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Is The Transfer Portal Helping or Hurting NCAA Basketball?

Story by Mitchell Smith Hello everybody. The college basketball finals are upon us and we will have champions crowned first the men and women’s 2024 basketball teams. It has been a hard fought season to the end and only 2 teams remain to duke it out for the royal crown. Next year is looking much different in college basketball. Men and women across the country are taking advantage of jumping ship with the ease of the transfer portal. What is making these players leave their school. Is it wanting more…

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Celebrating Easter and Survival: The Remarkable Story of ‘Touching The Void

Story by Mitchell Smith Hello everybody. Happy Easter. Easter is a time of rebirth and renewed life as the Earth comes out of its Winter months and everything comes back to life. I watched the 2003 documentary “Touching The Void” over the weekend and it is a remarkable true story about 2 young rock climbers who nearly died scaling the icy face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. 2 young men Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to climb the glacial mountain in 1985 and become the first…

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Remembering Louis Gossett Jr.: A Tribute to a Legendary Career and Iconic Roles

Hello everybody. Louis Gossett Jr. was born in 1936 in Brooklyn NY. When I discovered Gossett passed away on March 29th I didn’t recognize the name but I saw he was gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman. I immediately recognized the face and remembered the wonderful job he did in that movie. As a young boy this was one of my favorite movies and I loved Gossett in this movie. A movie I have not seen in 30 years or so and his roll in this…

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Revisiting “Platoon”: A Powerful Reflection on War and Morality

Story By Mitchell Smith Hello everybody. Yesterday I had a chance to sit down and watch Platoon. It has been a few decades since I last watched this movie. Starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, and Tom Berenger with supporting cast Forest Whitaker, Keven Dillon, and John McGinley. There is a young Johnny Depp with a minor roll as well. Platoon is a 1986 film directed by Oliver Stone. It follows a new soldier, Chris played by Sheen, who comes into an already battle tested Platoon in Vietnam. The movie based…

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March Madness: A Tribute to Memorable Moments and Passionate Competition

Story by Mitchell Smith Hello everybody. March Madness is in full swing. Whether you are a die hard college basketball fan, or just watch at tournament time, you most likely will fill out a bracket and try to predict something that may never happen, a perfect bracket. There have been several memorable moments throughout history. The first one that comes to my mind is Jimmy Valvano running onto the court looking for his players after NCST upended the favorite Houston who had stars Clyde Drexler and MVP Akeem Olajuwon. The…

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The Remarkable Career of Richard Gilbert Gautier: From Broadway to Animation Icon

Hello everybody. Today I’m taking a look at actor Richard Gilbert Gautier. Born in 1931 in Culver City, CA, Gautier grew up in the industry as his father was a movie camera grip and his mother was a costume seamstress. Gautier’s first gig was as a singer and shortly after he would join the US Navy. After his time in the Navy Gautier worked his way up to being Conrad Birdie in the original Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie. Gautier also had rolls in popular Sixties shows such as…

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Riding Through the Wild West: “Wanted Dead or Alive” and the Legacy of Steve McQueen

In the golden era of television, a show rode into the hearts of America, blending the grit of the Wild West with the charisma of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons. “Wanted Dead or Alive,” starring the inimitable Steve McQueen, is more than just a television series; it’s a cultural artifact that encapsulates the essence of an era where justice was served with a side of charisma. This blog post explores the allure of this classic TV show, delving into its impact, legacy, and how it solidified McQueen’s status as…

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Unraveling Bob Marley’s Legacy: A Review of ‘Who Shot the Sheriff’ Documentary

Story by Mitchell Smith Hello everybody. Today I’m taking a look at the 2018 Bob Marley documentary “Who Shot the Sheriff” on Netflix. I have long been a fan of Bob Marley, but I never realized where he grew up and the struggles he had trying to bring unity to his home country Jamaica. Marley was born in 1945 in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Jamaica. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Saint Ann back in 2017. We stayed at a resort but we did go out and…

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Remembering Toby Keith: A Tribute to a Country Music Legend

Story by Mitchell Smith Well hello everyone. Today we take a look at country star Toby Keith. Keith was born in 1961 in Clinton Oklahoma and sadly lost a battle with stomach cancer on February 5th 2024. In high school he played football and went to work in the Oil fields after he graduated high school . Keith got a guitar at age 8 and took an interest in performing while working at his grandmothers club The Billie Garner’s Supper Club. There he would enjoy watching various bands and would…

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Review of ‘The Greatest Night in Pop’ Documentary: The Legacy of ‘We Are The World

Story by Mitchell Smith Well hello everyone. Today we take a look at the Netflix documentary “The Greatest Night in Pop” now streaming! This is the story of the 1985 hit “We Are The World” that was made to help feed the starving people in Africa. The song was recorded in one night and included nearly 40 of the top artists in 1985. Here we are 39 years later and this song still takes me on an emotional roller coaster with so many great and unique voices. Anyone who ever…

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Carl Weathers: From Gridiron Glory to Hollywood Icon

Story by Mitchell Smith Well hello everyone. Today we take a look back at the life of Carl Weathers. Weathers was born in 1948 in New Orleans and passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 1st. Weathers had a remarkable career in professional football and acting in TV and motion picture rolls. In high school Weathers was an all around athlete including football, boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, soccer, and Judo. Weathers played college football at San Diego State University and graduated with a degree in theater arts. In 1970 Weathers…

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Exploring the Legacy of Wat Misaka, the Iconic New York Knicks Player

Story by Mitchell Smith Hello Everybody. Wataru Misaka was born in 1923 in Ogden, UT. Misaka is best known for being the first non-white player to be drafted and play in the NBA. Misaka who was of Japanese descent, grew up in a poor neighborhood and lived in the basement of his father’s barber shop with is parents and 2 brothers. Growing up Misaka and his family were discriminated against because of their Japanese descent. They could not eat in white restaurants and he was not allowed to play sports…

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The Untold Story of Fred Cox: From Kicking Records to Nerf Ball Inventor | A Tribute to a Minnesota Vikings Legend

Story by Mitchell Smith Well hello everyone. Fred William Cox was born in 1938 in Monongahela, PA and passed away in 2019. Cox who was a long time kicker for the Minnesota Vikings also invented the Nerf Football. Cox’s parents owned a grocery store in PA and it is still operating after 4 generations. Cox naturally went to near by University of Pittsburgh where he played college ball. Cox played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1963-1977 and still holds the Vikings record for all-time leading scorer. Cox who was on…

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“Exploring the Impact of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’: A Cinematic Pioneer for Mental Health Advocacy”

Story by Mitchell Smith Hello everybody. Today I’m taking a look at the 1975 classic “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey. This a a great film with a stellar cast. Jack Nicholson plays prison inmate who is transferred to a mental institution for evaluation. During his time there he befriends many of the patients and has some very memorable adventures and touching moments. The rest of the cast does an excellent job portraying what an asylum may have looked like at the…

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“Barry Corbin: A Remarkable Career in Acting, from TV Hits to Blockbuster Movies”

Story By Mitchell Smith Barry Corbin was born in 1940 in Lamesa, Texas. He tried football in middle school but enjoyed performing arts better. Corbin went to Texas Tech, joined the Marine Corps and came back to finish his schooling at Texas Tech. Corbin started acting in 1960 and the next 64 years would lay down a remarkable career. Corbin is still acting and has appeared in recent shows like Yellowstone, Better Call Saul, and Young Sheldon. Over the years he has made appearances in shows like The A-Team, Matlock,…

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