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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:36 PM

Jones1945

 

"Pretentious, self-indulgent craftless tat that I wouldn't accept even as a gift"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANA8SI_KvqI

Coffee

 

The man said it all.  Nothing I can add.  But "Lindybeige" sure can!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN9iJCZ5Il8  

Hmmmm, maybe if enough Brits sound off about what rubbish a lot of modern art is the "intelligentsia" on this side of the pond will wise up.  I don't know about other places but most American eggheads seem to be Anglomaniacs as well.  Must come with the territory.

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Posted by Jones1945 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 7:47 PM

 

"Pretentious, self-indulgent craftless tat that I wouldn't accept even as a gift"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANA8SI_KvqI

Coffee

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 7:31 PM

Miningman

" A fool and his money are soon parted"

"There's a sucker born every minute"

"Stupid is as stupid does"

I'm sure Shakespeare has one somewhere in all his works.

 

You ain't kiddin!  My thoughts exactly!

I'd add the Hans Christian Andersen story about "The Emperor's New Clothes."  A lot of people know the story but don't get the message.  Hoo boy.

Make the kid who bought the "Daylight" prop for $130 look like an absolute genius!  In fact, I think he is!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, February 8, 2020 7:11 PM

What about the painting that immediately fed itself into a paper shredder after somebody bought it?  Confused

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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, February 8, 2020 5:45 PM

" A fool and his money are soon parted"

"There's a sucker born every minute"

"Stupid is as stupid does"

I'm sure Shakespeare has one somewhere in all his works.

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:55 AM

Jones1945
That wasn't the most "extreme" case I suppose...

What's that supposed to be, the painted equivalent of John Cage's 4'33" of silence?  (Or 'ceci n'est pas une fenêtre'?)

It actually works on that level.  But so would my 'exhibition' in the Seventies of paintings like "black bear in deep-shaft coal mine at midnight', 'brown bear in Dust Bowl windstorm', and 'polar bear in blizzard in Arctic summer' ... if you were to carefully capture the course of 'audience response' to the things, and then their growing 'epiphanies' as they grasped the full impact of what was being done to them...

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Posted by Jones1945 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 4:27 AM

Overmod

Last year some guy duct-taped a banana to a wall, called it performance art, and put a pricetag of $120,000 on it.  People from Miami then bought it.  

That wasn't the most "extreme" case I suppose...CoffeeSmile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, February 7, 2020 10:28 PM
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Posted by Overmod on Friday, February 7, 2020 9:17 PM

Jones1945
You forgot to mention that 18,000-word essay about that banana-on-the-wall thing.

Canadian art snobbery.

Last year some guy duct-taped a banana to a wall, called it performance art, and put a pricetag of $120,000 on it.  People from Miami then bought it...  

EDIT - and apparently untaped the banana and ate it!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, February 7, 2020 8:20 PM

Uh, yeah, I'm kind of drawing a blank on that "...banana duct-taped to the wall..." thing too, unless it's the equivalent of the old Newfoundland saying "Better than a slap in the face with a wet codfish!"

Back to that prop Daylight.  Quite honestly I'm surprised it's still around, when "Tough Guys" was produced Hollywood had gone beyond warehousing old props just in case they ever needed something like it again, especially a prop that big.  

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Posted by Jones1945 on Friday, February 7, 2020 5:50 PM

Miningman

Oh dear.. mess. 

Well it's better value than a banana duct taped to a wall. 

 

Dear Miningman,

 

You forgot to mention that 18,000-word essay about that banana-on-the-wall thing.

 

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Posted by Deggesty on Friday, February 7, 2020 1:40 PM

Miningman

Oh dear.. mess. 

Well it's better value than a banana duct taped to a wall. 

 

yes!Thumbs Up

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, February 7, 2020 1:36 PM

Oh dear.. mess. 

Well it's better value than a banana duct taped to a wall. 

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Posted by Jones1945 on Friday, February 7, 2020 11:30 AM

 

 

Interesting story. At least the smokebox door is still intact...

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:29 PM

I found the story.  Briefly, the prop was purchased by 22 year old student Anthony Williams for $130.  There seemed to be little interest in it so Anthony figured why not try to buy it himself if he could get it cheap enough.  Score!

Anthony plans on exhibiting the prop at the Northern California Museum of Transportation in Oroville where he's a volunteer.  The locomotive portion is deteriorated but the tender portion is still in good shape.  The whole prop sat in a warehouse for 30-plus years.  

Here's the link to the story.

http://trn.trains.com/news-wire/2019/11/04-college-student-saves-movie-prop-daylight-replica  

Hey!  Waddaya know?  The link worked!  

I guess Burt and Kirk are looking down on me and helping along on this one!

Thanks gentlemen!

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Posted by Jones1945 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:24 PM

Overmod

The 'waterline model' prop of the GS4 used in the movie was recently sold (November 2019) -- for $130! -- to a 22-year-old college student.  There was a story about it in Newswire but Brian never 'cleared' it to the Forums and it remains subscribers-only.  (Perhaps a subscriber can find and paraphrase it...)

 

Do you mean this model on the cake? Surprise

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, February 6, 2020 6:18 PM

The 'waterline model' prop of the GS4 used in the movie was recently sold (November 2019) -- for $130! -- to a 22-year-old college student.  There was a story about it in Newswire but Brian never 'cleared' it to the Forums and it remains subscribers-only.  (Perhaps a subscriber can find and paraphrase it...)

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Posted by Jones1945 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 5:08 PM

Miningman
Tough Guys/ SP Daylight

Tough Guys (1986)
 
 

I love how Burt Lancaster's right leg blocked the headlights of the GS-4 in the poster! The only thing I don't like on the GS-4 is exactly the twin headlights! The single headlight on GS-2 and GS-3 looked much better IMO. IF PRR added an extra headlight on the S1 in the same manner, I would hate it as well; IF I were the designer, I would have placed the mars light like how MILW placed it on their S-3 #261. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 3:08 PM

Michael Douglas tells a story of when he and his brother went to see "Lust for Life" they ran screaming out of the theater when Dad (playing Van Gogh) cut his ear off!

It was TOO realistic! 

They say for a movie to work it requires what's called a "Willing suspension of disbelief" on the part of the viewer.  Sure worked in that case!

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, February 6, 2020 2:49 PM
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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:00 AM

I remember seeing "Tough Guys" when it came out, VERY funny movie!

And that really is Doyle McCormack in the engineer's seat of 4449 when they attempt to rob the recreated "Daylight."   

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:35 AM
Tough Guys/ SP Daylight

Tough Guys (1986)
 
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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:44 PM

Yeah I'm sure there are some great stories about that room. Also primo spot for watching the SF mainline! I mean come on!!

Kirk Douglas and The El Rancho 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:41 PM

Great story Vince!  And I'd guess your imagination must have run riot thinking of all the others who may have been in that room.

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 8:50 PM

In Gallup New Mexico there is a hotel called the El Rancho. It was a big deal back in the day when Route 66 was the big deal. 

Early '90's ( the year not the temp) ..the sun was starting to set and after driving all day I reached Gallup and needed a place to stay. Spotted this place all lit up like a welcoming beacon, directly across from the Santa Fe mainline. This will do! 

Turns out it was a favourite of all the huge movie star icons back in the post war and early fifties era., right along Route 66 in its glory.  So all the rooms had the name of movie stars that had stayed in that room. I asked for a room that overlooked the railroad tracks and ground level if possible. No problem.  Looking around the place was a time warp, looks a bit like its aging, a faded glory, but with a developing patina. 

It was the Kirk Douglas room! Heavy dark timbers, matching wooden window 'storm' type closures that folded away or folded in and blocked out the light and sound. A beautiful private wild flower garden out back. A perfect view of the trains of the Santa Fe from the front. I thought ' boy am I ever lucky, Kirk Douglas must have stayed here, it's absolutely perfect!

At some point along our SpaceTime journey there has to be a get together of all the people that stayed in the Kirk Douglas room with Kirk Douglas himself as the MC.  Looking forward to that, it'll be a hoot. 

Postscript: Stayed there again on my last great Amtrak trip 2004, but this time I made a reservation ahead of time and of course requested the Kirk Douglas room. It was great yet again and I was not at all disappointed. 

 

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Posted by divebardave on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:52 PM

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:08 PM

Oh no, Kirk Douglas died.  Spartacus has fallen.  Aged 103, that's a hell of a good run for anyone.  

We're running out of legends, folks. 

And that really was Kirk doing his own singing and guitar playing.  He once said that making "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" for Disney was the most fun he ever had making any film.  

Rest in peace Kirk.  Throw down a few with John Wayne for us, will you?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:06 PM

My favorite train movie is The Train.

But this one's for Kirk....

RIP.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:48 AM

I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.

The mention of Art Deco finally triggered a memory.  For a great train movie how about 1974's "Murder On The Orient Express?"

A delight of a period piece, Lady Firestorm and I saw it when it came out, and as soon as the credits rolled she sighed  "OHHH, look at the Art Deco!"

She's a connoiseur of such things!

Anyway, ever see a train dance?  Watch the "O-E" waltz it's way out of the station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKdnXwFz5Zc   

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