Friday, April 13, 2012

A Busy Time and Stuff to Not Miss

Firstly, I would like to apologize for less frequently posting to Bit Actors than I would like. The past few weeks have been filled with family stuff and time has been short. I did get my income tax completed this week, so that's out of the way.

My new computer at home has been wonderful so far. I have moved to Windows 7 with a quad-core Intel processor, 16Gb of RAM and a 2Tb hard disk drive. Who would have thought computers would advance this fast. My first computer was a Mac 128 in 1986, with a single floppy drive and no hard drive. And I thought 128Kb of RAM was amazing. I was in Heaven when I bought a second floppy drive.

Here are some reminders of classic film related events in the Philadelphia, PA area. I will be at most of them, so look for me.

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A last reminder that our local Sons of the Desert tent is holding our Spring 2012 Banquet on Friday, April 20, 2012. Our guest for the evening will be Pretty, Perky, Peggy King, the star singer from "The George Gobel Show." Click on the link above or go to the link on the right to find more info on the event, and try to get in if you are in the area. If you do go, please look for me!

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Here is one I just found out about today. On Sunday, April 22, 2012, there will be a lecture with photos and film clips about the Betzwood Studio of Siegmund Lubin. Lubin was the first movie mogul in the USA, and Betzwood was the largest movie studio in the country at the time. It was located across the Schuylkill River from Valley Forge, which wasn't a national park back then.

The lecture in Phoenixville, PA is free and will be given by my friend Joseph Eckhardt of Montgomery County Community College. I am sure there will be info about The Toonerville Trolly for all you fans out there. Click on the flyer below to see a larger copy and get details.

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Prof. Eckhardt will next be hosting the Silent Film Festival at MCCC on May 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. This is a fun evening with very old films from Lubin, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of his Betzwood Studios. Please buy Prof. Eckhardt's book, The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin and bring it along for an autograph.

The movies will be accompanied on the organ by Don Kinnier who is also worth the trip to Bluebell, PA.

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If you missed Casablanca (1942) on the big screen in March, Turner Classic Films is having an Encore Event. You can see it (or see it again) on April 26, 2012 at a theater near you. Go to this Casablanca Link to get all the info and order your tickets.

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That's about all I have time for today. See you at the movies.