Not to sound presumptuous, but I like to think that somewhere today, Carole Lombard is celestially celebrating my birthday with Clark Gable and many other of her friends -- just as I honor the anniversary of her birth every Oct. 6. It's a milestone for me today, as I've reached age 60 (and have the gray hair to prove it). It's still difficult to fathom; at this stage of your life, many begin to sum up life's ledger, but I believe I have many things yet to accomplish...and pray I'll have enough time on this earth to accomplish them. But to borrow an old Johnny Mathis song title, it's not for me to say.
Meanwhile, I have this site among my hobbies -- and today came across the handiwork of some hobbyist somewhere, a Lombard scrapbook. It's a huge endeavor in multiple ways; for one thing, it measures 16" x 12". For another, it consists of more than 50 pages and 100 pictires. Better yet, the seller has provided several pages from the volume for us to see, and I'm delighted to share them with you.
Lots of fascinating pics...but wait, there's more!
All of these look to be from 1941 or earlier. Might that be where it ended? The answer is no, as there are at least two posthumous clippings:
The seller notes, "Spiral notebook is old and tethered and coming apart."
"But all pages are in good condition with wear only on edges and corner."
My mother once told me that when she was a teen in the mid-1930s, she compiled a scrapbook of Ruby Keeler clippings and mailed them to her -- but I don't believe she ever got them back. I wonder if I would have done likewise for Lombard had I been a teen in the late '30s?
Anyway, this is a one-of-a-kind item from someone who had as much affection for Carole then as I do now. The opening bid is a mere 99 cents, but the auction isn't slated to end until 3:09 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Saturday, so who knows what the winning bid will be? If you'd like to take your chances and bid on this rarity, learn more about it at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Huge-Scrapbook-Collection-Of-Clark-And-Carole-Lombard-Gable-Over-100-Pics-16-/281777697633?hash=item419b427361.
Finally, my condolences to the family and friends of Yvonne Craig, the 1960s actress probably best known for portraying Batgirl on the 1966-68 "Batman" series; she died of breast cancer Monday at age 78. A reliable character actress and popular pinup, Craig received plenty of film and TV work from the late '50s into the '70s. I met her at a memorabilia show in New Jersey in the mid-1990s, and she was plenty of fun to talk with.
A similar recollection of Craig comes from blogger, comic book artist, cartoon director and pop culture maven Mark Evanier, and it's worth a read -- particularly for his anecdote's punchline, something Carole might have said: http://www.newsfromme.com/2015/08/19/yvonne-craig-r-i-p/