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I changed my blogging website from LiveJournal to WordPress.  I was having issues with LiveJournal, so I decided a switch was called for.  So, if you’re following me from LiveJournal, welcome back.  If you’re here for the first time, welcome aboard.  Grab a chair and sit down.

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And now a public service message:

MeTV is showing the “Turkey Drop” episode of WKRP IN CINCINNATI Sunday night at 7:30 Eastern.  This episode features what many consider the funniest moment in the history of that sitcom and one of the funniest in sitcom history.

But I still say the funniest moment of WKRP was when Dr. Johnny Fever reveals the police artist’s sketch of the man who held him hostage during a remote broadcast.

Not enough songs about Kung Fu in the Top 40 these days.

Yesterday I listened to AMERICAN TOP FORTY PRESENTS THE ’70S.  I heard Casey Kasem count down the top 40 hits of the week ending November 9, 1974.  The week’s highest debuting record was Carl Douglas’ magnum opus “Kung Fu Fighting.”  I remember buying the 45 rpm record at Jamesway (now the Galleria) when it first came out.


Were that not enough, in the lower reaches of the Top Twenty was this classic by the Raspberries.



80 Years Ago Tonight

I’ve been watching PERRY MASON on the local MeTV outlet lately.  On the show Ray Collins played Lt. Tragg of the Los Angeles Police Department.


Years earlier, Collins was a member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater.  It was 80 years ago tonight that the Mercury Theater made its best-know radio project, an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ WAR OF THE WORLDS.

A few years later, the Mercury Theater made its movie debut, in “Citizen Kane,” wherein Collins played Boss Jim Gettys.


Reading: THE SAVIOR’S CHAMPION by Jenna Moreci and WONDERBOOK by Jeff Vandermeer.

MUSIC:  “Sad Eyes”–by Robert John


A Very Short Story


On a bright but cool October morning Irving Phlabatt was walking down a leaf-lined street near his house. He spotted a police cruise stop about fifty feet ahead of him. As he walked closer to the car, a chubby policeman stepped out the front passenger side door. Irving wondered what was going on.
“May we see some ID please?” The policeman said as Irving came to within ten feet of him.
“Why, sure.” Irving reached into the left rear pocket of his bluejeans and pulled out his billfold. Opening it, he took out his driver’s license. He handed it to the policeman, who examined it.
Irving asked, “A-am I doing anything wrong, officer?”
“What are you doing?”
“Just getting some exercise.”
“Getting some exercise, eh?” The policeman hand Irving’s license back to him. “We have to write you a ticket.”
“A ticket?” Irving’s mouth gaped open. “What for?”
“Exercising? Since when has that been illegal?”
“For a few weeks.”
“Why didn’t I hear anything about it?”
“It was a secret declaration.”
“Fearless Leader probably don’t want nobody outliving him.” The policeman wrote out a citation and handed it to Irving. “Now get in the car, and we’ll drive you home.”
Irving obeyed the policeman as he wondered what sort of weird parallel universe he’d been transported to. The he realized who Fearless Leader was. And then the ruling made complete sense.
Once inside the cruiser Irving instructed the policeman where to go. When the cruiser arrived at his house. Irving stepped out of the car. The policeman who had written Irving the ticket said, “We’re sorry about the ticket. We don’t make the law–”
“You just enforce it.”
The policeman nodded.


Music–“Out of Time”–Chris Farlowe


The UN and JB

On this day in 1945, the United Nations charter came into effect.  New York’s UN building itself wouldn’t be completed until 1952.

Ten years after the UN building finished, in another part of the Big Apple, James Brown performed at the Harlem Theater.  It was recorded for posterity and released as an LP (LIVE AT THE APOLLO) the following year.  And posterity was much better for it.


Music:  “Crazy Love”–Van Morrison

Book:  LORD FOUL’S BANE by Stephen R. Donaldson

TV–James Brown and Perry Mason