Archive for May, 2006


Here I am with the sixth incarnation of Doctor Who (1984-86), Colin Baker.  The lady on the opposite side is Sarah Sutton who played the traveling companion, Nyssa. 


Here I am with two additional traveling companions to Doctor Who, albeit for different generations of viewers.  On my right is Lalla Ward who replaced Mary Tamm as Romana.  She married the actor who played Doctor Who, Tom Baker in December of 1980 but they were divorced 16 months later.  She played a Time Lord in her own right.  The other lady is an actress that worked with Patrick Troughton, the second incarnation of the Doctor.  Her name is Deborah_Watling and she played Victoria.  Unfortunately, many of her episodes were destroyed and are no longer available for viewing.  The soundtrack has been recovered from all the programs due to the work of fans.

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Here I am at the VISIONS Convention in 1995.  The two characters to my left are Sylvester McCoy, the seventh incarnation of Doctor Who (1987-89) and Sophie Aldred who played his traveling companion in their space-time machine called the TARDIS.  My brother John and I also got to see them at a special one-day convention held just outside BWI Airport that was sponsored by Maryland Public Television.  When younger, McCoy had spent time in a seminary and had thought about being a priest.  Until a movie was produced a number of years later, the run of Doctor Who ended with Sylvester McCoy.  He was a funny but decidely darker "Doctor" than we had encountered before…about whom there were hinted mysteries not yet divulged. 

The actress in the white sweater on the opposite side is Anneke Wills who played Susan for the first Doctor (William Hartnell) and the second (Patrick Troughton).  The actor next to her is Michael Craze who played Ben during the same time period as Anneke Wills.  I do not recall him and I suspect that most of their episodes are lost.  (The BBC threw much of their archives into a furnace!)  He seemed to be a real gentleman, and passed away in December of 1998.

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Here I am with Jon Pertwee, who played the third incarnation of Doctor Who (1970-74).  This picture was taken at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois.  I have no photos from 1993 since I broke my leg in an accident on the way to the convention.  My brother John and I got to see him again in Boston.  The wonderful actor and comedian passed away in 1996.


Also at the convention were two other regulars during the Pertwee years.  The older man is Nicholas_Courtney who played Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.  The younger one is John_Levene who played Sergeant Benton.

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Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico.  But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York.  The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.  The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course,


Sinko de Mayo.

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Father Joe in a photograph with the actress TRACY SCOGGINS?

  • Lois & Clark
  • Babylon 5
  • Lonesome Dove

"You're too much of a man for any one woman."


Father Joe in a photograph with the actor NICHOLAS BRENDON?

  • Buffy, the Vampire Slayer 

"You're too much of a meal for any one vampire."

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On the outside, looking in, but nothing more,
One seeks contentment within love's lofty lore.
Upon this soiled sea I discard all my dreams,
Shredding all my faded hopes by screaming seams.

A slave of emotion, filled with devotion,
I must lament my isle across the ocean.
Her siren's song makes me want to weep and wail,
All poor love beside her seems sickly and pale.

The pouring hourglass counts my hesitation
And the beach sands number my agitation.
My pillow is wringing wet at night from tears,
Knowing that we are apart, the worst of fears.

Young Mister Anonymous

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I happened by a copy of an old webpage I used to post with copies of cards from parish children back when I was leaving St. Mary's in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Follow the link below to see a sampling of the cards:

Goodbye Cards from St. Mary's 1998

Time sure flies, that was EIGHT years ago!  Those kids are all adults now!  It sure does not take long. 

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Tonight I added a page about my favorite comedian, JOE E. BROWN:

 The Joe E. Brown Page

If you do not know who he is, and many younger people do not, you have missed a real comic genius.

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Washington Hilton Hotel
Washington, D.C.


Thank you for that warm reception — especially for a Methodist.  (Laughter and applause.)  It's an honor to be here at the 2nd Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  This is a new tradition, yet, its promises are timeless for Catholic Americans:  to thank the Lord for the blessing of freedom, to renew our shared dedication to this great republic, and to pray that Americauses the gift of freedom to build a culture of life.  (Applause.)

I am sorry that Laura is not here.  You probably think she's preparing a couple of new one-liners.  (Laughter.)  But, in fact, she's winging her way to Jordanand Egyptand Israelto spread the freedom agenda.  (Applause.)  But I know if she were here, she would join mein thanking you and millions of others whom we'll never get to say thanks to in person for the countless prayers.  It's an amazing experience to be the President of a nation where strangers from all religions pray for meand Laura. And I will tell you, it gives mesuch peace of mind, and enables meto do my job much better when I'm lifted up in prayer.  Thank you for your prayers.  (Applause.)

I want to thank Leonard Leo for his kind introduction.  I want to thank Joe Cella, the President of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  I want to thank His Eminence Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.  What a fine man.  What a beacon of hope.  (Applause.) His Eminence shines brightly in the nation's capital.  Applause.) I appreciate Archbishop Chaput of Denver, thank you for being here, sir.  I apologize to him for not being able to listen to his address.  He said, we're paying you a lot of money. Get back to work.  (Laughter.)  Fortunately, he didn't say, we're paying you too much money, get back to work.  (Laughter.)

I appreciate Archbishop Gomez from the great state of Texas. (Applause.)  Sister, thank you, very much.  Admiral, thank you, very much, sir.  Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knights of Columbus, is with us today.  Carl, thank you for your friendship.  (Applause.)

The Catholic contribution to American freedom goes back to the founding of our country.  In 1790, a newly inaugurated George Washington — the first George W. — (laughter and applause) — addressed a letter to all Catholics in America.  He assured them that "your fellow citizens will not forget the patriotic part which you took in the accomplishment of their revolution."  I'm honored to stand before you to offer my gratitude for the work American Catholic sons and daughters are doing for our nation.  This work includes the incredible acts of compassion through our faith-based institutions that help Americans in need, especially the Catholic schools that educate millions of our fellow citizens and deliver hope to inner-city children of all faiths.  (Applause.)

This morning we first thank God for the shared blessings of American liberty.  Catholics have always known that a society built on respect for the religious beliefs of others would be a land where they could achieve and prosper.

When the French writer, de Tocqueville, visited these shores back in the 1830s, he noted that the most democratic country in the world was also the one where the Catholic religion was making the most progress.  He called Catholics the most faithful believers in our land, yet also the most independent of citizens. (Laughter.)  As I've learned from dealing with Senator Santorum. (Laughter and applause.)

This morning we also reaffirm that freedom rests on the self-evident truths about human dignity.  Pope Benedict XVI recently warned that when we forget these truths, we risk sliding into a dictatorship of relativism where we can no longer defend our values.  Catholics and non-Catholics alike can take heart in the man who sits on the chair of St. Peter, because he speaks with affection about the American model of liberty rooted in moral conviction.

This morning we pray for the many Catholics who serve Americain the cause of freedom.  One of them is an Army Chaplain named Tim Vakoc.  He's a beloved priest who was seriously wounded in Iraqlast May.  We pray for his recovery, we're inspired by his sacrifice.  In the finest tradition of American chaplains, he once told his sister, "The safest place for meto be is in the center of God's will, and if that is in the line of fire, that's where I'll be."  Father Tim's sister, Anita Brand, and her family, are with us today, and a grateful nation expresses our gratitude to a brave Reverend.  (Applause.)

Catholics have made sacrifices throughout American history because they understand that freedom is a divine gift that carries with it serious responsibilities.  Among the greatest of these responsibilities is protecting the most vulnerable members of our society.  That was the message that Pope John Paul II proclaimed so tirelessly throughout his own life, and it explains the remarkable outpouring of love for His Holiness at the funeral mass that Laura and I were privileged to attend in Rome.  It explains why when the men were carrying his wooden casket up the stairs, and they turned to show the casket to the millions that were there, that just as the casket crests, the sun shown for all to see.  (Applause.)

The best way to honor this great champion of human freedom is to continue to build a culture of life where the strong protect the weak.  (Applause.)  So, today, I ask the prayers of all Catholics for America's continued trust in God's purpose, for the wisdom to do what's right, and for the strength and the conviction that so long as Americaremains faithful to its founding truths, Americawill always be free.

Thank you for allowing meto come.  May God bless you all, and may God continue to bless America.  (Applause.)             

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The Pentagon announced today the formation of a new 500-man elite fighting unit called the United States Redneck Special Forces.

These Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma , Tennessee, West Virginia and Texas boys will be dropped into Iraq and have been given only the following facts about terrorists:

1. The season opened today.

2. There is no limit.

3. They taste just like chicken.

4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music or Jesus.

The Pentagon expects the problem in Iraq to be over by Friday.

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A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers all around the front yard. The front door to the house was open and there was no sign of the dog. Inside, he found a lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. The TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, food was spilled on the counter. The fridge door was open, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, jumping over toys and dodging more piles of clothes, frantically looking for his wife. Maybe she might just be ill, or (he feared the worst) maybe something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he entered, he found wet towels, scummy soap and still more toys scattered on the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls He then rushed to the bedroom, where he found his wife, curled up in bed, in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her totally bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?!"

She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?"

He continued to stare in shock.

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."

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Her boyfriend asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"

The blonde says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a tiger."

Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the  pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a tiger."

He takes  her hand and says, "Second, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of  tea, and then . . . " He sighed.  "Let's put all the Frosted Flakes back in the box.

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