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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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Greetings to you readers out there! Yours truly is on an out-of-town assignment that is located far away from our spot in the San Fernando Valley!

Today (or at least as of this writing), your humble reporter is in Appleton, Wisconsin, located in the center part of the state. If anyone wants to follow us on a map (a paper one or a located affixed on your phone), Appleton is located north of Oshkosh (b’gosh), and just south of Green Bay, home of the ever lovin’ Cheeseheads that don the true-blue(ish) colors of yellow and green! And in the nick of time, too!

Appleton was also the home of Harry Houdini, who eventually made a disappearing act from hanging around town. It’s also a community that is famous in its own right for being part of what small town America is really like–or should be like anyway!

I can’t state how long I will be in this berg that boasts a population of either 73,xxxx or 74,xxxx as two “Welcome to Appleton” signs aren’t in sync. But then again, what difference dose all of this make? It’s just a community where the people are friendly(er) that the folks that live in the southland–or so it seems anyway!

In the mean time, expect the next few installments of this here newsletter to originate from this hamlet. And when I return, I’ll continue to do what I have been aways been doing the last few sessions by bringing you the news and information that matters to us. It should matter to you the readers as well since you stayed long enough to read this message!

So as they say down in Madtown, On Wisconsin!!


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IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY…

As the summer season comes to its close, and the Labor Day weekend makes its unofficial ending to that time of year, it’s the moment where new beginnings tend to take place, from the return to school to the new season for television programming.

However, thanks to the elements known by many names, but often referred to as “The Pandemic”, much of the school return has brought a load of question and anxiety, But also to note is an anniversary that was one of the many “new beginnings” that were entered within this domestic society.

This coming Saturday, September 11th, will make the twentieth anniversary of the day known as “9/11”. That was the day that was noted to change things over matters that were never experienced previously. Some changes were for the good while others were for full awareness.

Of course, it was a red letter day for the people involved in journalism, be it in print or through electronic means. And yours truly was part of the former method, literally having my writing appear on physical pages.

Back then, I was the writer of this newsletter. My side job was the writer of a column called “Richer By Far’ that appeared within the monthly edition of The Epicenter, the official publication of the Los Angeles California chapter of The Catholic Alumni Club.

I wrote that column for three years from 2000 through 2003. Long after I left the LACAC, I compiled some of my past columns for a book I was working on placing in some order on those articles with commentary of what I composed. Although that book’s creation was placed on hold for a number of reasons, I thought that to pay tribute to that monumental “day of infinity” where to publish my commentary of what I wrote about in the aftermath of 9/11 in that edition of The Epicenter, as well as my reflection to what went into my scribbling.

Of course, things have changed since that Tuesday past. The most noted that didn’t exist back then was social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even YouTube didn’t exist! American Online did have its chat rooms and its AOL Messenger services, and there were a few weblogs (“blogs”) out there, but were only out there for anyone that was lucky enough to have a computer hooked up to “the internet” to make it all work. And cell phones barely had the capacity to send and receive messages via text!

So it was up to those sitting behind a work processor or a typewriter to get their points across. Nevertheless, here’s the real story to it all…

When I wrote my columns, I tried to get them completed as close to the deadline as I could. This was more true for articles that were topical, making sure that the write up was as fresh as I could get away with. However, many of my notes were rather generic, so beating a deadline wasn’t as crucial as it seemed.

The article for the October, 2001 issue of The Epicenter was going to be one of those generic pieces. I first wrote my rough draft on the second weekend in September, creating the general idea for the entry on that Saturday, and then completing it on Sunday. I was glad to get that out of the way so far in advance. Now I was able to concentrate on other matters!

Two days after I completed my column, disaster struck!

Millions of folks were turning to the media to get any news or information of what went on once the story broke. People in this nation, as well as others around the world, were seeing the coverage on TV, hearing reports on the radio broadcasts, and turning to the web based news services for any bit of news they could find. CNN and Yahoo had so many logging on to their web sites, both of their servers crashed! E-mails were being sent back and forth containing such messages as “Are you OK?” and “Are you hurt?” Phone lines were jammed! Cell phone service had to be shut down in many places due to an overload of calls. In short, it was a day that was indeed “a day of infamy”.

Of course, many of the events and activities that would have been held that day were immediately canceled! Yours truly and my then girlfriend (and now wife) Mary were going to attend a touring stage production company performance of the musical Chicago in nearby Thousand Oaks. (It was either that or attending an advance press screening of a Keanu Reeves feature called Hardball. I chose the former!) Instead, we joined the millions and stayed at home watching Tom Brokaw on NBC telling us what by then everyone within earshot had already known!

As that afternoon turned into evening into the late night, I was staring into my computer monitor screen, reading the manuscript of my article–the one I completed over the previous weekend. Mary was in my bedroom, fast asleep on the bed after watching countless “updates” and reports of the events from that day on TV. I felt that I just couldn’t ignore what just went on. So in true journalistic fashion, I promptly started to write a whole new column on what occurred, and how something like that wasn’t going to make anyone live in a world of countless fear or uncertainty. What I didn’t know at the time was that others like me–those that write for the written word, professionally or semi professionally, were doing exactly the same thing, throwing out their old dribble pieces and commenting on the shock, horror, and later, peace and recovery of things tragic!

This “Richer By Far” article was the fastest one I had ever written, before or since. I believed I wrote this column at around 2:30 AM Wednesday morning while hearing the sounds of Mary snoring like a buzzsaw in the next room. The entire piece was written as it stands in about 15 minutes!!

Last September 11th, I received a phone call from my close friend Mary. When she phones me, she usually tells me about some of the things that are going on with her at the moment or just to say a quick “hello”. When she called me that morning, I thought she was getting details on what we were planning to do for that evening. Instead, she started to babble about what first sounded like the plot line for Die Hard IV. I was imagining that the hero Bruce Willis was once again dealing with some evil terrorist (played by Christopher Walkin perhaps?) who was planning to take over the nation by causing all sorts of havoc!! Of course, after hearing Mary’s story “pitch”, I had later found out that this was no movie plot line. This was for real!!

For many of us, that was not the first time in our lives that some episode that was not of our making had affected us emotionally in one way or another. Many still recall such events that brought the entire country, if not the world, to a brief standstill. Whenever it happened some twenty, forty, or even sixty years before, it touched many lives. However, in spite of what happened, one element is sure and clear; life goes on!

Frank Sinatra in his big hit “That’s Life” sang about no matter what life may bring to someone, the world keeps spinnin’ around. People will go back to doing the so-called normal stuff that makes up living the domestic life; paying bills, feeding the cat, and catching up on the latest installment of Fraser on TV. This is the same idea for each one of us. Within our lives and feelings, no matter what can happen and how it happens, time will match on and on. If one can get back on track, it can make one a heartier person. A person that does this has self esteem and can go forward into their own world with little or no fear! At first, it can be difficult, but it is not impossible!

Yours truly had to live through many events where at first it was the “end of the world”. But guess what folks? I’m still here plugging away as I did before. Sure, I have a slightly different attitude than I did before the episode, but that attitude has made me stronger and assisted me to overcome such future events that can occur to me once again.

This may be one of the most difficult facts to face in times of stress. If one person experiences an event that is emotional, such as a loved one passing on, one can feel and remember the loved one for their times. Yet after the last tear is shed, one has to continue to carry on for the future. Such carrying on is an important action that any person can do. Sure, pause for a moment or two, and then resume standard activity.

With a strong mind and stronger heart, we can go on with making life as we can really make it, using the wisdom and guidance that god has given to us! As to note that no matter what happened before, Bruce Willis made sure that he was able to kick the butts of all of the bad guys before the end credits, only to take ‘em out again in the next feature!!

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SCHOOL DAYS, SCHOOL DAYS

It appears to this writer that the first day(s) of the standard school season is getting off to its start a lot sooner than what I recall, and I suppose there is a reason to this.

First and foremost, this school year, (2021-22) is a season where students from the lower grades and up will be attending school in person and for real. Granted, there will be some teleconferencing involved that was leftover from the previous two seasons, but there will be in-person attendance in some form by those enrolled through their schooling.

The schooling that this writer will be addressing caters to those from the first grade (age 7-give or take) through post high school. Most of the same schooling from elementary through high school is usually done on a local and regional platform. That is, most of its students reside within a ten mile radius from where the school grounds exist. For college, it could be a school located across town as with a community college, or could be located in another part of the state or nation, as many of those attending on an undergrad basis will be utilizing.

To keep things rather simple, this article will focus on these types of sessions since attending school is part of a domestic citizen’s “life of passage”, where many of the more amusing episodes tend to take place. Also, this writer is a subscriber to many news blasts sent via email that speaks for a lot of domestic family life issues for those that have kids or are caretakers to such kids under the age of twenty five when it comes to handling school related issues.

I cannot speak from experience of how it’s like to handle a young(er) student in these times as I was never in a parental situation outside of telling (or retelling) my personal reflection of what it was like to be that person getting back into school. All I had was how things were as a kid living within a middle class (and mostly white) suburban community during an era now long removed. Yes, things have changed, and students tend to be more aware of what is going on around them in terms of environment, social justice, choice of lifestyle, and other notions that either I didn’t understand or even cared much about.

Anyway, back to the back to school saga. Since June, when many students were taking part in virtual graduation celebrations as well as getting a lawn sign that states something to the effect of “Graduate of (name of school) Class of 2021”, there was the talk of how the new school season was going to take place. In my community of the western San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles proper, the school season was going to begin the third week of August. Classroom attendance was going to occur with limited seating while being placed inside of a physical classroom at safe distances from one another. On June 12th, the mayor of Los Angeles announced that the mandates of social distancing were going to be lifted, meaning that donning face masks inside or outdoors were no longer required.

A few weeks later, the Delta strain of the virus was playing havoc to the region, meaning that mandate that was supposed to end was quickly pulled back. As of this writing, Los Angeles county is still under its purple zone, meaning that face masks are still necessary to wear indoors, vaccinated or not! This would apply to attending indoor schooling as well.

Again, this writer doesn’t have much details on these restrictions (those can be found through quick online searches), but the whole idea here is how these students are taking their back to school sessions through these circumstances.

I can understand the drama and trauma that going back to school has on a kid, teen, and even a so-called “young adult”. But I did recall the catching of a deadly virus, but it was through a fictional account!

When I was a kid, I recall seeing the feature film The Andromeda Strain that was about a group of these scientists that battle to find out how a small town was totally wiped out by a deadly virus that came from outer space. Although it was science fiction and all, it brought a chill to me wondering if something like what I experienced in this movie was ever going to happen for real! You may say that I indeed got my admission’s worth in seeking this feature. (For the record, I think I paid 75 cents since it was at a neighborhood “scratch” theater–but I digress!)

It gave me the notion to also think what if my school was ever hit by this mysterious virus. Would everyone attending be killed off by this virus–including me? What if I survived? What would I do? Would I be celebrated as a hero or would I just wind up attending another school only to start over?

Obviously, this virus episode never took place. But when it comes to attending school through teleconferencing, I do recall seeing some documentary on TV about how video conferencing could be a thing in the future. I recall seeing this demonstration backed by The Bell System where one can attend school classes through a video screen. In the demonstration as part of this documentary, a camera that was the size of a bank camera of the day was hooked up through a series of TV monitors where one can watch what was going on from a classroom setting.

The narration stated that within the next ten or so years (meaning sometime in the 1980’s), it would by commonplace to enroll into a form of schooling without venturing into a physical classroom (and a school house for all that mattered) so kids could get their lessons in reading, writing, and arithmetic.

I thought that this idea of going to school via TV was great. This way, I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn (6:45 AM at least), struggle to get dressed in “school clothing”, wolf down breakfast (a pair of Hostess cupcakes and a glass of milk) while my mom, acting as traffic director, was getting the time, temp, and traffic reports from the all news radio station WBBM to make sure that we kids (myself and my elder siblings) were off to school to arrive on time! Through this electronic magic, I can just snap on the TV set, and lo and behold, I was at school! I would be seeing my teachers giving me the lessons I needed to know while seated within the comfort and privacy of my own home! And during “recess”, I can perhaps catch an hour’s worth of my favorite daytime TV shows–mostly game shows as I didn’t care much for soap operas! But attending school while not attending school would be my be-all-to-end-all!

That was then, and this is now. In today’s post modern society, kids were teleconferencing their schooling sessions via their laptops, electronic pads, and their phones with mixed results. Some liked it since it was another part of their usual screen-time antics. Others did miss seeing everyone in person. And a few did see this as a thing of the future. However, kids from those of the single digit age groups to those attending higher education had their own personal dilemmas to face.

But thanks to his group that has been wired up since birth, it’s all part of a catchphrase that’s expressed through social media platforms. As time progresses for its better or for its otherwise, school days are just that–school days!

Looking back to that video schooling I would never receive, I will state that without being with those other kids within the classroom, I would have never had the opportunity to hone the “talents” I possessed at the time and to use those fellow kids as part of my “subjects”, or even “victims”! What I am speaking about here is part of yet another episode of my life and times that I may write about in a future article in ALO-L.

So I better wolf down my cupcakes, chug-a-lug my glass of milk, put on my school clothes, and head on out so I don’t miss the first school bell scheduled to ring at 9:00 AM under partly cloudy skies and 67 degrees.

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FORWARD TO THE PAST

There was a recent article that appeared in Ad Age that spoke on implying nostalgia, the emotion for a longing of a past time that one may recall or not as a hot topic when it comes to marking products or services.

The article went on to state that the said products or services, especially if they hold a legacy to them (i.e. they have been around for quite a while), have been dipping into their vast archives to create a “new” look upon them while recalling a time when life was supposedly a lot simpler to what it is at the present state of time.

Currently, much of this nostalgia falls within the last fifty or so years, covering the decades of the 1970’s through the 1990‘s–the last third of the 20th century. Much of this nostalgic sense of being varies, from the re-releasing of a design scheme of a packaged good from “back in the day”, to the classic reboot of an item that is geared to those that actually recall the item when it was at its peak.

The more unique the time frame is, the more appeal it holds to whatever the cause of the marking is geared for. (Gen-Xers, etc.) However, there are limitations to such, because bringing back a product, a service, or an idea for the said product/service must contain some actual remembrance to it! It would not make much sense to go back to the 1920’s since a few people alive today holds a recollection of that decade!

Perhaps that is why the cutoff seems to be within the last fifty years. The reason? Depending on what the product is, many of those it caters to would only be a few years older in physical age versus what the product is and what demographic is set to. For instance, American muscle cars built in the 1960’s and 70’s have an appeal to (mostly male) Baby Boomers-those born between 1946 through 1964. That is the period where one would have been of age to legally drive, and perhaps were able to own such a vehicle that was affordable to get for what the car was.

In addition, the 1980’s, rightly an era that spans between thirty and forty years ago, caters to those that are in their late 40’s through their early 60’s. In the 80’s when one was of a youthful age i.e. A “young adult”, one would have had to have been born in the latter decade of the 1960’s through being born in the middle-late 70’s. If one was a kid under the age of, let’s say, twelve in 1981, one would have been born in 1969. That was the youngest demographic targeted by Warner Amex Communications when that cable TV service launched MTV, a channel whose demographic peak age was at 24 years. Of course, MTV back in the day may have also catered to those that were a bit older or even younger. However, for many years, their sweet spot was 12 through 24. When VH1 first made its mark in 1985, it was for those aged 25 through their 30’s. So doing the math, if one was 25 in ’85, that person is 61 years old in 2021–give or take a year!

Selling nostalgia is far from being new or unique. In fact, this writer was first exposed with the realms of nostalgia in the early 1970’s with a local radio program I stumbled upon called Those Were The Days that aired on a 5000 watt daytime only station, WLTD-AM, located in Evanston, Illinois. Its host, Chuck Schaden, was a collector of vintage broadcasts of old time radio programs that were part of the domestic media landscape from radio’s beginnings in the 1920’s to about the 1950’s before television made its mark in the USA and later the world. Each Saturday afternoon for three hours each week, later expanding to four hours, he would program these radio shows that featured such titles as The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy, among other titles. Some of these shows featured well known stars as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Dinah Shore, as well as other personalities. Many such as Hope, Crosby et. al., were still active. Others that were featured fell out of the spotlight, barely being remembered. It was Chuck and its rebroadcasts that saved these personalities from total obscurity. People such as Eddie Cantor, Ed Wynn, and Fred Allen were brought back again for those to enjoy. (All three were since deceased by the time TWTD first made its over the air mark!)

I was twelve years old when I first stumbled on to this program. Although I first heard about it when it was already on the air for about a year when Chuck was a guest on a local morning TV program that aired on station WGN, the notion of the show didn’t phase me much since I did not remember radio outside of listening to my top-40 favorites on WCFL and WLS. Besides, when watching his appearance on TV that morning, my mom was yelling at me to get dressed or I would be late for school.

But one Saturday afternoon in July, I was taken down on some kind of illness. I didn’t know what I caught, but it felt like a hangover! (What that illness had since been long forgotten!)  Anyway, while lying in my bed feeling sick as a dog, I had my Ross portable AM and FM radio at my bedside. Thinking I could tune in to a ball game or perhaps to “my” music on WLS or WCFL, I scanned the radio dial attempting to find something to listen to. I twisted the dial going from 550 AM through 1600 AM. When I reached the far right of the dial around 1590 AM where WLTD was located, I picked up some interesting sounds. The sounds consisted of dramatic dialogue as if I might have picked up the audio portion of a TV broadcast.

So I listened for a bit. It wound up to be a 1940’s isolated episode of The Adventures of Superman. The scene featured the man of steel as played by Bud Collier, who was speaking to some character that was explaining a diabolical plot. That character, played by another radio actor, was the bad guy in the story. It had something to do with the plot to blow up a railroad bridge. Meanwhile, cub reporter Jimmy Olson of The Daily Planet was on a train that was heading toward the bridge that was about to be blown up. Then the voice of the narrator of this story, Jackson Beck, informed the listeners, “Will Superman arrive on time to save Jimmy Olson from this possible fate? Tune in tomorrow for The Adventures of Superman, brought to you by Kellogg’s Pep cereal”.

Now I didn’t know that this show was from nearly thirty years before, since Jackson Beck was a voice I did recognize since he was still active in providing voice overs for radio and TV commercials and related programming. (Beck would be active in radio spots well into the 1990’s with a series or radio commercials for Little Caesars Pizza!) I also knew of Kellogg’s cereals, but never heard of Pep. Perhaps that was a new brand of cereal.

To make a longer story shorter, Chuck then went on the air telling the radio audience that that Superman show just programmed was indeed from the 1940’s, and that it was a good thing that Kellogg’s didn’t make Pep anymore because it was a bland tasting cereal!

TWTD’s theme that day was Railroads, where Chuck played other radio programs consisting of episodes of Grand Central Station, The Railroad Hour, and even The Jack Benny Program featuring the gang at the railroad station with Mel Blanc’s announcement for trains leaving for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga.

And at the end of the show, Chuck stated that Those Were The Days would return the next Saturday afternoon from 1:00 through 5:00 PM. So as a hunch and since recovering from my illness, I tuned in again the next Saturday. And I returned the next Saturday, And the next Saturday! And the next Saturday! And the next Saturday!

The weeks turned into months, The months turned into years. The years turned into decades. Before long, I was getting a load of nostalgic sounds from this program that recalled the same sounds of radio from that not-so-long-ago period.

The was something unique about this nostalgia I was exposed to. Out of those sounds and voices from that not too distant past, I didn’t remember about 99% of it. Most of the radio shows Chuck would program aired between c.1935 through c.1955. Some were older and a few were newer. However, it was a time long before I was born, or a time that I could even conceive my landscape. However, I was hooked from a nostalgia that I didn’t even remember!

And whatever became of TWTD? I’m happy to report that that program is still on the air! Its creator and original host, Chuck Schaden, retired from his on-air host duties in 2009, giving the reins to Steve Darnell, who took over. The show can now be heard through WDCB-FM in Chicago either over the air (in Chicago anyway) or via live streaming on http://www.WDCB.org on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 PM (CST). And archived episodes of TWTD can be streamed online through Chuck Schaden’s website called Speaking of Radio found at http://www.SpeakingOfRadio.com.

PS..for those that desire to hear that long forgotten episode of TWTD when I was lying in bed sick to the gills, tune in to the episode that aired on July 29th, 1972. I tuned into that same episode about 45 minutes in progress.

What this writer is emphasizing is the fact that nostalgia is far from being a new idea. In fact, it’s so old, it’s new again! In fact, there is even some nostalgia regarding the early days of the internet. The Internet Archive based in San Francisco and found at https://archive.org, can reproduce old websites through its Wayback Machine portals that still preserve inactive websites from the middle 1990’s through recent times. You can visit http://www.Pets.com, http://www.Blockbuster.com, and even http://www.Amazon.com as it was a spot on the ‘net to purchase textbooks! You can even visit http://www.TheFacebook.com, an online directory connecting people through social networks at colleges. If one wants to connect through TheFacebook, make sure you register with an email address that ends with “edu”. For those that don’t have access to such an email address, you can always try http://www.MySpace.com, and see what happens

So as the old saying goes, don’t forget to remember before you forget to remember what you are remembering. Otherwise, you’ll forget to remember. So don’t forget!! Got it??

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THE FALL SPORTING LIFE

Now that the Summer Olympics are said and done for this season, now it’s time to concentrate (if the term “concentrate” is the word to use), on other sporting events that are out there in media-land.

Since it’s middle summer, or it was the last time this writer checked, now it’s the moment to deal with one of the bigger forms of pro sports to deal with. And that sport in what makes the fall season worth its time–Football, spelled with a capitol “F”!!

Of course, there are many levels of this game that are out there. There are the peewee leagues for kids (boys mostly) that are for those in the single digit age. Then there are the leagues played among the middle schools a.k.a. junior high schools. Moving up there are the senior high school leagues. Then we have college level teams, where things begin to get rather serious. Finally, there are the pro leagues where every Sunday (or Thursday or Monday nights), two teams battle it on with the hopes to reach the top where they become involved in the only championship game that matters, the ever lovin’ Super Bowl!

This writer won’t get involved with stats or figures for the game as this same writer isn’t too keen on who’s playing for what and where. You can leave those figures for the bookies out there, as well as those that are involved in Fantasy Football, a method of play that has a participation of many, and a game that isn’t quite understood by this same writer. (“Me”!) I never quite got the idea why anyone would play a game where it’s part of a “fantasy”. But then again, what do I know?

But getting back into the game of football for this moment. In many communities, high school football is the be-all-to-end-all! The following of the local team that plays each Friday evening for the community it represents is part of what makes the community stand out among the others. And when I speak about “community”, we are speaking of small town America, where local pride runs higher than, let’s say, a larger urban area. Although the suburban regions near a larger megagapous could count as well, small town communities hold more drama and the passion that goes along with it. In fact, one of the most popular legacy TV series available for streaming is the TV series Friday Night Lights, an episodic drama about a high school team located in a small town in Texas. (This writer believes it’s available on Peacock since FNL was produced by Universal, and Peacock is owned by NBCUniveral.)

One element of high school football is the fact that it receives little to no publicity outside of the communities they belong to. For many years, if a local Cable TV company provided service to the said community, games would be televised through the local public access/local origination channel. Watching these games through your local CATV provider created an incentive to become a subscriber, especially if one had some connection to the local school team.

When I was once employed by a franchise of Group W Cable in a suburban area of north Minneapolis, the channel would air all of the  home games each Friday night, complete with a play-by-play and color man, along with the pre- and post-game interviews with coaches, players, with an occasional spot with the staff from the athletic department, as well as the parents of the players themselves. It was local TV at its finest!

College football is another league of its own. Thanks to the recent mandate that players of college football can actually receive some form of monetary keep, the game became competitive, especially for the bigger schools that live on the backbone of football. (Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana comes to mind!) And thanks to such channels as the many forms of ESPN that exist, as well as Fox Sports, other regional TV/Streaming networks, as well as ABC and Fox, gop up their schedules running college football on Friday nights and all day on Saturdays.

The NFL is perhaps the “name” of football. The various leagues out there will battle it out on the gridiron for the amusement of its many fans. Those fans know of the teams, the colors the teams stand for, and just about everything that really matters. In the dairy state of Wisconsin for instance, fans and even non-fans will don the colors of green and gold! Why? It’s been that way since anyone could remember. and why break a tradition? In Washington, DC, the team is still known as “The Washington Football Team”. Granted, it’s a rather clunky title, and it doesn’t have the same sex appeal to something as “Bears”, “Lions”, and even “49ers”. But what did one expect from a district that is loaded with more government that ever?

Of course, leagues do come and go. Many a time there has been attempts to compete with the all-mightily National Football League with little to no success. In the middle 1970’s, there was the World Football League. Ten years later, The United States Football League (USFL) marched on and off the field. In the early 2000’s, the XFL–Xtreem Football League, wasn’t as extreme (xtreem?) as it could have been. And the most recent casualty was the Alliance of American Football League. Unlike the previous leagues, the AAFL has social media at its disposal where it would bring the team, the players, as well as the league itself up close and personal to its fans, or lack of them!

To get to know more about this latest football fumble, there is a documentary out there entitled Alliances Broken, written & directed by Steven Potter that illustrates in detail the real low-down on what happened to the league that never really made it, even being called “The Fyre Festival of Sports”! (Alliances Broken is now available for viewing on digital platforms. Check the program guides for the streaming video carriers for more details!)

Whatever the case, there will be plenty to view on whatever device one uses to see video content. Although the Pandemic (Yep, it’s still here!) isn’t as bad as it was let’s say a year ago this time, folks are still a bit scared to get out among the crowds of people. Perhaps this will be another excuse to watch football safe from others between now and February, when he Super Bowl makes its return back to Los Angeles, close enough to the Hollywood elite that tends to hang around a game that really matters. But until then, just dust off the ol’ pigskin, have plenty of snacks handy, make sure the beverages are nice ‘n cold (or hot if one is watching outdoors where the weather can get a bit nippy), and enjoy!

Even if you are not a fan, then it’s there to amuse and/or confuse! As they say, it’s only a game!!

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A FLASHBACK FROM TELEVISION LAND or GILLIGAN! DROP THOSE COCONUTS!!

Since this is August, we thought we would turn our attention to “Summer Reruns”, a term used by TV programmers to offer programming originally arranged for the summer season. This would be a series that only consisted of a limited about of episodes that would serve as a place marker on the TV schedule until a new(er) series would take its place. That new(er) program would replace the summer replacement, where the former would be highlighted and the latter would end its video run, never to be seen again!

So we through we would place a summer rerun (so to speak) by reprinting another column written by yours truly. This time around, this featured “golden oldie” comes from another publication that I was involved with.

In 2000 and 2001, I wrote a column called Richard By Far for the publication The Epicenter, the “official” newsletter for the Los Angeles chapter of The Catholic Alumni Club, a social group whose members were those that were unmarried and practiced the Catholic faith.

All of my columns consisted of what I was seeing within my domestic world, and an occasional look of what life is (was?) like as living as a non-married person of adult age. I never wrote about the Catholic faith per se since I didn’t have the knowledge to know enough about the faith in question. So all of my pieces were secular in nature, but would be of interest to those that would have access to each issue.

In the October, 2000 edition of The Epicenter, I wrote about a recent interview I had with comedy writer and television pioneer Sherwood Schwartz. Among many of the talents he had, he will be best known to be the creator of such TV sitcoms as Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch, among other entries. So here is that column that I hacked out back in the day…

I recently has the opportunity to speak with Sherwood Schwartz. A long time joke writer for such comics as Bob Hope and Red Skelton, he is best known as the creator of such classic TV sitcoms as Gilligan’s Island, It’s About Time, The Brady Bunch, and a host of others.

During our conversation, he went on to tell me the intellectual philosophy(?!!?) behind the concept and theme of Gilligan’s Island.

“…It’s a social microcosm..” Sherwood tells me. “..We all live in one world. It’s about time we recognize that fact!…The show illustrates how people who are forced to live together can also learn to live with each other! That’s the story of our world!…”

I wanted to relate that bit of wisdom to this deal ol’ club. I don’t mean that we have among us a member that can build a radio transmitter out of coconut shells and seaweed, or a millionaire that carries suitcases full of money on three hour sightseeing cruises. We are a group of people that come from separate styles of existence, living in environments not necessarily experienced by all of us. Some of us are starting out in life, while others have seen much more of this same life. Though there are a few things in common that some of us share (material status, education, etc.), we are still all different within our own right, and have to get along with each other. The most important fact is to accept each person for who and what they are. This gives us the chance to see and learn from how we are like one another, and how we are not! Unlike the crew of the S.S. Minnow, we can “get off the island” any time we want. If we do leave, it’s for our own personal reasons. Some of the people in the group had left the club, never to return. While at the same time, some of these same folks did come back later—hopefully for a while, rather than just for a 13 week season.

So take it from your “ Little Buddy”. We are a great bunch to be part of. Whenever you possess what you want or need, or have less than the minimum (such as no light, no phone, no motorcar), we can be like a family! Think of this method as to living in one big household with a dog, a wacky maid, and maybe a could of kids to boot! (The youngest one in curls.)

Until the next station break

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When describing the types of movies that catered to a specific audience and held a theme or concept, one could understand what was a “comedy”, a “musical”, and even a “drama”, although there could be a variety of types of movies that could fit within the “drama” mode.

One type of movie that’s often understood is what’s called “Film Noir”. Some mistake it as a movie from France since it contained a french word. (“Noir” is the french word for “black”). Others may find that a Noir film is dark in nature, meaning that there is some emotional pain, misery, and regret among its characters and plotting. That is more correct than the notion of a French origin. It’s meaning as according to Oxford Dictionaries is …a genre of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.

That might be the definition to a film scholar. But to a fan of old(er) movies, it’s a feature that contains tough and dangerous characters that shoots first and asked questions later. A flick that boasts women that are cunning and as equally dangerous with a gun or otherwise. There where those on the proper side of the law that were there to help or where there as part of the take. They all dwelled in big urban areas that started to grow up and grow out with all of the cheap women, cheap booze, and cheap lives that held them in. The best part about them all is that they were all captured on motion picture film shot in glorious black, white, and various shades of grey.

Eddie Muller, one of the leading fathers of film noir has recently expanded and revised his book Dark City-The Lost World of Film Noir (Running Press) a jammed pack title that writes upon the movies that graced the big screen for most of the middle 20th century that reeked with crime, justice, greed, corruption, revenge, sex, and even death by murder, suicide, or both!

Within the pages of this book, Muller examines many of these sort of feature films where its heyday was between the middle 1940’s through the later 1950’s, a time where most of the nation (as well as part of the world that benefited under the Marshall Plan) were showing prosperity. It even stemmed with the returning vets that fought in World War II where not everyone that returned was deemed a hero. Many of film noir’s characters were vets that not only lived a hell on the battlefield, but still held to shocks from the Great Depression from a number of years before, emphasizing who were the “haves” and the “have nots”. It was dog-eat-dog, and may the best man (or woman) win. lose, or both!

Not only Muller, in his classic writing style of a pulp fiction author adding plenty of color through his placement of words while exposing many of these types of features, he speaks about those that appeared on the screen, with such stars as John Garfield (the “face and voice” of noir), Burt Lancaster, Edmond O’Brien, Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Mitchum (Hollywood’s “bad boy”), Lloyd Nolan, and even Jimmy Stewart and Bogie taking a stab (pun?) in this genre.

And there were the woman that also made it happen, from Gloria Grahame, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Ida Lupino, and even such stars as Belita (born Maria Gladys Olive Jepson-Turner) whose hopes to be a ice skating star came to being iced out from an skating accident into appearing in dark pictures, and even comic star Lucille Ball appeared as a femme fatal in Fox’s The Dark Corner that co-starred Clifton Webb, William Bendix, and Mark Stevens–billed as He’s Different….and Dangerous!

Muller started to become a fan of these types of movies as a kid living in San Francisco in the 1960’s when KTVU programmed these features as part of a local version of Dialing for Dollars on daytime TV. Since that time and long after, he started to curate these movies that were once semi-forgotten into an art that they never were. He even went to supervise the preservation of some thirty plus films that were made by the big studios (all of them except for Disney(!) as well as the smaller “B” and poverty-row outlets. (Republic, RKO, PRC, Allied Artists, etc.) And although its “bright” period was the 1940’s and 50’s, a few post-era noir titles made its mark. Some were great (L.A. Confidential) while a few were indeed in the dark! (In order for this writer to mention those titles, you will have to place him under the third degree to make him sing!!)

This book is the ideal companion to really know and understand these kinds of movies and how they spoke upon what was going on in American society for the nation, (and the world that Hollywood fed), to become aware. And as Mike Hammer would say “She was a stalemate. So I slugged her!!”

PS..Turner Classic Movies gives this book its blessing as Muller is the host of TCM’s weekly showcase Noir Alley that plays tribute to these movies that were red hot and dangerous that can now be screened within the conformity and privacy of one’s video portal! Get it? Got it? Good!!

Dark City-The Lost World of Film Noir is available where better books are sold, both in store or online.

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