When I First Met Davy Jones: Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio – June 7, 1986 [Photo]

In my last Summer in Cleveland, just weeks before I got married and moved to Los Angeles, The Monkees played as part of a large event at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.

My soon-to-be husband caught this photo of us during raucous after-party. This is a cropped version of a larger photo as Davy was literally surrounded by people during the entire event.

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Day Jones, Rosanne Welch at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio, June 7, 1986


Why The Monkees Mattered: Chapter 2: Authorship on The Monkees: Who Wrote The Monkees and what was that “Something” They Had to Say?

Chapter 2: Authorship on The Monkees: Who Wrote The Monkees and what was that Something They Had to Say?

Why The Monkees Mattered: Chapter 2: Authorship on The Monkees: Who Wrote The Monkees and what was that Something They Had to Say? Say?

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Spring 2016 – Click for more info!

Monkees Question of the Moment: Did you even think about the writing when you were watching The Monkees? Did you think they were just making it up as they went along? A lot of people did.

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Diane Sawyer’s Obituary to Davy Jones 2012 [Video]

In memory of the anniversary of the loss of Davy Jones in 2012 I wanted to post this newscast by Diane Sawyer where she spoke of the news as “startling bulletin” which came across her desk in the newsroom that day (February 29, 2012).  Sawyer then proclaimed “He is still that forever young and sunny singer from The Monkees who made more than one generation want to sing along.”

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The question I ask in the book is why would a serious journalist (not merely an entertainment reporter) consider news of the death of a former teen idol ‘startling’ unless she, too, had once been among his fans? To me it speaks volumes about how he – and The Monkees – effected all our lives.

You can join The Monkees Discussion on my Why The Monkees Mattered Facebook Page

Finding Diversity in Television History in the David Dortort Archive at the Autry Museum

Today we thank Shonda Rhimes for bringing color blind casting to television when she casts a diverse array of ethnicities in lead roles on her shows.  But she didn’t invent the idea.  On our visit to the Autry Museum of the American West I was reminded of a show I used to watch on television but that disappeared too quickly (I didn’t then know why) and didn’t reappear in reruns as much as the more successful, longer-running program also created by the same writer (Bonanza).

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The show I only vaguely remembered was The High Chaparral – the story of a Mexican woman married to a man of European descent (then controversially considered an inter-racial marriage) who owned a rancho in the West post the Civil War.  I remembered it for its diverse cast and honest portrayal of the discrimination played out against minorities in the West.

Special Projects Archivist Mallory Furnier wrote the blog post, “Casting Actors as People” highlighting the archives of The High Chaparral in the David Dortort Archive, where she noted:

“Though The High Chaparral faced untimely cancellation, its four seasons embodied a step away from tired, inaccurate stereotypes and a movement toward greater respect for actors and characters, regardless of race. As a June 16, 1970 NBC memo instructed, “let’s cast actors to play people and, in so doing, give the ‘minorities’ a break.”

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In a second blog post, “Finding Aids and Places”,  Furnier discussed her trip to the Old Tuscon Studios in Arizona, site of some of the exterior filming of the show.

As always, I found it fascinating to wander around in the papers (old, handwritten first drafts of scripts, typed rewrites ready for production meetings, cast lists, shooting schedules, etc) and see the inside ideas of a show I had only seen from the outside all those years ago.

One of the papers was even a 1971 letter to Dortort from then U.N. Representative George H. W. Bush saying he sympathized with the producer over the cancellation of such a quality show and would do what he could to communicate that to those who had made that decision.  Fascinating.

Listen to the High Chapparal Theme Song.

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Why The Monkees Mattered: Chapter 1: Sweet Young Thing

Chapter 1: Sweet Young Thing: Contextualizing The Monkees with a Short History of Teenagers on Television

Chapter 1: Sweet Young Thing: Contextualizing The Monkees with a Short History of Teenagers on Television

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Spring 2016

Monkees Question of the Moment: What did The Monkees teach you about being a teenager?

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Rory Williams – Family Man from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (1:13)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

Watch the entire presentation here

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Transcript:

How can we not talk about Rory when we talk about family men. Rory being, before Danny, the most recent male to travel with The Doctor. Think about Rory. We meet him and what’s his profession? He’s a nurse. He’s not a doctor. He’s a nurse. That is gender-traditionally a female job. So we have Rory who’s a nurse. That’s a definite choice.  Right? Macho is not nurse, except maybe 20 years form now. And yet, when Amy keeps getting the chance to choose between men – ooo The Doctor or Rory — she continually chooses Rory. Who, to her, is the manliest man, because he’s dedicated to her and their family. In fact, as we know, he’s so dedicated to her, he spends 2000 years guarding the Pandorica to keep her safe. 2000 years waiting to make sure no one can harm her. You can’t get better than that and that makes him a Warrior, as well, but a Warrior for the purpose of protecting a member of his family. That’s how deeply a family man he is and I think that is so cool.  

A clip from this 5th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who presented by Dr. Welch. You can find Dr. Welch’s other Doctor Who talks using the links below.

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When I First Met Micky Dolenz: Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio – June 7, 1986

In my last Summer in Cleveland, just weeks before I got married and moved to Los Angeles, The Monkees played as part of a large event at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.

My soon-to-be husband caught this photo of us during raucous after-party. I’m still not sure how we got his undivided attention, even for a moment, among the crowd.

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Micky Dolenz, Rosanne Welch at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio, June 7, 1986


Screenwriting History Books: The Books I Use to Teach Screenwriting History

Here are some of the books I use to teach the History of Screenwriting in the MFA in Screenwriting Program for Stephens College. I’ll touch base on each of these books individually – their strengths and weaknesses (as I see them and as the students have reported them to me in class discussions) over the next few of weeks.

What are your favorite screenwriting History books?  It’s a trick question because few film history books focus on screenwriting.  They mostly focus on business moguls, directors and actors. But because this is an MFA in Screenwriting, the program Director, Ken Lazebnik, and I decided the writers who come through the program ought to have a deep understanding of the screenwriters who came before them.

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