Remembering Ken Howard , Happy Birthday, Reba McEntire, Celebrating Dave Woodman ...and MORE!

Ken Howard would have been 72 Today
Painting is about three things. It's about revelation, communication, and celebration.
-Ken Howard

Happy March 28th, 2016
March 28 is the 88th day of the year. There are 278 days remaining until the end of the year.
I hope that all who celebrate had a great Easter. I certainly did. I cooked all day and then was able to enjoy the fruit of my labors with a few friends over for dinner last night. Today, it is a rainy day here in NY. As I begin today's blog, I Believe from Book of Mormon is playing on the radio.
As i looked in the paper and saw today's birthdays, it was a shock to see Ken Howard's name. He would have been 72. I was saddened to read of his passing last week. I never knew him but I admired his work both on and off screen. I first became aware of Mr. Howard because of the TV series, White Shadow.  He also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild. Big Bang Theory actress, Kaley Cuoco took to her
“It was an honour working with and knowing Ken Howard. He was a fantastic actor and a wonderful, kind, hilarious man, and he will be greatly missed. My deepest love and condolences go to his fabulous wife  Mrs. Ken Howard. If you feel inspired, please make a donation to their amazing Onyx and Breezy Foundation,”  Kaley and Ken worked together in the 2015 movie The Wedding Ringer.
The Wedding Ringer: Ken Howard "Ed" Behind the Scenes Movie Interview
Instagram account that day to pay tribute to Ken Howard.
 'This just breaks my heart': Jon Cryer leads tributes as Hollywood mourns death of White Shadow star and Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard at 71 (Dail Mail: READ MORE)

Other Ntable Birthdays Today
Flora Robson, born 28/3/02: The Sea Hawk, Fire Over England, Black Narcissus.
Two men that appeared in Judy Garland films share a birthday today.
Freddie Bartholomew, American actor (d. 1992) appeared with Judy Garland in Listen, Darling. It was in this film that Judy Garland sang Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart (which was her audition song at MGM). This film will be shown on TCM this Friday night at 9:45 EST.
Dirk Bogarde, born 28/3/21:Matinee idol became art house favourite: Death in Venice, The Servant,
Judy Garland with Dirk Bogarde
The Damned. My favorite, Judy Garland's last film: I Could Go On Singing. It was released in the United Kingdom as The Lonely Stage.

1905 – Pandro S. Berman, American production manager and producer (d. 1996).
Marlin Perkins (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom)
Jimmie Dodd (Mickey Mouse Club)

Reba McEntire.
 Reba McEntire is a chart-topping, award-winning country music singer who has acted in films and starred on her own sitcom. She also owns several businesses.
On Mar. 28, Reba Nell McEntire was born in McAlester, Okla., to Clark Vincent and Jacqueline Smith McEntire. The third of four children, she was raised on her family’s 8,000-acre family ranch in Chockie, Okla., and travelled frequently to watch her father compete at rodeos. Her father was the World Champion Steer Roper in 1957, 1958, and 1961, an honor her grandfather John McEntire also won in 1934. 
She would later follow in the family tradition by participating in barrel racing competitions from the time she was 11-years old until she was 21. Her mother, a former schoolteacher and secretary to the superintendent of Kiowa High School, had once harbored dreams of being a Country Music singer. Instead, she had four children and taught them how to sing and harmonize on the long car trips. (Read MORE).

It’s been less than a year since Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock announced their separation after 26 years of marriage, and it’s been a tough road for the singer. McEntire admits that the divorce, which was finalized at the end of October and was something she didn’t want “in any way, shape or fashion,” is still something that perplexes her. (Read MORE)

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Big Time Songwriter who co-wrote some of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded like the Holiday Classic Silver Bells was born on this day ~ It’s Jay Livingston Day.
Dianne Wiest (Edward Scissorhands).

Notable Transitions on This Date 
"Ike" lady's compact.
Also, Emmett Kelly (1979), Earl Scruggs (2012), Jim Thorpe (1953), Hugh O’Connor (1995), Dwight Eisenhower (1969), Maria von Trapp (1987) president of the United States, dies at age 78.
In 1974, Dorothy Fields passed on on this date in New York City.
In 2004, Peter Ustinov passed on on this date in Genolier, Vaud, Switzerland.
 1979 – Emmett Kelly, American clown and actor (b. 1898).
1980 – Dick Haymes, Argentinian-American actor and singer (b. 1918).
1986 – Virginia Gilmore. American actress (b. 1919).
June Havoc passed on 6 years ago today in Stamford, CT age 97.
2013 – Richard Griffiths, English actor (b. 1947).
 2015 – Gene Saks, American actor and director (b. 1921)
Cole Porter's See America First (his NY debut) opened on Broadway (1916).
On March 28, 1971, Ed Sullivan took to the stage in The Ed Sullivan Theater for the last time as the host of the country’s most popular variety show.
Today, I would like to celebrate a great artist I

discovered via Face Book, Dave Woodman.

Here is our mini-interview...

Please send me a brief message about what this time in your life means to you.
This time in my life means everything to me because being a collection of everything I have done in my life is making 55 years old happier and healthier than than any time before.  So many fears and unhealthy habits have vanished.  This seems to be the time to press on with the new found strength of calmness.

What is your Morning Motivation?
I wake up in awe of the many good things going on in my life as well as feeling driven to really make life count at this point.  Gratefully I am usually well rested, without unneeded demands taking life's energy from me.

Epcot's The Making of Me. One of so many good projects Dave got to work on . "I remember thinking "How hard can it be to animate sperm cells?". A circle with a wiggly tail.....
How do you approach social media marketing?
It’s Twitter’s 10th birthday. So how do you feel about it now – love it or hate it
Social media marketing is a phenomenal gift, allowing me to use everything I have done and push it to a higher level.  Anxious to really catch on to Twitter as well as Instagram.

What do you still want that you don't have now?
A great relationship with the right person!

Batman or Superman?

Both sensational in their own way. I would like to bump their heads together and tell them to stop fighting.

What lesson are you learning in life right now??
I'm learning how very important it is to be as physically fit as possible and pay attention to what my body needs. A lifetime of ignoring hunger to finish a piece or artwork is not working in my favor at this point and I'll be much more successful when I've mastered new habits.

How do you stay focused on what matters most?
In order to stay focused on what matters most, I need a lot of solitude and quiet time.  Social time is important, yet I personally can end up with a head full of noise from the challenges and perceptions of others.
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In other Entertainment News
It’s time to say your prayers, “Villain: DeBlanks!”  The April 3 cast of the new comedy-improv whodunnit “Villain: DeBlanks” will be the show’s last… for now.  But a deadly funny group it is.  With the acid-tongued theatre reporter Michael Riedel serving as media guest, and counting the bodies, the show’s guest stars at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, Sunday April 3, at 7:30pm stack up as follows:
The ribald and randy Tony winner Randy Graff (“City of Angels,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”); the dangerously versatile song and dance man Marc Kudisch (“The Wild Party,” “Assassins,” Tony nominee for “9 to 5”); the stratospherically gifted… and dashing Eric Ulloa (currently “On Your Feet!”); the comic gem Nancy Opel (Tony nominee “Urinetown”); the many faceted man of mystery Kelvin Moon Loh (“The King & I,” “Sideshow,” “Here Lies Love,” and the upcoming “Spongebob Musical”), and your favorite-girlfriend-to-stab-you-in-the-back-without-you-even-knowing-it Tony nominee Brenda Braxton (“Smokey Joe’s Café” “Dreamgirls,” “Chicago”). (Source: Beck Lee)

Thank to ALL of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts they have given to the world and continue to give!

With grateful XOXOXs ,


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  1. I'm glad to see Dave Woodman's art getting around so new people can discover it. I am a huge fan of his art. I love it all. I have several Lucille Ball pieces, either on program covers or mugs from the Lucy conventions. Love his work. DAVE, I absolutely LOVE your work. Wish I could have you do a pic of me:) better yet, come to my house/museum and a wall is all yours to do an original Lucille.

  2. Thanks Glen! I'm quite impressed that Richard Skipper's blog highlights entertainers that I actually care about. Refreshing to find this marvelous page.

    ~Dave Woodman


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