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On The Jazz Newsletter: Volume 1 Issue N°18

Date: May 8, 1995
Author: Nicole Pellegrini
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DATE: May 8, 1995
Hi everyone!

Hope everyone's having a great spring and not stressing too badly over final exams--us college and professional school types, anyway. If you've been waiting to hear from me about something for a while, never fear, I'll be getting back to you very shortly now that I have my life back (mostly) under control.

I'd also like to say a special hello to a bunch of new subscribers this week. I've lost count of the number of times people have contacted me saying they thought they were the only A-Team fan left out there today, but obviously there's plenty of us around.

On to general news and info...

Here's the answers to last week's trivia challenge. [email protected] did quite the thorough job answering them, so I'm just copying her answers in here:
Date: Sat, Apr 29, 1995 2:42 PM EST
From: DanaLeigh
Subj: This week's trivia
To: Onthejazz

1. Hannibal likes "dirty garbage" - at least he did in "The Out-of-Towners."

2. I think it was in "Steel" - Face used his last cigar to set a bottle of sherry on fire and escape from the mobster - Crazy Tommy T, or something like that. Hannibal was not pleased.

3. Hannibal reluctantly put Dr. "Mo" Sullivan in her own closet in "Black Day at Bad Rock."
This issue's trivia question: Can you identify at least 3 different occaisions when the team used food--or some edible object of some type--as a weapon? Send in your answer, and if you're correct you too can be honored as a true team-trivia expert!

As mentioned in a brief message last weekend, Dirk Benedict was in last Saturday's episode of Walker Texas Ranger, and it... was...weird. Very weird. Not that I've seen many episodes of Walker before, but I doubt they typically do shows revolving around UFOs and the government working on secret alien technology. Seemed like it should have been an X-Files episode actually, right down to the creepy music and lighting. Dirk was playing one of the government bad guys who ends up getting blown up at the end. What was kind of interesting was that I noticed it was written by Steven Sears, who co-wrote several A-Team episodes (Trouble Brewing, Mission of Peace, Theory of Revolution, and Family Reunion), and if I remember correctly it was directed by Tony Mordente, a frequent A-Team director as well. Just a bit of useless trivia there for you. If anyone missed the episode and needs a copy, just let me know.

Speaking of UFOs...I just got a copy (much thanks, Val!) of a rather bizarre interview with Dwight Schultz from "UFO" magazine where he mainly talks about one of his big hobbies/interests -- UFO investigations. If anyone here is interested in seeing it, I can transcribe it in a future issue, just holler.

A special note to our AOL subscribers: If you've got a problem, and no one else can help, then maybe you should check out the "team for hire" folder in the FFGF messaging/Star's End Bar Sector folder (Keyword: RDI, to get there). Murdock, BA, Face, Socki, and even Hannibal's daughter Hanna are all there and might just take on your case, though they're pretty busy fighting dragons and chasing down the missing Colonel right now...

And finally, speaking of Colonel Smith, here's a short biography of George Peppard from the same old 'zine I got the T biography from in the last two issues. Sure, it's over ten years old, but there's plenty of interesting facts in it:

George Peppard has led something of a chequered life-he's been a movie star, headlined two hit TV shows, and been married three times (or perhaps that should be four)...

He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 1, 1929, the son of a building contractor and an opera singer. He left school to serve as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps. He went on to become a disc jockey, a bank clerk, a motor-cycle mechanic, a taxi-driver, a fencing instructor, and then got a degree in civil engineering. He then decided to go into acting, and went to the Actors' Studio, progressing into stage work in New York.

In 1954 he married for the first time, to Helen Davis, and a year later their son, Bradford, was born. Their second child, Julie, was born in 1960. The couple divorced in 1965.

In 1966, on the set of "The Carpetbaggers," Mr Peppard (by now a much-sought-after actor and considered something of a hellraiser in Hollywood circles) met and fell for co-star Elizabeth Ashley. They were married the same year, and had a stormy relationship during the course of they divorced and remarried; they were finally divorced in 1972. They have a son, Christian, who is now (in 1983) 14. Ms Ashley wrote an autobiography based around her marraige which indicated that Mr Peppard had beaten her, although he denies this.

During these two marraiges, Mr Peppard had continued to make top quality movies, and was described as "a good actor and a worthy leading man."

In 1972, Mr Peppard appeared in a pilot movie, "Banacek," whick was picked up by the studio to become a series and was something of a success, transforming its star from being considered as a movie actor to a TV personality. When the show folded, however, Mr Peppard had financial problems with two alimonies to pay. However, in 1976 he married Sherry Boucher, an actress 20 years his junior.

In 1978 Mr Peppard mortgaged his home in order to produce, direct and star in a film entitled "Five Days From Home." This was the story of an ex-lawman convicted of manslaughter for the killing of his wife's lover. With only six days left on his sentence, the lawman breaks out of a Louisiana prison to see his critically-injured son. The film had an action-oriented script by William Moore and also starred Neville Brand and Peppard's then-wife, Sherry Boucher. Unfortunately, the film didn't become the success for which Mr Peppard had hoped, and he was obliged to return to somewhat pedestrian films to make ends meet.

Mr Peppard was offered the lead role in a series to be entitled "Oil," which he accepted, but an exchange of ill-worded telegrams between the actor and the studio head led to his being fired; his role was taken by John Forsythe and the name of the series was changed to "Dynasty."

After this, things went from bad to worse financially for Mr Peppard. Now divorced from Ms Boucher (in 1979; the reason given is that Mr Peepard wanted his wife to remain home whilst she wished to continue having an acting career...this seems unlikely, as he was prepared to have her co-star in his own movie, however!), faced with three alimonies to be paid, Mr Peppard was forced to take severe stock of himself and concluded that, having been drinking heavily for some considerable time (30 years upwards), he had become overly dependent on the liquor-an alcoholic. He hasn't touched a drop since! He took up hunting, fishing, jogging, and tennis and underwent psychoanalysis. He also moved into a much smaller house, giving up the partying life to which over the years he had become accustomed (in fact, at one time his parties were thought to be the best in Hollywood, which is something of a compliment.)

Finances continued to be bad- so much so, in fact, that in 1982 Mr Peppard toured with a stage version of "The Sound of Music," (THE SOUND OF MUSIC??!! Gag! Hurl! Sorry... nicole) Then came the offer of the role of Hannibal Smith...for which Mr Peppard was hand-picked by Stephen Cannel. The studio wasn't keen on the idea, as Mr Peppard was by this time considered a dangerous has-been, but Mr Cannell won out...

Mr Peppard earns around 25,000 pounds (Like I said, it's an English 'zine ...nicole) a week for "The A Team" and considers the part to be the best of his career. It's certainly helping to pay the bills!

Mr Peppard's elder son, Bradfor, now 28, is a TV executive, and his daughter Julie is at college. His younger son, Christian, lives with him and his girl friend, actress and painter Alexis Adams (aged 27) in a secluded beach house in the Santa Monica area.
Well, that's all for the article, and that's all from me this week. So far only one person has sent in a favorite quote, [email protected], who wrote saying:

>Favorite Murdock quote (this week at least) from Pure-Dee Poison
>Murdock: Sir, as this is Tuesday, it's my feeling that
>Wednesday could occur officially as early as tomorrow."
>Hannibal: Good work Murdock.

Why don't some more people send in theirs?

Anyway, until next time, stay on the jazz.
Quote of the week:

"Ever notice you run into the nicest people in tanks?"
                      --Hannibal in "Say it with Bullets"
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