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The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is known for the unusual and offbeat. Places like the Liberace Museum, the Neon Museum, the Clown Factory, The Elvis Museum, the Barry Manilow Store, the Pinball Hall of Fame… Wait a second. The Pinball Hall of Fame? What exactly is that? Or more importantly, why is there a Pinball Hall of Fame?” read more from The Pinball Hall of Fame’s website

Pinball Hall of Fame___Inside the Pinball Hall of Fame___
[Photo is from the PHoF’s website.]

The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, A.K.A. The Pinball Museum is located “in a strip-mall on the North West corner of Tropicana and Pecos, at 3330 E. Tropicana – about 30 blocks (3 miles) from the ‘strip’ straight down [east] Tropicana.”

In the 90s a collector moved 1000 pinball machines from Michigan to Las Vegas. Most of that collection is in storage, waiting for restoration; some 190 (current number) machines are in use at the PHoF, and can be played on site for $0.25 or $0.50. Classic Gottlieb, Bally and Williams machines, as well as other manufactures’ machines are in play:
Total Pinball machines: 141
Total Arcade machines: 48
Total EM machines: 65
Total SS machines: 124
Total Gottlieb machines: 50
Total Bally machines: 38
Total Williams machines: 35
Total Other makes: 67
Total PHoF Machines (all types): 190

The Pinball Hall of Fame is a registered 501c3 non-profit. It relies on visitors stopping by to play these games, restored pinball machine sales, and ‘This Old Pinball’ repair dvd videos (available for sale at the museum). The PHoF has also helped out with fundraising for the local Salvation Army, accepting donations to benefit them. There is a candy vending stand, where the entire 25 cents of each quarter goes directly to the Salvation Army. And after the PHoF covers its monthly expenses for rent, electricity, insurance, endowment savings, the remainder of the money goes to the Salvation Army.”

” [The] ‘cheap side’ approach gives the Pinball Hall of Fame its disarming, thrift-store feeling. The royal-blue carpet? It’s scrap from a Convention Center weekend show. The change machines? Grabed [sic] from the Golden Nugget’s trash dock before the garbage men came. But it’s not about cutting corners – it’s about maintaining an almost obsessive focus on the pinball games themselves. Forget about public relations, marketing, uniforms, or even a sign outside. ‘If the games play, the people will come, quarters at the ready. There’s stuff here that hasn’t been seen since my mom was a kid. And it’s all up here, and it’s playable.'” [Excerpts are from the PHoF’s website.]

Admission is free, play the games for $0.25 & $0.50

The PHoF’s website has photos, directions, maps, game lists and more general information…

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Larry Levine – Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” recording engineer dies at 80.

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LOS ANGELESLarry Levine, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector re-invent rock ‘n’ roll music with his “Wall of Sound” technique and won a Grammy for his work with Herb Alpert, died on his 80th birthday, his family said Tuesday read more from: LINDA DEUTSCH , AP Special Correspondent

Listen to: Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” from 1966 – Phil Spector & Larry Levine’s Wall of Sound.

Mother Goose Had Flown The Coop By Mothers Day

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About a week ago I stopped at a big box electronic store in Denver to check out an electronic device. After I did my electric thing and walked out to the parking lot I got that particular sinking feeling one gets when one sees an animal in distress. There was a goose (at first I thought it was a duck – I wasn’t that close) squatting on the blacktop parking lot surface – in the middle of the parking lot! I watched it for a few minutes; it wasn’t getting up. I know enough to know that a creature like that doesn’t lay down on a blacktop parking lot surface for an extended period unless there’s a darn good reason.

I was running late. I had to leave, so I left and drove to my destination, making a mental note to call someone, and hoping that the bird could and would soon fly away. When I arrived at my destination, I told my hosts that I needed to use their phone book, and call someone about the stranded fowl. I called the local animal shelter, however, since it was a Sunday evening I was getting only electric voices on the answering machine. I finally called the non-emergency police number and was transfered to animal control. I then told the dispatcher of the honker’s possible troubles and asked the woman for advice since I didn’t know exactly what to do. She said she’d pass the information on to the animal control people and they would take care of it.

Later in the evening we decided we would check on our feathered friend before heading home. We gathered a box and a couple of beach towels to “handle” the quacker if we had to pick it up and drive it to a shelter or animal hospital.
As we approached the parking lot, we saw it’s long-necked silhouette and we all sunk a bit as we realized that a healthy bird would have flown away by now. It must be injured! Whoa, it was now standing up. There was some relief; standing is an improvement over being completely down, so maybe the creature will survive after all. We were feeling better but still concerned; we wern’t really sure about what to do. This duck or goose whatever it was was walking around a Circuit City parking lot at 9:00 on a Sunday night.

Then the dark clouds parted and the moon shone through when someone in our party spoke with a CC employee who knew the whole scoop. Turns out that the “goose” was a gander and his “lady” was nesting with her eggs or hatchlings by some bushes on a “curbed planter island” (raised area with soil and greenery) “smack-dab” in the middle of the parking lot. Turns out they must have been hatchlings, read on…
He said that the male was walking around (fifty feet from the female) as a decoy to distract people from focusing in on Mom & the little ones. We found the female on the “planter island” which, incidently, was surrounded by a three quarters of a dozen bright orange parking cones. The employee said that the birds were Federally protected though we never found out who placed the parking cones, nor did we see the goslings – maybe they were under mom’s wing when we saw her on the planter.

Talk about a nice ending, we were all – to say the very least – elated…We went out into the night to celebrate.

I returned yesterday – Mothers Day – to shoot some video clips. Alas, the geese and the parking cones were gone; only a few tufts of down remain in the bushes. *An employee told me that the goslings & parents flew the coop. Major kudos to the people of Circuit City.

From photos, I’m guessing that these puppies were Canadian Geese

*They must have been squatting for, at least, a couple of months. My understanding is that goslings can’t fly untill they’re about eight weeks old.

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WEEEEEEELL DAWGGIES – Jethro’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino

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“It’s been a long time since we heard a peep from Jethro, and I’d been wondering what he’s been up to. That’s Max Baer Jr, the actor who played Jethro Bodine on the Beverly Hillbillies. For 20 years now he’s been trying to build a Beverly Hillbillies casino somewhere in Northern Nevada. First he tried Lake Tahoe, but found out the zoning laws up there pretty much don’t allow you to build anything. Then he tried Park Lane Mall in Reno, but that deal fell apart for reasons that nobody wants to admit. Then he bought the old Wal*Mart building in Carson City, but that plan got derailed when JC Penney and the owners of the Southgate shopping mall flat out told him that he was not allowed to build a casino on the property. Several years and several court battles later, the old Wal*Mart still sits empty.” more from Scott Schrantz (AroundCarson.com)

If this post seems a bit disjointed, it’s because it is…The Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino project is not easy to pin down; every source seems to have different sets of facts, for example:
Thu, Nov 19, 1998 (9:21 a.m.)
“Commissioners on Wednesday approved master plan and zoning changes and a special use permit for the $130 million project proposed by Max Baer Jr. , who played the dimwitted Jethro Bodine on the hit TV show that aired from 1962-1971″ read more from: The Las Vegas Sun…
August 16, 1999
DENVER, CO“Beverly Hillbillies Gaming Entertainment, LLC, which announced in June an agreement to develop and finance themed hotel/casinos and other products designed around the characters, settings, events and theme of the 1960’s and 70’s television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, has started the process for developing a $100 Million casino and hotel in Black Hawk, Colorado’s busiest limited stakes gambling town” more from: A Staff Writer for The Timeshare Beat / The Denver Post, August 19, 1999
August 16, 2003
The Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino, a $54 million casino complex, would replace the vacant Wal-Mart building on the south end of Carson City if Max Baer Jr. has his way” read more from: Susie Vasquez, NevadaAppeal.com – August 16, 2003…
May 4, 2007
“MINDEN – Max Baer Jr., entrepreneur, film producer and actor who once played Jethro in the 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” is bringing his plans to build Jethro Bodine’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino to north Douglas County – this time, without the flaming oil derrick that was part of a 2003 Carson City proposal” read more from: Susie Vasquez – NevadaAppeal.com
June 4, 2007
“Max Baer, Jr. was best known for his role as the loveable dope, Jethro Bodine, on “The Beverly Hillbillies” television sitcom. Baer is now bringing the Beverly Hillbillies into the 21st century, with plans to open the Beverly Hillbillies Casino and Mansion in Douglas County, Nevada. Baer has announced the acquisition of the first plot of land for the Beverly Hillbillies Casino development, with plans for additional land purchases after proper zoning has been acquired” read more from: Jerry Garner (Associated Content) June 4, 2007…
December 22, 2007
“Casino proponents back 143-foot high derrick” read more from: Susie Vasquez – NevadaAppeal.com
January 6, 2008
“County rejects Beverly Hillbillies casino derrick” read more from: Susie Vasquez January 6, 2008 – scroll down to mid-page…
From April, 2008
Jethro’s Casino has won approval from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners for a zoning map amendment & gaming district overlay!”
The previous quote is from Jethro Bodine’s (Max Baer Jr.) MySpace page…

Jethro Bodine’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino is to be located (this time) in Douglas County, Nevada (The name of the city, as far as I can determine is: Minden, Nevada)
Carson Valley, Nevada – Chamber Of Commerce Official Website

Well, if and when (I Believe!) Jethro Bodine’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino becomes a reality, here’s a list of some of the really cool facets of Jethro’s dream that will be in that reality – plans [click on Jethro’s website] are already drawn up:
“40,000 square foot gaming area with 800 slots and 16 tables, a showroom, cinema complex and a five story 240 room hotel. An arcade and “Granny’s White Lightnin’ Bar” [more below] are just a few of the attractions in almost 300,000 square feet.”
Granny’s Shot Gun Weddin’ Chapel [more below,] Jethro’s All-You-Ken-Et Buffet, the Cement Pond, Granny’s White Lightnin’ Bar complete with rain & lightning, Elly May’s Buns (Bakery), gourmet meals from Drysdales’ Fancy Eatin’ Fo Da Richins, Granny’s Vittles & Hog Jowls Coffee Shop and a Flameless Oil Derrick.” How cool is that! This project sounds perfectly sound, to me and Jethro… ehmmm… Wait, there’s more: “The bathrooms will have elegant bleached-wood outhouse doors with brass beer bottle door handles.” “Don’t worry . . . your bottom won’t get splinters!!!” “The old cabin from back in the hills will become Granny’s Shotgun Weddin’ Chapel and will be placed in an area where the players and other people can watch and enjoy real weddings take place. The weddings will be presided over by “granny” who will be a real Justice of the Peace and will perform weddings for people that want to get married, people that are already married and people who want to get hitched just for the fun of it in a mock “shotgun weddin’”. The event will be taped from eight video cameras from which a wedding movie will be edited together. Take the video back home to your friends and family for a “one-of-a-kind” experience giving them incomparable laughter & entertainment.” “The Beverly Hillbillies Limousine comes complete with its own “still”, backfires, snorts & whistles. The limousine is available to take you and your guests to and from the airport as well as other casino or sites of interest in the area. “Hot Dawg! You never can tell, that might be Jethro drivin’ that limo!!!” This information is from and can be accessed at www.jethroscasino.com…
No doubt Charlene Darling (Maggie Peterson) from down the road a-piece on The Andy Griffith show will be singing in the Hog Holler Lounge

The Boomtown Hotel and Casino had (sort of) a similar theme “Country-Kitsch” when it opened in Las Vegas around 1994. Boomtown was “instantly” a success and a very comfortable casino, in which to spend a lot of time. It was such a nice escape from the way-over-the-top-Las-Vegas/New-York-style casinos, such as Las Vegas is building now. Middle America was very much at home at Boomtown. When the John Wayne look-a-like Casino greeter shook your hand, you knew you were in the right place…
For American’s who made the decision to be FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS, places like Boomtown provided a place to go and feel comfortable, and at home…
The hotel/casino was reincarnated after it lost it’s shine, and is thriving as The Silverton Hotel and Casino
This was pop-culture at it’s very best.

Well, I don’t know if this is the last word, I can’t get “Susie Vasquez” to respond to e-mail. If I get any updates, I’ll post them here…
Y’all take care now…

This is another article I found on May 8,2008, from AC
“Jethro Bodine could never decide what career he wanted to pursue. The character wanted to be a movie “die-rector”, a fry cook, a brain surgeon, and a “double naught” spy. Max Baer, Jr isn’t quite as odd as his character, or maybe he is. Baer is trying, for the third time, to open a casino based on the television show that made Baer a star. The Beverly Hillbillies Hotel and Casino is slated for construction in Douglas County, just south of Carson City” read more from Jesse Shannon – AC…

Jethro’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion and Casino – Official Website…
Max Baer Jr.’s – Jethro’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino’s MySpace pages…
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Corner Gas

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One of my favorite new (to this writer) TV shows is called: Corner Gas.
It is a charming small-town-comedy (ultra-hip) TV show from Canada that premiered: January 22, 2004.
“Airs Next: CTV at Thursday 8:00 PM (30 min.)” [sic,] excerpt is from TV.Com.

Corner Gas is about the lives of the people who live in Dog River and hang around the only gas station and restaurant in town. The cast of characters includes Brent LeRoy, the owner of Corner Gas and chronic comicbook reader; his assistant at the station, Wanda Dollard, who is just a little too well educated to be stuck where she is, but doesn’t seem to mind it; Hank Yarbo, Brent’s friend from…” read more…

“This is the first scene from Corner Gas, Episode 1, Season 1.’ ‘I just recently started watching.’ ‘It was a great start to the show,” so says, “sedawk” who “owns” the video.

The Cast:
Tara Spencer-Nairn – Karen Pelly, Fred Ewanuick – Hank Yarbo, Nancy Robertson – Wanda Dollard, Lorne Cardinal – Davis Quinton, Gabrielle Miller – Lacey Burrows, Janet Wright – Emma LeRoy, Brent Butt – Brent LeRoy, Eric Peterson – Oscar LeRoy
. > > > I think Gabrielle Miller – Lacey Burrows is very interesting. This link’s to Gabrielle Miller’s Official Website.
Gabrielle Miller’s Lacey Burrows runs the restaurant: The Ruby. She is the sophisticated, big-city girl whose urban-slick charms don’t always work in Dog River. They work here…

Read All About It on TV.Com, click this.
(The TV.com pages have comprehensive information about this show, including bios.)

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day ( Keylight Entertainment Group and Kudos Productions Ltd.) “Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job [1939 London.] An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.” – Plot Outline by IMBd.
This Cinderella-High-Romance film is beautifully decorated like a rich Art Deco cake with gobs of frosting…Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams) is the cherry on top. This film is for lovers of “romance,” drop-dead-gorgeous set decoration, (period) Swing-Jazz and fine performances by: Frances McDormand … Miss Pettigrew and Amy Adams … Delysia Lafosse; Directed by: Bharat Nalluri; Writers (WGA): David Magee (screenplay) and Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) …
If I were giving out awards for this film, I’d give awards for the set designers and decorators, acting awards for Francis McDormand and Amy Adams, and awards for a very fine soundtrack – maybe a few more…
Watch a YouTube video with Amy Adams and Francis McDormand – Oscar nominee Amy Adams talks about her work with Oscar winner Francis McDormand in the romantic comedy ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day.’

RATATOUILLE

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RATATOUILLE is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds: Ratatouille the (animated) movie is about a country-rodant, as in RAT, with a fine, furry nose for food, and a slacker “garbage boy” who become alter-ego, so to write, chefs in a gastronomique Parisian restauant. (A recipe for Ratatouille can be found below.)

Ratatouille, the animated movie (2007) is nominated for 5 Academy Awards (2008):
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Michael Giacchino
Best Achievement in Sound
Randy Thom
Michael Semanick
Doc Kane

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Randy Thom
Michael Silvers

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Brad Bird

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Brad Bird

The LasVegasBuffetClub says: “BEST ANIMATED MOVIE SINCE CARS”.

Click the following link for IMDb information for the Ratatouille movie.
Ratatouille – movie information on IMDb

RATATOUILLE, the recipe…
This is an old French recipe for Ratatouille (basically a medley of cooked veggies,) from:
Larousse Gastronomique by Prosper Montagne (Prefaces by Auguste Escoffier and Phileas Gilbert) – c. 1961 by Crown Publishers.

Peel and slice 6 aubergines [eggplant] and 6 Italian marrows (courgettes,) [zucchini] sprinkle with salt and leave covered with a weighted plate for 1 hour.
Slice 2 large onions. Skin, remove pips and cut up 8 tomatoes. Slice 2 peppers [green bell] very thinly, removing core and seeds. Chop 3 garlic cloves.
Heat 1 cup olive oil in a heavy pan, fry onion until slightly colored, add the garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, then add aubergines, courgettes, peppers and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, add a bouquet garni [bundle of herbs: thyme, bay leaves, and sage, tied with a string] and cook, covered for an hour. This dish may be served hot or cold.

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YouTube / LVBC music playlist…

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This is a most excellent playlist of PRIMO 50s & 60s tunes. This list of songs (videos) include: *The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “TAKE FIVE” (1961,) **Santo & Johnny’s “SLEEP WALK” (1959,) ***Link Wray’s “RUMBLE” (The YouTube video is from 1978 – the song was a hit in 1958,) ****Booker T & The MGS’ “GREEN ONIONS” (1966.) Interestingly, the TOP FOUR in this current, partial list of my ALL-TIME-FAVORITES are all instumentals.
*Jazz masterpiece from the Dean of Progressive Jazz. “Possibly the best instrumental of modern times, hypnotic with it’s 5/4 time.”
**Arguably the first “mystical” Rock n’ Roll record. “The Steel-guitar notes seem to connect to one’s nerve endings, and when the strings bend, you bend.”
***Link Wray’s guitar chords cut through the air like a chainsaw. “RUMBLE” was one of the first Rock songs with a serious attitude. This is one of the deep roots of electric guitar music.
****Booker T & The MGS’ (1966) “GREEN ONIONS” features a guitar solo that stabs more like an electric knife (see Link Wray, above.)
These comments are addressed to the young dudes & dudettes who might not have heard these tunes…
Anyway, these four tunes and twenty others can be accessed below, click the menu for the complete list.
This Playlist is limited to very early (50s & 60s tunes;) it is not necessarily unchangeable.
I’ll add to this post when I have more time.

Hit the 2nd button from bottom left to excite the menu, if it is not available…
The following link will take you to the [Full-size] Video Player on YouTube, if you would prefer to view the videos there; you’ll also be able to access more LVBC favorites/videos:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DAAD1DF6F82EF586
This playlist is copyrighted (c.) by [WilliamC1-YouTube Channel] & [The LasVegasBuffetClub.]

You can also access this Player at www.MovieFountain.com

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