictured) is a noted for being the first screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, although Dolores del Río and Gene Raymond received top-billing with the black-and-white film later being computer-colorized.

The 'Bionic Ear', or chochlear implant device, was invented in Australia by a team lead by Professor Graeme Clark in 1978.

Leonard Nimoy first stars as the original 1966–1969 television series character Spock who served aboard the starship Enterprise, as science officer and first officer, and later as commanding officer of two iterations of the vessel with Spock's mixed human-Vulcan heritage serving as an important plot element in many of the character's appearance

In 1606, the crew of the Dutch ship Duyfken exploring the western coast of Cape York Peninsula were the first Europeans to have contact with Australian Aborigines who attacked the Dutchmen who reported that the Aborigines killed on sight.

1998 adventure film The Man in the Iron Mask is directed, produced, and written by Randall Wallace, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role as the title character and villain, using characters from Alexandre Dumas' D'Artagnan Romances and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.

English actor Dan Stevens played Matthew Reginald Crawley, heir presumptive (third cousin once removed) of Lord Grantham; former lawyer, latterly co-owner of the estate; late husband of Mary Crawley in the first two series of British period drama television series Downtown Abbey.

A 1970 film adaptation of the 1966 novel by John D Macdonald Darker than Amber was directed by Robert Clouse and starred Rod Taylor as the main series character: Travis McGee.

Sheb Wooley was an American character actor and singer, best known for his novelty song The Purple People Eater which reached #1 in the Billboard pop charts in 1958.

In British author Roald Dahl’s 1988 children's novel Matilda, the name of the nice teacher is Miss Honey.

Streets of Laredo, also known as the Cowboy's Lament, is a famous American cowboy ballad referring to the city of Laredo, Texas in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one and is believed to have been derived from the English folk song "The Unfortunate Rake" becoming a folk music standard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted numerous times, with many variations.

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