Thanks to Andy Lalino's letter and his piece in Oddservations I also found myself reminiscing about Gateway Mall. Yes, there used to be a General Cinema theatre there. And I used to like to drive over to St Pete and see my grandfather, stopping at Chicken Unlimited on the way down 4th Street. And I remember, while writing for the Plant High School newspaper, I made arrangements to interview Karen Lynn Gorney, who was appearing at the Country Dinner Playhouse. Gorney was hot coming off "Saturday Night Fever," and I was thrilled to get to meet her. Imagine my shock when I got back to school to see that someone (I think it was either Matt or Scott Gilbert) had written on the back of my notebook, "Karen Gorney makes me HORNY!" That explains her very short, curt answers!
HALL OF FAME BOUND
Congratulations to former Plant High alumn Wade Boggs, who this year is eligible for induction into the baseball hall of fame. Sadly, Darryl Strawberry is also on the ballot. Kids, if you need to see the effect drugs have on your life, you need look no further then Strawberry. He could be going in with Boggs this year but instead he will be watching on TV. Would also LOVE to see former Cub third baseman Ron Santo finally make it in. I'll let you know who made it in January.
AWARD SEASON BEGINS
Congratulations to Jamie Foxx, Annette Bening and the film "Finding Neverland." They were voted, respectively, Best Actor ("Ray"), Actress ("Being Julia") and Picture by the National Board of Review. Yes, the screeners are filling my mailbox and I'll be watching movies for the next three weeks. But I won't be doing the "Carmine Caridi" this year. Caridi, you may remember, was the actor who let his Academy screeners be put on the internet last year. This past week, Caridi was ordered to pay Columbia and Warner Brothers $600,000 for his actions.
BACK WHERE HE BEGAN
This week, it was announced that Steven Spielberg's version of "War of the Worlds" would film in New Jersey. The information was provided by the film's production manager, Jonathan Filley. Filley began his Hollywood career as the "guy on the beach" whose date swims off and is eaten by the shark at the beginning of "Jaws." (Congratulations to Jonathan! I might also point out our own Corey Castellano is on the special-effects make-up team of Spielberg's WOTW----Jonathan, tell Corey we said "Hi!" And if Core is reading this....vice versa! ---Nolan)
TONY THE TIGER WAS BUSY
This week, President Bush nominated Kellogg Company CEO Carlos Gutierrez to be his new Commerce Secretary. Word is that Gutierrez was not Bush's first choice. However, he was turned down by Snap, Crackle, Pop and the Dig 'em Frog.
NO EDUCATION NEEDED..........JUST MONEY!
In 1979, Pink Floyd enlisted two dozen students from the Islington Green School in north London to sing on their hit "Another Brick in the Wall." This week, a lawyer representing one of the children filed suit seeking thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Remember, if you don't eat your meat you don't get any money!
SEX ED IN THE COMICS
Congratulations to the daily comic strip, Zits, which I believe became the first comic strip in a daily newspaper to show a condom. In the strip, the character Pierce borrows a pencil from main character Jeremy. When he's handed the pencil, Pierce produces a condom, opens it, then rolls it on the pencil. "This flu season has everyone on edge" is the punchline.
IT WAS ONLY TWO POINTS
It was 25 years ago this past week that Darryl Dawkins made tv highlights when he shattered a backboard here in Kansas City during an NBA game between the Sixers and the then Kansas City Kings. Always the flamboyant one, Dawkins named the dunk, "The Chocolate-Thunder flying, Robinzine-crying, teeth-shaking, glass-breaking, rump-roasting, bun-toasting, wham-bam-glass-breaker-I-am-jam!"
MEET THE BEATLES - PART 45
December 5, 1967. With Ringo in Italy filming the movie, "Candy" and Paul on holiday in Scotland, John and George are left to host the opening of the group's Apple shop at 94 Baker Street in central London. In an ironic twist, the very first thing I ever won off of the radio was the album, "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty.
Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!
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