Last year, as is my wont, I jumped in at the last minute, made it up as I went along and had a ball. Although I was still dealing with untreated e.t. or “Parkinson's Disease Light; all the symptoms, one-quarter of the meds” or Parkinsonism, or a movement disorder, I could easily toss off a paragraph every day, based on a letter of the alphabet. The closest I came to planning the thing was creating a spread-sheet with the Columns containing the letters and the Rows containing the topics, only because I love to create spreadsheets, or relational databases, because I am a total geek and also because I had some kind of half-assed idea that I was going to hand the thing in to Arlee Bird at the end of the month for a grade, or something. This promptly went awry around Letter “B” when I had some inane thing like “Bravery” and decided to write about Beethoven's Third Symphony, the Eroica, in which he took the whole musical world kicking and screaming into the Romantic era from the Classical era, in sixteen measures flat, and we no longer had to play Mozart, thank the Christ!
Harold Lloyd was a film actor in silent films, but he has to be seen to be believed. His comedy lies in the timing and the complexity of his art and it really cannot be described. Born in Burchard, Nebraska, and of Welsh heritage, he was named for his paternal grandfather. He and his father moved to San Diego after his parents divorced, although he and his mother and older brother, Gaylord (also an actor) remained close. Lloyd, like so many others of his era, acted in vaudeville from boyhood and after graduating high school and then receiving training at the School of Dramatic Art (San Diego) he started acting in one-reel film comedies. He first starting working with Thomas Edison's motion picture company, and eventually formed a partnership with fellow struggling actor and director Hal Roach, who had formed his own studio in 1913. The hard-working Lloyd became the most successful of Roach's comic actors between 1915 and 1919.
Last Scene of Safety Last!