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PCR #372. (Vol. 8, No. 19) This edition is for the week of May 7--13, 2007.
Hello, gang! Apologies again for the lateness. Shall we begin?
MAYBE THEY SHOULD BAN FRIED FOODS, TOO
I can't believe the shortsightedness that Major League Baseball has shown by a recent decision by most clubs to stop serving beer in their clubhouses. This came about after St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock died in an auto accident after spending 3 1/2 hours drinking at a local St. Louis bar. Tests showed that Hancock's blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal amount. Authorities also found 8 ounces of marijuana in his rental car. FYI: he was driving a rental car because he had damaged his car in an early morning accident a few days prior. So, even though Hancock got his booze in a bar, and chose to drive (he turned down an offer of a cab, telling the bar manager that he was going to walk), MLB thought it would send a positive message and ban beer. Hey, I have an idea. Instead of worrying about the occasional ball player who may have a cold one after a hard game, why not worry about the 50,000 fans that come to the stadium and guzzle down those $7.00 beers (remember, you can only buy four at one time)? Better yet, why not ban beer (and it's advertising) from your stadiums. Change the names of Busch Stadium and Miller Park to something less dangerous. And don't forget, no bottles of champagne in the locker room when you celebrate that World Series title. Maybe some nice Hawaiian Punch?
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
When I was a young boy, probably around 5 or 6, I had surgery on my right ear. A few years later, I started having bad earaches in that ear. A trip to the doctor found him reaching into my ear with his little forceps and pulling out a ball of cotton batting which had been left behind during the surgery. This being the 1960s, my parents didn't sue the hospital for all it was worth. Still, I'm glad the doctor didn't find in my ear what a doctor in Oregon found when he inspected 9-year old Jesse Courtney's left ear. Complaining that he could hear a faint popping..."like Rice Krispies"..., the doctor flushed his ear and dislodged two spiders that had nested in his ear. One spider was sill alive and only came out after a second stream of water made him leave his home. Yikes! I've heard that people unknowingly swallow a couple of spiders a year when they sleep. Now we have to worry about them in our ears!
Look for a new "Terminator" film in 2009, courtesy of Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson, who bought the rights to the characters from producers Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar. The proposed film will center around the character of John Connor. No word on whether Arnold Schwarzenegger would be interested in a fourth time as the machine from the future.
Liv Tyler has signed on as the female lead in the new "Incredible Hulk" film.
The US Treasury Department has inquired whether or not Michael Moore broke the law when he transported a group of 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba in an attempt to get medical help they were refused in this country. Moore's actions violate a trade embargo against Cuba, which prohibits U.S. citizens from doing business in the country. Though previous embargo violators have been hit with only a $1,000 fine, one can only wonder what the Bush Administration, no fans of Moore's, might have in store for the film maker. Moore's upcoming documentary on the health industry of this country, "Sicko," opens in June.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...? CHAPTER 19: JUDGE REINHOLD
WHERE YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Beverly Hills Cop".
AWARDS: 1994 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for "Seinfeld."
The "cool" geek in a crowd, Judge Reinhold carved out a niche for himself in Hollywood in the 1980s. After early roles on television shows like "Wonder Woman" and "Magnum, P.I.," Reinhold appeared in two of the most popular comedies of all time, 1982s "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Stripes." As Brad Hamilton in "Fast Times," he was the cool guy with the cool car and the cool job. At least until he tells a complaining restaurant customer that he's "going to kick 100% of his ass!" Then it's all downhill for Brad, from having to wear a pirate hat at work to getting caught masturbating to the dream image of a naked Phoebe Cates! In "Stripes" he played one of the newbies assigned with Bill Murray to a basic training platoon. Small roles in "The Lords of Discipline" and "Gremlins" followed. Then in 1984 he got the role he would always be associated with, Detective Billy Rosewood in "Beverly Hills Cop." He reprised the role in two more films and there is currently talk of Eddie Murphy doing a fourth chapter in the story of Axel Foley. Leading roles in comedies like "Head Office," "Ruthless People" and "Vice Versa" followed, though by the early 1990s Reinhold was back doing supporting work. In 1994 he appeared in the successful "The Santa Clause," and has also appeared in it's two sequels. He also went back to television that year, appearing in several made for television movies as well as an Emmy nominated performance on "Seinfeld," where he portrayed Aaron, the close talker. In 2006, he made his writing and directing debut with the religious documentary "Be Still," which he created with his wife, Amy, and David Kirkpatrick.
Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!
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