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PCR #187  (Vol. 4, No. 43)  This edition is for the week of October 21--26, 2003.

Ghost of the Cabbage Key Inn
by Will Moriaty
"Kill Bill, Vol. 1"
by Mike Smith
Are You A MOUI?....Things I Didn't Know, But Maybe I Should Have....Slush Pile....One-Shots
 by Brandon Jones
Comics News....Alan Moore....Vampi
 by John Lewis
Halloween Reflections
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Happy Birthday....Pop Culture: a Definition....Trick Or Treat....Life is not a Cabaret, Old Chum!....Get Well Soon....Rocket Man....What The?....Passing On
 by Mike Smith
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Are you a MOUI?
I bet you are and don’t know it.

MOUI:  “Master of Useless Information.” A person that has acquired an absorbent amount of knowledge, particularly minute facts pertaining to pop culture only applicable when playing board games or attempting to win a contest. These individuals tend to perform well on “Entertainment Weekly” trivia contests, but struggle to keep their checkbooks balanced.

So, are you a MOUI? Hmmf…let’s see.

1. Do you have friends that call you spontaneously with inane trivia questions?

2. Do friends or family refuse to watch “Jeopardy” with you in the room?

3. Has anyone ever hid a Pop Culture inspired board game when deciding for a group? For example, “Star Wars” and “The Simpsons” trivia pursuit are off limits at my house, but I’m always forced to play their Monopoly counterparts. Go figure.

4. You took pride in scoring well in the “Entertainment Weekly” trivia contest?

5. You get a call from someone you know who only needs to know the answered to the “who played…in…” question AND there was no other reason for the call.

6. DVD commentaries, A&E Biographies, music lyrics inserts, and anything including the phrase “behind the scenes” intrigues you more than the actual program, movie or song.

7. You have subscriptions to magazines so you “keep up” with something.

8. Your “Top Ten” list includes items that “no ordinary person” has ever heard of and you have to explain to your friends or co-workers.

Maybe, I should stop now.

I think I just need to know that I’m not alone.

Anyway, my mediocre return to Crazed Fanboy was motivated by a couple of e-mails. No, not my senseless ramblings or comic book and movies comments but rather from the “Things I didn’t know, but maybe I should have.” So, without further delay…

Things I Didn't Know, But Maybe I Should Have

Wrong number? Misdialing the number for the local Water Company results in a call to a local bar in Ybor city. The frequency appears to be so common that they embrace the errant call and ultimately was pressing me to come by for a beer. Now that’s my kind of watering hole.

Kelly Lynch is a bigger star than Russell Crowe. The local TV guide listed the stars of “Virtuosity” as Denzel Washington and Kelly Lynch? Who the hell is Kelly Lynch? She’s a holdover from those 80’s classics “Cocktail”, “Roadhouse” and “Bright Lights Big City” and recently played Tim Allen’s spouse in “Joe Somebody.” Those films were much better than “A Beautiful Mind” and “Gladiator”. Did Kelly win an Oscar? Back to IMDB to find out.

Campbell Fighting Camels update: I commented that I was unaware that Stanford’s mascot was a tree and mentioned Campbell University which instigated an e-mail of disbelief. For the full history of the mascot go to: http://www.campbell.edu/news/Media_Info_FAQ.html

The Fighting Camels were once Hornets and the name changed was instigated by a misunderstood comment made to the founder Dr. James Archibald Campbell after a devastating fire:

"Your name's Campbell; then get a hump on you! We've got work to do,” was heard as, "You're a camel, get a hump on you."

You couldn’t write a better story.


NOVEMBER 9, 2003 10am--5pm
1-888-370-6108 for directions


Mart Nodell – Creator of Green Lantern, one of my all-time favorites and after entering the advertising industry, he created the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Alex Saviuk – Spider-Man I bet most fanboys could tell me that Todd McFarlane began his famous Amazing Spider-Man run at issue #298, but how many of you knew Alex did the pencils on the Doc Ock story that preceded the Venom storyline – issues #296-297. If you ever read Web of Spider-Man, then you most certainly know Alex’s work as he did the pencils on nearly every issues from #35 on.

Hey, Punisher fans excited about the movie filmed in Tampa. Well then, how about meeting John Beatty who inked the Garth Ennis issues? Yeah, I can’t wait.

Sure, Ethan Van Sciver has worked on X-Men, but he also created Cyberfrog! Jim Fern, oh how I loved Wolverine #74.

Mark Heike of Femforce has worked on Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and so many more. Did I mention his wife Stephanie co-created Miss Masque and worked on Sonic the Hedgehog?

Florida’s own Dick Kulpa of Cracked Magazine will be there. I’m biased to Family of Angels – great work. Arne Starr, long time artist on Star Trek comics is also an accomplished actor working on several different plays.

There is soooo much more planned, check out the website – admission is only $3.00, so be there.


Disdain for “The Shaw Report” in “Entertainment Weekly” Jessica Shaw’s small insert in the weekly mag always leaves me feeling clueless -- shaking my head in confusion or indifference, so here’s my stab at one:

McD’s monopoly game for Best Buy bucksFree food from the Monopoly gameSaving properties to win big
Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation”Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides”Sofia in “Godfather III” – painful memories
Nip/TuckBoston PublicThe Practice

“Batman: Intimidation”. I’m sure many of you have heard already, but Christopher Nolan has decided on Christian Bale as the next Caped Crusader and the movie is slated to open on my birthday, July 1st, 2005 – same timeframe as the “Indiana Jones 4” project. Dates and the title are still flexible, but is receiving a lot of positive feedback

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