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PCR #219. (Vol. 5, No. 23) This edition is for the week of May 31--June 6.
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Hello, gang. Another short one this week. Shall we begin?

Florida’s Commuter Airlines from the 1960s to the 1980s: Part Six
 by Will Moriaty
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
 by Mike Smith
The Horror Channel: Closer To Reality!....Filthy Update and showtimes
 by Andy Lalino
June--A Month For The Fanboy
 by Brandon Jones
Tumble Bush....Iraqi MP3 Crackdown....Negativland Hacked....Sushi Terrorist Threat....New Prison Funding For Pirates
 by Vinnie Blesi
Who's Bad?.....Newsworthy.....Movie/DVD News.....Meet The Beatles, Part 19
 by Mike Smith
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Thank you to those who participated in the latest top 10 challenge. Nolan, I had actually considered "Junk Food Junkie" and "Disco Duck," but would have put "Convoy" by C.W. McCall in front of those. Again, those sing song stories just annoyed me. It took years before the inner meaning of "Y.M.C.A." was figured out. Even longer for "In the Navy," which is surprising since it contains the line, "they're signing up new sea men fast." Sadly, the Bee Gees are always the group blamed for disco when they just made it popular. If you want to condemn a band for jumping on the disco bandwagon, point at my beloved Rolling Stones and "Emotional Rescue," easily a low point for the group.

Not sure if this has been noted in other parts of the country. I've seen no mention of it in USA Today. Last year, PFC Jessica Lynch was made a hero for surviving a car crash. Not ready to embrace her role, Lynch spoke often about a fellow soldier who saved her life by literally fighting to the very end. That soldier was Staff Sergeant Donald Waters. Water's widow lives in the KC area. This past week, it was revealed that Waters did not die in the fire fight but was captured. He later was executed, shot twice IN THE BACK! With President Bush apologizing to anyone within earshot for an American girl pointing at some poor bastards crotch, I wonder if any al Quida leader will apologize to Sgt. Waters' family for murdering him like cowards.

Miramax Studio heads Bob and Harvey Weinstein have bought back the rights to Michael Moore's film, "Fahrenheit 9/11" and will release it through Lion's Gate on June 25th. Rumors are now circulating that the brothers want to cut their ties with Disney and take Miramax to 20th Century Fox. Having just lost PIXAR Entertainment this could be a terrible blow to the Walt Disney Company. Ironically, last month comedian Robin Williams joked that Disney would soon be nothing more then "a Muppet and a water slide." Speaking of rumors, word now is that George Lucas has gone insane and is drastically reediting Episodes 4-6 of the "Star Wars" saga for DVD release in September. Fans (like me) who were pissed that Lucas had Greedo fire first before being blasted by Han Solo in the cantina are going to turn into Billy Jack and GO BIZERKE if the rumor that Solo won't even shoot at all is found to be true. A Lucasfilm spokesman will only say that the films "will be released as George originally envisioned them."

June 6, 1962 - The Beatles visit Abbey Road studios for the first time in an audition for EMI. This will be drummer Pete Best's only visit as the next time the lads record here a young man named Richard Starkey will have taken over on drums. The group records four songs ("Besame Mucho," "Love Me Do," "PS I Love You" and "Ask Me Why") under the watchful ear of producer Ron Richards, who is George Martin's assistant. According to legend, balance engineer Norman Smith became intrigued by the sound of "Love Me Do" and summoned Martin to the studio. Martin remained in the studio for the rest of the session and for the rest of the Beatles career.

Well, that's all for now. My fractured bone shifted some in the cast so I'll be having surgery on it Monday to stabilize it. Looks like I'll be doing the old "hunt and peck" for a while. Have a great week. See ya!

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