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PCR #414. (Vol. 9, No. 9) This edition is for the week of February 25--March 2, 2008.
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It was 50 years ago this week that Famous Monsters of Filmland #1 first appeared on magazine racks across the country.

Meant as a 'one shot' publication, the mag was quickly recognized by the youth of the day as something pretty cool, and even more quickly disappeared from comic stands and mag racks everywhere.

So ground-breaking was FM that it lasted almost 30 years in its initial run, and only passed with history due to the endeavors of those who started with FM when they were kids, and thirsted for more...er.. gore.

A few years back Ray Ferry resurrected FM and it lives today in celebration of 50 fangtastic years of defeating the grave.

Happy Birthday, FM.

I'm saddened to report the passing of the iconic Ben Chapman, who portrayed the 'on land gillman' in the original Creature from the Black Lagoon. He passed away on the morning of February 21, 2008. He was 79.

A figure larger than life, Ben had spent his later years working horror and sci fi conventions, and was known to his many friends as having a big time laugh, and a heart even bigger.

You can read some first hand accounts of his kindness in the Final Farewells folder at the CHFB.

No, I'm not talking about the fact that, once again, Mike has shown he is the puppetmaster and I am merely paper maché when it comes to picking Oscar-winners. There was, however, a nice moment there when I had a '2 correct pick' advantage. This came crashing to the ground about the time Daniel Day Lewis was walking to the stage.

What I am talking about is Roy Scheider being omitted from the Oscar memorial. While I initially took this as most insulting, I've since learned that the Oscars have a 'death cutoff' of January 31st, meaning Roy should be honored during next years awards.

That's right fans of the fantastica. There are only two weeks remaining to fill out your ballot and send it in for your vote to count.

Remember that the Rondo's are 100% Fan-involved, and winners are chosen by you and me.

Like the iconic and legendary Dick Bennick, who I have voted for the Monster Kid Hall of Fame. If there was ever someone worthy of the Hall, it is him.

Check it out and have your say at www.rondoaward.com

Till next time, take care and God bless

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