Monday, December 8, 2008

Bette Does Her Civic Duty


Here's a picture of Bette Davis speaking at the dedication of the Rodger Young Village, a public housing project in Los Angeles for veterans, on April 27, 1946. Rodger Young won the Medal of Honor posthumously after allowing his platoon to escape unscathed from enemy fire from a machine gun nest by relentlessly advancing on it, drawing all fire to himself. Here's the link to his heroic story on the Army's Medal of Honor website.

Rodger Young is also known to Robert Heinlein fans as the name of one of the ships in Starship Troopers, which Heinlein named after the Medal of Honor recipient.

The project, consisting of Quonset huts, was dismantled around 1955.

65 comments:

bill r. said...

How the hell did Fox get my number??

Jonathan Lapper said...

I don't know but he got mine too. He won't stop calling me. I've threatened to call the police if he doesn't stop but so far it hasn't deterred him.

bill r. said...

This is like that movie Unlawful Entry and Fox is Ray Liotta! I'm Kurt Russell, and Jonathan, you, of course, are Madeline Stowe.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I do feel rather thin and pretty today I must admit.

Fox said...

"Unlawful entry". Yeah. You wish, Bill, you wish.

But if that's Bill, and I'm on the other end of the line, who's the dame?!?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Bill's secretary, Trixie. When Bill the DVD prize many months ago here at Cinema Styles I had no contact with him whatsoever. Everything went through Trixie. She's a barracuda.

Fox said...

"She's a barracuda".

Like Sarah Palin?

p.s. That was intended as political provocation, just a pop cultural reference.

Arbogast said...

Sarah Palin is now one of those instantly funny old names from the foggy past, like Cochise and Alger Hiss.

Rick Olson said...

Sarah Palin is now one of those instantly funny old names from the foggy past ...

God, I hope so.

Fox said...

Alger Hiss is such a perfect name (especially for the person that it's attached to) that it almost sounds made-up to me.

Arbogast said...

I went to school with a guy named Chester Suckley. Looked just like that, too!

Jonathan Lapper said...

I tried to steal Trixie away from Bill when I was going back and forth with her on the DVD details (where to send it, what movie, etc). I even offered to double what Bill was paying her but it was no go. She's loyal to a fault.

Did anyone ever see Concealed Enemies? It was a made for PBS movie back in 84 about the Hiss/Chambers case(I think an American Playhouse production)? Anyway, it was pretty good but Peter Riegert really stood out as Nixon.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Chester Suckley. I'm going to have change my pseudonym.

Fox said...

Didn't see that movie, Jonathan. Further, I need to know more about that whole situation than I currently do.

"Chester Suckley". Poor guy.

Arbogast said...

Years ago when I was in the medical biz, I was going through a roster of docs and came across one name that put both myself and my officemate on the floor:

Ihor Sawsuc.

No good work was done that day.

Jonathan Lapper said...

With a name like Ihor Sawsuc, it's got to be good.

Marilyn said...

Doesn't it bother anyone that they made discharged vets live in a housing project made of Quonset huts? That's brutal!

Jason Bellamy said...

You all are quite a group. I can't remember the last time the most recent comment on a Cinema Styles post has had anything to do with the post itself. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Anyway ...

Had to jump in on the tangent. I went to school with a girl who was named ... wait for it ... Auna Dick.

That's child abuse.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn - Huh? What? Oh! The post! Sorry, no one had brought the post up in 17 comments so I wasn't sure what you were referring to.

(By the way, everyone, Marilyn gets a gold star)

The village was meant to provide temporary housing so families came and went. I guess since they knew it would coming down in under a decade they didn't want to actually construct permanent housing.

As an aside, Quonset huts always make me think of Gomer Pyle.

Jonathan Lapper said...

You all are quite a group. I can't remember the last time the most recent comment on a Cinema Styles post has had anything to do with the post itself. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Hey, now wait a minute. If you peruse my front page you'll see that each post has plenty of comments about the post. It's true, the topic veers off from the post often but usually not until about comment 20 or 30 on. True, this post was a standout for no comments on it but that was kind of by design. I figured the banner would start the conversation off (and it did) so I put up a pic post that didn't require any analysis of any kind.

Now then, with my righteous indignation aside, I am assuming her name was pronounced "I Wanna" - if so, holy crap, that is child abuse! I think you just beat Arbo's "Ihor Sawsuc." Although I think "Ihor Sawsuc" sounds funnier.

Marilyn said...

Yeah, I'm the best!

How different is this from Army housing anyway? People come and go with each new deployment. I think it's beastly.

Jonathan Lapper said...

And, Jason, speaking of comments on posts, one of favorite of all time came from Rick but I don't think anyone saw it. I did a post a couple of months back that veered wildly after the first few comments and turned into a two day conversation that ended up going to 202 comments. On the third day Rick, who had not been a part of it, chimed in at comment 203 with "What did I miss?"

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn, I don't know, maybe they were really stylish Quonset huts with marble floors and Foosball tables. Maybe.

Marilyn said...

I'll give you a pass because you're the only one who liked my bird.

Jonathan Lapper said...

If a man said that it would mean something completely different.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Her bird by the way is the Snowy Owl known as Ferdy. My bird is the red tailed hawk known as... uh... Hawky that I took pictures of and stared at me with murder in its eyes while I snapped away.

Marilyn said...

There was a big to-do yesterday about the bird. The security guard wouldn't let birders on the site and had words with a guy in a Mercedes (but don't we all!). Now, the manager of the property, who told the security firm that it was all right to let birders on the property, is thinking seriously about changing companies ("if they can't get something this simple right, how will they get anything right"). Birds, of course, are always at the center of controversy. This one decided to move on; it is no longer on my street.

Jonathan Lapper said...

This one decided to move on; it is no longer on my street.

Ferdy probably didn't like all the attention. She looked like she just wanted a quiet roof to rest on. It was probably the security guard arguments that bothered her.

Fox said...

FYI... Bill will be here soon telling you that he is certifiably "brilliant" now.

Arbogast said...

So, what did Rick miss?

Arbogast said...

Oh, and if anyone's interested, I'm having a two-for-one special on Rita Calderoni's tits over at AoF.

Jonathan Lapper said...

So, what did Rick miss?

Those nude photos of me we were all in such awe over.

Oh, and if anyone's interested, I'm having a two-for-one special on Rita Calderoni's tits over at AoF.

And my comment is oh so clever. People often ask, "How do you do it? How are you so consistently clever and witty? Did you take a class? Can I be like you?"

And then I just laugh, ha ha ha, "No, no," I say, "of course you can't be like me."

"You see," I say as I adjust my bow tie and rakishly pluck my thumbs out from under my rainbow suspenders, "I'm as unique as a snowflake. Some of us are just blessed that way." Then I click my heels, arch my left eyebrow and twist around and out the door.

Jason Bellamy said...

Take no offense. What I meant was that by the time I get to the comments, the most recent comment has nothing to do with the post.

As for the name...

That's Auna as in "On a ..."

"On a dick."

Yep, child abuse.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Jason, I wasn't actually offended. The jabbing back and forth at each other here runs pretty thick and I was just giving you hard time, like I do with those losers Bill and Fox. But not Marilyn - she's a winner!

And "on a dick" - Did her parents not spend even 10 seconds sounding it out before committing to it? Holy crap.

Arbogast said...

The jabbing back and forth at each other here runs pretty thick

Lapper is a HOMO!

Q.E.D.

Fox said...

And this part too, Arbo...

I was just giving you hard time

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fox, I meant to write "Me so horny. Me give you hard time."

My bad.

BTW, Arbo jabs harder than anyone. I know, Bill told me.

Marilyn said...

This is enough to send me into ecstasy:

The Feds have FINALLY indicted Gov. Rod "Sunshine" Blagojevich, possibly the stupidest politician of our time. Get all the news here.

Sincerely, I want to throw a party. I only hope they can get Daley, too, though that would be beyond reaching for the stars.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Hooray! I'm not really familiar with him but if it makes you happy, it makes me happy. So, hooray!

Arbo's gay.

Fox said...

Marilyn-

I was just looking at some of the transcipts from the tapes and I noticed that the Governor likes to use the F word a lot!

Fox said...

...ok, now back to the gay vietnamese jokes!!!

"Me give you hard time" is hilarious. Even more hilarious is that I thought that was just part of the 2 Live Crew song until I saw Full Metal Jacket.

Marilyn said...

What is this - Scatological Tuesday?

bill r. said...

I don't know what's wrong with these people today, Marilyn. Rest assured that any comments I make today will be free of dirt or crudeness.

POOP!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Arbo started it with that completely unnecessary name calling. But I will be the bigger man and not engage in anymore of it. Out of respect to Marilyn.

I hope you have all learned something from this.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Aside from the 2 Live Crew / Full Metal Jacket reference. Fox already learned that.

Arbogast said...

Arbo's gay.

Gay like a Fox!

Arbo started it with that completely unnecessary name calling.

I didn't call you a name. I called you a classification.

What is this - Scatological Tuesday?

Rectum? Damn near killed 'im!

Fox said...

This was me last night before I went out to the Foxhole.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I didn't call you a name. I called you a classification.

Well then why didn't you call me Mammalian, cause that's the part of scientific classification that's all Class.

I'm also proud to be a part of the Chordata phylum. Anyone who isn't is a jellyfish in my book!

Marilyn said...

Wait till you read my review going up later today. You'll pee your taxonomy book!

(Oh no, scatology!)

Peter Nellhaus said...

Jonathan, I think that what was intended was to call you a Mamoulian after the director of Silk Stockings, among other films.

By the way, back to the original post, I found a kind of hot photo of Bette that I posted on my blog.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn, I can't wait.

Peter, that is a good pic of Bette but my congrats go to the Janet Leigh pic. That one's an all time winner.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Here's a color version.

And another with a rifle instead of a six-shooter.

Marilyn said...

I like Peter's entire gallery, though I'm not familiar with most of the Asian actresses.

Peter Nellhaus said...

I wish I saw that color photo of Janet Leigh. Too bad she wasn't dressed like that in any of her movies.

Fox said...

Marilyn-

Where is this review you teased us with??? Post for chrissakes!!!!

bill r. said...

I'm too tired to go through all the comments we missed. Who wants to give me a synopsis?

Fox said...

Bill-

Arbo is gay for 2 Live Crew and Full Metal Jacket, Marilyn isn't really into Asian women but she likes butch femmes like Bette Davis, and Jonathan likes to pump you.

bill r. said...

Okay, well, I already knew most of that. The fact that Marilyn's not into Asian women is, however, a stunner.

Fox said...

Welll... I should ammend that. She's not "familiar" with them. I made it sound worse than it is.

Sorry M-Dog.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Nice synopsis Fox, you really got the thrust of it.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn, I still see Black Orpheus and now, as Michael Corleone would say, I have to take care of family business so I won't be able to read it until later. I hope you post soon. This is the current state I'm in.

Marilyn said...

The post is up!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn's review is here. Considering me and Arbo's jokes in this thread, it really is quite a coincidence.

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Jonathan Lapper said...

Thanks Sarah, I'm glad you like it and nice to get a comment from you.