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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2010!
Assistant Editor / Co-moderator: Terence Nuzum

Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eleventh calendar year!
Number 538  (Vol. 11, No. 29). This edition is for the week of July 12--18, 2010.

To Wit
Gulf Oil Spill Capped!
R.I.P. George Steinbrenner, 80
R.I.P. Harvey Pekar, 70
Mel, Mel, Mel


GULF OIL SPILL CAPPED!
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010

-- THE FIRST DECADE --
Crazed Fanboy's Most Memorable Moments, 2000--2009
As submitted by PCR writers, compiled by Chris Woods
MIKE'S RANT: MY DAD
From 2008, Mike Smith's tribute to the memory of his father.
Regular readers will recall I've been following this story on and off ever since the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded nearly three months ago. Twice before I erroneously announced the damaged sea-floor pipe, gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, had been capped. Twice before, the announcement turned out to be premature.

Finally....finally, the fix is in place, at least the "temporary" cap is in place, and no more crude oil is gushing into the Gulf. British Petroleum heads warn that the seafloor rig is still damamged, but are cautiosuly optimisitc about the permanent, long-term solution, that is the relief wells scheduled to be completed in roughly a month.

Speaking of relief, this is quite a relief to the fisherman who make their living on the Gulf, not to mention all the tourist "Sun Coast" beaches who took a major hit financially, since visitors were of the erroneous impression that all our beaches were soaked in oil.

I hope I don't have to come back on here a third time to recant the the oil cap fix, but, for right now, it looks real good.

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R.I.P. GEORGE STEINBRENNER, 80
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010

I haven't been on the computer for a couple days trying to rest up, among other things, so apologies for being a little behind personally acknowledging the passing of sports uber-figure George Steinbrenner at age 80.

Even to a non-sports fans like myself, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is a household name. To any Tampa resident, he's one of our own. He lived here (actually, not all that far from me), trained the NY Yankess baseball team here, led them to monstrous success over three decades, and died here (at St. Joseph's Hospital). He was also a generous philanthropist, contributing to many local and non-local charities. His name is all over Tampa establishments he helped found, including one school.

I'm sure the sports fans among us can wax more eloquently than I about his contributions to the game, but I know enough to know he will be sorely missed.

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R.I.P. HARVEY PEKAR, 70
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

Underground comic book legend Harvey Pekar has passed away at the age of 70. His most significant achievement was in championing the graphic novel format, and in his case, the American Splendor comic, a wonderfully cynical and autobiographical series. Many pop culture fans likely recognize the title from the 2003 motion picture of the same name starring Paul Giamatti as Pekar.

Contributing artists to American Splendor were other notable underground legends such as Robert Crumb, Frank Stack, and Drew Friedman among others.

Pekar was also a recurring guest on Late Night With David Letterman. In one notable episode, Pekar accused Letterman of being a "shill for General Electric" (the parent company of NBC) which reportedly got him banned from the show.

Harvey Pekar was a pioneer of self-published comics and his autobiographical style has influenced many. He will be sorely missed.

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MEL, MEL, MEL
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

Like Mel Gibson needs more bad publicity. With the public still all too familiar with his roadside anti-Semitic rant from a few years back, now are being informed of a taped phone call where he not only uses the "N" word to describe a racial group most likely to rape his provocatively-dressed girlfriend, but also how he wants to bash her skull with a baseball bat and bury her in a rose garden.

The roadside rant followed a night of heavy drinking. I haven't been able to find any evidence he had been drinking before the phone call.

Mel is obviously his own worst enemy. His long-time talent agency has dropped him, and friends are starting to turn away. At this rate, finding his name on a movie marquee may become just a bittersweet memory.

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