Screen Scrooges: To Begin With

                                                STAVE ONE: Marley’s Ghost             Marley was dead, to begin  with.  There is no doubt whatever about that.  The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.  Scrooge signed it; and Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his handContinue reading “Screen Scrooges: To Begin With”

What Else Dogs Do

     Some time ago, we examined postcards featuring dogs and found that the number one thing our canine friends do in comic postcards is, well, number one.  The number of postcards involving peeing pekes and poodles was so vast that there was an equal and opposite number of postcards featuring dogs who weren’t urinating justContinue reading “What Else Dogs Do”

SCREEN SCROOGES: Rules of the Game

     The original text of “A Christmas Carol has been chopped into 47 sequences, which form the chapters of this book.  For each of these, we start with Dickens’s original.  (Why 47?  Well, I wanted to do an even 50, but the book won’t break down that way.  It insists on 47.)      It hasContinue reading “SCREEN SCROOGES: Rules of the Game”

All At Sea

     It has been suggested to me that my notes on postcards dealing with the military, particularly during World War II, have not been fully representative.  The Army, including the Women’s Army Corps (ch), is well-represented, but what about the Navy?      In fact, the Navy was considered just as rich a service for postcardContinue reading “All At Sea”

Passing Note: One of Nine

     We interrupt our regular sequence of columns for a brief personal note.  Yesterday marked the passing of Scottie Lampe, a black cat who served as Alpha in his household for seventeen and a half years, teaching bipeds when cats need to be fed (often), when cats need to be brushed (whenever they feel likeContinue reading “Passing Note: One of Nine”