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  1. I probably haven't posted or even been here in over a year, but when I heard this news, I just HAD to come back and check in with everyone. Even knowing about his son's death, it's still such a shock. RIP.
  2. 50 years ago today. It's oddly fitting that in a year that included two assassinations of high profile figures and the height of the Vietnam War, a daytime soap about the haves and have nots, that included people of different classes and races, would quietly debut one Monday afternoon on ABC in the midst of all this tragedy and chaos(the riots/protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago were only a month later). And despite some turns away from that concept over the years (hi, Eterna!), that is probably still its most important legacy. Happy Anniversary! Unfortunately, there are virtually no episodes of the show from 1968 on YouTube (much less the first episode of the show), but there IS a fan-made approximation of the closing credits featuring the theme used from 1968-1975, complete with an ABC logo of that era, and a promo for The Johnny Cash Show.
  3. For those who haven't heard: Jaelynn Willey, the girl shot on Tuesday at Great Mills High School, was taken off life support last night; she had been declared brain dead before that. Just as a reminder: This was my high school, and where I'm from. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/life-support-ending-brain-dead-school-shooting-victim-53953508
  4. So far three students have been confirmed to be injured. There are also--at the moment unconfirmed--reports that no one is dead. I hope that's true.
  5. So that high school that has had a shooting today? That was MY high school, in MY home county. I LIVE here.
  6. I'm 29 today! I know I really don't show up here much anymore, but there are so many of you I care about so much, and I just wanted to you to know that today, and that I'm fine. :) 

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    2. Gray Bunny

      Gray Bunny

      Happy birthday! Enjoy your final year in your 20's and look forward to a declining metabolism in your 30's! :)

    3. Taoboi


      Happy bday!!!!!

    4. Juliajms


      Happy Birthday!!

  7. RIP to The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan. What a great voice she had. :(


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    2. Vee


      I just loved them.

    3. MissLlanviewPA


      @YRfan23 A cause of death hasn't been revealed yet. 

    4. YRBB


      I gasped when I read the news earlier. What a beautiful voice. Heartbreaking.

  8. RIP, Rose Marie!



    1. DRW50


      Sad to hear this. I kept forgetting she was still with us, but she was such a witty, fascinating person. I'll always love her work on DVDS.

    2. Khan


      I'm sad as well.  Wasn't it just last week when she shared with the Hollywood Reporter that story about the producer who sexually harassed her?  IIRC, she not only stood up to that jerk, but she did it with everyone in the crew watching, too.  I think she said it cost her as far as screen time in the movie she was working on, but she was certainly brave to take a stand like she did, especially at that period in history.

  9. For all her faults, Taylor's trial this year was a BIG deal. I definitely have an issue with her bullying that blogger with a potential lawsuit for daring to talk about the alt-right following she has acquired but refuses to publicly denounce, but abuse is abuse no matter who the woman is (ditto Megyn Kelly, although Gretchen Carlson deserves equal if not more attention for her role in Roger Ailes' downfall). We can challenge them on their faults, but if we try to fight back with a "perfect victim" narrative every time someone comes forward who we may either have issues with or outright don't like, we ALL lose. My feeling, as a woman, is that I may disagree on certain things certain women believe, but I will fight with everything I have to make sure those same women have the same rights I do. This is how I feel about Leeann Tweeden, too. Yes, she's a Trump supporter, but what Al Franken did to her was wrong, full stop. TIME made a statement that they wanted to focus their cover on women who impacted this movement this year in particular, hence (at least part of) the reason Kesha wasn't on the cover (although her album coming out this year might have been reason enough to include her, I don't know). No, I've seen it on Twitter all day. I don't agree with all the criticism, but as a white woman, I feel a responsibility to shut up and listen to black women/women of color and their criticism (the people who are just trolling/being angry for no reason? not so much). Oh no, I know about the arm on the cover, I meant the Tweet I linked of the cover in this thread. It shows up cut in half here, with the half of the cover with Taylor/the arm missing entirely. I guess the embedding was weird or something.
  10. I'm STUNNED no one has posted this yet. This made me so happy. (ETA: I don't know why the cover got cut off like that. Weird.)
  11. RIP, Jim Nabors! And for those who are wondering, we still have Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling), Elinor Donahue, and of course Ron Howard left from TAGS. And Ken Berry and Buddy Foster from Mayberry, RFD, for that matter. 

    1. DRW50


      So sad to hear this. I'm glad he got to live his last years out and at peace. 


      I think this quote sums up his appeal (and says a lot about our corrosive modern culture): "In Mayberry, there was no illness. There was no war. There was no violence. There was no graffiti. We all had a good time, and we laughed a lot."

    2. xtr


      Rip Jim Nabors.


      My Dad loves watching the Andy Griffith Show and I was introduced to that show and Gomer Pyle because of him. I am glad that Mr. Nabors lived a long life and that many of the other actors from this show and spinoff are still alive.

  12. I am honestly shocked she's doing this, especially after she made such a big point out of saying that none of 1989 was meant to be played on country radio. It was, ironically, a big thing more traditional country fans commended her for at the time: she was finally being honest about being a pop artist, rather than a country one. "New Year's Day" IS the most traditional sounding song on reputation in terms of using actual instruments, but country? Not so much. I am genuinely wondering if this song--by being the final song on the album--is a signal that she might return to a more country sound on her next album, or a last ditch attempt by Big Machine to get her some country airplay in a time when the genre could use some more star power. Judge for yourself. http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/taylor-swifts-aggressive-country-move-with-new-years-day-poses-many-questions/ (BTW: This is a legitimate writer. He is active in the country music scene in and around Austin, Texas, and is THE guy to read in terms of finding out about the newest traditional-sounding/underground country musicians. I'm a huge fan.)
  13. RIP, David Cassidy. 

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    2. MissLlanviewPA


      @Shawn me too! Aunt Fern and her armadillo groom's cake is one of the BEST parts of that movie! 

    3. DRW50


      I'm always sorry so much of her AW and Somerset material is gone as Lahoma seems like such a groundbreaking character, and her popularity likely had a huge impact on AMC as well. I mostly remember her for her lovely performance in the Roseanne episode that Roseanne later pissed all over.

    4. slick jones

      slick jones

      Lusty Lana was a hoot on TC.   I also loved her in SM and the show Filthy Rich. Her Bootsie was the bomb!


  14. And for the record, I know there are a lot of great people here who really like her and her music. I love all of you. But sometimes, as one of the only women who regularly posts on this thread, I worry about being mansplained when it comes to certain things about her and her problematic nature. And while this particular situation doesn't have as much to with anything women-specific as some of her other controversies have, at the end of the day, her core audience is still young women, and since I'm her age, it's something I'm sensitive to. I apologize in advance.
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