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10 May 2010

The Class of 2010 could include you

Go back to school?  At my age?

Well yes, I think I will.  It sounds enlightening and fun.  I'll be teaching a couple of Movie Memories-related classes at Richland College in Dallas (TX) this summer. 

Rich200 If you've been looking for something to do that will engage the brain a little and introduce you to people of like mind, I encourage you to experience what Mitzi Werther, director of Richland's emeritus program, calls "the joy of learning after 50."

I'll be delighted, of course, if you sign up for my two-session class titled "If You Can't Say Something Nice -- My Career as a Film Critic" (Aug. 2 and Aug. 9 10 a.m. to noon).  I'll talk about memorable celebrity interviews with Harrison Ford, Al Pacino and many others.  And we'll go behind the scenes of the movie review business (Complete with film clips).

No matter what your interests are, however ("Dollars and Sense", "History of the Gospels," just to name a couple), here's a chance to turn a long hot summer into invigorating activities of the mind.

Click here for a link to Richland's Summer 2010 Emeritus Class Schedule.  If you use the slide bar on the right of the page you'll be able to glide down to Page 15 where my classes are listed.  Join us and we'll have some fun talking movies.

Betty White's excellent 'SNL' adventure

If you missed Betty White as host of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on May 8, you missed one of the most fun-filled editions of the long-running comedy sketch show in years.

White, who's a lively, rambunctious 88 these days, was in almost every skit.  Actually, if you were lucky enough to catch the show, you still missed three skits White appeared in.  They never aired on the live broadcast, but they were taped during dress rehearsal. 

Never fear, Betty White fans.  We've got them.  Click here to read my blog about the missing Betty White skits.  Then click on the link to the skits themselves near the end of the blog.

"You must remember this." -- Movie trivia

Got a minute for a little movie trivia to sharpen the brain?  It's all about Betty White this time.  Answer all five of this month's trivia questions correctly and you'll earn the highly coveted Movie Memories 4-jalapeño salute.  (See answers below.) 

1.  Betty White played a character named Grandma Annie opposite Sandra Bullock last summer in the movie:

a.  "The Hangover"

b.  "The Hurt Locker"  

c.  "The Proposal"

2.  Her flower-like name on the TV sitcom "The Golden Girls" was . . .

a.  Azalea

b.  Rose

c.  Red-tipped Photinia

3.  White's the widow of TV game-show host:

a.  Allen Ludden

b.  Groucho Marx

c.  Merv Griffin

4.  She played Sue Ann Nivens on the classic TV sitcom ... 

a.  "My Name Is Earl"

b.  "My Name is Sue"

c.  "Mary Tyler Moore"  

5.  Betty White is an avid activist for:

a.  The Tea Party

b.  The Pants on the Ground Movement

c.  Animal rights 

(Trivia Answers:  1-c, "The Proposal"/2-b, Rose/3-a, Allen Ludden/4-c "Mary Tyler Moore"/5-c, Animal rights)

Upcoming presentations

June 16:  "'Casablanca' -- My Favorite Movie of All Time" presentation at The Forum at Park Lane, Dallas.  6:45 p.m.

July 21:  An Enrichment Presentation at Richland College, Dallas. "'Casablanca' -- My Favorite Movie of All Time." 1:45 p.m.

Aug. 2:  Richland College Emeritus Program class No. 1. "If You Can't Say Something Nice -- My Career as a Film Critic" presentation.  10 a.m.

Aug. 9:  Richland College Emeritus Program class No. 2.  "Deadline Pressure ... What Deadline Pressure" presentation. 10 a.m. 

Sept. 13:  "'Casablanca' -- My Favorite Movie of All Time" presentation at Presbyterian Village North, Dallas.  6:30 p.m.

Nov. 16:  "'Casablanca' -- My Favorite Movie of All Time" presentation at Chambrel at Club Hill, Garland.  6:30 p.m.

(Photo courtesy:  Richland College)



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