by John Walters

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Starting Five

The Seven Ups

There are two NFL teams who are 7-0 and there are two NFL teams, the same two, who have allowed fewer than 100 points this season: the New England Patriots (61 allowed) and the San Francisco 49ers (77). Our guess is the Pats have received at least 90% of the shared media attention between the two franchises, who have never met in a Super Bowl, which is wild since the Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins (6) and the Niners are tied with the Dallas Cowboys for second-most (5).

The beauty of this, should the two meet in February, is that you may recall the Pats trading away Jimmy Garoppolo to the Niners two years ago because Tom Brady didn’t want Top Jimmy breathing down his neck. Also, the Niners were San Mateo Tom’s team growing up. The network will love this.

The Kid Stayed In The Picture

Evans with The Duke

Farewell to Hollywood bad boy and movie producer genius Robert Evans, who was discovered poolside in Beverly Hills, married seven times, became the top executive at Paramount Pictures while still in his thirties, and was the guiding force behind films classics such as Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story and Chinatown. Wives included Ali McGraw, Phyllis George (at the peak of her NFL Today fame) and Catherine Oxenberg.

“The End” came for Evans yesterday, at the age of 89. Now we’re going to have to go ahead his tell-all memoir, The Kid Stays In The Picture.


If you’re familiar with Los Angeles, then you know that’s the 405 looking north toward the hills that are home to some of the most expensive property in California. You’ve got Bel Air to your right and Brentwood to your left. Wind and drought and heat don’t care how much money you have.

It’s a catastrophic situation all over the state, where it just doesn’t rain enough, where there’s plenty of brush and winds and where, I’m sorry, there’s just too damn many humans to keep it all sustainable. California: it was a swell idea.

Okay, not to be so morose, but what exactly is the fix to this problem? Make more water? Next. Change the topography? Next. Hope that climate change reverses? Double Next. The easiest variable to change is population. But that’s also easier said than done. Then again, when even LeBron James is forced to evacuate his home, then Cleveland begins to look a little more promising.*

*Our editors strongly suspect this will be the Susie B. “I Have A Problem With You, JDub” topic of the day.

Whoops! I Married A Lesbian

For no other reason than that we stumbled upon this skit and had never before seen it, and yes, that’s Louis C.K. as the husband. If you ask us, and you didn’t but when has that ever stopped us, Kenan Thompson totally steals this sketch. He’s so good at not being the focus of a sketch and yet making you love him.

Five Films: 1943

I love a Deborah Kerr in uniform

This was a poor year for films, which we’re going to assume had a little something to do with what was happening across the globe. Jimmy Stewart, we know, was flying missions across the English Channel and Henry Fonda was on a small ship in the Pacific. Both came nearer to death than most people realize.

So we’ll plow ahead with our list but I doubt there’s a single classic in the quintet: 1. For Whom The Bell Tolls Gary Cooper and a blonde Ingrid Bergman (in color!) fighting the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War, but filmed in Napa Valley 2. The Ox-Bow Incident You’ve got Henry Fonda (filmed before he shipped out), Dana Andrews and Harry Morgan (a.k.a. Col. Potter from M*A*S*H) and a real lynch mob 3. Shadow Of A Doubt Alfred Hitchcock called this his favorite film 4. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Never seen it but it gets high ratings by many and has a young Deborah Kerr, and we’re all for that 5. Lassie Come Home Why not? A collie and a prepubescent Elizabeth Taylor.

Music 101

Eyes Without A Face

The second single from Billy Idol’s massive 1983 Rebel Yell album, this ballad hit No. 4 on the charts in early 1984. If you’re wondering, the female background singer is Perri Lister. For decades I thought she was singing, “Pleasures of these eyes” but man, was I wrong. She was singing, “Les yeux sans visage” or “eyes without a face” in French. Why? Because that was the title of a landmark French horror film that was the inspiration for this song.

Here’s a link to a famous scene from it…

Remote Patrol

World Series, Game 6

8 p.m. Fox

Will Game 6 be Justin Time?

If this is the final game of the season, at least it’s an outstanding pitching matchup: Stephen Strasburg versus Justin Verlander. The only thing missing from the latter’s Hall of Fame resume is a World Series victory. We don’t mean a ring, we mean a single W. Verlander, a former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award winner as well as an eight-time All-Star, is 0-5 in his World Series starts.

4 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. I’m not sure Nevada has the infrastructure (water, communities, roads) to house a mass exodus from California. It is odd, however, that the state that shares the largest border with California is so underpopulated. It only takes one drive through Nevada to realize how empty it is.

    • But doesn’t Nevada have water problems too?

      And the answer to your question from, oh, 6-8 weeks ago (sorry for the delay) is : “No, I do NOT think a million dollars is a lot of money. Not in this country at this time. 35-40 years ago, yes, but not anymore, especially for a retirement nest egg to live on for 30 years. Inflation lesson – in 1983 (the year I started working, post-grad school), the median personal income in this country was $14,000. Today it is roughly $49,000 & while most expenses have increased by inflation-rate, college & especially medical expenses have more than quadrupled that rate.

      BTW Jacob, I saw an article last week that said Millennials will have to save 50%(!) of their income every year, starting at age 22, just to be able to retire at age 65. So, get crackin’. Actually, when I see crap like that, I get furious as it actually convinces their target audience to do the opposite as they feel they have NO chance so why even bother to save/invest anything?! Not true!

  2. Are you kidding? I WANT Sweet Pea to regret his move to LA & decide to get that heck out of that earthquake/fire/mudslide magnet! Of course, I’d prefer that thousands of others don’t lose property or lives to convince him. sigh.

    1943 films – you missed some of my faves! Girl Crazy (a Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney musical), The More the Merrier (Jean Arthur & Joel McCrae comedy dealing with housing-strapped DC during WWII), Heaven Can Wait with Don Ameche, Old Acquaintance with Bette Davis & Miriam Hopkins (didn’t like each other in real life & played close friends who became enemies, which must have been ‘cathartic’ 😉 ), Tender Comrade (a women-at-the-home-front during WWII drama starring Ginger Rogers & few other women I can’t remember, written by Dalton Trumbo & was used against him in the Red Witch hunt a decade later although the only communist thing about the flick was that one word in the title!) & a TRUE classic – The Human Comedy, which is not a “comedy” but a life-at-the-home-front drama during WWII, starring Mickey Rooney & if-it-was-the-40s-he’s-in-the-picture Frank Morgan.

    BTW, Mickey Rooney was KING OF THE BOX OFFICE from late 30s to early 40s. Lana Turner married him! As a multi-talented teenager on screen (sing, dance, comedy, drama, he could do it all) , he was perfect. But his height (lack of) really hampered his “adult roles” as he aged. A shame.

    And before I forget again – I liked Katie’s video snippet. Is it a prereq that ALL your friends be super talented & funny or just the females? 🙂

  3. So, one of my stocks is DOWN 12% today & another is UP 15%. That’s ‘earnings season’ for you. At least I don’t own any Grub Hub. 🙂

    How is Walters Financial doing these days? Got your eye on anything?

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