The Shore Morning Show with Keith Thompson
Keith offers a mix of entertainment, local news and events, chats with community movers and shakers, plus pontification on politics. Among the regular features are "The Quiz" (modeled after Paul Harvey's "The Rest Of The Story"), "The Calendar" (with things that show up on Keith's calendar that may not show up on yours), "This Day In History" (plus "The Oldest Living Person On Wikipedia Celebrating A Birthday Today") and on Fridays it is "The News Of The Weird". Regular guests include our Traditional Native Wednesday with Kent Co. commissioner Billy Short; Third Voice Thursdays with "Warrior" Bob Kramer, and Friday's with WCTR's Ron Stafford with a view on Queen Anne's County.
Tuesday Quiz...April 22
This model and actress was born in Nashville, Tennessee and after her parents divorced when she was 10, she had to take on the job of caring for her younger siblings. At the age of 13, she claimed she was molested by her father and she and her sister reputedly wound up in an orphanage for a year after her father was in prison. She and her mother and siblings moved around a lot while looking for job opportunities and as a teenager, she learned to sew and how to do makeup which served her well in her later modeling and acting career. She was a good student and graduated as salutatorian of her high school and she enrolled at George Peabody College intending to become a teacher. However, she began to study acting but graduated from Peabody in 1944. After college, she was briefly married, but after her divorce she eventually moved to New York City in 1949 hoping to find work as an actress. In 1950, she met a policeman with an interest in photography and began a career as a pin-up model and a lack of inhibition led to her becoming a popular pornographic model. From 1952 to 1957, she worked for a mail-order company where she became the first famous bondage model and actress. She also took acting lessons and made appearances on stage and in television including “The United States Steel Hour” and “The Jackie Gleason Show”. In January 1955, she was a Playboy magazine centerfold. In 1959, she converted to evangelical Christianity and retired from the world of modeling. At one time she worked for Billy Graham but the latter part of her life was marred by depression, violent mood swings, and several years in a state psychiatric hospital. After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s. She passed away at the age of 85 in 2008. Who was this “Queen Of Pinups”?
Monday Quiz...April 21
This actor was born in Chihuahua, Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. His father was born in Mexico to an Irish immigrant father and his mother was of Aztec ancestry. His father, who rode with Pancho Villa during the war, later moved his family to El Paso, Texas then to Los Angeles, California where the father became a cameraman at a Hollywood movie studio. As a boy, the future actor attended a Catholic church and considered becoming a priest but later he became a Pentecostal where he played in the church band and was an apprentice preacher under Aimee Semple McPherson. He left high school before graduation and became a professional boxer while studying art and architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright before getting an offer for acting work from a film studio. He did some stage performance and then launched his film career in the 1936 films “Parole” and “The Milky Way”. Later he played more character roles in “Dangerous To Know”, “Road To Morocco” and then played Crazy Horse in “They Died With Their Boots On”. By 1947, he had appeared in more than 50 films and had played Indians, Mafia dons, Hawaiian chiefs, Filipino freedom-fighters, Chinese guerillas, and Arab sheiks. That year he returned to the stage where he played Stanley Kowalski in a Broadway performance of “A Streetcar Named Desire”. As he aged, he became a star in films such as “La Strada”, “the Guns Of Navarone”, “Lawrrence Of Arabia”, “Zorba The Greek”, “Guns For San Sebastian”, “The Message”, and “Lion Of The Desert”. He also won two Best Supporting Actor Oscars for “Viva Zapata!” in 1952 and “Lust For Life” in 1956. Besides his acting career, he was also an accomplished painter and writer. This actor passed away at the age of 86 in 2001. Who was this actor?
Friday Quiz...April 18
Q...This comedian and singer was born in Hayti District of Durham, North Carolina and his family was the most prominent on their street which was eventually named after the family. He began his career in traveling music and burlesque shows and at one time was a member of Bessie Smith’s Traveling Revue in the 1920s. He claimed to be the originator of the Truckin’ dance which was popular in the early 1930s. He was a popular performer at New York’s Apollo Theater where he often wore blackface and huge painted white lips even though many complained that the vaudeville tradition was degrading. He began making film appearances in the 1940s, television appearances especially “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the 1950s, and comedy recordings in the 1960s. His signature routine was his “here come da judge” schtick which mocked formal courtroom etiquette as he would sit at an elevated judge’s bench and deal with comic lawbreakers. When Sammy Davis Jr. did the routine as a guest on Laugh-In, it led to the originator of the routine to become a regular performer on “Laugh-In” and gave this performer previously only popular with black audiences, more exposure with white audiences. He also enjoyed a hit single with his routine accompanied by music with a funky beat and the #19 hit “Here Come The Judge” is considered a forerunner of rap. This performer passed away at the age of 77 in 1981. Who was he?
A...Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham
A...Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham
Thursday Quiz...April 17
Q...This music publisher, songwriter, producer and talent manager was born in The Bronx, New York and after graduating from George Washington High School in Manhattan, he went on to study at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey. He first achieved success in the music business in the late 1950s and early 1960s as co-owner of the New York music publishing company Aldon Music and the publishing company had many “Brill Building” songwriters under contract including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Phil Spector, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Jack Keller. As a producer and promoter, he helped launch the careers of performers Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and the group Kansas. However, he is perhaps best known for his connection with the Monkees as he was hired by the producers of the TV show to provide hit songs that the band would mime on the show as well as record with studio musicians. He was instrumental in providing hits from his army of songwriters for the first two albums, including “Last Train To Clarksville”, and “I’m A Believer” but after the group wanted more insight into the songs they would record and due to controversy over the group not playing on the albums, it lead to friction with this producer who was dismissed after releasing “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” as a single without the consent of Columbia Pictures. Later he would go on to produce and provide the music for the animated series “The Archies”. In 1972, he became host of the TV show “In Concert” on ABC which featured concert performances from popular performers. Soon he left ABC and produced his own syndicated concert series which ran until 1981 when MTV made its premiere. As host, he was known for his flat delivery which was lampooned by Saturday Night Live musical director Paul Shaffer, especially when Shaffer introduced the Blues Brothers on their TV debut. He passed away at the age of 76 in 2011. Who was this music impresario known as “The Man With The Golden Ear”?
Wednesday Quiz...April 16
Q...This composer and arranger was born in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland and was raised in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. His parents had both emigrated from Italy and the boy took piccolo lessons at the age of 8, then piano lessons at the age of 12. He and his father played in a band together and then after high school graduation, he attended the Julliard School of Music in New York. After a year, he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II where he participated in the liberation of a concentration camp in southern Germany. After the war, he entered the music industry by becoming a pianist and arranger for the re-formed Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1946. In 1952, he joined the music department at Universal Pictures where he contributed music to over 100 movies including “The Glenn Miller Story” where he received an Oscar nomination. He also wrote some popular songs such as “I Won’t Let You Out Of My Heart” by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. In 1958, he left Universal to work as an independent composer/arranger and soon scored music for the Blake Edwards TV series “Peter Gunn” leading to a collaboration with Edwards with songs such as “Moon River” from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and “Days Of Wine And Roses” and the score from “Victor/Victoria”. He also did the music for the “Pink Panther” film series. He passed away from cancer at the age of 70 in 1994 and won a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Who was this composer?