I was sorry to read in today’s paper that, according to the NY Post, “Ed McMahon’s years of boozing are partly to blame for his going broke,” to the tune of $200-million bucks and is now in jeapordy of losing his home. I totally get it. Don’t be surprised if one day you find me passed out in the bottom of a giant Twinkie filling machine, in a sugar coma brought on by cravings!
I met him once, when I was the Executive Producer of Lifetime Television’s, Attitudes. It was at the height of his Star Search days. So, as exec prod I decided it might be fun to create our own Star Search in the Astoria studio.
We found 3 vocalists who were just starting out and allowed them to compete against each other. I can’t remember who the other two were (although one was Stephanie Mill’s cousin or niece or something like that) and one was a friend of my friend, Penny Landau (who was a pretty good publicist in NY at the time). I’ve since lost touch with her. Her name was/is Marieann Meringolo who was starting out in the NYC caberet scene.
As it turns out, Marieann won. Of course Lifetime was too cheap to front any awards so Ed reached into his pocket and gave her a $100 bill! I wonder if she still has it? She needed the dough at the time and how generous of good ol’ Ed. He was a very nice guy and made everyone feel important, from the top on down to the show runners.
I know that Marieann still has her voice. I have both of her albums and she’s still a force on the New York caberet scene. I love her voice. It has a Connie Francis quality, and a tear in it.
You can click on the link here to see a YouTube video of Marieann singing a song in tribute to another of my caberet favorites — how GAY is THAT?!? What’s next? Striesand? — Nancy LaMott
Nancy LaMott died at a very, very young age of ovarian cancer, I think. On her deathbed her one regret was that she never married. Her pianist married her in the hospital and she died just hours later. I have every one of her albums. I think she was a great talent. Jeff can’t stand when I play her music over and over and over again! Tough shit! LOL Here’s a sample of her on GMA (obviously before she kicked the bucket).
I’m not a huge Country/Western fan.
Frankly, I like the hillbilly music much better…I think they call it bluegrass now! Anyway, I couldn’t get anything on the radio the other night except this C&W station. I heard a song that just made me laugh so I downloaded it on my iPod later that night.
Here are some of the lyrics:
“I got a brand new girlfriend.
we went and jumped off the deep end,
flew out to LA for the weekend,
spent the whole day, lyin’ on the beach,
wearin’ nothin’ but a smile,
playin’ kissy-kissy, smoochy-smoochy,
talkin’ mooshy-mooshy bout nothin’.
man, i think im on to somethin’,
yano i feel just like a kid again.
i got a brand new girlfriend. ”
Found this on eBay:
How fun to hit pop culture. Hurry! The auction ends on June 11!
It’s item number: 260248006517
FRIENDS AND FOES
quilters-home-is-home-at-my-house.html This is a fun post. And there’s a photo with me and Anne Sutton and such a nice paragraph about designer, Mary Cowan!
http://quiltcommunity.com/members/blog/hearttohand01/ Check out: Weeble Meets Mark Lipinski. It’s cute.
my-brushes-with-greatness-at-market This is Mary Cowan’s “brushes with greatness!” Sheesh! LOL Isn’t she the prettiest thing? A face MADE for the camera!
Today’s Goodies Quilter’s Home, a “rag?” Humph!
Wow! I think I may have actually written something that helped somebody! Click here A Good Read
Mark Lipinski Blogged About Me! This could go on forever!
One more thought……. Have you Pickles been tallying up your $ and time spent quilting?
http://karencombs.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/quilters-home/ Karen’s quilt is featured in this month’s MLQuilter’s Home. Go see it!
http://grandmasquilts.blogspot.com She liked my garden and shared her own.