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flabirder
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The Most Amazing Man was on today. Sammy Davis Jr. sure was good at spinning guns. I always knew he was short but never realized just how short he was until they showed a shot of him standing next to 16 year old Johnny Crawford. Johnny was just as tall as Sammy. It's too bad he smoked so much and died from cancer at the young age of 64.[font]

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Posted : 23/01/2020 1:44 pm
wildwest
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good observation and I totally agree on the smoking

:cowgirl: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand beside me later on." (Lucas in Home Ranch) :gunfightercowboy:

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Posted : 24/01/2020 7:31 am
Cowgirl
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Have you seen Sammy's page on the ranch website & what Arnold Laven had to say about Sammy?

Sammy Davis Jr. / The Rifleman

There are sever video on youtube with Sammy showing off is skills with a pistol.

"Keep your 'sites' on The Rifleman"
"The Rifleman hits the 'Mark' every week on abc."
A cowgirl's work is never done.

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Posted : 25/01/2020 5:56 am
flabirder
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I've seen the videos. I'll have to look at Sammy's page. He was a great actor & singer. As I said, it's too bad he smoked so much, but back then they didn't know the hazards of smoking. My dad was WWII Army & they got cigarettes with their rations & care packages.

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Posted : 25/01/2020 2:33 pm
Howard
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...it's too bad he smoked so much, but back then they didn't know the hazards of smoking. .

I remember a much older movie, I wish I could remember which it was,
but it was B&W... and one character referred to the cigarette as
"another nail in the coffin.." So they knew it was not 'good' for you.
They actually linked smoking to cancer in the 1950's
They adopted the no advertising on television..
I think around 1969.

Dan

Q: What kind of shoes do frogs wear?Open toad.

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Posted : 26/01/2020 8:17 am
wildwest
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thats great Cowgirl. I had not read that about Sammy

Death sticks - Wikipedia
Seen in a scene from 'STAR WARS that created the famous quote "Wanna buy some death sticks?" They are supposedly a drug sold in the galaxy, probably a dangerous business, as Obi-Wan Kenobi manages to convince the dealer to "go home and rethink his life".

where did the phrase "another nail in the coffin"
The phrase "another nail in the coffin" refers to something that might hasten or contribute to one's death (as in in "Every cigarette you smoke is another nail in your coffin.". The idea was first expressed in an ode by Pindar (the pseudonym of John Wolcot) in 1792: "Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt.".

What is another phrase that means the same as a nail in the ...
In the song 'Another Nail For Your Coffin' by Lamb Of God there is a sound at 250 i think of a nuke going off has this sound been used in a movie or something? Many sounds are recycled in movies ...

Ernest Tubb - Drivin' Nails in my Coffin - YouTube

:cowgirl: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand beside me later on." (Lucas in Home Ranch) :gunfightercowboy:

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Posted : 26/01/2020 8:45 am
flabirder
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...it's too bad he smoked so much, but back then they didn't know the hazards of smoking. .

I remember a much older movie, I wish I could remember which it was,
but it was B&W... and one character referred to the cigarette as
"another nail in the coffin.." So they knew it was not 'good' for you.
They actually linked smoking to cancer in the 1950's
They adopted the no advertising on television..
I think around 1969.

Dan

I remember watching cigarette commercials on TV most of my young life. My father died from Lung Cancer when I was 19. I did some research & learned that the last televised cigarette ad ran at 11:50 p.m. during The Johnny Carson Show on January 1, 1971. Unfortunately, cigarettes are so adictive it's hard to quit. My husband was hospitalized & in rehab for 6 months in 2017 & started smoking again when he got out. He died on Dec 7, 2017.

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Posted : 30/01/2020 2:07 pm
wildwest
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flabirder I am sorry for your loss. My husband had smoked but had stopped for 25 years before he died. I still think they contributed to his death as well as the fact he worked construction so he was always in lead paint, mold and other fumes and solvents.

I recently saw the movie Dark Waters starring Mark Ruffalo and it is a true story about 'forever chemicals', Teflon, the Dupont company and the Cincinnati attorney who sued Dupont. It is a must see movie.

:cowgirl: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand beside me later on." (Lucas in Home Ranch) :gunfightercowboy:

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Posted : 30/01/2020 6:51 pm
Judy
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Flabirder, I am so sorry for your loss.

I am an ex-smoker, who used to smoke a pack a day. I finally quit on the 13th of November, 2016. It was one of the hardest things I ever did. The absolute hardest thing I have ever done, was go through my son’s death without picking up a cigarette! Believe me there were many, many, many times I wanted to pick one up, but I learned a little trick when I was in the process of quitting; to divert my attention away from the craving of wanting a cigarette. Inhale a deep breath and then exhale slowly, while counting from one thousand one, to one thousand seven. Do this 2-3 times until the desire to have a cigarette subsides. It works!

There are two components to the addiction of smoking cigarettes. There is the physical addiction to the nicotine in cigarettes, and there is the psychological addiction that goes along with cigarette addiction. I firmly believe that cigarettes are just as addictive, if not more so than hard core drugs. I did some research and found a couple of articles, which back up this statement (Highlighting and underlining are mine.):

Nicotine addiction should not be taken lightly. Nicotine is 1,000 times more potent than alcohol and five to ten times more potent than cocaine or morphine. A one-pack-per-day smoker takes up to 200 hits daily for years. You may want to quit smoking cigarettes but it becomes much easier to continue because of the addictive quality that nicotine possesses.

Nicotine addiction is so powerful because of the way it makes you feel, both emotionally and physically, and because it becomes a part of your daily routine. When you become addicted to smoking, you keep smoking cigarettes in order to achieve the physiological (physical) and psychological (mental) satisfaction that smoking provides.
Source: http://tinyurl.com/yx7m9spz

The physiological basis of nicotine addiction is similar to that of heroin and cocaine. Nicotine causes the release of dopamine in the part of the brain that controls pleasure and motivation. There is a similar effect caused by cocaine and heroin and is thought to bring about the gratifying sensations reported by many smokers. This pleasurable response to smoking is one of the reasons why it is difficult to quit smoking cold turkey or otherwise, or while you get treatment for nicotine addiction.
Source: http://tinyurl.com/vguy8ow

I firmly believe that cigarettes become your very best friend. They are there for you when you are down in the dumps, they are there for you when you are extremely happy, they are always there for you no matter what mood you are in, and they are legal to buy. I no longer have a physical addiction to nicotine, but I still have a psychological addiction, which I will have for the rest of my life. It is the same for a person who is addicted to alcohol. The alcoholic cannot take a drink after getting sober, or they will go right back to their old drinking habits. ( Source: http://tinyurl.com/y752jaxg ) An ex-smoker cannot smoke a cigarette, without going right back to their old smoking habits. ( Source: http://tinyurl.com/v9xg3zy ) That is just the way addiction works.
... It's too bad he smoked so much and died from cancer at the young age of 64.[font]
I did a little research and found the following info.

Sammy Davis Jr. often smoked four packs of cigarettes a day as an adult.
Source: http://tinyurl.com/qazx6v6

Davis died in 1990 from throat cancer which resulted from being a chain smoker; he smoked four packs of cigarettes a day most of his life.
Source: http://tinyurl.com/vre5hgw

Holy, Moly, four packs a day! He had to have been a chain smoker in order to smoke many packs per da!. I couldn’t find a date of when Sammy started smoking.

What brand of cigarettes did Sammy Davis Jr smoke?: Reds
Source: http://tinyurl.com/uxsgqzo

I’m not sure what brand of Reds Sammy smoked. ???

Chuck Connors was also a smoker; a heavy smoker. He would often smoke two packs of cigarettes per day.
Sources: http://tinyurl.com/tmswaab http://tinyurl.com/yxxgq95l

Connors started smoking in 1940. He smoked three packs of Camel cigarettes a day until he quit in the mid-1970s, though he occasionally smoked afterward.
Source: http://tinyurl.com/y4u5qony

I don’t know where that information was obtained from, since a source was not listed, I can tell you that if he had an occasional cigarette after he supposedly quit, then he did not quit.

In remembrance of my beloved son: "Vaya Con Dios" (Spanish, meaning "Go with God"), by Anne Murray ( https://tinyurl.com/y8nvqqx9 )“God has you in heaven, but I have you in my heart.” ~ by TobyMac ( https://tinyurl.com/rakc5nd )

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Posted : 31/01/2020 6:00 pm
Howard
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On my 29th birthday, I decided, I wanted to be
a non smoker.. I threw away the ones that I had..
Never had another one.
That was a looong time ago..

Dan

Q: What kind of shoes do frogs wear?Open toad.

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Posted : 31/01/2020 6:48 pm
wildwest
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Dan congrats to you for quitting many years ago. I watched my husband try to quit many many times before he finally licked it. Its a dreadful addiction to beat.

Judy, congrats for quitting. You are a super hero for not smoking when your son died. I can only imagine that was very hard. That takes raw strength and courage!!

:cowgirl: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand beside me later on." (Lucas in Home Ranch) :gunfightercowboy:

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Posted : 01/02/2020 9:01 am
Judy
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Kudos to you, Dan! Unfortunately, I smoked for way too many years, but the good news is I have quit and have no intention to ever light up again.

In remembrance of my beloved son: "Vaya Con Dios" (Spanish, meaning "Go with God"), by Anne Murray ( https://tinyurl.com/y8nvqqx9 )“God has you in heaven, but I have you in my heart.” ~ by TobyMac ( https://tinyurl.com/rakc5nd )

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Posted : 01/02/2020 12:19 pm
Howard
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Kudos to you, Dan! Unfortunately, I smoked for way to many years, but the good news is I have quit and have no intension to ever light up again.

That's GREAT..
Obviously, for some, it is harder than for others.
Even though it was easy for me to quit smoking,
I understand the difficulty for others.
Because I have always had a hard time controlling my weight!
I love to eat... I have been very successful losing weight..
BUT!! as others go back to smoking.. I go back to not watching my eating.
So I can lose 30.. and put it back on... Done it many times..
So I do understand.. There are different challenges, different degrees of difficulties,
for everyone..

Dan

Q: What kind of shoes do frogs wear?Open toad.

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Posted : 01/02/2020 6:37 pm
Cowgirl
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I understand how you feel, my father had emphysema and passed away in 1980. He smoked the non-filter cigarettes. He quit smoking, but it was too late.

He use to carry a pack of Necco wafers in his pocket were he use to keep his cigarettes. Every time he would go for a cigarette, he would have a Necco wafer.

I miss him everyday.

"Keep your 'sites' on The Rifleman"
"The Rifleman hits the 'Mark' every week on abc."
A cowgirl's work is never done.

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Posted : 03/02/2020 6:51 am
flabirder
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Thank you everyone for the condolences. I'm not sure which was harder for me, watching my dad slip away before my eyes or having to take my husband off life support.

Kudos to you Dan & Judy. Not many people can just decide to quit smoking & do it. My dad quit smoking but it was too late by then.

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Posted : 08/02/2020 8:25 pm
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