Part 3 of Burma Shave Signs
Surprised that they would find weapons at a gun shop.
It wasn’t easy for law enforcement officials to place the homeless man under house arrest.
Homicides would be easier to solve if they could question the victims.
Is there a law against murdering dead people?
Mississippi’s literacy program didn’t have enough funding for spelling courses.
Attorneys will sue themselves if it means more money in their bank account.
Am wondering who did my surgery if it wasn’t a doctor.
Saw some of these cows standing in the unemployment line.
Fish thank the feds for getting the word out.
This miracle cure is no longer a cure and is now a deadly disease.
A cemetery is the last place you would expect to find a dead body.
These are just a few of the many funny classified ads, that can be found online. I wrote some suitable comments for each classified ad.
Not exactly the best way to get your foot in the door in the broadcast industry.
Not many applicants will qualify for this job.
Could get a little crowded to have three kids and a nanny, in the same outhouse, plus might be a good idea to bring a couple of cans of Febreze to work everyday.
Will have to think this job offer over awhile before accepting.
Good thing that looks are not important.
This car could speak Spanish to the car in My Mother the Car.
It will be a miracle if they find someone with this name.
Guess this means she decided to keep the cat and dump her husband.
Last I knew there is not a legal way to kill someone who is harassing them.
Would like to see the Carfax on that car that has only been rolled once.
Frank Spencer Sutton was born October 23, 1923 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Carter on Gomer Pyle.
His father was a linotype operator for the Nashville Tennessean and died, when his son Frank was 14 years old.
Sutton tried to join the Marines, but was turned down for failing to pass the physical, because one arm was bent too far back at the elbow.
However, he was able to join the Army and participated in 14 assault landings, including those at Leyte, Luzon and Corregidor during World War II.
After the war he returned to work as an announcer on a Nashville radio station. However, that didn’t go so well, when his boss turned on the radio and heard silence, since Sutton had fallen asleep. That ended his radio career, but it helped launch his acting career, since he went to Columbia University and graduated cum laude in Dramatic Arts.
First Television Job
Sutton’s first television acting job was on Captain Video and His Video Rangers in 1949.
He appeared in his first movie The Glenn Miller Story in 1954, but it was an uncredited role. He had another uncredited role in 1955 in the movie Marty.
His next major role was in Town Without Pity in 1961, in which he portrayed Sgt. Chuck Snyder
First Big Break With Gomer Pyle USMC
Frank Sutton had acted in many movies and television shows from 1949-1964, but his big break came, when he was cast as Sgt. Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle USMC. He portrayed a tough guy sergeant, who encounters a green recruit in Gomer Pyle, who was portrayed by Jim Nabors. It was a classic match of a tough Marines sergeant, who was frustrated by a gentle Gomer time after time.
Both Sutton and Nabors were perfectly cast in their roles as Sgt. Carter and Gomer Pyle. Sgt. Carter is the sergeant, that most of us who served in the military encountered at some point, during our tour of duty, so was easy to identify with. We can all remember recruits like Gomer who didn’t have a clue, about what military life was all about. However, we also know that a recruit like Gomer would not have lasted through boot camp in real life.
Gomer infuriated Sgt. Carter by his actions, but Gomer never retaliated in kind. Gomer was a prime example of a soft answer turning away the wrath of Sgt. Carter.
The show was on television from 1964-1969. Sutton and Pyle both appeared in all 150 episodes of the show.
CBS originally rejected the show, since they were afraid the military theme would not go over well with their female viewers. However, when Danny Thomas the producer threatened to take the show to NBC, which caused CBS to rethink their decision and carry the show on the CBS network after all.
The show apparently used real Marines in some of the scenes, since Jim Nabors didn’t like watching the opening scene of the introduction to the show, which showed the Marines marching, since several of those soldiers had been killed in Vietnam later.
Gomer Pyle was never higher than private first class during the five-year run of the show.
Nabors decided to leave Gomer Pyle after five seasons, to star in the Jim Nabors Hour, which ran for 1969-1971. Sutton would appear on only 3 of the 51 episodes of the show.
The television of career for Sutton was over for the most part, after Gomer Pyle left the air. He appeared in five segments of Love American Style from 1970-1973. He acted in two TV movies Ernie, Madge and Artie (1973) and Hurricane (1974).
The role of Sgt. Carter not only made him a star, but it also ended his acting career, since he was too closely identified with the Sgt. Carter character.
Frank Sutton died of a heart attack at the age of 50, in Shreveport, Louisiana on June 28,1974 while rehearsing for a dinner theater production. Sutton had went from television stardom, to acting on the dinner theater circuit, which showed how fast his fame flamed out after being Sgt. Carter.
Sadly, Gomer Pyle is one of the more difficult shows to find in reruns today. Even when it was being shown in reruns it was being shown in the early morning hours like around 4:30 in the morning.
It was one of my favorite television shows ever and would like to be able to see those shows again, if they are ever shown again.
I was going through the on-screen programming guide, when I ran across a show called The Carbonaro Effect. I was curious about the show, so I recorded one episode. I liked it so much have been recording every episode I can find.
The show can be seen at 10 PM ET and 9 PM CT on truTV.
The Carbonaro Effect is a fun show to watch, as the victims of the tricks try to figure out what just happened. Michael Carbonaro the magician/host of the show is perfectly cast, as his easygoing way with the victims of his magic tricks leads some of them to believe his off the wall reasons for the magic occurring.
Below is the video of the magic trick done with the bowling ball and basketball:
Some of my favorite tricks are when Michael is looking for a key in the trunk of a car and “accidentally” locks himself in the trunk. The man he was talking to when this happens tries, to figure out how to get him out of the trunk. Before he can get him out Michael comes out the front door of the hotel and says “I found the key”. The look on the face of the man, who was trying to help him get out is priceless, when Michael appears with the key.
Another favorite trick is when he thinks he has the winning ticket for a new car in a raffle. There is a security guard with a table in front of the car which is in front of a temporary garage. Michael gives him some identification, but then realizes he left his winning ticket at home, so tells security guard he will walk home to get his ticket.
After Michael leaves the security guard looks behind him where the car was parked and the car was gone. A few minutes later Michael drives up in the same car, that he was supposed to win, and tells the security guard that he found the winning ticket. The security guard is going crazy trying to figure out how Michael got the car, that he was supposed to be guarding. You have to see this magic trick to really comprehend how good of a trick that it was.
The following clip shows Michael knocking out passenger windows of cars and telling the owners, that all new cars today come with four windows. He tells them the first window is a dealer window and that all they have to do is break the dealer window and roll up the good windows. Some of the victims of this trick are not exactly happy campers to see him smash out their windows.
The Carbonaro Effect is totally different from most shows on television today. This article from Newsday says that the show has been renewed for another 13 weeks, before it was ever shown on television:
I don’t want to give away any more of the tricks, but will say that another favorite trick is when he pours a huge pitcher of a drink, into a small cup and the cup still isn’t full. The lady tells him, that he is messing with her cognitive development, after looking amazed, that so much drink was poured into such a small cup.
The allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944 was the beginning of the end of the Hitler regime.
Timeline of Events Leading to D-Day Invasion
1921 – Adolf Hitler named leader of Nazi Party in July of 1921 and took the title of the Fuhrer.
1924 – Nazi Party leaders, including Hitler were arrested for attempting to overthrow the Bavarian government. He was sent to prison for five years, but only served 10 months and was released. He wrote Mein Kampf, while he was in prison.
1929-1930 – The worldwide depression was beneficial to the Nazi’s as they began to gain popularity.
1933 – Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg on January 30. The Gestapo was formed on April 26, 1933. Nazi’s assumed complete power, after all the other political parties were banned.
1934 – President Hindenburg died on August 2 and Hitler took over as leader of the German government.
1939 – Germany invades and occupies Czechoslovakia in March of 1939. The German Army invades and occupies Poland in September of 1939.
1940 – Germany invades and occupies Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France during April and May of 1940. Germany had now invaded and occupied eight countries, from March 15, 1939 till May 10, 1940.
April 6, 1941 would see Yugoslavia and Greece be invaded and occupied by German troops. Hitler now had 10 countries under his umbrella of power.
June 22, 1941 was the date that 3 million German troops invaded Russia, in what would become one of Hitler’s biggest mistakes of the war.
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel wasn’t there when the Allied invasion began, since he had went home for a family visit, since it was thought that the Allied invasion might not take place for another two weeks. Rommel was more humane than some German officers. He didn’t let his troops mistreat prisoners. Rommel participated in a conspiracy to remove Hitler from power, but he was opposed to the assassination plot. The plot to assassinate Hitler failed when the bomb exploded, but failed to kill Hitler. Some of those involved with the plot implicated Rommel, when they were being questioned about the plot to kill Hitler. Rommel was opposed to the assassination plot, because he feared it might make Hitler a martyr.
When Hitler learned that Rommel was involved with the other conspirators, then he gave Rommel the option of committing suicide, rather than be executed, since he had been such a war hero. Rommel committed suicide on October 14, 1944, which happened to be the same day I was born.
1942 – The German troops are defeated at El Alamein in North Africa on November 5, 1942.
1943 – The German 6th Army is defeated at Stalingrad on February 2, 1943.
1944 – The Allied invasion of Normandy begins on June 6, 1944. The tide was turning against the Germans as they had suffered two major defeats, with them losing the Battle of El Alamein in North Africa, and to the Russians at Stalingrad and now they had a massive invasion by Allied troops. All of this happened in about a year and a half.
D-Day – June 6, 1944 – All times are military time:
0015 – 17,000 paratroopers land behind enemy lines prior to the invasion.
0309 – German radar sights Allied invasion fleet.
0700 – Allied troops in the first landings at Omaha Beach are pinned down.
0800 – Allied troops climb the bluffs at Omaha Beach.
1000 – The Allied troops have now ascended to the top of the bluff of Omaha Beach.
1330 – American troops advance inland after landing on the beach.
1400 – Hitler conducts first meeting about the invasion. Seven hours had passed, before Hitler became involved with the machinations of the German war machine, in their attempt to stem the American advances.
0000 Midnight – 9 Allied divisions have now landed in France.
The landing of Allied forces signaled the eventual end of the Hitler regime. It still would be another 10 months, before Hitler would commit suicide in his bunker, rather than be captured by American or Russian troops in Berlin.
Celebrities Involved in D-Day Invasion
Baseball player Yogi Berra was aboard a Navy rocket ship, at Normandy shooting rockets at the enemy, to soften the enemy strongholds on shore. He never actually set foot on the beach, but he still played a significant part in the events of that day.
Author J. D. Salinger carried the first six chapters of The Catcher in the Rye with him, when he was part of the invasion force.
Actor Alex Guinness piloted a landing craft carrying British troops to the beach.
Actor James Doohan, who would later portray Scotty on the Star Trek television series was shot several times that day and lost a finger.
End of the Third Reich
The 11 year reign of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich ended on April 30, 1945.
Hitler made a crucial mistake by bombing London and attempting to invade and occupy Russia. Sending three million troops still wasn’t enough to defeat Russia. 4.3 million Germans died during the Eastern front, while 10.6 million Russians died in the fighting.
Invading Russia was the most colossal mistake of the Hitler regime. He could have used the 4.3 million Germans who died in Russia to defend Germany, against American and British troops. However, when he invaded Russia he enabled Russia and America to combine forces, which made it a lot easier to capture Berlin and bring the end of the reign of terror by Adolf Hitler. Russia probably would have stayed out of the war, if Germany had not invaded Russia.
Hitler was far from being a military genius and erred by not letting his generals have complete control in the war.
When Hitler sent the troops to invade Russia he thought the war in Russia would be over before winter. Instead, the fighting went into winter and the German troops were not prepared for the winter weather, since they had not been allowed to bring winter clothing with them.
We will never know the exact number of those killed during World War II, since there were so many Jews being executed during the war.
Hitler’s dream of Germany becoming a world power came to a sudden end, when he shot and killed himself in his bunker on April 30, 1945. Instead he left his country in ruins, from the Allied bombing attacks and it may never recover from the devastation of World War II.
Germans and citizens all over the world need to never forget the devastation, of the World War II European theater fighting, which only happened because Adolf Hitler wanted to rule the world. It could have been a different war if Russian and Great Britain had stayed out of the war, if they hadn’t been attacked by Hitler.
Hitler may have pretended to care about Germany, but all he really cared about was Adolf Hitler.