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October 6, 2022

In 2018, Nick Castle Recreated Iconic Behind the Scenes Photos From the Set of ‘Halloween’ After 40 Years

Nick Castle is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director, best known for his role as Michael Myers in Halloween (1978).

Originally, Castle, a childhood friend of director John Carpenter, was just there to watch his friend make a movie. However, it was at the suggestion of Carpenter that he take up the role of Michael Myers rather than paying a stuntman to do the role. Castle was payed about twenty-five dollars a day for his role in the film.

Michael was portrayed by Nick Castle in almost every scene, except for some pick-up shots and the unmasking scene, where he was replaced by Tony Moran. Castle admitted he was disappointed to not be the face shown, but understood that Carpenter wanted a more “angelic” face to juxtapose with Myers’ ghastly deeds. However, there is a scene where Castle appears as Michael without the mask, when Michael leaps on top of the car in the rain at the beginning of the film. The scene was lit only by the car’s taillights and lasted not even two seconds, so many people do not remember Castle in the shot. Castle had to do the take in the cold water many times, and got sick as a result. However, the experience was mainly fun for Castle. He can be seen in many production stills having fun with the mask. These include pretending to kiss Jamie Lee Curtis, pretending to drink some Dr. Pepper, and holding the mask next to his own face with a funny expression.

Nick Castle didn’t reprise his role in any of the Halloween sequels or reboots produced between 1981 and 2009. He would return to portray the role of Michael Myers/the Shape for the 2018 movie Halloween, which follows on forty years since the first one and ignores all sequels released in-between, making him the third actor (the first two being George P. Wilbur and Tyler Mane) to play Michael in more than one film.

22 Adorable Vintage Pictures Showing Children's Love For Animals

While many things have aged poorly over the past few decades, some still stay just the same today, and one of those is children's love for animals. 

From dog and cat to tortoise and crocodile, take a look at these adorable vintage pictures of children and their pets:

Handsome Portrait Photos of Buster Crabbe in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1908 as Clarence Linden Crabbe II in Oakland, California, American two-time Olympic swimmer and actor Buster Crabbe won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400-meter freestyle swimming event, which launched his career on the silver screen and later television.

Crabbe starred in a variety of popular feature films and movie serials released between 1933 and the 1950s, portraying the top three syndicated comic-strip heroes of the 1930s: Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers.

Crabbe’s Hollywood career waned somewhat in the 1950s and 1960s, and he became a stockbroker and businessman during this period. In 1979, he made one of his final appearances in an episode of the NBC television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

In 1983, at age 75, Crabbe died of a heart attack at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Buster Crabbe in the 1930s and 1940s.

1990 Nestle Crunch Candy Bar TV Commercial – Russian Nuclear Submarine

The commercial aired on May 5, 1990 during the broadcast of “World Figure Skating – Tour of Champions” on WRC Channel 4 in Washington DC. WRC Channel 4 is the NBC affiliate in DC.

A peaceful father/son fishing trip is interrupted by a mammoth submarine that emerges from directly beneath their boat, lifting it from the water. At the time of the incident, the child had been snacking on a Nestle Crunch and he surmises that the candy bar is what prompted the commotion. A soviet general and his comrades soon exit the vessel and approach the family. Undeterred by the likelihood of attack, the boy offers his extra candy bar to the Russian as an olive branch. The soldier promptly accepts it, takes a bite and smiles at the audible crunching sounds that the bar produces. As a symbol of his appreciation, he gifts the child a large fur hat before reentering his submarine, candy bar in hand.

Vintage Photos of Kitchens in the Early 20th Century

One of the first things that strikes you about kitchens from the early 20th century is how simple they were.

The kitchen was a workroom and often relatively small even in large homes. There was typically a sink with a counter or drainboard on either side, a woodburning or gas range, and table. Some cabinetry might have been built in, but not always. Shelving was often open and free-standing cupboards were common.

The second essential component of the kitchen was a pantry that was integrated more or less into the kitchen. Depending on the configuration, it may have been a butler’s pantry where dinnerware and dishes were washed and stored.

A more familiar function of the pantry was its use as a convenient store room for staples, canned goods, cleaning equipment, and cooking equipment not used on a daily basis. Occasionally, homes had both a utility pantry and a butler’s pantry.

Here is a set of amazing photos that shows what kitchens looked like in the 1900s and 1910s.

October 5, 2022

Katharine Hepburn Nearly Died in the 1938 Long Island Express Hurricane

Katharine Hepburn, a pillar of classic Hollywood, a unique beauty who was bold, fierce and independent. This Hollywood legend wasn't just an image of strength on the silver screen, she was also a survivor. A survivor that faced a category three hurricane head on and lived.

September 1938 was not a particularly good time for Katharine Hepburn. Her recent screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby with co-star Cary Grant was a flop at the theaters. Rumor had it, that she was hoping for the lead in the soon to be made blockbuster Gone With the Wind. And even after winning a Best Actress Academy Award a few years prior, she was already being considered box office poison.

So although her career seemed to be going bad, Katharine returned to her true home. Not the city she was born in but the summer home that her family had in Fenwick, a borough of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The house sat directly on Long Island Sound. This is where Kate felt alive! She would play golf and swim in the sound. In fact on the morning of September 21, 1938, Kate did both.

During her morning swim she noticed the usually calm waters of Long Island Sound were in fact pretty rough, unusual but not unheard of. After her dip in the water, she went to play a round of golf, a sport she was pretty good at and played in here film Pat and Mike.

Back in 1938, hurricanes could be tracked only by eyewitness reports. Satellites and radar had not been invented yet and although the weather service existed, their forecasting skills were severely limited when it came to storms out over the ocean.

On the morning of September 21, 1938, a hurricane was off the coast of the outer banks of North Carolina. A strong storm, but it was expect to curve out to sea like majority of the storms did. Meanwhile, after a week of rain in New England, the morning of the 21st had finally cleared and those who were able to, decided to take advantage of the late summer weather. This is why Kate decided to take a nice swim in the unusually rough waters of Long Island Sound.

By afternoon, the clouds had begun to close in on the beautiful morning and the winds began to speed up. No one was aware that the unnamed storm that was off the Carolina coast was not heading out to see but straight up the eastern seaboard and at incredible speed too! In fact, the storm was racing towards New England at 60 mph!

Without warning the wind and water slammed into the south shore of Long Island and New England. The storm was a deadly surprise that caught many leaving work and school. On Fenwick, where Hepburn resided, the waters began to rise and the wind began to howl. Soon the water was crashing up onto the Hepburn home. At this point, Kate, her mother and brother climbed out the kitchen window to run for safety. They were lucky to do so. The storm surge would soon completely wash away her home on the shore.

The storm made landfall on Long Island as a category 3 storm with 120 mph winds around 2:30pm. The storm continued across Long Island Sound, making a second landfall around Milford, CT just west of New Haven, CT as a category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds around 4 pm. With this position, the strongest of the winds and storm surge were just to the east of the eye, right over Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island, right where Katharine Hepburn lived!

The storm brought a record 10 feet storm surge to New London, CT. Even higher storm surges could be found in Rhode Island. The unnamed monster of a storm resulted in a staggering 700 deaths, 63,000 lost homes and $620 million 1938 dollars in damage!

Hepburn was lucky to be alive after the unannounced arrival of what is also called The Long Island Express. This storm reshaped the New England coastline and forever will be one of the worst storms to hit the United States.

Katharine Hepburn searching through the debris of her Fenwick home after the Hurricane of 1938.

Kate Hepburn sitting in a tub after the Great New England Hurricane of 1938.

Hollywood actress, Katharine Hepburn, sitting in the muddy debris of her destroyed family beach home after the Great New England Hurricane of 1938.

Hepburn searching through debris of her family’s summer cottage after the hurricane of 1938.

Katharine Hepburn digging through the debris of her home after the 1938 hurricane.

The original beach home of the Hepburn family at Fenwick in Old Saybrook, CT. It was completely destroyed in the 1938 hurricane.

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Tim Lancaster: The Amazing Story of the Pilot Who Was Sucked Out of Plane for Twenty Minutes at 23,000ft and Survived

British Airways Flight 5390 was a flight from Birmingham Airport in England for Málaga Airport in Spain. On June 10, 1990, the BAC One-Eleven 528FL suffered explosive decompression resulting in no loss of life. While the aircraft was flying over Didcot, Oxfordshire, an improperly installed windscreen panel separated from its frame causing the captain to be sucked out of the aircraft. The captain, Tim Lancaster, was partially held through the window frame for twenty minutes until the first officer landed at Southampton Airport.

Screenshot of a reconstruction of the event carried out by Discovery.

BA Flight 5390 departed Birmingham, in central England, at 7:20 a.m on June 10, 1990, headed for Malaga, in southern Spain. On board the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) One-Eleven jetliner, built in 1977, were 81 passengers and six crew members.

After a smooth take off, Lancaster unbuckled his seatbelt and switched on the autopilot. However, at 7:33 a.m., as the aircraft passed over Didcot in Oxfordshire, 55 miles west of London, at an altitude of 17,300 feet, the pilot’s windshield blew out, causing sudden cabin depressurization and sucking Lancaster out the window. Government investigators would later conclude that the windscreen had been replaced just 27 hours earlier, but most of the bolts used were inappropriate.

It is not entirely clear why Lancaster was not instantly sucked all the way out the window but, remarkably, it appears to be the case that one or both of his feet happened to be temporarily stuck under the control column — an extraordinary twist of fate that saved Lancaster’s life and, potentially prevented a complete catastrophe.

The pilot was held inside of a plane by his legs after a window popped off on a disastrous flight to Malaga. (Photo: Discovery)

That initial explosive decompression, which lasted between 1.13 and 1.46 seconds, caused condensation mist and swirling winds to rapidly fill the flight deck, and left Lancaster suspended by his legs while airflow outside the airplane pinned his torso and head against the front of the airplane.

Third steward Ogden and purser Heward reacted quickly. While Ogden rushed over to Lancaster and grabbed him by the waist, Heward removed part of the flight deck door – which had been blown off in the initial force of the decompression – from the control column, allowing co-pilot Atchison to take control of the aircraft and attempt to arrange an emergency landing with local air traffic control.

Then, while second and fourth stewards Rogers and Prince reassured the passengers, Heward reentered the flight deck and helped Ogden hold on to Lancaster’s waist and legs. Ogden, exposed to biting winds and air temperatures of -17° celsius (just over 1° fahrenheit) was rapidly developing frostbite and becoming exhausted, so Rogers took over.

The crew would later tell investigators that during this time, they all assumed Lancaster was already dead, and were relieved to discover he had survived when they saw him kicking his feet outside the aircraft, several minutes later. Interviewed for a later documentary film, Lancaster himself said he had managed to twist his torso around to face the inside of the airplane, so that he could breathe, but quickly lost consciousness and remembered nothing of the rest of his ordeal, until he woke up in hospital.

Heroes of flight 5390: Captain Tim Lancaster surrounded by crew, from left, Alistair Atchison, John Howard, Nigel Ogden, Susan Prince and Simon Rogers. (Photo / PA Images via Getty Images)

“I thought I was going to lose him, but he ended up bent in a U-shape around the windows,” Nigel Ogden said in an interview. “His face was banging against the window with blood coming out of his nose and the side of his head, his arms were flailing and seemed about 6 feet long. Most terrifyingly, his eyes were wide open. I’ll never forget that sight as long as I live.”

Setting aside humanitarian and ethical considerations, letting go of Lancaster could have proven catastrophic, if his body subsequently caused damage to the wing or engine of the aircraft. As it turned out, Rogers held on until Atchison was able to make a successful emergency landing at Southampton airport, on the south coast of England.

Atchison landed the plane in Southampton at 7:55 a.m – 22 minutes after the incident had begun. None of the passengers were injured, Ogden was treated for frostbite, cuts and bruises on his arm, and bore lasting psychological trauma from the experience. Lancaster was brought to Southampton General Hospital where, remarkably, his only injuries were bone fractures in his right arm and wrist, a broken left thumb, frostbite, bruising and shock.

The cockpit of the British Airways Bac 1-11 with two windows missing. (Photo: Murray Sanders/Daily Mail/Shutterstock)

G-BJRT, the aircraft involved, seen in July 1989. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

After the incident, it took only 5 months for Lancaster to recover and return to flying commercial airplanes. He continued working at British Airways until 2003, when he switched to easyJet until his retirement in 2008. Meanwhile, Atchinson went a little further, and worked until his 65th birthday, in 2015.

In December 1991, Queen Elizabeth II approved the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air for the other five crew members. The citation read: For services in saving the captain of a British Airways, by holding on to him when he was partially sucked out of the cockpit, following decompression after the windscreen blew out in flight. The officers were in danger themselves through the effect of the slipstream.

The crew managed to keep hold of Lancaster for the duration of the flight. (Photo: PA Images)

The story of Tim Lancaster is one of the most incredible in commercial aviation, not only because Lancaster survived, when everything indicates that under these conditions it was very likely that he would lose his life, but also because of the heroism of the crew and co-pilot who did not surrender, held his captain and managed to land the aircraft without no passengers were hurt.



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