Thursday, February 25, 2021

My Little Lamby

For this last post in this February month of love, I’m gonna tell you about my oldest friend.

My little Lamby may not look like much now, but she’s been my friend since the beginning. I have a feeling that Mom made her from terrycloth and filled her with foam rubber. Her eyes and nose are flannel dots. Sometime before my tenth birthday I got ahold of a black magic marker. I colored her eyes and made her nose a heart. You CAN see that her nose is a heart, right? 
Here I am at three months old. Mom took this picture of (L-R) Sue, Dad holding me (and me holding Lamby), and Robert. Mom made matching shirts.
I’m six months old in the above photo. Note that my blanket’s made from the same cloth as our shirts in the previous photo.
Little Lamby’s filling has mostly crumbled. Nowadays she tends to settle according to the dictates of gravity. I propped her up here, in the Fortress of Markitude, overlooked in the background by a photo of my three-year-old self.
Here we are, in a photo taken by someone who’s an even better friend. Lamby and I don’t cuddle much any more, out of respect for her brittle condition. But she has stuck with me for some 64 years now, and I ain’t gonna ditch her now!

Now, Lamby isn’t a showoff. Usually she just hangs out on a display shelf with other items of alternately detritus or treasure status.

Someday I’ll tell you about Kitty-Cat. Until then, tell me—do you have any long-lived friends from babyhood or childhood? 

See you on Monday, March 1st, for the commencement of 2021’s March Mazeppa Madness!
  
  

Monday, February 22, 2021

They Tied the Knot -- Until the Following Reboot!

Since I don't read the comic books any more -- probably more than a decade -- I have know idea whether, in the current continuity, Supes and Lois are hitched.  I've heard rumors of a Super-Kid, but ... eh, it ain't "my" Superman.

I did get all verklempt on reading The Wedding Album.  It was a nice touch to have avatars of many DC writers, artists, and creators as onlookers in the taking-the-vows panels.

See you on Thursday for another love letter -- this time to my oldest friend -- and I have photographic proof!
  

Thursday, February 18, 2021

I Love My Beatles 45s!

The main reason I "love" these records is that they were hand-me-downs from my older (and therefore much cooler) older sister.  She outranked me in the knows-better category by eight years.
The story goes that Capitol, who was contractually connected to their British record label Parlophone Records, didn't want to release "She Loves You," and that's how Swan got the release.

Wikipedia gives the above image as the single's sleeve.  But the only way I ever saw the record was in the below "plain brown wrapper."

So either Sue replaced the picture sleeve, or never had it.  Perhaps the disc was passed on from someone else?

While looking at the records I took note of the inner-groove notations.  As you can see, they are stamped onto the surface.

She Loves You [mechanically stamped]: MASTERING [line break] RECO-ART PHILA [larger letters]  S-4152-S

I’ll Get You [mechanically stamped]: MASTERING [line break] RECO-ART PHILA [larger letters]   S-4152-I

And, here's the other 45 from sweet sister Sue:



These Capitol discs have hand-scratched inner-groove notations.


I Want to Hold Your Hand [hand-SCRATCHED]: 45-X-4471-F-I 

I Saw Her Standing There hand-SCRATCHED]: 45-X-4472-GR
Look at the picture sleeve once more.  I played with brightness and circled the numbers Sue added to the group photo.  Now read Sue's ID of two of the group:
That's right!  In the chaotic world of teen music, Sue got some bad info.  She ID'd #1, Paul, as "John Lennon."  She DID get Ringo right.  And no, there are no other names given for #3 or #4 anywhere on the sleeves or discs.

So, besides their boffo beat and their place in pop-music history, these 45s mean a lot to me because they came from big-sister Sue, and also represent a time when information came from the vagaries of AM-radio DJs or fan magazines, or hearsay and gossip.

See you on Monday for another post appropriate to the Month of Love!
  

Monday, February 15, 2021

They Finally Got Engaged

Yes, according to this September 18, 1996 article carried in The Oklahoman, Superman and Lois finally made a commitment.  Next Monday we'll fast-forward a month or so to see what happened.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!  To those of my friends still "single and searching," I pass on a bit o' advice from my dad:  Instead of trying to FIND "the one," concentrate on BECOMING "the one" for someone else.  TRU DAT!

See you on Thursday for a look at some things passed down to me by Sweet Sister Sue!
  

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Oklahoma City Memories: Ann's Chicken Fry

We established our home in OKC in 1978, but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that we discovered the OKC treasure, Ann’s Chicken Fry House, on NW 39th Expressway. Like many people from around the world, we fell in love with the mid-century-Americana atmosphere, the great food, and the fine people who worked there (including Ruby, who retired 10+ years ago, and Joni, who was still there when they closed).

Above is an article on Ann's from the June 6, 2007 OK Gazette.
If you pull in from eastbound NW 39th, you see the above.
And you walk up to the front door.
If you're lucky, Shirley the owner is there to say hi.  If you're REALLY lucky, she recognizes you and asks about the kids or grandkids.  In the above photo, Shirley's at the lunch counter which has about six places.
This is what Shirley would see from where she is standing in the previous pic.  No, the jukebox wasn't hooked up.  The music coming over the speakers have been alternately KOMA or Sirius over the years.
Here's a photo of Joyce and me from 2013.  We're sitting in the small corridor of tables immediately right of the entrance.
And here's a reverse angle from the end of the little corridor of tables.  You can see the waitress Joni in the distance, her back to us.  Over Joni's right shoulder is the doorway into the "main" dining area.

After passing through that doorway, this is the right-hand wall and corner.
I like to think of the booth in the back left as the "Alfred corner."  That's because there are two framed pieces on the wall which we gave Shirley.
I found the ad above in a 1960s Time or Newsweek.  I printed a copy and framed it.  You can see it in the "Alfred corner" photo in the center-left, next to the checkered flag.
Facing the RCA ad on the adjacent wall is a framed copy of this "Supermen of America" certificate.
Here's another view of the large dining room.  You can glimpse both of my framed "things" in the corner.

Well, after you've had your stupendous repast (Al's Big Burger for me!), you'd stop and pay at the register on the way out.
Some of you may remember the poster of OKC's Ho-Ho the Clown above the table just inside the front door.  I wish I had a clear photo of it!  A brief article about Ho-Ho from 405 magazine is here.  (The above image was cropped from another photo I took.)

I'm proud to say that I'm responsible for the poster being there.  You see, about 15 years ago it came in as a donation to the thrift store I managed.  When I recognized Ho-Ho, I called Shirley and she drove across town to check it out and buy it.  She put it into a poster frame, and there it is!
Well, night has fallen as we leave Ann's.  Thanks, Shirley (and her late husband Al), and all the staff for making Ann's Chicken Fry a golden part of our Oklahoma City memories!

See you on Monday for something else that's lovable!
  

Monday, February 08, 2021

Lois Married Everybody BUT Superman?

This survey of Lois Lane's other romances is from the October 12, 2001 Comics Buyer's Guide.

Boy, that Lane gal sure got around!

See you back here on Thursday for a special Valentine to a recently closed OKC landmark.
  

Thursday, February 04, 2021

February's Calendar Page: 1971 = 2021!

Get a load of all those hearts in the February, 1971 PsychoFLAIRapy Calendar!
First is the original calendar page.
And here's a cleaner version, for those of you without a friends named "Deb" whose birthday is on the 12th.
See you on Monday with some comic-book love!

And PS -- I assume the little critter at the top of the pile of hearts in the page-header illo is the PsychoFLAIRapy version of a groundhog!
   

Monday, February 01, 2021

MA-159 - Illicit Appetites!

Yes, it's another music compilation which demonstrates that the course of true love many involve neither love nor truth.

01 - Midget - VTKMS - 1979  (2:24)

02 - Android Love - Ozzie - 1977  (3:42)

03 - I'm in Love with a Cat - Anti-Band - 1983  (1:54)

04 - Dig It Up - Hoodoo Gurus - 1984  (3:35)

05 - I Like Motorcycles - Vermilion & the Aces - 1979  (2:49)

06 - In the Slot - The Adaptors - 1979  (2:33)

07 - Don't Forget Me Tommy - The Freeze - 1981  (3:45)

08 - Computer Love - Western Hysteria - 1980  (3:31)

09 - Suburban Incest (Harry's Song) - Die Hausfrauen - 1981  (4:00)

10 - Love Makes You Crazy - Mike Batt - 1982  (3:35)

11 - Magazine Sex - Max Load - 1979  (2:27)

12 - I Saw My Baby in the Meat Section - The Happy Cadavers - 1982  (2:29)

13 - Stephanie - Brian and the Nightmares - 1986  (2:41)

14 - (I'm into) Necrophilia - The Amazing Space Frogs - 1979  (2:55)

15 - Robot Love - The Valves - 1977  (3:03)

16 - See the Children - The Cure - 1977  (3:10)

17 - If Boys Got Pregnant - The Orchids - 1979  (2:02)

18 - Laboratory Baby - Los Reactors - 1981  (1:06)

19 - Your Manikin Hand - Gluons - 1983  (3:45)

20 - Corpse Grinder - The Meteors - 1987  (2:56)

21 - The Best Big Mistake - Woody Patty - 1991  (2:25)

22 - My Girlfriend Is a Rock - Nervebreakers - 1978  (3:27)

23 - Chinese Dragon - Jezebel - 1982  (2:19)

24 - I Danced All Night with a Hamster Until I Trod on It - Jerry Jamrag & the Afterbirths - 1977  (1:38)

25 - Mary's in a Coma - The New Avengers - 1981  (3:37)

26 - Mars Bars - The Undertones - 1979  (2:07)

27 - I Hate You - Zoom - 1978  (2:01)

28 - Puke It Up - Zombina & the Skeletones - 2008  (2:38

The original art is from DC's Young Love #85.

MA-159 - Illicit Appetites!

So, fans of infatuation, tell me what you think.

See you on Thursday!  
  
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