Kliph Nesteroff, one of the many sages at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, has unearthed from the dusty YouTube archives a February 5, 1969 episode of The Good Guys, a CBS-TV sitcom which had a short-run from 1968-70. The series focused on the misadventures of Bert Gramus (Herb Edelman) and Rufus Butterworth (Bob Denver); a pair of… Continue reading Little buddies
Kerry Lauerman at Salon.com interviews Berkeley Breathed about the upcoming demise of his Sunday comic strip Opus, starring the penguin that was one of the delights of his Pulitzer Prize-winning strip Bloom County (1980-89). Breathed claims that the coarsening of the National Discourse is his motivation behind closing down the strip: You've said that you're ending "Opus" because you believe "We… Continue reading Magnum Opus
Just learned from my CharredHer.net homepage that Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, has passed on at the age of 72. This makes Abdul “Duke” Fakir the only surviving original member of the popular Motown group, who charted so many hit records during the 1960s and 1970s: I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Bernadette, Reach… Continue reading Seven rooms of gloom
Pa. man chews through belly-busting, 15-lb. burger The mountain of beef is the product of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield. [Brad] Sciullo, 21, of Uniontown, said he was surprised he finished the sandwich Monday. "About three hours into it, things got tough," he said. When asked what possessed… Continue reading You want fries with that?
Charlie Summers at Nostalgic Rumblings reports the passing of actor/sportscaster Gil Stratton, Jr.. who died this past Saturday at the age of 86. Devastating news to hear, to be sure—particularly in light of the fact that in working on this Radio Spirits project (which I just finished) I heard his unmistakable voice on a Life of Riley broadcast from February… Continue reading “Hi folks—time to call ‘em as we see ‘em…”
I had planned to have a Region 2 Cinema review up today but I was distracted this afternoon by TCM’s scheduling of The Sniper (1952), a noir (which I had not seen) featuring Arthur Franz as a too-tightly-wound loner who embarks on a killing spree of females because…well, let’s just Artie’s a bit “funny in the head.”… Continue reading “Find me and stop me…I’m going to do it again…”
Faithful TDOY follower George Freeman sent me an e-mail earlier today about the DVD release of a Britcom that for many years was a Saturday morning staple on West Virginia Public Television: the 1992-93 series Mulberry, starring Karl Howman as a mysterious gentleman answering to the series' title who befriends an irascible, elderly dowager named Miss Farnaby (Geraldine McEwan of… Continue reading Mulberry R.F.D.