Celebrating an Eighth Anniversary

This week marks eight years since Once Upon a Screen has been in existence. Sometimes it feels like a lifetime, and at other times it’s as though the years have flown by. Overall it’s been an enjoying ride thus far with periods of frustration strewn in for good measure. As I admitted a few years ago, I am at once both shocked at my stick-to-itivenessand happy I still enjoy sharing my thoughts on all things classic on this blog. It remains an important respite from all the negativity that surrounds us.

Before I get to my celebrations of 8, I must recognize the friends and bloggers who make it a point to stop in on occasion. You inspire me to keep going and to have fun at it.

As is the usual custom for these types of occasions, I begin this celebration with a presentation of gifts appropriate for the occasion. Gifts suitable for an eighth anniversary are either pottery or bronze. I’m happy to accept the following pottery items on my own behalf. You may notice the pottery is adorned by a movie star in each.

88 years ago it was 1931. Here are 8 of my favorite films from that year:

Chaplin’s City Lights

Wale’s Frankenstein

Browning’s Dracula

Lang’s M

Brown’s A Free Soul

Capra’s Platinum Blonde

LeRoy’s Five Star Final

Brown’s Possessed

Actors with 8 Academy Award Nominations:

Eight this-n-thats:

  • Behind the eight ball: Behind the eight ball means placed in a difficult situation from which one is unlikely to escape. The idiom behind the eight ball was first printed in American newspaper stories in the 1920s and was derived from the game of pool. (GrammaristMagic eight ball is another common term loosely related to the first. Here, we get to know the future.


  • The 8-track tape – A magnetic tape cartridge technology introduced by Lear Jet in 1964 as Stereo 8, although widely known by its 8-track moniker. The Stereo 8 was an 8-track version of the 4-track Muntz Autostereo, the first commercial music player for a car. Stereo 8 allowed two stereo recordings on the same tape providing a similar experience to flipping over an LP record of the era. The 1966 Ford Mustang was the first car with a built-in 8-track player, and aftermarket units became available. (pc.mag)


  • One over the eight – a British expression that is used to say that a person (or yourself) has had one drink too many. It is first served in the early 20th century and may have originated from the notion that having just one more than eight drinks will make you—drunk


  • A piece of eight – an old Spanish silver dollar, or peso, which once had the value of eight reals (dimes) and was therefore stamped with a large figure 8. In Colonial America, the piece of eight was adopted as legal tender, and it remained so as late as the Civil War. Its value was almost the same as that of the United States dollar.


  • Eight-hundred-pound gorilla: any formidable obstacle



  • The Eighth Wonder of the World

  • My favorite sports #8 is Yogi Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015). Berra threw right-handed and batted left-handed. His number was retired in 1972.

Pitcher Don Larsen (r), of the New York Yankees, wraps his arms around catcher Yogi Berra #8 after the final pitch of Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Photo taken on October 8.

8 1930s movies with Eight:

Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, and Stan Laurel in OLIVER THE EIGHTH (1934)

Cukor’s The Women, there are 8 of them:


With that I extend a happy anniversary wish to Once Upon a Screen! To ensure eight blessings to it, you and yours here are 8 Jimmy Stewarts. With him I send best wishes and heartfelt appreciation for your continued support.


26 thoughts

  1. What a thoroughly inventive idea for your anniversary post, Aurora — I loved it!! (I may steal it!) (Kidding!)

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! What a great accomplishment, and a great blog. I look forward to many more years of reading pleasure.

  2. Felicidades, Aurora. What a milestone. I love your blog, and I especially like reading your posts with “numbers.” They are so witty and original.

  3. Congratulations, Aurora!!
    I have so much enjoyed all your posts these past years. And learned so much. And had the pleasure of briefly meeting you at #tcmff2018 Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to you. Here’s to 88 more years!! 🎉

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