On This Day, September 6

Posted on 6th Sep 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Thursday…

On this day in 1997, over a million people lined the streets of London for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.   2.5billion people watched on television, and two young boys walked behind the casket.

To those born on this day – in 1943, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters…

In 1958, American actor, comedian and master of many voices, Michael Winslow…

In 1965 – Australian actor, director and founder of Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, John Polson…

And, in 1974 English tennis player, Tim Henman…

Some of those leaving us on this day…

In 1972, the victims of the Munich Olympic Massacre included – David Mark Berger, American born Israeli weightlifter; Ze’ev Friedman, Polish born Israeli weightlifter; Yossef Gutfreund, Israeli wrestling judge; Eliezer Halfin, Israeli wrestler; Amitzur Shapira, Israeli short-distance runner and coach; Kehat Shorr, Israeli shooting coach; Mark Slavin, Israeli wrestler; Andre Spitzer, Romanian born Israeli fencing master and coach and Yakov Springer, Polish born Israeli wrestler and weightlifting coach.

In 1990, Creedence Clearwater revival’s Tom Fogerty died of AIDS following blood transfusions with contaminated blood… In 1994, British musician who played on albums with Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, Nicky Hopkins… In 2007, Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti…

And, in 2010, British film director, Clive Donner… he directed two movies I loved way back – one was What’s New Pussycat?  That was Woody Allen’s first movie script and first acting role…

Woody played Victor Victor Skakapopulis and here’s one scene made me laugh out loud:

Michael: Did you get a job?

Victor: Yes, I got something at the strip-tease, I help the girls dress and undress.

Michael: Nice job.

Victor: Twenty Francs a week.

Michael: Not very much.

Victor: It’s all I could afford.

Another Donner film I loved was about the Swinging Sixties – I was 14 when Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush came out and I went to see it because I thought Judy Geeson was just soooooooo sexy…

She played Pamela Dare in To Sir With Love that year as well and that’s what started the crush.  It was gone by age 15.  Teenage boys can be so fickle.  Helen Mirren in Age of Consent stepped up to the plate that year… and the year after that, Goldie Hawn popped up in There’s a Girl in my Soup…