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Monthly Archives: October 2012

I was never a big Halloween person. Even when I was a kid, I primarily saw Halloween as a hurdle to get past so we could get to the REAL holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’d break out that Christmas music on November 1st! When my kids were little, I tried to soften my […]

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Well, the signs of Hurricane Sandy Northeaster are upon us. The winds are kicking up and the rain is falling down. I’m unusually prepared for the inevitable flooding that will occur in my basement. I used all the hype about the storm to fuel my cleaning up and doing a little reorganizing down there. It […]

I was never a big monster movie fan when I was a kid. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate them more but I’m still not a blood and gore kind of guy. I’d rather enjoy a really spooky ghost story that creeps you out then watch a slasher movie. I have, however, always […]

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I just watched a movie from 1973 called Cops and Robbers. The film stars Joe Bologna and Cliff Gorman and it’s one of those gritty, New York films of the 1970s. You know what I mean, one of those films where the city is almost like another character in the film because so much of […]

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  If I haven’t mentioned it yet on this new site, trust me when I tell you that in time, you’ll know that one of my all time favorite TV shows is Barney Miller. I will, no doubt, mention it over and over and over again. Happily, the entire show is now available on DVD […]

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I’ve been meaning to put some Spencer Tracy posts up here as TCM has picked him as the star of the month for October. As far as I’m concerned, Tracy is the star of all time. He came from “the Golden Age of American Film” and he had a few contemporaries who could hold the […]

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I was sorry to hear this morning about the passing of Alex Karras, ex-NFL football player and long-time Hollywood character actor. I enjoyed much of Karras’ film work but he’ll always be remembered best as the lovable bad guy turned good guy, Mongo, from Mel Brooks 1973 classic, “Blazing Saddles.” I was particularly sad to […]

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As Vito Corleone once said, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” I live in Western New York, almost eight hours from New York City. I am a proud Italian (Sicilian) American and I love baseball. Somehow, these three facts are supposed to naturally combine to make me a fan of the New York Yankee baseball […]

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In keeping with celebrating Johnny this week, here’s a great clip from 1985 with David Letterman. I’ve always loved the fact that Letterman, who can be the snarkiest, most sarcastic, most disinterested guy in the world, was always so giddy around Johnny Carson. Letterman worshiped Carson the way Carson worshiped Jack Benny. It’s always cool […]

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Fifty years ago today, the words “Here’s Johnny” began a thirty year journey to literally becoming part of the American lexicon. It was on this date, October 1, 1962, that Johnny Carson began his tenure as host of The Tonight Show on NBC. He held the spotlight for nearly thirty years until his retirement in […]

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