Bennett Contracting Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Bennett Team at InstallationThird-generation owner Gregory Bennett Jackson decided to celebrate the 100th business anniversary of his family’s full-service home remodeling company, Bennett Contracting, Inc., by helping families in Albany’s South End build strong roots.  

On May 2, 2015, Jackson and a team of Bennett Contracting employees constructed and installed a garden shed and a grape arbor for local nonprofit Capital Roots in its Lincoln Park community garden, where more than 52 families grow their own food.

In addition to Jackson, members of the Bennett Contracting team included Tony Cicchino of Delmar, John Gilman of Stillwater, Brian Olmstead of Castleton, Andy Dowen of Slingerlands, Bob Dowen of Schodack, Steve Shanholtz of Slingerlands and Chris Brozowski of Glenmont.

Since all of the Capital Roots’ community gardens are managed organically, Jackson made sure to use cedar instead of treated lumber where possible. “Our ‘Building Strong Roots’ project demonstrates Bennett Contracting’s belief that every project, no matter how big or small, receives our utmost attention and care,” Jackson said.

Bennett Contracting, Inc., began in 1915 when Dan (D.A.) Bennett opened a plumbing shop in a rented garage in Delmar, NY. A railroad steam fitter, Bennett saw opportunities in servicing the new technology of the times: indoor plumbing and central heating. Family members joined the growing company after World War II. In 1976, Gregory Jackson, one of Bennett’s grandsons, was brought in to start the D.A. Bennett Insulation Company. 

In 1984, Jackson and his business partner Paul Gutman expanded the company beyond plumbing, heating and insulation into a full-service home remodeling business and moved the company to its current location at 693 South Pearl Street in Albany, NY.   

The Capital District’s number one home remodeling company, Bennett Contracting has expanded their services to include windows, siding, kitchens and baths. With more than 60 employees and an extensive service department, Bennett Contracting can handle any home improvement project a customer has in mind. Visit www.bennettcontracting.com for further information. 

Capital Roots is a 40-year-old nonprofit organization that nourishes healthy communities with 50 Community Gardens, The Veggie Mobile®, Healthy Stores, The Produce Project, Squash Hunger and more. Capital Roots recently opened The Urban Grow Center, a regional facility focused on urban agriculture and produce distribution to four counties, enabling Capital Roots to triple their ability to deliver local food and services to underserved neighborhoods and low-income families. Learn more at www.capitalroots.org

Blogger BioPauline Bartel, M.A., is President and Chief Creative Officer of Bartel Communications, Inc., an award-winning corporate communications firm. One of the company’s specialties is business anniversary marketing.

Bartel Communications created “The Bartel Years™” and “The Bartel Years 200™,” rosters of business anniversary symbols to inspire two centuries of business anniversary “sell”-abrations.  

Through The Bartel Way™, an integrated marketing and public relations strategy, Bartel Communications uses business anniversaries as showcases for a company’s products and services. This engages customers, drives sales and transforms the anniversary into a “sell”-abration. For further information, visit www.paulinebartel.com/services/corporate-services/business-anniversary-consulting

 

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Common Theme in Films With Howard and Leigh

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A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

Turner Classic Movies (www.tcm.com) offers two films this afternoon, each featuring a pre-Gone With the Wind performance from Leslie Howard and Vivien Leigh. Each film has a similar outcome.

At 3 p.m. (Eastern Time), TCM presents Berkeley Square from 1933. Leslie Howard portrays Peter Standish, a time traveler from America in 1933 transported to London in 1784 where he meets his ancestors.

At 6 p.m. (Eastern Time), TCM presents St. Martin’s Lane (also known as Sidewalks of London) from 1938. Vivien Leigh portrays Libby, a homeless pickpocket who steals a gold cigarette case from Rex Harrison then joins a trio of street performers led by Charles Laughton.

Just as in Gone With the Wind, each film concludes in heartbreak.  

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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Receive Author’s Autograph by Mail

A book to celebrate GWTW's 75th Anniversary!

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

In honor of Gone With the Wind’s 75th anniversary, I’m offering autographed bookplates for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition).

The 4” x 3” cream-color bookplate has a border that reminds me of the Art Deco design style popular during the 1930s, when Margaret Mitchell’s book was published and David O. Selznick transformed the novel into the film. The bookplate’s paper and adhesive are archival quality and acid free, and you can easily affix the bookplate to an inside page of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition).

Request an autograph so your book becomes a more cherished, personal reminder of Gone With the Wind’s 75th anniversary.

Here’s how to receive your free bookplate by mail:  

  • Type or print clearly the desired inscription (for example: “To Mary – A great Gone With the Wind fan”)
  • Indicate your email address (in case I have a question about your request)
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Mail your request to me at Post Office Box 491-B, Waterford, NY 12188

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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Gone With the Wind Changed the Oscars Forever

A book to celebrate GWTW's 75th Anniversary!

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

Board members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were furious over the Oscar news leak by the Los Angeles Times 

By custom, the academy had shared the names of Oscar winners with the media in advance of the Academy Awards ceremony. This gave newspapers time to prepare announcements of the winners for next-day editions. In return for this courtesy, members of the media promised not to print or broadcast the news before the ceremony.

The Los Angeles Times broke its promise. The newspaper printed the names of the winners and splashed Gone With the Wind in banner headlines across the front page of its February 29, 1940 edition. Everyone arriving for the Academy Awards banquet that evening knew who would be picking up Oscars (e.g., Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, David O. Selznick, etc.) and who would be going home empty handed (e.g., Clark Gable, Max Steiner, Jack Cosgrove, etc.).  

This breach prompted the academy to initiate a protocol for future award presentations. Since then, the names of the winners have been sealed in envelopes by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services firm that oversees the tabulation of the voting results. This ensures that the results are, indeed, kept secret until the presenter says “And the Oscar goes to…”

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Special 75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind fans: free personally inscribed, autographed bookplate for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book.  Details here:   http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=1793

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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Memorable Oscar Night Moments

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A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

Here are some memorable moments from Gone With the Wind‘s night at the Oscars:

Sidney Howard’s win for Best Screenplay made him the first posthumous Academy Award winner.

When Hattie McDaniel’s name was announced as the Best Supporting Actress winner, she whooped a “Hallelujah” and hurried to the podium.

Being selected for the award, she said, “has made me feel very, very humble, and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything I may be able to do in the future…My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel.” She sobbed a quiet “thank you and God bless you” and hurried back to her table.

Watch Hattie McDaniel’s acceptance speech on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7t4pTNZshA

There she buried her face in her hands and cried. Olivia de Havilland, who had lost to McDaniel, went to offer her congratulations. Then, feeling overcome by her own disappointment, de Havilland left the room and burst into tears herself.

Clark Gable was disappointed with not having won an Oscar for Rhett Butler. On the way home from the Academy Award ceremony, his actress-wife Carole Lombard tried to snap her husband out of his bad mood.

“Aw, don’t be blue, Pappy. I just know we’ll bring one home next year.”

“No, we won’t,” Gable said dejectedly. “This was it. This was my last chance.”

Lombard became furious. “Not you, you self-centered bastard! I mean me!”

 Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Special 75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind fans: free personally inscribed, autographed bookplate for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book.  Details here:   http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=1793

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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And the Winners Were…

A book to celebrate GWTW's 75th Anniversary!

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

With an unprecedented 13 nominations in 12 categories (double nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Gone With the Wind won a record-breaking 8 competitive Academy Awards:

  • Best Picture – Gone With the Wind
  • Best Actress – Vivien Leigh
  • Best Supporting Actress – Hattie McDaniel
  • Best Director – Victor Fleming
  • Best Screenplay – Sidney Howard
  • Best Cinematography, Color – Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan
  • Best Art Direction – Lyle Wheeler
  • Best Film Editing – Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom

Gone With the Wind might have swept the Academy Awards, but the film did not win in every nomination category:

  • Clark Gable lost the Best Actor Award to Robert Donat for Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Jack Cosgrove lost Best Special Effects Award to The Rains Came
  • Max Steiner lost the Best Original Musical Score Award to The Wizard of Oz
  • Thomas Moulton lost the Best Sound Recording Award to When Tomorrow Comes

 With an impressive number of Oscar wins, Gone With the Wind gilded the lily by picking up with two more honors:

  • David O. Selznick received the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award “for the most consistent high quality of production during 1939.”
  • William Cameron Menzies received an honorary plaque “for outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production Gone With the Wind.”

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Special 75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind fans: free personally inscribed, autographed bookplate for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book.  Details here:   http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=1793

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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Spilling the Beans About Oscar Wins

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A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

On February 29, 1940, the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles was the venue for the 12th annual awards presentation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hollywood was abuzz and aglitter with Oscar fever that Thursday afternoon. As was the custom, the names of the Oscar winners were revealed in advance to the press, with newspapers making a solemn promise not to break the news before the ceremonies. But one newspaper couldn’t contain the excitement.

The Los Angeles Times printed the names of the winners and splashed Gone With the Wind in banner headlines across the front page. The results greeted Academy Award-goers as they arrived for the banquet. Talk about spilling the beans!

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Special 75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind fans: free personally inscribed, autographed bookplate for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book.  Details here:   http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=1793

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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Best Technical Achievement Contenders for 1939

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A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

For best technical achievements, Gone With the Wind had nominations – and competition – in five categories:

Best Art Direction

Lyle Wheeler was nominated for his work on Gone With the Wind. Competing films were Beau Geste, Captain Fury, First Love, Love Affair, Man of Conquest, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Rains Came, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights.

 Best Cinematography, Color

Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan were nominated for their work on Gone With the Wind. Competing films were Drums Along the Mohawk, The Four Feathers, The Mikado, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Wizard of Oz.

 Best Film Editing

Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom were nominated for their work on Gone With the Wind. Competing films were Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; The Rains Came; Stagecoach.

 Best Sound Recording

Thomas T. Moulton was nominated for his work on Gone With the Wind. Competing films were Balalaika; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; The Great Victor Herbert; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Man of Conquest; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Of Mice and Men; The Rains Came; When Tomorrow Comes.

Best Special Effects

John “Jack” R. Cosgrove, Fred Albin and Arthur Johns were nominated for their work on Gone With the Wind. Competing films were Only Angels Have Wings, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Rains Came, Topper Takes a Trip, Union Pacific, The Wizard of Oz.

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Special 75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind fans: free personally inscribed, autographed bookplate for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book.  Details here:   http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=1793

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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Best Original Score Contenders for 1939

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A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

In the Best Original Score category, Max Steiner had a double nomination for his work on Gone With the Wind and Dark Victory. He was up against the following Academy Award contenders:

  • Anthony Collins for Nurse Edith Cavell
  • Aaron Copland for Of Mice and Men
  • Lud Gluskin and Lucien Moraweck for The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Werner Janssen for Eternally Yours
  • Alfred Newman for The Rains Came and Wuthering Heights
  • Herbert Stothart for The Wizard of Oz
  • Victor Young for Golden Boy, Gulliver’s Travels and Man of Conquest

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Special 75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind fans: free personally inscribed, autographed bookplate for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book.  Details here:   http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=1793

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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Best Screenplay Contenders for 1939

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A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

In the Best Screenplay category, Sidney Howard’s work on Gone With the Wind was up against the following Academy Award contenders:

  •  Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch and Billy Wilder’s screenplay for Ninotchka
  • Sidney Buchman’s screenplay for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s screenplay for Wuthering Heights
  • Eric Maschwitz, R.C. Sherriff and Claudine West’s screenplay for Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Sidney Howard’s nomination was a posthumous one. Sadly, he had been killed on August 23, 1939 in an accident on his cattle farm in Tyringham, Massachusetts.  

Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

 Special 75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind fans: free personally inscribed, autographed bookplate for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book.  Details here:   http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=1793

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

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