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PCR #389. (Vol. 8, No. 36) This edition is for the week of September 3--9, 2007.
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Hello, gang! Short and sweet this week. Shall we begin?

"Halloween"  by Mike Smith
Book Review: Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey  by Lisa Ciurro
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Voices Silenced .... This And That .... Larry Craig  by Mike Smith
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Very sorry to hear about the passing of Luciano Pavarotti, especially since I've been told I resemble him, especially when I'm in a tux! If there ever was a "pop star" of opera, it was Pavarotti, whose outgoing personality and beautiful tenor helped introduce the art to an audience that otherwise wouldn't have paid attention. He was 71.

Sadly, we lost another great voice this week. Even though you may not have known his name, if you went to the movies in the 1970s and early '80s, you've heard the voice of Percy Rodrigues. Mr. Rodrigues passed away late this week at the age of 83. Cause of death has not been given but he had been battling kidney problems for some time. He began his acting career in the early '50s, appearing in several television productions in his native Canada. In the 1960s he moved to Los Angeles and began appearing in such television shows as "Naked City," "Route 66," "Ben Casey" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." He had a supporting role for one season on "Mission: Impossible" and continued working steadily through the late 1980s. But it was his voice that brought him fame as he began narrating trailers for upcoming films. Yes, he was the voice behind the JAWS trailer and, in fact, narrated the trailers for the first two sequels. I can still remember getting goose bumps while watching the JAWS 2 trailer and hearing "Now...just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water." As many of you know I participated in the JAWS documentary "The Shark is Still Working." Though I'm proud of my brief time on screen, the highlight of the film to me is the film maker's commentary where they thank me for pointing them in Percy's direction. Percy Rodrigues was, quite simply, the voice of my youth, and I felt that they should make an effort to find that voice. In what is, to me, a fitting tribute to the great man's career, shortly before he died Percy narrated the latest trailer for "TSISW."

Keanu Reeves has signed to play Klaatu in the upcoming remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

It took him more then 30 years but Queen guitarist Brian May has finally completed the thesis for his doctorate in astrophysics at London's Imperial College. The title is "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud."

Wide stance. Sucks to be him. Others firmly behind him. Not going down without a fight. A lesser writer would use these words to poke fun at Senator Craig. But not me. What I will say is HEY! You cock crazy bastard. Here's a news flash. You are gay! Ask your adopted children or the wife you don't even live with (Mrs. Craig has her own residence). Guess what, when you're pursuing other men you're gay! I hope like hell they let you drop your plea so you can go through the public humiliation of having your trial broadcast to the world. I'm sure your family is going to love hearing about how you peek in stalls and play footsie with other men. You know, I lived right outside Washington D.C. for more then a decade and I'm sure you could have found some dive with a glory hole in the bathroom somewhere off the Beltway. Hell, you could have taken Mark Foley with you.


Well, that's all for now. "Whatever Happened To..." will return next week, as will a more regular schedule for yours truly! Have a great week. See ya.

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