Monday, July 06, 2015

Amanda Peterson, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: “Can’t Buy Me Love” star Amanda Peterson was found dead in her Colorado home Sunday, a tragic end for a former actress once considered a major up-and-comer in Hollywood, TMZ is reporting.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I For One Welcome Our New Ursine Overlords

StarTribune.com: A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley picked up a basketball-sized rock with both front paws Monday morning and repeatedly slammed it into a pane of glass, shattering the barrier as startled patrons stood on the other side.

Hat tip to Steve Stilwell.

Jerry Weintraub, R. I. P.

Variety: Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday in Palm Springs. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

Selena -- Greg Barth

Selena says she's five feet, four inches tall and weighs 98 pounds.  She's whore and a functional alcoholic.  After one wild night she picks up what she thinks is a CD because she likes the artist.  It's not a CD, though, and as a result of her picking it up, some very bad men do some very bad things to her.

This, as it turns out, is a very bad mistake.  After Selena reconnects with her father and picks up a couple of shotguns, revenge happens.  Not the mild kind of revenge.  The extra-violent kind.  The shotguns and machetes kind.

Selena is a novel composed of three connected novellas, and it's as sex-filled, blood-soaked, and violent as anything I've read long time.  It's like the wildest of the men's adventure novels of the '70s, updated for the new millennium.  Definitely not for the faint of heart.  

Hold My Beer and Watch This!

Maine man dies after launching fireworks from his head

Hat tips to Bill Pronzini and Jeff Meyerson.

Song of the Day

Joi Lansing "Web of Love" Scopitone - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback: July 6th, 1965

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback: July 6th, 1965

Today's Vintage Ad


Publishers Weekly Review of Between the Living and the Dead

Fiction Book Review: Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider. Minotaur, $24.95 (272p) ISBN 978-1-250-03970-5: Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery

Today's Armored Truck Heist

Man poses as armored truck driver, steals $75k from Wal-Mart  

Hat tip to Kevin Tipple.

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Paula Christian (Yvonne MacManus), Another Kind of Love, Crest, 1961

Vintage Postcards from the Great American Road Trip

A Compendium of Vintage Postcards from the Great American Road Trip 

I Miss the Old Days

Groovalicious Peter Max fashions from 1970   

Link via Neatorama.

Burt Shavitz, R. I. P.

Daily Mail Online: The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees - and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics - died on Sunday at the age of 80.

Forgotten Books and Magazines

The Omnibus Volumes of James H. Schmitz

And don't miss this Retro Review: Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1952: A Retro-Review  

Or this review of a classic Keith Laumer novel: Vintage Treasures: Dinosaur Beach by Keith Laumer

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Good News for Texas

The Texas Tribune: The San Antonio Missions, the Alamo and other historic Texas shrines, have attained the status of other internationally recognized landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef. 
. . . .
The Texas shrines are the twenty-third World Historic Site in the United States, including landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall. In addition to the Alamo, the shrines include missions at Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada, all in San Antonio.


10 creepy, true stories that deserve their own TV shows

10 creepy, true stories that deserve their own TV shows  

Link via mental_floss.

Song of the Day

"Old Time Religion" (1963) Jackie Wilson & Linda Hopkins - YouTube:

7 Comedians Who Did Great Things for Humanity

7 Comedians Who Did Great Things for Humanity

Today's Vintage Ad


The Great Texas Treasury Raid

The Great Texas Treasury Raid: Rebel bandits steal millions during the post-Civil War havoc.

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Frederic Prokosh, A Tale for Midnight, Popular Library, 1959

The Groundbreaking History Of Star Wars Toys

The Groundbreaking History Of Star Wars Toys

Victim of the Beast

Victim of the Beast: The Mysterious Gravestone of Lilly E. Gray

10 most expensive colleges

10 most expensive colleges 

Southern Discomfort: Tumultuous Literature set in the American South.

Light in August by William FaulknerAbeBooks: Southern Discomfort: Tumultuous Literature set in the American South.: The American South offers famous food, memorable music and honest hospitality, but why do so many authors dwell on the dark side of this region? Books like Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora N. Hurston, Alex Haley’s Roots and The Color Purple by Alice Walker are acclaimed, but harrowing. Discrimination of all kinds, voodoo and other black arts, violence and murder, incest and rape – you will find them all prominently featured in Southern-themed literature.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Uh-Oh

'James Bond: The Musical' Is Reportedly Coming Our Way

Ralph Lamb, R. I. P.

Daily Mail Online: Longtime Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a prominent figure credited with shaping Las Vegas' modern history, has died.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Gator Update

A Texas Man Was Attacked And Killed After Ignoring An Alligator Warning 

I wasn't going to post this, but since there's a clear picture of the sign in the article, I decided to go with it.  The sign plainly says NO SWIMMING ALLIGATORS.  If you're a punctuation nerd, like me, you can see why the guy might have dived in.  He might have thought he was perfectly safe.  After all, the sign does say NO SWIMMING ALLIGATORS.   They might all have been napping on the bottom or they might have been frolicking on the bank, right?  Maybe his family has grounds for a lawsuit.

10 Tales of Legendary Ghost Ships

10 Tales of Legendary Ghost Ships

Song of the Day

Willie Nelson - Living in the Promiseland - YouTube:

10 Star-Spangled Facts About the Musical '1776'

10 Star-Spangled Facts About the Musical '1776' 

Today's Vintage Ad


The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

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Vic Crume, Dr. Syn -- Alias the Scarecrow, Pyramid, 1976

Vintage Photos of Patriotic July 4th Pinups

Vintage Photos of Patriotic July 4th Pinups

Why Did Yankee Doodle Call a Feather ‘Macaroni’?

Hint: Revolutionary hipsters are involved.
Why Did Yankee Doodle Call a Feather ‘Macaroni’?

Fourth of July Fireworks

Fourth of July Fireworks -- where they came from and why we like them on July 4

It's July 4!

July 4th - Holidays - HISTORY.com: Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.