Friday Night Movie Pic – Rio Lobo

Friday, March 12, 2021 – Today was a beautiful weather day in my little corner of the world. In spite of “Spring Fever” I did manage to get a lot done. I walked our precious Corgi Kids three times during the warm weather today. I managed to complete a couple more Udemy courses, run my maintenance routine on the majority of my active Facebook groups, work on two art pieces, put in a couple of hours of research work at the CIA FOIA Library, and chat with my favorite former employee for almost an hour.

Now, it’s Friday evening, and I’m in the mood for a classic western movie. This evening I’ve chosen Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne. My luck is running for I found it available for free on YouTube. Uploaded to YouTube on February 28, 2020, it already had chalked up over 3 million views. The account that uploaded it has been YouTube verified so just maybe the movie will stay up for years to come.

A 1970 film, the production of Rio Lobo has a bit of a colorful story behind it.  It turned out to be a box office bomb, grossing $2 million less than it cost to produce. John Wayne was 74 years old at that time. Rio Lobo turned out to be the last film directed and produced by Howard Hawks.

Fifth Anniversary – Remembering Tony Dyson

Earlier today I was reminded from a Facebook notification that today is the fifth anniversary of Professor Tony Dyson’s passing. Having met him through my adventures in the virtual world of Second Life back in 2010, I got to know the playfulness behind the brilliant mind that created R2D2, the famous Star Wars droid.  I was honored by his friendship. He helped me laugh my way through a lot of trying days during my recovery from colorectal cancer. Knowing we were friends on Facebook and Twitter, I signed into Twitter today to see if his account had been memorialized or archived.  The first reference to him that came up was this announcement from the BBC of his passing in 2016:

Professor Tony Dyson, who built the original @starwars R2-D2 droid, dies aged 68 https://t.co/mZZwvSeUV1 pic.twitter.com/v7jUH1gE0O

I have been in a bit of a funk since.