Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mad Magazine's Al Feldstein dies at 88

Mad Magazine's Al Feldstein dies at 88

I posted the Mad Magazine cigarette ad parody above because the guy in the photo is Al Feldstein. He often appeared as a model in the magazine ad parodies.  Here is a tribute to Al's "modeling career" from Mad Magazine

British actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

British actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

I forgot about Roger Rabbit when I made my last post. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is my all-time favorite animated feature film.

Sunday, April 20, 2014





Saturday, April 19, 2014



I've seen quite a bit of photos on the Internet of frightened, crying children on the lap of a department store Easter Bunny. Yes, some of the Easter Bunnies range from goofy to slightly scary.

Now, I'm going to upset people (which I like to do): I was never frightened by the Easter Bunny. Either my parents didn't make me feel that the Easter Bunny was threatening or I have no problem with six foot tall rabbits posing for photos with children at department stores. First of all, children are not supposed to be afraid of the Easter Bunny. They are supposed to be fun.

When I was about ten or eleven, I bought this Unexpected comic book. The cover is better than the story inside. In the story, giant Easter Bunny kidnaps a kid at an Easter egg hunt, covers the kid with chocolate and then bites the kid's head off as revenge for all the chocolate bunnies who had their heads bitten off my bratty children. In the passing years, I've seen this issue mentioned on list of the "dumbest comic book stories ever."

Let me also mention something else that I'm proud of: I AM ALSO NOT AFRAID OF CLOWNS. I don't understand the fear of clowns. I have seen whole websites dedicated to the hatred of clowns and I am more frightened by the people created these websites. The vitriol and hatred plastered on these websites are comparable to racism and homophobia. I feel the fear of clowns is so preposterous that I'm working on a giallo-type novel about a "killer clown."

Contrary to what these websites lead you to believe, there have been very few, if any, recorded clown/Easter Bunny child kidnappings.

I've noticed that the people I know on Facebook who seem to fear clowns and Easter Bunnies are the same one who think teenagers are stupid and should pull up their pants, the media gives more attention to celebrities than soldiers and the government is going to take away their freedoms. The bad part, many of these people are former classmates, who felt they were superior to me and called me a dork. At least, I can say I've never been afraid of a person in a Easter Bunny costume or a clown. Who really is the dork?

Of course, my opinions are why I'm considered the Super-Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Today (April 16, 2014) would have been Charlie Chaplin's 125th birthday. My first exposure to Chaplin (or pseudo-exposure) was through a mid-70s Saturday morning cartoon called Baggy Pants and the Nitwits. "Baggy Pants" was a cat that dressed and moved like Chaplin. He was chased by a pig that looked like frequently Chaplin foil Eric Campbell.

This is the only example of the show I could find on YouTube. It is from television in Mexico, but this cartoon is silent like Chaplin's movies so it doesn't matter.

BTW: The other cartoon "The Nitwits" centered around the retired superhero team of Tyrone and Gladys. Yes, the same Tyrone and Gladys from Laugh-In. Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi even did the voices. However, they never mentioned Tyrone's last name: Horney.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


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I've been wanting to get into collecting found photography for some time. However, most of the photographs I've found in flea markets in the area have been from the 1890 to 1949. I'm really more interested in photographs from the 1950s up to current times. I'm especially interested in photos of young people and school related activities.

Which brings me to the photo above. This is the first photo I have acquired. It was in a box at a record collectors show recently with a tons of old sheet music and a handful of movie stills. The guys who was selling the stuff didn't know it was in the box. He just charged me two bucks for it.

On the back are the following words: "Miss Janis Jackson, Queen. Thornhill's Photography Studio, New Orleans. Return to Westside Office. Please hold for Jim Titterington, Westside Page."

I assume this young lady is Miss Janis Jackson and she was a homecoming queen in New Orleans. This really good photo was taken at Thornhill's Photography Studio in New Orleans. I'm guess the rest may have been directions for the newspaper society page. I'm guessing the year on this would be from about 1957 to 1963.

Now here is the offer. If you know Janis Jackson, whether she is your wife, your mom, your sister, your aunt, the lady at your church who brings scrumptious cookies to the Sunday potluck dinner or maybe YOU ARE Homecoming Queen Janis Jackson, contact me. I will send you this photo to you free of charge. You can contact me at, if you can tell me how you are related or acquainted with this beautiful young lady, I will send it to you. I want this photo to get back to Miss Jackson or her family.

NOTE: In order to get the full effect of this wonderful photo, click on the photo to enlarge and listen to Percy Faith's "Theme from a Summer Place" at the same time.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014


"If you stomped on Mickey Rooney, he'd probably turnaround and smile" The Kinks "Celluloid Heroes"

If you are wondering why I didn't post a link to an obit for Mickey Rooney, it is because everyone website and network newscast had a very good article or tribute to the career of Mickey Rooney. Instead some quick and interesting trivia about Mickey Rooney's career.

Mickey Rooney was the voice of Santa Claus in the Christmas specials Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Year Without Santa, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, and A Miser Brother's Christmas.

He turned down the role of The Penguin on Batman and Archie Bunker on All In the Family.

Sir Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando both said he called him a great actor.

Mickey Rooney was the surviving Hollywood star featured in the Merry Melodies cartoon "Hollywood Steps Out" (above) and the Kinks song "Celluloid Heroes."

Mickey Rooney appeared in both The Twilight Zone ("The Last Night of a Jockey") and The Night Gallery ("Rare Objects"). He also stared in a Playhouse 90 production called The Comedian. All three were written by Rod Serling.

He played Nelson "Stubby" Stool in the Western comedy Evil Roy Slade.

He was a guest on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour the same night as The Who. Roger Daltrey claimed that after the famous explosion at the end of "My Generation," Mickey Rooney jumped up and down yelling "MORE! MORE! DO IT AGAIN, BOYS!"

Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. He was cast as Mickey McGuire in a series a movies based on Fontaine Fox's comic strip Toonerville Trolley (above). He chose to use the name Mickey McGuire as a stage name. He was billed in the credits as Mickey (Himself) McGuire. At one point, TBS ran these as part of Tom and Jerry and Friends. These were probably not shown on TV as much as the Our Gang comedies because most are silent and Mickey is usually seen smoking a cigar.

Here is a portion of one entitled "Mickey's Tent Show."
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