Dec 10, 2017
Zachariah, the tv Western Laramie gave us a portrait of two cowboys in love.
John Smith was one of talent agent Henry Willson's stable of gay and gay-friendly 1950s hunks (others included Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter), so he may have been gay or bisexual, though of course he never made any public statements.
Shortly after the Civil War, Slim Sherman (played by an actor with the regrettably anonymous name John Smith) and his teenage brother Andy (Bobby Crawford) run a ranch and a stagecoach relay station in Wyoming Territory. A hunky drifter, Jess Harper (Robert Fuller) comes to town and draws Andy's attention (for obvious reasons).
Robert Fuller and Bobby Crawford also became friends in real life, and were often seen in Hollywood hotspots together.
But Slim found his own romantic intentions stymied, so after the first season he shipped Andy off to boarding school so he could have Jess to himself. After that they were blatantly physical, emotionally intense partners. Not even the third-season addition of Spring Byington as single mother Daisy Cooper could detract from their gay subtext.
They were unusual among 1950s cowboys for their occasional shirtless and undewear shots on-screen (as opposed to just in the muscle magazines), thus enhancing the homoerotic gaze.
He had a long career in Westerns and actioners where his shirt had to come off, including The Women of Pitcairn Island (1956), Cimarron City (1958-59), Island of Lost Women (1959), and Hondo (1967).
Robert Fuller was one of the movie magazine hunks of the 1950s, eagerly photographed when he was seen in public with either men or women (he was married twice). After Laramie, he had starring roles on Wagon Train, The Big Valley, Emergency!, Guns of Paradise, and Walker: Texas Ranger.
Dec 9, 2017
Remember the Beatles' song "Back in the USSR"?
Well, Ukraine boys really knock me out
They leave the rest behind
Moscow boys make me sing and shout,
And Georgia boys are always on my mind....
If you're like me, you've often wondered why there is a country named Georgia in the Caucasus mountains, with no connection to the U.S. state of Georgia.
Georgia the state was named after King George II. Who was Georgia the country named after?
Nobody. The official name of the country is Sakartvelo. Georgia comes from the Persian name for the people, gurgan ("wolves"), which entered Arabic as jurjan, and European languages as georgian.
If that's not confusing enough, its ancient name was Iberia, which has nothing to do with Spain or the Iberian Peninsula.
The capital is Tbilisi, which is easier to pronounce than it looks.
English: I have a big sausage.
Georgian: Me mak’vs didi dzekhvi
English: Come to my room.
Georgian: Modi ch’ems ot’akhshi
More after the break