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PCR #142. (Vol. 3, No. 50) This edition is for the week of December 9--15, 2002.
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HOWDY
A quick hello to the magically reappearing Vince Blessi. Vince and I shared a lot of good times in high school.........most of them in Mark Goshen's garage! Thanks for the photos. Am I the only one associated with this mag that's losing his hair? It was bad enough running a shot of Scott Van Sickle with his lion mane still intact, but now Vinnie's got me beat, too! (I myself never lose any hair because I always keep it in the same box in the bathroom closet. Thanks for not blowing that secret....D'OH!---N)

GUESS HE'S NOT GOING TO SING THAT ROBIN HOOD SONG EITHER
It's funny how musicians can be mistaken for one another. Believe it or not, 15 years (and about 70 lbs) ago, when I was beardless, I was mistaken for Freddie Mercury!! Now why these girls would think that Freddie Mercury would be eating dinner at Denney's in Baltimore I'll never know. And, when flying down to Tampa for the last HATS get together, I carried my guitar on board with me. From the security gate, all through the flight, and until I got my rental car, I bet I signed 25 autographs for people who just approached me and asked. I signed my name and everyone seemed happy. Matt said I looked a lot like one of the guitarists for Journey, but I sure didn't see it. Anyway, imagine you're Ryan Adams. You're in the middle of your set and someone in the audience yells out, "Summer of '69!" Nice tune.......by BRYAN Adams. Ryan was so incensed he stopped his song and demanded the lights be turned up. When he identified the fan (who, in all fairness, was there because a friend invited him and, having never heard of Ryan Adams, assumed it was Bryan), he had him tossed out of the place. The management did refund his ticket money.

THAT WOULD BE THE BUTT, BOB
Those of you who follow those cool urban legends remember this as the answer to a question on "The Newlywed Game." The question: "Where is the most unusual place you've made whoopee." Now for years, host Bob Eubanks has said that this never occurred and has, in fact, offered $10,000 to the person who can produce this show. Well, Bob, get out your wallet. In the upcoming film, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," George Clooney was able to get game creator Chuck Barris (on whose "unofficial autobiography" the film is based) to dig out the film of the show in question which had not been seen since first airing. It will be featured in the movie.
(Umm...was I the only one to sit through that kitchy special a couple weeks ago, "Funniest Game Show Moments" or something like that? I could swear on a stack of videotapes the segment of The Newlywed Game in question was played that night!---N)

HE'S DID THE CRIME, HE'S DONE THE TIME
Those of you who read my work faithfully know that I am a pretty big baseball fan. I was very surprised to hear this week that the powers that be running Major League Baseball are seriously contemplating reinstating all time Hit King Pete Rose back into the games good graces. In 1989, Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport he so loved after he was found to have bet on baseball. Since then, Rose has vehemently claimed that, while he did have a gambling problem, he never bet on baseball. Pete, take it from me. Now is the time to make your amends. The fact that you received the longest ovation from the fans at the World Series this year must show you that you are loved and respected. And trust me, the only way you're going to make it back to the sport you love is to admit what you did. Tell the truth, say you're sorry and your plaque at Cooperstown is assured. I'm planning on hitting the Hall of Fame ceremonies this summer as one of my all time faves, Eddie Murray, is inducted. It would make me happy to applaud for Pete Rose as well.

IS TINA TURNER IN THIS ONE, TOO?
Mel Gibson has signed on to do the fourth film in the "Mad Max" series. "Fury Road" will begin shooting this coming May.

PASSING ON
Sad to report the passing of television legend Roone Arledge. Mr. Arledge passed away last week from cancer at the age of 71. As a pioneer of television sports, he introduced such features as slow motion, instant reply, freeze frame views and the placing of microphones near the field to bring the sounds of sports into living rooms. While at ABC, he created "Wide World of Sports" and coined the well known phrase "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." He made heroes out of little known Olympic champions by producing personal profiles of the athletes to run during the games. In 1970, he introduced "Monday Night Football," which is now in it's 33rd year. Named as head of ABC News in 1977 while still running the sports division, he was responsible for such shows as "20/20" and "Prime Time Live." In 1979, after American hostages were taken in Iran, he persuaded all ABC affiliates to give him the 30 minute time slot after the late evening news for a program entitled, "America Held Hostage," which was hosted by Ted Koppel. Once the hostages were free, Koppel continued on with the popular show "Nightline." Incidentally, the first story featured on "20/20" was a behind-the-scenes look at the film, "Jaws 2."
Also passing on was guitarist Rich Dangel, who created the opening guitar chords of "Louie, Louie." He was 60. Dangel was a member of the Northwest rock band the Wailers. The Northwest sound was very raw, unpolished and catchy. The Wailers turned "Louie, Louie" into a regional hit in 1961, having been written by local R & B singer Richard Berry. However, it was another Northwest band, The Kingsmen from Portland, Oregon, who took the song to the top of the charts. (From memory, I believe the chords are: A, D, Em, D, over and over. On the Kingsmen version, I always thought the keyboard was playing an "A7" instead of matching the guitarist's "Em", resulting in that jangly sound they got.---Nolan)

Well, that's it for now. Have a great week. See ya!


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