“Under New Jersey state tax code, any land that is dedicated to cemetery purposes is exempt from all taxes, rates, and assessments. Cemetery companies are also specifically exempt from paying any real estate taxes, rates, and assessments or personal property taxes on their lands, as well as business taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, and inheritance taxes.”

Per CNN

“Nichols was born Grace Dell Nichols near Chicago in 1932. (Unhappy with Grace, she took the name Nichelle when she was a teenager.) Her grandfather was a White Southerner who married a Black woman, causing a rift in his family.

Blessed with a four-octave vocal range, Nichols was performing in local clubs by the time she was 14. Among the performers she met was Duke Ellington, who later took her on tour. She also worked extensively in Chicago clubs and in theater.

She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’60s and landed a role in a Gene Roddenberry series, ‘The Lieutenant.’ A number of Star Trek veterans, including Leonard Nimoy, Walter Koenig and Majel Barrett, also worked on the show.”

Nichelle never did any screen nudity, but she wore a mighty sexy outfit in a 1974 film called Truck Turner:


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According to Celebrity Sleuth magazine, she also posed for this nude photoshoot:

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I’m not sure what happened to VB’s career. He seemed to be kind of a star there for a while, but is now appearing in films that would make Eric Roberts blush. Per IMDb, his last five films have been rated in the 4s. Vampire Bill is usually the only name I recognize in the cast of those films, except for an occasional name of someone I thought had retired or died.

She dodged nudity for decades, but then turned out to have quite an impressive shape. (Sample below)

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She is now in her mid-70s, has cast aside both alcoholism and heterosexuality, and is still acting. I haven’t seen her in years because I, like everyone with a Y chromosome, am allergic to both Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, but she was recently in one of the thirty gazillion Christmas movies that those networks must have in their catalogs. (Picture here.)

Per Wikipedia:

“On March 1, 2011, Baxter’s memoir, titled Untied, was published. In the book, she details her early life, her unhappy and in some cases abusive marriages, her struggles with and recovery from alcoholism, and her realization that she is a lesbian.”

His death had previously been reported prematurely, but his son has reported that he did pass away on Wednesday morning.

You all know that he was Beaver’s older brother. More interesting to me is that he was the star of Never Too Young, ABC’s quixotic effort to air a soap opera that would appeal to high school and college kids in the mid-60s. It mostly took place at or near a bar where the surfing crowd hung out. It featured musical performances in that bar from some acts that were popular with students at the time, including some all-time greats like Marvin Gaye. The show aired late in the afternoon so students could watch it after school.

Yes, it’s an old turkey from the very end of the B&W era, but I have kind of a special interest in that show for two reasons:

(1) My high school girlfriend and I often talked about it, and sang the cheesy theme song together. Being snobs, we were not admirers, but loved to hate it. (I guess I was just pretending to be a snob to impress her. I did laugh at the melodramatics and the fact that the main characters never had to interrupt their hang-out by going to class or work, but I never told my girl that I actually loved the musical performances. C’mon, who doesn’t love Marvin Gaye?)

(2) Some 35 years later, I discovered that a friend, the late Dale Davis, king of the surfing photographers, made a few bucks as the surfing consultant to this production.

Never Too Young failed to attract a substantial audience. It was not a significant milestone in TV history, to say the least, but it was important in one way. It opened up the minds of ABC executives to the possibility that a late afternoon soap opera might work by appealing to a broader or different target demographic than the usual soap viewership. OK, maybe surfers failed, but there were other possibilities. What about angst-ridden vampires and hand-wringing werewolves? After the last episode of Never Too Young aired on a Friday, that time slot was filled on the following Monday by Dark Shadows, which eventually acquired the young audience and the “hip” cachet that had eluded Tony Dow and company.

So in a way, Tony and my friend Dale were TV pioneers, albeit obliquely.