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Posted: October 17, 2021 at 5:02 pm
Friday was media day for the Rutgers mens basketball program and it was the first practice I was able to attend in two years due to COVID-19. Ill have plenty of content from player interviews leading up to the November 10 season opener at the RAC against Lehigh. Here are five thoughts and observations from Fridays practice.
Jaden Jones is the freshman that has gotten the most hype and rightfully so. His athleticism and quickness jumps out watching him in person. Patience is needed but I fully expect him to be a significant contributor this season. However, it was the former 3-star point guard, Jalen Miller, who left a major impression on Friday. Id heard he was playing tough this summer and then the video that the program tweeted out weeks ago shows him playing lockdown defense on Ron Harper Jr., who is significantly bigger than Miller.
On Friday, I watched Miller give Geo Baker all he could handle on the defensive end in Fridays practice. Even if Miller cant crack the rotation on a regular basis this season, he will be a valuable addition. Baker has openly talked about his mistakes with the ball down the stretch in the loss to Houston in the NCAA Tournament second round last year. Having to face Miller every day in practice is exactly what Baker wants. And dont be surprised if Miller is called on at times to come in to be a defensive stopper in spots in Big Ten play.
The leadership of this team really stuck out in person. This is Geo Baker and Ron Harper, Jr.s team with Caleb McConnell and Paul Mulcahy leading right beside them. I saw each of them at least once talking to younger players on the team during and in between specific drills. They carry themselves more confidently and the younger players spoke about how theyve been welcomed with open arms. The veterans love the competitive spirit that the younger players have brought and its made everyone better.
When the class with Harper Jr. and McConnell arrived as freshmen, they had similar moxie but it wasnt embraced in the same way by everyone on the roster. The culture has always been strong since Pikiells arrival, but the veteran core four players have made it even better. Players are focused on succeeding in their roles and helping the team win above all else.
The transfer from LSU looked like he has been on this team for years when watching him practice. He fits right in and looks the part of a veteran player who has played well and won in the NCAA Tournament. He is smooth in every way on the court and his versatility of being able to play at multiple spots makes him invaluable. He can shoot from the perimeter, run the floor and defend the four on the block. Expect him to be a productive sixth man who can come in for multiple players off the bench.
Hyatt told me after practice that this is not the same program that recruited him. He is also not the same player when he came to college and has diversified his skill set. Hyatt is a great example of not burning bridges in recruiting on either side. He and Rutgers will benefit from that.
While there are many keys to Rutgers returning to the NCAA Tournament, the play of Cliff Omoruyi and Ralph Agee is arguably the most important one.
Everyone has praised the effort Cliff has made in this offseason as he regularly clocks into the APC at 4:30 a.m. for individual workouts. His athleticism is off the charts and he explodes at the rim. I wouldnt expect him have too expansive of a tool box on the offensive end yet, but I think hell be a better rebounder. However, its how he develops on the defensive end that is the most important aspect of his game. It shouldnt be expected he play at the level of Myles Johnson, who was robbed of earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.
That being said, he has to be able to hold his own and defend the rim without fouling. He isnt going to play 35 minutes a game regardless, but he needs to be available for Rutgers when they need him most. Ive said all offseason the biggest key is when Omoruyi leaves a Big Ten game with two fouls in the first five minutes, how will Rutgers respond?
Enter Ralph Agee, who looks more polished on the offensive end than arguably any big man thats played for Pikiell. He has been efficient in two-point shooting and free throw rate throughout his career. I think he can provide some inside scoring punch off the bench, but how he defends in the Big Ten is a huge question mark. Its not his strong suit and he played for a terrible defensive team at San Jose State last season, as they ranked 338th in defensive efficiency per KenPom.
Rutgers was 16th and if they are going to stay close to that range, how Omoruyi and Agee hold up defensively in Big Ten play is crucial to that occurring.
A theme you heard often and Ill have more on later this week is the focus for this team to reestablish their identity. That means get back to what Pikiells early teams relied on the most and were known for. Defense and rebounding. Even though Rutgers was a top 20 defense last season, they played terribly on that end of the floor at times in big games. It was tied to their inability to rebound against quality competition, which ultimately is what ended their season against Houston in March.
Pikiell has engrained in this team that for them to take the next step, they have to be a better rebounding team. If they can and still maintain a high level defensively, they should be in every game and win a good amount of them. On nights theyre clicking offensively at the same time, Rutgers will be able to play with beat almost anyone. On the flip side, if their defense declines and rebounding stays mediocre, it will put too much pressure on the offense to carry them to be successful.
Pikiell has cited chemistry being at an all-time high and this being his best team yet. That gives confidence that he fully believes this group will be bought in on the defensive end and on the glass, as well as being able to play at a high level in both areas.
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Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns (2021): Game time, TV schedule, and how to watch online – Revenge of the Birds
Posted: at 5:02 pm
Game day on the road, without your head coach and play caller, without your starting center, without your best pass rusher and... Well there are still many of us that believe the Arizona Cardinals can leave with a win.
Here is everything you need to know about todays game.
Who: Arizona Cardinals (5-0) vs Cleveland Browns (3-2)
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
When: October 17, 2021 - 1:05 p.m. Arizona Time
TV: Fox (Channel 10 Locally) - Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) Mark Sanchez (analyst) Laura Okmin (sideline reporter)
Streaming: Fubo TV
Local Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM - Dave Pasch (play-by-play) Ron Wolfley (analyst) and Paul Calvisi (sideline)
Spanish Radio: KHOV 105,1 FM - Luis Hernandez (Play-by-Play) Rolando Cantu (Color Analyst)
Odds: Cardinals +3.5Over/Under: 48.5DraftKings Sportsbook
The Cardinals are the only undefeated team left in the NFL... Can they leave Cleveland that way?
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
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Watch: Raw highlights from Rutgers basketball practice
Watch: Raw highlights from Rutgers basketball practice
Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press
PISCATAWAY -- Paul Mulcahy was open in the left corner at the beginning of Rutgers mens basketball practice Friday. The ball quickly worked its way around the perimeter through the air, no dribbles and found him.
A few minutes later, he was open in the right corner. Same ball movement, same result: nothing but net.
The casual observer will focus on Mulcahys 3-point stroke. As a freshman, the former Gill St. Bernards star from Bayonne rarely took a shot. As a sophomore he took what defenses gave him and hit a team-high 39% of his triples. Now the junior is looking like a full-fledged sniper, but Mulcahy would rather talk about the passing that led to his open looks.
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I think thats contagious, he said Friday, during the teams media day. Unselfish basketball is contagious. Selfish basketball is contagious. You make the right play, the next guy will make the right play.
No matter how many jumpers he makes, Mulcahy wants the pass-first ethos to be his main imprint on this program. For the Scarlet Knights to return to the NCAA Tournament, thats the roadmap. Last year, there were times when everyone stood around while explosive guard Jacob Young (who is now at Oregon) and others drove headlong at the bucket. Judging from early glimpses of this group, those days are over.
I try to make the right play, and I think a lot of guys are buying into that, Mulcahy said. A lot of guys have learned from last year. Its a fun way to play, its the right way and it works.
For the first time, hes preaching that to the team.
In the past I deferred, but Ive matured a lot, he said.
Its been cool to see his evolution, backcourt mate Geo Baker said. Ive told him, Listen, you know the game better than some of these guys, you have to use your voice. I think we have the right group where he can really excel. We have veterans who are willing to listen and we have younger guys who are willing to listen and learn.
So is Mulcahy. He gets together with newly elevated assistant coach T.J. Thompson two or three times a week to break down film.
T.J. helped me a ton this offseason, he said.
Thompson was a standout point guard at George Washington from 2001-2005, playing under current Rutgers coaches Steve Pikiell and Karl Hobbs.
Pauls been phenomenal, from the way hes improved his jump shot to the way hes leading the team and being more vocal, Thompson said. Im so proud of his growth.
Mulcahy, who stands 6-foot-6, averaged 5.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27 minutes per game last season. He did much of that with a mangled pinky on his shooting hand.
I got surgery, so Im still trying to come back from that, he said, adding that hes undergoing daily treatment with athletic trainer Richard Campbell. Its better than it was; now its about strengthening it.
Although Pikiell calls Mulcahy a point guard, hell split ball-handling duties with Baker, and there will be times when fellow upperclassmen Ron Harper Jr. and Caleb McConnell initiate the offense as well.
The way weve been playing, we dont really have a set point guard, Baker said. I think well be really sharing the game.
So far, in practice at least, its happening.
This team truly shares the basketball, Pikiell said. That starts with Paul, and it starts with Geo, too.
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Pikiell added two players from the transfer portal, LSU wing Aundre Hyatt and San Jose State center Ralph Agee, and on Friday Pikiell shed some light into thatprocess.
A lot of teams want to stockpile whatever they can in terms of talent five-star, six-star, eight-star guys, he said. Im trying to find guys who are going to fill in the needs we have and fit in with the personality of the team.
In some calls Pikiellmade to transfering players, their first commentwas, How many shots can I get? or Ive got to play this position or Ive got to start.
That was a red flag for a coach with five key players returning.
Aundre and Ralph both said, Well compete, Pikiell said.
Thats exactly what he wanted to hear.
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The freshman guard continues to show thedefensive chops that will earn him minutes. He locked up Baker on a few sequences Friday and held his own no matter who he was matched up against.
In one telling half-court set, he dropped down to double Cliff Omoruyi after the big man received a deft pass from Mulcahy on the low block and would up slapping the ball out of bounds.
Pikiell said Miller and sophomore wing Mawot Mag have been his most consistentdefenders throughout the preseason.
After shooting the lights out at a recent practice observed by media members, Rutgers was not nearly as hot this time around. The Scarlet Knights struggled from the free-throw line Friday and did a bunch of extra wind sprints because of it.
Worth noting: Omoruyi led the teams sprints nearly every time. Thats highly unusual for a center.
Pikiell said it privately in recent weeks, and Friday he went public: McConnell has graded out as the programs most efficient player throughout the preseason based on the teams internal metrics.
While McConnell got denieda seat forthe television interviewduring Big Ten media day the Big Ten Networks setup in Indianapolis only allowed for two players to join the broadcasters (they wanted Baker and Harper, understandably) his contributions will be vital as the Scarlet Knights top defender andjunkyard dog.
Pikiell announced that the season opener vs. Lehigh Nov. 10 has sold out, going off the board along with Michigan (Jan. 4) and Michigan State (Feb. 5). There will be more.
I go to the store now and people want to know (how many tickets are left), Pikiell said. I just tell them, youve got to call.
That was unimaginable when Pikiell took the job in 2016 not just the sellouts, but people recognizing him in stores.
Times have changed.
Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball beat since 2003. He is an Associated Press Top 25 voter. Contact him email@example.com.
Posted: October 13, 2021 at 7:46 pm
Dale Kildee remembered for kindness, decency and tireless work ethic by Whitmer, Pelosi and others
FLINT, MI -- Dale Kildee, who served as the Flint areas congressman for more than 30 years, has died at age 92.
Kildee, a Democrat, who had the sixth-highest seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives when he announced he would not seek re-election a decade ago, was a former Flint school teacher and the son of an assembly line worker at Buick.
He won his first election to the state House in 1964, was elected to Congress in 1976, and was re-elected 17 straight times.
He died Wednesday, Oct. 13, according to the Kildee family and the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp.
Dan Kildee, who replaced his uncle in Congress, said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 13, that the family is mourning the loss of our beloved Dale.
First and foremost, Dale was family. Born into a large Catholic family that cherished our Irish heritage, Dale was an incredible uncle and role model, the statement says. Later, as I followed in his footsteps into a life of public service, Dale became a political mentor to me ...
(He) was always proud that he was from Flint, the birthplace of the modern labor movement. Throughout his work, Dale was kind, humble and dedicated to his constituents, Dan Kildee said. Dale never forgot who he worked for or the constituents who sent him to Congress. And Dale always brought civility and kindness to the political debate, something that we all could learn from today.
Before his departure from Congress, Kildee told MLive-The Flint Journal that he loved representing his hometown and surrounding areas in Washington.
Theres not a day that I dont love coming to work, he said then. There are some hard days, days where I work 36 hours straight, but I love the work.
Kildee said then that securing more than $100 million in funding for Bishop Airport and earmarks for Kettering University and Mott Community College were among his proudest achievements.
As a congressman, he was a reliable ally of the automotive industry and led several educational reforms including revisions to the No Child Left Behind policy, securing funding for Pell grants and supporting Head Start programs.
In 2010, he cemented his reputation as the Cal Ripken of Congress by casting his 20,000th vote.
At that time, he had missed just 28 votes since arriving in Washington in 1977 -- a 99.9 percent voting attendance record. Seventeen of the missed votes were due to a hospital stay in 1985.
Kildee said then that he was just following in the footsteps of his father, who worked on the line at the former Buick Motor Division in Flint and never missed a day of work.
In the state Legislature, his accomplishments included the creation of the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, a program that gives free college education to Native American students.
Kildee was born on Sept. 16, 1929, in Flint, the second youngest of five children of Timothy and Norma Kildee. He grew up on the citys east side, first at a home on New York Avenue and then on Jane Avenue.
Flint Journal files say that as a 12-year-old boy, Kildee memorized President Franklin D. Roosevelts declaration of war on Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, a speech that called the attack on Pearl Harbor as a date which will live in infamy.
He won the American Legion Medal of Citizenship during his senior year of high school before graduating from St. Marys High School in Flint in 1947.
As a teenager and for years after, Kildee was torn between life in government and the priesthood. After graduation, he spent years as a seminary student, leaving two years before ordination.
He went on to receive his teachers certificate at the University of Detroit.
Kildee taught in Detroit from 1954 to 1956 before returning to Flint to teach Latin at Flint Central High School until 1964 when he was elected to the state House.
He met his wife Gayle, a French teacher, when both taught at Central. They married in 1965 and had three children.
He is survived by his wife and his children -- Paul, Laura, and David.
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"Clint, you're sideways."
"Well, I either have to be sideways or upside down. What's better?"
"Sideways," says Ron Howard, steady helmsman of about 30 features and documentaries. Brother Clint Howard, five years his junior and proud owner of more than 250 acting credits, nods with something like satisfaction. His image on the screen remains sideways, and his older sibling allows the slightest of smiling head shakes a silent "That's my brother."
In tank top and wildish white hair, Clint looks in character for a movie located deep in the woods of North Carolina, but he's in the state for an " Andy Griffith Show " fan event (Ron, of course, played young Opie on that '60s hit, while Clint had a beloved recurring role as Leon, the kid cowboy armed with a sandwich ). During a Zoom interview, Ron talks more than Clint, is more functionally illuminated and moves less. Gravity-defying Clint is side-lighted by a window, somewhat deferential to big brother but more animated and quick to guffaw.
The brothers had runs of acting success as kids, Ron on " Andy Griffith " and others and Clint all over, including as the non-ursine star of " Gentle Ben." After starring in " Happy Days," grown-up Ron directed such films as " Apollo 13 " and " A Beautiful Mind," winning Oscars for directing and producing the latter. Clint became one of the more recognizable character faces in movies and on TV shows such as "Star Trek" and "Mod Squad."
Now they're in their 60s and have together written a book of the Howards: " The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family," about their experiences growing up in the business and coming out more or less sane.
Ron had been approached over the years by publishers seeking an autobiography, but he hadn't wanted to do it. He says frequent collaborator Tom Hanks, a published author himself, told him: "'You probably should, but focus entirely on your childhood. That's what everybody's curious about.' And he was right."
The brothers have been asked all their lives about growing up in the business, but it took a major life milestone to spur them to finally put it all down.
"When our father passed away" in 2017, said Ron, "he was the second of our parents to pass; we had that experience of suddenly being grown men who were orphans. Preparing the memorial for Dad entailed a lot of looking back, which is not something I think either Clint or I particularly do a lot of." He adds that "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown (whose Robert Langdon novels have been made into hit movies by Howard and Hanks) urged him to write the memoir jointly with Clint.
Clint says, "The way the book lays out is very much the rhythm of Ron and I's relationship. Ron is an awesome, awesome big brother. And yet we share 180-degree shifts in attitudes and perceptions about things. He was the first kid. He was a lot more sheltered than I was."
Clint razzes his brother for his "half-ass jump shot" (Ron coached Clint's youth basketball team, leading them to a championship) and recalls how he demanded profit-sharing and other perks when acting in Ron's earliest short films.
Ron says, "Clint came out of the womb with a sense of humor, a raised eyebrow, a skeptic's view. He's an extrovert. I've always been impressed with his wit and his confidence, the way he faces the world. I've always been more cautious. Some of that probably came from my early years as a child actor, where I felt like I didn't quite fit in, like I was 'other.' I felt that in a way that Clint never seemed to or bend to."
Ron was a first-grader when he was cast on "Andy Griffith" in 1960; he was in eighth grade when it ended. When they weren't at a one-room studio school, he and Clint attended a string of Burbank public schools rather than highfalutin private ones; their parents held the bulk of their earnings in trust rather than indulging in a fancy Hollywood lifestyle. That also meant, however, that his celebrity status had its ups and downs.
"I watched Ron navigate being 'Opie-shamed' and picked on," says Clint. One of the more surprising nuggets in the book is that Ron frozen in the public consciousness as squeaky-clean TV nice characters got in plenty of fights as a kid, facing down bullies looking to take Opie down a peg, sometimes on his front lawn as his parents looked on. "I had a huge advantage of having Ron to be the wonderful example."
Ron says, "[Clint's boldness] was from my mom's side of the family; she was gregarious, she was energetic, she was funny. She was fearless. Dad's side of the family was more cautious. ... I mean, Dad had big dreams."
The book has its share of showbiz reminiscences: Tales of Burt Lancaster showing up at a production's motel to carry on a long-running affair; Harrison Ford and Paul Le Mat bombing poor "Opie" with beer bottles in a motel parking lot during the making of " American Graffiti "; Bob Gibson and Bart Starr appearing on "Gentle Ben." The volume and olfactory signatures of the sweat of some of young Ron's adult co-stars are among the more vivid recollections.
But more than anything, "The Boys" is about how their father, Rance Howard, and mother, Jean Speegle Howard, shaped them and their careers. Jean gave up her acting dreams early on in service of the family; Rance pursued his until the end while mentoring their sons in the business. Ron says the brothers' "survival" through the perils of Hollywood (including Clint's struggles with addiction, described in the book) had "everything to do with our upbringing and the kind of offbeat parental sensibility that affected us in such a powerful way."
In exploring that, the titular boys came to better understand their parents.
"Something I learned from [working on] the book: Our parents, they were eccentrics. They were outliers," says Ron. "They came from the Midwest [Oklahoma], and if you met them, you'd say, 'Salt-of-the-earth Americana stands before you.' But the reality was, what middle-of-the-road Middle American kid thinks, 'I'll just leave and go to New York or L.A.'? And they did that.
"They were too adventurous for Oklahoma and a little too cornpone for Hollywood. They were 'sophisticated hicks' my mom came up with that one."
A lot of actors would love to have Rance Howard's career close to 300 film and TV credits, plus some screenwriting along the way but the book's portrait of him professionally is of a constant scrapper: A working man struggling through long, painful dry stretches. All along, his sons' view of him as a loving, pragmatic guide stays steady. When very young Ron reads some, ahem, colorful (American) graffiti in the toilet stalls on the "Andy Griffith" set and asks his dad about it, Rance explains it in matter-of-fact detail. Likewise, the veteran performer coached his sons on their scenes not as if they were child actors but just actors: He didn't teach them to play cute for the camera but to listen and respond. He took them to movies such as " The Wild Bunch " in their youth.
"And on the other side," says Clint, "Ron and I both love Mom dearly. But we both have regrets, that we probably picked on her a little too much. In fact, I know we picked on her too much. We mention it in the book: Mom had her issues; Mom was probably OCD. Yet she was such a dynamic woman. ... Dad would never have been Dad without Mom."
"Working on the book, it was equally important to recognize the foibles and the actual heroism of our parents. Our story is kind of a survival story. The system sets kids up to fail," Ron says of Hollywood's long-established appetite for a kind of hermetically sealed cuteness that turns to ash along with job opportunities for child actors as they commit the sin of growing up.
"We could have failed spectacularly. Arguably, should have," he adds. "I began to recognize the great fortune but also a handful of turning points where things could have gone in a very different direction for me. With help from my parents and great fortune and some of my own personal tenacity, it sort of added up to a better outcome than I could have dreamed."
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Daily Kickoff: Peyton Manning in Jerusalem + Kentucky Jews frustrated with Rand Paul – Jewish Insider
Posted: at 7:46 pm
Keystone Race:Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat,is expected to announcehis entrance into the 2022 gubernatorial race to succeed term-limited Gov. Tom Wolf.
Big Win:Israeli-American economist Joshua Angrist wasawardedthe Nobel Prize in Economics for his work using real-world data to test big theories about labor markets, including evaluating the effect of education on later earnings.
Saying Goodbye:KKR co-founders Henry Kravis and George Robertswill step downas co-CEOs of the private equity firm.
All the News:The New York TimessBen Smithspotlightsa 40-year debate between two Boston journalists over media objectivity, and how it can be applied through the lens of the present.
Funny Friends:Dirk Smillies new biography of Harry Guggenheimlooksat the businessman and aviators friendship with Charles Lindbergh, which continued as Guggenheim worked to save Polish Jews from the Nazis.
Guilt by Association:The Zurich Kunsthaus museum hascome under firefor opening a new exhibit featuring artwork that once belonged to Emil George Buhrle, who sold arms to Nazi Germany and bought mills from Jews who were forced to sell their assets at reduced prices.
Lasting Land:Israeli Prime Minister Naftali BennettsaidIsrael would retain its sovereignty over the Golan Heights and pledged to double the size of the population there, regardless of the geopolitical climate in Syria.
Bad Note:Singer Billie Eilish wastargetedby anti-Israel bots after posting a video to promote a new album to Israeli audiences.
No Translation:Irish author and Israel critic Sally Rooneyis refusingto let her third novel be printed in Hebrew.
Good Air:Israels Ministry of Healthapprovedan air filtration system from Aura Smart Air that destroys airborne coronavirus particles in enclosed spaces.
Mark Your Calendar:The Red Hot Chili Peppersannouncedthey will be performing in Israel in 2023, after canceling a planned show in 2020 due to the coronavirus.
Booster Bummer:Many young Israelisare hesitantto receive COVID-19 booster shots, raising concerns among experts regarding the continued spread of the virus.
Mars Life:A group of six researchers from the Austrian Space Forum, Israel Space Agency and D-MARSare livingunder simulated Mars-like conditions in southern Israels Ramon crater, as a proof-of-concept test before a possible mission to Mars.
Fine Wine:A 1,500-year-old winery has beendiscoveredin the city of Yavne in central Israel.
Likud Race:Israels former health minister, Knesset Member Yuli Edelstein,announcedon Monday that he will challenge Benjamin Netanyahu for the leadership of Likud, Israels largest political party.
Under Fire:Israels Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern is facing furthercriticismafter saying in a radiointerviewSunday that he had shredded anonymous complaints of sexual harassment.
Transition:Ronen Bar wasconfirmedas the new head of the Israel Security Authority (Shabak).
Remembering:Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity CEO Jim Fleischerdiedat 52. Industrial furniture designer Richard Schultzdiedat 95. Former Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, who led the country through both the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy and the Iraqi invasion of Iran the following year,diedat 88. Eddie Jaku, who survived the Holocaust through a series of camp escapes and ultimately settled in Australia,diedat 101.
Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:05 am
One person was killed and 14 others were injured in a shooting at a bar inSaint Paul, Minn.early Sunday.
According to theSaint Paul Police Department, officers responded to the scene onWest7th Street around 12:15 a.m. to find 15 people suffering from gunshot wounds.
A woman in her 20's was declared dead while the 14 others were transported to local hospitals and are expected to recover from their wounds.
No arrests have been made and the police said five investigators are currently working to "piece together" what precipitated the shooting.
Early information indicated that there were multiple shooters, though a motive has not yet been identified.
My heart breaks for the woman who was killed, her loved ones and everyone else who was in that bar this morning,Saint Paul Chief of Police Todd Axtell said in a statement.
In an instant, they found themselves caught in a hellish situation. I want them to know that we have the best investigators in the country, and we wont stop until we find the people responsible for this madness. We will do our part to hold them accountable," said Axtell.
According to Saint Paul police, this is the 32nd homicide inthe city this year.
Posted: at 10:05 am
The Arizona Cardinals come into this game at 4-0.
That means they have something to prove. They will simply have something to prove every week from here on out.
As the Cardinals try and show that they are for real every game becomes the biggest game of the week.
The Cardinals get a chance to show who they are against a desperate and hurting San Francisco 49ers team.
Can they show up and set the tone?
Here is everything you need to know about the game today.
Who: Arizona Cardinals (4-0) vs San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
When: October 10, 2021 - 1:25 p.m. Arizona Time
TV: Fox (Channel 10 Locally) - Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) Mark Sanchez (analyst) Laura Okmin (sideline reporter)
Streaming: Fubo TV
Local Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM - Dave Pasch (play-by-play) Ron Wolfley (analyst) and Paul Calvisi (sideline)
Spanish Radio: KHOV 105,1 FM - Luis Hernandez (Play-by-Play) Rolando Cantu (Color Analyst)
Odds: Cardinals -5.5Over/Under: 48.5DraftKings Sportsbook
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For generations, students in American elementary schools were taught Christopher Columbus "sailed the ocean blue" to discover America in 1492. Today, that lesson is changing in schools across the suburbs and country.
Contrary to the once-popular rhyme and belief, the American continent had been inhabited for centuries, and other explorers from Europe, Asia and Africa already had been here. And lessons about Columbus have become much more nuanced in suburban classrooms, at least in the higher grades.
Critics say Columbus was responsible for atrocities committed by his crew, some perhaps at his direction, against the inhabitants of the islands he encountered.
Columbus statues nationwide have sparked protests, leading to the removal of many of them, including monuments at Chicago's Grant and Arrigo parks.
Although Columbus Day -- observed today -- is recognized as a federal and state holiday in Illinois, a growing number of states, cities, towns and counties now celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead, to honor Native American history and acknowledge the impact of colonialism on Indigenous communities.
President Joe Biden commemorated both holidays on Friday, noting in his remarks the contributions to society Italian Americans have made and continue to make.
The debate between Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day also is raging in classrooms nationwide, said Anna Veksler, who teaches honors U.S. history and current events at Round Lake High School.
"We do have to realize that the story has shifted, and we do have new resources, new information and new viewpoints that we want to present," Veksler said. "Of course, we never want to teach (students) the wrong narrative, but very often we present them with the sources and we let them create their own narratives."
Many educators say it's not revisionist history, but rather teaching students a more accurate version of Columbus' story, which includes the Indigenous perspective and uses original sources to paint a more realistic picture.
"It's changed because we share the truth more," said Paul Friedrich, who teaches global studies, Advanced Placement U.S. history and current events at Vernon Hills High School. "We share the actual narrative of what happened. It's not hard to make it accurate. All you've got to do is read (Columbus') notes on his first voyages."
Columbus' description of the natives he encountered from his notes reveals he didn't see them as a threat because they didn't possess metal tools or weapons.
"He keeps describing the perfect slave," Friedrich said. "He fits in with the general, European worldview of others as less or even not human at all. It's the beginning of a cultural narrative of purposeful and accidental (because of disease) genocide of the aboriginal people here."
Friedrich said he guides students "to approach history like a historian does" and draw their own conclusions based on actual evidence.
"That's the impetus of this broader cultural discussion about, 'Do we really want statues of this guy?'" Friedrich said. "I am not saying that we should think about Columbus either this way or that way. Thomas Jefferson was not either a bigoted, racist slaveholder or a progressive liberal thinker about democracy. The challenge is that he's both."
Columbus still is a hero to many people, young and old alike. Particularly, for many Italian Americans, Columbus Day is a time to celebrate Italian heritage and the contributions of Italian Americans to the nation.
"This is a 130-year-old tradition that means a lot to us," said Ron Onesti of Wood Dale, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, a congress of more than 50 groups in the Chicago area. "It's the one day of the year that our Italian heritage is celebrated, and that's what people can't forget. We believe in reconciliation, righting wrongs and making amends. We just want to be a part of that discussion."
History always has been reinterpreted over time, and teaching students how to be historiographers helps hone their critical-thinking and inquiry skills, said David Bell, social studies coordinator for Round Lake Area District 116.
"When I taught high school, our big topic with Columbus was always, 'Was he a hero?'" he said. "Forcing the kids to choose one or the other isn't the goal. There's nothing more important (that) we do as historians and as social studies teachers than teach kids how to look at a source critically and ask questions about it."
A positive byproduct of the Columbus controversy is a growing call for re-examining the facts surrounding historical figures.
"At young ages and elementary levels ... they're kind of learning this, sort of, airbrushed, quasi-nationalistic, patriotic version of history ... where everything is kind of bright and shiny and everything is good," said Geoffrey Guiney, who teaches sociology at Elgin High School. "But when we get them into high school, we're doing them a disservice if we're not teaching them to look more critically at those things. It's kind of teaching them to look at their own society critically and to look at their 'historical heroes' ... more critically. You don't really understand history if you only know those bright, shiny parts of it."
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Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They dont know beforehand what roles well ask them to talk about.
The actor: Celebrating 60 years in show business this year, Clint Howard has more than 250 roles under his belt. The textbook example of a that guy, a character actor, a guest star, a child star, and just about any other Hollywood label you can throw on him, Howard has seen it all, done it all, and lived to tell the tale.
And thats before getting into the family of it all. Along with his brother, Ron Howard, the blockbuster filmmaker whos been Clints director almost as long as hes been Clints sibling, the Howard brothers are spilling the beans in a new dual memoir, The Boys: A Memoir Of Hollywood And Family.
The Howards were raised on backlots and soundstages, with their father, actor and filmmaker Rance Howard, and mother, actor Jean Speegle Howard, shepherding them from the set of The Andy Griffith Show to the backwoods of Florida for series like Gentle Ben. Though frequently intersecting, their paths were very different, as Clints filmography can attest. Before The Boys release, The A.V. Club chatted with Clint over Zoom about the roles, big and small, that make up his long and storied career.
The A.V. Club: On your IMDB page, your first credit is for The Courtship Of Eddies Father as Child Party Guest in 1963, but your first appearance on Andy Griffith is 1962. Do you remember your first on-screen appearance?
Clint Howard: I dont remember. What I remember are the conversations and the talks with Mom and Dad about all this, but I do not remember when I started in the entertainment business. I really tell people that Im getting ready to have 60 years in the business. December of 1961 was my first day of employment and that was The Andy Griffith Show. Then, soon after, I worked on Courtship Of Eddies Father, which, by the way, heres an anecdote: Liza Minnelli was the party choreographer.
These are all stories that my dad said. Vincente Minnelli directed the movie, and when it came time to do that party scene, he brought his daughter in. Liza was, like, 12 years old at the time, and Liza coordinated all the extras and did what extra coordinators do. I dont know how much hands-on she had with me. I was still pretty much a babe-in-arms.
I really start having memories in show business at about the age of 5, so like I tell people, Ive been paying attention for about 55 years and have actually been in the business for 60.
AVC: You have such a reveal as your first appearance as Little Leon on Andy Griffith. The cameras pushing in and the crowd is moving away and there you are. Whats it like watching something like that from a distance?
CH: Well, boy, I was a cute kid. First and foremost, I can see why I continued to work because the camera obviously liked me. And also, the director, Bob Jones, who invented that first bit, he was a regular director on The Andy Griffith Show, he was the one that spotted me one day and said, Hes too cute. Because I would come to the set with Mom. Dad was working on something of his own. Mom would have to come down and watch Ron, and at the time, not wanting to hire a babysitter, Mom just brought me along, and I would wear my little cowboy outfit. Bob Sweeney saw me one day and said, Weve got to use him. Theres a bit we can do. And it was that bit in the square dance, and then there was me, and I was leaning up against the door jam checking out the ladies and smilinghad a big smile on my faceand the bit worked really good.
The one thing if you really notice, and its something that I did a few years ago when I realized the technology to slow it down frame by frame, you can see that it wasnt my first take because, if you notice, I blink. I tighten up a little bit as the man puts his hands over my eyes, so its one of those actors dilemmas, where if you do something a couple of times, your body gets used to it. But I held in there pretty good.
CH: I dont have memories of working on that one, but I do have memories the next year or so. It mustve been about 1965 when we did the recording for the soundtrack of The Jungle Book. I do remember that, and the reason why I remember that is because Walt Disney came into the recording stage and I could see him, andI will never forgetI saw his silhouette cross in the engineers booth.
Of course, I was a Disney baby. I knew him by seeing Wonderful World Of Disney. I knew what Walt Disney looked like. I saw this gentleman had walked into the engineers booth and my eyes were fixed on him, and in a second or two, he came to the soundstage door. Back in those days, they had a little window that you could peer in to see if there was any activity. Well, I could see Walts eyes in the little window of the studio door, and he opened the door. He took about three steps into the recording stage, and he waved to me, Youre doing a good job, Clint. I was actually at the grand piano. They were trying to get me to do The Marching Song. I was completely mesmerized by Walt. That left an impression. That is something Ill never forget.
AVC: He just had an energy about him.
CH: He looked like Walt Disney! You know, I remember his suit and everything. He didnt look schleppy. He looked like Walt Disney, and he gave me that wave. Youre doing a fine job, Clint.
Later on in my life, I got to fly in Walts private plane, The Mickey Mouse. Ron and I had done a movie for Disney after Walt died [The Wild Country], and they still had the plane. We did it up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and after 10 or 12 weeks of working in Wyoming, we flew home and they invited us to fly home on The Mickey Mouse.
CH: First of all, I remember getting tested for the skull cap. I did not want to shave my head. I thought that would be a real sign of something bad, like going to public school if I showed up to school with a shaved head. So they honored our request to test for the skull cap. And I went in for a day of testing. The skull cap worked just fine.
The costume that they made for me, it didnt really fit. It was scratchy. They didnt bother putting any liner or anything, and it was a sequined material, and it was itchy and scratchy. That, I didnt dig. But one wonderful moment that Ill never forget was my scene being shot on a set that they had built on one corner of the soundstageI was done with studio schooland they brought me to that set while they were still filming on the other side of the soundstage. So I was waiting, and I knew the way that the business worked. There was one bell that meant theyre rolling. When two bells sound, that means that theyre not rolling anymore. And when I heard the two bells, which meant that they were done with that shot, they were gonna come towards me.
I saw some of the actors and some of the crew come out from the shadows of the backstage of the soundstage and walk toward me, and it was a really empowering moment. I wasnt getting arrogant or anything. I knew I was prepared. One thing that Dad was really brilliant about was having Ron and I fully prepared. I never felt intimidated. I never felt like I was less than.
In many casesit wasnt on Star Trek, I dont recall having any issues with any of the actorsbut I do recall when I was very little, me identifying actors that were stiff. Boy, I mustve been an arrogant little kid when I was that age to think that Lorne Greene was a little cheesy. God bless him. He was fine. That was another episode I was really proud of was my episode of Bonanza, which I did right before I did Star Trek.
AVC: The Star Trek experience was one of several episodic television shows you did that year: The Virginian. Gunsmoke. As you said, Bonanza.
CH: Please Dont Eat The Daisies. I did all the Westerns. Years later, I did The Streets Of San Francisco. I did two episodes of The Fugitive. I did an episode of F.B.I. In writing [The Boys], Ron and I went backbecause we never talked shop at home.
Listen, I didnt hardly know what he was doing. He would go off and work. I didnt care. I was waiting for him to come home so we could play wiffle ball or something. But he had done episodes of F.B.I. He had done episodes of The Twilight Zone. I had done an episode of Night Gallery.
We both appeared in a couple of things together. We appeared in an episode of The Danny Kaye Show together, which is a fun highlight for us. We never worked together on The Andy Griffith Show. We worked together on that movie that I referenced, The Wild Country. That was later on, I was 12 years old and he was 17, or I was 11 and he was 16. And then he did a couple episodes of Gentle Ben.
CH: Whenever they would take time off from The Andy Griffith Show, Mom and Ron would jump on a plane and fly down to Florida, and [producer] Ivan Tors, he recognized that. He was the producer, and they immediately wrote episodes that Ron could be in.
AVC: While were on the subject of Gentle Ben, what was it like working with a bear? If the show were made today, the bear would be CGI, but you can see that chain around your waist. Thats no computer-generated bear.
CH: No, it wasnt. No computer can generate that smell! He was always sweating. It was a black bear living in Florida, and he weighed 650 pounds and ate prodigiously. They had to keep weight on him. So he just sat around, made some prodigious dumps, and smelled just awful.
And, you know what, he was a vegetarian. Californian black bears would eat meat if they had to, they would eat fish if they had to. But primarily they were foragers. They showed me right away that he wasnt interested in me as a meal. And he was always based on treats. They kept him a little hungry, so he would always respond to anyone that had a cookie. Thats how they would get him to follow me around: They would put some cookies in my pockets or some honey on my right ear and the bear would nuzzle up to me all the time.
I felt no fear ever with the bear. Also, we had some great animal trainers. Bear wranglers. There was one guy named Vern Debord. There was a guy named Monte Cox. They were all there to offer me protectionI didnt need protection.
They were also there to move the bear around. We were doing 10 pages a day, and when youve got a big bear like that, hes not always cooperative. And when it comes down to say a bunch of dialogue and the bears doing this [waves arms around] because thats how bears cool themselves off. Here I was, 7, 8, 9 years old, and I had to do dialogue, and this bear is just making a lot of racket. I literally had to yank him by his chain and say, Stop it, Ben. Knock it off!
AVC: You really didnt feel fear.
CH: No! No, I didnt. There were other animals that you were supposed to have a healthy fear about. Like any time you work with big cats. Theres nothing they can really do with a panther or a cougar or a lion. Theyre dangerous, you know? And the extra artillery came out.
I had a slight issue with the raccoon one time, and it had nothing to do with him being mean to me. But it was a scene in which my pet raccoon, Charlie, was supposed to come to me, and I was supposed to pick him up. Well, after we did the take two or three times, he started to get really used to this behavior, and in fact, I had cookies in my pocket, which was the end result treat. Id pick him up, and hed have cookies to pull out. He realized where those cookies were, and we finally did a take where he didnt bother waiting for me to pick him up. He climbed me. They did not take the claws out of the raccoon because the raccoons would use their claws to eat, and when this raccoon climbed up my pants and tore into my cotton shirt to get to me, the days work was over for me. I had to go to the emergency room. I had scratches up my leg.
Show business. I had already been versed in show business.
The next day, the wardrobe lady made me this inside leather vest, so under my shirt, I would wear this leather vest, and she thought it was the cutest thing. It worked out great, and sure enough, it was going to keep this from happening. I questioned, How come you guys didnt think of this before?!?
AVC: Lets jump ahead to your Roger Corman movies: Eat My Dust, Grand Theft Auto, and my personal favorite Rock N Roll High School. Grand Theft Auto was the first time that you were working on a big movie with your brother as a director, right?
CH: Well, that was his first directing job, Grand Theft Auto. Thats how he broke into the business. Roger allowed him to direct a movie he would star in too. Eat My Dust was the first one, and Charles Griffith directed it. Then Ron got a chance to direct Grand Theft Auto. He wrote the script with my dad. My dad was in it. It was a family affair. It was a great experience.
AVC: You also had a bunch of Happy Days people in there, too: Marion Ross, Garry Marshall. And you also had Allan Arkush, who would direct Rock N Roll High School.
CH: Well, Allan Arkush was the second unit director on Grand Theft Auto.
AVC: Is that how you two met?
CH: Yeah, six months after we did Grand Theft Auto, he called me and said, Im doing this movie called Rock N Roll High School, and theres this wonderful character that Id like you to consider playing. At this point in my life, you give me an offer, and Id do it. I knew Roger didnt pay, but it didnt matter. It was a good role. I liked the script.
Allan Arkush was so afraid that Roger was going to say no to his idea that he had another script written called Disco High. Saturday Night Fever had come out and been a big wildly successful movie, and the disco craze was fully enveloping the world, and so Alan was smart enough to say, Were gonna make a movie called Disco High. Of course, Roger is going to like that. So once they green-lit it, they sort of changed it to Rock N Roll High School because Alans love was rock n roll.
AVC: What was it like working around the Ramones?
CH: It was really cool. I wasnt really a Ramones fan. I didnt have anything against the Ramones.
One little side note: Cheap Trick had been offered the parts in Rock N Roll High School, except Roger wasnt offering them any money. In Color, their album, had broken, and they wanted $100,000 to be in the movie, and the Ramones did it all for $20,000, which is amazing. Four guys recording the music, appearing in it, showing up to L.A., you know, doing their parts. All that for $20,000? I mean, it was basically for free. Rock N Roll High School was made for about $200,000.
As much as I love Cheap TrickI mean, I know them, Ive always been a huge fanthere was something about the Ramones that made Rock N Roll High School really special. The cheese factor. The fact that they werent really good actors. You could go back and quote some of the lines: [imitating Dee Dee Ramone] Pizza, Joey! Pizza! I didnt have an appreciation for that movie until about 10 or 15 years ago.
In fact, back in Scranton, Pennsylvania, they had a double feature at a drive-in, Clint Howard Night, they had Rock N Roll High School and Ice Cream Man. We sat through all of Rock N Roll High School. Didnt quite make it through all of Ice Cream Man, but thats another story.
AVC: Well get there.
CH: Rock N Roll High School had a spirit about it that Allan and Joe Danteand there was a whole Corman teambrought. Listen, making movies is not a solo thing. Being an actor is not a solo thing. It takes a team. Youre only as good as the prop guy that gives you the good props. Youre only as good as the writers that give you the good material. The director that shapes it and channels it. You may think its Clint Howard doing all that stuff. Well, yeah, my face is up there on screen, but it does take a team.
AVC: The props for Eaglebauers office are incredible, like the charts and
CH: And down to chains.
AVC: The little Superman chain.
CH: The Superman chain. And I remember when we picked that stuff out. The wardrobe lady had some selections, and then I chose through em and picked some and talked about it, and she went and got some more. Thats why its a very collaborative effort.
AVC: About two years later, you made a movie called Evilspeak. The tagline is Remember that little boy you used to pick on? Well hes a big boy now. Is that a reference to your child acting or is that just a tagline?
CH: Listen, I think it was a story. It was a script that was written. A fellow named Eric Weston was the director and he had co-written the script with [Joseph Garofalo]. Carrie had been out, and what they were trying to do was a male version of Carrie. In fact, I was not the first choice. There were other actors that were considered to play Coopersmith, and I came in and auditioned, and Eric said I did a really good job at the audition, and they re-thought their other choices, and they landed on me. I dont think it had anything to do with my child acting. I had a baby face, and I played that innocent guy, and I was carrying a little extra weight, so I was kind of a little chubby.
And also, too, on that movie, that was the first time I needed a hairpiece. I was 19 years old or 20 years old when that movie got made, and I had a hairpiece, you know? Of course, I tried wearing a hairpiece for about six months in the business, and it wasnt working for me, so I decided to go au naturel.
AVC: Very ironic for the kid who played Balok, who demanded a cap because he didnt want to shave his head.
CH: I did the [Comedy Central Roast Of William Shatner] years later. It was probably 10, 12 years ago they did this. The fellow, Joel Gallen, who was directing the roast thought of me. They said, Well, lets get Clint Howard in to get them to do Balok. And by that point my hair was pretty bald, so I didnt mind at all.
AVC: After that, you did a string of your brothers movies: Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon, Gung-Ho, and Parenthood. Do you have any thoughts on his evolution from the other side of the camera, seeing your brother grow as a director? These were all pretty big movies at the time.
CH: Well, first of all, I had the utmost confidence that Ron could handle anything that was in front of him. I mean, I saw right away when he was 16 years old doing little short films with me and my friends that he had all the chops it was gonna take to be a director, and so I didnt think anything was gonna be above his pay grade. And he did a bang-up job on Cocoon.
Theres a really wonderful evolution of his career. He made a couple of really good movies early on. Night Shift was really funny. Night Shift had some big laughs, and Michael Keaton was friggin hilarious in that.
AVC: You have a really funny scene in that movie.
CH: Well, thank you! Yeah, it was Jefferey Durkin. You like music? Yeah! [Sings Jumpin Jack Flash.]
Then he tackled Splash, and that story can be mishandled in so many ways, and yet, Ron has this wonderful sensibility, this wonderful touch. I wouldnt know how to put a label to it. Its not Frank Capra. He directs with a lot of hope. And being an actor, hes really an actors director, and I believe hes also a characters director. Hes not interested in the way something looks. Hes interested in the ways that characters behave. The roles that Ive done for him, hes given me lots of latitude to bring me to the table. I have a great relationship with him as a director.
Although, I tell you what, especially early on, there were parts in his movies that I wish I wouldve played, but it was going to be his decision, not mine. Its his call. Im not the casting director, he is. So you know there were a few times, and actually, the first movie that I did not appear ina lot of people think Im in all of them, and thats just simply not truebut I wasnt in Ransom. He called me, and I remember us having a conversation, and I knew he was getting ready to start casting. He said, You know, Clint, I really need this to look East Coast. I need this to be New York, and if there was any of these guys that you could play
He has treated me really well as an actor, but you know I treated him really well, too, because I feel like I have delivered above and beyond, and hes recognized that. Hes recognized that Ive been put in a lot of situations, and I always find a good way to elevate the character and not elevate the character to where the character is bigger than he should be but just make him come to life.
Theres a trick to being an actor when you only have a few moments on screen, where your character arc is all going to happen in a minute. Youve got to be able to give those goods, and you need it to still seem natural. It needs to be organic, but by god, you gotta get your beats in because, next thing you know, youre going to be out of there.
CH: I was on a professional roll in the early- to mid-90s. I had started to really find my footing as an actor, and I had confidence playing Sy. But again: team, team, team. Ed Harris is a friggin great acting partner. He gives a lot more than he gets. We had so much fun, and he brought my game up to a new level. Also, another thing about Apollo 13, the props, the technical advisers. It does, and I dont mean to keep banging on this, but it does take a team.
AVC: Do you think the role in Apollo 13 led to the roles in Austin Powers and Night At The Museum? Because youre doing this radar tech character, hunching over the computer.
CH: Im sure it had something to do with that. But for instance, the Austin Powers movies, the fellow that directed those movies was a guy named Jay Roach. Jay and I had worked on a TV series back in 1992 called Space Rangers, where Jay had been kind of on the writing team of this television program. So Jay knew me from Space Rangers, and, of course, I did have the experience of working in Apollo 13. And also I was willing to do it. Some actors wouldve shied away from making fun of themselves.
I thought about it for two seconds when I started getting asked to sort of spoof myself. Its a job. It pays. Im going to give them my social security number, and theyre going to give me a paycheck, and this is what I do for a living. I feel like its going back to Dads philosophy of take it seriously. Even with the Austin Powers things, I didnt make fun of being a radar operator. In Night At The Museum, I didnt make fun of a NASA flight controller. I took the role, realized it was a comedy. I knew that I had to lean into certain situations a little differently, but go ahead and do it. And also another thing, shit, if I dont do the job, someone else is going to.
CH: Ive only turned down a couple of jobs in my life. Remember the original Flintstones movie with John Goodman and Rick Moranis? I got offered a role being one of their bowling buddies. I dont know why I was feeling so self-conscious at the time, but I could not see myself in one of those fur costumes. I just did not see myself wearing one of those big stupid ties and a little funny bowling outfit or something, so I passed on that. It was probably a mistake because that movie ended up doing very well.
AVC: Well, you did end up working with a dinosaur that year. You were in Carnosaur in 1993.
CH: Another Roger Corman movie!
AVC: Youve continued a working relationship with him?
CH: I believe it was 12 or 13 Roger Corman movies.
Yeah, I worked for Roger a lot. One story that we talked about in the book: Ron was trying to get Roger to spend a little more money on a few extra extras, and Roger said, No, Ron, youre not going to get anymore extras, and if you do a good job for me, youll never have to work for me again. And Ron never worked for Roger again, and I did. I had a great relationship with Roger. I havent seen him in a few years, but a few years ago, we got together for a Rock N Roll High School tribute, and he was in great spirits. Hes about Dads age. Hes in his mid-90s by now. I have very fond memories of Roger.
AVC: While were in that horror zone, I wanted to get your thoughts on Ice Cream Man because that is a very iconic VHS box cover. I remember seeing that at Blockbuster every week.
CH: I was just trying to churn work. They called and asked for me. I went in, and I met with them, and they wanted to hire me, and I was excited. I was really excited that I was going to get to play the lead of this. I met with the director, Norman Apstein, and he was trying to do this kids horror movie, and it was kind of an interesting approachit wasnt all completely serious but it wasnt all farcical. I liked that. Immediately, I got along with Norman. Weve remained friends over the years, and in fact, we are seriously, not just contemplating, we are figuring out how were going to make a second Ice Cream Man.
Its something that really excites both Norman and I. There was a time in our lives where we just didnt mess with it. Because listen, the original Ice Cream Mans a little spotty. If you watch it from the cinema eye, its a little spotty.
About 15 years ago, Norman and I got together with the idea of trying to raise some money to get a second made. Then we watched the first one and he goes, I dont want to do this because if we make a good Ice Cream Man 2, that means that people are going to go back and watch the first one. But we have shed that skin.
Weve landed on what the tones going to be. Were not going to have a lot of kids in the movie. Its going to be more of a horror film, a demented man my age, a demented ice cream man. I dont believe its going to be the same character. Were going to make a movie called Ice Cream Man starring me.
Lovely memories working on the movie. I still talk about it all the time. I still go to science fiction or horror conventions, and besides maybe Star Trek, the title that most people want to talk about is Ice Cream Man.
CH: [Laughs.] That was cool. A director named Tony Randel asked me to be in it, and I didnt have a lot to do, but it was one of those times in my career where I needed to get paychecks and take the job. I remember that was the O.J. Simpson low-speed chase. On one night we were filming, and Ill never forget the soundman who had a little video monitor on his sound cart, he had it flipped over to the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase. He wasnt even paying attention to what we were filming in Fist Of The North Star.
AVC: Did Corbin Bernsen actually scrape your teeth?
CH: Yes! Corbin Bernsen was awesome, and that was a wonderful experience. One of those collaborations that was really cool. Brian Yuzna, the director, let us do what we wanted. It was fun. A lot of improvisation. And, of course, the bullets are flying so fast in the low-budget horror genre, we were done with that scene in about three hours.
CH: Great experience. Man, made me cry when I got there and I saw that they were letting my big brother be the tip of the spear of that billion-dollar project. It made me really proud because of the way Ron was handling the crew and handling the cast. It was a collaborative effort. They were really rooting for Ron to do good, and Ron stepped in after 70-some odd days. The two guys that they ended up replacing, they had been working for 72 days or something like that. Ron called me because I was going to fly there to work, and Ron mentioned that, for him, it was the third day on the call sheet, and it was, like, day 77 for the movie.
But again, a very proud moment. And fun! I had fun doing it. I love working for Ron. I didnt have a whole lot to do in the story, but it kept me busy, and I got a trip to London out of it.
AVC: What was going on with the BloodRayne: The Third Reich and Blubberella split production?
CH: Well, Uwe Bolla director Ive worked with a bunch, and I really like himhe doesnt make the best movies in the world, but by god, hes honest and he treats the actors well, and hes a good man. Any time Uwe calls me, I pay attention and listen to what he has to say. He was going to do BloodRayne: Third Reich, which was the latest installment of the BloodRayne franchise, but he couldnt do it unless he made another movie simultaneously, so he invented the idea of doing this big, heavyset woman as a superhero vampire. It was almost spontaneously invented. Michael Par and I wrote most of our dialogue. Lindsay Hollister played the big vampire. She wrote most of her dialogue.
We shot it in Zagreb, Croatia. It took about a month to shoot two movies. There was one day that I did 18 pages of dialogue. I did, like, eight pages from one script and eight pages from another script.