“Chop Chop, Hop Sing”

October 5, 2007 at 11:17 pm (Life & Death)

Lorne Greene and Victor Sen Yung, pictured below.

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It was the late Dan Blocker whose character Hoss Cartwright, week after week, would light a fire under Hop’s butt. It’s rumored that their interaction inspired Richard M. Nixon to open Red China for trade… yet, still no Hollywood Star for the “Hop Man,” Victor Sen Yung. Kermit The Friggin’ Frog has a star. Hell, even Mr. Ed has a star. So very sad, on all accounts.

Here’s info from the internet on this great icon:

For 14 years Hop Sing was the cook on the series Bonanza. Victor was born and raised in San Francisco in the Chinatown district.

Victor began acting in 1938 under the name Victor Yung. At that time he had been working for a chemical company and brought some samples of a new flame retardant to 20th Century Fox to sell. Instead of buying the chemicals, they tested him for the part of Charlie Chan’s number two son. He then appeared in 11 Chan movies.

Victor was an accomplish Cantonese cook, and penned The Great Wok Cookbook in 1974. Sadly Victor died on November 9, 1980 “from a gas leak at the age of 65 penniless.” [sic]

Dan Blocker as Hoss Cartwright.

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… and Pernell Roberts, pictured below, also starred.

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Willie Randolph To Return As Mets Manager

October 2, 2007 at 12:35 pm (Baseball, New York Mets)

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The Metropolitans announced today that the Wilpons are permitting Omar to retain Willie.

I was hoping that Bobby Valentine, replete with Groucho diguise, would come back from Japan and put the fireless Randolph out of his [and Mets fans] misery.

Here’s a recent quote from Willie:

Asked about the perception that his team had lost focus and taken, to some degree, winning for granted, Randolph said, “There’s only so much you can do as a coach and manager… I wish my players had my passion and will to win.”

I wish you can learn to convey that passion and will to win to your players, meat.

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Mets not alone, but…

October 1, 2007 at 3:54 pm (Baseball, New York Mets, Unzipped Thoughts)

… small consolation. They’ve gone from being the odds on favorites to represent the National League in the Woild Serious, to the laughingstock of baseball.

For me, Reyes’ tanking in September and Glavine suffering the worst outing in major league history [all things considered], are the two things that come to mind. Truly shocking.

So, what should they do? I say, hire former White House press-pimp Tony Snow. Only someone able to spin this administration’s indiscretions can find the words to stop me from building a bonfire stoked with Met hats and tee shirts.

I recently came across a terrific article that lists the company my beloveds will be keeping for eternity. Needless to say, I’m not thrilled.

Dark legacies dot baseball history

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