LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN AGAIN!

Now that Thanksgiving has been cleared from the table (so to speak), it’s now time to concentrate on that festive(?) activity called the “Holiday” shopping season. (It used to be called the “Christmas” shopping season, but this writer has explained in detail for this name change, and won’t elaborate on that change any further!)

Anyway, from now (or sooner) until January, folks are expected to go out there to buy gifts for others or for themselves. Although everything seems to be more pricey as they were from the previous year, the urge of spending has changed its priorities. No longer that people had to camp out in front of their favorite (or not so favorite) retail market(s) to grab something reduced in price, since so-called “black Friday” sales were going on as early as the Labor Day weekend!

But we here at ALO-L central have been reporting on this stuff for years. To give you an idea on what we are referring to, we once again dug rather deeply into our archive to bring out an essay that speaks upon this very topic.

The article below first appeared in Vol. 11-No. 48 during the week of November 28th of 2006, some fifteen years ago. It shows that the more things change….

Well folks! Whatever one wants to call this season (“Christmas”, “Holiday” “Winter Solstice”, etc. etc.) the official “Shopping” season has begun in full force! Since Thanksgiving Day when some retailers, sneaky enough to offer so-called “Black Friday” offers one day before Black Friday, got to the attention of Christmas, etc. shopper telling ‘em to spend like the Dickens, and not be stingy as a Scrooge! And since the American economy is somewhat in a funk with gas prices higher than one would like, the housing market is soft, and job security isn’t too secure, it’s spend, spend, spend, making the retail market books go in the ‘black’ (that is, profitable), and the consumers go into the red. Some folks are still paying off debts from the last Christmas shopping season, or perhaps the year before! Whatever the case, it’s the time to grab the goods for somebody to find under their tree come whatever holiday mornin’!

Retailers are hopeful that people will whip out their wallets in order to feed their coffers between now and the end of the calendar year. With Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year, retailers will once again have a final full weekend to deal with–the time where people can do most of their shopping! So planning by happenstance worked out in everyone’s favor. (Beside that, Christmas this year is a “real” three day weekend, rather than the holiday falling smack dab in the middle of the week!)

And this season is more than just shopping. It’s party time where such get-togethers will commence. Some will be cute tea time-type events, while a few will be big-deal blow outs! According to a recent survey of some 1000 mid-sized and big companies, 80% reported that they will offer their employees some sort of bash by the end of the calendar year. That’s up a few points from previous years when said companies, trying to keep the bottom line in order, stated that their end of the year hooplas would either be cut back, or not take place!

Since New Year’s Eve is within this mix, there are the annual New Year’s events to deal with. It’s all the same year after year. A club, bar, restaurant, or a place where folks gather to eat, drink, or both, will offer a party-like setting where one will get party favors, perhaps some “happy-hour” food, champagne at midnight, and just a lot of hoop-de-dooing. All of this nonsense is there for some inflated price. There’s also the private parties where folks will be doing pretty much the same thing–at a cheaper cost!

Getting back to Christmas, etc., there are other things to do. Sending cards will still be as big. In spite of the fact that one can send a card via-e-mail, it’s not just the same experience as getting a card from somebody through regular mail! This would be a card to place on a mantel, a Christmas tree, or perhaps over a fireplace or affixed upon a doorway. And with such cards, one may receive a bonus. Perhaps a photo or two of the sender and/or their family and friends will be enclosed. One may even be “lucky” enough to get one of those generic “What-I-Did-The-Previous-Year” letters, where one will write a page or two detailing all of the antics one did since January 1st. Since these letters will go to a vast audience, many of these notes will report on people and/or events that the receiver may not necessarily know just what the person is writing about. Some folks will really care about Uncle Looie’s gall bladder operation, while others will wonder just who the hey Uncle Looie is!

We can also talk about baking cookies, stringing up lights, and perhaps playing tired recordings of The Muppet’s Christmas Album on their turntables, CD players, or their iPods! But those are tired cliches, so we’ll move onward!

In short, there will be too much going down for the next six or so weeks, so one better get used to it! But come January when things begin to settle down, one can wipe their brows with a loud WHEW, and ask themselves the musical question, “Wha’ happened?”

Happy Holidays, whatever holiday one chooses to be happy about!

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LICORICE PIZZA (MGM) features Alana Haim as Alana Kane and Cooper Hoffman as Gary Valentine. Both of them are living in the region of the Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley c.1973. Gary is a fifteen year old boy who is an actor as well as entrepreneur or sorts. Alana is a older woman by a few years who becomes involved with many of Gary’s episodes. They become tangled with everything from creating public relations press releases for a Japanese restaurant, Gary’s involvement in selling water beds, a brief encounter with fading film star Jack Holden (Sean Penn) attempting some kind of comeback, Gary’s switching businesses by operating a pinball arcade in the former waterbed storefront, their connections with a hopeful candidate who’s running for mayor of L. A., and even facing with the gasoline shortage that ushered in the “energy crisis” that later added a nationwide recession and a spike of inflation! (The latter two would be experienced in the next few years!) And taking everything into consideration, Alana and Cooper form a relationship that would blossom to something romantically based. It’s just another part of life for the young baby boomer-types living in the valleys of Encino and Sherman Oaks!

This movie is another entry written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, a filmmaker whose roots come from this part of L.A. whose zip codes start with 913– and with an area code of 818. (In 1973, the area code for the SF Valley was still 213, but never mind this fact!) Many of the plot points that the two leads face within this feature film are very amusing, full of life and liveliness, as well as sporting the usual twists and turns that PTA is known for. However, unlike the movie’s log line that reads in part …the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973…The film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love…, one would expect to view a traditional coming of age film with a pair of young “kids” that stumble upon what their lives are all about while discovering that through their little antics they drift through, they indeed fall in love.

Well, some of those thoughts are depicted. However, there isn’t a lot of seamless continuity within its storyline to constitute a standard coming of age tale. One can compare these ploys by taking let’s say, a TV series that is written and plotted well, but one winds up viewing the episodes out of sequence. (It’s well crafted, but doesn’t make as much sense as it could!) Or maybe that this film was composed out of linear fashion, with sequences crafted to be eventually placed somewhere. Instead, they were later stitched together making this as a kind of “frankin-film”. This may mean that perhaps PTA has a few elements in mind that were again, well written with the dialogue to go along with it all, and then slapped it together just because those scenes, etc., were just too good to throw out or to be cast aside! Thus, one has a movie that is well flared holding a running time of some 133 minutes. But at times, it doesn’t make as much sense as it should.

But those same exploits are still interesting to see as depicted. Both of the two leads perform their roles very well. Alana Haim as her character of the same first name, holds a resemblance that is a cross between Sissy Spacek and Sandy Dennis. (She resembles a “girl-next-door” type!) Her “partner in crime”, Gary as played by Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is a free spirited guy that could be an everyman’s (or everyboy’s) hero. He’s upbeat, has a bit of mischief inside of him, and always has a hold on things, even through he declares his love for Alana by the time the end credits are about to roll–or actually, flash as static titles as period music plays along in sync in its soundtrack.

One excellent note to point out. The art direction by Samantha Englender, set decoration by Ryan Watson, and costume design by Mark Bridges are all dead ringers for the era this movie speaks for! (The early 1970’s) One will see lots of earth tones within its sets, and plenty of paisley and beige color patterns within much of the costuming. Back then, the hippy generation was beginning to fade away where the elements that were once “weird” were entering into the mainstream. If one lived through that period (this writer included), one would recognize these bits of eye candy. However, a good looking movie doesn’t make it as an entertaining movie in its accustomed sense. This feature as with many other movies of this kind that have more talk (dialog, etc.) that walk (action, etc.), are great to view on a video device rather than in a movie house. After all with a film running over two hours, watching this title via video (streaming or otherwise) gives plenty of moments for the viewer(s) to grab a snack, play with their phone(s), answer the call of nature, etc., even through one may feel that they might have missed something in the story thanks to the for noted continuity.

A few of PTA’s rep players make an appearance here, including John C. Reilly playing Fred Gwynne. Yes, that Fred Gwynne, although he is on screen for only a few seconds, and he doesn’t do a great impression of Fred Gwynne to begin with!

For those that are fans of Paul Thomas Anderson’s other movies, this title is amusing for what it is and that’s about it. But this reviewer will give credit to this man who sends another loving tribute to where he grew up as seen the way that he only could!

PS…The name of this movie is called “Licorice Pizza” that has nothing to do with food. It got its name from a long-gone franchise of record (12” vinyl) stores that one dotted the L.A. basin. Sadly, no Licorice Pizza outlets are depicted in this movie or even referenced. Now you know!

This film is rated “R” for cussing, drug references, and some “barley there” nudity. Now playing in selected theaters.

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THE HOLIDAY RUSH

Although there have been a number of false starts within the festivities, the holiday season starts off this week and is the unofficial “end” of the 2021 calendar year.

To explain, during the final six week of the calendar year, those weeks place the so-called holidays that are celebrated in the USA in gear, listed in its order of appearance.

The season kicks off with Thanksgiving Day, this year falling on November 25th. This is the holiday where those gather together for the meal that would end all meals. Of course, unlike other times where last year, nobody traveled much to get from one place to another. That was due to restrictions related to The Pandemic. Some were scared to travel, while others couldn’t, although they might have if they had the opportunity. So there were get-togethers that were arranged through virtual means, or just didn’t happen!

Today, although restrictions are more relaxed than the previous year, folks are still concerned. And thanks to a runaway inflation rate, everything that would normally be placed on the table for a traditional Thanksgiving meal is going to cost a lot more than before. And for traveling, gas prices are at an all time high! Here in this writer’s neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, gas is going for $4.50 and up a gallon. Some stations are charging $5.00 a gallon. So perhaps that electric vehicle that people may have been putting off to get seems to become a better idea, assuming one can find such a vehicle either new or used!

Although up in Canada, Thanksgiving was celebrated on October 11th. However, there were similar trails and tribulations that were occurring there as they are on this side of the border! So we covered all of those bases in that aspect.

Then there used to be an invisible holiday called “Black Friday”. That was the day (or days) where retailers would open as early as 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving evening to kick off the “Holiday” shopping season. Of course, thanks to online shopping, many retailers started to offer Black Friday sales as early as the Labor Day weekend! So camping outside of one’s favorite (or not-so-favorite) retail store won’t make as much since as it once did. Besides, what would be offered at a reduced price that somebody would actually want to purchase? After all, getting a big sized TV device may be offered as a reduced price, but that is an item one would purchase once, and perhaps never again! This writer has yet to find any retailer that would be offering items of a practical nature for a reduced price, anything from laundry detergent to curtain rods!

Then there is Black Friday’s cousin, Cyber Monday. Those same (or other) retailers would be offering goods at a reduced rate, but only online. However, that day became rather blurred as for many outlets since every day became Cyber Monday. So there goes one’s proof!

Then there are the days in December that have been grouped as “The Holidays” that range from Christmas, Hanukkah (this year starting off on November 29th), Kwanzaa, as well as other holidays where gifts are exchanged, specialty foods are created, and celebration rituals take place. Those holidays make December what it’s known for.

Lastly, there is New Year’s, taking place on either/or December 31st or January 1st. As of last year, some celebrations may take place while others may be different, if at all! Again, The Pandemic is far from being “over”, so precautions must be in consideration.

So that’s what is going on folks. As we always state, stay happy and well, keep aware of what’s going on, and for the most part, remain safe and sane! It’s all you’ve got!

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KING RICHARD (Warner Bros.) stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, a working class father living in the city of Compton, California. It’s the early 1990’s, and Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles, is a crime ridden black community. Richard lives with his family that consists of his wife Brandi (Aunjanue Ellis) and their five young girls. Two of them are Venus (Saniyya Sifdney) and Serena (Demi Singleton). Richard, or “King Richard” as part of his nickname, has the hot desire to train his two daughters into the world of playing professional tennis. He uses a lot to influence with these girls stating that they can succeed in what they do no matter what! If Richard isn’t on a tennis court coaching his kids in playing their best, he spends a lot of his time going to the local tennis clubs that dot L.A. (mostly in Beverly Hills) trying to find a quality (and name) coach in getting his girls into real shape to play pro one day soon. Although his personality wins out, getting somebody to take time out of their busy lives to get Venus and Serena in gear is a lot harder, especially the fact that Richard can’t pay much for their services, if anything at all! However, after a long and vast search, he does find one tennis pro that can fit the bill, Rick Macci. (Jon Bernthalk) Rick has an upbeat and outgoing personality, as to Richard’s, and holds the same confidence toward Venus and Serena. But Richard, with his stern yet upbeat persona, will not take a “no” from anyone, including some agents and others from the tennis industry that keep coming into the picture with their interest in these girls. But the deciding fate comes when Serena is faced to challenge a player in a crustal match that can launch her from the junior league into being a pro. All it will take is a lot of skill, hope, and the personal coaching that only a loving, if not doting, father can ever create.

This titled film is another attempt (out of others?) that features Will Smith as a father figure that holds a good heart and the ability to look after his kid(s) no matter what odds are against him. (The other film this reviewer refers to is the 2006 release The Pursuit of Happyness.) In this feature, Will plays his role as the doting father figure as one that is stern yet kind with a lot of humor and good will added in. It appears that he takes much of his energy (too much?) in getting his girls ready for playing tennis, although it’s really never explained why his character chooses tennis as a sport in comparison to picking basketball, gymnastics, or even golf. However, it appears that tennis is the winner here.

Zach Baylin wrote this screenplay that mixes fact with a good dose of creative license thrown in for entertainment’s sake. That focuses the story not too much on sisters Serena and Venus, but on how Richard uses his parental skills in getting these two girls to perform the way he plans it. The other three sisters portrayed only fit in as background players, meaning that they are referred to occasionally.

And with a movie that holds a sports theme, there are a few lulls in the film, giving it a bit of a dull edge. This sluggishness, along with a good number of close ups of the characters, make this movie an ideal feature to see through a video screen rather than in a traditional movie house. Granted, movies in this post-modern age hold their longest shelf life through video applications. Not only that, Warner Bros. has been releasing their titles both in movie houses as well as on HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s subscription streaming service. And with these two outlets to choose from, one will receive their entertainment and amusement quota from using a video device to see Will et. al. in action. Adding a running time of some two hours and twenty four minutes, one can pause the movie to get a snack or two, or to answer the call of nature, whatever comes first.

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, KING RICHARD is another attempt to provide a “feel good” movie to its intended audience. It’s also a title where voting members of movie related groups or organizations can place a vote for the best of a category or categories that this title could conger up. After all, the move industry, as well as the movie theaters that show these vehicles off, are just getting themselves together after a disastrous year and a half. So why not release a feature that will hit those hot buttons (so to speak) so those can witness a story of champions being made, not born! If this is something the movie goer desires, then take a swing at this title. It won’t disappoint!

KING RICHARD is rated “PG-13” for mild cussing and TV-type violence. Now playing in theaters and on HBO Max.

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On behalf of the staff and management of Accessibly Live Off-Line, we wish each and everyone of you folks out there a very Happy Thanksgiving!

-See you next week!

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SPEARS KNOCKED UP!


The above headline was the one we used when we published an article back in 2005 (Vol. 10-No. 16-Week of April 18th of that year) when we commented on what the media was reporting upon what was going on with the media, especially celebrity news.

Back in the middle 00’s (or “aughts” as they are now known as), there were ways how said news was circulated: Television/cable TV, magazines, as well as the internet. On the ‘net, said news was limited to static websites that had some pictures, text of course, and that was about it! Streaming media as it’s received in this day and age, was very limited if it existed at all. YouTube started that year as well as Twitter. Facebook, or “The Facebook” as it was then known, was only limited to those with an “.edu” email address, while MySpace was the poster child for social media. So the entertainment news, if one wanted to call that, was limited to those outlets.

Of course, we are not counting the “trades” such as The Hollywood Reporter and the weekly Variety (from New York) and Daily Variety, out of Los Angeles, as those catered to those working, or at least those that was interested in knowing what was going on in the industry, such as who was promoted to Junior Vice President at some media company, or what company closed some deal to create a new TV series of some sort, and if the series or anything for that matter, would ever get the project off the ground. (This writer read about dozens of movie and TV projects that were reported yet were never heard from again!)

So with this in mind, and as part of Accessibly Live Off-Line’s silver anniversary, we are republishing that article we released some sixteen or so years ago. Granted, it’s not that far away in terms of time space, but in these high-tech moments, sixteen years might as well be seen as ancient history….

OK…perhaps we were just a bit harsh over this headline. It’s just our way of stating how absurd the public tends to react when it comes to celebrity “news’”. (We have placed quotes over the word ‘news’, since much of this information isn’t necessarily ‘news’ per se. It rather consists of details created and reported by press agents and other sources that cater to ‘kissing ass’ to show biz folks!)

Since the days of such magazines as Photoplay, Modern Screen, and other monthlies that were all about the movie stars (but rarely about the behind the scene folks), news about what the Hollywood stars are up to has taken hold to the so-called general public. From the early days of movies, stars were the bigger-than-life kind of people. Audiences would head over their local moving picture houses to take part in seeing some person engage in some sort of story. These folks would see their reactions within the plot lines, and when the sound era kicked in, were able to hear their voices. Everyday folks were getting to know these faces and names, although the chances of meeting these people for real was low to nil. So the press took hold in fulfilling the fans’ desires to see and read about what the stars were doing, both on and off screen. The on-screen stuff consisted of material, mostly provided by the studio publicity departments themselves, that would ‘tell’ all about the movie and how great the picture was! The behind the scenes stuff was also a bit fabricated as well. Sure, one could see photos of Rita Hayworth dining at the Brown Derby, or reading about the dirt of who attended a Hollywood party thrown by film director David Butler. Of course, the press agents made sure that whatever event took place, it would show their clients within a good light. The public, as the old saying goes, just ate this stuff all up!

Radio too had its part in reporting celebrity news. Folks like former actress Hedda Hopper would appear on weekly broadcasts reporting on this actor going out with that actress, or who will appear in what feature with whom. Again, it was all publicity stuff, what it catered to the public’s need to know.

As the television era kicked in, most of the “News from Tinseltown” was limited to the aforementioned movie fan mags. Beginning in the 1970’s when local TV news began to expand their newscasts airing in the later afternoon/early evenings (called “fringe” time), news directors were bringing in a person who came from a ‘show biz’ beat. They would perhaps report on some amusing bit of news from the entertainment world or perhaps report on a film review. These bits were considered filler material that was news (not traditional news, but information nevertheless), and padded out the hour for the newscast.

The real explosion of celeb info began around the fall of 1981, when Paramount Television created a syndicated series called “Entertainment Tonight”. This was a series that stations around the country would air locally between 6:00-8:00 PM (called a “prime access” time slot) that resembled a news program, complete with an team of anchor men (Tom Hallick-a former soap opera star, and Ron Henderen, former TV critic of the San Francisco Examiner and occasional contributor to NBC’s Today show) and a co-anchor woman (Marjorie Wallace–among others). The show was distributed to TV stations via satellite, so each episode was ‘fresh’. Now only one could see and hear all about what star in appearing in what picture or what film will be made by whom, but one would also get such news that up until that time was only reported in the trade publications as The Hollywood Reporter or Variety–daily out of L.A. and weekly out of New York. This is how reports of box office receipts became mainstream news! “E.T.” was a hit. Since that time other entertainment news shows have popped up. They came and stayed, while others went. In 1990, a new cable channel calling itself “Movie Time”that was going to consist of airing movie trailers 24 hours a day, revamped itself with more celeb news and shows and gave itself a new name–E! Entertainment Television. (Owned and operated by Viacom, the same folks that brought you Entertainment Tonight!) “E!” would report on all of the info one can stand about Hollywood, show biz, and other related stuff that is amusing, but serves little purpose to the public at large except to entertain.

So there you have it! Dear ol’ Brittany has a bun in the oven! Good for her! Not to cause any conflict with her fans who admire her over her talents or for those who just lust for her, but we also have news to report over this ‘breaking story’. It appears that she actually “did it”! (Gasp!).

After all folks, that’s show biz!

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Angel City Chorale is back! After being “in the clouds” for the past two season, this group consisting of 160 unique voices of multiple ranges backed up by a 30+ piece orchestra will be present through its first concert for the season–all live and in person!

This year’s selection is entitled Light Up The World, a concert that will consist of songs for the season, both as new selections as well as the tunes that those that have embraced to what this time of year is all about, will be very familiar with.

With Sue Fink leading the chorale and orchestra, this musical recital will present selections that include A Merry Olde Christmas by acclaimed choral composer Gary Fry, the radiant O Magnum Mysterium by Los Angeles based Morten Lauridsen, the upbeat gospel song You Oughta KnowBohemian Chanukah, paying homage to the tune that made the group Queen renown, along with the “choralography” that ACC has been known for!

In addition, the ACC, youth division, appropriately entitled the Angel City Youth Chorale, will be performing with their own special selection of seasonal favorites.

ACC’s Light Up The World concert will perform for two shows, Saturday, December 4th at 7:00 PM and Sunday afternoon, December 5th at 3:00 PM at their new location, Royce Hall, located on the main campus of UCLA in Westwood. Royce Hall is known for its grandiose location and setting that is acoustically and visuals perfect in terms of seating and sound–the ideal spot for this chorale to make its triumphant return back to enlighten its audience as it has presented to its fans and followers for its many years of existence.

For those that desire to “attend” this concert from afar, the Saturday December 4th presentation will be live streamed beginning at 7:00 PM (PST) available to anyone with internet access and a device that connects to the ‘net that can play back audio and video. No matter where one may be from around the block to across the globe, the ACC’s reach is bigger and better than ever before! How’s that for a triumphant return?

For more information about ACC’s Light Up The World concert, as well as for ordering tickets and related details, visit the Angel City Chorale’s website at https://angelcitychorale.org/

Note: For the safety and concern of those attending this event in person, current standards for COVIG checking as mandated through current county, city, and community standards will be under effect. Log on to the link https://angelcitychorale.org/light/#royce for specific details.

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NOT SO THANKSGIVING

It’s isn’t a real surprise that this year’s Thanksgiving meal is going to cost more than it did the previous year.

Back a year ago, the Pandemic was at its height. Those that were going to travel for Thanksgiving postponed their trips. Those that did brave it out had to take precautions in order to avoid the virus that was going round. Zoom offered its services to allow anyone to be logged on for an unlimited time on Thanksgiving day. And those that celebrated a Thanksgiving meal did so with one one person in attendance–the person that prepared the meal!

One year later, the virus has been placed more in check. Those that still have the desire to travel can do so freely. However, the cost of everything from gas to the pumpkin in the pie is going to cost more dough.

According to readable sources, from major newspapers, the Associated Press, and the network media outlets report similar stories, everything is asking a larger price. This rise in prices have been blamed from everything from bottlenecks in getting goods from its source to retail outlets, to the fact those those working in places such as supermarkets, retail outlets, warehouses that store all the goods, and many other so-called “blue collar” jobs have been fed up in taking working conditions as they received them, quitting on the spot. It’s been called what county music artist Johnny Paycheck sang some forty years before–Take This Job and Shove It!

But that paycheck is going to be a whole lot smaller this time around. And the supermarkets are still in a hiring frenzy, even offering as much as a $500 bonus to those that are willing and able to take a job being a cashier, stock person, delivery driver, and whatever supermarkets can do to obtain (and possibly keep) staff around.

It’s rather hard to speculate when and how long this inflation is going to last. Of course, this isn’t the first time when prices started to go through the roof. Back in the 1970’s (some forty to fifty years ago), the rate of inflation was a hot topic to discuss around the ol’ water cooler, the place in many office spaces where employees were able to chat about topics that didn’t involve the work they did. It was a subject in late night TV talk show monologues. And it was discussed with others wherever they gathered in public, private, or otherwise. There was no such thing as “social media” back then, so word about things took more time to get to its recipients. If one wanted to complain that the cost of a cup of coffee was now 35 cents, by the time that this gossip can be around to everyone on the gossip link, the cost had risen to 50 cents. Such a life!

When Jerry Ford was president, his administration suggested wearing these pin back buttons that had a red background with WIN in back block letters. That stood for “Whip Inflation Now”. It was some motivational plan to keep the cost of everything down to a minimum. There were naysayers, of course. Those that didn’t believe this whole rigamarole wore their buttons upside down where it read “NIM”, meaning “No Immediate Miracles”. So much for donning pin back buttons!

So with everything else in this world, it’s going to be just another “wait and see” method of coping with things. Again, one year ago, the nation, and the world that went along with it, was in a doomed and darker state. Now that doom isn’t that “doomy” as it used to be, and it’s a bit brighter as well. Of course, one can get away from everything and take a trip to somewhere else, such as Disneyland. Just keep in mind that Mickey and the gang require you to bring more of that cash with you ‘cuz their admission prices have risen as much as eight percent from last year, and the cost of parking your car has risen as much as 20%. It may be the “happiest place on earth”, but only for the folks at The Walt Disney Company. And for the record, Disney+, their ever lovin’ streaming service, will turn two year old this month. So light that candle on the cake right now before the price of candles and the way to light the thing will rise in price! Don’t wait until the last minute!!

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META LATE THAN NEVER!

It appears that the big news of the week is the fact that Facebook has changed its name. Now that company that invented the “like” icon, as well as changing social media as we know it, is under a new brand with the same content.

The name itself is now known as “Meta”, short for “meta universe”. (One word or two? Whatever the case, it’s the same idea!) Facebook, and all it’s connected with, from Instagram, WhatsApp, and other entries both known and those under wraps, will take upon the cyberworld and the platforms that go along with it into a direction that it’s been traveling in for the less than twenty years the company has been in existence.

In addition to a new name, it even sports a new logo, replacing the lower case “f” symbol over a blue square, with an image that resembles the “alpha” icon–a figure eight on its side. The “eight” is slightly disformed. It’s just an outline colored in its familiar blue tone. That is the only resemblance left from the Facebook of old to the Meta of new.

It’s rather appropriate that this figure eight on its side would be shaped that way, since that logo resembles a handheld video game control device. And many of those gamers do use various applications connected with Facebook, or shall we say “The Company Formerly Known as Facebook ” can come along for the ride. This “Company Formerly Known as Facebook ‘ may sound like a moniker once used by the late Roger Nelson of Shakopee, Minnesota, but this is getting besides the point.

Although the company once called Facebook is under a different label, the company itself will remain the same. This time, it’s expanding its reach. With millions (billions?) of its users out there, Meta wants to extend itself out and cover whatever it can, and with all of the traits that go along with it! (It’s a very powerful company, y’know!) And to explain that notion, one can use the old joke, “Where does a five hundred pound gorilla sleep? Anywhere he wants!” So meet the 500 pound gorilla, folks!

And Facebook.com will still be called “Facebook”. There, you can still read all of the stuff that was placed beforehand, and post all of your details about your family trip to the Poconos to your “friends” and say to them that those pix are posted on Facebook, rather than on “Meta”. And for your pictures on Instagram? You can also state that those Poconos pix are on Instagram. Or to use a term that is shorter and cuter, “Insta”! Such a life in the social media meta universe!

There has been a lot of speculation on the name change. Perhaps the most obvious one is the fact that Facebook when it was still Facebook has been in a lot of hot water over the last few weeks, months, and even years! It had a lot of secrets that were recently uncovered that didn’t bode too well with the public and the government(s) at large, although much of the speculation was known for quite a while. It was just hiding in the closet.

One of these traits known was the fact that the social media outlet caused a lot of stress and anxiety for those that were on the site for an extended amount of time. Yours truly was starting to feel the same way as well. At first, I thought it was something about me. I didn’t know that others were going along the same route. Well, it turned out that I was not alone, as other folks were going through the same process for better or worse! Even though I never had much of an opportunity to take advantage of Instagram, others were noticing that “Insta” was taking advantage of them! That led to the investigation that those, especially adolescents aged females, were looking at great images of those similar to themselves that were better than what they had. Many of these images consisted of people they didn’t know in person, but were better looking than they were and were involved in more and better events and social aspects. So its stress levels were much higher than ever reported!

We can go on with what Facebook was ever accused of. However, the company wants to eliminate its past and move on. This time around, donning a new name and new image. Then again, one can change its name and symbol to its world, but one can’t change the past. Facebook/Meta will still have those skeletons inside their closets, and the only way to get rid of those ghosts is to face up with what was done, state that those things that were done will be undone, and keep it that way! It may take years from those things that were done to undo itself. Then again, those skeletons may remain in place for a long time, maybe for good! But the only thing that can be done is to move forward into the present and future.

Only time and tide will make the call for Meta’s new place in life. But with all of the power and glory the company holds, Meta can do whatever it damn well pleases! And even with the company calling itself something else, one can still post their “likes” to whatever is worth linking for. 

So as Tiffi Purewite’s “friends” would say.,…(fill in the blank!)

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FACEBOOK AND THE NEWS

Too much has been stated about the rise, fall, rise, fall, and rise of Facebook. And we here at ALOL had our share of what was being stated over this portal over time and tide.

We were going through much or our archives to see what points we made on how Facebook changed the rules on the spread of communication, be it for the good or otherwise. And one column we came across spoke upon how Facebook was a source for obtaining news and information. So what we have posted (or reposted) is a piece that we wrote about how Facebook was the “go-to” source for news.

Granted, some of its news is for real, while other points can be “for real” for only that moment. Even though this article was published in Vol. 19-No. 43 (Week of October 27th, 2014), much of what was stated seems to still ring true. So after seven years, have things changed or have they stated the same? It’s your call….

As the ‘net continues to take over the tasks that folks used to do on an individual and somewhat manual basis, obtaining information on topics and subject matter that is deemed worthy enough to grab becomes diluted, depending on what information one is looking for in the first place.

When it comes to getting that news and information, it would depend on the person keeping stock on what one is looking for. If somebody is seeking the latest sports scores, there are dozens of sports related sites to gawk over, from games both in the real and fantasy leagues, to obtaining point spreads from various gaming (and gambling) apps. If somebody is looking for the latest scoop from the entertainment side of things, there are those places to visit and view to know who was parading down the red carpet.

However, when it comes to general news, there is (and was) a place to find such–the newspaper! Although newspapers are still around and made available through its traditional source (i.e. print), their web sites are getting their dose of traffic. Newspapers that still exist on the web, but not necessarily in print anymore, are just as active than ever.

But there is a place that people use and visit that gives them the information they want and need–or at least it appears to become that way! That source of all the news that appears to matter is none other than good ol’ Facebook!

Pew Research recently released a report that Facebook, the two ton ape of the social media world, is a prime source for those that are wanting to know what’s going up (or down!) According to the findings as reported through Pew Research, some 30% of domestic adults 18 and up use Facebook to get their news. (64% of those 18 and over use Facebook for some reason or another.)

When it comes to the subject matter of news found via Facebook, most of what’s obtained isn’t “hard news”. According to the Pew report, nearly three fourths (73%) of those Facebook uses stated they seek entertainment news and 57% get sports news. 65% use it to get local community news, 55% use the site to get national and government news, 51% use it to find news about crime, and 46% use it for news about health and medicine.

In spite of this information found, 78% note that they generally see news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. Much of this news is posted (and reposted) by others with the notion that you the visitor might be interested in knowing about this, that, and the other thing. This notation of sharing the news is rather common, as half of social network users say they share news stories, images, and/or moving imagery online. 46% have used this sharing to discuss something in the news. A more limited number of social media users are actually participating in reporting news and information, with 14% posting their own photos or accounts of news events to the Facebook network, and 12% of those posting video.

For those that are active Facebook fans (that is, those with 500+ “friends”), one can get the idea of the news people share. If one “liked” a group that holds a purpose or cause, that group can bombard one with information that is related to the group’s general needs. For instance, our friend Tiffi had “liked” a number of nonprofit organizations that serve a purpose that range from the ASPCA to a number of Christian based ministries and organizations. Each one will provide a bit of news that are in relation to the group’s needs and causes. Major media outlets, such as the four traditional TV networks, will provide a link to a story provided by their news divisions.

What makes this news gathering interesting (if not annoying) is the fact that individuals will post items that are geared to the “human interest” side of things, from so-called comical photos and videos (the most common of this type), to stories that can be deemed as cute and charming, but could be just as annoying, depending on what mood one is in when encountering the news in question

It’s no real surprise that social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or other places where anyone can be anyone in cyberspace land, is the place to read, report, and repost news–real or otherwise. In spite of this form of journalism, it’s not as cracked up to be. After all, the line that’s been around for years, “It must be true! I read it on the internet” is just as alive and living than ever before. And it’s all available for free too! After all, one gets what they pay for!

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When one congers up a movie made by “Hollywood” that involved a massive war known as “World War !!”, one images a movie that was created long after the said war that occurred between 1939-1945 that features depictions of battles that took place (or not), or the fighting men (yes, it was a mostly male-operated strategy) that exchanged combat in the war (or not), or those that were affected by the war itself (or not). However, when the war actually took place, the movie industry got themselves involved with and within the war for many reasons, from boosting moral to those within the action as well as those serving on “the home front”-civilians residing in the friendly nations of origin that are “doing their bit” in getting themselves however they could as ready and eager toward domestic victory.

When the film industry a.k.a. Hollywood, did get themselves involved with the war effort, they were also creating films made for the military for training and informational purposes, releasing movies that reflected upon the nature of what impact the war had created, as well as offering good will through its features for entertainment and stating an overall friendless since the USA and its allies were “the good guys”, while the axis were indeed part of the “evil empire”.

HOLLYWOOD VICTORY: The Movies, Stars, and Stories of World War II (Running Press) is Christian Blauvelt’s extensive book on how a major media source used what was in respect a tragic and deadly aspect in world humanity, and changed it as an aid toward victory in direction to itself and the world it spoke to through positive terms and intentions as inscribed for the good of what was then called “mankind” (a.k.a. “the human race”) as a priority first with profits to eventually follow as second.

Throughout this book, the author places in detail how the nation’s source of visual media became upfront on configuring how those on both sides of the battle line viewed how this war was shaped. It was expressed in both dramatic efforts and through comedy–Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator, The Three Stooges in I’ll Never Heil Again, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Air Raid Wardens, among many other features of this ilk.

Also discussed in the book is the government’s stand of hosting a good will diplomatic policy effort with the South American nations as set through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration with a department called the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs that was to make use of being friendly with those South American nations so they would not take sides with “the enemy” as the threat lingered. That brought stars like Carmen Maranda to appear in splashy Technicolor musicals at 20th Century Fox, as well as Walt Disney taking a small entourage down South American way to create film vehicles with a latin beat.

Then there were a number of Hollywood types that actually fought in real battles, not ones that were created on studio backlots. James Stewart, Clark Gable, and Robert Montgomery were actually enlisted to serve the nation, and John Ford directed the Why We Fight documentary series that informed moviegoers the reasons for the involvement of war. And there was The Hollywood Canteen where many stars and starlets would take time to offer servicemen some R ‘n R for dining and dancing with those glamour gals of the big screen. Of course, nobody got paid, and everyone in the industry was fine with that as they were just doing their part.

Loaded with great information, antidotes, and illustrated with photos, this book title shows that the movie industry was indeed out for the cause. It would be the first time that the folks that made the movies would ever become involved in such an epic stand for world freedom and victory. Sadly, it would be their last. There have been many other wars their nations (USA primarily) were engaged in since. Many wars were won, a few were lost, and others were placed in between. But Hollywood and its later equivalents would only depict those said wars through scripted movies, and later, through TV shows. (Combat, The Gallant Men, The Rat Patrol, among many other titles.)

WWII still reaps the biggest chunk of war movies as themes through this very day as that battle is still referred to as “the good war”. Nevertheless, Hollywood did do their bit as Hollywood would. And perhaps in the future, whatever medium of choice that dominates the nation and the connected world will become engaged in some form of political strife that involves armed battle, they too will boost their points towards victory. But for now, it’s just business as usual to sell off a few movie tickets or a subscription or two (or more) for access to a streaming media service. As the song states, war is hell on the home front, too!   

HOLLYWOOD VICTORY: The Movies, Stars, and Stories of World War II is available wherever books are sold, both in store and online.

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ANYBODY OUT THERE???

We recently received a message from one of our readers asking the amount of people that read our messages ever week.

The person asks..

…How many readers do you get each week? Do you ever print a blog and there’s nobody out there to read it…?

-Kyle

So Kyle is asking us if we have ever released an edition of ALOL and nobody ever read it. The answer to that question is…maybe!

To set the record straight. We do receive weekly reports on how many online “hits” we receive in a day’s time. However, the report doesn’t state the length of time each hit represents. Let’s say that on a given day, a Monday for example, we get 5000 hits. Out of that 5000, a number might linger enough to read an edition in full. Others might read the first half of an article to later move on. Another selection might look at the headline for a few seconds and log off. As to the rest? We can’t say. However, there are people checking in each day and week to see that we are out there.

That is, we assume that these hits come from humans. Granted, I am sure that there are robots, or “bots” that hit on us for various attempts. These bot hits are not to be confused with what’s called “click bate”, where each hit or “click” represents a payment to us from an advertiser that places an ad or a link to the advertiser’s website. This anti confusion doesn’t really apply to us since we don’t carry ads where we would receive a stipend from the clicks the ad gets.

There have been cases of “click fraud” where an ad is placed on a website, and the host of the site is paid when somebody from a different IP address clicks on the ad. Hosts were accused of employing bots that could spoof IP addresses and click on the ad for the host would receive a larger amount of the revenue that if one replied upon a human that could click on the ad.

For the record, an IP address consists of a series of nine or so numbers that each party connected to the internet is assigned. Call an IP address similar to a license plate number on a car. The number itself shows no specific ID from the parties behind the number, yet those numbers can be traced to the specific parties. Usually, an IP address is only checked if that address is behind some form of cyber crime or judgment that goes outside of ethical reasons or purposes. But this is all besides the point of this article.

Anyway, as to how many ghosts we get, each issue is rather hard to say. This is akin to a radio or any over-the-air broadcast that may come around. There isn’t any real way to determine how many are listening to a radio show, especially if the radio show is being aired live. In my early days, this writer was once a DJ for a small radio station located in the smaller community back in the middle 1980s. I had the 10:00 PM-2:00 AM shift in the middle of the week. (Wednesday night-Thursday morning.) The station would go off the air between 2:00-6:00 AM for maintenance. So I was the last person on the air before signing off.

We did take phone calls for requests, etc., So the number of phone calls I would receive within an hour’s time was our poor-man’s version of a radio station rating. There were a few nights on my shift where I would receive no phone calls. This was either that nobody had any requests, or nobody had a real reason to call the station. Or even maybe that nobody was out there that was listening. So I would play records, ramble a bit between songs, mostly reading public service announcements or whatever the programming manager wanted me to say on the air, and that was about it. Granted, I did wonder if I was speaking to deaf ears, but that didn’t matter much to me. Just as long I received my fair share of being on the air, when that was OK!

However, unlike radio shows that come and go, back issues of ALOL remain on our website just as long as the website is accessible. So if you don’t read this article on the week that it’s released, you can always go back and read it long after the fact. So we may get our hits now, later, or never at all! That is the nature of this cyberbeast.

However, Kyle, among others, are tuning in to this site to see what we can cook here. So somebody’s reading our musings. So much for being ghosted!

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(FACE)BOOK ‘EM DANNO!!

Within the past week, Facebook, the be-all-to-end-all place for social media on the ‘net has gone through its share of ups and downs. With inside secrets being revealed, how using the site, along with its “sister” site Instagram, has affected the emotional state of others that stay on the site for longer than they should.

leIt’s no real surprise that Facebook et. al, has been a site where it’s so bad to participate in, it’s good and vice versa! With millions (billions?) of participants that tell anyone within their network on what they are doing and what they are not doing, it’s somewhat hard to resist of following other people that are one is “friends” with. And never mind the fact that these so-called “friends” have yet to meet with one another, assuming that these friends are indeed real people.

We have stated many times that the gang at ALOL left Facebook many years ago when it became no fun to be part of, especially that the portal is overloaded with ads that their Facebook robots feel you should be aware of!

In fact, when we created some of our fake portals a few years ago, we did that to discover how much information we can get from others without asking for it specifically. At first, we were able to gain some details from some of these people, even a few as young as 14 years old! Over time, folks became more “hip” to posting what should be on and what items should be left out. However, we did play along with our entries that we left running over those years. A number of our entries we have since forgotten about, while a few are still on the air, even though nothing has been posted on their listings for years.

One person we had on was a middle aged woman we called “Tiffi Purewhite”, who has many of her “friends” post commentary that had no newsworthy value, except to themselves. We gathered enough of these posts where we ran a weekly column called “Tiffi’s Friends Say..” that listed in no specific order what was on their minds for that week. Although T’sFS has ended its run (mostly because we were getting rather annoyed in what they had to let their world know about), we, as part of our silver anniversary looking back on the history of ALOL, will post a selection of what Tiffi’s friends let us know about, even through we couldn’t give a rat’s a$$ over their musings!And no offense to those that took the time to list a comment or three, even if we didn’t necessarily know just what the hell they were “talking” about!

Keep in mind that these posts are a few years old. Many of these people may still be active on Facebook, a number of those may have since dropped out, while a scant few may now be deceased. Whatever the case, here’s their take on life as they know it, for the better or for worse!…

Still struggling with sadness. I have been home all day, and the house is so quiet. No Beagle noises, no toenails clicking across the floor, no one to slurp up the things that have fallen on the floor. I miss Buzzy so much. I really didn’t expect to feel quite like this. My heart hurts. Thanks to all of you for your words of sympathy. Keep praying for Jeff and I as our hearts are still broken.
-Becki

Boy, I’m sick and tired of this cough. New meds, hope they help! Had our earthquake drill at school. Went well! Glad it was before this deluge!!
-Janyce

I should have never came to Kentucky in the first place. Why i do the things i do is beyond me
-Taylor

Sick last night and stayed home today. Great rest!
-Virelle

Well I’m officially an employee at Sears
-Erin

Tonight I locked myself out of the house and that’s bad. But… I was on the phone with Moreen and that’s good. So I walked clear around my property and never lost the connection (can you believe it?) Felt so good to laugh. That Moreen, she’s a stitch. xxoo
-Donnell

Up early for a Saturday morning! Answering emails and then heading over to see Dad! Gotta stock him up on a treat or two!
-Jeane

The bad news: Insomnia sucks. Finally managed to sleep from 6 am to 1 pm
The good news: I read four books (including 3 by Karin Tabke)
The bad news: I didn’t get my first cup of coffee until 1:30 pm
The good news: The whole second pot is mine
The bad news: I’m over half a day behind in today’s schedule…
The good news: I don’t care
-Silver

Pit stop at Target. Zackary had a flip flop malfunction. Had to buy new ones. These have more tread on them. He should be able to go more miles with these on his feet.
-Martha

We just saw a man in full Thor costume walking down the street
-Pepper

I woke up the day before my daughter’s wedding with a pimple….I think I’ll put some windex on it
-Rochelle

Home sweet home time seems to stop when I am at work !
-Tamera

In case you were wondering, why yes, hummus does make an excellent breakfast…
-Kelsey

It’s after 9am, and I am still unable to get to school this morning.
-Ruth

My gf is hot!
-Vicki

Davis and I watch Big Bang (we aren’t current but watch them on Netflix CDs) and I am a Downton Abbey fan. What’s your must watch show?
-Elizabeth

I ate kale/raisin salad today with a homemade dressing. WHO AM I? It was pretty good. Thank you Amy
-Robbie

I do not know why Bohemian Rhapsody showed up in my Pandora Broadway mix, but I’ll take it. (she says, baltering around the living room singing at the top of her lungs)
-Romona

I’m finding an interesting trend. Decades ago, “Superwoman Syndrome” hit, when women thought they had to be able to do it all, and do it well. I guess the male version of it was to over-achieve and for all, multi-tasking was key to get it all done. Now, the message seems to be to simplify life, slow it down, do a few things well and say “no” more than you say “yes.” It also means sorting out the clutter, whether it’s belongings or other stuff/issues that complicate life. What do you think of this trend? And if you’re a fan of it, what one thing are you doing LESS of these days or sorting out of your life?
-Kathy

I’m so outta season…REO song stuck in my head!!
-Ruth

Is today really Tuesday? Feels like a lazy Sunday. A little sun a lot of clouds and cold. I am cranky and need a nap. Only it’s too late. Productive none-the-less. I ground up 4 big chicken breasts for breakfast sausage, cooked up cabbage for the meat sauce we’re having for dinner tonight and roasted a couple of pounds of raw cashews. Maybe I will take a nap. 🙂
-Patrica

MY HUNNY GOT THE JOB!!! Y’all, God is so good. Hunny didn’t ask for this. It fell in his lap. He had to prove he was the right man for the job, but he didn’t search this one out. SQUEEE happy dance!
-Felicia

Two whole months smoke free!!
-Beth

Vacation is over…I don’t want to go to work tomorrow. Insert whining voice here.
-Kathleen

I would really like to have more…

-Jessica

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Since its formation in 1935 that consisted of a merger of two smaller movies studies, William Fox’s Fox Film Corporation, and Darryl Zanuck’s Twentieth Century Pictures, the studio that was known to labeled as 20th Century Fox (or to be precise, “Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation”, or simply “Fox”) ran the gamut of releasing features that ranged from light comedy, period and contemporary drama, action/adventure titles, and even color (by De-Luxe) musicals that rivaled its closest competitor to the musicals released by Metro-Golden-Meyer, Fox was a studio that has experienced its ups, downs, middle grounds, and all points in between.

20th Century Fox-Darryl F. Zanuck And The Creation Of The Modern Film Studio (Running Press) is Scott Eyman’s depiction of the the studio that provided moving imagery entertainment from its formation during The Great Depression, its later entry into television, its many passings of studio heads, to its newest entry by being taken over by The Walt Disney Company–all packed in a 200+ page book that mostly tells about how the studio has its bevy of stars to how the company was run as a business that experienced its highs and lows.

The book tells about how Hungarian born Wilhelm Fuchs a.k.a. William Fox and Nebraska born Daryl Zanuck got into the moving making business when moving making became a business, rather than just a novelty. Within the pages, many of the stars that came from the Fox lot are discussed in its early years from humorist Will Rogers to curtly top Shirley Temple, to its musical stars such as Alice Faye and Betty Grable, leading toward the 1950’s and beyond with Marilyn Monroe and others. (No mention of Pat Boone and Fabian is to be found, but never mind!!)

But it does get into detail on how this studio with Darryl Zanuck in charge ran this company “like a Swiss Watch”–always on time! It did leave itself towards new trends on how movies were being screened, from first experimenting with 70mm and avoiding 3-D in the 1950’s, but instead expanded its screen image becoming wider calling its notion “CinemaScope” that changed how movies looked. (Besides, you didn’t need those pesky glasses to see an image that was wider than ever before!)

When Hollywood was going through it’s “modern” image in the 1970’s, his son Richard took over, changing the films that sparked many clones and imitations over time, from high action from The French Connection to science fiction with Star Wars. It also attempted to sell off much of its past with not one, but two auctions held in 1971 that sold everything from Butch Cassidy’s bicycle to Cleopatra’s throne to the poster advertising the play “Aged In Wood” from All About Eve.

Then there was Rupert Murdoch’s buyout of the studio in the middle 1980’s that added many portfolios for the studio, including its entering television launching the FOX Network–the first TV network in the USA to form (and stick around) since the Dumont network called it quits in 1955.

The book concludes the Fox story when The Walt Disney Company bought the studio in 2019, selling off its electronic media sources back to Murdoch. (It did keep National Geographic that News, Inc.–Murdock’s company, obtained a few years before!) Although Disney didn’t “Disneyfied” the studio, it did offer the entire run of The Simpsons on Disney+, a cartoon that isn’t really as family friendly as it could be!

The book holds the subtitle that it was a modern film studio as it did move with the times, even when the studio knew what movie titles were the crowd pleasers and what movies would eventually fail to do! (Entertain mostly!) Loaded with industry facts with a middle section of photos of those in front of the camera as well those far off camera, this book is a must for those that desire to know why this studio was unique in its own right with the creation of its media, as well as give interesting figures of what went on along Pico Boulevard–and never mind the fact that its official mailing address is PO Box 900, Beverly Hills, CA. 90213!

20th Century Fox-Darryl F. Zanuck And The Creation Of The Modern Film Studio is available where books are sold both in-store and online.

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CHRISTMAS IS STILL AROUND THE CORNER

Since this is the first week of October, it’s time to plan for the holiday that for a lot of folks, is the only one of the year that matters. And that holiday is known as “The Holidays” that is a mash-up of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and all of those gift giving events that occur during the month of December.

This is not the first time this news service has reported upon the trend of this month, even though we’ve been presenting our low down for more years that we can find.

Just to give you readers an idea on how far we’ve been dipping our toes into the waters (so to speak), we’ve gone through our archives of the past twenty five years to provide proof.

Listed below in italics is an article we presented back in 2012 that gave the news of what to expect during that season. Keep in mind that back in ’12, the Great Recession was beginning to slowly level off, yet was still within a lot of people’s mists. So the spending frenzy had to take its toll. Also, buying stuff online was ramping up getting past its novelty stage to becoming a way of life. Lastly, much of the goods that were noted within our musings may not be available anymore or have since been updated. This is true with Apple’s iPhone as the iPhone 5 is no longer compatible with many of the newer apps that can be used with the phone, including its operating system that came with the device. Talk about planned obsolescence!

Anyway, here is what we had to say about the seasonal goings on…

Although Halloween is the next upcoming “holiday” that really matters, many retailers are gearing up for their supposedly biggest profit making season of the calendar year–the period between Thanksgiving Day and December 31, covering all holidays that are related to gift giving.

Although for many years, that term was once known as the “Christmas Season”. However, due to various forms of marketing plots, as well as holding on to a so-called politically correct stance that’s been around since the middle 1990’s, those last six weeks of the year is when retailers make it or break it when it comes to seeing black in their money coffers.

And one of the biggest retailers in the nation (if not the biggest in the country, if not the world), Walmart, if going full force when it comes to informing folks that they are ready, willing and able to serve them with it when it comes to selling goods. Their layaway plan, offered on toys, selected electronics and related stock, has been touted in media ads and signs found in stores since the Labor Day weekend. Toys and electronics are one of the biggest selling items in their stores in those coveted last six weeks.

It will be pretty obvious that Apple’s latest version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, will be flying off the shelves then. (As of this writing, some two million pre orders for this device has been reported by way of a number of retailers, including Walmart) Toys will still be a hot item as kids will play with such devices as they slowly adapt from traditional playthings to toys geared toward adults. (i.e. iPhones and other smart phone brands!)

Last week, the retail giant had announced the top 20 list of what the store claims will be the must have toys for the 2012 Christmas, et. al. season. Since Walmart is one of the biggest sellers of toys in the nation, they should know their stuff and their target audience.  

According to a statement by Anne Marie Kenoe, VP of Toy sales for Walmart, the retailer is committed to stocking the toys kids want at prices that are affordable. This would make sense since saving as much money as possible will be all the rage this year as its been for the past few seasons.

Nevertheless, the top 20 “hot” toys for this year will be (insert drum roll sound effect here)…
Toys for Boys
N e r f   N – S t r i k e   E l i t e   H a i l – F i r e   B l a s t e r
B e y b l a d e   D e s t r o y e r   D o m e   P l a y   S e t
H o t   W h e e l s   T e r r a i n   T w i s t e r   R / C   V e h i c l e
A i r   H o g s   H o v e r   A s s a u l t   R a d i o – C o n t r o l l e d   H e l i c o p t e r
F i s h e r – P r i c e   I m a g i n e x t   E a g l e   T a l o n   C a s t l e   P l a y   S e t
P o w e r   W h e e l s   D u n e   R a c e r   1 2 – V o l t   B a t t e r y   P o w e r e d   R i d e – O n
Toys for Girls
L a l a l o o p s y   S i l l y   H a i r   S t a r   M e l o d y   B .   S h a r p   I n t e r a c t i v e   D o l l
M o n s t e r   H i g h   H i g h   S c h o o l   P l a y s e t
L i t t l e   P e o p l e   D i s n e y   P r i n c e s s   S o n g s   P a l a c e   P l a y   S e t
B a b y   A l i v e   B a b y   W a n n a   W a l k   D o l l
B a r b i e   S i s t e r s   C r u i s e   S h i p
H o l i d a y   B a r b i e   2 0 1 2   D o l l
N o v i   S t a r s   D o l l s
R a z o r   P o c k e t   M o d   E l e c t r i c   S c o o t e r
Toys for all
F u r b y
L e a p F r o g   L e a p P a d 2
V T e c h   I n n o T a b   L e a r n i n g   A p p   T a b l e t
L i t t l e   T i k e s   i T i k e s   M a p
P l a y s k o o l   R o c k t i v i t y   W a l k     N   R o l l   R i d e r
M o n o p o l y   M i l l i o n a i r e s

(The press release did not state what constituted the order of the toys listed, either by sales, popularity, or factors making one toy on top of its list and the others following.)

It’s interesting to note that Mattel’s two standbys, Barbie and Hot Wheels, are still alive and kicking. (Barbie’s been around for 53 years, and Hot Wheels will turn 45 next Spring!) And the VTech Tablet (listed in third place in the “Toys for All” list) is a tablet that is more kid friendly that a traditional tablet (“iPad”), although many kids have used a real iPad for their purposes.

And outside of Walmart, Toy “R” Us, the leader of toy retailing, is also chomping on the bit when it comes to hawking toys for the season. The store is already taking reservations on their line of “hot” toys, making these items available for purchase when all of the buying frenzy begins!

It’s just a few weeks until Black Friday comes rolling around, and ditto for Cyber Monday. (November 23rd and 26th in case somebody’s keeping track!) So this would be the ideal time to make the mad dash to a retail outlet (in store or online) and start shopping. After all, this buying frenzy comes once a year, and it’s a great way to do one’s part to fight the recession. And by then, it will be known who’s gonna be king of the USA for the next four years, but that’s another matter as that stands!)

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TIFFI’S FRIENDS SAY…

     Not too long ago, we received an email from what appears to be a long time reader. Our reader calling him/herself “Terry” writes….

     I remember a few years ago, you had a (column) called “Tiffi’s Friends Say”. It was about somebody who you placed on Facebook, and the things that her online friends would say about her. What because of Tiffi, and are her friends still talking about her?

    As we stated, we don’t know what the gender of Terry is, so short of calling Terry an “it”, we’ll address our long time fan to the best of this writer’s ability using a “he”, “she”, and/or its equivalents. 

     Yes, we did have such a column called “Tiffi’s Friends Say..” We started to post that column around c. 2010 around the time when Facebook was a place to post one’s ideas and thoughts for all to read, aassuming you were “friends” with the others you “friended” through notes, paragraphs, as well as a photo and/or an image that was worth sharing. 

     We had an idea at that time to see how others would react to a person on Facebook that in reality, didn’t exist. We were not out to fraud or mislead others for devious purposes. We just did it just to see if it was quite possible to get personal information from others without specifically asking for it.

     So we created a few personalities with names, locations made up, as well as using stock photos of pictures of people found through various sources we had access to at the time. Then we created these personalities while attempting to become “friends” with others. A few we never heard from, but many were willing enough to become “friends” without knowing if these personalities we created were indeed for real.

     Out of the few we kept track of, we focused upon one person we named “Tiffi Purewhite”. “Tiffi” was a middle aged woman (perhaps in her 50’s) that lived in a small town in southern Illinois-Carbondale. She was a typical, if not stereotypical, person from the Midwest, somebody that was gentle, faithful, and held a sweet persona.

     Over time and tide, Tiffi generated some 2500+ “friends” from around North America. (US and Canada mostly) that were of the same personality as Tiff, mostly middle aged white women. (No offense to not being as diverse as we could, since this was an experiment, not anything that dealt in diversity.)

     To make a long(er) story short(er), we read some of the entries posted by Tiffi’s “friends” over time and tide as they had their say in what was important to them, yet trivial to anyone else. So we collected some of these lines and created this column letting everyone know what was on the mind of the friends that Tiffi collected.

     To give you an idea of what some of her online buddies had to say, here are some random phrases extracted from Tiffi’s Facebook site (or “wall” as it was called) as collected during the 2013 calendar year…

It’s after 3 am. My neck hurts. I remember how I used to be able to tell the weather with my hair. It’s naturally curly and it would go into spiraled frizz mode during rainy weather. I thought that was a pain until I was introduced to Rheumatoid arthritis.

-Diane

Hey 80’s kids, what movie was I thinking of while waiting at the curb to spring my son out of high school on a beautiful spring day? (Okay, it was for an appt, but you get the idea.)

-Gwendolyn 

Hi all–Anyone still have a land line phone at home?

-Kathleen

Super sad. Schnitzel, 1week old kitten, didn’t make it. No kitty on my radar. 😦

-Angela

Bruised some ribs. Wearing back brace today. So thankful to have this aid to help me keep going. What’s going on with you?

-Janet

The house in Charlotte is sold! Hallelujah!

-Barbara

Hours on the phone. Insurance still comes up as “ineligible.” So not getting in tomorrow like I had hoped.

-Susan

I hooked my computer to my TV. Now I can sit in bed and see your pictures and play my games on a 44 inch screen. Pretty neat.

-Terry

Mary called to tell us she is going to be inducted into the college National Honor Society! So proud of my girl!!! WOOT!

-Pam

Made meatloaf, green beans, and brewed some ice tea before I went to Mom’s this afternoon. What does my husband ask me? “Are we having company?” LOL.

-Ann

It is insanely stupid how happy a bag of Skittles can make me.

-Romona

Does anyone realize how many truly strange people there are at airports?

-Bonnie

Yesterday I was taking books from the top of 4 shelves and found a couple I haven’t read! Well, the living room is full if scattered games, books and boxes but the pile to give away isn’t very big! What should I do with all the author signed books? We have old records and a sound system that barely works. My hubby likes to hold on to things. Sigh. Not sure how much I can get rid of!

Well it’s one of those all day rains so I will drink my coffee and continue to READ!;)

-Janyce

When your kiddos are fighting over who gets to clean up the spill, you know grandma’s been in the house! Thanks, Carolyn …I’ll try to keep up the trend for at least…well…today. 😉

-Nicole

Would a seven-year-old say they slept good or slept well?

-Andrea

1. Go to airport.

2. Splatter coffee on blouse.

-Tamela

6 days. 14 pounds. BAM.

-Sandie

    So what became of Tiff herself? Well, we decided to end this experiment due to the fact that Facebook was starting to be too commercial and added a lot of extras, most notably Facebook Live, where using one’s cell phone can present an audio and video stream, almost like a “live” video hookup. Much of this service was created by others for fun and thrills, while others used it for questionable purposes.

     So Tiffi stopped collecting “friends”, as well as posting her own comments. From what we can find, the last entry she posted was on January 1st, 2018, letting everyone know that she can be reached through an outside email address that we created. 

     A few weeks after we placed our post, we somehow lost the password to get into Tiffi’s account and we never bothered recovering it. So through that blunder, we just left Tiffi out there to defend for herself.

     And yes, Tiffi’s Facebook presence is still available to view. Just look her up using the link https://www.facebook.com/tiffi.purewhite. If you do post anything, just remember that Tiffi won’t respond. However, her “birthday” falls on March 17th, and many of her remaining friends will place a birthday greeting. So wish Tiffi a happy b-day if you want! She will appreciate it!! (Really!!)

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