Sunday, May 19, 2002

Good Television

I've always loved good television. Due to time constraints with the job, family, and other interests, I try to limit the time I spend in front of the tube. This season I have found myself watching more programs...

Boston Public continues to be the "must-see" show on Monday. The finale will be a great capper to another fine season.

Tuesday is my favorite night for tv. 24 folowed by The Shield. 24 has had a great run, and I wonder how they will follow it up? The real-time format made it very interesting. I hope they figure out a way to do more. The Shield pushes all of the boundaries yet does it with great acting and storylines. I've been with it (and 24) from the start and hope to never miss an episode.

West Wing is another "must-see" show. Perhaps only The Shield can match it's great ensemble of actors.

Survivor and ER round out the shows that I make a point to never miss. Survivor is riding a new wave of popularity due to the "never know what will happen next" feel of this run. ER bid farewell to Doctor Green (and why wasn't Dr. Ross at the funeral??) but there's still life left in the series.

Yeah, it's been a great season for tv. I've found myself watching more than ever... but I can't complain since I've always loved good television.

Sunday, May 12, 2002

Dark Shadows

When I was a kid, there weren't many things that I enjoyed more than a good scary movie. In fact, most of my friends felt the same. We'd look forward to the weekend to stay up late, turn off all of the lights in the house, and watch Sammy Terry's Nightmare Theater. What could be better than a weekly fix to satisfy our horror craving?

How about a five days a week fix??

Dark Shadows was the first and only soap opera I've ever watched on a regular basis (if you don't count professional wrestling). It told the tale of the Collins family... what a mess they were. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts.... whew! And we ate it up!

Dark Shadows was the must see show of it's time. It spawned a series of novelizations, trading cards, and more. There're annual Dark Shadows conventions that continue to this day!

A new collector's series of Dark Shadows DVDs are going to be released shortly. The price is right, so get your friends together and turn down the lights!

Sunday, May 05, 2002

Wow! Bill Black!


I've known "Wild" Bill Black for over 25 years and that's the first word that comes to mind when I think of him. Bill is one of those rare individuals who has a real enthusiasm for the things in life that he likes. And Bill likes a lot of things. Good Girl Art, Comics, Horror Movies, Old Time Westerns, Old Time Science Fiction Movies, and more. You know, the really cool things in life.

Not only does Bill enjoy all of these things but he takes an active part in them as well. Bill has made horror movies, worked as an artist for Charlton, Warren and Marvel, run conventions for the subjects he loves and more. But Bill is best known as the founder of AC Comics, the longest running "Independent Comic" company going today. AC Comics focuses on good girl art and westerns but that's not all that they do.

I just spent over an hour previewing the CD-ROM pictured to the left. It's packed with hours of material (over 1,000 "pages" and around 6,000 pictures)! I've known Bill for over 25 years and was learning stuff I never knew! If you enjoy the stuff that Bill does (and who doesn't?), then check out the CD! After you get a look at it I know that you'll say:


Saturday, May 04, 2002

Bruno Bows Out

I never saw Bruno Sammartino wrestle. Still I agree that he is, perhaps, the greatest star from the golden age of pro wrestling.

will be among the first 13 inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame this weekend. They'll have to have the ceremony without him. Bruno refuses to attend.

"Wrestling is how I made my living and supported my family, but it's over. I don't want anything to do with it anymore," Bruno was quoted as saying earlier this week.

Despite a long reign as world champion, selling out Madison Square Garden over 200 times (the most ever) and his immense popularity, Bruno was blackballed from wrestling when he spoke out about, "Drugs, steroids, all the sexual stuff, bizarre things" that he saw going on in wrestling in the 80's. Click here for the full story.

I never saw Bruno wrestle. That's sad for me. No one will see Bruno at the ceremony as he's inducted into the Hall of Fame. That's sad for all fans of the sport.