Monthly Archives: June 2007

Saturday, June 30, 2007

It’s Not Enough To Worship The Divine:
We Must LEARN To Be Divine

Mister D: The above title may be preachy, but it’s true. It’s so important to read, write, and learn to communicate your ideas. Did you know that Bette visits schools in New York and helps with young children by reading to them? She’s very concerned about the corrosion of the educational system and I’m hoping that will be the next issue she tackles. She said that was quite likely a couple of years ago. So settle down in your bed and read some classics. Keep a Journal. Talk about the issues of the day. Because there’s nothin’ more important than readin,’ writin,’ talkin,’ and then PARTYIN’….YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! And as you’ll see below even dead people still do their speechin and debatin’ Four James Logan High School Students Win National Speech/Debate Competition From: Business Wire Date: June 28, 2007 Taron Grizzell, Karen Joshi, Cameron Steele, and Bilal Malik of James Logan High School won national championships at the Lincoln Financial Group®/National Forensic League National Speech Tournament in Wichita, Kansas last week. Grizzell and Joshi each won a $5,000 college scholarship from Lincoln Financial Group of Philadelphia, Penn. for their first place accomplishment in Duo Interpretation of Literature; Steele won first place and a $5,000 college scholarship in the Humorous Interpretation of Literature division; and Malik earned the second place title and a $4,000 college scholarship in the Lincoln Financial Group Lincoln-Douglas Debate. More than 3,000 students from across the nation competed in the week-long tournament from June 18 – 22 in Witchita, Kansas. Over 91,000 students from nearly 2,800 high schools nationwide competed throughout the 2006 – 2007 school year to qualify for the annual national tournament. “Being able to effectively communicate is the key to success,” noted Garry Spence, vice president of Regional Broker and Consultant Sales of Lincoln Employer Markets, a division of Lincoln Financial Group. “Lincoln Financial supports National Forensic League because it teaches students like Taron, Karen, Cameron, and Bilal the communications skills they will carry with them their entire lives.” These stellar orators were treated to a piece of history during the competition. On Friday, June 22, Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Richard “Fritz” Klein, one of the foremost Lincoln actors of today, gave the keynote speech and spoke on the importance of oratory skills and encouraged participants to use these skills to positively influence moral and social issues. He also delivered a rendition of the Gettysburg address. The Lincoln Financial Group®/National Forensic League National Speech Tournament is an annual competition organized and run by the National Forensic League and sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group. The National Forensic League is a non-partisan, not-for-profit educational honorary society based in Ripon, Wis. Alumni include Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer, Attorney General Janet Reno, Senators Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and William Frist (R-Tenn.), television personality Jane Pauley, media mogul Ted Turner, C-Span president Brian Lamb, and television and screen stars Oprah Winfrey, Kelsey Grammer, James Dean, Bette Midler, and Shelley Long. Lincoln Financial Group is the national sponsor of the National Forensic League’s national tournament and the Lincoln Financial Group® Refreshers at many of the NFL district tournaments across the country. Lincoln Financial Group has been a sponsor of the National Forensic League since 1994. About Lincoln Financial Group Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in Philadelphia, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $237 billion as of March 31, 2007. Lincoln Financial Group recognizes the changing financial security needs of today’s retirees as well as those still in the workforce, and focuses its products and services on making retirement income security a reality for its clients. Specifically, through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; individual life insurance; group life, disability, and dental insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; mutual Funds; managed accounts; institutional investments; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. Affiliates include: Delaware Investments, the marketing name for Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries; Lincoln Financial Media, which owns and operates three television stations, 18 radio stations, and the Lincoln Financial Sports production and syndication business; and Lincoln UK. For more information please visit www.LFG.com.
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Friday, June 29, 2007

Knight at the Movies: Great Interview With Melissa Manchester
Yes There Is A Little Bette Talk!

Mister D: Mister Knight kindly wrote me and told me about The New York Social Diary’s Photo blunder with John Lahr. I was so excited that he wrote because I am very familiar with his work (Knight At The Movies – Check Out The Site). And to think he comes to read my old trashy BLB…what is he thinking???? 🙂 Anyway, he has a great piece on Melissa Manchester: Melissa Manchester: Still Crazy (for Singing and Writing) After All These Years Expanded Edition of the 6-20-07 WCT Interview by Richard Knight, Jr.

Singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester has been honing her vocal and songwriting craft throughout a career spanning over three decades. After providing backing vocals for Bette Midler during the first incarnation of her Harlettes, Manchester’s voice became a staple of AM pop radio. Throughout the 1970s she had huge hits beginning with her composition “Midnight Blue” and continuing with “Through the Eyes of Love (Theme from Ice Castles)” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” Then in the early 80s Manchester became an instant “80s lady” with her new wave hit “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” that garnered her a Grammy Award and set her upon a new path. In the 90s Manchester pulled back from the pressures of the music business to renew and focus on raising her two children. ...  Read More

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Updated 6-29-07: Bette Attends Book Party For “The Diana Chronicles”

Mister D: This is actually old news, but this one comes with a picture at least. For fans of the beautiful Princess Diana, this is supposedly a great book. The man in the photo with Bette is John Lahr. (Mister D: Thank you Mr. Richard Knight (Knight At The Movies) and Stacey for the correction! Originally, I had John Lauren as the gentleman with Bette, but it’s John Lahr, the New Yorker writer who specializes in theatre writing – he’s also the son of the late Bert Lahr aka The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz). You can read more about Mr. Lahr here: Click Here NYSD Celebrating Authors and the Arts By Jeffrey Hirsch June 28, 2007 There was a book party (one of many) for Tina Brown and her new bestselling book “The Diana Chronicles” about short and tragic wife of Britain’s most famous royal since Queen Victoria. The author and her husband Sir Harry Evans are so entrenched in the New York media world that any party involving them will bring out the most golden of media hordes. The book, they say (I haven’t read it yet), is a page-turner, can’t-put-down-able, and will leave you in tears at the end. Meanwhile, at the book party, it was all smiles and laughter.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Updates: 06-27-07

A few new Bette songs up in the jukebox A bunch of new songs in the Bette IPod Faves including Janine Wilson, Marlene Dietrich, and Joni Mitchell (and I think I mispelled everything in this whole non-sentence!) I think a couple of new videos!

Hopefully this will keep you from watching Larry King tonight! LOL

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Updated: Avert Your Eyes From The “King” Tonight
“Larry King Live” That Is!

Mister D: People, Larry King is devoting an HOUR to Paris Hilton tonight. This is just ridiculous to give time to this young lady who has done nothing to warrant this kind of attention except that she has a “name.” Yes, she has the pedigree that she has publicly trashed. Yes, she’s pretty, but there are pretty and much prettier girls, AND talented girls all over America and across the world that don’t get this kind of attention. And the majority don’t have to do it by continually sucking cock on tape, showing their cooch in public, fighting in clubs, crashing cars, driving drunk and collecting DUI’s. (Of course, I’ve done all these things, but at least I keep it PRIVATE!) But she knows what she’s doing…and she feeds off all this…the media makes a big deal…and then people think somehow it’s important…IT”S NOT!…SO STOP GIVING HER ATTENTION. TURN HER OFF! Okay, she did put out an insufferable CD and has started a catch phrase….”It’s Hot!” And I do hate to be mean…she’s young and sowing her oats, but she is playing the public thru the media…believe me, she uses the papparazi to her advantage…one day she will regret it and hopefully will do some good. But for now let’s not keep validating her behavior. So check out the real news tonight or find your entertainment elsewhere…real entertainment….. Give Larry, God bless him, his lowest ratings ever! Why of course, Larry! My little BetteHeads will not be tuning in for that. They will be attuned to the divine and my fabulous body of entertainment and my work to clean the environment. Give me Paris when she has earned those suspenders, doll! Love, Mister D
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Another Pic From “Then She Found Me”

Blue Rider Pictures Mister D: Unfortunately, the pic doesn’t have Bette in it. Blue Rider tend mostly to finance movies. Then She Found Me, a romantic dramedy that stars and was directed and co-written, by Helen Hunt, received crucial Bridge and Super-gap loans through Blue Rider. Cast includes Matthew Broderick, Colin Firth and Bette Midler. A teacher hits a mid-life crisis when her husband leaves, her adoptive mother dies, her real mom materializes and she begins dating the father of one of her students.
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Kathy Griffin On Bette Midler

This is from the 50 Funniest Women Show on Oxygen the other night. Anyway, Kathy Griffin on Ms. Midler: Ms. Midler Is The Queen Love, Mister D
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Finally Bette Beats The Circus Act In Vegas! :-) For The Week Of 6/18/07 – 6/24/07

Mister D: Finally, Bette JUMPS up the charts from 7 to 3 passing that freak circus act who even added another different show…come on…isn’t 2 enough!!!! How many rubber band people are in the world??? Barry Manilow re-enters as he should… TOP 10 LAS VEGAS SHOWS Event This Week Last Week Céline Dion: A New Day 1 1 Elton John: The Red Piano 2 4 Bette Midler 3 7 Cirque Du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE 4 3 Cirque Du Soleil: “O” 5 2 Cirque Du Soleil: Mystère 6 n/a Monty Python’s Spamalot 7 5 Stomp Out Loud 8 n/a Barry Manilow: Music and Passion 9 n/a Blue Man Group 10 6 Bette Midler, who ranked at number seven last week, surpasses Cirque Du Soleil this week to reach number three. “Stomp Out Loud” makes it first appearance on the Top Vegas chart, debuting at number eight.
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Monday, June 25, 2007

Great Review For Scott Steen’s New Solo CD (Bette’s Featured KMB Trumpet Soloist)

Mister D: I’ve heard this and it is absolutely divine for all of you jazz enthusiasts. And some of you may want to broaden your tastes, if ya know what I mean. Anyway, hopefully we’ll be seeing this sexy trumpeteer on the Vegas strip. And I really don’t know anything…I’m just wishing. Even though I won’t be able to go anyway!!! 🙁 All About Jazz Playing Favorites Scott Steen | Kufala Recordings By John Barron Los Angeles-based trumpeter Scott Steen has made a name for himself as a long-time member of the popular swing band, Royal Crown Revue, and as a featured soloist for vocalist Bette Midler. On Playing Favorites, Steen, taking the reigns as leader, pays tribute to his musical heroes with a swinging set of standards and hard pop classics. Steen reminds listeners of the controlled, yet tremendous power of Freddie Hubbard on Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” and “One Finger Snap.” The trumpeter displays a strong, focused tone with accurate well-phrased lines. Something of a musical chameleon, Steen shifts with ease from the hard-edged echoes of Hubbard to the contemplative lyricism used to pay homage to Miles Davis. With his muted weaving on “I Could Write a Book,” patient melodic development on “Blue in Green” and fiery aggression on “Pharaoh Stance,” Steen proves himself a skillful interpreter of the various stages of Davis’ career. Steen’s highly competent sidemen are eager to assist in the disc’s classic jazz re-creations. Alto saxophonist Jim Jedeikin, tenor saxophonist Mando Dorame and pianist Ken Charlson are all strong soloists with adept knowledge of the hard bop language. Bassist David Miller is rock solid throughout and drummer Daniel Glass is both supportive and electrifying. Playing Favorites is a well-conceived collection of straight-ahead gems featuring heartfelt performances. Steen reveals himself as a dynamic trumpeter able to look forward while staying indebted to the past. Track Listing: Cantaloupe Island; I Could Write a Book; Freddie Freeloader; Flamenco Sketches; One Finger Snap; Mood Indigo; Someday My Prince Will Come; Blue in Green; Pharaoh Stance. Personnel: Scott Steen: trumpet; Ken Charlson: piano, Wurlitzer (9); David Miller: bass; Daniel Glass: drums; Jim Jedeikin: alto saxophone; Mando Dorame: tenor saxophone; Vinnie Santino: electric bass (9). To listen to tracks and/or buy: CLICK HERE FOR SCOTT STEEN’S WEBSITE
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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Back Up Singer For Bette, Cher, Petula Found Dead (Thanks Stephen)

Playbill.com Broadway and Rock Singer Pattie Darcy Jones, 54, Is Found Dead By Robert Simonson 23 Jun 2007 Pattie Darcy Jones, an actress in Broadway musical revues and a backup singer for artists like Cher and Bette Midler, was found unresponsive on the floor of her home in Hopatcong, NJ, on the night of June 16. She was 54. Police are still investigating the cause of death. Ms. Jones was a member of the cast of the long-running Leiber and Stoller musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe, which ran for five years on Broadway from 1995 to 2000. She appeared in another Broadway revue, Leader of the Pack in 1985, billed as Pattie Darcy. Off-Broadway, she sang in Beehive She was known to the music world as a regular back-up singer for high-octane female vocalists like Cher, Darlene Love, Petula Clark, Ronnie Spector and Bette Midler. She toured extensively with Cher, working with the singer for 18 years, and was seen in the Midler film “For the Boys.” She was also seen in the television specials “Cher: Live in Concert From Las Vegas” and “Cher: The Farewell Tour.” Born in Orange, NJ, Ms. Jones lived in New York City and Los Angeles before moving to Hopatcong in 1992. At the time of her death, she was working as a hair stylist in Rockaway. She is survived by her husband Courtney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA, 424 East 92nd St., New York, N.Y. 10128 or on the internet at www.aspca.org.
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