Who doesn't love dinosaurs? With the original Jurassic Park trilogy becoming an instant
classic with the fourth film in the series set to come out on June 12th, 2015 we just can’t seem to get enough of
This classic documentary is
hosted by Christopher Reeve and gives us an in depth look at these amazing
animals. I have to admit, I only vaguely remembered watching this in the 80’s
so when I found this Special Delivery on YouTube I was delighted to catch up on
television history. I enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too.
didn’t forget about the Special Delivery yesterday I just didn't have a chance
to post it b/c I’ve been busy with my sister’s wedding. She got married on
Saturday and by Sunday I was so tired I almost fell asleep in church. So
without further adieu here is your Special Delivery – Clever Jack!
****For some reason I can't get the video to post here but please follow the link to watch this delightful musical. And here's a tip; pay special attention to the giant. His name is listed in the cast below. You will know who it is because he is the only cast member to have his own Wikipedia page!***
Clever Jack – 1985
PLOT – A high-energy magical musical version of the
classic children's story "Jack and the Beanstalk". Hosted by Lucie
Arnaz and starring the critically acclaimed First All Children's Theatre.
Clever Jack includes a cast of more than 30 singing and dancing gifted young
performers who will win the hearts of every family.
critic Kay Garbella of the New York Daily News said of Clever Jack, “It’s a
romp. Youngsters will love it.” Host Lucie Arnaz, introducing the show, calls
Clever Jack “a very modern, very funny version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ Fe
Fi Fo Fum.” And Clever Jack has been recommended for viewing by the National
First All Children’s Theater was the first children’s theater to ever receive a
grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As Lucie Arnaz says, the First
All Children’s Theater is “exciting” and “exhilarating” and “a very special
place,” Clever Jack will find its own very special place in the hearts and
minds of children and their parents everywhere.
Leonard Nimoy lived up to his
longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many
arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer has
died at age 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, reportedly confirmed his death to
the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive
Most widely known for his
performance as half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock on the classic
sci-fi TV show “Star Trek” and its many subsequent film and videogame
incarnations, Nimoy was also a successful director, helming “Star Trek” pics
“The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home,” as well as non-“Star Trek” fare;
an accomplished stage actor; a published writer and poet; and a noted
photographer. He also dabbled in singing and songwriting.
But despite his varied
talents, Nimoy will forever be linked with the logical Mr. Spock. Spotted by
“Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry when he appeared on Roddenberry’s NBC
Marine Corps. skein “The Lieutenant,” Nimoy was offered the role of Spock and
co-starred in the 1965 “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage.” NBC execs liked the
concept but thought the pilot too cerebral, so they ordered a second pilot of
the Desilu production with some script and cast changes (only Nimoy made it
through both pilots). The series finally bowed on the Peacock in the fall of
1966. After three seasons, it was canceled in 1969 but would go on to be a hit
in syndication, spawning films and other TV incarnations and gaining a huge
following of fans known as Trekkers or Trekkies.
After the series wrapped,
Nimoy joined the fourth season of spy series “Mission: Impossible” as
master-of-disguise Paris, leaving after the fifth season. He went on to star in
the 1971 Western “Catlow,” with Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna, and the 1978
remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” with Donald Sutherland and Jeffrey
Goldblum. The actor also made a series of TV films throughout the ’70s and
received an Emmy nomination in 1982 for his role as Golda Meir’s husband in
telepic “A Woman Called Golda.”
Also during the ’70s, Nimoy
narrated the docuseries “In Search of …,” which investigated unexplained
events, paranormal phenomena and urban legends long before these matters become
the common fodder of pop culture.
Then the siren call of “Star
Trek” beckoned again and Nimoy returned to the role of Mr. Spock for 1979’s
“Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” The film opened well at the box office, and
though not well reviewed, it did spawn enough interest for Paramount to greenlight
sequels that would continue into the 1990s: “The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “The
Search for Spock” (1984), “The Voyage Home” (1986), “The Final Frontier” (1989)
and “The Undiscovered Country” (1991). Nimoy was in all of them, albeit briefly
in “The Search for Spock.”
Nimoy also appeared as Spock
in a couple of episodes of series spinoff “Star Trek: The Next Generation,”
several videogames based on the property and the J.J. Abrams-helmed “Star Trek”
reboot, playing Spock Prime to Zachary Quinto’s young Spock in the 2009 film
and its sequel.
After directing several TV
projects, including episodes of “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery” and his “Star
Trek” co-star William Shatner’s “T.J. Hooker,” Nimoy signed on to helm “Star
Trek III: The Search for Spock.” Variety said the production was “helmed with a
sure hand by debuting feature director Leonard Nimoy, who also appears briefly
but to good effect as the indestructible half-human/half-Vulcan Spock.” The
review went on to say “Nimoy’s direction is people-intensive with less of the
zap and effects diversions of competing films.” He went on to direct the next
pic in the series, “The Voyage Home,” as well as four other feature films,
including the 1987 comedy “3 Men and a Baby,” starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson
and Steve Guttenberg, and the Diane Keaton-Liam Neeson drama “The Good Mother”
Nimoy also had a long history
of stage work. He appeared on Broadway in “Full Circle,” directed by Otto
Preminger, in 1973, as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins as Martin Dysart in
“Equus.” In 1996 he directed “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree” on the
Rialto. But he also starred in many regional productions — he played Stanley
Kowalski in a 1955 Atlanta production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” — and
starred in several touring shows: He was Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in
1971, Sherlock Holmes in a play of that name in 1976 and Vincent Van Gogh in
solo show “Vincent: The Story of a Hero,” which he also produced and directed,
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in
Boston; his parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, and the language
at home was Yiddish. He developed an interest in acting at an early age, first
appearing on stage at 8 in a production of “Hansel and Gretel.” He took drama
classes for a while at Boston College, and after leaving home to pursue his
career in Hollywood, he landed his first lead role in the 1952 film “Kid Monk
After serving in the Army
from 1953-55, he appeared in small roles in a few films, but mostly found roles
in TV series, appearing in episodes of “Dragnet,” “Sea Hunt,” “Bonanza,” “Wagon
Train,” “Rawhide,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables,” “The Outer Limits,”
“The Virginian,” “Get Smart” and “Gunsmoke” before rising to fame in “Star
Most recently, he recurred on
Fox sci-fi series “Fringe” as maniacal, genius professor William Bell, and he
voiced Spock for a 2012 episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”
In addition to his work on
“In Search Of…,” Nimoy lent his resonant, intelligent voice to a variety of
films, TV projects and documentaries, including A&E docu series “Ancient
He wrote two autobiographies.
The first, published in 1977, was called “I Am Not Spock.” Though “Star Trek”
fans thought he was distancing himself from the beloved character, Nimoy had
always enjoyed playing the character but was also using the book to tell about
other aspects of his life. The book features dialogue between the thesp and
Spock and touched on a self-proclaimed identity crisis because he became so
associated with this character. His second autobiography, “I Am Spock” (1995),
showed his embrace of that association.
He also wrote several books
of poetry, including “You and I,” “Warmed by Love” and “A Lifetime of Love:
Poems on the Passages of Life.” Some of his poetry books featured his photos.
Nimoy studied photography at
UCLA in the 1970s, and his work as a photographer was shown in museums, art
galleries and in published works, including “The Full Body Project: Photographs
by Leonard Nimoy” and “Shekhina.”
In music, Nimoy released five
albums on Dot Records, the first of which was space-based music and spoken
word, “Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”
Nimoy was married twice,
first to actress Sandra Zober. They divorced in 1987. In 1988, he married Susan
Bay, an actress who is the cousin of helmer Michael Bay.
He is survived by his wife;
two children from his first marriage, son Adam, a helmer, and daughter Julie; a
stepson; and several grandchildren.
evening everyone. Before I post today’s Special Delivery I’d like to apologize
for not posting anything last week. Without going too much into it all I will
tell you is that it’s been a very rough week which started last Monday evening
but praise God He is good and His mercies endureth forever.
past Sunday afternoon the Lord gave me a word that has literally turned my
whole world upside down, but in a good way! I wish I could tell you what is
going on but I can’t. All I can tell you is God is good and I am looking
forward to watching Him work over the course of this next year.
being said I should be back to my regular posting schedule this Saturday with
Classic Nick Rocks, I did have a list of videos for you but I lost the list!
Mercy! I need to either find that list or one of the other two or three I have as
back up LOL. I guess that’s what happens when you start your spring cleaning
Nickelodeon Special Delivery –
Birthday– from Unicorn Tales (last 15 minutes)
This special delivery is one
of my all-time favorites. It’s the story of Amy, a very bored little girl.
During the first fifteen minutes of this show Amy wakes up on her birthday only
to find that it’s just like any other day, in a word, BORING!
Amy finds out she has, “to take that long boring bus ride,” all the way up town
to Aunt Lucy’s apartment to get her birthday present she isn’t very happy about
it but all of that changes when she gets to The Unicorn Arms, the building
where Aunt Lucy lives.
soon meets all of the wacky neighbors who live in the building and we pick up
the story when she meets Old King Cole and Sleeping Beauty; who, for some
reason is wide awake! But why? Find out in the Big Apple Birthday!
Big Apple Birthday – From Unicorn Tales (last 15