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What’s In A Name? A Look at the Origin of Names of Florida’s Towns and Counties H to I
 by William Moriaty

"Open Water"
 by Mike Smith

Tampa Comic & Toy Convention, Part 2
  by Brandon Jones

The Dr. Paul Bearer Database: The Story Behind Its Creation
 by Andy Lalino

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

Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2004!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our fifth calendar year!
    Number 232  (Vol. 5, No. 36). This edition is for the week of August 30--September 5, 2004.

  Gone With The Wind?
  Another large hurricane approaches Florida
 • New evidence in Russian plane crashes
 • GOP Convention gets underway
 • The Dr. Paul Bearer Database Updated
Special features:
   •  Mike Smith interviews director Steven Brill
   •  How I looked 20 years ago
   •  George Streets looks at the "And 1" team
 • Announcements (including an update on the Tribune article!)

It's enough to make even someone like me contemplate moving away from Florida forever: for the second time in less than a month a major hurricane is bearing down on the Sunshine State. The mess left from Hurricane Charley has only recently been tentatively assessed, let alone repaired; the human lives affected only just now returning to normalcy, the emergency shelters only emptied a couple days ago.

Without meaning to sound like a cliché, "just when you thought it was safe..." Hurricane Frances, an even larger storm than Charley, is only days away (as of this writing) from making landfall on the East Coast of Florida. Another Category 4, with a possibility of escalating to a 5, the latest track (as of this writing) takes it directly into the Orlando area and parts of Central Florida still reeling from Charley.

The state's population and all Emergency Management Teams learned a great deal from Charley. I don't think too many people will ignore the evacuation notice this time.

Getting to sound like the proverbial broken record, but I must warn everyone...yet again...that I may have to close the Crazed Fanboy offices this weekend in order to evacuate (some of the projected storm tracks take it directly into Tampa...again). If that is the case, there is no guarantee when I can get back online again. Just please bear with me.

New Evidence in Russian Plane Crashes
When the PCR was "put to bed" last week, the cause of that week's Russian double plane crashes was still unclear and I, simply echoing the news reports, stated that the tragedy was not the work of al-Qaeda terrorists. In fact I put "not" in italics, which further angered and confused certain readers who found it all too obvious it had to be the work of al-Qaeda terrorists.

Evidence found on both planes, namely the residue of an explosive called hexogen, made it increasingly clear this was sabotage, but not until Chechen camps affiliated with al-Qaeda were revealed as the likelty culprit did my short-sightedness become apparent that some al-Qaeda-style terrorists may have blonde hair and blue eyes and could therefore easily skirt security profilers. I'm following this case much more carefully now.

GOP Nat'l Convention Kicks Off
Yep, it sure did. I have nothing much to say about it except the expected amount of Kerry-bashing was rolled out. I loved Arnold the Governator's reprise of his "girlie-men" remark that only weeks earlier got him into hot water. On an unrelated note, George Dubya's recent remark to Matt Lauer that the war on terrorism is unwinnable had me slack-jawed; however I already have people yelling at me that the remarks were taken out of context (see Brandon Jones' defense on the message board). But Dubya's daughters have grown up real nice, haven't they?

And on a lighter note...

The Dr. Paul Bearer Database gets an update
Our Dr. Paul Bearer database, based on William Moriaty's preliminary work and uploaded to its own space in early June, has received a spectacular update by PCR staff maniac Andy Lalino, who has taken over the reigns entirely! It is a thing of beauty and I'm extremely proud of it. Andy put a lot of work into this and it definitely shows. Not only is Creature Feature documented, but so are as many other like-themed, local genre-specific shows as he could find, whether they were hosted or not. Even after spending several days in public libraries, the sheer volume of information was so overwhelming that, so far, only a generous sampling of the '70s and a wee bit of the '80s & '90s have been completed to date---long way to go, of course, but this very unique section on our website, one which will provide entertainent and education to millions of fans for years to come, will be developing as time, opportunity and contributions permit. Andy is to be commended for this undertaking.
   Please read Andy's own account of the creation of the DPB database in this issue's Oddservations.

CLICK THE IMAGE AT LEFT to read Mike Smith's interview with director Steven Brill (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds) about filmmaking and about his latest offering, Without A Paddle!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, gather your strength because what you're looking at on the left is a picture of yours truly and Corey Castellano from either 1984 or 1985 taken at Core's mother's house. That's me on the left, of course, in all my 170-pound slender glory, complete with Van Halen-esque 'do and Ozzy concert Tee. In this pic I am 29 or 30 years old which makes Corey about 21 or 22 (he has also seen some changes since then!). Hairstyles, clothing and location prevent it from being dated much earlier or later than that.
   This picture and a few others surfaced during a recent move. I was rewarded with the blast from the past to the left and wanted to share it with you.

Readers, George Streets is an old friend and a talented sports and event photographer who's been looking to get into PCR for many a moon. I am not a big sports fan myself, so I told him whatever he wanted to submit he was pretty much on his own as I would have no way to check facts, etc. I hate to deny him his potential audience any longer, so here is his pictorial on the recent "And 1" Basketball Team tour as it came through Tampa. I have no idea what any of this means, but I hope y'all enjoy it....take it away George!

The "And 1" Team Comes To Tampa
Pictorial and text by George Streets
(AKA, G-Money)

USF SUNDOME, Aug 11th 2004 7pm.
   Tampa Bay was the stop for the "And 1" basketball tour. In this event, several fans are chosen to play sides with one of the traveling teams. Over 10 thousand fans showed up to try to make the Tampa Bay team to play against the And 1 team.  All of the fan favorite players were in the USF Sun Dome doing all the tricks and dunks like the old Harlem Globetrotters used to do. Following are a few pictures I took at the event.

George Streets aka G-Money

The AND 1 Girls...Oh, behaaaave!This AND 1 Player and MC calls himself "1/2 Man, 1/2 Amazing"
"You just got dunked on....how do you feel?"From left, Hot Sauce, Black Widow, and The Main Event
Hot SauceThe Main Event, sky-high!

The Tribune article. Regular readers may remember the announcement made in PCR #229 of my interview regarding this website that was scheduled to appear in the Tampa Tribune's Baylife section sometime in August. Hurricane Charley, then Hurricane Frances screwed the schedule entirely (understandably, of course), but I just got an email from the Tribune's staff reporter, Josh Poltilove, that the article on Crazed Fanboy is now set to run next Friday, September 10! I intend to get as many copies as I can for myself and all out-of-town/state friends and fans, but remember I'm on a bike (which will be pictured in the paper!), so please, if you can get your own copy(ies) please do so. Interviewed for the article were Mike Smith, Andy Lalino, William Moriaty, and of course, yours truly.

TOO Productions presents the next Coffeehouse Film Review
Thursday, September 9, from 8 – 10 p.m. at Studio 1515, located at 1515 Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.

Coffeehouse Film Reviews showcases independent films made by local filmmakers. Coffeehouse Film Reviews is held every second Thursday of the month and is free.

Next event’s films include:
Life Is a Circus by TOO Productions – Ever have one of those days? Try having one of those days as a clown or a mime. – 18 minutes
Heroes by Chris McDaniel – 9 minutes
Broken Tomorrow by Icon Films - What if someone who is so pure and so innocent is threatened by a force of evil. When a violent maniac preys on the weak for his own sick pleasure, the youth of tomorrow will be broken. Will you have to take matters into your own hands to stop this vicious killer.
Saving Shelly by Diane Berryman – A spirit saves the life of her dying friend. – 3 minutes
Time & Again by Todd Thompson - Steve Peters has found a way to control time, but how can he cheat death if fate has a mind of his own? – 17 minutes
The Reaper by Enigma Films - When a prostitute-turned-murderer offs her latest client, she is caught by surprise when she finds he is more than what he seems. Judgment Day has come for Amber and it has an appetite for blood.
And more!

      TOO Productions feels that there are very few, if any, regular outlets in the local area for local independent filmmakers to showcase their films. Hopefully, this monthly event will provide that outlet for everyone, from experienced local independent filmmakers to local college and high school filmmakers experimenting with film production for the first time. TOO Productions promises your film will be shown!
      Studio 1515 is owned and operated by Walter and Sarah Romeo, who opened the coffeehouse in order to provide local artists a place to gather and share their art. Coffeehouse Film Reviews is another way to provide a showcase to local artists.
      TOO Productions is looking for film submissions for future events. For more information on the event or for information on how to submit a film, email tooprod@hotmail.com or paulguzzo@hotmail.com. All genres of films are accepted – feature length, shorts, documentaries, comedy, horror, love, art, drama, foreign language, experimental etc. No pornography!

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