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PCR #186. (Vol. 4, No. 42) This edition is for the week of October 13--19, 2003.
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Hello, gang. Just a few things this week. Did I ever tell you how much I HATE THE YANKEES??? Shall we begin?

The Civil War Ghosts That Roam Key West
by Will Moriaty
"Mustic River"
by Mike Smith
Beer Guzzling, Fried Food Eatiní, SUV driviní Nirvana
 by Vinnie Blesi
Terry Schiavo....Roy Horn and Montecore

by John Lewis
From This Week's Editorial....Check The Alleys of London....Fields of Greed....Do the Bartman....Bob Zemeckis and Nostradamus....Ahoy Mateys!....On Broadway
 by Mike Smith
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#1.  Let it be noted now that I do NOT want to be kept alive by artificial means. If the only thing that's keeping me alive is a machine, pull the plug. Thank you.

#2.  Nolan, I have two words for you: DirectTV. OK, that's actually one word. You can get a great variety of channels, including local, for about $35.00 a month. I've had it for four years and love it. Only drawback to me is that if you get a really nasty rain storm you sometimes lose the reception, but that's been very rare. Check around.......lots of specials out there.

Last week, Englishman Lloyd Scott completed a 12 day, 26 mile walk along the bottom of Loch Ness in Scotland. He reported no sightings of "Nessie," the famed monster. Of course, those of us with good memories remember that "Nessie" has been in hiding since she was suspected of being Jack the Ripper in 1888.

There is a piece of land in Dyersville, Iowa that to many people is as much a Mecca to baseball and film fans as the real Mecca is to Muslims. It is here that the film "Field of Dreams" was filmed, and it is here that thousands of people each year visit to walk through the corn and have a catch with someone special. The field sets on 2 different farms. The infield and left field belong to Don Lansing. Center and right field belong to his neighbor. When the filming was over, Lansing kept the field as it was while his neighbor let his corn grow back. However, sensing a chance to make some money, the neighbor plowed his corn under the next year. Mr. Lansing and his family allow anyone to visit the field, FREE OF CHARGE. A couple years ago my son, Phillip, and I went there and, like many before and many after us, we had a catch. It was one of the most emotional moments in my life. The only rule the Lansing's have is that you leave by 6 pm. The neighbors keep their part open until much later. The neighbors are also trying to market the field, suggesting corporate outings and such would be a great money maker. The Lansing's say that is a slap in the face of what the field means. As of this writing, they have filed suit against their neighbors, making sure that their visitors do not come on the Lansing land. It's sad that money has to get in the way of such a great destination. Both families do offer souvenir items. A baseball signed by Mr. Lansing is one of my proudest possessions. Let's hope the powers that be see the field for what it is...........a place to visit and enjoy with family and friends. If you need the money that bad, let the corn grow back!

Hate to be 26-year-old Steve Bartman these days. He's the fan who's bobbled attempt at catching a foul ball pretty much turned the tide of the Chicago Cubs' chances to FINALLY make it to the World Series. Buddy, right about now, it sucks to be you!

Who would have thought that movies can tell the future? Well, almost. In Back to the Future II, the big sports news of the day is that Chicago beat Miami for the World Series. Close, but no cigar. Of course, that's not all to think about. In "Demolition Man," Sandra Bullock explains to an incredulous Sylvester Stallone the presidency of one Arnold Schwarzenegger like this, "due to his overwhelming popularity the 61st Amendment was passed allowing foreign born citizens to run for president." Hmmmmmmmmm.

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley will rejoin director Gore Verbinski for a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.

Yoko Ono has given the ok for an upcoming Broadway musical based on the music of John Lennon. The show will incorporate various Lennon tunes from his solo career. A similar show from last year, "Movin' Out," won songwriter Billy Joel a Tony award.

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. GO FISH! Man, I HATE THE YANKEES! See ya!

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