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Florence Henderson Sings “That Old Black Magic” on <I>The Paul Lynde Halloween Special</i> (1976)

Florence Henderson Sings “That Old Black Magic” on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)

Television
I assure you that there is absolutely nothing quite as wonderfully awful as the fetid, foppish, phoniness of The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, which ABC brewed in a low-budget cauldron and unleashed upon an unsuspecting world on October 29, 1976.  Though its production values were wanting, the network compensated by hauling out a “Who’s Who” of pop culture circa 1976: Betty White; Donny and Marie Osmond; KISS; Billie Hayes (Witchipoo from H.R. Pufnstuf); Tim Conway; Roz “Pinky Tuscadero” Kelly from Happy Days (for the sake of clarity, that is exactly how she is billed); Margaret Hamilton; and the great Florence Henderson. Though virtually no Bicentennial-year fad is left out, what did get omitted is anything resembling a good script (no less than ten writers are…
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Joan Crawford’s 1968 Drunken Airport Interview: “I’m a <i>Shtrong</i> Dame”

Joan Crawford’s 1968 Drunken Airport Interview: “I’m a Shtrong Dame”

Film

“Where did you find her, Miss Crawford?” the interviewer asks of Carol, the terrified six-year-old placed on Joan’s lap as a prop—sort of like the crumpled flowers. One feels for the bewildered child, whom Joan now asphyxiates in the fetid brew of her alcohol- perfume- and cigarette-drenched plane ride. “Oh, I just always pick up children,” the star replies without a hint of irony, clearly unaware that George Cukor is not, in fact, the man behind the camera and that it is no longer 1940.

15 Songs About Peace, Love & Understanding

15 Songs About Peace, Love & Understanding

Featured, Music

In the days after a tragedy like Orlando where it seems that the world (and certainly the world of Stargayzing readers) are grieving, the usual topics of the blog would seem rather tone deaf. I have struggled to find a way back to Stargayzing in this heightened atmosphere of anger, confusion, and pain. After ruminating for several days, I knew the answer must be musical, hence a list of 16 musical messages of hope, empathy, and peace.

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