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LA FLORIDIANA
Florida’s Commuter Airlines from the 1960s to the 1980s: Part Four
 by William Moriaty

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Shrek 2"
 by Mike Smith

ODDSERVATIONS
Flo-HORROR-da....Tony Randall and Alan King
 by Andy Lalino

VINNIE VIDI VICI
Dumbsfeld’s New Camera....Single Sex Marriage....The Liberal Media....Scream 13, The Election Horror
 by Vinnie Blesi

MIKE'S RANT
More On Moore....Passing On....Meet The Beatles, Part 17
 by Mike Smith

LETTERS
Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2003!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our fifth calendar year!
    Number 217  (Vol. 5, No. 21). This edition is for the week of May 17--23, 2004.

Highs and Lows

• Gay Ol' Time in Massachusetts
• Tony Randall dies at 84; Alan King dies at 76
• Coffeehouse Review for May
• A visit from ED Tucker
Also...
Special birthday wish....Britton goes to $1.00....William Moriaty spotlighted on Floridata website

Monday, May 18th, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the union to recognize same-sex marriages with full legal rights. This development has been brewing for a while, expecially since Vermont legalized "civil union" quasi-marriages between "life-partners" along the same lines some time ago, initiating a slew of debates around the entire country on whether this was a beneficial thing or not---or whether this was even a legitimate civil rights issue or not. President George Dubya, always on the lookout for a good diversion from the Iraq situation, seized this opportunity to call upon Congress to draft a new amendment to the Constitution that mandates marriage as being between "one man and one woman"---and anything else is just, well, illegal.

Well now...I've said it before in different words, but I'll say it again. How can that antagonistic thug and his cronies on Capitol Hill presume to lecture the country on the "sanctity of marriage"?! Besides the presumption that more than half of Congress has been involved in extramarital affairs or still support mistresses. But let's for a moment picture Dubya on the podium somewhere making his usual garbled noise about Iraq, prisoner tortures, etc., and then turning to the audience and saying "I think the sanctity of marriage should be preserved, 'cuz I know what love is and it ain't between two faggots or dykes!" OK, he never actually said that (that I'm aware of), but it sure isn't a stretch to imagine, is it?

The Constitutional amendment in question will likely never pass, but still it's irritating. The situation in Massachusetts is a very positive thing, I would hope the rest of the country would learn from its example, but I know this is a pipe dream. I do imagine quite a few more municiplities have it on the front burner, though.

Did you notice during the many, many interviews taken Monday on the steps of the courthouse where the recently engaged were waving their marriage certificates in the air how many were well over 40? I saw no one there around the age of, say, 19--25 (not to say there weren't but I didn't see any), which is especially meaningful in that these folks have been waiting for this day to come all their adult lives, suffering the slings and arrows of critics for decades. These are adults who know what they want and know what they're doing. Most were closer to 50 years old and have their mortality to think about, who want to ensure their loved ones are close by if and when something happens. Since most of their families have disowned them, I don't blame a few for doing backflips like teenagers over aquiring their first real marriage certificate. Just like real people. Just like "normal" people.

More power to 'em. There remains a threat a new law could see all this overturned in a few years; I can't imagine what chaos that would bring to those already settled and who would think it so important to rock the boat at that time, but of course, the critics of this are legion and ongoing court challenges on both sides of the issue are likely well into the future.

Tony Randall dies at 84; Alan King 76
I'm sure you've all heard the news about this talented actor-comedian's death earlier in the week, and no doubt Mike Smith wil do his usual amazing job at encapsulating Mr Randall's prestigious career, but I couldn't let it pass without comment. While undoubtedly his most celebrated role was that of fastidious Felix Unger in the TV adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" (which also had a catchy theme song), of all the career synopsises I've read, rarely do I hear anything mentioned about his starring role in one of the most charming and well-done fantasy films of all time: "The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao." This George Pal production from around 1964 took place in the Old West where Randall played an extremely eccentric, but magical Chinese carnival-barker and mystic fakir who traveled with his own circus--of which he himself portrayed every attraction! Randall went through various accents and modes of costume depending on the situation. A must-see for any fan of fantasy (especially with the under-valued stop-motion anmation effects by a young Jim Danforth).

That Tony Randall was in his Eighties probably came as a surprise to a lot of folks who didn't know he was close to 50 when he started The Odd Couple. Randall's life-long aversion to cigarette smoke and devotion to healthy habits no doubt helped prolong his life. He didn't become a father for the first time until he was 77 years old, then had two daughters. This delay in marriage and his flamboyant personality caused speculation by some that Randall was gay (further exaccerbated by a latter-day sitcom where he played a gay character). Who knows? The only thing for sure is we've lost another classic talent from television's golden and silver ages.

Alan King I remember from the recently circulated information that he made 70 or 80 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (coincidentally, Randall made about that many appearances on David Letterman). King was that rarest of stand-up comedians at the time: obviously middle-aged, but able to straddle the generation gap with few problems, something the older vaudevillians were struggling to do. This was an era when Robert Klein and George Carlin would be on the same show with Henny Youngman and Pat Cooper. With his trademark stogie, Alan King came off as a cross between your grumpy-but-funny older uncle and a used car salesman blathering about his crummy day. The formula was familiar, but King pulled it off with aplomb, spanning a generation gap that was quickly leaving his peers behind.

Romeo Coffeehouse Film Series May Meeting
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Gus Perez and Rick Danford
Gus Perez, left, and Rick Danford discussing the Tampa acting scene.
Joel D. Wynkoop
The always irrepresible Joel D. Wynkoop mugs for the camera. This is Joel's first visit to the Coffeehouse.
Chris Woods and Simon Lynx
Chris Woods, left, and Simon Lynx of Icon Film Studios discussing a questionnaire distributed at the meeting.
Brian Elis
Brian Elis is a big Chris Woods fan!
Joe DiCanio and friends
The returning Joe DiCanio brought along his friends Mesh Silva (extreme left) and Rebbeca Austin (right). The remains of daylight can be seen out the window.
Gus Perez and Joel D. Wynkoop
Gus is obviously impressing Joel with some script ideas!
Icon group shot
The band Danky Groove scored Icon's film "Broken Tomorrow". Lynx, left, speaks with Groove drummer/vocalist Rob Bennett (ballcap), as does Woods with bassist Jason Cremasco (ex. right)
Joel, Rick, Nolan
Joel Wynkoop, Rick Danford(center), and yours truly on the right, pose for this historic portrait.
Robyn Rose and Emel
Producer of the Tampa public access show "It's My Show", Robyn Rose and her daughter Emel, attended this meeting. Robyn and Gus are working on a horror film together.

Billed as a "magical night" (snark snark), May 13th saw a few more local movers and shakers share more of their cinematic wares with an unsuspecting public. I was delighted to see Joel D. Wynkoop (Dirty Cop No Donut, Killing Spree, Twisted Illusions, Creep, Raging Bells) in attendance. It has been a while since we've met up. Also present were Robyn Rose of Tampa public access's "It's My Show", a sort of candid camera/practical joke free-for-all. Gus Perez was once again my taveling companion--he and Robyn are working on a horror movie together (covered in La Floridiana, PCR #208).

Rykar Films' Joe DiCanio brought his friends Rebecca and Mesh along, always good to see Joe. Members of Danky Groove (see pics at left) joined the Icon Film guys for a viewing of "Broken Tomorrow" (as in the projector is broken today, but will it be broken tomororw? Sorry Pete, couldn't resist). OK, enough mingling, on with the show.

BLOOD MONEY (Renegade). The great and powerful Oz, Rick Danford, late of Renegade Films, born again of Enigma, brought along a rare treat: the one and only copy of Renegade's first film, "Blood Money", for this one and only showing before it goes back into the closet, presumably forever.

To say Danford was cautious about exhibiting this offering would be an understatement with many verbal reminders made about its humble origins and low production value. The technical problems Pete Guzzo, moderator of the Coffeehouse Series, was having with the video projector, particularly the audio, weren't helping matters. Anyway, on with the show.

"Blood Money" is short at only about 10 minutes, but it's a fairly neat little crime drama, with a snappy script and surprise ending. A two-timing wife decides to off her hubby using his seemingly traitorous best friend for assistance. Suddenly the tables are turned, the best friend turns against the girl. This, however, is also a diversion, as it was all set up to make the husband reveal the whereabouts of some stashed cash which paves the way for his convenient assassination.

Admittedly, the production was recognizably amateur, the lighting flat, the acting....ugghh, but the editing and decent script were enough to save it. I told Rick myself he needn't have worried so much, it stacks up pretty well against similar-league entries. Rick thought it sucked all the way to the wire, but its understandable as he's gone onto bigger projects.

It is worth noting his Nightmare Collection DVD featuring the best independent horror movies available is nearing release.

BROKEN TOMORROW (Icon Film Studios). I confess I had an advantage here as the Icon boys slipped me a VHS of this after last month's meeting. They were understandably upset when the audio gremlins once agains seized control of the projector rendering large parts of the soundtrack inaudible for this showing. This was remedied somewhat by a second showing of the film later in the evening. At one point Simon Lynx announced in a low monotone "This is based on a true story" eliciting a few chuckles from the crowd, mine among them, only in that no one was sure if he was kidding or not. Simon's weird like that.

The TV news is detailing a rash of homicides that have taken place in the neighborhood of our heroine, now having to watch out for a serial killer. As she leaves her apartment to run some errands, the camera follows closely as the P.O.V. suggests she's being stalked. In and out of various places, her apartment building, stores, malls, wherever she drives. The audience gets the creepy feeling she's aware of it. The question is: what to do now? As the camera/stalker winds his way around, following the girl through a maze of hallways, we round a corner. There's the girl sitting alone on a bench, back to us. The P.O.V. stalker comes right up on her. The knife comes out. Does she know it? Is she prepared?

The ending has a trademark Icon Film Studios scene long-time fans will appreciate, but first-timers will be taken by surprise. Another well-crafted film from these two.

JUST DUE (Katie Damien). This was actually the first movie that was supposed to play. I had missed it at the fourth Renegade Film Festival and was looking forward to seeing it tonight. NOPE, no audio at all could be coaxed from the DVD forcing Peter Guzzo to conclude there either wasn't supposed to be any (unlikely), or we had a defective disc. Or the projector was having problems (OK, I won't go there again.) Anyway, Katie, I do hope to see it NEXT month when it's scheduled to play the Coffeehouse again.

MAN KILLED GOD (Zenden Multimedia). From the literature: Delusions of Granduer, Religious Obsession & Sleep Deprivation collide as James (Adam Cronan) & Jacob (Joseph Kimble) battle to the death over the greatest question of all... If GOD exists, it is an entity that has knowledge of all things past, present and future... If one creates such an entity... can it be controlled and contained? Now I'm quoting the synopsis because by this point in the evening the audio was howling with buckets of reverb (don't ask) and I couldn't make out but maybe 10% of the dialogue. What I got out of it was some guy, like, invented a God-force or something and had it trapped in his bathroom! After briefly glimpsing it, this guy's friend demanded the light-force be released from the bathroom. Fighting enused, and I think the thing got out. I don't remember much else because like I said it was really hard making out the soundtrack. But what a wild premise, huh?

I could swear there was another movie in here I'm forgetting, but if so, it was also lost in reverb hell and I'm sorry I have no other comments about it.

Interestingly, the Icon boys, in trying to raise professional interest in the Tampa Film community, handed out some questionnaires during the meeting for the purpose of gathering comments and suggestions that will be given to some influential media outlets. Hopefully they'll succeed.

Lastly, Walter Romeo, owner of the Coffeehouse, confessed he's been experimenting with a video camera himself! I hope to see some of these provocative tidbits in the very near future.

See you all next month at the Coffeehouse, ya heah?





Birthday Wishes to one of the closest friends I ever had and someone very important to me. Terence Nuzum turns 25 years old today as I write this, May 19, 2004. Happy Birthday, Terence, and many happy returns.

They predicted it twenty years ago and now it's finally happened: The old Britton Theater in South Tampa is now a dollar movie house! Folks used to say once Twin Bays closed (which it did years ago), it was just a matter of time. Well, sometime over the last two weeks it became fact for the Britton. $1.00 for all movies before 6:00pm, $1.50 afterwards.

From Will Moriaty: I wanted to let you know that I am this month's featured celebrity gardener in the Floridata web site! You can link to the site at: http://www.floridata.com/main_fr.cfm?state=Welcome&viewsrc=welcome.htm.


The Invasion of Ed Tucker
Will and Ed
I had a feeling I shouldn't try to fight the terrible backlight in this photo--took everything I had to bring out the image. Anyway, William Moriaty, left, and Ed Tucker get into some appetizers at the Applebee's in front of the Marriott.
Andy Lalino
Andy Lalino listens to Ed and Will duke it out over Second City Television.
Nolan's drunk
Me doing what I usually do when I can't get a word in edge-wise: GET TOASTED! Well, that was my excuse anyway. Yes, 3 out of 4 of those giant Marguarita mixers are mine. Photo by Ed.
by Nolan Canova and Andy Lalino

Last Tuesday night, May 18th, a fairly rare opportunity arose by which four crazed contributors to this 'zine could actually co-exist under one roof, albeit for a brief amount of time. You know how I am about reunions. Anyway, Ed Tucker, author of the insanely popular Lost Interview of Dr. Paul Bearer and Monster Memories (to say nothing of being my co-conspirator of huge MegaCon reviews), contacted me regarding a business trip he was making to Tampa and was it possible to get a few of us together for food and drinks. I saw no reason we couldn't arrange our schedules for any opportunity to shake the rafters of fandom! I was very fortunate to able to secure both William Moriaty and Andy Lalino for the 6:00pm meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oldsmar where Ed was staying.

Arriving only a few minutes later than intended, Will and I met up with the already-arrived Andy Lalino and Ed Tucker, already deep in conversation. After initial greetings and a brief once-over of several quick topics, we decided to go to the Applebee's out front and secure some food and drinks. To say a good time was had by all would be an understatement. While William, Ed, and I have waxed eloquently before about our get-togethers, I'd like to turn over the reigns to Andy Lalino for his play-by-play of the evening, which is all the more interesting in that this is his first time joining us for one of these things.

FROM ANDY LALINO...
Last night I had the good fortune to hang out not just with my buddy Nole, but also with two familiar N'sPCR contributors who I met for the very first time: Will Moriaty and Ed Tucker. Needless to say, everyone present were seasoned Fanboys. Topics ranged from Dr. Paul Bearer (our favorite subject) to "Lost in Space" to SCTV, which both Will and Ed had astounding recollections of. Everyone brought to the table dusty memories and brain-teasing trivia questions that we had a ball trying to recollect.

We all initially met up at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (where Ed was staying) at 6pm, and chatted for a bit about '60s psychotronic icons Ted V. Mikels and Ray Dennis Steckler. We went on to chat about the "Night Stalker" and "Night Gallery" TV shows of the '70s. After the conversation we realized that, hey, we were all hungry, and moved the action to Applebees, which was a hop, skip, and a jump away from the hotel.

Drowning in a sea of apple margaritas, we all started up again like giddy 11-year-olds about genre fandom. All of us seemed very knowledgeable about not just classic sci-fi and horror, but exploitation, gore films, teenage sex comedies, TV, and a wide range of other related topics, including New Wave and '70s album rock. One of my favorite stories of the night was Will's recollections of watching the very first airing of "Creature Feature" in 1973 with his sister, who had introduced him to the world of sci-fi and horror. Now THAT'S a memory worth holding onto! I told the guys my early memories of "Creature Feature", which was probably also in '73, was watching "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers", "The Giant Claw", and "The Deadly Mantis". I suggested researching old TV Guides from back in the '70s as to what movies played on CF on what time/date. At the table, I got a chance to catch up with Nole and see if there was anything new in the world of Dr. Paul Bearer and other fan-related stuff.

After at least two chatty hours at Applebees, we went back to the hotel and took a seat within a gazebo near the pool (Nolan wanted to go skinny-dipping, but we all refused) (Lies! All lies! I was just a little inebriated.--N). The topic of the night was of course the good Dr., and it was great reminiscing about the good memories he left us. It's reassuring to know that such a great person like Ed is the Keeper of some of his artifacts, which he has acquired over the years. They're in good hands.

To everyone's surprise I brought along with me some photos I saved of Dr. Paul Bearer throughout the years. Eyes widened as I showed off my DPB autograph, a picture of him at the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon back in the '70s, and snapshots by his original hearse which Busch Gardens displayed at Howl-O'-Scream 2000. I will be providing these pictures soon on an upcoming edition of Oddservations.

After another marathon conversation about everything fantastic, it was time to call it a night. We said our farewells until next time we meet, which will hopefully be soon!


The Tucker Group
Portrait of the Crazed Fanboy Senior Council I playfully refer to as "The Tucker Group". Somewhat of a deranged parody of the founding fathers, our group portrait took on a rather historical air. From left, Ed Tucker, Nolan Canova, William Moriaty, and Andy Lalino. Photo by an employee of the Marriott.

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