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PCR #219  (Vol. 5, No. 23)  This edition is for the week of May 31--June 6, 2004.

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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What? You disagree or don’t even know what I’m talking about. Well, let me get started.

June 1st is the 66th anniversary of Action Comics #1 – the first appearance of Superman and the last day of the month is the opening of the highly anticipated “Spider-man 2.” How about the “Spider-Man” TV Series being released on the eve of its motion picture offspring. A month to revel in history of comics from the iconic Superman to the '70s classic: “Spider-Man/Spider-Man/Does whatever a spider can/Spins a web/any size/catches thieves/any size/so lookout…”

If you have kids, you know about Friday, June 4 – the opening of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Of course, the PS2 game is nearly as highly anticipated as the movie. The J. K. Rowling novels have dominated novel sales the last few years, rejuvenated interest in literacy and proved that a “kid’s book” can be addictive for adults as well.

Sure, June will bring us some lackluster moments as well. My kids aren’t even excited about seeing the pathetic CGI effort “Garfield” and I’ll probably forget to check the results of the Autonomous Lawn Mower Competition in Dayton Ohio. I admit that a GPS guided John Deere has more appeal than three days in New Orleans discussing eBay strategies/bidding or whatever (June 24).

Yes, I know Hollywood is serving up another slice of redigested movie pie: “The Stepford Wives”, “The Chronicles of Riddick”, “Around the World in 80 Days”, or “The Terminal” (which may be based loosely on an Iranian man stuck in a French airport.) So, what to do?

How about a new book from Stephen King or Catherine Coulter? If you’re a Joss Whedon fan (“Buffy” TV series), you may want to check out Astonshing X-Men #1, which just hit stands. Marvel continues to tinker with the mutant universe but promises lots of action, great art and some “sex.” That’s what they said!

Driver and Red Dead Revolver are two long-awaited PS2 video games that are receiving high reviews. I personally prefer Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, which let’s me kill terrorists.

I know I’ll be spending time at the pool working on the perpetual pale to peel to pale cycle, but there’s a lot of fanboy fodder to pick through. That’s all for now, gotta see “Shrek 2” again with the kids and finish a re-read of “Harry Potter”.

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