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1970’s Detectives

Friday, August 21st, 2009

The proliferation of comic book superheroes with their hi-tech gadgets and superhuman strength has made me nostalgic for that overlooked crime fighter — the physically-challenged, 1970’s, TV detective.

Among others, there was William Conrad as “Cannon” (fat), Buddy Ebsen as “Barnaby Jones” (old), and James Franciscus as “Longstreet” (blind). Cannon and Jones often had a thin, young guy sidekick who … Continue reading »

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COLUMBIA HOUSE RECORD AND TAPE CLUB

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

 
 
I’ve had my head down lately at work, trying to make some money.  Like everyone else, I’ve been hurt by the recession, so my modest goal for this year is to pay off my 18 year-old debt … Continue reading »

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Affinity Trinities – Popstars

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

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ASHLEE/WENDY/MADONNA

Why would I put Ashlee Simpson, Wendy James and Madonna together in an Affinity Trinity of Popstars? Well, if you’re like me and have given up on your 8 year quest to figure out the plot to the movie “Vanilla Sky,” you now have time to click on this … Continue reading »

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BOLIVIA BOUND

Friday, April 17th, 2009

 

            I love flying American Airlines out of Miami back to Atlanta; because American flies out of the international terminal there, I feel like I’ve traveled to another continent.  After a weekend in the sun looking … Continue reading »

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PLANET OF THE APES EASTER MARATHON

Friday, April 10th, 2009

With the holiday upon us, I thought it would be a perfect time to share how I often spend this weekend.  Nothing says Easter like a “Planet of the Apes” marathon.  There is, of course, the original 1968 film, followed by 4 sequels: “Beneath the … Continue reading »

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Who Needs Good Writing – We’ve Got T-shirts!

Friday, April 10th, 2009

ONB T-shirt

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ALBUM COVERS

Friday, March 27th, 2009

 
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I  always liked this album cover for Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend.”  It’s a picture of actress Tuesday Weld, I’m assuming on the California coast.  The last time I was in Laguna, I walked down a side street and found a similar spot at … Continue reading »

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HOWARD JOHNSON’S – THE PASSING OF A ROADSIDE EMPIRE

Friday, March 27th, 2009

In the late 1970’s, there were more than 1000 Howard Johnson’s restaurants located coast to coast. As of January, 2009, only 3 remain.

Several years ago, I took a trip to see the penultimate HoJo’s restaurant in Florida, arriving as they were literally tearing up the floorboards. Along the way, memories took me back to HoJo restaurants from my youth, including the one in … Continue reading »

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