The Painter of Light

The Times further reported that [Thomas Kinkade] openly groped a woman’s breasts at a South Bend, Indiana, sales event, and mentioned his proclivity for ritual territory marking through urination, once relieving himself on a Winnie the Pooh figure at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim while saying “This one’s for you, Walt.”[37][38]

In 2006, John Dandois, Media Arts Group executive, recounted a story that on one occasion six years previous, Kinkade became drunk at a Siegfried & Roy magic show in Las Vegas and began shouting “Codpiece! Codpiece!” at the performers. Eventually he was calmed by his mother.[37]

Newspapers are funny

Correction: February 25, 2014

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this obituary incorrectly described a scene from the movie “Caddyshack.”  In it, a clergyman is struck by lightning when he curses after missing a putt during the best golf game of his life, not when he thanks God.

Helytimes Trivia: the Harold Ramis profile in the New Yorker is the source for the first ever post on Helytimes

Another death yesterday:

What “broke the cy­cle,” he said, was when he spoke at Om­a­ha Beach, telling of how he had waved to Ro­land as they pre­pared to board their ships to cross the Eng­lish Chan­nel. “My knees were trem­bling when I stood be­fore the au­di­ence that day, with 14,000 vets and 17 heads of state,” he said. “But af­ter that, the night­mares went away. I came to grips with his death. They say when you talk about some­thing you fi­nally let it out.”


Was reading about missions in California, came across this wonderful tidbit about the mission of San Antonio de Padua:

In popular culture

  • The 1965 horror film Incubus was partly filmed at the Mission. The writer and director, Leslie Stevens, concerned that the Mission authorities would not allow the film to be shot there because of the subject matter, concocted a cover story that the film was calledReligious Leaders of Old Monterey, and presented a script that was about monks and farmers. He was helped in this deception by the fact that the film was shot entirely in Esperanto.[12]

Ellen Page

A good chance to revisit Trailer Park Boys:

Treena Leahy never really broke out as a character, no fault of Miss Page’s I say.

RIP Shirley Temple Black, former US Ambassador to Ghana

Amazing paragraph from the NYT obituary:

Mr. Black, who was dropped from the San Fran­cis­co So­cial Reg­is­ter for mar­ry­ing an ac­tress, told a re­porter in 1988: “Over 38 years I have par­tici­pated in her life 24 hours a day through thick and thin, trau­mat­ic sit­u­a­tions, ex­ul­tant sit­u­a­tions, and I feel she has on­ly one per­son­ality. She would be cat­a­strophic for the psy­chi­at­ric pro­fes­sion. You can wake her up in the mid­dle of the night and she has the same per­son­ality ev­ery­body knows. What ev­ery­body has seen for 60 years is the bed­rock.”

Title of an early film series: “Baby Burlesque.”


Rookie Mag.


My friend Sei Shonagon should write for Rookie.


Dance of the Californians


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Seized by an irresistible craving for adventure, [Louis Choris] left France in 1827 for South America. He met his end when he was murdered by robbers on March 22, 1828, en route to Vera Cruz, Mexico

Inside Hollywood

From this profile of Beau Willimon and the writing staff of “House Of Cards”:

Meanwhile, Willimon stood in front of a table full of writers and spoke, while the writers, many of them playwrights whose work he admired, sat and listened and occasionally chimed in. One writer, whose back was toward me, idly surfed the Internet: He researched a plane ticket, then checked out an Airbnb listing for a tropical getaway for $99 a night, then bought some camping gear, then browsed an article with the headline “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”

(An excellent detail although why did reporter Adam Sternbergh include it I wonder?  Photo by Ruddy Roye.)