WARNING: THE POST BELOW REQUIRES AN EXTENSIVE KNOWLEGE OF TVLAND-ERA TELEVISION AS WELL AS WRITERS AND REALLY OLD ACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN DEAD FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I'M JUST SAYIN'
1. Desi Arnaz'
(husband of Lucille Ball for those of you just emerging from a long coma) father was the mayor of Santiago, Cuba. Ventura Boulevard
in California was named after Arnaz' great-great grandmother. One of his grandfathers was a co-founder of Bacardi Rum
. The other was the doctor assigned to Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders
after their ride up San Juan Hill.
2. The father of actor Wallace "Inconceivable!" Shawn
("The Princess Bride" and "My Dinner with Andre") was William Shawn
. The elder Shawn took over the editorship of The New Yorker Magazine when it's creator and first editor, Harold Ross, died unexpectedly.
3. John Pankow
(Ira Buchman on the sitcom "Mad About You") is the younger brother of musician, James Pankow
...trombonist extraordinaire for the legendary group, "Chicago"
4. Actress Tyne Daly
and her brother, actor Tim Daly
are the grandchildren of the late Chief Justice Earl Warren
who, among other things, was the name behind the Warren Commission
which investigated the death of President John F. Kennedy
5. "New Yorker" writer, humorist and lifelong Caucasian, Dorothy Parker
("Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses") made provisions to be cremated upon her death. Her ashes are scattered at the headquarters of the NAACP.
6. Children's book illustrator Louis Darling
("Ramona the Pest") was, along with his artist-wife Lois
, a nature illustrator of some renown. Both of them were the artists/illustrators for Rachel Carson's
landmark and very controversial book on environmentalism, " Silent Spring"
7. Actor Paul Giamatti
("Sideways") and his brother Marcus
("Judging Amy) have a famous father... former baseball commissioner, Bart Giamatti
8. The Tin Woodman's (Jack Haley
) son married Dorothy's ( Judy Garland
) daughter when nutcase, Liza Minelli
married her only straight husband, Jack Haley, Jr.
9. The coat worn by Frank Morgan
when he played Professor Marvel in "The Wizard of Oz"
actually belonged to the writer of the OZ books, L.Frank Baum
. During filming, Morgan turned the pockets of the coat inside out to dry the sweat and they saw the tag advertising for whom the coat, purchased from a used-clothing emporium, had originally been made. A call to the widow of Baum confirmed that the coat had indeed been his.
10. Parts of the unburned Atlanta set used in the movie "Gone With the Wind"
were used to depict downtown Mayberry during all seasons of the classic "Andy Griffith Show".
I've got a few more, but I seem to be dating myself with some of these older facts....so that's all for now.