LETTERS  PCR #187      (October 20--26, 2003)

Corey says, "To Unplug or Not To Unplug?"
Phil Frank and more on the right to life
From the directors of "Dorm Days"
Jason Liquori on cable TV
Dave Thielen on cable TV
Cheryl Ford on Dr. Kevorkian
Matt Drinnenberg on The Beatles

Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.

To Unplug or Not?
No, Iím not talking about Terri Schiavo. Iím talking about Nolanís cable TV service. (Re: Cable Access & Me, PCR #186.---N) I must say that it was with great shock that I received the news that Nolan had discontinued his cable service. I was shocked because in the 27 years Iíve known Nolan he has had cable for more than half of them. I was witness to the celestial alignment that brought cable television and VCR technology into Nolanís life simultaneously and I didnít see him for six months except when he was visiting me at work, S.O.S. Video, to purchase VHS tapes by the case. You see, the advent of classic TV shows on cable and a means to archive them effectively removed Nolan from society.

Anyway, at first I was bewildered by Nolanís recent decision and then it came to me: Not only had Nolan already recorded everything worth recording but, as a budding producer/director, he was developing his own programming. So, with that in mind, PULL THE PLUG, BUDDY!! Get busy and make something worth a damn, Iíll be watching.

Corey Castellano

That's the idea! Thank you, Corey, for one of your very rare and meaningful "Letters to the Editor" to mark the occasion. And again, Happy 40th this Monday!

Readers: Core has been there for pretty much all my essential life changes for nearly 30 years, good and bad. The figure is not an exaggeration; I knew him and his parents since he was a little kid...he speaks from experience.--Nolan


Who does the government think it is stopping the murder of a perfectly good human life? Why the mere thought of a baby hanging out of its mothers womb brings ripples of anger to my blood-thirsty mind. Or the idea of a sweet, innocent vegetative woman without hope or recourse lying there ripe for someone to starve the life out of makes me want to sink my claws into them. It is perfectly natural for someone to want to push these defenseless beings out of existence and out of their way. Now I'm really ticked!! Big Brother is at it again, but now their picking on the murder capitalist! People who only want to see someone dead. If I could perform a partial-birth abortion on an all but the head-delivered baby, to stick a pair of scissors into its brain till it stops quivering, oh boy, what joy to end that medical problem! And get paid, too!! Or maybe I could prescribe pills or use gas or inject a heart-stopping drug on a depressed (and sometimes not terminal patient like Kevorkian did) person makes me feel like I have a purpose in life.

Murderers have been questioned about why they kill. Many relate a sense of power when they deal the death blow or feel the life between their fingers slip away. Is this same event evident here?

Phil [Frank]


Thanks for taking the time to interview us...........we appreciate your support of the film.

David Hillenbrand
Scott Hillenbrand

Directors of National Lampoon's Dorm Days

Hey, glad to help, that's what we do here, guys! Anyome who hasn't read it yet, please see Michael A. Smith interviews the Hillanbrand Brothers! ---Nolan


I just read on the page about your cable being cut off (Yes, siree, in "Cable TV & Me", last week's issue---N). I used to work for CATV (owned by Westinghouse) in Riverdale, NY. My first shows were aired to their small subscribership of 11,000 homes. I found the local news work a little boring, but co-produced the most-watched show of the station's history, a dating game show like so many you see today (this was back in `93)

Shortly after we got our act together, the Monopoly you are referring to gave up on getting on our subscribers to switch over and simply offered the owners three times what the small station was worth. My employer was rich, rates went up, everyone got the Playboy channel and I was unemployed. (The entire production department was axed and our shows canceled. NY 1 already handled the local news.)

I sympathize with you, man. I would switch to Satellite if their sales dept. would get their act together and call when I tell them to instead of when I am out.

Jason L Liquori
Hocus Focus Productions

Jason, thanks for writing, that's quite a story. It must have been a gas working there before the axe fell, and I sympahize with you, too. It just goes to show how The Monopoly has negatively affected many people's lives in their mad quest to conquer the world.

TIME-WARNER/BRIGHT HOUSE. There....I've said it.---Nolan


[Re: Cable TV] Too expensive, however, I keep it for a clear reception if nothing else. SAD, SAD, SAD!!

On a side note, Sci-Fi has been airing "The Incredible Hulk", the Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno series. Cheesy show I admit, but I am in love with that theme song. I think it's called "The Lonely Man", but at the end of the show when it comes time to hear it, Sci-Fi interrupts with upcoming attractions. Then to add insult to injury, they come back to the show just in time to hear the very last low note. I CAN'T STAND IT!!!!!!!!!! PLAY THE WHOLE F&*KING THEME!!!!! EVERYONE KNOWS WHEN STARGATE IS AIRING. WE ALL KNOW, IT'S IN THE TV GUIDE!!

Anyways, got that off my chest.

Dave [Thielen]

Joe Harnell's classic theme from "The Incredible Hulk" is indeed called "The Lonely Man". Interesting, that of all music composed for the show, that tiny, sad-but-meaningful piano piece, played solo by Harnell himself over the end credits as Bixby walks away in the shot, has stood the test of time with fans---arguably more than the show itself! ---Nolan


Several years ago, when Dr. Kevorkian was in the process of his legal battles, he and his attorney were on Larry King. I called Larry King and was able to speak directly to Dr. Kevorkian. I told Dr. Kevorkian that he was essentially my mentor because what he was doing was no different than what we had been doing for years on the Oncology unit in hospitals. The only difference was that, he was helping those who were terminally ill and wanted to die in a most humane way.

Towards the later days of a terminally-ill cancer patient's life, they cannot eat, drink and can often have difficulty breathing. They become cachectic and all we do as health care providers for them at this stage is to continue to infuse medications such as Morphine and Ativan. These medications do nothing except to administer to them a slow narcotic overdose causing these people to spend the last few days of their lives hallucinating and miserable. But....it is referred to as "palliative care" and "keeping them comfortable." I've always questioned why we introduce Ativan (an anti-anxiety agent) to an already semi-comatose person.

I do not believe people should in anyway have to lay and suffer should it be their choice to not have to do so. My support for Mrs. Schiavo (Stated most eloquently, last issue ---N) states that she is stable condition and that there has been NO drastic changes in her health to warrant what this man is trying to do. Michael Schiavo should NOT be allowed at his whim to come in and now say....."Darling, it is time for you to die, too bad, so sad." It is WRONG and doing something like he is doing now used to be referred to as homicide. Interesting how times have suddenly changed.

Cheryl Ford, RN

Cheryl sent me his last week along with some other interesting Schiavo tidbits and a link to a petition drive to save Terry Schiavo. As all readers are likely aware of now, Governor Bush has since been granted authority by the State Legislature to order the hospital to re-insert Terry Schiavo's feeding tube, which they did, 6 days after it was removed. This is an historical precedent, and will likely breed more controversy (over gov't's involvment), but caring people like nurse Ford helped make it happen. It shows what the people can do when banded together for a worthy cause. ---Nolan


(The following letter from Matt arrived during the hubbub of the Terence/Mack, Beatles/'60s albums debate and, due to my computer upgrade woes, got misplaced for which I apologize. Here it is now...---Nolan)

It's incredibly ironic that all this "Beatles" talk had been taking place the last couple weeks, which seems to culminate with Terence's final letter on the matter, during the same week that John Lennon had his birthday.

For those of you who missed it, John Lennon turned 63 years old earlier this month. Born in 1940 in Liverpool England during an air raid, Lennon would go on to become one of the biggest icons in the history of music.

Even though Dylan lamented that John never "said anything" [in his songwriting], I've always felt that no one else could have come up with the imaginative lyrics he did. In fact, the uniqueness of them is one of the reasons I like him so much. And my favorite Beatles tunes for the most part were penned by John.

I'm sure we all wish him a happy birthday.

Matt Drinnenberg

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