Magician John Calvert Dies At 102; Entertained Hollywood And Played ‘the Falcon’

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)

It was a fixer, but the clapboard duplex had a funkiness that charmed Sullivan, a 45-year-old writer, producer and actor, and Dennis, 35, the principal violist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. True, their upper-level two-bedroom unit lacked any closet space for them and their toddler twins, Atticus and Finneas. But the lower unit had a rent-paying tenant something that helped with the bills. But the lack of closet space turned out to be the least of their problems. Life for them on Glen Green Street first hit a roadblock when Sullivan set out to landscape the slope behind his house and repair a water-damaged 7-by-10-foot backyard storage room the family used for closet space. Sullivan planned to plant fruit trees that would tie in to a community orchard that a neighbor, actor Bill Pullman, was proposing at the top of the hill. But another neighbor, actress Jodi Long, objected when she noticed that Sullivan was digging into the slope to create terraces where the trees could be planted. Long’s property extends onto the hillside above Sullivan’s lot. “He was cutting into the hill and compromising it,” Long said. “I said, ‘You can’t do that my property is above you and I don’t want to be liable if my property ends up in your house.’ He shrugged me off.” When Long complained to the city, an inspector told Sullivan the rail ties could not be used as retaining walls and ordered them removed. Sullivan complied. But when the inspector returned to verify that the ties had been removed, he noticed the repairs being made to the storage room. “Where’s your permit for this?” he asked. Sullivan quickly abandoned his do-it-yourself project, hired a contractor and applied for and received a $626 building permit for the storage room. Meanwhile, an anonymous caller complained to the city about the tenant living in the second unit.

Here are the top seven moments that had people amped up. VIDEO: ‘Breaking Bad’ parodies 7. “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was alive.”: Walter’s quote when, his fate upon him, he is finally honest with wife Skyler. 6. Walter lurking in Elliot’s and Gretchen’s swanky home, and all that ensued in that home thereafter. (“Break all the glass in that house, Walt!” one fan screamed.) 5. Lydia meeting her fate via ricin-tainted stevia. Cranston joked during a question-and-answer session with Jimmy Kimmel following the screening that folks should “sell their stock in stevia.” 4. The guitar twang of the “Breaking Bad” theme song. 3. When the audience saw Badger and Skinny Pete in the car; fist pumping and screaming was the only logical response.

Who Said Goodbye to Hollywood on Week 3 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

After ignoring his doctor’s advice to skip this week’s dance unless he did it in a wheelchair, Nye underwent a “platelet rich plasma treatment” to help treat his torn tendon, and he danced wearing a leg immobilizer. Not only that, but Stecklein came up with some crazy choreography that exploited his peg leg. But the Science Guy’s robotic jazz routine didn’t pan out as planned. While judge Bruno Tonioli quipped that “the whole galaxy is tuning in” for the popular PBS star’s dance, he had to be truthful when it came to the dance’s jazz content: “I didn’t see any,” he said. Score: 16 points and high marks for an incredible spirit. Watch Nye’s Week 2 performance: As we say goodbye to Nye, check out the highlights from the rest of this week’s show: Brant Daugherty topped the judges’ leaderboard for the night. While the ” Pretty Little Liars ” star hurt his foot and had to rehearse while wearing a boot all week, his quickstep with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd dazzled the judges. Len Goodman said, “It may have been a little painful to dance, but it was painless to watch.” The judges rolled out the red carpet and the triple 9s! Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff also ranked high for the judges. The ” High School Musical ” star wowed the audience with a lightning fast quickstep that Tonioli dubbed “one for the record books incredibly fast.” Goodman was a bit of a buzz kill, though. The head judge said, “It was a bit hectic. Speed came in and then style went out.” Still, the dance earned a whopping 26 points and a standing O from the Glitter Pit.

Hollywood, Hitler and Harvard

currentDate:9/30/13 8:0 EDT! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! Magician John Calvert dies at 102; entertained Hollywood and played the Falcon Los Angeles Times – Actor John Calvert at the wheel of yacht Thespian in 1957. By David Ng and Los Angeles Times, John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him many fans and several film roles, including three movies in the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, died Sept. 27 in Lancaster, Calif. He was 102. The International Brotherhood of Magicians announced his death but did not disclose the cause. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Mr. Calvert impressed many Hollywood personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them including Cary Grant, Danny Kaye and Gary Cooper to perform in his stage shows. His magic shows were often humorous and usually involved sequences such as firing a woman from a cannon and sawing volunteers with a buzz saw. His wife, Tammy, sometimes served as his onstage assistant.

Please support our journalism. Get a digital subscription for just $9.50! I e-mailed six Berkeley faculty members thanked by Urwand in his acknowledgements, asking for their comments on the criticisms of the book. Waldo Martin and Anton Kaes did not respond. Kathleen Moran said she had not read the book. Urwands dissertation committee consisted of Leon Litwack, a leading historian of African-Americans, who did not respond; and Carol Clover, who has written a book on horror films, and who said she could not comment because she had not read the published book. The only one who defended Urwand was Martin Jayhes a distinguished intellectual historian and scholar of visual culture. He raised the issue of what he called the time-dishonored anti-Semitic trope of the greedy Jew. Ben was aware of this issue, Jay wrote, but felt his evidence led him to those very conclusions. Jay called Denbys pieces over-the-top, especially what he called the silliness of saying it was a scandal that a university press like Harvard didnt check facts, as if this were a function of university press staffs. Jay acknowledged that Denby raised two valid questions: the 20-20 hindsight issue: the moguls were still unaware of the true nature of Nazi anti-Semitism, and the fact of Jewish anxiety over playing into the hands of American anti-Semites who were looking for any opportunity to blame the Jews for wanting another war. But, he said, Urwands evidence suggests there was more to the story. There is one possible source of the problem identified by both Denby and Thomson as the recklessness of the book: Harvard University Press took the unusual step of hiring an outside publicist, Goldberg McDuffie, to promote what had started as a Berkeley history PhD thesis. Goldberg McDuffie represents best-selling authors as well as companies like Amazon, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Some have suggested that the exaggerated claims for the books collaboration thesis are the work of the big-time publicist and a publisher eager for a bestseller, rather than the mild-mannered author. Thomson says Urwand was not served well by the press, and that the problems in the book could easily have been solved by an editor. If you had a much more moderate title, he said, straightaway the book would have slipped into a different position. Other scholars who have faced intense and widespread criticism of their books have responded to critics with long detailed essays, sometimes in scholarly journalsfor example David Abraham on German business and the Nazis, and Daniel Goldhagen on the Catholic Church and the Nazis.