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STORY – Harvey Pekar

August 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

Very few periods of my life have been without comic books. From the days when comics could be purchased for a dime at newsstands, drugstores and anywhere a kid might frequent to these days when there are stores that specialize in comic books, I have loved comic books. During that period of time I made [...]

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STORIES – Mrs. Lee and George M. Cohan

August 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Personal Stories

I was notified last weekend that Mrs. Lee recently died at the age of 101. Mrs. Lee was the principal of the elementary school that I attended in the late 1940s in Glen Ferris, West Virginia. We kids all knew that her real name was Virginia Lee but no kid that I ever knew said [...]

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STORIES – Walter Cronkite

July 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

I just finished looking ar “Sunday Morning” on CBS which was dedicated to the career of Walter Cronkite. If you don’t know who Mr. Cronkite was then I will leave it to you to find out on your own. From the point of view of an 70 year-old man it would seem an insult to [...]

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STORIES – Me and Sophia

July 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Personal Stories

As one who has been involved in movies most of his life – first as an avid fan and later as a film reviewer – I can report to you that there is a positive aspect that you are probably unaware of. I have seen so many movies and talked to so many movie people [...]

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STORIES – Star Trek Reveals

May 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Personal Stories

Lots can be learned about the world of “Star Trek” from watching the brand new “Star Trek” movie which was directed by J.J. Abrams. Before I elaborate I must tell you that the story in this new film takes place in time before the “Star Trek” stories that were told on the initial television series. [...]

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“The Greatest Show On Earth…If I Could Just Stay Conscious”

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

There are some opportunities that are too good to miss no matter what situation you might be in. Having an opportunity to see the film “The Greatest Show on Earth” in a movie theater is one of those opportunities. Somehow I had missed seeing this film when it came out in 1952 so in 1960 [...]

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“Captain of the Hats”

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

I was once in the army and while I worked under officers who were less than capable of engendering respect, I never had one as bad as Captain Bligh of the H.M.S. Bounty as presented in the film “Mutiny of the Bounty” with Charles Laughton as the captain.. However I did once have an officer [...]

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“Being Scared”

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

There were a few times in my youth when certain movies absolutely terrified me. When I was watching one of the Mummy movies, for instance, I absolutely had to keep saying to myself, “This is only a movie. This is only a movie” and even that provided precious little comfort. And when I speak of [...]

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