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PCR #253. (Vol. 6, No. 4) This edition is for the week of January 24--30, 2005.
Matt's Rail

"Million Dollar Baby"
 by Mike Smith
Goodnight, Johnny....Got the Clap?....Off Beat Cinema '05
 by Andy Lalino
Megacon: Looking Ahead to Wolfman & Perez....Get it While You Can....Things I Didn’t Know But Probably Should Have....Here’s To Johnny and “Slick”
 by Brandon Jones
Heeeere's Johnny!...Rondo Awards Nominations Are Out....Football Fabulah
 by Matt Drinnenberg
In Memory Of....It Was A "Y" for Yale....It's Razzie Time....Dick, Perry, and Friends....It Was 20 years Ago Today....Jaws: The Story, Part 3
 by Mike Smith
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I can almost still hear Ed McMahan sounding the alarm, followed by the incomparable Doc Severenson and his now famous Tonight Show theme. Sadly, just as the classic show has stepped into history, so too now has the incredibly talented, and iconic, Johnny Carson.

Since I learned of his passing I've been scratching my head trying to remember just one thing he did or said that I could bring up. Amazingly, nothing singular comes to mind, but flows thru with a cavalcade of snippets that have me laughing in my chair.

Personally, as with a lot of people (my brother Mark included) my favorite Carson alter-ego has to be Carnac the Magnificent, complete with cape and turbin. This "soothsayer of soothsayers" would receive sealed envelopes which had been held in a mayonaisse jar in the basement of Funk and Wagnels (or something along those lines) (If memory serves, it was "Funk & Wagnel's porch since noon today".---N), whereas the great Carnack would give the answer before opening the envelope and reading the question. Something like:

Carnac: (placing the envelope to his head) And the answer is Ashley, Beverly, Jennifer, and Pam.

...ripping open the envelope, Johnny reads the question; "What are the four basic food groups of Doc Severenson".

When McMahan had handed all but one envelope to Carnack (Johnny), he would announce in grande fashion "I present to you the LAST envelope" at which point the audience would erupt in applause and howling. This would promp Carnack to wish disaster upon them like "May you're daughter come home and introduce you to her new boyfriend, Ed McMahan'".Of course I can't come close to this man's genius, but you get the idea.

Along with millions of others, I watched Johnny's last show where Bette Midler came on and sang him a goodbye song. I remember thinking at the time, dumbstruck with denial, that it just would never be the same without old Johnny.

I was more right than I ever could have possibly known.

Goodbye Johnny, and may your last trip be on angels wings.

It's that time of year again, kiddies, or rather Monster Kiddies, where we get that rare chance to vote for our favorite's in the scifi/horror/fantasy genre. And that chance comes with the THIRD ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS.

Whether it's best mag, book, DVD, website or article, if it happened in 2004, it very well could be on the nominated list. Also reach into the recesses of your Monster mind, and offer up your own personal selections of Monster Kid of the Year; that one Monster Kid you'd like to ACKnowledge for their continued pursuit to improve and enhance the genre! Last years winners were, fittingly, Forrest J Ackerman and Jim Warren.

The actual polling of nominations have come from a variety of sources, such as horror message boards thruout the web, and the actual Rondo site itself.

Voting has already begun, with the final tally coming shortly after the polls close, which happens midnight, Saturday, February 19th 2005.

Check it out, and make your voice heard!!!



(Amazing overflow of applause)!

Thank you, thank you very much.

As I accept this award for NFL playoff pick pubah, picking both the Eagles and Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl, I would like to thank those who helped me achieve this great honor. But since I went it alone and stuck my neck out there in the first place, guess I'll thank myself!

Thanks Matt. And good job.

Now we sit in the wasteland of nothingness that is the NFL 2 week wait from Conference Championship to title game. And while I do have a pretty good idea of who I'm picking to win the big game, there is still a lot of time left for practice injuries to have a major impact on what may happen on the big day. Thus, I'm holding off until next week to unveil my amazing, uncheckable brilliance.

And the uncheckable brilliance thing?! It's true. Just ask Brandon, or Ken O'Brien.

Till next time, take care and God bless,

"Matt's Rail" is ©2005 by Matthew Drinnenberg. Webpage design and all graphics herein are creations of Nolan B. Canova. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2005 by Nolan B. Canova.