Friday, July 10, 2020

Nimoy's Second Turn in "Vincent" in OKC

1980:  After an April earlier stop in his Vincent tour, Leonard Nimoy came back in September to do it again.  Of course the wife and I were there again, along with two friends.



When Nimoy was here in April, we'd stalked him to his hotel for autographs.
This time we simply watched the OTHER stalkers mob him, on the way to his car.  Note the driver figuratively shrugging his shoulders.  Nimoy is in the white shirt at the center, signing autographs for the hoi polloi.
Of course, everybody loved the show.
  
See you on Monday for more Trekkish shenanigans!
  

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

STAR TREK II Newspaper Ads




Talk about a countdown to excitement!  From May 31-June 2, 1982.  You may note that the last two ads both appeared in Wednesday's paper.  Nothing on Thursday, the day before the movie's opening.  To build our suspense maybe?

See you on Friday!
  

Monday, July 06, 2020

I Set Up George Takei's Autograph Table!

 Yes, when I saw the above article in the August 25, 1978 Oklahoman, I got the high sign from the beautiful wife to attend.

 Being a punctual type, I got there early.  Early enough, in fact, to interact with George and to pitch in when he was not being taken care of by the so-called event organizers.  George was there with people gathering and nothing set up.  I asked him where he wanted to set up and dragged a table over to his designated area.


As you can see, in the era before PCs and desktop publishing, a hand-drawn sign informed fans that George Takei was here and he was signing autographs.  I got an autograph too.

See you Wednesday for the next stage in TREKKING WITH CLIPPINGS!
 

Friday, July 03, 2020

This Just In: Roddenberry Surprised!

This reminds me of the most common (and therefore STUPID) question I hear asked of Trek stars:  "Did you have any idea in __ [insert year here] that xxx years later we would still be talking about Star Trek?"

Why of course, madam.  And I expect one of my bowel movements to be gold-plated and placed into the Smithsonian imminently.

See you on Monday for more gosh-wow visions of surprising success!
 

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Welcome to TREKKING with CLIPPINGS!

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this month we'll be sharing some of the scrapings from the floor of my scrapbooks of Star Trek clippings from magazines and newspapers.

From June 20, 1977, the Oklahoman reports.

  See you on Friday!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Compare Your Car Repair

Among the papers found in our parents' houses were these two receipts for car repairs, from 1947.
Above: March 12, 1947.  According to Cash Car Buyer, "The average cost of head gasket repair is around $1,100 to $2,100."  Feel free to calculate a "repair price inflation rate" from that amount!
And this is from May 10, 1947.

See you on Monday, when we'll begin Trekking with Clipping, a month of Star Trek articles from my too-big scrapbooks of Trek nonsense.
 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Missing Pieces from 1983

Who else remembers Video Review magazine?  It was one of several periodicals competing for the home-video enthusiasts' buck.  These mags hyped upcoming releases, talked about camcorders and basic editing issues, and sold sketchy tech in the classifieds.
 Of course, video enhancers were never intended to forestall signal degradation when making your own copies of material.  Oh, no.
Above are two examples of the techno-wizardry offered, from 1984 issues.

The following article, from the February, 1983 issue, talks about TV edits, added footage, and the like.  Nerdy heaven!


If you're a REAL nerdy type, you can compare this article with the Special Edition Blu-rays or DVDs on your home shelf and think about all the once-rare treasures you now possess!

See you next Monday, friends!
  

Monday, June 15, 2020

Playground Folklore, from a 1977 Scholarly Angle




This "review of the literature" is from the May 1977 English Journal.  It caught my eye because I too shared gutter-type versions of rhymes.  Usually these were smart-aleck variations on other common bits of grade-school culture.

"Branded -- marked with a coward's name!  What will you do when you're branded?  Will you fight for your name?"
-- became:
"Stranded -- stranded on the toilet bowl!  What will you do when you're stranded, and you can't find a roll?"

What schoolyard ditties to you wish to share?
 

Monday, June 08, 2020

From 1971, It's Rat man and Boobin!

I am 85% certain that I got this poster from my beautiful older sister Sue.  It's been tacked up in our hallway for 20+ years.
According to minutiae around its periphery,
it's from Sunset Marketing, dated 1971.
It's got a catalog number and tagline.  However, these would only show if the poster were rolled up with the image outward, which might be rough on the printing!
You can try to decipher the signature, or you can read the nitty-gritty from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.  As of right now you can buy one "near mint" for $139.95.

All I can say is, thank God we live in a country where such rampant free speech and dissent are allowed -- whether you agree with it or not.  And whether you like or dislike whichever "superhero" or "supervillain" -- your choice -- may be leading the dance at this moment.

See you next Monday!
  

Monday, June 01, 2020

WATCHPANELS, Part the Seventh

One compulsive reader’s observations ...
after gazing into Watchmen for the umpteenth time

PART THE SEVENTH

All right, I’ve got photons in my teeth and my wrist brace on ...



           On page 2, the chapter title is in quotation marks in the comic, but has no quotation marks in bound versions.

            What is Laurie holding in her right hand?  Maybe it’s a “pack” of tobacco balls, as in Janey Slater’s “three packs a day” in 3:6:3?

In the first panel of page 10, both of Laurie’s hands are in “Curt Swan style” – reference my blog post http://markssuperblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/curt-swan-gave-us-fingers.html?m=0

Panel 3 of page 11 Dan's Kitchen Clock.  As seen in 3:8:6, Dan’s kitchen clock is on 24-hour time.  17:58 = 5:58PM.

 Page 13:  In Watchmen’s New York, there’s an Astrodome, although on our Earth it’s in Houston.  On the other hand, the fact that the announcer specifies “the New York Astrodome” here and on the next page implies there MIGHT be more than one.

Likewise on page 13:  In Annotated Watchmen, Leslie Klinger makes a silly statement.  He says, “The song playing is part of Dan’s record collection.”  Where does this left-field guess come from?  Where in Watchmen are we provided with a list of Dan’s records?
 MORE TO THE POINT:  It seems that Klinger wasn’t paying attention.  It is obvious that “Unforgettable” is coming from the TV, the soundtrack music for A DANG TV COMMERCIAL.  The “voice balloon” of the song is even pointing to the TV screen in panels 8 and 9 – and referenced in the commercial’s voiceover on 1st panel of the next page.

On page 20, When Dan says “get myself straight,” does he know that it’s a common druggie term for “smoothing things out” by getting a fix?

Page 23:  Now we see the New York Astrodome for ourselves.

In the supplemental material at the back, we are meant to assume that the “sick friend in Maine,” whom Dan was visiting, was Byron Lewis, Mothman, on behalf of Hollis Mason.


The bound versions do not have this paperclipped note about “next issue.”  Further, note that the paperclipped note misspells the paper’s name as Frontiersmen, not “-man.”

            Seven chapters down, five to go!  Buckle your owl-belts, kiddies!

See you next Monday for who-knows-what?!?
    

Thursday, May 28, 2020

MA-144 - It Shambled Forth from the 1980s

We close this month's "Musical Month of May" with a final look at the 1980s, including a track (number eight) from 1985's great, goofy, and gory The Return of the Living Dead.

01 - Confusion (Hits Us Everytime) - The Truth - 1983  (2:55)
02 - Wrong Rhumba - None if Any - 1985  (3:28)
03 - I Wanna Be Me - The Stowaways - 1981  (2:47)
04 - In Your Head - Moev - 1982  (4:28)
05 - Party Girl - Boy Trouble - 1983  (3:08)
06 - See Through You - Natural Scientist - 1982  (4:22)
07 - I Don't Want to Grow Up - Descendents - 1985  (1:21)
08 - Love Under Will - The Jet Black Berries - 1985  (2:56)
09 - Ignore Me - The Gas - 1981  (3:26)
10 - I'm Designed to Fly - Dancing Madly Backwards - 1983  (3:54)
11 - Nice - Malice in Wonderland - 1984  (4:34)
12 - Angel in My Pocket - One to One - 1986  (3:50)
13 - Lonely and Cold - Commando - 1987  (4:02)
14 - Put Me on the Radio - April Dancer - 1980  (3:27)
15 - Looker - Sue Saad - 1981  (3:41)
16 - Face Lifts - The Gymslips - 1983  (3:00)
17 - Careless Love - Inga & Anete Humpe - 1987  (4:01)
18 - Black and White - The Eyes - 1980  (4:28)
19 - Master TV - New Fun Quintet - 1982  (3:14)
20 - Small Talk - Mo - 1984  (3:23)
21 - Mind of a Toy - Visage - 1980  (4:30)
22 - Screaming in the Darkness - Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls - 1980  (3:33)

You can't go wrong with these cuts!
MA-144 - It Shambled Forth from the 1980s

See you on Monday for more shenanigans!
 

Monday, May 25, 2020

MA-97 - It Exploited the 1980s

... And now it's your turn to exploit back!

01 - TV Fan - The Staff   1981   (3:11)
02 - I Stand Alone - Luba   1980  (4:02)
03 - There's Always a Danger - Berlin   1982  (4:14)
04 - Living in America - The Telefones   1980  (3:35)
05 - Do it Yourself - The Last Words   1980  (3:34)
06 - Losing Control - The Lookalikes   1981  (3:19)
07 - Practical Joker - The Swingers   1981  (3:17)
08 - Change My Rules - LaMarca   1985  (4:31)
09 - Mental State - Unit 5   1981  (3:35)
10 - Back in My Heart - Promise   1980  (2:34)
11 - Hide and Seek - Interview   1980  (2:55)
12 - Johnny B Goode - Rexy   1981  (2:55)
13 - Gimme Love / Gimme Pain - Sue Saad and the Next   1980  (3:17)
14 - Big Girls - The Cheeters   1981  (3:28)
15 - Crime Drama - 3 Teens Kill 4   1984  (2:51)
16 - Don't Cry - Robin Lane & the Chartbusters   1980  (3:28)
17 - Living with the Jetset - Ian North   1980  (3:00)
18 - Unusual Girl - Darius and the Magnets   1982  (3:33)
19 - Boys Game - Tarzan 5   1981  (2:19)
20 - Judo Intellectuals - Moving Pictures   1983  (3:08)
21 - New Girl - The Bytes   1983  (3:19)
22 - Sheep Don't Talk Back - Spys   1983  (3:24)
23 - The Perfect Day - Fischer-Z   1987  (4:23)

It can be "The Perfect Day" for you, if you stay away from the "Boys Game" and the "Crime Drama."  You too can be "Living with the Jetset" -- but stay away from those "Judo Intellectuals," always throwin' their weight around.  While we're "Living in America," you can "Do It Yourself" without fear of "Losing Control."

Just "Don't Cry"!

MA-97 - It Exploited the 1980s

Be thankful this Memorial day, and we'll see you on Thursday for a slam-bang (or slap-dash?) ending to the 2020 Musical Month of May!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

MA-153 - The Future: Friend or Foe?

Yes, this anthology of songs from the 1980s challenges you to decide what life will be like ... in the future!
01 - Wirehead - Wasted Lives - 1979  (2:28)
02 - Slave to the Metal Horde (live) - Servotron - 1997  (2:21)
03 - Robot Wizards - Ward 13 - 1980   (2:37)
04 - Automatic Man - The Telefones - 1981  (4:20)
05 - Test Tube Baby - Chronics - 1978  (2:15)
06 - Me and My Machine - Dynamit Fischer - 1982  (3:15)
07 - Robot Robot - Nacht und Nebel - 1986  (2:50)
08 - Cybernetic Surgery - The Cybermen - 1978  (1:56)
09 - Sonic Reducer - The Dead Boys - 1977  (3:05)
10 - Clone - Greg Vandike - 1979  (3:05)
11 - TV Me - The Distributors - 1979  (3:47)
12 - Babylon Generation - Gina X Performance - 1981  (4:07)
13 - 3-D Dance - Trans X - 1984  (5:37)
14 - After the War (Meat to Eat) - Teds - 1982  (2:20)
15 - Mr Science - Mr Science - 1981  (2:23)
16 - Trust in Technology - Adaptors - 1979  (2:26)
17 - Future State - Future State - 1983  (4:56)
18 - Robot Secret Agents - Mythos - 1981  (2:51)
19 - Last Rockers - Vice Squad - 1980  (4:16)
20 - Talkin' 'Bout the Future - Dick Tracey - 1986  (3:33)
21 - Science - New Musik - 1980  (3:20)
22 - In the Year 2525 - Visage - 1983  (3:44)
23 - Art-I-Ficial (Peel session) - X-Ray Spex - 1978  (3:29)
24 - Animation - Jyl - 1984  (4:06)

Will you be a "Wirehead"? or an "Automatic Man"?  Will we be served by "Robot Wizards" or be enslaved by "Robot Secret Agents" in a "Future State"?

MA-153 - The Future: Friend or Foe?

You tell me!

See you back here some time on Monday, fellow futurologists!
 

Monday, May 18, 2020

MA-132 - It Was Extracted from the 1980s

You can't go wrong with these boppin' tunes!

01 - Dancing with You - PIC - 1985   (3:57)
02 - Fizz Pop (Modern Rock) - The Continentals - 1980   (2:51)
03 - Man of Time - Kas Product - 1982   (3:21)
04 - TV Song - Mortal Men - 1984   (4:15)
05 - Car Back - Big Jerks - 1981   (2:25)
06 - Trick of the Light - Shooting Party - 1985   (3:09)
07 - All You Zombies - The Hooters - 1982   (4:01)
08 - (I Gotta) Buy One - Jetz - 1981   (3:46)
09 - We Like It - The Visible Targets - 1982   (2:25)
10 - Goin' Thru the Motions - Nu Shooz - 1986   (3:56)
11 - Public Buildings - Puppies - 1981   (2:41)
12 - Where's Romeo? - CaVa CaVa - 1982   (3:05)
13 - Uptight World - Single Mary - 1987   (2:53)
14 - Waiting For Delmore - Algebra Suicide - 1988   (2:56)
15 - Song for America - Westside Lockers - 1980   (4:03)
16 - Infinite Roads - The Hawaiian Pups - 1983   (3:14)
17 - Naughty Miranda - Indians in Moscow - 1984   (3:34)
18 - Oh My Brothers - Dancing Madly Backwards - 1983   (4:23)
19 - No Control - Wendy & the Rocketts - 1983   (3:30)
20 - Pay My Bills - Barbi and the Kens - 1980   (2:25)
21 - Dead Pop Stars - Altered Images - 1981   (3:16)
22 - Under the Gun - Face to Face - 1984   (4:39)
23 - Sold Out - The Fools - 1980   (3:16)

MA-132 - It Was Extracted from the 1980s

Tell it, my brothers!  Have YOU "Sold Out" to "Fizz Pop (Modern Rock)"?  Sisters, are YOU simply "Goin' Thru the Motions" while you wait for someone to "Pay My Bills"?  Are YOU waiting in "Public Buildings" to get your "Car Back"?  LISTEN, and ye shall RECEIVE, "Oh My Brothers"!

And you'll receive another comp on Thursday!  See "All You Zombies" then!
 

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