Nothing says Fourth of July like trying to climb out of a pit filled with gelatinous tentacles, right?

Chaosium’s Companion books (there’s at least one for most of their systems; this is the first of two for Call of Cthulhu) are strange saddle stitched potpourris, usually numbering about 64 pages. This one contains an essay on the Cthulhu Mythos in Mesoamerica, an essay on the Necronomicon and etymology, four adventures, a handful of rules additions and new deities, a selection of H. P. Lovecraft’s poetry and the lyrics to a parody song called “The Lair of Great Cthulhu,” set to the tune of “Chatanooga Choo-Choo.” If I bought this in 1983, I might be a bit puzzled as to the book’s overall utility aside of the adventures.

Most of this material would wind up incorporated into the Call of Cthulhu core rulebook starting with the third edition and has slowly disappeared with every revision. Some material wound up elsewhere. To my knowledge, though, the Mesoamerica essay has never been reprinted, which is a shame. Written by Richard L. Tierney, a mainstay of American Weird Fiction best known for his series of Red Sonja novels and his Simon of Gitta stories, the essay is a fascinating exercise in comparative religion, revealing the secret truth of the Cthulhu Mythos lurking in the hearts of human faiths.

Lucy and Carol Burnett: Part 2

S6;E15 ~ December 11, 1967


Lucy and Carol get their wings as flight attendants and perform a graduation revue about the history of aviation with the stars of the motion picture Wings, Buddy Rodgers and Richard Arlen.

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carmichael), Gale Gordon (Theodore J. Mooney)

Mary Jane Croft (Mary Jane Lewis) and Roy Roberts (Harrison Winfield Cheever) do not appear in this episode, although Mr. Cheever is mentioned.

Guest Cast

Carol Burnett (Carol Tilford) got her first big break on “The Paul Winchell Show” in 1955. A years later she was a regular on “The Garry Moore Show.” In 1959 she made her Broadway debut in Once Upon a Mattress, which she also appeared in on television three times. From 1960 to 1965 she did a number of TV specials, and often appeared with Julie Andrews. Her second Broadway musical was Fade Out – Fade Inwhich ran for more than 270 performances. From 1967 to 1978 she hosted her own highly successful variety show, “The Carol Burnett Show.” Burnett had previously appeared in two episodes as Lucy’s roommate Carol Bradford.  In return, Lucille Ball made five appearances on “The Carol Burnett Show.” Burnett also returned to star in three episodes of “Here’s Lucy,” once playing herself. After Lucille Ball’s passing, Burnett was hailed as the natural heir to Lucy’s title of ‘The Queen of TV Comedy.’

Carol has an Uncle Charlie who is a drinker.  His intoxication prevents him from playing the role of the Captain in the revue.  

Kasey Rogers (Miss Cavanaugh) is probably best remembered for playing Louise Tate on “Bewitched” from 1966 to 1972, including an episode five days before this installment of “The Lucy Show.”  She will appear in one more episode of the series.

Rogers is never addressed as Miss Cavanaugh in the dialogue, but she was in the previous episode. 

Buddy Rodgers (Himself) was the star of the first Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Wings (1929).  He was married to silent film star Mary Pickford from 1937 until her death in 1979. This appearance on “The Lucy Show” was his penultimate screen credit.  His last appearance was also with Richard Arlen, on a 1968 episode of “Petticoat Junction” titled “Wings.”  He died in 1999 at the age of 94.  

Richard Arlen (Himself) was also featured in Wings in 1929.  He appeared in more than 175 movies and TV shows.  He was born in 1899 and died in 1976.

Characters named Terry Harper and Joan Boston also receive their wings.  The episode features male and female singers / dancers who all are uncredited.  

This is the second of a two part episode.  The first episode is rather uncreatively titled “Lucy and Carol Burnett: Part 1” and also features Kasey Rogers. After this, the flight attendant plot thread is dropped without explanation, and Lucy is back at the bank as Mr. Mooney’s secretary.

Carol Burnett first appeared on the series before the premiere of her own TV variety show.  This time she returns as a celebrity guest star, with her name in the title.  

Coincidentally, on the same day this airline-themed episode premieres, the supersonic Concorde was unveiled in France.  Also on this date, newspapers announced the crash of a twin-engine plane in Madison, Wisconsin that killed recording star Otis Redding and six others.    

The same night this episode first aired, Gale Gordon appeared on NBC’s “The Danny Thomas Hour” in a salute to 1930s musicals.  Gordon and Thomas had appeared together on “Lucy Makes Room for Danny,” a 1958 episode of “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.”  

After receiving their ‘wings,’ graduates Lucy and Carol join Rodgers, Arlen, Mr. Mooney and an ensemble of flight attendants in a revue titled… 

“A Salute To Aviation”

Lucy, Carol and the female Flight Attendants sing “Over There” (1917) written by George M. Cohan.

Rodgers and Arlen sing “My Buddy” (1922) with music by Walter Donaldson and lyrics by Gus Kahn.

Lucy, Carol, Mr. Mooney, Arlen, and Rodgers sing “How ‘Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)” (1919) with music by Walter Donaldson and lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young.

Lucy, Carol and the Flight Attendants (as flappers) dance to “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (1967) with music by Jimmy Van Heusen. The film of the same title (set in 1922) was released earlier in 1967 starring Julie Andrews.  Andrews and Burnett would do many TV variety specials together.

Lucy, Carol, and an uncredited male soloist sing “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941) with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Mack Gordon.

Three uncredited male tap dancers sing “Alabamy Bound” (1924) with music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Bud Green.

A bride and groom (uncredited singer and dancer) performer “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” (1933) from the film 42nd Street with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin.

Six uncredited boys and girls sing “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” (1921) which was written by written by Dan Russo, Ernie Erdman and Gus Kahn for the Al Joleson musical Bombo.

Lucy, Carol and the ensemble perform “Hey, Look Me Over” (1960) from the musical Wildcat with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.  Lucille Ball introduced the song to America on Broadway.  This version has specially written lyrics to suit the setting.  

The ensemble performs “The Army Air Corps Song” (1917) written by Robert Crawford.

Blooper Alerts!

It is stated that Mr. Mooney was given a citation during World War II for extreme valor under fire, yet in “Lucy and the Submarine” (S5;E2) it was stated that during the war Mr. Mooney was a housing officer in Wichita, Kansas who never saw combat.

“Lucy and Carol Burnett: Part 2″ rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5

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A 24-year-old Kuwaiti-born gunman opened fire on a military recruiting station on Thursday, then raced to a second military site where he killed four United States Marines, prompting a federal domestic terrorism investigation. Three other people, including a Marine Corps recruiter and a police officer, were wounded, according to law enforcement officials.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the gunman, who also died Thursday, as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, who became a naturalized United States citizen and went to high school and college in Chattanooga. Although counterterrorism officials had not been investigating Mr. Abdulazeez before Thursday’s shooting, federal officials familiar with the inquiry said that his father had been investigated several years ago for giving money to an organization with possible ties to terrorists.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said the F.B.I. was leading “a national security investigation,” and the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, William C. Killian, said federal officials were “treating this as an act of domestic terrorism.” But he, like other federal officials, cautioned that the investigation would ultimately determine how the shooting would be classified. Law officers swarmed the sites throughout the day after the midmorning attacks.

Site Intelligence Group, which tracks terrorist activities, said that Mr. Abdulazeez had this week posted at least two Islam-focused writings on a blog, including one in which he described life as “short and bitter.” He also said that Muslims should not miss “the opportunity to submit to Allah.”

The separate rampages, at an armed services recruiting center and a naval reserve facility, were together the highest profile episode of violence at domestic military installation since April 2014, when three people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded at Fort Hood, Tex. And the killings here came in yet another mass shooting, less than one month after nine people were killed inside a church in Charleston, S.C.

President Obama, in what has become a grimly familiar ritual, offered his condolences to the victims and promised a painstaking investigation. Pentagon officials said the identities of the dead would be released after next of kin were identified.