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PCR #224. (Vol. 5, No. 28) This edition is for the week of July 5--11, 2004.
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 by Vinnie Blesi
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 by Brandon Jones
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 by Matt Drinnenberg
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Well, from all accounts and reports, this years Monster Bash in PA was better than ever. How could it not be, with the return of the one, the only....

Forrest J Ackerman! That's right 4E fans, Ack is back and on the attack.

Looking fit and in great spirits, Forry was instantly the buzz about the Bash. I guess that shouldn't surprise anyone, given the fact that it is, after all, Forry.

At the end of the second night, Dr. Ack gave a brief speech about the annual "4E AWARDS" which are presented to those in the industry who pay proper homage and respect to the classics, as well as doing so with class and respect. Forry then bestowed upon Scarlet Street creator and editor Richard Valley this incredible honor.

The award itself is a replica of Acks hand, done in bronze, donned with Dracula's ring and a cuff link in homage of Im-Ho-Tep's Scarab ring. It sounds like something I"d like to have, just to own it. Pretty cool stuff. In fact, I'll try to find a photo and knock one off. LOL.

And no Bash would be complete without a little FM news so here's the latest: Evidently, Forry received a letter from Ray Ferry saying that what the fans really wanted was for the two of them to reconcile and end the feud, thereby making way for a Famous Monsters Reunion Convention.

Not surprisingly, given the way he was trudged thru the mud on RF's site, Forry was astonished by this turn of events, remarking "The devil will be handing out Eskimo Pies in Hell before I reconcile with that man."

Reconciliation, to me, is always the best way to go in any relationship. But there have to be certain realities in place, such as true regret and remorse by the offending party, repentance of such acts, and admission of guilt for their part. Sadly this is a tough pill to swallow for most folks of that ilk. But I believe that anything is possible if one is making an honest attempt to discover their frailties and search for truth and righteousness in their lives. And no one is exempt from the possibility of self betterment.

An FM Reunion Convention? It would be a beautiful thing. But until that now unknown time, at least we have the marvel of the Monster Bash to keep us warm.

Well, we're starting to get kinda close to the elections so I thought I'd take a moment each rail to give you a little taste of Bush-Speak. What's that, you ask? Quite simply, one of the many things he's said that he has either ignored, personally circumvented, or completely lied about. There's so many to choose from, I really don't know where to start, so how about......

..on March 1st, 2001, while visiting the Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Bush said:

"This is a hospital, but it's also - it's a place full of love. And I was most touched by meeting the parents and the kids and the nurses and the docs, all of whom are working hard to save lives. I want to thank the moms who are here. Thank you very much for you hospitality…There's a lot of talk about budgets right now, and I'm here to talk about the budget. My job as the President is to submit a budget to the Congress and to set priorities, and one of the priorities that we've talked about is making sure the health care systems are funded.”

That's a pretty speech, so let's take a look at what he did, shall we?

Bush’s first budget called for a 15% cut in funding to children’s hospitals like the one he visited. That's roughly 34 million dollars. Not to be outdone, the 2004 Bush budget calls for an additional cut of 30% to those very same childrens hospitals. That, folks, is another 86 million dollars taken from sick, injured, and dying children who desperately need it.

Doesn't it just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside?

Till next time, take care and God bless,

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