Jack Carson

John Elmer "Jack" Carson was a Canadian-born, American film actor. Though he was used in supporting roles for comic relief, his work in films such as Mildred Pierce and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well, he worked for RKO and MGM. His trademark character was the wisecracking know-it-all and undone by his own smug cockiness, he was born in Carman, Canada to Elmer and Elsa Carson. He was the younger brother of actor Robert Carson, his father was an executive with an insurance company. In 1914, the family moved to Milwaukee, which he always thought of as his home town, he attended high school at Hartford School, St. John's Military Academy, but it was at Carleton College that he acquired a taste for acting. Carson became a U. S. citizen in California in 1949. Because of his size – 6 ft 2 in and 220 lb – his first stage appearance was as Hercules. In the midst of a performance, he took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act – Willock and Carson – and a new career was born with "a successful comedy team that played large and small vaudeville theatres everywhere in North America".

This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson in many of his film roles. After the act with Willock broke up, Carson teamed with dancer Betty Alice Lindy for appearances in theaters on the Orpheum Circuit. Radio was another source of employment for the team, starting with a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall when Bing Crosby hosted the show. In 1942–1943, he was host of The Camel Comedy Caravan, in the next season he starred in The New Jack Carson Show, which debuted on CBS June 2, 1943. Charles Foster wrote about the show in Once Upon a Time in Paradise: Canadians in the Golden Age of Hollywood: "It broke audience records during the four years it was on the air. Hollywood's biggest stars... lined up to do guest spots on the show."In 1947–1948, he starred in The Sealtest Village Store".:299 Suspense episodes starring Jack Carson: June 28, 1959 "Analytical Hour" with John Hoyt and Sam Pierce. From 1950 to 1951, Carson was one of four alternating weekly hosts of the Wednesday evening NBC Television comedy-variety show Four Star Revue.

The second season was his last with the show. Carson had his own variety program, The Jack Carson Show on NBC and was the announcer on the television version of Strike It Rich.:1028 His success in radio led to the start of a lucrative film career. During the 1930s, as vaudeville declined from increased competition from radio and the movies and Carson sought work in Hollywood. Carson landed bit roles at RKO Radio Pictures in films such as Bringing Up Baby, starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. An early standout role for Carson was as a mock-drunk undercover G-Man opposite Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled Enemy Agent; this led to contract-player status with Warner Brothers shortly thereafter. While there, he was teamed with Dennis Morgan in a number of films to compete with Paramount's popular Bing Crosby - Bob Hope Road to … pictures. Most of his work at Warner Brothers was limited to light comedy work with Morgan, Doris Day. Critics agree that Carson's best work was in Mildred Pierce, where he played the perpetually scheming Wally Fay opposite Joan Crawford in the title role.

In 1945, he played the role of Harold Pierson, the second husband of Louise Randall, played by Rosalind Russell, in Roughly Speaking. Another role which won accolades for him was as publicist Matt Libby in A Star is Born. One of his last film roles was as the older brother "Gooper" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, his TV appearances, extending into the early 1960s, included The Guy Mitchell Show, The Polly Bergen Show in 1957. His TV pilot, Kentucky Kid, was under consideration as a potential series for NBC, but was not picked up by the network; the proposed series would have had Carson playing a veterinarian widower who raises horses and has an adopted Chinese child. His brother Robert was a character actor. On February 8, 1960, Carson received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television and radio industry; the television star is located at 1560 Vine Street, the radio star is at 6361 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1983, after his death, Jack Carson was inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Artists Hall of Fame along with his film pal, Dennis Morgan, from Wisconsin.

In 1962, while rehearsing the Broadway play Critic's Choice, he collapsed and was subsequently diagnosed with stomach cancer. He died in Encino on January 2, 1963, aged 52. Carson was entombed in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Carson married four times: Elizabeth Lindy, Kay St. Germain, Lola Albright, Sandra Jolley 1919–1986

Vail Daily

The Vail Daily is the leading source of news and information in Eagle County, Colorado. Its primary digital platform is, it publishes a 15,000-circulation, free-distribution newspaper seven days a week. The print edition of the Vail Daily is distributed in stores, coffee shops, restaurants and workplaces; the Vail Daily covers the Colorado communities of Vail, Edwards, Beaver Creek, Minturn, the world-famous Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek ski resorts, greater Eagle County. The Vail Daily’s primary focus is on local news, sports and entertainment, but it carries a mix of regional and international stories; the Vail Daily provides comprehensive digital and print advertising and marketing solutions for local and national brands. The Vail Daily was founded in 1981 by Jon Van Housen, it is published by a division of Swift Communications in Reno, Nevada. Swift Communications owns and operates daily news organizations in other Western U. S. mountain resort communities, including Aspen, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Park City, Lake Tahoe.

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USS Solace (AH-5)

The second USS Solace was built in 1927 as the passenger ship SS Iroquois by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Newport News, Virginia; the liner was acquired by the Navy from the Clyde Mallory Steamship Line on 22 July 1940, renamed Solace. Y. and was commissioned on Captain Benjamin Perlman in command. Solace was at Pearl Harbor during the attack of 7 December 1941; as an unarmed hospital ship, she was unable to participate in defending against the Japanese aircraft. A crew member filming from the deck of that ship, an Army medical doctor named Eric Haakenson, captured the precise moment of USS Arizona's explosion, she sent her motor launches with stretcher parties to the stricken and burning battleship Arizona to evacuate the wounded, pulled men from the water, covered in burning oil. After several trips to Arizona and West Virginia, the boat crews assisted Oklahoma. Honoring the rules of the Geneva Convention, the attacking Japanese aircraft did not hit Solace due to her white paint and red crosses.

She was one of the few ships not damaged during the attack. In March 1942, Solace was preceded to Pago Pago, Samoa. From there, she sailed to the Tonga Islands, arrived at Tongatapu on 15 April, remained there until 4 August. On that day, she got steamed, via Noumea, New Caledonia, to New Zealand, she discharged her patients. From until May 1943, Solace shuttled between New Zealand, New Caledonia, Espiritu Santo, the New Hebrides, the Fiji Islands, caring for fleet casualties and servicemen wounded in the island campaigns under desperate circumstances. For example, on 14 January 1943, one hospital corpsman and 99 patients were transferred aboard from U. S. Advanced Hospital Base Button at Espiritu Santo with 369 patients on board, far exceeding official patient capacity. Patients whom she could not return to duty shortly were evacuated to hospitals for more prolonged care. From June–August, she operated as a station hospital ship at Nouméa. On 30 August, Solace sailed to Efate, New Hebrides, performed the same duties at that port until sailing for Auckland on 3 October.

On the 22nd, the hospital ship departed New Zealand and proceeded via Pearl Harbor to the west coast of the United States. She arrived at San Francisco on 9 November. Solace arrived at Abemama Island on the 24th, embarked casualties from the Tarawa campaign, sailed the same day for Hawaii, arrived at Pearl Harbor on 2 December. On 17 December, Solace sailed from Oahu with embarked patients to be evacuated to the U. S, she arrived at San Diego on 23 December 1943. Solace remained in San Diego, she departed the next day with a load of wounded for Pearl Harbor. She was there for one day, returned to Roi on 18 February proceeded toward Eniwetok on the 21st. After picking up 391 casualties, she returned to Pearl Harbor on 3 March. Solace was next arrived there on 20 March. During the next nine weeks, she shuttled between New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, Australia, she was back at Roi on 6 June and departed there nine days for the Marianas. The hospital ship anchored in Saipan, on 18 June. While the shores and hills were still under bombardment, she began taking on battle casualties, many directly from the front lines.

When she sailed for Guadalcanal on the 20th, all of her hospital beds were filled, there were patients in the crew's quarters. Altogether, the ship was caring for 584 men. Solace returned to Saipan from 2–5 July and embarked another load of wounded whom she took to the Solomons. From there, she was routed to the Marshalls arriving at Eniwetok on the 19th. Two days she sailed for Guam. Between 24 and 26 July, she took on board wounded from various ships and the beachhead for evacuation to Kwajalein. Solace was back at Guam from 5–15 August where she picked up 502 casualties for evacuation to Pearl Harbor. Solace was at Pearl Harbor from 26 August -- 7 September, she arrived at Eniwetok on the 14th. Three days she was ordered to sail for the Palaus, she arrived off Peleliu on the 22nd, anchored 2,000 yd from the beach, began loading wounded. All stretcher cases were put on board Solace, she arrived on 4 October. The ship was back at Peleliu from 16 to 27 October tending wounded and sailed to Manus. Solace stood out of Seeadler Harbor on 29 October.

From 1 November 1944 – 18 February 1945, she served as a station hospital ship at Ulithi, providing medical and dental care for the 3rd and 5th Fleets. She was dispatched from there to Iwo Jima, arriving on 23 February. Solace anchored within 2,000 yards of the beach, but enemy shells fell within 100 yd of her, she was forced to move further out; the first wounded were brought on board within 45 minutes of her arrival, she sailed for Saipan the next day, loaded to capacity. She made three evacuation trips from Iwo Jima to base hospitals at Guam and Saipan, carrying 2,000 patients, by 12 March; the island was declared secure on the 15th. Solace joined the invasion fleet for Okinawa Gunto, she arrived at Kerama Retto on the morning of 27 March and began bringing patients on board from various ships. In the next three months, the ship evacuated seve