One Of The All-Time Great Canadian People, Alan Thicke, Passes Away

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, right, in a scene with Andrew Koenig, left, and future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center. Koenig played Seaver family friend Richard “Boner” Stabone. DiMaio was in one episode playing Stabone family friend Eric Shunn. The writers had more elaborate plans for the character Eric Shunn if not for DiMaio’s insisting that his character should look and talk directly to the camera. “Like that Ferris Bueller,” to use DiMaio’s own words.

Burbank, CA—Alan Thicke, patriarch of the Seaver family on ABC’s classic 80s sitcom “Growing Pains” and inarguably one of the greats on the Canadian Mount (Mountie?) Rushmore, died last Tuesday. He was 69. And he died in the most Canadian way possible, suffering a heart attack while playing hockey.

Thicke was best known as Jason Seaver, father to Mike, Carol, Ben and Chrissie, and husband to Maggie on “Growing Pains” from 1985 until 1992. But he also wrote a good number of TV theme songs, including the openings to “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life” and the original theme song to “Wheel of Fortune.”

On the silver screen, Thicke appeared in such films as “Calendar Girl Murders,” “It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway,” “RECOiL” and “And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird.” 

He is survived by his third wife, Tonia Callau, as well as his three sons, Carter, Brennan and singer Robin.


“I Have To Be Fearless In Showing What I Feel In The Moment:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Shonna Major

Shonna Major

Shonna Major in a scene from Clinger with a gift basket. Gift baskets are a great way to show appreciation. (Our mailing address is on the “About” page. Make sure they can deliver to a PO box.)

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Shonna Major. Shonna spoke to us about working for her Masters degree, her latest movie, “Clinger” and how going gluten-free isn’t for her. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Shonna Major:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Shonna Major: I always loved performing. I started performing in school plays and dance recitals when I was really young. I just enjoyed doing it. As I got older and experienced more emotional hardships, I would turn to my favorite TV show or watch a movie to escape. And I realized that’s what I wanted to do: help people escape their reality for a little.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SM: I loved Halle Berry. I thought she was gorgeous and talented and someone I could relate to. I also loved Lucy Lawless because I was obsessed with Xena.

Shonna Major

Shonna Major, left, with the good book and Jennifer Laporte in Clinger.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

SM: I grew up watching Robin Williams. I could recite Mrs. Doubtfire and Hook word for word when I was younger. My friends probably thought I was so weird.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?

SM: Acting coach Andrew Benne always had great advice. One that stuck was to let go of my “control freak” nature and just be. I have to be fearless in showing what I feel in the moment. I think that resonated with me because it’s not just great acting advice but something I try and do on a daily basis.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten?

SM: “You should try the gluten-free diet.”
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Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor And My Favorite Protege, Dies At 93

Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, right, at his desk with future The Daily Quarterly editor in chief Brian DiMaio, left. Their relationship was strained following the Kennedy assassination when DiMaio claimed to have a secret source named Debbie located in Dallas.

Washington, DC—Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, and one of the few individuals who knew the true identity of Deep Throat for 40 years, died Tuesday from natural causes. He was 93.

He was the Post’s executive editor from 1968 until 1991, and under his tenure, the paper achieved national prominence and won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. Before working at the Post, Bradlee wrote for Newsweek and The Daily Quarterly.

He was portrayed by Jason Robards in the film version of “All the President’s Men,” alongside Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who portrayed buddy-reporters (think Fletch meets up with whatever Robert Wuhl’s character’s name was in “Batman”) Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsten.

Bradlee had been suffering from dementia in his later years. Reportedly, his final words were, “I owe it all to DiMaio.”

He is survived by his third wife, Sally Quinn, a son from his first marriage, Ben Bradlee, Jr., other sons Dominic, Quinn and a  daughter, Marina.

(Please note that we totally left out the fabricated story scandal that embarrassed him and the Post in 1981, when reporter Janet Cooke totally made up a story about an 8 year-old heroin addict, winning a Pulitzer that Bradlee gave back once he found out he’d been fooled, a-la Stephen Glass. We didn’t think there was a place for that debacle in this obit.) Continue reading

Man’s Claims That Fashion Industry Is Pulling The Wool Over Our Eyes Fails To Materialize

Men's Fashion Through The Ages

A brief history of men’s fashion.

“I don’t want to air anyone`s dirty laundry in public but the whole industry has gotten as comfortable as an old shoe!” Men’s rights activist Lauren Ralph was eager to make his case. Ralph agreed to meet at the drop of a hat and I was a little unprepared. “Let’s be honest here. Women’s fashion is beating the pants off men’s fashion. I could put on my best bib and tucker and I bet my boots people would prefer to see a lady in her birthday suit. Sorry! I’m probably scaring the pants off you” Ralph said with a laugh.

We agreed to buckle down and get to the bottom of his claims. Firstly, Ralph purports that the men’s fashion industry is nothing more than a system designed to burn a hole in the male consumer’s pockets while manufacturer’s purses burst at the seams. Ralph claims to have been an industry insider who escaped by the seat of his pants trying to expose key players. In the end Ralph was unable to catch them with their pants down but he still wants to get the word out.

Originally The Daily Quarterly wasn’t even interested in the story until Ralph charmed the pants off a junior editor promising tales of cloak-and-dagger corporate espionage. So, the powers that be told me to put on my coat and tie and meet Ralph for an interview and a drink before the opportunity came apart at the seams.

“Before fashion had come into fashion,” Ralph began to explain, “before cutting a fine figure became more important keeping the dirt off most clothing was cut from the same cloth. People made their own clothes according to traditional designs. There was no desire to be decked out in the latest designer. People were more apt to die with their boots on. Enter the industrial age of mass production and clothing manufacturers raced to woo the consumer’s dollar like it was going out of style!” Continue reading

“If That Meant I Needed To Swallow Humble Pie, I Imagined It Was Cherry Pie:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Writer Chuti Tiu

Chuti Tiu

Look for Chuti Tiu playing the role of character Yo-Yo’s Ma’ in The Internship.

This week, our TDQ Q&A is with actress and writer Chuti Tiu. Chuti spoke with us about her role in “The Internship,” what it was like making a movie with her husband as her director and being Miss Illinois. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Chuti Tiu:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

Chuti Tiu: Jaclyn Smith! I loved “Charlie’s Angels,” and I wanted so badly to be Kelly. Seriously – the HAIR. I still love long curly hair…. I remember the episode where she went undercover as a belly dancer. It inspired my Halloween costume one year.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

CT: E.T.! “E.T. phone home!” I cried and laughed so hard, all in the same movie. I’ve always loved movies that move you on a visceral level. I also loved “The Muppet Movie.” I was such a sap (still am) – I cried during the very first scene, Kermit’s “Rainbow Connection.” I was just a little kid, but the song made me feel so lonely; it spoke to me of the impermanence of life.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CT: I love rejection. Ha! just kidding. I love the craft of acting, of helping a story get told, portraying someone’s journey and eventually moving and inspiring others. Basically, stories in visual form (film, television, computer, or stage) hold up a mirror to the audience; through the story, they can hopefully see something in themselves revealed… I want to be that “mirror.”
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