Gene Wilder died on August 29, 2016.
His death still hurts and remains tragic because of the comedic characters he played, most especially Willy Wonka on the silver screen. And what made his portrayal so memorable and beloved by millions of kids and adults alike is that he possessed a very real three-dimensional quality (and bizarre new dimensions that looked other-worldly in some scenes) that was projected through a wacky two-dimensional character written in a book and screenplay.
Like his famed–and sadly fictional chocolate an candy factory–there was always something more there. There was something genuine lingering above the circus-like atmosphere and quintessential ’70s sets.
Back in March 2007, Gene Wilder gave an interview about his life and career. Portions of this conversation were animated into a condensed video series for PBS Digital Studios called “Blank on Blank.”
The reason for posting this interview today of an actor who died in 2016 is the same as why we will spontaneously watch ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ that was released theatrically in 1971:
A random curiosity for wonder and reassurance of this thing in life called pure imagination.
There’s “Toss Back Tuesday” and then there’s “Toss Back Tuesday.”
It seems fitting to apply this specific type of throwback (I see you Thursday) by promoting an event that incorporates a literal toss back in its lexicon. And this is where college football’s “Granddaddy of them all” comes into play.
On this day last week, The Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten champions) played the Washington Huskies (Pac-12 champions) in the 2019 Rose Bowl. I was fortunate to attend this grand, picturesque sporting event with my dad to cheer on the Buckeyes.
There is just something uniquely special about this game, the preceding parade and the beautiful and historic stadium set against the San Gabriel mountains. And that special quality extended to the game played on January 1, 2019.
The game was going great, then it was concerning…then finally awesome.
These are the three stages of an Urban Meyer-coached team.
Sorry, there’s a fourth stage: Championships.
Congratulations to The Ohio State Buckeyes on winning a thrilling Rose Bowl championship that puts an exclamation point on Urban Meyer’s storied coaching career.
P.S. When Ohio State lost to Florida 41-14 in the 2007 National Championship game, there was absolutely zero hesitation by members of the media to universally deem this defeat humiliating and embarrassing for the Buckeyes and the Big Ten by extension.
Guess what Alabama and SEC fans?
The same applies to you after getting dominated by Clemson 44-16 in the 2019 National Championship game. Last night’s game will go down as a humiliating and embarrassing loss for the Tide and the SEC by extension.
You always chant “SEC! SEC!” when you win. Well, for at least the next year, you just might hear chants like “44-16! 44-16!”
Have fun with that, Alabama. We all know you’re such good sports down there in the
If you Google “greatest commercial ever,” then this brand new video will be the top result. Just give it a couple days.
1990 nostalgia gold for the win.
Well played, Google and Kevin McCallister…well played!
Ready? Click play below to see one version of an orb.
The scene above with the orb is from the science fiction pop-culture favorite ‘Ready Player One.’ Since this blog is spoiler-free (a warning is given when necessary), the precise context for the scene in the video clip won’t be explored. However, an orb–or a globe–is a fascinating thing because it’s close to being a circle. And a circle has endless possibilities. Well, one possibility.
(Cue the drummer).
With that, there really is something quite magical about an orb this time of year. Take, for example, a snow globe.
What story do you want to tell within your life’s orb(ital)?