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PCR #221. (Vol. 5, No. 25) This edition is for the week of June 14--20.
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Hello, gang! A week of idiots in the White House, the MPAA and at the ball game. Shall we begin?

Will's Key West Adventure -- Part One
 by Will Moriaty
"Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
 by Mike Smith
An Afternoon at the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase
 by Andy Lalino
On Comics
 by Ben Gregory
Is Political Outsourcing Corporation Centralization With Media Hype?....One-Shots
 by Brandon Jones
Edgartown Excitement....The Masters of Horror is Back!
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Tedd Webb....Bush Speak....You're Out!....Jaws 30....More on Moore....Meet The Beatles, Part 21
 by Mike Smith
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So happy to see Ted Webb dropped us a line (Me, too! Re: this week's Lettercol ---N). I may have to plead guilty to turning him on to our site. Several years ago, I contacted him about a radio personality friend of his I was trying to track down (Washington DC bad boy, the Greaseman) and sent him a link to the PCR. He replied that he enjoyed the site but I'm as floored as Nolan that he reads us regularly. A true honor, indeed.

Can't help but chuckle over President Bush and his comments regarding the report of the 9/11 Commission that Iraq has and had no ties to Al-Qaeda. Bush poo-poos the report, stating that there must be a connection because known terrorist Abu Mosab al-Zarqawi is thought to be in Iraq. Nice logic. Attention Mr. President: I've been to Dallas and have visited the Meadowlands, but I didn't shoot JFK and I have no idea where Jimmy Hoffa is.

As someone who still takes his glove to the ball game at the age of 43, I know the excitement that comes when a ball, fair or foul, is hit your way. I also know that I am about 35 years too old to be doing this, so on the rare chance I get a ball, usually in batting practice, if there is a small child there I give them the ball. (my kindness only extends to foul balls. Homerun balls are MINE) So imagine my shock when the television was full of images of a 28 year old man diving over and pushing a 4 year old boy down to get a foul ball. Despite the crowds chant to give the little boy the ball, the man sat there indignant, seemingly proud of the fact that he had out muscled a child. Many kudos to the two teams playing, the Rangers and the Cardinals, who sent the boy home with 2 bats and 4 autographed baseballs, one signed by Texas hall of famer Nolan Ryan. The man, Matt Starr, was rightly vilified on ESPN and the media, and has decided to now give the boy the ball in question. Too late, pally. The world knows you're a jerk. The only person who can be pleased by this has got to be Cub fan/foul ball interferer Steve Bartman, who may now not be the most hated fan in baseball. Although my vote still goes to Jeffrey Maier.

I couldn't believe it when Matt mentioned the possible celebration next year commemorating the 30th anniversary of the release of the film, "Jaws." Need I tell you what attending such an event would mean to me, let alone being part of it. To quote David Paymer on "The Larry Sanders Show,""........I'm wetting myself!" Incidentally, this Sunday, June 20th, will be anniversary 29!

Michael Moore is upset that his upcoming film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," has received an R rating for "language and violent images." He has gained the support of powerful allies, including former governor Mario Cuomo, and is appealing the decision. Also, author Ray Bradbury is quite upset at the title of the film, feeling it will detract from a new edition of "Fahrenheit 451" being published, as well as Mel Gibson's planned film of the same name. I will be seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11" this coming Monday, so please check here early next week for my review.

June 22, 1963 - As road manager Neil Aspinall drives Paul, George and Ringo to Wales, John Lennon stays in London to appear on the BBC show "Juke Box Jury," an English version of the popular "rate-a-record" segment of "American Bandstand." While guests are asked to rate the songs as either a HIT or MISS, in typical Lennon fashion he nixes every song. Among the songs judged: So Much In Love, On Top Of Spaghetti and Elvis' Devil in Disguise. The other judges followed John's lead and "missed" every song but the King's. Said John of his idol, "He sounds like Bing Crosby."

Well, all for now. Have a great week See ya!

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