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Scientist, Inventor, Mathematician and Gorgeous March 1, 2011

Posted by Retired Geezer in Gardening, Sports.

You would be forgiven for thinking this post is about Mrs. Peel. It is, however, about someone whose name is as well-known as hers is, at least by the Innocent Bystander crowd.

How about some clues:

This mystery person was a beautiful actress who was arrested for shoplifting twice.

She appeared nude in films and she was the co-inventor of Spread-Spectrum Frequency-hopping communications. I doubt that there was any correlation between those two events but you never know.

Her name was mentioned in Blazing Saddles.

In 2003, the Boeing corporation ran a series of recruitment ads featuring her as a woman of science.

In 2005, the first Inventors Day in German speaking countries was held in her honor on November 9.

The video game Half-Life has a few references to her.

A date with Her is one of the promises Audrey II tempts Seymour with in the musical Little Shop of Horrors.

The 2010 New York Public Library’s exhibit: “Thirty Years of Photography at the New York Public Library” includes a photo of her, topless.

For several years during the 1990s, the boxes of the current CorelDRAW software suites were graced by a large Corel-drawn image of her in tribute to her pre-computer scientific discoveries.

Her frequency-hopping idea serves as a basis for modern “Spread spectrum” communication technology, such as “COFDM” used in Wi-Fi network connections and “CDMA” used in some cordless and wireless telephones.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

She enjoyed her biggest success as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille’s (1949 film) Samson and Delilah, the highest-grossing film of 1949, with Victor Mature as the Biblical strongman.

Some of you have guessed her identity by now.

Yep, it’s Hedy Lamarr. – I bet you didn’t know all that stuff about her.


1. harrison - March 1, 2011

That’s Hedley!!

2. Gov Lepetomaine - March 1, 2011

Work work work work work work hello boys did you miss me last night?

3. kevl - March 1, 2011

AND she’s been arrested! My kinda dame!

4. skinbad - March 1, 2011

What a woman!

5. Cathy - March 1, 2011

Wow. Thanks Geezer. Very cool.

6. Retired Geezer - March 1, 2011

I would give a hat-tip, if I could remember where I saw her mentioned… maybe in an Ace comment.

Here’s her Wiki:

BTW, she was not flattered by the use of her image on CorelDRAW. She sued and they had to remove it.

7. wiserbud - March 1, 2011

How did he do all those amazing stunts… with such little hands??

8. daveintexas - March 1, 2011

Watch while I whip dis out.

9. wiserbud - March 1, 2011

Hey, where all de white wimmen at?

10. daveintexas - March 1, 2011

Mongo not know. Mongo only pawn, in game of life.

11. wiserbud - March 1, 2011

Hello, handsome, is that a ten-gallon hat or are you just enjoying the show?

12. daveintexas - March 1, 2011

We’re gonna need a shitload of dimes.

13. wiserbud - March 1, 2011

We’ll work up a Number 6 on ’em.

14. daveintexas - March 1, 2011

Little bastard shot me in the ass!

15. wiserbud - March 1, 2011

What did you expect? “Welcome, sonny”? “Make yourself at home”? “Marry my daughter”? You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know…


16. Retired Geezer - March 1, 2011

God darnit, Mr. Weiserbud, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.

17. wiserbud - March 1, 2011

God darnit, Mr. Weiserbud, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.

A wed wose. How womantic.

18. Mitchell - March 1, 2011

What kind of name is “Hedy”?

19. Retired Geezer - March 1, 2011

Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, the only child of Jewish parents,

*considers the wisdom of naming a horse ‘Hedwig’.

*decides to name them all ‘Hay Burners’.

20. Lipstick - March 1, 2011

I’m so tired…
Tired of being admired…

21. daveintexas - March 1, 2011

A man drink like that, he is going to die.

22. wiserbud - March 1, 2011


23. Michael - March 1, 2011

Tired of being admired…

Who has admired you lately?

Make me a sammich, and you might get some admiration. This sammich should involve bacon. And pepper. And a dill pickle.

24. Michael - March 1, 2011

Some Nacho Cheese Doritos on the side would also be good. Thank you.

25. Lipstick - March 1, 2011

*spikes dill pickle with Ex-Lax*

Sure Michael, here you go.

*smiles sweetly*

26. Cathy - March 1, 2011

*spikes dill pickle with Ex-Lax*

*puts Depends on shopping list*

27. harrison - March 1, 2011

*puts Depends on shopping list*

Like she didn’t buy them for him already…

28. daveintexas - March 1, 2011

I musta killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille.

29. Tushar - March 1, 2011

>>Like she didn’t buy them for him already…

Don’t make fun of a retired doddering old codger, Harrison. That is not very nice.

30. harrison - March 1, 2011

I denounce myself.

31. Retired Geezer - March 1, 2011

When does Michael officially become a Geezer?

32. lauraw - March 2, 2011

White beard.

My Dad grew one within a couple weeks of retiring last year.

He shaved it back off again, but his doom was sealed.

33. Dave in Texas - March 2, 2011


34. lauraw - March 2, 2011

Ha ha haaa, your beard can’t be snow-white quite yet, Dave.

I was shocked at how perfectly white Dad’s was.

35. daveintexas - March 2, 2011

Nah, just the left side of my chin.


36. Cathy - March 2, 2011

When does Michael officially become a Geezer?

White beard.

Or white curly ones a tad lower?

*just asking*

37. lauraw - March 2, 2011

*throws up in mouf a little*

You better be talking about his chest.

38. Michael - March 2, 2011

Actually, I’ve had a white beard for probably ten years. Or would if I let it grow.

39. daveintexas - March 2, 2011


40. Retired Geezer - March 2, 2011

Actually, I’ve had a white beard for probably ten years.

Random abnormally thick earhairs?

*makes helpful list for Michael.

41. kevl - March 2, 2011

I can’t get enough of Charlie Sheen.

42. daveintexas - March 2, 2011

His Twitter bio says “Unemployed Winner”.

43. Michael - March 2, 2011

Don’t even start, Geezer.

I’ve had an ear/nose hair trimmer for a long time. My first one is when I knew I was old.

44. skinbad - March 2, 2011

The thing that gets me is Sheen had any custody at all of his kids. “When my goddesses aren’t making porn movies and doing drugs with me they watch the little rock stars from Mars.”

45. Mitchell - March 2, 2011

You just know Tommy Chong is baffled and probably more than a little pissed about Charlie Sheen. Chong’s house was raided and he was thrown in jail for pot & paraphernalia, while Sheen openly brags about his drug use and is known to have at least at one time a suitcase full of cocaine! And he’s doing it at home, with kids around. I guess he has to do a line of blow right in front of a cop before they do anything about it.

46. Cathy - March 2, 2011

Kinda happy that I don’t know or care a flying flip about Sheen one way or the other.

47. geoff - March 2, 2011

That guy’s teeth are revolting.

But if I had to choose between looking at Sheen’s teeth or curly white hair sites, I’m going with Mr. Sheen.

48. Mark in NJ - March 3, 2011

Wow, Geoff – I did a search on Charlie Sheen’s teeth and got >1M hits – who knew?

What I find disconcerting is how much he sounds like a demented version of his dad.

But in the celebrity meltdown pantheon, Mel Gibson is still the champ. Gibson’s truly psycho…Sheen’s just a stone idiot.

49. kevl - March 3, 2011

I can’t quit Mel either

50. Mrs. Peel - March 6, 2011

Wait, Hedy Lamarr was an actress? I’m familiar with her DSSS work, of course, but didn’t know she was in a movie.

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