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La Floridiana by Will Moriaty
   Now in our fifth calendar year
    PCR #237  (Vol. 5, No. 41)  This edition is for the week of October 4--10, 2004.

The Return of a Local Television Legend (well, almost)....Where the U.F.O.s in Florida are: 2004
 by Will Moriaty
"Shark Tale"
 by Mike Smith
"Shaun of the Dead"  by Nolan B. Canova
Concert Review: THE CRAMPS, w/The Chesterfield Kings, and The Downshifters
  by Terence Nuzum
Fanzine Memoirs, Part 5, the Gazette Period
  by Vinnie Blesi
A Message to the Kiddies Who Contributed to "A Shark's Tales" Box Office Take....Professor Paul Bearer Debuts this Saturday....Goodbye Janet Leigh
 by Andy Lalino
Dead at 77!
 by Brandon Jones
Debated and Debatable....Thanks, Cheney!....Rodney Is Gone
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Get Well Soon....The Next Logical Challenge....No Mas....Do Not Pass Go....Passing On....Meet The Beatles, Part 37
 by Mike Smith
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The Return of a Local Television Legend (well, almost)

Devoted readers of this column are very well aware of my love for the legendary Dick Bennick, a former Tar Heel disc jockey and television personality who brought one of local television's most colorful fright show hosts to the Tampa Bay area in the likes of Dr. Paul Bearer.

Bennick brought his unique and enduring Paul Bearer character to WTOG TV Channel 44's "Creature Feature" back in 1973. He would host the weekly feature up until his death some twenty-two years later in 1995.

Now, almost ten years after the last "Creature Feature" telecast, a new "Creature Feature" will debut on Saturday October 9, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. on UPN 44! Hosted by Professor Paul Bearer II, the goals of this host and the folks at Paul Bearer Productions is to "...honor and pay tribute to the one and only Dr. Paul Bearer...and to "...entertain you...and introduce horrible old movies to a whole new generation in the same way many of you (Fright Fans) have enjoyed (it) growing up..."

This is a schedule of telecasts of the new "Creature Feature" slated for the month of October:

Saturday October 9: 2 P.M. "Critters 4"
Saturday October 16: 2 P.M. "Aberration"
Saturday October 23: 2 P.M. "Humanoids from the Deep"
Noon: 'Nightmare on Elm Street 4"
2 P.M. "Freddie's Dead: the Final Nightmare"
4 P.M. "Amityville: Dollhouse"

Let's hope that enough viewers and support can make this a year around endeavor. The void of a local fright show host has been way too long.

Be sure to tune in to the new "Creature Feature".

For more information, log on to www.paulbearerproductions.com

Where the U.F.O.s in Florida are: 2004
Fifty-seven years after Kenneth Arnold spotted unidentified flying objects flitting over Mount Rainier Washington, U.F.O.'s continue to tease and taunt the populace as they invade the airspace over the Sunshine State.

According to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), as of October 2, 2004, Florida was fourth in the country with 1,138 sightings reported to that web site. Only California, Washington and Texas lead the Sunshine State in sightings. Starting on January 1, 2004, there have been 120 sightings reported to NUFORC from Florida.

But where in Florida are the most sightings reported?

Well, here's a listing of sightings throughout the state:

Casselberry- 7: Orlando- 7: Miami- 4: West Palm Beach- 4: Englewood- 3: New Port Richey- 3: Tampa 3: Bradenton 2: Ft. Myers- 2: Ft. Lauderdale- 2: Ft. Walton Beach 2: Jacksonville-2: Kissimmee- 2: Lantana- 2: Lakeland- 2: Lehigh Acres- 2: Marathon- 2: Naples- 2: Pompano Beach- 2: Port St. Lucie- 2: St. Pete Beach- 2: Sarasota- 2: Winter Springs- 2: Argyle- 1: Aventura- 1: Belleview- 1: Boca Raton- 1: Bowling Green- 1: Boynton Beach-1: Brandon-1: Brooksville-1: Clermont-1: Cocoa Beach-1: Crawfordville-1: Crestview- 1: Davie- 1: Daytona Beach- 1: Dunedin- 1: Deltona- 1: Edgewater- 1: Flagler- 1: Fort Pierce- 1: Gulf Breeze- 1: Haines City- 1: Hernando- 1: Holmes Beach- 1: Lake Worth- 1: Largo- 1: Melbourne- 1: Miami Beach- 1: Niceville- 1: Nokomis- 1: North Lauderdale- 1: North Miami- 1: North Port- 1: Ocala- 1: Oldsmar- 1: Oviedo- 1: Palm Bay- 1: Palm Coast- 1: Palm Harbor-1: Pembroke Pines- 1: Pinellas Park- 1: Plant City- 1: Port Orange- 1: Punta Gorda- 1: Royal Palm Beach- 1: St. Augustine- 1: St. George Island- 1: Shalimar- 1: Silver Springs- 1: Stuart- 1: Tavares- 1: Tequesta- 1; Thonotosassa- 1: Titusville- 1: Vero Beach- 1: Wekiva- 1: Winter Haven- 1: Winter Park-1

"La Floridiana" is ©2004 by William Moriaty.  Webpage design and all graphics herein (except where otherwise noted) are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2004 by Nolan B. Canova.