LETTERS  PCR #315      (April 3--9, 2006)

  • Charlie Carlson, Master of the Weird, on CF/PCR!
  • Elizabeth Robins on her brother Barry ("Bless the Beasts and Children"); ED Tucker's responds
  • Steve Beasley on latest PCR
  • Reader Inquiry on PhyMed (and Will Moriaty's response!)
  • Reader Inquiry on paper version of PCR (and Will Moriaty's response)

    Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.


    Hey Nolan,
    What a treat it is to read your webpage. It's better than spending my money on a paper magazine, hey, what can I say? I'm cheap! I began with William's La Floridiana but now I'm hooked on the whole Canova works. I'm amazed to find so many people who read your page. I was talking with a reporter in South Florida today and he brought up something he had seen on your page. I said, "Wow, I know that guy, he has great webpage!" Looks like you are really reaching out to the masses. Keep up the good work!

    Charlie Carlson,
    Florida's Master of the Weird!
    Sanford, FL

    Charlie, what an honor it is to hear from you! Thanks so much for your support. Your book Weird Florida has kept William and me and thousands of others entertained by the hour. I am always pleased to hear that Crazed Fanboy gets around to South Florida, haha, guess there are crazy people everywhere! Keep up the good work yourself, my friend, and I will do the best I can to keep the home fires burning. --Nolan


    Hello Nolan,
    I came across your site when looking to see what sites had my brother, Barry Robins, in them! In a letter (#260, March 14-20, 2005), someone named Bill wanted to know what happened to Barry. I see you forwarded his question to Ed Tucker, who was right, my brother passed away at the age of 41 in April, 1986 (unbelievably 20 years ago!). It was nice of Ed to be discreet regarding Barry's death, he probably had an idea or knew Barry died from complications from the AIDS virus. It also really touches me that he says he will always be remembered for the role of Cotton in Bless the Beasts. Although his film career was brief, his bio is overloaded with with theater credits (both on and off Broadway). Another made for TV movie was "Mahatma Ghandi" playing Ghandi as a teenager and "The Life and Times of Paul Muni" playing Muni as a teenager.

    Feel free to forward my email to "Bill" or to Ed.

    Thank you!
    Elizabeth Robins-Edelson

    Elizabeth, thanks so much for writing. I am moved you chose to contact us about this and sincerely appreciate your situation. Most serious film fans are familiar with the legacy that is "Bless The Beasts and Children", and of course personal family matters should always be handled with sensitivity. I no longer have "Bill"'s email addres, but I forwarded your email to ED Tucker whose answer follows below. --Nolan

    Thank you so much for the kind words about my letter. Your brother's performance in "Bless the Beasts and the Children" was an extremely powerful one and added a great deal to the film it might not otherwise have had. The role was also pivotal to both the book and the movie so another actor giving a less committed or appropriate performance could have changed the tone of it entirely. It is a shame that this film is not more widely available and only had a brief release on VHS many years ago. I knew the details surrounding his death were unpleasant and since they were not well publicized I felt it best not to go into too much depth. Thank you for setting the record straight though and hopefully other people interested in his career will find the information here and know that he is both appreciated and remembered fondly.

    - ED -


    Hi Nole,
    Great PCR this week!

    I'm kinda blown away by the Brian Doyle piece! Bush and his cabinet should be placed in public stocks from 9 to 5 everyday and harrassed by all blue collar workers! C'mon take a swipe at ol' George, people! Better yet, get those fingernail clippers that airport security confiscates from travellers and clip'em all to a slow miserable death. Screw it! That'd take too long. Just shoot'em and be done with it.

    Black Dog reads the riot act to the masses!

    Nick lays it on the line! I agree with the majority of his piece this week. The last paragraph hit the proverbial nail on the head.

    Good read by Mark Terry as well. Especially the "It's ENTERTAINMENT, people!", comment.

    Steve [Beasley]
    Pukekohe, New Zealand

    And thank YOU, Steve! Always glad to hear from you. I see you've moved from Auckland to Pukekohe, New Zealand. I got a letter on that, but for some reason I didn't think it involved your moving to another city. Consider me updated! --Nolan



    [Email removed 9-28-2010 at request of the writer. The topic was the final determination of the case of J. L. McMichael of the PhyMed scandal. Will Moriaty's response appears below with only minor editing to obscure the writer. ---Admin]


    Thank you for your inquiry and for reading our on-line magazine!

    In reference to the current status of where the McMichaels live, I personally do not know, or what plea deal he may have made on his wife's behalf. Although a Federal criminal sentence was handed down on August 5, 2005 as noted in PCR #282, the sentencing hearing for James Lamar McMichael is tentatively slated to occur on Wednesday April 12, 2006 at 9:30 A.M. in Courtroom CTRM 13A at the Federal Courthouse in Tampa, Florida.

    Anyone who worked for McMichael or may have been a possible victim in this case, may have already been contacted by Ms. Joyce Fisher with the United States Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's Office on this matter on March 31, 2006 and can obtain current information on the case by linking to the Victim Notification System web site at https://www.notify.usdoj.gov/index.jsp or by calling them at 1-866-365-4968.

    William Moriaty
    "La Floridiana"


    Do you have a print version of your publication - I read the blurb on Destiny (See PCR Issue #313).

    Roz Gatewood

    Dear Ms. Gatewood:
    Thank you for your inquiry and for reading our on-line magazine.

    As noted on the homepage, "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" is an on-line only publication and not available in a printed format. Any portion of the publication can, of course, be downloaded onto a computer printer.

    William Moriaty
    "La Floridiana"

    To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan

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