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The Wizard of Oz Retains Its Magic

17 Nov

Here (above) is the MGM original trailer for the Wizard from 1939

Also, I have included an interesting piece below. This tells the story of the casting of Dorothy. I just can’t imagine Shirley Temple in that role. Garland was only 16 when the movie was filmed, but her soulful voice could never have been matched by the shrill Temple. Margaret Hamilton was a scary witch and Frank Morgan turned in a wonderfully whimsical portrayal of the Wizard himself. A young Buddy Ebsen would have been terrific as the Tin Man, but you must admit Jack Haley was just fine as a last-minute replacement. The limber Ray Bolger was the perfect choice for the Scarecrow. What casting!   

The music really makes the film — what a score — one of the best ever!

I read the L. Frank Baum book recently and there are many notable differences. Let’s just say the book was for kids and very simplistic. I did enjoy the pen and ink illustrations. They are extremely old-school … giving the book a really nostalgic feel.


Kudoes to Victor Fleming and his crew for turning the core material into pure Technicolor movie magic. In closing, here’s a medley of the film’s amazing musical moments. Note: The actors portraying the Munchkins really didn’t sing. Their songs were recorded by professionals and then sped up to sound like little people.

Can You Handle Orange Juice & Toothpaste Combo?

17 Nov


If you have no idea why we’re pondering that question today, go brush your teeth real quick and grab a drink (orange juice, iced tea, beer—anything except water). Awful, isn’t it?

You can thank sodium laureth sulfate, also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) for ruining your drink, depending on which toothpaste you use. Both of these chemicals are surfactants – wetting agents that lower the surface tension of a liquid – that are added to toothpastes to create foam and make the paste easier to spread around your mouth (they’re also important ingredients in detergents, fabric softeners, paints, laxatives, surfboard waxes and insecticides).

While surfactants make brushing our teeth a lot easier, they do more than make foam. Both SLES and SLS mess with our taste buds in two ways. One, they suppress the receptors on our taste buds that perceive sweetness, inhibiting our ability to pick up the sweet notes of food and drink. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they break up the phospholipids on our tongue. These fatty molecules inhibit our receptors for bitterness and keep bitter tastes from overwhelming us, but when they’re broken down by the surfactants in toothpaste, bitter tastes get enhanced.

So, anything you eat or drink after you brush is going to have less sweetness and more bitterness than it normally would. Is there any end to this torture? Yes. You don’t need foam for good toothpaste, and there are plenty out there that are SLES/SLS-free. You won’t get that rabid dog look that makes oral hygiene so much fun, but your breakfast won’t be ruined.

The Barber of Seville

17 Nov

We enjoyed The Barber of Seville at the Sarasota Opera yesterday.

It was a matinee performance and our boys (12 & 13) dug it.

Reminded us all of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon – “Rabbit of Seville.”

Watch and recall the glory days of Warner Bros. animation.

Here’s another good one called “What’s Opera, Doc?”