Like a "modern-day pirate," 75-year-old Ray Ives has been diving for sunken treasure for decades. Wearing an ancient, bronze-helmeted diving suit, he searches the ocean floor and keeps a huge collection of marine salvage (including antique cannon balls, 'bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear') in a shipping container "museum" at a British marina.
Ray: A Life Underwater: Vimeo
. (A short film documentary.) [more inside]
Wherever you go, H
The nightmarish and psychedelic
1976 children's movie Hugo the Hippo
features a score of hippos who save the port of Zanzibar from "cap-wearing sharks decked out with biker jewelry"
, only to be massacred by the Sultan's greenish advisor (voiced by Paul Lynde
), leaving poor Hugo an orphan. The soundtrack
[flash player] includes songs by Burl Ives (as the titular hungry hippo
and Marie Osmond
, and the Ken Williams Quartet. There is no official DVD release, but the Hugo fansite
has some options for obtaining the movie, and it's available on Youtube [links above]
. The story
is based on a real Hugo the Hippo, who terrorized farmers near Dar es Salaam
: "Game workers dug a 7-ft. pit along Hugo's dinner trail, lowered a big wooden crate into it, covered the top with branches, and baited it with three succulent pumpkins, Hugo's favorite dessert."
, the color designer responsible for The Simpson's unique hues
, is a Hugo alumnus from the Hungarian animation company PannóniaFilm
Previously on AskMe: 1, 2
is designed to give people of all musical backgrounds an opportunity to explore signature works by composers Hector Berlioz
, Charles Ives
, and Dmitri Shostakovich
in depth, and at their own pace. The interactive audio and video
explores the composers’ scores and pertinent musical techniques as well as the personal and historical back stories. [more inside]