Join University at Albany Film Professor and WAMC film commentator Rob Edelman as he discusses his new work, “From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors,” at GPL on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
Edelman’s fascinating collection of entertaining essays by members of the Society for American Baseball Research unites two separate yet inexorably connected domains: the sport of baseball and the art and creativity of film, television, and other forms of entertainment. It features articles on baseball folk from the famous (Chuck Connors, Bob Uecker, Mike Donlin, Gene Autry, Ron Shelton) to the forgotten (Al Gettel, Lou Stringer, Wally Hebert, Wally Hood). Along the way, Edelman examines the way in which baseball has been depicted on the small screen, from Don Drysdale’s and Leo Durocher’s appearances on “Mister Ed” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” to Jim Bouton’s ill-fated “Ball Four” TV series. (About Drysdale: He played “Don Drysdale” on “The Donna Reed Show,” “Leave It To Beaver,” and “The Brady Bunch.”)
This talk, full of fun anecdotes, will prove to be a delight for everyone, not just sports fans.
Senior Safety: At Home, Online, in Your Community
Officers from the Guilderland Police Department will present Senior Safety: At Home, Online, and In Your Community, at GPL on Tuesday, May 22, at 1 p.m. This 90-minute class gives you tips to help keep you safe regardless of where you are. They will also discuss internet safety and security, and how to avoid online scams that target senior citizens. Please register for this vital presentation by calling (518) 456-2400, ext 4.
The Library will be closed three days for the Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 26; Sunday, May 27; and Monday, May 28. We will reopen Tuesday, May 29, at 10 a.m.
— Mark Curiale–