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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2009!
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Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our tenth calendar year!
Number 505  (Vol. 10, No. 48). This edition is for the week of November 23--29, 2009.

"Old Dogs"
Show Review: Renninger's Antique Extravaganza 2009
Utada’s Shot at the U.S. Market
I Visit The Slaughterhouse
Like Father Like Son .... See You In Hell (you, Not Me) .... Passing On .... .... .... .... .... .... My Favorite Films, Part 2 i

New Columnist Joins PCR
Thanksgiving Thoughts
Harry Wise Service
Readers Comments


Lampin' @ The 6th Borough is a new column introducing long-time PCR supporter and Schlockarama reviewer, John Miller, as a regular columnist. John's column will feature his singularly urban perspective on all things he encounters in and around the Tampa Bay area. First up is his experience at the recent Slaughterhouse/Tech N9ne concert held at St. Pete's State Theater. Welcome aboard, John.


As another year approaches its end, it is time to reflect upon what I can be thankful for. Some of this I might revisit in more depth during the year-end two-part issue, but for now...

I am thankful that I still have what functional health I do have, especially considering some scares I've experienced over the past few years. I've seen some colleagues much worse off, which puts it in perspective. Still, the reminders of my mortality necessitated considering a successor.

I am thankful PCR continues to operate, and all past and present writers are alive and well, even if they aren't part of the staff anymore. Writing for this website isn't for everybody. Even as a labor of love, a weekly publishing schedule can be harder to adjust to than anybody realizes. I am thankful the core staff of PCR has remained together for a long time. We are basically a family.

I am thankful to still have a job. During this prolonged Great Recession that has affected our country so negatively, one hangs onto any paying job for dear life.

I am thankful the gun didn't go off in my direction during the robbery that occured at said job back in July. Obviously, we wouldn't still be meeting here now if it had.

I am thankful for the unwavering support of a few very close friends I've managed to retain through the thick and thin. You know who they are, they're all here. What little sanity I have left is kept manageable due to their presence.

I look forward to a better and, hopefully, more prosperous new year for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


Regular readers will remember last week's story of the passing of Florida magician and showman, "Mr. Magic" Harry Wise, at 75.

Harry's funeral services will be held this Saturday (November 28, 2009) at 1:00 P.M.at Brisson Funeral Home, 905 Laurel Avenue (about 3 blocks south of Harry's house and one block east of French Avenue (US 17/92)) in Sanford, Florida.

Read the Brisson announcement here.

This is the news story for THE WEST VOLUSIA NEWS JOURNAL.

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ED [30-11-2009 17:37] 
Yeah Steve, last I heard Cheetah was single. I guess he is content with his subscription to Playchimp.
Steve Beasley [30-11-2009 17:07] 
Wait a damn minute! A chimp is allowed to smoke more cigars per day than me? Marriage sucks! I bet he gets to throw his own feces, too!

By the way ED, I meant to say that you are correct, Cheeta is still living.
Steve [29-11-2009 17:12] 
Speaking of Cheeta, he's still alive, too!
Steve [29-11-2009 17:06] 
Okay ED, ya got me on that one! Make that, the 2nd most famous chimp! It's amazing that these critters are still alive. I mean, with Lassie, they kept getting new ones, but then dogs don't live as long as chimps.
ED [29-11-2009 16:11] 
Steve, are you saying Muggs is more famous than Cheetah from the Tarzan movies? I heard he (or is it she?) is still alive too and is allowed to smoke one cigar a day. Now that is a cool chimp!
Steve Beasley [29-11-2009 14:41] 
Who wants to interview a the most famous chimp alive?

Mr. J. Fred Muggs (star of the Today Show) was originally bought from Henry Trefflich, an animal dealer based in New York. As of January 23, 2004, the fifty-two-year-old Muggs and his "live-in girlfriend" Phoebe B. Beebe (who also made appearance on the Dave Garroway show) are still alive in Citrus Park, Florida, in the care of Gerald Preis. In 2004, Joe Hagan of the New York Observer reached Gerald Preis, 60, at his home where Preis said that Muggs "has a little gray, mostly in his beard."
Steve [29-11-2009 14:37] 
That's okay, John! We'll just consider it as a tribute to William S. Burroughs.
J.MILLER [29-11-2009 13:27] 
Thanks Chris!

Beaz - Thanks alot I really appreciate that...LOL Im normally a decent speller so I just mispelled the title...But since it is already screwed up I figure it should just stay as is..
Steve -imprisoned in NZ- Beasley [29-11-2009 11:02] 
I've gotta say, I don't get rap. It could be because I'm old, but I doubt it. It more than likely has something to do with the fact that I prefer my tunes be blues-based. That being said, John Miller's CFB debut "Lampin' at the 6th Burrough" was one of the best articles I've read on CFB in some time, judging solely by the quality if the article. The kids a hell of a writer! ...THAT being said, I believe "Burrough" should be spelled, "Borough", unless there is some kind of artistic license or a gag of some kind I'm unaware of.
Chris Woods [29-11-2009 10:19] 
John - Good debut article for Lampin' @ The 6th Burrough. I liked the opening part of it.
Simon Lynx [28-11-2009 17:42] 
Ter - will I see you this weekend coming? I'll bring that Godzilla set with me, that I promised.
Simon Lynx [28-11-2009 17:39] 
I'm a rabbit
Steve Enlightened One Beasley [28-11-2009 14:02] 
Interesting. I just new about the year of such and such animal. I believe I was born in the year of the rooster. Since I don't know what time I was born, I can't decode that. I never new about the day breaking down into animal parts.
Jason Fetters [28-11-2009 01:28]  
The Chinese Horoscope is based on 12 animals and the animal for the year changes each year. Likewise, the Chinese use the 12 animals per day to determine what animal is associated with what time someone is born. So you take 24-hours in a day and divide by 12 is 2 so each animal has a 2-hour block. The hour of the Dragon is 6am to 8am.
Beasley [27-11-2009 20:35] 
The HOUR of the dragon?
Jason Fetters [27-11-2009 16:45]  
On this day, 11/27/1940, Bruce Lee was born in the Year and Hour of the Dragon.
Jason [27-11-2009 16:31] 
I rave about Nolan all of the time, too, but for different reasons.
Anne [27-11-2009 15:54]  
I was directed here by my son - he contributed an article some time ago. He raved about Nolan and the site. So here I am to check it out - I look forward to delving into all the good stuff. Oh, and I think I've unofficially met Nolan... at work, late one night long ago.
Steve Beasley [26-11-2009 21:48] 

November 30th, 1835 age 174 years
Michael [26-11-2009 19:45] 
Hello from Chicago, everyone! Wishing everyone at CFB.com a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. The turkey coma is setting in so Im off to watch "Star Trek" and melt into sleep. Welcom aboard, John. My son has been a fan of Tech Nine for almost a decade. Local boy makes good.
FATboy [26-11-2009 17:41] 
Mmmmmmmmm..... Turkey and stuffing!
ED [26-11-2009 08:33] 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Don't forget to send in your Christmas pictures for a very Fanby Christmas next month and any requests for this year's time warp toy box. Thanks!
Steve Beasley [25-11-2009 21:07] 
Great piece on Renninger's Antique Extravaganza MMIX , ED!

That makes me want to attend RAE MMX!
Steve Miles Standish Beasley [25-11-2009 21:02] 
Simon Lynx [25-11-2009 19:26] 
Happy Turkey Day... See everyone in a week.
Chris Woods [25-11-2009 19:07] 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Pilgrim [25-11-2009 14:59] 
First! Take that!
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