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PCR #364. (Vol. 8, No. 11) This edition is for the week of March 12--18, 2007.
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Hello, gang! A short one this week. Shall we begin?

The Tampa Film Review for March  by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum
"Premonition"  by Mike Smith
The New Futurians: Frederick Pohl, Harry Harrison, Prof. Rick Wilber, and Rusty Hevelin at USF  by Andy Lalino
Gasparilla Film Fest Memories  by Paul Guzzo
Rondo Awards....Brad Delp -- RIP  by Matt Drinnenberg
Who Is That Guy....Rock and Roll Band....Was Gary Cherone Busy?...Coming Soon....Don't Mind Me, Mr. Blackmore....Whatever Happened To...? Chapter 11: Treat Williams  by Mike Smith
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Many of you may be wondering about the new photo that accompanies the Rant this week. A quick explanation:

The "old" photo that used to be featured was one taken by Nolan in early 2001. I was home because my father had taken ill and had stopped by to say hello. Needless to say after spending the better part of two days at the hospital I didn't look my best. I also happen to think I take terrible photos and the one Nolan had didn't catch me at my best. I've been told that I'm a good looking guy but you'd never guess it from that photo! Over the years I've thought about changing it, especially since I'm about 40 pounds lighter (though I'm also at least 40 hairs lighter as well). The new photo was taken last summer on Martha's Vineyard and catches me in a fun mood. Eventually I'm hoping to have a better photo to use but until that magic image is captured I thought it would be nice to replace the old bust with a new one. Enjoy!

As I mentioned briefly last week, I was saddened to learn of the death of Brad Delp, lead singer for the band "Boston."

January 7, 1979. Lakeland Civic Center. Matt and I endured opening act Sammy Hagar to take in the music of "Boston." They're first album had been a huge success (one of the early songs our little band covered was "More Then A Feeling"), and they had just released album number two, "Don't Look Back." I think this was the first concert Matt and I attended together, considering he forgot to include me when he saw the Stones, who launched their "Some Girls" tour in Lakeland the summer before.

Before recently rejoining the band, Delp had toured New England with a Beatles cover band. A "Boston" tour planned for this summer has been canceled. Delp was one of the great rock and roll vocalists and his voice will be sadly missed.

Speaking of the Red Rocker, only Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony were present this week when Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen is currently in rehab while drummer Alex Van Halen and former/new singer David Lee Roth opted to stay away.

Hopefully you remember my frequent mentions of the upcoming documentary "The Shark Is Still Working," which is an in depth look at the making of the film "JAWS" and it's impact on it's fans. After many years of hard work, the final cut is almost ready. Through interviews with the film's creators as well as with "JAWS" fans all over the world, the film looks at how the film still influences people thirty years after it's release. I was interviewed as a part of this project, though I'm not sure if I made the final cut. Either way, I'll be the first one in line to buy the DVD when it's released. Curious? Good. Head over to www.sharkisstillworking.com and see what the excitement is all about.

If you're in Kansas City on June 3rd, you are more then welcome to join me and 1999 other guitarists as we try to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by playing "Smoke on the Water" at the same time. Should be a hoot.




  • 1996 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special ("The Late Shift")
  • 1985 Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for "A Streetcar Named Desire."
  • 1982 Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for "Prince of the City"
  • 1980 Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male for "Hair."

    I first saw Treat Williams on screen when he played the private detective with the high voice in the film version of "The Ritz," but it wasn't until he starred as Berger in the film version of the musical "Hair" that I really took notice. As the leader of a group of hippies, Williams burst onto the screen in a true star making performance. Williams, whose middle name of Treat comes from one of his descendants, Robert Treat Payne, an original signer of the Declaration of Independence, followed up "Hair" with a comedic role in Steven Spielberg's World War II comedy, "1941." In 1981 he showed off his dramatic talents as cop Danny Ciello in Sidney Lumet's gripping drama "Prince of the City." Later that year he turned up on the other side of the law as the legendary hijacker in "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper." After appearing in two very popular television productions, "Dempsey" and "Streetcar," Williams appeared in one of my favorite "little" films, "Flashpoint." The film starred Williams and Kris Kristofferson as two Texas border patrol agents who discover an old jeep in the desert. Inside the jeep: a skeleton, a rifle with a high powered scope and a satchel full of money. Could this be the guy who assassinated JFK? Rent it and find out.

    Williams continued to work steadily in film and television through the 1990s and in 1996 scored another huge success when he played Michael Ovitz in "The Late Shift." His popularity continued into the 21st century with his role of Dr. Andy Brown on the television series "Everwood."

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

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