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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2008!
   Assistant Editor / Co-Moderator:  Terence Nuzum.                                                   HOME      ARCHIVES
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our ninth calendar year!
Number 428  (Vol. 9, No. 23). This edition is for the week of June 2--8, 2008.

"You Don't Mess With the Zohan"
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee: The Monkees on Record, Part 2
This Week's Column Is Sponsored By The Letter K: King and Korman
Put It Down Jerramy!... Itís Up To Us For A Stadium ... Oklahoma Sonic Sooners ... Inside The NFL on Showtime ... Lord Stanley Back In HockeyTown USA
Congrats Obama...and Dnc .... Famous Monsters Battle Looms .... .... o
Clint 1, Spike 0 .... Heinz 57 .... More From Michael Bay .... Passing On .... .... .... .... .... And The Oscar For 1972 Should Have Gone To... c

Barack Obama, Democratic Nominee
R.I.P. Bo Diddley, 79
Another Alien Video Gone Wrong
Confederate Flag Monument Disturbs Visitors

In the last Super Tuesday presidential primary for the season, Hillary Clinton handily won South Dakota, and Barack Obama snatched Montana in one of the closest...and closest watched races in history.

Obama gained enough delegates to cinch the party nomination. Hillary Clinton, while not quite conceding the race ("I'll make no decisions tonight") has made known her "being open" to the idea of being Obama's running mate. How likely that is remains to be seen, although both front-runners have been friendlier to each other in recent months.

So....despite all the recent baggage regarding Obama's personal beliefs (Rev. Wright, et.al.,) the country's Democrats have made their decision and gone for the charasmatic, but inexperienced candidate.

Amazing. So, the age-old question about whether a black man or a white woman would be the first "minority" to break the political glass ceiling and possibly enter the White House as President has just taken a huge leap forward. But no one will soon forget that it was close. Miiiiiighty close.

R.I.P. Bo Diddley, 79
'50s rock-n-roll pioneer, Bo Diddley has left our plane of existence. Known for his home-made square guitar, dark glasses and black hat, his infectious groove on such hits as his first called, coincidentally enough, "Bo Diddley", introduced the bomp-a, bomp bomp....bomp bomp he referred to as his "shave and a haircut" riff. The B-side, "I'm a Man", parodied macho pride and also became a rock standard.

Born as Ellas Bates, he said in a 1999 interview that he picked up the nickname "Bo Diddley" in grade school. Rock historians believe a possible source for the name is a one-string instrument used in traditional blues music called a diddley bow.

Diddley's other major songs include "Say Man," "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover," "Shave and a Haircut," "Uncle John," "Who Do You Love?" and "The Mule." Buddy Holly borrowed the bomp ba-bomp bomp, bomp bomp rhythm for his song "Not Fade Away."

Like Chuck Berry, who also recorded for Chess Records, Bo Diddley was among the last of his kind who could say they truly helped shape rock music (and, like Chuck, felt he had to fight for financial compensation). His influence on music was compelling enough to earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent years he also played for the elder President Bush and President Clinton.

A Message Board thread has been started on this topic. Feel free to post your thoughts.

Ballyhoed Alien Video a Flop, IMHO
Toward the end of May, this promoter, Jeff Peckman, comes forward to say he's got the most astonishing home video of a real-life alien ever seen. It was footage shot by a man named Stan Romanek in 2003 when he lived in Nebraska and thought he was going to catch reported peeping Toms. (He now lives in Colorado where the press conference was held. I guess they have fewer peeping Tom/aliens.)

Nobody was allowed to have a copy of the video, only view it at the press conference (clue number one), and then were told that it's part of a documentary Peckman's making on aliens (clue number two). Peckman's also trying to form an extraterrestrial commission in Denver (clue number three).

I claimed on the message board I saw the video on YouTube, but now I think what I saw was a recreation put together by naysayers to repudiate Peckman's declaration that the video would be too expensive and complicated to fake. However, that video is supposed to bear a close resemblance to the Romanek version and cost $90 and a few hours to stage.

The "official still" taken from the original video and handed to reporters is simply unimpressive. I'm afraid the search for ET is still on, folks.

A Message Board thread has been started on this topic. Feel free to post your thoughts.

Tampa Confederate Flag Monument Draws Criticism
As one drives south into Hillborough County, at the crossroads where I-4 meets I-75 North, one will see a 139-foot flagpole atop which sits the Confederate Flag. It is a huge flag at 50 feet by 30 feet and quite hard to miss (which is the point). It is part of a monument to the pre-Civil War Confederacy and is the brainchild of Marion Lambert, himself a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

As one might surmise, it is drawing quite a reaction.

Mr. Lambert spent several years and much of his own money acquiring the land and permits to erect his monument, so it sits on private land. However, for someone new to this area, it might look for all the world like a county project, and as such, could be misconstrued as a public works emblem.

I know Marion Lambert personally and I believe he simply wants to draw attention to falacies in the traditionally-accepted version of Civil War history (which are numerous). Unfortunately, the county seat is afraid the "message" being sent out to tourists is likely one of recalling racial oppression from earlier times and is likely to connote a negative image of the area. Other critics have said there are subtler and less divisive ways that Confederate veterans could be honored. (The NAACP is predictably extremely concerned about the flag and have objected to its continued display.)

Commissioner Rose Ferlita is bringing up the topic of the flag at the next hearing and seeing if there are zoning variances that can impact the flag's presence.

A Message Board thread has been started on this topic. Feel free to post your thoughts.

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Lisa C [09-06-2008 09:41] 
To Terence -- Thanks for the book recommendation. Re: Dean Koontz: At least you've heard of him, which puts you ahead of most people I've mentioned him to. :)

To Lonnie -- Sweet! Hope it's a good episode.
Lonnie Dohlen [09-06-2008 07:42]  
To Lisa Ciurro,Lonnie.I found A VHS Tape of the "Carol Burnett Show" from Nov 13,1976 for 95 Cents.
Steve Beasley [09-06-2008 00:01] 
I'm glad to hear that Mike and Lonnie are okay after the storms and fires!
Steve Beasley [09-06-2008 00:00] 
Hey, I have a rebel flag necktie in storage that I used wear on rare occasions!
I could piss off alot of damn Yankees with that!

Plenty of us associated with this site had ancestors who fought with the CSA and they weren't any more racist than the Yanks, although it's only the South that catches hell for it.
Chris M [08-06-2008 23:27] 
Lakers are going down. Just like to put that out there.
Puff Chrissy [08-06-2008 09:57] 
My understanding of the original statement from Lee was that reporters were asking him why Eastwood didn't include black soldiers in his film, and he was reacting to the fact that the questions were being posed at him rather than Eastwood himself.

To Lee's credit, he did respond to Eastwood's statements politely: "I've said my statement. I have no ill will towards Mr. Eastwood. What I said to him was not a personal attack, it was an observation. So that's really the end of it."
JMILLER [08-06-2008 09:26] 
Yeah his movies are always a hit or miss...People underestimate the impact his Mars Blackman/Air Jordan commercials had on popular culture...
Terence [08-06-2008 09:06] 
i agree that spike has a point but he is too quick to mouth off before thinking. Bamboozled was brilliant film. too bad he doesnt have a great track record though.
J.MILLER [07-06-2008 21:29] 
Spike has a point to a certain degree but not in this particular case...Eastwood should be applauded for going out on a limb with Letters From Iwo Jima...

No need for a pointless fued between two legends...Spike should appologize and put this behind him...
Terence [07-06-2008 13:57] 
Mike: loved the Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee articel. Lee is a d#$%head always has been. he knows he is popular for mouthing off stupid sh#$t thats why he does it. he thinks it makes him controversial. in the end he ends up looking like an ass instead. that being said he is an ok director. good at storytelling but lacking in the visual department. but then again so is Eastwood. they both can tell good stories but lack visual style. Lee's handheld single shot of his daughter in her crib was his contrubution to the Lumiere and Company project where they gave directors teh orginal silent film camera and had them shoot what they wanted. given that opportunity and he wasted it on a home movie. whatever. David Lynchs was pure brilliance. there is a true director. Arthur Penns entry was pretty great too.
terence [07-06-2008 13:40] 
p.s. to Lisa: for Kings newer books read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. its one of the best books i have ever read and its only i think like 200 and something pages.
terence [07-06-2008 13:39] 
Lisa: i cant stand Koontz. no offense but he comes up with the most medicore stories. calling him the poor mans Stephen King is too good for him. to each their own but he isnt for me.
Michael [06-06-2008 19:51] 
Thanks everyone. Home from work and about to start a mini Rant.

T, as someone who loves Buddy Holly (as you do) I am very aware of Bo Diddley. One thing Nolan didn't touch on was that he designed his own guitars, including his famous rectangular Gretsch. A definite pioneer whose touch is still felt.
Terence [06-06-2008 17:11] 
this Bo Diddley video here is one reason why no matter what band or era of rock im am into at the moment my soul will always belong to the raw RnB , rock n roll, and rockabilly of the 1950s. its even more pure than punk. listen to that guitar! pure badass.

Paul Guzzo [06-06-2008 14:42] 
Oh, wait, Bo Diddley ... yeah, he was the Spielberg of his time in the field of music.
Lisa C [06-06-2008 14:19] 
To Lonnie and Mike -- Ditto what Nolan said. Glad you're ok.

I've coughed up a column. Finally.
Andrew Allan [06-06-2008 11:39] 
He was in the George Thoroughgood video. I saw him about 10 years ago at H.O.B. Very good show. Here's a good introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgzn7VyoqEw&feature =related

Odds [06-06-2008 10:34] 
I think he was in a George Thorogood video too. Or was that B.B. King?
Bo Jackson [06-06-2008 09:43] 
He was the guy in my commercial, right?
Terence [06-06-2008 09:07] 
i guess no one but me or Nolan realizes how important or who Bo Diddley was?
Nolan [06-06-2008 05:17] 
To Lonnie and Mike: I'm glad you're both OK and unhurt in the midst of all the bad news surrounding you this week!
terence [05-06-2008 22:20] 
I also would like to apologize to everyone who follows DRAGOON. there will be no DRAGOON this week due to various reasons. the idea was for it to be followed weekly but rather than it go up late on a friday or saturday i feel its better to skip a week then only be new for a couple days. that is something i try not to do with my columns and will not do with DRAGOON. so unless there is an emergency next week we will be on schedule.
Michael [05-06-2008 21:23] 
Hi everyone. Due to the bad storms here in the Kansas City area, the Rant may be late again this week. I am part of the team they call out in bad weather and I'll be heading in at 430 this morning and working until they send me home. Sorry for the delay. I had hoped to get back on schedule this week.

Paul Guzzo [05-06-2008 18:08] 
The Kimbo fight was terrible though ... not a good showcase of the MMA sports. What is amazing, though, is how quickly MMA has become part of our pop culture. I am tired, though, of reporters discussing how this MMA popularity surge is the downfall of civilization. Just ridiculous. MMA is a great showcase of all martial arts skills. ... anyway, I won't bore you all about my love of the showcase of martial arts.
Lonnie Dohlen [05-06-2008 11:11]  
To Everyone.I'm okay.The Fire that happened on 1-75 in Ellenton on that Bridge.(Which Nolan knows already.)Did not happen anywhere near my house.
J.MILLER2 [05-06-2008 09:07] 
Not really a MMA watcher but I have to admit my fascination with Kimbo Slice...How can you not root for a guy who went from being homeless to beating up neighborhood bullies on YouTube to being an overnight Mega Star
Paul Guzzo [05-06-2008 08:03] 
Chris, no mention of MMA this week? The Kimbo fight sucked, but it was the highest rated MMA fight ever and was the first on national television and on primetime ... and the Pulver-Faber fight was one of the greatest ever ... MMA is a BIG part of pop culture now. I love it.
Paul Guzzo [04-06-2008 18:26] 
Thank God I grew up in the North ... :) haha
Chris M [04-06-2008 18:13] 
Rap Artist Lil John uses this flag on his CD covers and wears it on his belt buckle (a redneck buckle) It could be construed as a racism statement, but thats in the eye of the beholder i guess. The Sons warned the county commission, and the commission now has egg all over their faces, The next time someone applies to put a 139 ft pole somewhere, they might want to check what's going to be on it, instead of sitting on their hands as usual.
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