Thursday, February 25, 2010


Chuck Conners starred as an officer drummed out of the military in 'Branded' after his highly successful 'The Rifleman' series. Branded had a short run from '65 to '66. The show ranked in the top twenty when it was yanked.

Kids all over the U.S. had different lyrics for the show's theme song.

on the toilet bowl
what do you do when you're stranded
and you don't have a roll.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wah-wah-wah wah-wah wah?

Charles M. Schulz is my all time favorite cartoonist.  He is known for creating PEANUTS.   Adults never showed their faces in Charlie Brown's neighborhood.  You knew they were there, they just were never drawn.  As a kid who loved reading every Peanut's strip that came my way - I always wondered what a grown-up looked like in Schulz's world.

A friend of mine, Brad Condray, once gave me a book of cartoons with adult characters called IT'S ONLY A GAME that featured adult characters.  That's right, Sparky had a sports themed strip that had a short run from '57-'59.  He also did a single-panel cartoon panel called YOUNG PILLARS from '56 to '65 for a youth magazine called YOUTH.  There are two examples from each series.

What's neat about seeing these works is that you can make out teenage and grown-up versions of Charlie Brown, Linus, etc.  I don't know if it was intentional - but it's easy enough to pick up on.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

remembering a movement

 Earlier this week I posted a Note, 'the day the music died' on facebook.  I got some wonderful responses from a couple of guys who were there at the beginning of the Jesus Movement.  I also got some comments from old Christian brothers and sisters from Christian Brother's Free House / Skylight days.  I really enjoyed the thread.!/note.php?note_id=303326454893

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Serve Somebody Live

This is one of my favorites - thanks Bobby.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


back-beat and electric guitars turned nerds to cool

you can dance if you want to...

Friday, February 5, 2010

The War of the Worlds

I just ran across the original movie 'The War of the Worlds' (1953) in the Wal-Mart $5.00 bin tonight. Pretty cool find.

Those Martian Tripods creep-ed me out as much as the creatures in original ' The Day The Earth Stood Still' and 'Forbidden Planet'.

I thought the original movie did a pretty good job giving imagery to H.G. Well's story. Does anyone out there remember what local radio station used to play Orson Welles' old 1938 radio broadcast on Halloween nights?