Working with the queen of hearts

Strictly this video should have been written last night, but do to various events, its only happening tonight. In truth, there were follow up murders on 10th August, 1969, to supposedly cover up the events of the 9th, I’m using that as my alibi. Yesterday was an event that I have so many tenuous connections to, that I had to mention it when it was pointed out to me. Yes, the murder of Sharon Tate, 4 others, plus her unborn baby (she was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time) happened 50 years ago yesterday, carried out by a number of followers of Charles Manson, as part of their devotion to him. The irony being that in all likelihood, Tate wasnt his target, she was just the person in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The wrong place was 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.

Reading up more about it today, once I realised the anniversary, the person Manson really had the grievance with was Terry Melcher, the son of Doris Day, who was producing, and playing with the Beach Boys at the time. Basically one of the Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson fell under the spell cast by Manson, and asked Melcher to help Manson to release an album. All we really know is, it never happened. There are stories that Manson sounded awful, the songs were terrible, or the fact that (quite rightly) Doris Day told her son that there was something ‘wrong’ about Manson, and that he shouldnt help him. Whatever the reason, he didnt, but between the rejection, and that fateful day, Melcher moved out of Cielo Drive, and Tate, and Roman Polanski moved there instead.

But because Manson was fixated more by the address than anything else (he probably wouldnt have the new address for Melcher) he sent a number of his followers there to murder anyone they found there. I’m not going to bore you with all the history, especially as the film, ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ has just been released, which covers many of these events.

The other connection is actually through Jean Harlow. Sharon Tate, shortly before her death is said to have visited the Bern/Harlow home nearby on Easton Drive, and saw Paul Bern’s (her 2nd husband) ghost, who warned her about events to happen shortly after. None of it is truly confirmed, but its a story that survived down the years, all the same.

Right, video time. Same song, two artists, a song that probably described Sharon Tate, in truth. Firstly, the original Juice Newton version (love some of the dresses)

Then the version of the song I grew up with

Angel of the mourning

Seriously, if anyone cant work out the video tonight, be ashamed.

Its fair to say that my brain seizures made me contemplate my mortality, especially given the effort I seeming put up to try and not recovery, lol. But yes, I’m 61, I’m not getting any younger, and all that. Besides which, if my brain gets much more busted, how much longer do I really want.

I beat Clara Johnson (my previous life) at least, given I can assume she passed away, somewhere around 50, with lung cancer being a good guess at the cause. Of course, Jean Harlow only made 26, so in comparison to those, I’m doing pretty well. Of course, Lillian Gish lasted to 8 months short of her century, Mary Carlisle made it to 104, and Olivia De Havilland  who celebrated 103, only yesterday!

But all the same, when you hear of a healthy young sportsman passes away at the age of 27, seemingly of natural causes, its got to hit everyone pretty hard. Especially when you consider that Tyler Skaggs, of the Los Angeles Angels had only just pitched his game in sequence for the team, in Texas.

Dont get me wrong, I’ve had more than a few people pass away in my life, that I knew, but no one that young. I have no idea how his family can possibly feel, and though I know they wont read this, I want to send my best wishes, all the same.

So yes, even ignoring the currently more minor health issues of mine, like the knees, and the arthritis, even ignoring the more serious ones, like my back/spine, and of course my brain, and one other I’d rather not mention, at least currently, I’m still alive.

RIP Tyler Skaggs, thanks for the pleasure you bought to your family, and millions of baseball fans, especially Angels ones.

I wonder if my acting career will ever reach a point where my passing makes the news, somehow I doubt it.

OK, video time. Juice Newton, as I hope you’re expecting

Just call us Dodgers, of the evening

Alright, fine, its like buses, you go a long time with none turning up, then two turn up together. Yes, blogs that mention Los Angeles a lot. I know, but when I saw the baseball schedules for the first half of this week…

Firstly though, lets sidetrack you. The last time I got to a baseball game, with good company, was in Kansas City, with my good friend Kate, playing the Boston Red Sox, on a glorious Sunday afternoon. In fact, in truth, at present, the only other person I have been to a baseball game with, is Kate! Fine, there were thirty, to forty thousand other people there, and at Fenway Park, which we had done previously, but you get my drift.

To say that day that the staff at the Stadium did us proud, would be an understatement. Kate has a health issue, and couldnt get terribly comfortable in the seats we were sat in. Me, I was fine, but I’m pretty skinny, so…Anyway, on hearing of her issues, we got moved to different seats, and all was fine for the rest of the afternoon. A young man looked after us wonderfully, with food and drink, and we had a great time.

Yes, you’ve guessed it, tonight sees the start of a series between Boston, and Kansas City, in Kansas City! Sadly, neither I, or Kate will be there, but it would be wonderful to think that someone at the stadium might see this, and at least think of us tonight. No, I cant remember who won the match we were at, lol!

Oh, right, fine, Los Angeles. Yes, tonight sees the start of the ‘Freeway Series’, between the 2 LA teams. Well, I’m one of those who calls them the Anaheim Angels, but anyway, its the local rivalry. And yes, tonight, and again tomorrow, the games are in Dodgers Stadium. Which of course, as all shrewdies, and long term followers of this blog will know, is the last baseball stadium that I have visited, at time of writing. Oh, and did you know, between 1962, and 1965, the Angels played at Dodger Stadium, before moving to their own place.

I guess that given my main sport in my early years was cricket, and counties, beyond Yorkshire, and Lancashire, didnt have much in the way of rivalries, as such. Not even a London series between Surrey, and Middlesex, in fact. So no, I’m not big on local rivalries, to be honest, and have no idea what they are like in baseball. I think in all honesty, the Dodgers have a bigger rivalry with the San Francisco giants, than their Anaheim neighbors. But yes, you’re right, I’ll be rooting for the boys in blue! Hey, they’re from Hollywood, so what were you expecting? đŸ˜‰

So, four teams I’ve seen before (I saw the Angels once in Oakland), and 3 I support, to varying degrees, in special matches tonight. Me, I’ll sleep through them both, sadly, as both are overnight, my time. But in my dreams…

Fine, the video. The one team of the four that I dont support in any way, shape, or form. Yes, the Angels. Though this is of the morning, not the evening.