Simply HandMade by R&R

My wife and her sister are starting a business, that sells blank farmhouse frames made out of wood. You will be able to use stencil or vinyl to add words, or a design to your frame.  These are a few of the frames that have been made. This is their Christmas Frame set of 2 – 12X15 Frames $25.00 Shipped. If you are interested let them know. They can make other sizes just give them a shout out to see. Their Facebook page and email links are above.  Be on the look out for more sizes and other products to come. 

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One Million Hits

I want to thank the readers of Nostalgia Now for reaching the 1,000,000 hits mark. The blog started in April of 2009 and was not active, when internet was out for long periods of time plus was out for several months, when I had cancer surgery and chemotherapy in late 2012 and early 2013. 

Thank you for reading the posts and posting comments over the last 6 years and 3 months. 

I ran out of nostalgia subjects to write about for the most part, so have focused more on more current events. Anyone that wants to comment on old posts from years ago is welcome to comment. 

Thank you again for your loyalty and interest in the blog since April of 2009.


Battle of Chosin Reservoir Campaign: Subject of 2010 Documentary “Chosin”

The Korean War has been more or less forgotten, so this article reminds us of what went on in one battle in Korea.

Nostalgia and Now

 The documentary Chosin was released in 2010, the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in which Army and Marines units were flanked on all sides by Chinese forces which had crossed into Korea.

Not only were the American forces trapped and outnumbered, they also had to fight in the most adverse weather conditions imaginable, with temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.

Frostbite was common as 12,000 of the 14,000 American troops at the Battle of Chosin contacted some form of frostbite.

In addition the Battle of Chosin was fought under icy conditions with snow falling during some of the fighting.


Chinese Not Taken Seriously

General Douglas MacArthurdid not consider the Chinese a threat to the American forces, thinking they were not ready to engage in a battle with the American forces. Another officer called the Chinese “laundrymen”. The troops at the Chosin…

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Mary Tyler Moore Has Battled Diabetes For 44 Years

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn New York. She will be 78 on her next birthday.

Mary Tyler Moore as the Happy Hotpoint Elf at the age of 16 in 1952.

Mary was seen in seven episodes of Richard Diamond, Private Detective, but her face was never seen, so only her voice could be heard on the show.

Mary Tyler Moore appeared on Dick Van Dyke from 1961-1966

She did a lot of free lance acting in various television shows, till she got her big break, when she was cast for the Dick Van Dyke Show playing Laura Petrie the wife of Rob Petrie portrayed by Dick Van Dyke.

Mary was given the role, despite being 11 years younger than Dick Van Dyke.

She won Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series, for the 1963-1964 and 1965-1966 seasons.

Diagnosed With Diabetes

Mary Tyler Moore was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 33 in 1969. Her diagnosis came three years after the Dick Van Dyke Show had ended and a year before Mary Tyler Moore Show started.

These are some quotes by Mary about diabetes from Brainy Quotes website:

Diabetes is an all-too-personal time bomb which can go off today, tomorrow, next year, or 10 years from now – a time bomb affecting millions like me and the children here today.

I’ve always been independent. I’ve always had courage. But I didn’t always own my diabetes.

I can’t eat pure sugar. I can’t have candy.

When the doctor said I had diabetes, I conjured images of languishing on a chaise longue nibbling chocolates. I have no idea why I thought this.

I need insulin to stay alive. It’s just therapy to keep going. What I can do is make sure that I keep my blood sugar down to a reasonable level. I can exercise, and I can eat properly. And insulin plays a very big part in that.

Mary Tyler Moore played a nun in Change of Habit with Elvis Presley.

When Mary was in between finishing the Dick Van Dyke Show and starting the Mary Tyler Moore Show she appeared in Change of Habit in 1969 with Elvis Presley and Edward Asner, who would appear in the Mary Tyler Moore show next year in 1970.

Mary Tyler Moore seen on the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Grant Tinker, who was the husband of Mary Tyler Moore talked CBS into making the Mary Tyler Moore Show into a regular series. It first aired in 1970 and it ran for 168 episodes, which was 10 more episodes than the Dick Van Dyke Show had ran.

Mary’s new show focused on life in the newsroom of a Minneapolis television station. The show had one of the best ensemble cast ever, with Edward Asner, Betty White, Valerie Harper, Gavin McLeod, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel and Cloris Leachman being regulars on the show.

Some trivia from about the show:

The show was originally planned to be about a divorced woman, but because divorce was still a hot subject in 1970, they settled for a broken engagement instead. Also, the network was afraid people would think that Mary had divorced Rob Petrie, her character’s husband on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), losing the audience’s sympathy.

When casting the part of Sue-Anne Nivens, producers were stumped for an actress to take the role. They wanted “someone like Betty White.” Eventually, someone asked “Why not cast Betty White?”

Mary’s house, which appears in the opening credits, is still standing in Minneapolis, Minnesota – the city in which the show takes place.

Following the conclusion of the series, Edward Asner continued to play Lou Grant in a long-running dramatic series of the same name.

Mary would win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series three times for the Mary Tyler Moore Show. She won in 1972-1973, 1973-1974 and 1975-1976 seasons.

Mary Tyler Moore in a scene with Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People.

Mary Tyler Moore appeared in Ordinary People a movie, which was released in 1980. The movie won a Oscar for Best Picture, but Mary was nominated for Best Actress award, but did not win.

Future Project

There is a movie being planned in Mary’s future, but it is not a sure thing at this time. She is rumored along with other famous stars of the past to appear in a movie named Big Finish.

However, it is not to be released till December 11, 2016. Some of the other stars rumored to be appearing in the movie include: Debbie Reynolds 82, Bob Newhart 85, Jerry Lewis 88 and Tim Conway 81. All of the stars will be two years older, if the production is released in 2016. Jonathan Winters was scheduled to be in the movie before he died.

Mary Tyler Moore may have aged over the years but still has that dazzling trademark smile.

Personal Life

Mary Tyler Moore has been married three times. Her first marriage ended early during the run of the Dick Van Dyke Show. She then married television executive Grant Tinker. After 19 years of marriage to Tinker she married Dr. Robert Levine in 1983.

Robert Levine (23 November 1983 – present)
Grant Tinker (1 June 1962 – 11 June 1981) (divorced)
Richard Meeker (25 August 1955 – 1962) (divorced) (1 child)

Funny Classifed Ads

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.

Mickey Rooney Dies After 92 Years In Show Business


Mickey Rooney 1920-2014

Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 in his North Hollywood home with his family present, at the time of his death.

He was born Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brookyln, New York City, New York. He died on April 6, 2014 in North Hollywood, California.

Rooney was only 17 months when he made his first appearance on stage, with the vaudeville act of his father and mother in 1922. His death ends what probably is the longest career of any entertainer.

His first movie appearance was in the 1926 movie short Not To Be Trusted  the last year of the  silent movies , before talking movies started in 1927. Rooney who would only grow to be 5 foot two inches high never let his height slow him down. on his road to stardom.

His next role was as Mickey McGuire in a series of movie shorts, in which he appeared from 1927-1934.

Then he began to appear in the Andy Hardy movies in 1937, with his appearance in You’re Only Young Once. That would be followed by 13 more Andy Hardy movies, with the last one Love Laughs At Andy Hardy being released in 1944.

26 years after his first movie appearance Rooney would appear on television, for the first time on Celanese Theater in the Saturday’s Children episode.

Later in 1954 Rooney would star in the Mickey Rooney Show in all 33 episodes. He alternated in movie and television. He made his last appearance in a TV movie the Empire State Building Murders in 2008. He was appearing in Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde movie at the time of his death. He had two other movies in pre-production also, so was very busy at his advanced age.

Mickey Rooney was married eight times, with the first marriage being to Ava Gardner in 1942. He married his last wife Jan Chamberlin, in 1978 and they were still married 36 years later at the time of his death. Wikipedia lists his marriages below:

Children 9
Parents Joseph Yule,
Nellie W. (née Carter)
Awards Juvenile Academy Award, Academy Honorary Award, Emmy, 2 Golden Globes

It is amazing that Rooney has been in show business from 1922 till 2014. He has appeared in movies, in ten consecutive decades.

Just some of the trivia about Rooney at

His parents divorced in 1923 when he was 3 years old.

Was considered for role of Archie Bunker on All In The Family.

He was married longer to his last wife Jan Chamberlin longer, than his other seven wives combined.

Only silent movie actor to still be acting in the 21st century.

During World War II he served 22 months in the U.S. Army, five of them with the Third Army of Gen. George S. Patton. Rooney attained the rank of Sergeant, and won a Bronze Star, among other decorations.

Rooney did not have any kind words for Ernest Borgnine: [on his feud with Ernest Borgnine] All the Oscars in the world can’t buy him dignity, class and talent. I don’t know why he is famous and why he is a star. Talk about a lucky jerk


America lost another icon yesterday who has entertained in vaudeville, stage, movies and television. He has left behind a rich legacy of work since his first film in 1926.

Turner Classic Movie cable network is probably at work right now, with a tribute to Mickey Rooney, who epitomizes the golden days of Hollywood. TCM showed many Esther Williams movies, after she passed away and I am positive they will pay tribute to Mickey Rooney by showing many of his Andy Hardy movies and other movies he starred in.

This New York Times obituary gives even more details of the life of Mickey Rooney: