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Yet another cruel reminder that life doesn't last forever. At least on this plane of existence.

Like most, my introduction to Harvey Korman was thru the Carol Burnett show. To say that show was zany is a huge understatement. The funny thing about Korman, is that once Tim Conway joined the troupe, Korman just couldn't keep it together, and would often break down laughing while doing a live skit. Incredibly, it only served to make the skit better.

Anyone who ever saw the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles will forever remember Korman as Hedly Lamar ("That's HED-ly") who uttered one of the greatest lines in the history of cinema, saying "You will be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost-certain Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor". Even writing that down I have to laugh. Like the man himself, Classic.

From a personal perspective, the saddest thing to me is that my dad just loved the guy, and I can see him sitting in the living room, watching TV, and laughing his glutes off.

Now that honor goes to God. Lucky, lucky Him.

Another man with great comedic flair.

Nolan nailed down a lot of the basics about his association with Dan Rowan, so I'll again go the personal route and think back to when 'Laugh In' was first run. My siblings and I wanted to watch it so bad, but mom kept changing the channel calling them 'heathens'. One night it came on and dad was sitting in his chair...with mom nowhere in site. We all said nothing, and got excited as it came on...still no mom. A few minutes in mom popped in and changed the channel 'Hey!! I'm watching that' dad protested. She plead her case to dad's reply of 'they're really funny', and 'I haven't heard anything bad'. She relented and we were saved, free to watch it from then on out. Another zany show that was pure brilliance.

Ironically, I visited his MySpace page a few weeks ago and learned that Dick Martin the man was a super nice guy. Always great to hear that when it's someone you really liked.

Today, May 30th, 2008 marks the 15th Anniversary of the return of Famous Monsters of Filmland.

Often maligned with legal issues, it is somewhat ironic that at 15 years ago, FM is again under the scrutiny of fanbase USA, due to the challenge of ownership by Philip Kim I just recently mentioned in a previous rail.

The US Patent and Trademark office have varying papers on this; some showing ownership to Kim, others to Ferry. What the USPTO has said during inquiry is that the Assignments page gets updated regularly but the other pages do not. Under assignments, the listing is not only for Ferry, but claims Kim's stake to FM was a fraudulent transfer.

Given that circumstance, I have to surmise that RF had a pretty nice birthday, sans the legal squabble of course. Good thing is that will be settled in short time.

FM has also announced that it will continue publication beyond issue #250, and continue with its reissue series (Thus far Reissues of #'s 1, 4 (yes, ghoulseye sticker version) and #6 upcoming).

Happy Birthday long haul FM fans. This day is yours.

Till next time, take care and God bless


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