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A Million Half-Truths  by Mike "Deadguy" Scott
The Coffeehouse/Tampa Film Review  by Mark Terry
The Cost of "Freedom"  Dylan Jones
Rex's Rant: Abramoff....Pat Robertson....Howard Stern...."Hostel"  by Nick King
Birthday Boy....The Rondos Are Here!!!...Does Jesus Christ Exist  by Matt Drinnenberg
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Yepper, it has happened again. One more year of age on the facade of what was one time considered Stud Muffin territory; now relegated to more of a Dud Muffin due to lack of energy.

Time really does sneak up on you, and it's hard for me to realize that I'm my fathers age when I was in high school. I guess he wasnt really that old after all. Thankfully I got his spirit of youthfulness and understand not to take everything too seriously, and try to have fun in life. He was the greatest, and I'm proud to be his son.

As for the Birthday Bounty, I got mega bucks that I'm holding onto until I find that now coveted Famous Monsters of Filmland #3. Had one I located, but after looking at it on a computer with greater dpi, I see it is unworthy of the amount asked. At least I have the disposable cash now to pull the trigger when ready.

And the wifey made me an awsome chocolate cake which I tried to have a piece for everyone except Nolan; whom I had 2 slices for.

It is time again for the Rondo Awards Nominations, which will be finalized tonite, Friday the 13th. the final ballot we be on display for voters the night of January 15th, and voting will last until February 17th.

Last year's Rondos received an incredible 1600 + completed ballots from voters. More impressively these came from all over the world, joining fans of fandom in a mutual endeavor to recognize Fandom Greatness in the year 2004. It will be interesting to see how it pans out this year, as it has grown every year since its birth four years ago.

Categories for the Fourth Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are as follows:

  • Best Genre Movie of 2005 (Last year's winner: Shaun of the Dead)
  • Best TV Presentation of 2005 (Last year: Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments)
  • Best Classic Horror DVD of 2005 (Last year: Creature Legacy set)
  • Best Restoration of a Classic Film of 2005 (Last year: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1932)
  • Best DVD Extra of 2005 (Last year: Universal Legacy busts)
  • Best DVD Commentary of 2005 (New category)
  • Best Independent Film or Documentary of 2005 (Last year: Flip!)
  • Best Book of 2005 (Last year: An Animated Life by Ray Harryhausen)
  • Best Magazine of 2005 (Last year: Video Watchdog)
  • Best Magazine Article of 2005 (Last year: Donnie Dunagan interview by Tom Weaver, Video Watchdog)
  • Best Cover of 2005 (Last year: Creature by Daniel Horne, Chiller #21)
  • Best Website of 2005 (Last year: Count Gore DeVol)
  • Best Convention of 2005 (Last year; Chiller)
  • Best Fan Event of 2005 (Last year: Godzilla gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • Best CD of 2005 (Last year: Dawn of the Dead)
  • Best Horror Comic of 2005 (Last year: The Black Forest)
  • Best Model or Collectible of 2005 (Last year: Zuni Fetish doll from Trilogy of Terror)
  • Count Alucard's Controversy of the Year (Last year: Van Helsing film)
  • Best DVD Company of 2005 (Last year: Universal)
  • Classic Most in Need of DVD Release (Last year: 1933 King Kong!)
  • Writer of the Year (Last year: Tom Weaver)
  • Monster Kid of the Year (Last year: Larry Blamire, creator of Lost Skeleton of Cadavra)
  • Monster Kid Hall of Fame (Last year's inductees: William K. Everson, Alex and Richard Gordon, Rick Baker, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury).

    A special thanks to David Colton for compiling that list. As you can see, there is something for every fanboy at the Rondo's!!

    You will be able to check out the nominees, and get the complete lowdown, at www.rondoaward.com.

    Re: The current message board topic. This isn't really a "DID" question for me, but more of a "DOES" because, as should be evident to all, I believe wholeheartedly that He still does.

    I must qualify that by saying only in those who convey in life the attributes which He gave us thru His death and resurrection; the Holy Spirit of God.

    As for everyone else (liars, schemers, politicians, evangelists, slanderers, trouble makers, will enforcers) the answer appears to be no.

    I'll have more to say on this later, but I'm short on time right now. This will have to be my short answer.

    Till next time, take care and God bless,

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