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PCR #390. (Vol. 8, No. 37) This edition is for the week of September 10--16, 2007.
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Hello, gang! Some odds and ends that I hope you find interesting. Shall we begin?

The Fabulous Architecture of the Tampa Bay Region, Part Four  by Will Moriaty
"The Brave One"  by Mike Smith
Ray Bradbury at 87 .... VHS Grindhouse: The Undying Monster  by Andy Lalino
Goals, Part 1  by Corey Castellano
The Swap by Antony Moore  by Lisa Ciurro
Loose in Las Vegas: Ted Mikels Update  by ED Tucker
Maybe He Can Room With Hinckley .... Just A Coincidence .... Finally .... Passing On  by Mike Smith
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Though he's allowed to spend some time away from the hospital with his parents, you really wouldn't consider Ronald Reagan's attempted assassin, John Hinckley, a free man. In fact, as far as I can tell, all of the attempted/successful assassins of my life time (Sirhan Sirhan, Squeaky Frome, Sarah Jane Moore) are still in prison. Of course, they were sentenced to life in prison. On May 15, 1972, Arthur Bremer shot Alabama Governor George Wallace in the chest, paralyzing him, while Wallace was campaigning for president. For his crime, Bremer was sentenced to 53 years in prison. Well guess what? With time off for good behavior, Bremer is scheduled to be released from prison this December. As a condition of his release Bremer may not go near political candidates or attend political events. When I think of Arthur Bremer two things stand out in my memory. First, May 15, 1972 was the very first day I "skipped" school. That's right. With the 6th grade coming to a close I decided to duck back home after my parents left for work, where I had a great time watching daytime television. Then the news of Wallace's shooting came on the screen. And, like the young boy I was, I blamed myself for the event, rationalizing that if I had gone to school I would have somehow altered the way the rest of the day went, thus averting the shooting. The second thing happened in 1995. At the time I was managing a movie theatre in the Laurel Shopping Center in Laurel, Maryland. The very same shopping center where George Wallace was shot. That summer, we played "Forest Gump." In the film, the shooting is referenced and shown. Very cool to listen to those that remembered the incident whispering "that happened right outside here."

For years, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was in the chase for the yearly prize in NASCAR. Driving for his father's racing team, the kid could do no wrong. This year he announced that he was leaving the racing team, now owned by his step-mother, and taking his talent elsewhere. Since then, in seven races, Earnhardt, Jr has blown three engines in his car, putting him far behind in the points race. Ironically, in those same seven races, Martin Truex, Jr, the racer chosen to replace "Little E" on the team, has excelled. Since the same race team takes care of both cars, it looks like there may be a little "sour grapes" on mommy's part.

If you watched more then Brittney Spears on the MTV Awards this past weekend, you heard Shia Labeouf announce to the world that the title of the new Indiana Jones film is "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Right. To me "Indy 4" is just fine.

Jerry Bono, costume designer for the "Star Trek" series' "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine," has died at the age of 65. No cause of death was given.

Jane Wyman, who went from being Ronald Reagan's first wife to an Oscar winning actress, also died this past week. She was 90 according to her web site, though other fans maintained she was 93. After bit parts in small films, director Billy Wilder cast her in "The Long Weekend," which won an Oscar for Best Picture. She earned her first Oscar nomination for appearing opposite Gregory Peck in "The Yearling." She won her Oscar for her portrayal of a deaf/mute rape victim in "Johnny Belinda." She continued making movies but stunned her friends in the mid 1950s when she volunteered to assist the little known invention of television by hosting her own anthology show, "Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre." Over the years Wyman stayed busy on episodic television and finished her career as the strong-willed matriarch on "Falcon Crest."


I promise Chapter 28 will be here next week. Even if I have to write it Monday!

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

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