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PCR #232. (Vol. 5, No. 36) This edition is for the week of August 30--September 5, 2004.
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Hello, gang! Quite a few things to touch on this week. Shall we begin?

What’s In A Name? A Look at the Origin of Names of Florida’s Towns and Counties H to I
 by Will Moriaty
"Open Water"
 by Mike Smith
The Dr. Paul Bearer Database: The Story Behind Its Creation
 by Andy Lalino
Tampa Comic & Toy Convention, Part 2
  by Vinnie Blesi
Where's Linda?....Jesus Christ, It's Superman!....The Final Frontier....Get Well Soon....Passing On....Are You F*cking Kidding Me?....Kobe And Kash....Meet The Beatles, Part 32
 by Mike Smith
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Love the early shot of Nolan and Corey from all those years ago (Re: the picture on this week's front page --N). Actually, boss, I always thought you looked like Paul McCartney, circa late 70's "Wings Over America" era.

Supposedly it's a done deal: the man on the cross from "The Passion of the Christ" is about to become the man of steel. Jim Caviezel is rumored to be "this close" to signing up to play Superman. Wonder if the holes in his hands and feet will make him more aerodynamic.

As reported last week, this past week James Doohan made his final public appearance when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Doohan, 84, was surrounded by his fellow cast members as well as his wife and 4-year-old daughter. A four-year-old daughter?! That Scotty was still using his photon torpedo at the age of 80 is f*cking incredible! Though too weak to address the crowd, Nichelle quoted Doohan as saying "It's the most wonderful day of my life." Questioned about the importance of the day, Walter Koenig (Chekov) said, "I don't want to sound maudlin, but if you care about Star Trek, it's important to recognize each moment you folks have left with us." Ironically, Koenig is the only original series cast regular who doesn't have a star on the walk of fame.

Fast recovery wishes to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who is currently undergoing treatment for throat cancer. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Kinks guitarist and co-founder Dave Davies is undergoing physical therapy following a mild stroke he suffered in June.

Speaking of the Stones, guitarist Ron Wood has been told he runs the risk of developing emphysema if he doesn't stop smoking immediately.

Patrick Stewart recently underwent an angioplasty procedure to widen an artery. He is recovering at home in California.

Director Daniel Petrie, a major television director who also did feature films, passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 83 from cancer. He directed the landmark television film, "Sybil" and won Emmy Awards for directing "Eleanor and Franklin" in 1976 and again the next year for "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years." His son, Daniel Jr, is a screenwriter best known for "Beverly Hills Cop."

Pop singer Laura Branigan passed away this past Saturday when she suffered a brain aneurysm in her sleep. She was 47. She had complained of headaches for two weeks prior to her death but did not seek out a doctor. The four time Grammy nominee had hits in the mid 80's with "Gloria" and "Self Control."

The rumors are flying in regard to the DVD release on 9/21 of the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Word is that, at the end of "Return of the Jedi," when Luke exchanges glances with the ghostly images of Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker, that the Anakin image will be Hayden Christensen!! Once again, George Lucas is tinkering with stuff that doesn't need to be tinkered with. And if he's going to use Christensen's image, why isn't he using Ewan McGregor's image instead of Alec Guiness's? You know, George, if you spent more time on learning how to write a plausible story (hell, you make James Cameron's stuff look like Shakespeare) instead of messing with stuff you shouldn't, you might actually make your fans happy.

Wow! What a surprise. The girl who accused Kobe Bryant of rape has decided she doesn't want to testify against him and will instead pursue a civil suit against him. Gee, I wonder if she was looking for money all the time. Not only has she ruined Bryant's public image, but the town she lives in has spent more then $300,000 building a legal case that now won't go to trial. I'm all for alleged "victims" not having their identities revealed when they go to trial. But when they suddenly decide that they don't feel like testifying, they should have their picture on the front page of the paper with the caption, "Warning! Date at your own risk!" While I don't support Bryant and his adulterous ways, I do admire his will in not plea bargaining his way out of trouble. He has also said that he will fight any civil suit. Hope the young lady knows she'll have to testify in a civil suit as well.

September 4, 1968: The band heads to Twickenham Film Studios to shoot promo clips for both sides of their new single, "Hey Jude/Revolution." The director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, had previously worked with the boys on the promo film for "Paperback Writer," and would later be hired to direct the feature film, "Let If Be."

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

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