Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Church Snuggie

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Short Break

Just an FYI that I will be taking a short break for awhile. But I will be back soon with a review of the soon to be released on DVD TV series Dark Skies. Thanks to Shout Factory for the review copy.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from On My Mind:The Monkees Screen test

Merry Chirstmas and Happy New Year. To all Monkees fans here is a screen test video that was recently pointed out to meby Booksteve. I always heard that Micky and Peter's weren't shown on TV because theirs was silent but in Peter's case that doesn't seem to be why. The one here by Micky looks like it was from a call back since there are others with him.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wreck the Halls by the Three Stooges

Here is a song that always gets me in the Christmas mood. Wreck the Halls by the Three Stooges.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Davy Jones Christmas Ad 2008 Merry Christmas

Here is a 2008 ad for Davy's song "It's Christmas."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monkees Sing Deck the Halls Merry Christmas

From the same show as yesterday's video here are the Monkees singing Deck the Halls.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Monkees Riu Chiu Merry Christmas

For Christmas here is a video of the Monkees singing Riu Chiu. If you are interested here is the english translation.
River, roaring river, guard our homes in safety,
God has kept the black wolf from our lamb, our lady.
God has kept the black wolf from our lamb, our lady.

Raging mad to bite her, there the wolf did steal,
But our God almighty defended her with zeal.
Pure he wished to keep her so she could never sin,
That first sin of man never touched the virgin sainted.

River, roaring river...

He whos now begotten is our mighty monarch,
Christ, our holy father, in human flesh embodied.
He has brough atonement by being born so humble,
Though he is immortal, as mortal was created.

Rhino | Video - Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'

Rhino | Video - Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'
If yoiu go here you can see a video of the Bee Gees playing Jive Talkin'.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dennis the Menace Season 1 coming soon

I just heard that Season 1 of Dennis the Menace is going to be produced by Shout Factory. This is one of my favorite series from my childhood. Even though I liked the most beloved TV show Leave it to Beaver, it is Dennis the menace that was my favorite between the two. I found these pictures while surfing the net. I loved them both but being this is the Christmas season I had to put the more Christmas looking one up top. If any pictures are used in the DVD set I think the color one will be in it but I doubt it will be the black and white one. I like how you see an old fashioned church in the background. With many trying to take Christ out of the Christmas season when we celebrat His birth it made me feel good to remember a time when we did our best to keep Him in it and attend Christmas Eve services. There is no cover available yet But I read that there will be extras included.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Last Train to Murder

Want to get a book for that Monkees fan in the family. Well here is a wonderful murder mystery that involves the pre-fab four called "Last Train to Murder." It has them tracking a killer while on the way to a TV network executives meeting. It takes place in 1967. Why am I so high on this book? Is it because I too am a Monkees fan? Is it because I like mystery novels? Yes but mostly it is because I wrote it. It is published by Lulu.com. You can order it if you click on the button below.
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
Now I still haven't seen the proof copy but I wanted to get the word out asap.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Police Squad! Ring of Fear

Here is one of the funniest TV shows in history. It was a flop on TV but they got 3 blockbuster films out of it. In honor of Leslie Nielsen's passing here is an episode of Police Squad!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

White Christmas Cartoon

I love this cartoon. Very funny.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Human Bomb Music Video

For comic book fans here is a music video I created after I came across this homemade song about the Quality/DC comics character the Human Bomb.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mike and Jason Nesmith Interviewed

Davy Gets Blown Away

I just saw this on youtube and thought it was funny.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Green Lantern Trailer

If you haven't seen it yet here is the trailer to the movie "Green Lantern" that comes out next summer.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Torked Up

Here is a great segment of a show by the AARP on PBS that featured Peter Tork of the Monkees.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

For A Friend by The Bugaloos

I know that The Archies had a hit from their TV show and Jack Wild did well thanks in part to his Saturday morning show H.R. Puffnstuf. It was years later that I heard the Bannana Splits had one in England. Now I find that the Bugaloos also had one. It too must have been a hit in Europe because I never heard of it. Cna't fault the songwriters. The song is a good pure pop 70's tune and Hirshhorn and Kasha had a long list of popular tunes to their credit by that time.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Grand Ennui- Michael Nesmith Live at the Roundhouse 1974

Here is a live version of Mike Nesmith preforming his song the Grand Ennui. Before that he explains how he created it and how it was part of how he felt after leaving the Monkees. Good stuff and a good preformance.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Adventures of Superman on sale

Amazon is haveing a DVD sale and what caught my attention is that all of the Adventures of Superman, starring the best actor to ever play the character, George Reeves, is on sale for 60 per cent off or more. You can get them all in one click but it saves you some money if you buy then seperately. I recently ordered Season 3 and 4. If you want any or all of them click on the links below and this site gets a percentage of the purchase.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Flintstones - Alvin Brickrock Presents

For Halloween here is one of my favorite episodes of the Flintstones with their spoof of Alfred Hitchcock.

Friday, October 29, 2010

HEaven and Hell


While walking down the street one day, a Senator was tragically hit by a car and died. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you." "No problem, just let me in," says the Senator..

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator. "I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven."

So, 24 hours pass with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. "Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell..

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?" The devil smiles at him and says,

"Yesterday we were campaigning ...

Today, you voted."

Vote wisely on November 2, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The best song the Brady Bunch ever recorded

Ok it isn't the Brady Bunch but the animater had to have them in mind when he did this video.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Dick Van Dyke Show "Uhny Uftz"

This isn't really a Halloween episode but I think it fits with season. Sit back relax and watch.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rocky Burnette "Tired of Toein' the Line"

Here is an early 80's rock-a-billy hit by Rocky Burnette. A great song called "Tired of Toein' the Line."

Monday, October 18, 2010

Suzi Quatro "Stumblin' In"

Remember this song? This is probably the only hit Suzi had. At least it's the only one I remember. This came around the same time as her appearances on Happy Days. Her future looked bright but then she dropped off the radar. However, I recently found her site and you can see it too if you click here to find out more.
This is from an episode of a show that she and Chris Norman did on a TV show in Europe. They seem to really be enjoying themselves. The crazy thing is that this showed up on youtube.com when I was really searching for the cartoon show the Hillbilly Bears. Maybe they thought Chris Norman looked like Pa Rugg from that show.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Marvel Super Hero Squad Ornament from Hallmark

If you are already thinking of Christmas and wanting to get your annual ornament for the tree consider the team up of Marvel and Hallmark with the Super Hero Squad Ornament. Have Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine protect your presents this year from early sneak peekers.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rod Serling Host of a Game Show?

This is a 1969 game show called "The Liar's Club." Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling hosted this episode. I don't remember him as the regualr host but he does a pretty good job here. The show had celebrity guest describe an unusual object but of the 4 of them only 1 is telling the truth. Can you guess which one?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dinky is Reduced

As you can see Amazon has reduced the price of my book Dinky the Elf. Before it was $10.95 now it is $9.86. Buy now and save money on a book that you can read to your children for Christmas or before if you so wish.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Happy Anniversary Terrific Ten

Around this time every year the big 3 TV networks placed 2 page ads for their Saturday morning shows in the comic books. This ad is from 1972. It starts with shows that were classic TV even by that time. Underdog, Pink Panther and the Jetsons. The rest are shows I barely remember. I did watch the Roman Holidays from time to time. The same for Sealab 2020. (We're almost there now aren't we.) The Barkleys is an obvious try at making All in the Family a cartoon series. Around the World in 80 Days was a show that I liked and wish it would be available on DVD. Those that I haven't mentioned are because I don't remember them at all. As you can see today is the anniversary of the day these shows were to premiere on the air. So Happy Anniversary to the Terrific Ten!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Meet me in the stairwell (What some went through on Sept 11, 2001

You say you will never forget where you were when
you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I
held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK..I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been
knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said.
'Of course I will show you the way home - only
believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest
ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He
heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
faith has saved them.

I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan .
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me
for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take
my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You
may not know why, but I do.. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time, would you have
reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
for you . But someday your journey will end. And I
will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may
be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are
'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Micky Dolenz and King for a Day

I heard a few days ago that Micky Dolenz was recording a solo CD and you could pay to see him record it. You could even play on it with him. I coiuldn't afford to pay but I am happy to find that it is available for purchase on Amazon.com. If you want you can buy it to if you click on the link below.

Monday, August 02, 2010

My Introduction to Mitch Miller

Musical giant Mitch Miller died today. While I am too young to have seen his TV show "Sing Along with Mitch," I was brought to be aware of it by the spoof they did on The Flintstones. Below is a you tube video of a part of the show. Also, notice at the end the mention the then fictional product Softsoap. While it was fictional then there really is a softsoap now as we use it in my house from time to time. Maybe they should get the rights to use this in a commercail for the product.
Anyway after I saw this episode I was told by my Mom and Dad that they were having fun with the sold series of Mitch Miller's. Who says cartoons aren't educational?

Sunday, August 01, 2010

LIttle House Meets Dallas

Monday, July 12, 2010

This Day in Music History: Zager and Evans In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)

In 1961 Denny Zager was looking for a guitarist for his group the Eccentrics. He spotted Rick Evans playing at a talent show at Wesleyan University and asked him to join. By 1964 Zager quit the group and formed the Devilles. Meanwhile, Evans wrote the song “In the Year 2525(Exordium and Terminus).” He tried to convince the Eccentrics to record it but had no luck.
By 1968 Zager and Evans both left their groups and formed a duo. They were looking for songs to record when they pulled out the 4 year old song. Zager wasn’t sure of the songs potential. In an interview he said “I didn’t go nutty over the song, because it really wasn’t the style I wanted to do.” They decided to put it in their live show to see what the response would be.
Zager wrote a new arrangement for the song so it would more fit a duo then a group to sing. Eventually they decided to record it because they were getting so many requests for it. They invested $500 in studio time and pressed it on their own label called Truth Records and distributed it to local radio stations and record stores.
Talent agent Jerry Weintraub heard the song and flew to Lincoln, Nebraska to meet with them. He signed on as their manager and got them a contract with RCA. It entered the Billboard charts at #72 on June 21, 1969. The prophetic song quickly went up the charts to reach the #1 spot on this day in music history July 12, 1969 and held the position for 6 weeks. If you listen to the lyrics you can hear them hint to how you can get a baby at the end of a long glass tube. So a song written in 1964 foretold of test tube babies even though the first one didn’t happen till 14 years later in 1978. He got the year wrong but in 1964 Rick Evans saw it coming down the Pike.
Not long after the record hit the charts Danny Zager left the group. He said it wasn’t the type of song he wanted to be known for. Sadly since it was his only hit it now is the type of music he is known for. Postings like this and in other areas of pop culture where it is mentioned, like being the subject of a question in the game Trivial Pursuit, will keep the song alive. Also, the closer we get to that year the more you will hear of it.
Zager and Evans remained friends and talk on the phone from time to time. Evans stayed active in the local music community in Lake Tahoe, California. There he wrote songs and preformed in local clubs. Zager returned to private life and now makes guitars for a living. You can buy one if you go to Zagerguitar.com..
Below is youtube.com video of the duo preforming the song on a television show.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Every now and again a trend comes back. These days in movies it is the 3-D fad that this time seems to be staying. I am too young to remember the era it started in in the 50's but they tried it again when I was in college. Mostly it was recycled horror movies of the 50's but I loved it then. The only problem I had was that since I wear glasses I didn't know where to put those special glasses on that you needed to see it. Once past that I really enjoyed it. When someone handed another actor something I felt like I could reach out and take it. Eventually the fad faded again. Now it is back. I thought I would enjoy it but so far I have not. The reasons are that now it cost more to see them instead of the regular ones. One person told me it was becuase they had to put in sepcial cameras to show them. I don't believe that as they didn't need it before on the earlier films. Second is that for some reason when I put the glasses on I don't see the 3-D effects now. It still looks like a regular movie and I don't want to pay the special price but still see the regular effects. So if the trend contines and they only start showing 3-D, raise the prices and get rid of all the non 3-D movies they will loose me as an audience member. I only thought of this as I saw the above portion of an Archie strip in the papers today and it was on my mind.

Friday, July 02, 2010


Over the recent years our founding fathers of the USA come under the handling of the writings of revisionist of American history. One who has received the worst of the revisionism has been Ben Franklin who went from a grandfatherly type of inventive genius to as a degenerate evil mastermind. The one who has withstood the test of time is John Adams. He was seen in the beginning as a patriot but not one that was well liked. Here is a clip from one of the best musicals ever produced, 1776, that shows off Mr. Adams personality and patriotism. The part is well played by William Daniels and better known as Mr. Feeney from the TV show "Boy Meets World."

You can get the DVD of the movie from Amazon.com

Monday, June 28, 2010

George Harrison Blow Away

This is the first time I have ever seen this video of Blow Away. Thought I would share it for others who haven't seen it.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Micky Dolenz on Break the Bank

Over at Classic Television Showbiz They have the episode of Break the Bank with Micky Dolenz as one of the celebrity guest. Below is the segment with the only 2 questions that were asked to Micky. This was done some time around the Dolenz, Jones, Boye and Hart era. Probably at the beginning of that one and at the end of Micky's personal era where he was always a celebrity guest. I never did see Micky during his celebrity guest era so I was pleased to see this episode. If you want to see more go to Classic Television Showbiz.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Video of the week: Dearborn Mich. Police Defend Islam against the Constitution

Can you believe this is happening in America?

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Popcornteer

This seemed so odd I had to post it. It seems that for years this was the only Rocketeer at Disneyland.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Superman on radio

For all you old time radio fans here is a 1941 ad for Superman on radio.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Len Mink

I remember when local programming was more then just the news. During the day and some evenings even local stations had their own stable of talent they could build shows around. They had talk shows, variety shows and those who would host movies. In Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky the Nick Clooney Show was a local variety show that was first on WCPO and later WKRC. Years after it was canceled the Mr. Clooney would be back on at WKRC as a news anchor. On his variety show he had talents like Len Mink. He was a local singer who was very popular. This youtube.com clip is from Mr. Mink's last appearance on the show when it was on WCPO. Later, when he becaome a Christian Mr. Mink went on to a Christian music ministry.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Nowhere Boy Trailer

Here is the trailer to the movie Nowhere Boy. It's the story of John Lennon's life.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

This Day in Music History: The Beatles and the Long and Winding Road/For You Blue

Being at the top of the Billboard charts was nothing new to the Beatles. Still this one was bittersweet for them and their fans as it was the last time they would accomplish this as a group. Actually, there are only two of them on the Long and Winding Road. Paul McCartney is singing the solo vocal and playing the piano and John Lennon is playing the bass guitar. The final production of this song was a major point in the break up of the group. The songs were not produced by George Martin but by Phil Spector. Paul thought the song was fine with just him and John. Still Phil Spector added an orchestra and a choir to back him up. Spector sent copies of the finished music with a letter explaining what he did and that he could make changes if they wished. Paul heard his song and didn't like it. He tried to contact Spector but wasn't able to reach him. He told the Beatles new manager Allen Klein in a letter and demanded they restore the song but that was to no avail. George Harrison, who wrote and sang the B side, For You Blue, on the double sided hit must have been pleased as he had Phil Spector produce his All Things Must Pass solo album.
It was with the Harrison song that the four Beatles all made their final appearance together in the #1 spot. George sang and played acoustic guitar, John played steel guitar, Paul played piano and bass and Ringo played drums.
Since their break up there were rumors that they would get back together until the day that John Lennon died. Even then I heard they were close to a reunion since Lennon had finally come out of retirement. Talent wise they did when Paul, George and Ringo added their talents to the songs Free As a Bird and Real Love. Free as a Bird charted but didn't reach #1. In England it only got to #2 and in the USA it only went to #6. With The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue those songs are still the last #1 songs for the Beatles. They reached that spot on this day in music history June 13,1970 and held the spot for 2 weeks.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Shazam! and the Joyriders

This is really the live action version. So it isn't really a cartoon but it has always been labeled like that. I believe this is the first episode that aired.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hawaii Five-0 1998

It seems that a new version of Hawaii Five-0 isn't a new idea. Here is the opening credits to a 1998 pilot that had Gary Busey as the star. Wouldn't it be great to have seen a crazy Steve McGarrett?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This Day in Music History: You're the One That I Want by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

We haven't done one of these in awhile so here is the latest installment of This Day in Music History. It seems hard to believe with the ease that Olivia Newton-John played the part of Sandy in the movie Grease that she was really very nervous. But it is understandable. It was, after all, her first big Hollywood film. However, it was not her first film. She had previously starred in a science fiction movie called Toomorrow that bombed. She talked with the scriptwriter and John Travolta and accepted the part. Still she was so nervous that she herself insisted on doing a screentest. Around that time Mr. Travolta also was recording some songs and had a top 40 hit with one titled Let Her In. In an interview Olivia said she thought it was odd that she was a singer who wanted to be an actress and now she was in a movie with an actor who wanted to be a singer. She also said she wasn't thrilled with her own preformance. She thought it was sickly. With how well the movie did it is safe to say that the audience didn't agree with her.
The movie also changed how music fans saw her. Up till then record buyers only thought of her as a country singer. She did have two number one songs before but they were still country songs. Now she was on the big screen singing pop broadway tunes. The movie and the soundtrack dominated the summer of 1978. It was even bigger in England. You're the One That I Want was #1 there for nine weeks and the follow up, Summer Nights, was #1 there for seven weeks. But in America on this day in music history the song You're the One That I Want stated its one week rule of the Billboard chart on June 10, 1978.
Also the above photo is from a picture sleeve of the 45 that was released in Japan.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Elementary My Dear Groucho is not so elementary

Whoever proof read the book "Elementary My Dear Groucho" must not have gotten past elementary school. I bought the book not long ago at a used book store. I knew I would like it as I always like books by Ron Goulart. But I noticed some spelling errors but I could live with that. Then in chapter 26 a page is missing. Not torn out. It wasn't published in my book. Still I pressed on. Only to find that chapters 27 through 30 were missing also. Instead chapters 4 through 7 were re-published to take their place. I still want to see how it ends but not with missing chapters. So for now I have stopped reading the book. I don't fault Mr. Goulart. I fault Thomas Dunne Books St. Martin's Press.

Clyde Beatty and Cole Brothers Circus ad

Here is an ad from 1959 for Clyde Beatty and Cole Brothers Circus featuring the great clown Emmett Kelly. Wish I had been alive then to see that circus.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

New Header

Hope you like the new header. I like it but I can't seem to get it to line up properly inside the spot that blogger gives me.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

First Aquaman now Sub-Mariner

Inspired by Rob at Aquaman Shrine I put together this cover of the Sub-Mariner. I am not the artist that he is but I hope that my readers here like it.

Ace Hardware Commercial

My wife just looks at me and smiles when this commercial comes to the part where the man says "...and then I will read comic books."

Monday, May 31, 2010

SSgt Barry Sadler, Ballad of the green beret Happy Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day here is SSgt Barry Sadler with his #1 hit the Ballad of the Green Beret.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Umpire Strikes Back

With everyone celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the Empire Strikes Back this week I was reminded of this book. It came out not long after the release of the hit film. It was co-autohred by flamboyant baseball Umpire Ron Luciando. This and other books he wrote were about his days as an Umpire from 1969 to 1979. He had many bouts with managers at the plate. His biggest advasary was Baltimore Orioles Manager Earl Weaver. He threw Weaver out of so many games that they finally kept him from being an Umpire when the Orioles played. When he named his top 5 toughest managers to deal with Weaver was the first 4. Frank Robinson was #5 and he called him Weaver's protege. In the eighties for a brief time he was a sports commentator with NBC. Saddly in 1995 he committed suicide. He is best remembered for his humorus books about baseball. Along with the Umpire Stikes Back they are Strike Two, The Fall of the Roman Umpire, Remembrance of Swings Past and Baseball Lite.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NBC Fall and Mid-season shows

I just saw some previews of NBC Fall shows and Mid-seaason replacements. Well here are the previews of 2 that I liked. First is the mid-season replacemnt show The Cape.

Now this new Fall show for NBC may only appeal to people who worked in a call center but if you ever tried to order something by phone you may like it too. It's title is called Outsourced. I am so sick of these one camera shows that I can't believe I am planning on watching this. Believe me that is a compliment.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Prisoner's Notice

When the new version of the Prisoner started this past fall I was happy. I kept hearing that they would do a movie version or a new TV series for years and it was finally here. Then when I watched it I was bored to death. I recently saw an ad for the USA show Burn Notice. I suddenly realized that the world didn't need a nother Prisoner. With Burn Notice we already had one. Lets compare the two.
The Prisoner:
1. Secret Agent quits the agency.
2. He is kidnaped and taken to a town in a tropical paradise.
3. He doesn't know who took him there.
4. He helps citizens of the village while he tries to find out who took him and why.

Burn Notice:
1. A spy is fired (given his burn notice) from the agency.
2. he is dumped in the tropical setting of Miami.
3. He doesn't know who burned him or why.
4. He helps people in Miami while he tries to find out who burned him and why.

See they do have a lot in common. The original Prisoner was more of a thinking mans action show. Burn Notice is more flat out action/adventure but it has some elements that keep the mind thinking. Burn Notice is really the Prisoner for the 21st century.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Archie's Something Else!

I may not like the new direction that Archie comics is taking but I still have a soft spot in my heart for the old Archie series. Here is one of the Christian comic books that Archie comics gave the ok on for Al Hartley to produce back in the 1970's. If they were any bigger they would qualify as graphic novels. Read and enjoy Archie's Something Else. Hopefully it will give you something to think about.