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Trevor Eve … life on a Shoestring

Trevor Eve … life on a Shoestring


The well-known English actor Trevor Eve was born on 1 July, 1951 in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham. He has enjoyed a long and successful acting career on stage, television and film, spanning back to the 1970s. 

In 1979 he gained fame as the eponymous lead in the private detective series Shoestring. He then went on to his first major film role in the 1979 Dracula directed by John Badham, playing Jonathan Harker, alongside Laurence Olivier. He is also known for his role as Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd in BBC television drama Waking the Dead. 


Trevor Eve as Shoestring

Most recently, Eve played the part of Judge Sir Selwyn Hardcastle in the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley in December 2013, and as Roach in The Interceptor in 2014. He is married to the actress Sharon Maughan.


Trevor Eve & Sharon Maughan.


Lucky Oceans …

Lucky Oceans …


American musician Lucky Oceans was born on 21 April 1951. He is a pedal steel guitarist and a former member of Country/Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. He is now a broadcaster in Perth, Western Australia with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Plantu …

Plantu …


Jean Plantureux was born on March 23, 1951 in Paris. He is a well-known French cartoonist specializing in political satire. He goes by the professional name Plantu. His work has regularly appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde since 1972. His art has been widely exhibited around the globe.


Keeping fit with Kathy Smith …

Keeping fit with Kathy Smith …


Kathy Smith (born December 11, 1951) is a personal trainer who became well known for her workout videos during the late-1980s and 1990s. She has sold over 16 million workout videos since 1980. She is a sought-out educational and motivational speaker.

The Flying Stove Pipe …

The Flying Stove Pipe


The Lockheed X-7 (dubbed the “Flying Stove Pipe” was an American unmanned test bed of the 1950s for ramjet engines and missile guidance technology. The first test flight took place on April 26, 1951.


The X-7 was carried aloft by a B-29 or B-50 Superfortress carrier aircraft. A booster ignited after launch and propelled the vehicle to a speed of 1,000 mph (1,625 km/h). The booster was then jettisoned, and the underslung ramjet took over from that point. The X-7 eventually returned to Earth, its descent slowed by parachute. A maximum speed of 2,881 miles per hour (4,637 km/h), or Mach 4.31, was attained, setting a record for fastest air-breathing aircraft at the time. A total of 130 X-7 flights were conducted from April 1951 to July 1960.


This Youtube clip below shows footage from the first X-7 test flight which took place in 1951.

Barry Van Dyke …

Barry Van Dyke …


Barry Van Dyke (born July 31, 1951) is an American actor and the second son of actor and entertainer Dick Van Dyke. He is best known to audiences as Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan, a homicide detective and the son of Dr. Mark Sloan (played by Dick Van Dyke) on Diagnosis: Murder. His other television work includes a starring role in the short-lived Galactica 1980 as Lieutenant Dillon, and appearances in Remington Steele, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., The Dukes of Hazzard, Airwolf, The A-Team, Gun Shy, Murder, She Wrote, Mork & Mindy, and The Redd Foxx Show.


Barry pictured together with his father Dick Van Dyke

Steve Arnold …

Steve Arnold …


Steve Arnold was born on 5 January 1951. He is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder for Crewe Alexandra, Liverpool, Southport, Torquay United and Rochdale.

Kathryn Bigelow ….

“Kathryn Bigelow ….

Kathryn Bigelow with the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture at the Governors Ball following the the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Kathryn Bigelow with the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture at the Governors Ball following the the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The American film director, producer and writer Kathryn Bigelow was born on November 27, 1951. Her films include the vampire Western horror film Near Dark (1987), the action crime film Point Break (1991), the science fiction action thriller Strange Days (1995), the mystery thriller The Weight of Water (2000), the submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), the war film The Hurt Locker (2008), the action thriller war film Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and the short film Last Days of Ivory (2014). The Hurt Locker won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. 

Alexei Yuryevich Smirnov …

Alexei Yuryevich Smirnov …


Physicist Alexei Yuryevich Smirnov was born in Russia on October 16, 1951. The main area of Smirnov’s research is neutrino physics and astrophysics. He is one of the discoverers of the MSW Effect.

Laurette Spang ….

Laurette Spang ….


The American television actress Laurette Spang was born on May 16, 1951. She is best-known for playing the character Cassiopeia in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978).
She has also appeared in series such as The Streets of San Francisco, Happy Days, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard and Magnum P.I.