United States. Continental Congress. Recommendation of a day of Thanksgiving. November 1, 1777.
“Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also to smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defence and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success: It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart1 and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favour, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessing on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all human blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labour of the husbandman, that our land may yet yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth “in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
In the United Kingdom on January 11, 1978, BBC2 TV series Arena broadcasts the episode “Cinema: The Force is with Us?” from 10:10 p.m. to 10:40 p.m., produced and presented by Gavin Millar. Interviewed are Gary Kurtz, Mark Hamill, and John Barry in London.
On October 30, 2018, Declan McAfferty uploaded the program to YouTube. Enjoy:
Today voice actress Katie Leigh dropped by my place to pick up her copy of my new book, The Animated Voice, Volume One. Yes, she is featured in a chapter, from an interview I did with her in Torrance last year. During her visit she did a Facebook Live interview, which you can see here:
Here’s the package:
This is what was inside:
A plethora of characters she voices is displayed on various items: a DVD set, a pillow, a Dragon Ball Z shirt, socks, autographed pictures with a personalized message, etc.!
Look! A box of Dragon Ball buttons with the lid signed by three Dragon Ball Super stars: Eric Vale (Future Trunks), Linda Young (Frieza) and Monica Rial (Bulma)!
Ms. Rial is probably best known for her role on Dragon Ball as Bulma, the genius inventor and wife of Vegeta. Over the years she has racked up an impressive array of credits voicing primarily anime characters. Check out her list here, here (with images), and at IMDb.com. Of the hundreds of characters she’s voiced, I’m familiar with Bulma and Oracle Fish from Dragon Ball Super, Kuro from Restaurant to Another World, and Izumi Himuro from Princess Nine–whose fiery personality is very much like Vegeta.
It’s great to receive these gifts from such a talented, prolific actress. To Monica Rial, thank you very much for your generosity. Looking forward to “hearing” more of your work!
This week on the Neverland podcast, Jeremy Shields and Eric Warren plays the second part of their interview with W.R. Miller about The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook. They’re offering a free copy with a contest.
Jeremy says, “Eric and I want to give you a copy of his book! Share this episode by tweeting, retweeting or posting to Facebook. Mark it #NeverlandGiveaway and tag it back to us @NeverlandPCast. Take a screenshot of it! Write us a review on iTunes and take a screen shot! You’ll receive one entry for each screen shot for a maximum of 2 entries. Email those shots to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject neverlandgiveaway. We’ll announce a winner next week!
“Before we share the second part of this conversation, make sure you’ve heard part one last week. We’ve also got lots of Disney news and fun plus a look at the new Spider-Man PS4 exclusive game!”
Listen to it here:
Thanks, Eric and Jeremy, for the promotion!
What is it like to be a voiceover actor?
The Animated Voice, Volume One, is now available, and you can get it at Amazon.com here.
It features my interviews with Keith Scott, Will Ryan, Pete Docter, Mark Evanier, Katie Leigh and the voice of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Marty Grabstein, plus, an ASIFA-Hollywood interview with Dallas McKinnon by Will Ryan and interviews with writer/producer/actor Phil Lollar by Trenton Larkin and J.D. Sutton. David McDonnell, editor of Starlog, provided the Foreword.
If you’re interested in voiceover acting, either as a fan, a scholar or participant, this book is for you. Future volumes will feature interviews with voice director Andrea Romano, Arnold Stang, Carlos Saldanha, Frank Welker, June Foray, Jeff Bergman, Brad Bird and the cast of Dragon Ball Super.
For more details see my Books page.
To make the Star Wars Historical Sourcebook as comprehensive as possible, I contacted international libraries for their materials, either by personal visits, or by enlisting local researchers, or by inquiries via email. I wish to acknowledge help from the following international libraries. Individual librarians are named in the Sourcebook itself:
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien, Austria
Information Services, National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A., Australia
Australian Film Institute Research Collection, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Inc., Victoria, Australia
Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België – Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Kranten & Hedendaagse Media – Journaux & Médias Contemporains, Bruxelles/Brussels, Belgium
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
University of Alberta Libraries – BARD, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Newfoundland & Labrador Collection, Provincial Resource Library, Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, NL, Canada
Direction de la Collection nationale et des collections patrimoniales, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), Division Document-delivery, The Hague
Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington City Libraries, Wellington, New Zealand
United Kingdom / England
Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK
Blackpool Central Library, Blackpool, England
Library and Information Service, Leeds City Council, Leeds, England
The British Library, London, England
British National Newspaper Library, Colindale (The British Newspaper Library at Colindale closed November 8, 2013. The contents were moved to remote storage at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. As of March 2014, papers could be delivered and accessed at St. Pancras in London.)
British Film Institute, BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank, South Bank, London
Community Heritage, Harris Library, Market Square, Lancashire, England
Central Library, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, England
United Kingdom / Scotland
Reference Services, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Now online! Richard and Sarah Woloski interview me on the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast, Episode #220! Click here.
Last week I was interviewed by Richard and Sarah Woloski for Episode 220 of their podcast, Skywalking Through Neverland. They are a delightful couple who are really knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, about Star Wars and Disneyana. Tune in tomorrow, August 6, to learn about the making of The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, some behind-the-scenes Star Wars anecdotes, and an opportunity to win a copy of the book. Check out Skywalking Through Neverland here.