Category Archives: Because I Can

Total Solar Eclipse 1979

The Great American Eclipse

Sorry about the ads, was worth it to see this… 

It will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in 38 years (last one was in the 1979). The next total solar eclipse visible over the continental U.S. will be on April 8, 2024, which is 7 years away.

RIP Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017)

 

Jerry Lewis was an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He and Dean Martin were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in motion pictures, nightclubs, television shows, concerts, album recordings and musicals.

Lewis served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years. Lewis received several awards for lifetime achievements from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Farewell “Nutty Professor”, you’ll always be remembered like the picture above.

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16 Weeks

RIP Elvis (40th anniversary)

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

Elvis Presley was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”.

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was the most important popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who went on to manage the singer for over two decades. Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, released in January 1956, was a number-one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.

Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

Petty Neighbor?

Some people like to develop close relationships with their neighbors so they can feel like they’re part of a tight knit community, others (like myself) will be very nice to their neighbors but don’t really feel the need to be friends.

And then there are those a-holes who pick fights with all of their neighbors, disrupt and disturb the neighborhood and give their neighbors hell until the situation turns into a full blown feud.

But in this case the feud all started because Cindy & Brian Zechenelly built a garage apartment on their Clallam County, Washington property then painted the garage purple, which their anal-retentive neighbors claim is lowering the value of their homes.

So rather than minding their own business and leaving the Zechenelly’s alone neighbor Brian Juel decided to mow the word “A-HOLE” into the grass so it could be seen and photographed by Google Earth.

So who’s the real a-hole here- the neighbor who dared to be free with color on their own property, or the neighbor so angry about a purple garage they had to resort to petty name calling via yard work?

Watch a rope of molten steel barely miss a worker

 

In steelworker parlance, a cobble is a bit of steel that catches on a roller during manufacturing.

Cobbles cause the molten steel coming out of the furnace to back up and snake wildly around. This guy was lucky to be uninjured after a close call with a cobble.

1976 Witchy Woman Jam!

RIP Glen Campbell

Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, television host, and actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 through June 1972.[2]

During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Campbell’s hits include his recordings of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind“; Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix“, “Wichita Lineman“, and “Galveston“; Larry Weiss’s “Rhinestone Cowboy“; and Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights“.

Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. For “Gentle on My Mind”, he received two awards in country and western, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA’s top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. Campbell appeared as a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Campbell died of Alzheimer’s disease in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 8, 2017, six years after his diagnosis.

Once in a lifetime footage…

Here’s footage you’ll see only once in a lifetime. Just imagine being there to witness it! Tough times, tough people!

The sailor was 23 year old Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate (Gunner) 2nd Class enlistee from Altus, Oklahoma who served in VT-15 squadron assigned to the carrier USS Essex. Loyce was a remarkable young man. Click HERE for his story.
 
 
Here’s a sea burial you may not have read about: Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger. On November 5, 1944, Deen’s squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. Deen was killed.

 
 
The Avenger’s pilot, Lt. Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in the plane.
 
It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.
 
 For the video of the funeral  click  http://loyceedeen.webstarts.com/uploads/GoingHome.mp4

Smoke on the Water with Queen, Pink Floyd, Rush, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Yes etc

OMG!

Published on May 14, 2010

This is the legendary Rock Aid Armenia version of ‘Smoke on the Water’. Buy it on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/smo…

In 1989, artists from Pink Floyd, Queen, Rush, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Yes, Iron Maiden, Free and others joined forces to raise funds for people affected by the Armenian earthquake. Kerrang called it “the greatest array of hard rock talent every assembled”. 

Organised by Jon Dee, the remake featured David Gilmour, Brian May, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Lifeson and Chris Squire on guitars. On vocals it had Ian Gillan, Bruce Dickinson, Paul Rogers and Bryan Adams. Keith Emerson and Geoff Downes played the keyboards and Roger Taylor played the drums.

This is the official promo video for the 2010 Wermut & Dee remix of the track. The song was released worldwide – it successfully raised funds to rebuild a children’s music school in Gyumri in the Armenian earthquake zone. Today the new school teaches music to 220 children a year!

A 40 minute ‘Making Of’ DVD/CD is available for purchase via EDEL at the following online stores:
Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/3djd5p8
Amazon USA: http://tinyurl.com/4x35cuw

Anniversary of STS-135 landing

Space shuttle Atlantis lands for the STS-135 mission marking the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Time of landing was 5:57 a.m. (EDT) on July 21, 2011.

The “just at dawn” landing was one of the most memorable landings ever, as shown in this picture:

STS-135 Landing

 

73rd Annual Gerry Rodeo

Gerry Rodeo

2017 Gerry Rodeo

73rd Annual Rodeo August 2 – August 5, 2017

Wednesday thru Saturday Evening Performances   8:00 P.M.

Saturday Afternoon Performance   2:00 P.M.

Famous Beef Barbeque Dinners  Each Evening   5:00-7:30 P.M.

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I’m So Glad

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Wanted:  Couch for rent, long term lease only!

Anniversary of STS-135 launch

Space shuttle Atlantis launches for the STS-135 mission to the International Space Station in the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff was at 11:29 a.m. (EDT) on July 8, 2011. Astronauts Chris Ferguson, STS-135 commander; Doug Hurley, pilot; Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, both mission specialists, were on board.

STS-135 launch

 

Happy 4th of July!

4th of July

America’s Most Misspelled Words

A Caravan Race with an F1 twist!

If Theme Parks Were Honest