Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stamp of Disapproval

The United States Postal Service last week introduced a series of stamps celebrating the "Sunday Funnies."
While the comics represent an important part of American culture and history, why can't we get a stamp honoring coal miners?

It makes you wonder about priorities.

Above, the statue along the Lackawanna River in Olyphant dedicated to the miners who helped build our area.
I also have to note yesterday's passing of actor Maury Chaykin.  If you get a chance, take a look at his resume at IMDB.com.  He played a huge variety of roles.

I'll remember Chaykin for two things-- playing a country bumpkin in "My Cousin Vinny" and a quick tempered film producer, Harvey Weingard, in the HBO series "Entourage."

Let me tell you something about "Entourage."  Except for Ari, the main characters can be dull.  It is the characters on the periphery that give the series its bite.  Chaykin did only did four episodes of "Entourage" and each performance was a home run.  He lit up the screen.  Larger than life.

It is believed Maury Chaykin was battling a kidney ailment.  He died on his 61st birthday.