Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sepia Saturday: Packy May Have Been Kidding about Rita Hayworth

The photo that is the prompt for this week's Sepia Saturday challenge features a handsome man who is sitting in a chair and pointing a finger. That man happened to be an actor, and the theme for this week's post is FILM. As I looked through my image archives, I first thought I wouldn't be able to participate this week, but soon, by stretching the theme of the photo prompt as far as I possibly could, I made a couple of tenuous connections.

First, I came across a photo of my own in which a man was sitting in a chair. This was my grandfather, Lewis (known to all his grandchildren as Packy), whistling as he bounced my little sister and our cousin on his knee about 1950:




As for the "film" connection, I remember at least two occasions when Packy told us with a straight face that he used to pull Rita Hayworth in her little red wagon. I've spent a ridiculous amount of time researching online, trying to prove his story by putting them in the same place at the same time,  but haven't been able to do so. It's a shame, really. I think Rita would have  liked Packy.







And then I found a photo of a man who was pointing.  Pointing guns, actually. The man in the photo below was my children's paternal grandfather, Charles. This photo was taken in 1920 when he had just turned 21 years old and was working in North Africa. After  studying his pose in this photo, I can make still another film connection: I think he may have seen too many movies.







Another photo of Charles, this one from about 1933, shows his undeniable, film-star good looks.


As is customary here, I am also posting a Saturday song selection. This time I've chosen a movie theme, and, in honor of Charles, it's from a classic gunfighter movie.  Coincidentally, it is rumored that the star of this movie, Gary Cooper, may also have a connection to our family. I haven't been able to prove that one, either.

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The song is "High Noon" as sung by Frankie Laine.
Thanks to RikkyHeeHa for posting this video on YouTube.
(Click here to read the lyrics.) 
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To see other people's photos and posts related to this week's theme, click the image below and visit the participants listed on the Sepia Saturday site.


16 comments:

  1. Well I almostmissed where we can comment...I only saw likes/dislikes...I was sad because I always want to talk...

    Then I saw it...

    I think Rita Hayworth was one of those beauties related to the big sereen...Betty has a daughter, Laura that I think has that rare beauty. She is the most striking lady I know...I can't put my finger on it but she just takes your breath away.

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  2. I like Packy's story. I hope one day you can prove it to your own satisfaction. In the meantime, I choose to believe it.

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  3. 4th Sister, I'm so glad to see you here again! And, thanks to your feedback, I just tweaked the layout a bit to make it easier to find where to comment. Now I'm going to pop over to Betty's blog and see if I can find a photo of Laura.

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  4. Wendy, Packy didn't joke much or even talk much at the supper table, which is where he first tossed out the little tidbit about Rita Hayworth. I wish I could make the pieces fit together.

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  5. Packy sounds and looks fun and the littke ones seem to be appreciating his efforts to amuse. Let’s hope the Rita Hayworth story was true!

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  6. Such a beauty and even today she would knock people over with her looks...quite an amazing head of hair!

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  7. The little red wagon story is intriguing.

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  8. Hurrah for Packy! Nice photo of him having fun. Let's believe his story.

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  9. Love the "gunslinger" photo!

    Maybe Packy did really pull Rita Hayworth in a wagon-but it might have been a girl named Rita Hayworth, not the actress. ;-)

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  10. Rita Hayworth is one of the all-time movie star beauties. I also choose to believe Packy's story, especially because his nickname is Packy.

    That two-fisted gun slinger was absolutely a movie fan.

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  11. I think the 21 year old gunslinger is more style than substance. :)

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  12. Thanks for including the High Noon video. The second picture in it featured an actress on a superb high backed chair.
    Packy and Rita Hayworth - what a story - hope you are able to confirm the link.

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  13. I ADORE that first photo. Those children's faces...they look like Gerber babies.

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  14. You really must, must, must keep looking to prove Packy right!! And report, of course!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  15. I Wonder What He Was Whistling?Perhaps The Theme From 'High Noon'?

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  16. Thanks to all of you who have commented here. I'm too far behind to respond to each comment, but it seems to me that the majority of you want me to give Packy the benefit of the doubt. So I will.

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