Observation for Now

Having been handed by the “greatest generation” a nation with numerous opportunities and a bright future, the baby boomers and their progeny set about destroying it on the altar of self-indulgence.

-- Cal Thomas



Monday, September 26, 2016

Star Trek II Promo Flyer

          Some time between 1980 and 1982, I sent a fan letter to Paramount, asking for information about Star Trek II, and got about 100 copies of a color flyer, the kind you used to see on the freebie tables at movie houses.

          I’m only guessing about how many there were.  These flyers are on glossy card-stock paper, and the stack was at least one inch thick.

          I’m sharing them here as a kind of coda to August’s exhaustive (and exhausting) survey of the movie.

          Note that the film wasn’t called “Star Trek II,” simply “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.”

          Also you see that I had this flyer autographed by George Takei and Jimmy Doohan, at various appearances.

          Once upon a time, I had so many copies of this flyer that I was free to mutilate them.  I amputated part of page 4 and also took it with me to various media cons.  As you can see, I had this one with me when I encountered Walter Koenig.  Since Koenig’s signature isn’t on the complete flyer I scanned, evidently I only had the fragment with me at the time.

          Once upon a day in the mid 1980s, I went around to various OKC movie houses and asked the bosses if they had any leftover sci-fi promo stuff.  I ended up with several pounds of black-and-white newspaper-ad layouts, and variations of same, for several movies, including a buttload of different ads for Star Trek II.  But as far as I can find, those 11-x-17-size sheets are long gone.

          On the bright side ... see you Thursday, and be back here on Saturday, October 1st, for the first instalment of ...

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

MA-35 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 3

Here's another amalgamation of songs from my glory days of AM radio listening, bridging over until MTV started its own semi-disruptive conduit of oddity (amidst its 99.5% of conformism).

1   Give Peace A Chance         John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band
2   Cinnamon Girl     Neil Young with Crazy Horse

3 Without You Badfinger
4 Make Me Smile (single version)    Chicago
5 Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer
6 Let It Rain Eric Clapton
7 Temma Harbour    Mary Hopkin
8 Another Day    Paul McCartney

9 Free   Chicago
10 Vincent Don McLean
11 I Just Want to Celebrate    Rare Earth
12 Tongue In Cheek (single version) Sugarloaf

13 From the Beginning   Emerson, Lake & Palmer
14 Day by Day Godspell Cast; Robin Lamont
15 You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio Joni Mitchell

16 Young Americans David Bowie 1975
17 Falling Star Karla Bonoff    1977
18 Peek-A-Boo!   Devo 1982
19 Hold On Santana    1982
20 Goodbye To You Scandal 1982
21 On the Dark Side    John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band 1983

Give music a chance!  It can keep you from falling into the dark side.

 See you Monday.

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Not All Nuts-and-Bolts

In the 1960s, one of the big debates among UFO enthusiasts was between those people who felt that all UFO phenomena had origins in actual spaceships from elsewhere.  This was called "the nuts-and-bolts" theory.

The other view, I feel, addressed the apparent facts by simply throwing up its hands and saying, "Things are a lot weirder than that."  This view pointed out that some odd behaviors weren't possible if undertaken by solid, material craft or entities -- fading away from view like a ghost; apparently instantaneous teleportation; and the likes.

This  more off-the-wall viewpoint is actually more logical, when the entire spectrum of UFO "stuff" is looked at.  Me, I call this "the ultra-terrestrial" theory.  In other words, the odder events indicate that SOME THINGS have abilities akin to what we would call extra-normal, or supernatural.

 All of these books are willing to look at the weird, oddball incidents and say, "We don't know."  This is a very appropriate viewpoint!

Check these books out for an unencumbered look at the "high strangeness" of UFOs and their critters.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

MA-93 - It Exported from the 1980s

Here's more treasures from a golden age of pop-rock music.  We have punk, new wave, pop, and all sorts of lane-straddlers.

01 - Start from the Start - Nervus Rex   1980  (3:01)
02 - Pretty Boys - Jimmy and the Boys   1981  (2:44)
03 - Wings Over America - David Reilly   1982  (3:59)
04 - Neighborhood Kids - The Lads   1983  (3:32)
05 - The Raft - Pink Industry   1983  (1:36)
06 - Get My Message - Shoes   1984  (3:41)
07 - The Gang on Fortune Hill - The Nobodys   1984  (4:02)
08 - Eldorado - March Violets   1985  (4:14)
09 - Too Hot to Stop - Benjamin Orr   1986  (4:14)
10 - Ghosts Can´t Run Away - Foreign Affair   1989  (4:04)
11 - (Don't Talk to Me) I'm Shy - The Passions   1981  (2:16)
12 - Drowning in Berlin - Mobiles   1981  (3:26)
13 - Play This Song (on the Radio) - Sorrows   1981  (2:54)
14 - The Late Mistake - Comateens   1983  (2:30)
15 - What's There Left - Nine Circles   1982  (5:19)
16 - Black Mirror - Get Smart!   1984  (2:15)
17 - She Went Pop - Iam Siam   1984  (4:45)
18 - (Talk to Me Like) Jackie Kennedy - The Bible   1986  (3:17)
19 - Johnny Get the Handcuffs - Moon Martin   1985  (3:52)
20 - Boys Will Be Boys - One to One   1985  (3:27)
21 - Lies to Live By - The Del-Byzantines   1982  (3:59)
22 - Memory Lane - The Sinceros   1981  (2:47)

Track #17, "She Went Pop," is from a  1984 concept album revolving around the supposed suicide of a trendy Hollywood actress.

Let me know if you like this melange. I do!


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