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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