Saturday, December 17, 2005

Some Very Central Christmas Gifts

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your honey, your kids, your boss, or your great aunt Violet? Consider giving a gift featuring a Central alumnus. The following CDs, books, and DVDs are all available for under $25 and may be purchased online if you can't find them in your local retail outlet.

Whether you've followed her career for the past four decades, or haven't seen her since she graced the stage of the Central High School auditorium playing Cornelia Otis Skinner in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay," you may want to listen to the latest CD from Tracy Nelson (Class of 1963). "Ebony and Irony" is Tracy's twentieth record and it's available through her website for a mere $15 -- and if you request, she'll personally autograph it for you.

Patrick McGilligan (president of the Class of 1969, the last class to graduate from Central), has more than a score of books in print. He's written biographies of film stars Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood, but his latest book "Alfred Hitchcok: A Life in Darkness and Light," is available at many retail book stores, as well as at Amazon.com where they're charging on $13.57 for the paperback edition.

Our very own Mickey Crocker (a.k.a. Mickey Gartland) will be appearing in Madison Repertory Theatre's production of "Our Town" from February 15 - March 12, 2006, but you can add one of her performances to your home DVD library if you buy a copy of "The Right Stuff," the 1983 film about the original U.S. Mercury 7 astronauts, based on Tom Wolfe's book. Mickey plays Marge Slayton, wife of Deke Slayton, the astronaut born in Sparta, Wisconsin.

And don't forget Gerri DiMaggio's recently released CD, featured in my September 24th post. Gerri is also mentioned in an article about women in jazz in Madison published yesterday in The Capital Times.

1 comment:

D Strand said...

It would be great to get a group of Central 1965 grads to go together to one of Gerri's events. If I lived in Madison, I would go and, hopefully, I will sometime, anyway! A very good picture of Gerri is also found on that website you list. She looks too young to be from our class!!