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Established A.D. 2000, March 19.  Now in our third calendar year!
   Number 126 (Vol. 3, No. 34). This edition is for the week of August 19--25, 2002.

The Next Steps...

The Lost Tapes of Dr. Paul Bearer, redux

More Florida indy film action

Life imitates art in New Zealand

Yes, I'm feeling much better this week, thank you very much. I've been catching up on some web projects, getting some long-delayed chops down on e-commerce (lotta potential there), and, oh yes, still looking for a steady day job (or night job, preferred). In the best-case scenario, very soon my webmaster chops will be such that I can at long last put out my shingle. (I'm working with several "clients" on their websites...it could actually amount to something, and not a moment too soon.) To say nothing of what's in store over at Crazed Fanboy.com if things go like I want.

For the time being, however, there is a real good chance that by this time next week---barring a sheer miracle, like, winning the lottery or something---I may very well be employed by a nationally-recognized convenience store chain with numbers in its name. I would be involved in cash-handling with a side focus on stock replenishment. The exact location of the unit would be undisclosed for an indefinite amount of time until I come to grips with the utter humiliation of it all.

Oh...don't give me grief, OK fine, there's nothing wrong with working in a convenience store (thank gawd it's fairly close to a police station), but I had done this sort of thing before and figured I moved on. In these hideous economic times, however, I'll be glad to have it.

The Redemption of the Lost Tapes of Dr. Paul Bearer
Dr. Paul Bearer   The very strange story of the redemption of old broadcast tapes of Florida's legendary TV horror host, Dr. Paul Bearer, begins almost exactly a year ago and has been documented in piecemeal fashion in the pages of this 'zine since that time.
   To recap: Late last summer, I got a phone call from one Russell McClellan, a Plant City resident, and one of the most devout Dr. Paul Bearer fans on the planet, who wanted to know if I had a way, or knew anybody, who could transfer old 1-inch TV broadcast tapes of Dr. Paul Bearer, recorded at WTOG channel 44, to VHS videotape for the goal of convenient viewing and fan distribution. (This was first reported in the "La Floridiana" section of Nolan's Pop Culture Review #73.)
   While I was still recovering from the shocking question, Russell (or "Rusty" as he likes to be called), explained that he came into possession of the tapes by direct contact with the wife of the late horror host, Mrs. Dick Bennick, who gave him the tapes, as well as the original "tenement castle" set(!) and a few other odds and ends. (Other fans inherited some other significant props and pieces from the estate, most notably ED Tucker, who wrote the staggeringly wonderful "The Lost Interview of Dr. Paul Bearer" and Monster Memories.)
   After a few frustrating weeks trying everything from public access TV (they never had 1" machines), to the University of South Florida (looked promising, but went into lockdown following 9/11), I had to return the tapes to Rusty and admit defeat.
   Recently, Florida film director Andy Lalino got involved and tried to find some equipment through his association with the Home Shopping Network. He was informed they had bailed on "obsolete equipment" some time ago, basically throwing them in the dumpster. Surprised and disappointed, he continued to search anyway.
   Then, two nights ago, I get two emails from Rusty. He has found someone in Ohio to transfer the tapes. Not only that, but once that's completed, he'd like to see the copies distributed or sold on Crazed Fanboy! Evidently, the widow Bennick has granted permission for this venture and given him the rights.
   This is a red-letter day for fandom!
   In the "bucket-of-ironies-that-is-my-life" dept.: The day after I get this message from Rusty, I get a phone call from Andy Lalino that he has found somebody in Clearwater who can do the job! Repeated calls to Russell on Tuesday were unsuccessful, but I did leave messages.
   So it seems that one way or another, at long last, Dick Bennick, aka Dr. Paul Bearer, will again be lurkinggggg for youuuuuuuuuu!

More Florida films nearing completion and release...
Joel D. Wyncoop and Gus Perez strike again.
Just out of the mailbox, addressed to ye old editor and company, a decorative paper invitation to a sneak preview of Ft. Pierce actor (and Florida Folk Hero), Joel D. Wyncoop, and local boy (and Florida Folk Hero), Gus Perez's, latest magnum opus. In a closed screening to be held this Saturday in Brandon, the guests will be viewing "The Part", soon to be released in "Twisted Illusions II", and "Time for Dessert", soon to be released in "Finishing Up". Any further details about the anthologies these chapters help comprise will presumably be available at this event. Quite a few guests are expected.
   It sounded like fun and I agreed to cover it for Nolan's Pop Culture Review. Joel and I spoke several weeks ago by phone, but I was still groggy when he called at the crack of noon and I don't remember much except Joel's infectious enthusiasm for the project. I do remember this exhibition was postponed from roughly a month ago for fine-tuning.
   "La Floridiana" writer Will Moriaty will attend, and, barring any more catastrophes, so will I. Terence Nuzum has agreed to at least consider it (ha ha--that's a lot!). Our reviews of the event and of the films themselves, along with any photos we take (oh yes, we'll have a camera) will likely appear in next week's Pop Culture Review, with the full movie review being in "La Floridiana".
   Will Moriaty has written about Joel Wyncoop and Gus Perez in past columns, and, in fact, a new column on the work of Gus Perez is due out soon. It is worth mentioning that our own Ricky Sousa, past president of The Andromeda Society, was also an actor in these films and will be attending this party.

Life imitates art:  town in New Zealand is officially named "Hobbiton"
  by guest reporter Steve Beasley                

Hobbiton town sign   Hobbiton comes to life in New Zealand.... A town in New Zealand called Matamata is changing its name to Hobbiton to celebrate the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Hobbiton is the community in the Shire where the hobbits live in the trilogy "The Lord of The Rings" and "The Hobbit". A farm near Matamata in New Zealand was transformed by the movie's production company over the space of two years and used as Hobbiton for the first film in the trilogy, last year's "The Fellowship of the Ring". Native Peter Jackson is the director of all three films.
   Hobbit burgers to go, please...
   When the town changes its name, local food shops are even planning on selling "Hobbit" burgers and various other Hobbit delicacies. Mayor Hugh Vercoe and the district council of Matamata are hoping that the actors who played Hobbits in the movie will offer tips to help them make the town look just right.
   This (and more) is taking place about an hour from where I live and work...

Reporting live from Takapuna on the North Shore,
Steve Beasley

La Floridiana This week's issue
La Floridiana by William Moriaty
Book Review:
"Clyde Butcher--Florida Landscape"
. No library of the ardent "La Floridiana" fan would be complete without the works of Florida photographer Clyde Butcher. Butcher's black and white renditions of Florida's rivers and swamps contain such contrasts of light and dark, of the ephemeral and the massive, as to instill a sense of surrealism.....
ALSO THIS ISSUE: "Friskin' Football", or "We Have Met the Enemy and the Enemy Is Us"
............................Click here for more.

Deadguy's Dementia This week's issue
Deadguy's Dementia by Michael Scott
Damn Them All to Hell.   Kane Hodder has left the production of "Jason vs. Freddy" ..........Ghost Rider is running into problems now....... Vin Diesel is preparing to take on the character of Reddick......"Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker" will go straight to video......The Aliens vs. Predator movie is indeed finally happening......
Howl-O-Scream. The casting call for Howl-O-Scream, has been extended........ ......................................Click here for more.

The Digital Divide This week's issue
Music News and CD Reviews
by Terence Nuzum:
   Check out CD reviews on the latest by Yeah Yeah Yeah, Enon, and Hot Snakes! .....................................Click here for more.

The Unapologetic DVD Enthusiast This week's issue
The Unapologetic DVD Enthusiast
COLLATERAL DAMAGE. Arnold Shwartzenegger stars as a fireman whose life is turned upside-down as terrorists claim the lives of his wife and child during the bombing of a building in Los Angeles. He is enraged to learn that the US government isn't likely to do anything in retaliation for the strike, and despite a lack of military training, he decides to take matters into his own hands, and goes after the terrorists himself...... ......................................Click here for more.

Matt's Rail This week's issue
Matt's Rail by Matt Drinnenberg
DVD DECEIT. With "Lord of the Rings" not ringing the money bell in DVD sales, it's clear that Drew, Mike (Deadguy) and Terence were right on in this anaysis of the situation; the industry that brings us DVD has, to me, committed the ultimate consumer sin..... BASEBALL ON STRIKE? FANS ON STRIKE!!!. Unless you live on another planet or are completely anti-sport, you no doubt have heard by now that baseball players have set a strike date of August 30th if an new Labor Agreement can't be reached with the owners..... ...............................Click here for more.

Mike's Rant This week's issue
Mike's Rant by Michael A. Smith
DON'T I ALREADY OWN THAT? I agree with Matt on the sudden proliferation of DVDs suddenly showing up without warning. I had heard a few months ago about the "Special Edition" of "Wrath of Khan" coming out, so I didn't buy the bare bones version...... ONE STRIKE - NO BALLS. Wow! A chance to rant on my two favorite subjects in the same issue! As any of you who read me regularly know, baseball is one of my passions. Like many fans, I endured the strike of 1994 and watched the World Series become canceled because of the bickering of millionaires with billionaires. And I slowly came back to the game I loved..... .........................Click here for more.

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