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TV Yesterdays

Catching Up

Finally got a little time to mention: I went to Minneapolis a few weekends ago on business. Spotted two culturally iconic cars during the trip: on a suburban Minneapolis street, I passed a panel van painted to look like The Mystery Machine from the Scooby-Doo cartoons (not the first time I’ve seen it, or maybe […]

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I just go on, but in a Fair and Balanced way

Okay, I promise, my two absolutely last words on Bob Hope (I can’t help it, I’m a pop culture maven). The entertaining TVParty has a feature story on Bob’s TV career, which points out how he managed to avoid burning out in the medium like his contemporaries did by only appearing in “specials,” instead of […]

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“See? I told you so!”

Note: I’ve jut checked the links in this article as of 2020. Yup, they’re all dead. Even Chicago Sun-Times Columnists Richard Roeper agrees! Memo to the editorial cartoonists of the world: I love the creativity you show in your work, but the next time a celebrity dies and you’re thinking about doing a drawing of […]

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Addendum

I started on the previous rant yesterday, before Bob Hope died (and how many times will you hear or use the phrase “finally died” today?). So let’s count the number of cartoons tomorrow that show St. Peter meeting Bob, and telling him “Thanks for the Memories.” I predict that a slightly lesser number of cartoons […]

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Are Cartoonists People?

Here’s a rant that been fermenting in the back of my head for awhile, and I’m finally getting it out. Editorial cartoonists are supposed to be able to summarize world events and distill them into a single image that makes a salient point, maybe even provoking a laugh. So howcum it is when some celebrity […]

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Musical Cheese

All Killer, No Filler?

Was just reading some news squibs about the fact that some bands, specifically Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers have refused to have their music sold online via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Their rationale was that they were unhappy with the service for allowing customers to download individual tracks, with the rationale that “Our artists […]

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The way to really fly

Haven’t had a chance to mention that my commuting time was severely hampered last week. Seems one of the trestles on the Illinois Central line that my Metra Electric train runs over burned down the night of June 22. I learned this as I was driving to my station Monday morning the 23rd: No trains […]

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Movies

Worst Movie ever? (At least physically)

In one respect, yes. I saw Decasia over the weekend at Facets uptown. It’s kind of a “found film” project, compiled from film archives across the world, of old, unstable nitrate film in various stages of decomposition. It s indeed a little disturbing to watch. We see the images of people, sometimes barely discernible amid […]

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Fatal Porch Collapse in Chicago Kills 12

I had a link to this story in the Sun-Times, but of course it’s expired by now. But I think you can get the gist of my opinion just from the headline. Isn’t your first reaction to think “those people should’ve known better than to…?” Just like with the nightclub tragedies of a few months ago, […]

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Oppose the War: You Must Be Out of Work!

My father has been forwarding every e-mail he is sent supporting the war, and containing stories of some unwashed anti-war protrester getting a can of Shut-Up opened on him by someone whose brother died in France (those ungrateful wretches!), etc. I was finally compelled to send this reply: Here’s a story you can also forward […]