sure. I beg and whine for letters, they pour in, and then
I get too busy to run any.
we are with the highlights of February. Please don't let my
own editorial laziness stop you from writing in, and definitely
stop by and make your opinions known on the Fanboy
to see someone reporting that has some perspective that goes
back beyond the "oh-so-lame" pastel Hulk Hogan years.
I grew up in Miami. My grandfather was nuts about wrestling.
He would get so worked up. He was always such a quiet man,
so it was fun to see him shouting out to the bad guys: "You
dirty low life!"
about 1970, I was part of a three person team that broadcast
the weekly wrestling matches from the Miami Beach Auditorium
(or the Convention Center when we had big draws). I feel fortunate
to have watched legends like Eddie Graham, Johnny Valentine,
Freddie Blassie, Dory Funk, Lou Thesz and so many others over
about a five year period.
wrestling, for all its hype and media push, pales in contrast
to what I recall. The greatest match I ever saw was when Dory
Funk, Jr. wrestled The Gladiator (Rick Hunter) to a 60-minute
draw. Can you imagine the stamina that took? And though The
Gladiator was the crowd favorite, it never deteriorated into
a punching contest. As for brutal matches, nothing could possibly
top the Eddie Graham vs. Buddy Colt bloodbaths (except possibly
the Eddie Graham vs. Great Malenko, Bobbie Shane, Tarzan Tyler,
Bob Orton or Fred Blassie, etc., etc. bloodbaths). Back then
the matches were better orchestrated, with the opening matches
leading up to good, solid mid-card performers, then the main
event. I doubt that anyone ever walked away from there feeling
like they didn't get their money's worth.
also fortunate enough to get to meet, and sometimes get to
know, some of the wrestlers. Without a doubt, Dory Funk, Jr.
and Rick Hunter were the nicest people I met, though I really
never met a wrestler I didn't like. Usually they were all
a bit, turn on the reel-to-reel recorder and the guys would
go off on their "loony, maniac, killer, whatever routine"
-- at least the bad guys. I remember Tarzan Tyler asking me
if I thought he'd sounded too crazy after an interview.
quite vividly (though I was in my teens) when the whole McMahon
empire began. Buddy Rogers had lost the NWA world title to
Lou Thesz. Vince's grandfather then created the WWWF (World
Wide Wrestling Federation) championship, which Rogers immediately
lost to Bruno Sammartino.
until Vince Jr. created Hulk Hogan that things really began
to get weird. It was Twilight Zone stuff when the "Hulkster"
had a movie where he had to beat this guy "Zeus"
and the next thing you knew, Zeus and Hogan were wrestling
"real" matches. Man, did that stink up the place.
Of course, had I known about 2002's "Katie Vick"
incident, I would have appreciated it a bit more I guess.
the stuff Vince was peddling and the tripe that the NWA eventually
started dishing out after Ted Turner got hold of it (which
eventually became WCW) it was quite a difference from the
"good old days." I'd tune in once in a while just
to see if things were as bad as I remembered them. They were.
Now, week after week we get the same basic matchups, same
lame storylines and abominable acting.
a great while WWE may turn out a great match or come up with
a decent plot, but how long can they peddle the same crappy
material week after week? I am amazed that they get the huge
crowds at these events. Yeah, who wouldn't want to see a guy
that looks like he lives in a dumpster (that Hardy guy --
I am enjoying your take on things. Keep up the good work.
-- Jim Miller
writes: Hey, I've got a fan!
then the estimable Mr. Garcia got excited and ran around the
room a few times until we finally took him out with a tranquilizer
on Fanboy Planet... Out of curiosity (okay, I admit it,
I was searching for a pic of the mentioned azure bosom...
I feel so dirty now) I Googled Suzie Plakson, and found out
she has been in a few Next Generation episodes as a Klingon.
My inner fanboy found this somewhat interesting so I though
I'd pass it along. Does this mean there's a core group of
about a dozen people that play all the aliens in Trek? ;)
Keep up the good work!
responds: Glad you liked the article. What words did you use
your search engine to find Andorian breasts?
my understanding there is a short list of around 100 actors
that the casting couch relies on. Thats why you'd see the
actor who played Tom Paris on TNG playing pretty much the
dream? Actor Number 101 -- he plays a mean Bajoran.
Some Sad News
I watched (Birds of Prey) a two hour episode last night(2-19-03)and
it was introduced as the season finale, but in TV Guide its
listed as the series finale. Will the show be back in the
-- J. Holman
that The WB kept saying "season finale," too. Perhaps
it was a last-ditch effort to garner interest, or just a cruel
joke on fans of the show. Birds of Prey has indeed been cancelled,
with no hope and good reason. When I get a chance, I'll be
finishing up the
episode reviews of this potential-filled show that went
so horribly, horribly wrong.
Sad News: The Passing of Mister Rogers
one of God's true messengers of love and peace.
A GREAT MAN..
We can all stand to learn a lesson from this man, especially
our world leaders...
may sound hokey, but I agree completely, and found the articles
and tributes to Fred Rogers last week driving me toward picking
up my Bible, wishing I could be as sincere and kind as him.
Then I accidentally laughed at a Garth Ennis book.
of Chaos Beyond Our Control
a little freaky. Yesterday I spent some time reading a few
Moorcock related websites. Don't remember how I even got there;
some thread started on Amazon. I hadn't thought about those
books in years.
all the books in high school and college. Even the obscure
ones. Too bad I donated my collection to the local library.
Some of those titles and prints would be worth $$$ today.
yesterday during this little reading session I think: "Huh.
I'm surprised no one has tried to make an Elric movie yet."
And this morning while doodling on the fogged shower door
as I often do, I drew the 8 arrow symbol of Chaos. Really.
just now I read your Planet
and souls for my Lord Arioch. BLOOD AND SOULS!
How To Get Letters...Make a Continuity Mistake!
don't believe it, but I'm here to be a nit-picky fangirl!
<Sigh> Here goes!
Ampata (Inca Mummy Girl): Ancient murderer and the source
of the line "His penis got diseases from a Chumash tribe."
Any date that results in a new disease is not a date to be
on the show:
Ampata just tried to suck the life out of the Xanman by kissing
him.The "funny syphilis" that Xander contracted
was in the episode "Pangs". He was cursed by the
Native American tribe for disturbing the buried mission that
was the resting place of the souls killed my missionaries
and those lovely European diseases.
I hate to be one of those people who's a stickler for details,
but there was a minor error in your summary of Xander's romances.
"Penis got diseases from a Chumash tribe" is a reference
to season 4 when Xander, on one of his first day's as a construction
worker, inadvertently uncovered the 'old Sunnydale mission'
and in the process of releasing all the old vengeful Native
American spirits, contracted syphilis (also referenced at
during his tirade at the end of the Dracula episode - "Why
am I always the one who gets the funny syphilis....I'm through
being everybody's butt monkey")
I just thought of this: over in LA, Cordelia is now at least
partly demon, so he's batting a thousand.
I feel like the biggest geek in the whole friggin world, but
oh well. (oh and I'm sorry if this is just one of dozens of
emails you've gotten pointing out the same thing)
responds: Youre right, Im wrong. I promise to
flog myself vigorously.
Eh, he does that anyway. Until the next letters column...