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PCR #354. (Vol. 8, No. 1) This edition is for the week of January 1--7, 2007.
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Hello, gang! Happy New Year. Just some odds and ends and a look at one of my favorite actors. Shall we begin?

2006: The Year in Retrospect  by William Moriaty
"Little Children"  by Mike Smith
The Top 10 Movies of 2006  by Mike Smith
An Open Letter To The Publishers of Creative Loafing  by Paul Guzzo
A Message from PUTZO, the Clown Who Loves Lousy Fandom!....Don Dohler is Gone  by Andy Lalino
What A Swinger....So Does Billy Preston Own "Get Back"?....Don Dohler....Indy 4....Whatever Happened To..? Chapter 1: Tim McIntire  by Mike Smith
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As the year came to an end, so did a musical legal case in London. Matthew Fisher, former organist for Procol Harum, sought a share of the royalties from the song "Whiter Shade of Pale, and filed suit in the High Court against singer Gary Brooker and the song's publisher. Fisher claimed ownership of the eight-bar organ solo that "gives the song it's distinctive baroque flavor." Brooker, who wrote the song with lyricist Keith Reid, has said the song was written before Fisher joined the group in March 1967. For whatever reason, the court agreed with Fisher and awarded him 40% of the song's profits. What's next? Eddie Van Halen goes after Michael Jackson for more money from "Beat It?" Maybe Prince will sue Stevie Nicks and get some cash off of his organ playing on "Stand Back?" I did some research and have discovered that the following people need to get a lawyer and make some money: Billy Joel, who played piano on the Shangri-la's hit "Leader of the Pack." Rick Wakeman, the man on the synthesizer for David Bowie's "Space Oddity" Elton John, who tinkled the ivories for the Hollies on "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" Stevie Wonder, for his wonderful harmonica on Chaka Khan's "I Feel For You."

Very sad to hear of the passing of Don Dohler. I had the great opportunity of meeting him many times at various FANEX horror/fantasy conventions in Baltimore.

A funny thing happened last week on the set of the television show "Brothers and Sisters." Well, actually it happened in the parking lot. Security guards briefly detained a disheveled old man they found sleeping in the back of star Calista Flockhart's car. They let him go when they realized it was her boyfriend, 64 year old Harrison Ford. Oh yeah, production on the fourth Indiana Jones film is scheduled to star production in June.


As I noted in last week's issue, this year I am going to try and highlight some of my favorite performers that you may or may not be familiar with. Some have passed on, some have faded away and some are still working but may not have that big "star" recognition factor. For chapter one I decided to take a brief look at one of my earliest "favorites," Tim McIntire.

"Rich Man, Poor Man," "The Choirboys," "American Hot Wax."


Though I watched the mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man," I really didn't become aware of Tim McIntire until I saw a film called "The Choirboys." Based on the novel by Joseph Wambaugh, the film told the story of a group of LA cops who constantly party after work to relieve some of the pressures of the job. McIntire played officer Roscoe Rules, the resident bad ass cop. He reminded me a lot of my friend Dusty Hess, a former policeman who was given the nickname "Roscoe" by his coworkers who had read Wambaugh's book. My favorite scene concerns McIntire and his partner harassing a Mexican gentleman. Roscoe tells the man if he doesn't cooperate that he is going to rip his mustache off. He then proceeds to do it.

In researching McIntire's career, I discovered that he was one of the busiest actors working on television in the 1960s. The son of actors John McIntire ("Psycho," "Wagon Train") and Jeanette Nolan, Tim and his sister, Holly, would often find work on some of the shows their parents were appearing on. McIntire appeared in most of the popular television western series, including "Gunsmoke," "The Big Valley," "Rawhide" and "Bonanza." He also made multiple appearances in such law dramas as "The FBI," "Longstreet" and "Harry O." In 1968 he appeared in one of the pilots shot for "All In The Family," though by the time the show was picked up by CBS the role had gone to Rob Reiner.

McIntire's best performance comes in 1978s rock and roll film, "American Hot Wax." Based on the life of Cleveland radio disc jockey Alan Freed (who coined the term "rock and roll"), the film follows Freed through his early career behind the microphone up until he is sadly brought down by participating in the record scandal known as "payola," paying to have the records of certain musical groups played more frequently to get the public to buy them. Not only did he make Freed a sympathetic character, but he also had to share top billing with Fran Drescher and Jay Leno (!)

Sadly, In the early 1980s McIntire began abusing alcohol and drugs. He passed away on April 15, 1986 from congestive heart failure.

Next week I'll shed some light on the career of Barry Miller.

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!

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