Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Life With Cary Grant by Dyan Cannon

 Biographies have always been high on my reading list. It never ceases to amaze me how the people who seemingly have everything in their lives...from money to fame to beautiful families, most always seem to "louse it all up" . ("Louse it up." When was the last time you heard that outdated phrase?!)
I highly recommend a relatively new read, "Dear Cary" by Dyan Cannon. Cannon was married to Cary Grant after a lengthy courtship/relationship. It is intriguing to read how Cary saw her on a tv show and pursued her until she fell in love with him.
 The old studio system really protected the images of their stars. Today you still hear people say they "don't make them like that anymore." That is only partially true as Cary Grant was certainly a manufactured star and he had a lot of character flaws. One was attracting wives and then driving them away. Did you know Cary Grant's mom was locked away for years and he didn't even know it?  Did you know he was into using LSD?!
 He more or less insisted that Dyan try the drug or their marriage would fail. It failed anyhow and Dyan ended up in a mental hospital after having a nervous breakdown!
The book is a great look into the private life of a guy that oozed class onto the movie screen but in real life was a skeleton in his own closet (isn't that a clever line!?).

Dyan Cannon has long since gotten over her life with Cary Grant and has gone on to lots of interesting things in her show biz life. This book is an easy and fascinating read on one of our legendary favorites.

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