Friday, December 31, 2021

Betty White Is Dead at 99

The day we've been dreading is finally here, with news that Betty White has died less than three weeks shy of her 100th birthday. For fans of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" her passing is of particular significance, as she was the last living member of the main cast, which saw Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod and Cloris Leachman join Mary in WJM heaven earlier this year. (White was also the last living cast member of "The Golden Girls.") I had a bad feeling when People magazine put her on its cover, as if a 99-year-old reaching 100 were a fait accompli. But with a catalog of work that would take a decade to watch -- Buzzer is running a marathon of her delightful appearances on "Password," "Match Game," et al. and "Hot in Cleveland" is a must-see, currently streaming on Paramount+) -- we must give thanks and marvel at a woman who brought us so much joy, yet somehow managed to leave us wanting more. xo

And then there were none

Ted Knight: December 7, 1923 – August 26, 1986 (62)
Mary Tyler Moore: December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017 (80)
Georgia Engel: July 28, 1948 – April 12, 2019 (70)
Valerie Harper: August 22, 1939 – August 30, 2019 (80)
Cloris Leachman: April 30, 1926 – January 27, 2021 (94)
 Gavin MacLeod: February 28, 1931 – May 29, 2021 (90)
Ed Asner: November 15, 1929 – August 29, 2021 (91)
Betty White: January 17, 1922 – December 31, 2021 (99)

I think the gods are trying to console me by having this episode of "Match Game '74" -- featuring Mrs. Murray Slaughter in Betty's seat -- on this afternoon. 

Caption Me

The package you've been waiting all season for!

Song of the Day: 'We Don't Talk Anymore' by Cliff Richard

When I mentioned my childhood Olivia Newton-John/Cliff Richard microaggression yesterday, Damian remarked (and I agreed) how the Brit is one of those "biggest-selling artists of all time" who never really made it in the U.S. I still agree with this statement -- he's right up there with Take That -- although I was stunned to discover that besides "Suddenly," he's actually had NINE of his own Top 40 singles in the U.S., dating back to "Living Doll," a No. 30 hit in 1959. Off the top of my head I couldn't name one. (Only four of them reached the Top 20, so it's not like he was burning up the charts even when he did score.) But then scrolling through I did recall that today's pick was quite big in the early days of MTV -- it was the sixth video the channel ever aired -- and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's also quite good!


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The Gay Curmudgeon: Confessions of a Grindr-holic

Thursday, December 30, 2021

What Was Your #FirstGayMicroaggression?


THIS is one of the funnest Twitter threads I've read in a while. 

Reminded me that I wanted to start a similar one, which I have HERE.

Thursday Ad Watch


I see I'm not the only one to notice how hot Hallmark GAC Family actor Nick Bateman is. Feast your on his Bvlgari Man Terrae Essence commercial -- and more -- BELOW.



Express train to bicep heaven. Few more BELOW.

Song of the Day: 'New Year's Baby (First Lullaby)' by Cyndi Lauper

This one's a standout track from the Unusual One's 2008 holiday LP, "Merry Christmas ... Have a Nice Life." What's everyone doing for New Year's Eve this year? We're fully vaxxed and boosted, but are still debating a house party we were invited to in Hell's Kitchen.  

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Hot Kitten of the Day: I would have ADOPTED this cutie pie myself -- he looks just like my LARRY -- if Harvey weren't so anti-cat!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Do Ya Wanna Fünke?

If you're also addicted to Hallmark movies (who can resist an endless supply of 6-2 Canadian hunks?!) with the sound off (who can tolerate that much bad writing?!), then Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer's parody of the genre, "A Clüsterfünke Christmas," is definitely worth a watch. The men are hot -- Cheyenne Jackson, Nils Hognestad, Ryan McPartlin -- and the script fills the entire Hallmark trope B-I-N-G-O card with aplomb! Definitely view this one with the sound on. :-)

Wrestle Wednesday

This is the gay trainer with whom German tennis hunk Tommy Haas has been working. Get even greener with envy BELOW.

Song of the Day: 'Too Much, Too Little, Too Late' by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams

I hadn't thought of this cute song in ages until Damian mentioned that the mom from "Six Feet Under" (Frances Conroy) and some guy (Evan Peters) had performed it on the current season of "American Horror Story"! Full disclosure: Somehow I never (retroactively) put it together that it was the "Chances Are" and "Let's Hear It for the Boy" crooners duetting on this No. 1 hit and radio staple of my youth!

Morning Wood

From everyone's favorite "filthy queer outreach situation." More BELOW.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Arcade Fire

Seen on my new favorite Twitter account called Super 70s Sports!

Tennis Tuesday


And wait'll you see his golf swing BELOW.

Song of the Day: 'Whatever Happened to Christmas' by Frank Sinatra

I've spent the past few days listening to nothing but Christmas music and refusing to believe it's already over. At least we still have our tree to keep us company as we roll into 2022! xo

Aimee Mann did a suicidal nice version on her 2006 Christmas album, "Another Drifter in the Snow"