Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
No, not exactly a lot of new footage. What hasn't been discovered by now?
The two great things about it is that a) it was NOT done by Ken Burns, and b) it features NEW interview footage from Beatles experts like Whoopi Goldberg!
Whoopi, of course, is the primary host of one of American TV's most hard-hitting, dynamic news programs, "The View." She's written books, won major entertainment awards, AND was at Shea Stadium for that famous Beatles concert. So who else could provide valuable insight?
Combing through the archives, Ron Howard found a photo of Whoopi amid the crowd of NYC Beatles fans welcoming the "mop top" quartet to America.
She thought John was singing an old song for her, and offering her a good time. But "Makin' Whoopie" was a different spelling. No wonder she looks unsatisfied.
However, before The Beatles broke up, they performed their famous "Rooftop Concert," and a young comedian-actress-mortician by the name of Caryn Johnson (as she was then known) offered to join in.
Phil Spector erased her noises from the soundtrack, and even threatened her with his own farts. As most know, Phil's farts could be lethal. Everyone was afraid of him.
But ultimately Ron Howard's documentary has the most amazing reveal.
WHOOPI was actually the WALRUS!
SO. Like Red Skelton, she liked to paint clowns!
Er, if it's on EBAY, it has to be true.
The seller simply ASSUMED it was when she hoisted it to EBAY.
EBAY prides itself on being "just a venue." They don't patrol their site, and why should they make any great effort to remove items for which they take a percentage?
Bidders using the "report this item" link can be stymied (or Matthew Bearded) by trying to figure out which category to report it to. EBAY does not give you space to explain the problem either. Not that they'd listen.
If you said, "Ina Balin did NOT paint portraits of clowns," they'd say, "Tell Ina Balin to send us a formal complaint on letterhead."
In other words, CAVEAT EMPTOR (Dick Cavett has a blank expression of chagrin).
Bidders on EBAY must ASSUME that the seller is telling the truth.
Meanwhile, the SELLER may ASSUME that he/she knows the truth: "Hey, I found a painting signed BALIN. Why, it must be INA BALIN!"
Why bother to Google search to authenticate the item? Then you might find THIS:
Here's a seller who did NOT ASSUME a Balin clown portrait was by Ina:
When you ASSUME an EBAY ad is truthful and based on expertise, you make an ASS of U and your Paypal account.
And remember, a clown picture by any name, is bound to be repulsive.