Jonathan Winters as "Maude Frickert" one of his many hilarious characters.
Jonathan Harshman Winters III was born November 11, 1925 in Dayton Ohio. While his grandfather had owned a bank and his father was an investment banker, like many families of the era the Great Depression of the 1930's decimated the family's fortunes. His parents separated and he and his mother moved to Springfield Ohio to live with his grandmother.
After serving in the Marines in World War 2, he went on to study cartooning and met his wife (married until her death in 2009), Eileen Schauder. They had two children.
After leaving the art career he was pursuing and entering radio, Jonathan broke into television and movies, becoming one of the most famous comedians of his day. His comedic characters ranged from Maude Frickert (shown) to impersonating the voice of President John Kennedy on the Jack Paar show. Another generation of television watchers knew him as "Mearth" the son of the title characters on "Mork and Mindy."
Jonathan died on April 11, 2013 at the age of 87 in Montecito, California. He brought a lot of laughter and joy to generations of Americans and will be sorely missed.
Dale Robertson, born Dayle Lymoine Robertson, was born in Oklahoma. At a young age, he was active in sports and he received a Bronze and Silver star in World War II.
His movie career began in 1948 but he is most remembered by most of us for his roles on television - "Tales of Wells Fargo," "Iron Horse," and as host of "Death Valley Days." Later in his acting career, he also had roles in "Dynasty" and "Dallas".
He died February 27, 2013 in San Diego California. He was survived by two daughters and one granddaughter.
A photo of Frank Edward Kroetch with his daughters, Kathy (left) and Pam (right), after Pam's graduation from high school.
This photo of Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) was taken in the 1960's. She was born Pauline Esther Phillips (her twin was "Ann Landers") in 1918 in Iowa and began her "Dear Abby" column in 1956 at the age of 37 in San Francisco California.
A strong woman, she called the San Francisco Chronicle and told them that she could write a better advice column than they were running at the time. She was right - they hired her and she wrote her column for decades, eventually being syndicated in hundreds of newspapers.
She died on January 16, 2013 at the age of 94 of Alzheimers but I certainly remember beginning every day when I was a child by first reading "Dear Abby" in my parents' newspaper.
Larry Martin Hagman was born to actress and singer Mary Martin and lawyer Benjamin Jackson "Jack" Hagman on September 21, 1931 in Weatherford Texas.
This is a picture of him in his role of Captain (later Major) Anthony Nelson (an astronaut) in the tv show "I Dream of Jeannie", which ran from 1965 to 1970.
He was also J.R. Ewing on the tv show "Dallas" (remember the "who shot JR?" season?) from 1978 - 1991.
Larry Hagman died in Dallas Texas on November 23, 2012.
A bicycle outing for two - when one of the two is a skeleton! An obvious studio Halloween photo from the turn of the century. Funny and a bit macabre - it probably reflects the humor of the time. Or it could be a message against dangerous bicycle riding!
In the 1950's, science fictiton and robots were the "big thing" - in the movies and with little boys. This Halloween photo of two boys (yes, they were probably boys although the names and date, as well as location aren't known) was typical of the times. A couple of boxes, some clever graphics, and voila - a robot! ; )
It looks like this Daddy is ready for Halloween but the little girl? Not so much! The date, location, and names in this photo are unknown but it looks to be the 1930's. And to tell you the truth, if I saw this face on Halloween, I might be scared, too!
A photo of several children dressed as "lil' devils", probably on Halloween in the 1940's. (Although the date, location, and names of the children are unknown.) Dressing up as the devil isn't quite as popular as it once was!
This photo of a woman dressed as a carousel may have been a costume for Halloween - or it may have been just a fanciful costume for a photo shoot. The name of the woman is unknown, as is the date and place of the photo, but it's looks to be from the 1910's - and she looks like she has a lampshade on her head!