Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur

Number of Shows I've Seen:
One. Bea was touring with her one woman show, And Then There's Bea. This show would go to Broadway and become the Tony nominated Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends.

Iconic Moment:
Just seeing Bea Arthur walk onto the stage was an iconic moment. There was "Dorothy Zbornak." Live. Right in front of me. The lady I spent every Saturday night with during the run of The Golden Girls. I was in awe.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Michael Rivers Called a "City Bitch" by Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim, comic and Little House on the Prairie star recently made a book signing appearance at the Mall of America. People love to hate Alison for her portrayal of Nellie Oleson on the classic TV series. She's written the fantastic book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch (How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love being Hated).

I had to miss the signing but my friends Laura and Deb were able to go. They purchased a book for me and Laura asked how I wanted it inscribed.

I wanted something fun so I decided that if Alison Arngrim is the "Prairie Bitch," then I must be the "City Bitch."

I'm told Alison loved my idea and busted out laughing. She happily signed the book: To Mike, the city bitch, from the prairie bitch!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Children

As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!

Who Said It:
Coco Chanel

My Thoughts:
I take offense to this. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to go play with my G. I. Joe.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Golden Girls 25th Anniversary DVD Set

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Golden Girls, the complete series is being released in a box set (November 9, 2010)! Twenty-one DVDs will contain all 180 episodes and will be packaged in a replica of Sophia's purse.

I already own all 7 season on DVD. But this box set is very tempting!

Golden Girls is one of those rare sitcoms whose writing, acting and directing is timeless. The laughs are still coming 25 years later. There is a reason all 4 actresses won an Emmy.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Favorite Quote: On House Keeping

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

Who Said It:
Zsa Zsa Gabor

My Thoughts:
So that's what I have to do to get a house.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

300th Blog Post

This marks the 300th post on Michael Rivers: The Blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.

There are millions of blogs so I try to make this a quick, fun stop. I hope you enjoy your visits!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Talk Show Flashback: Donahue

There was a time in the 80s and 90s where if a person could hold a microphone, they could host a daytime talk show (or at least try). I loved these shows and I still secretly dream of the day when I’ll have my own (are you listening Hollywood?).


Phil Donahue

Years on the Air
29 years! (1967 to 1996)

Donahue remains the longest continuous run of any syndicated talk show in U.S. television history.

Did you watch?
I always loved when he had celebrity guests. The world events went over my head. But Susan Lucci on the panel--I was there!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th

This is the last Friday the 13th of 2010.

One of my superstitions is not looking ahead on a Page-a-Day calendar. Somewhere along the way I developed the thought that it was bad luck. Don't ask me why it's not bad luck to view an entire month on a wall calendar.

What superstitions do you have?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Laughter

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Who Said It:
Charlie Chaplin

My Thoughts:
I couldn't agree with him more! Laughter is so important!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Cher


Number of Concerts I've Attended:
One. This Minneapolis concert was supposed to be the final concert of Cher's career. Then she decided to extend the farewell tour. And extend it. And extend it. She ended up coming back to Minneapolis another three times! And now she's headlining in Vegas.

Iconic Moment:
The Bob Mackie costumes, the elaborate productions and Cher just being Cher. The show was very well produced. The mega-hit If I Could Turn Back Time was a crowd favorite.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Relief

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.

Who Said It:
Lily Tomlin

My Thoughts:
This reminds me. Why is it with all these advanced technological gadgets created to make life simpler, I'm busier than ever?