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“It all began at a small 5000-watt radio station in Fresno, California…”


When I first started Thrilling Days of Yesteryear back in November 2003, I got into the blog business for one reason and one reason only.  Women.  I was told at the time that girls couldn’t get enough of bloggers, and my fellow online diarists told me wild and fantastic tales of outrageous parties where the liquor would flow freely and there were rock bands and snacks and females with bodacious ta-ta’s who would take off their tops at a moment’s notice.  Two months into the blog, I learned to my disappointment that none of this was true…sadly, however, the practice of coercing impressionable young people into blogging via these boldface lies continues…only now I think they use the rationale to get folks Twittering.

Lies. Nothing but lies.

I am, of course, being facetious about this: I started blogging because I like to write, and I write about movies, TV and OTR because a woman who taught me English when I attended Ravenswood Penitentiary High School drilled into my mush-filled teenage skull that I should “write what I know.”  I’m not saying, mind you, that if there were bigger financial benefits to blogging (money, travel, fast cars, etc.) some of the stuff here wouldn’t be better written…but mostly I scribble down whatever pops into my feverish brain simply because I get such a kick out of doing so.

G-Men Never Forget (1948)

I certainly don’t write with the purpose of winning awards (most of the time, someone telling me “Hey, I liked what you had to say about G-Men Never Forget” is all the thanks I need) but it is always a pleasure receiving accolades from fellow bloggers, and one that I’m pleased to announce occurred this past week when Thrilling Days of Yesteryear took second prize in the Large Association of Movie Blogs’ 2011 LAMMY Awards. TDOY was the runner-up in the Best Classic Film Blog category—the top trophy going to one of my favorite classic film blogs, Where Danger Lives.  I know people often say that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades but in this particular instance to be in the same company not only with “The Professor’s” blog but True Classics: The ABCs of Classic Film (“All the shimmering stars in the cinema firmament…”), The Hollywood Revue (“Where we’re always ready for our close-up…”), and Defiant Success (“Now taking applications for a snappy motto…”) is an honor above and beyond…um…well, honordom, I guess.  (Hey…I could have finished second to The Dark of the Matinee and probably would have had it competed in the Classic Film Blog sweepstakes.)  I think so highly of Mark’s WDL that he even got my LAMMY vote, and he was kind enough to say (once my check cleared) that both I and TDOY were “the lynchpin of the classic film blogging community”—which seems fitting, as there are one or two people over at the LAMB who have wanted to lynch me for some time now.  (Rimshot!  Try the veal!)

3rdThe other honor that I got to put in the TDOY trophy case was third-place recognition for my essay in this past weekend’s Roger Corman Blogathon at Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear…and I think in some ways I was more gobsmacked by this announcement because I participated in the Blogathon for the sheer joy of it—I’ve never made any secret about my admiration and respect for “the king of the B’s” and I just thought it would be kicky to toss in my two copper pennies with a piece on one of my favorite Corman vehicles, A Bucket of Blood (1959).  My profuse thanks to Nathanael Hood at FCoY for singling me out—Nathanael deserves a big honkin’ trophy all his own for sponsoring “Cormanthon” and making it a real treat to be a part of.  In fact, we had so much fun and wacky hi-jinks with the Rog Blogathon that Nathanael is announcing a new blogathon for July 27-August 3:  Monster Movie Mania!!!

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

You better know it—five weeks from now, fee fee fi fi fo fo fum it’ll be a Monster’s Holiday, or as I have taken to calling it, “Monster Mash.”  Turning the floor of his blog into a giant mud pit (not for monster trucks, but just plain ol’ monsters) Nathanael is already taking requests for essays that must feature these two qualifications:

1) The film must be from 1950-1959.
2) The film must be centered around a MONSTER!!

And…the nifty thing about this is you’re not limited to films produced and released in the U.S., so there’ll no doubt be vehicles like Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) and Rodan (1956) in the mix.  In swapping a few e-mails with Mr. Hood yesterday I told him I would write a review on Tarantula (1955), because if watching John Agar battle a giant arachnid alongside the lovely Mara Corday isn’t your idea of family entertainment then the doctors have done all they can for your condition.

tarantulaThere were twenty-one participants in the Roger Corman Blogathon, and in the manner of mad scientists who created these giant beasties in the films of the 1950s, Dr. Hood is anxious to increase that number to gi-normous proportions for the next blogathon—yes, some may call him mad, but some may call him genius.  (And some may call his cell phone, but he’s got an annoying habit of letting it go to voicemail.)  So if you’re reading this post and maintain or have the keys to a blog of your own or someone else’s, I want to encourage you to participate in Monster Movie Mania—the information is here at FCY and like the Cormanthon you’ll need to reserve which monster movie you’re going to write about.  (Don’t have a blog?  Start one specifically for the contest!  It’s that darn easy!)  There’s plenty of incentive to get in on this because not only will there be nifty banner awards to display proudly on your blog should your essay win, place or show but also fabulous prizes…and if you’re honestly not interested in getting free swag I don’t think we can associate with each other anymore.  Monster Movie Mania…July 27-August 3, courtesy of Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear.

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