LETTERS  PCR #200      (January 19--25, 2004)

 A message from Mike on PCR #200
 Vinnie on PCR #200: Woo-Hoo!
 A moving tribute from William on PCR #200
 Matt agrees with Black Dog on terrorism
 A message from Dietrich Johnston ("Blood Shot") to Nolan
 Andy Lalino on ED Tucker's FX Piece (and ED's response)
 Will inspires Air Florida Memories in reader (and Will's response)


Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.

A MESSAGE FROM MIKE ON PCR #200

Hello readers!
Normally I address you from my own column, but who the hell reads it but my mother? I figured I'd go the letter column route for maximum exposure. Shall I begin?

200 ISSUES!! I cannot believe we have reached this milestone. And by we, I mean Nolan. Unlike Will, I didn't go to school with Nolan. Hell, if I'd known he went to Robinson I probably wouldn't have even talked to him! (PLANT HIGH RULES!) The Nolan I know is exactly the same person today that he was when I met him more then a quarter century ago! It's funny how you associate certain things with certain people. When I think of family, I think of Matt. When I hear Monty Python or ELO, I think of Scott Gilbert. When I think of compassion, I think of Nolan. You can talk about drive and talent and everything else that is associated with success, but without compassion for what you are doing, and even more importantly, compassion for the lucky people you have included in your life, you have nothing. What is 200? In bowling, it's a pretty good game. Weight-wise, it's where I'd like to be again. Here it is a testament to, yes, drive and talent. And above all, compassion. Thank you for allowing me to go on this ride with you, my friend. May our journey continue for another quarter century and beyond!

Love ya!
Michael [A. Smith],
Mike's Rant

Michael, thank you for those kind and encouraging words, my friend. The kind of support and friendship I get from my group is what sustains me through thick and thin -- and we certainly have seen a lot of that. As long as I have a pulse, I'll continue to pound these infernal keys. And, to you of course, I owe a special debt of thanks for being there for me in the very beginning and staying through to...well, where we are now! As for the Plant High/Robinson High rivalry, all I can say is some of my best friends went to Plant--and I forgave them for that long ago.
FYI, there are many more people who read
The Rant than you may be aware of. Don't forget, YOU'RE the one who starts most of the Top Ten lists around here! ---Nolan


Opening Soon on Mars!FROM VINNIE ON PCR #200

Nolan,
Oh yeah, congrats on #200. Whoo HOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vinnie [Blesi]


TRIBUTE FROM WILL ON PCR #200

Readers,
Aside from Terence Nuzum, I probably have a closer insight on the daily life of Nolan Canova as it relates to the incredible sacrifices he has made on behalf of this publication.

"Nolan's Pop Culture Review" is more than just one man's no-holds-barred labor of love. It is a testament to the love and respect that its publisher has earned from the array of talented and dedicated writers who also give of themselves pro bono, sometimes on a weekly basis.

"Nolan's Pop Culture Review" is more than just one man's forum. It is every contributors' forum, making it one of the most unique publications of its type anywhere. It is a chronicle of our living years and what we found of value or interest in those years. Hopefully Nolan will find a way to archive this entire body of work (which has been truly remarkable) with the Library of Congress so that all of this incredible activity will have an official home that others beyond our lifetimes will be able to draw inspiration or information from.

Nolan has thrown his heart and soul with unwavering dedication and persistence into this venture. Even if he or his contributors never glean a dime from this monumental effort, what will matter the most is that it happened in the first place. That we were given a wonderful opportunity to share our thoughts with others in such a high caliber publication.

"Nolan's Pop Culture Review" is a microcosm of what makes this a great nation. We have Christians, extremists, atheists, skeptics, believers, conservatives, liberals, socialists, collectors, historians, writers, film producers, artists, peaceniks, war mongers, hippies, rednecks, Yankees, Rebels and a few middle of the roaders, yet under Nolan's leadership, all of this insanity is produced into one comprehensive piece of concordance each week. This truly embodies a vision not too dissimilar to that of America's founding forefathers who understood the need for an open forum in this ongoing experiment we call a Democratic Republic.

This a dedication to one of the most honest and forthright people that I know and to the most important of his life contributions, "Nolan's Pop Culture Review", as it reaches Issue #200.

Here's to years more of this high quality we have come to expect!

William [Moriaty]

William, I thank you so much for that moving tribute, I scarcely know what to say. I will do my best keep the sky-high standards we have built here maintained forever, and to keep as my first priority the ongoing mission: intelligent discussions, the fostering of interfan communications, and hopefully, the stimulation of the creative spirit in me and those around me. I'm very, very proud of what we all have built here. If I lead, I lead by example in that I can't expect anyone to do anything I wouldn't do myself. And when I say "we" have built this, I mean just that. Once again---I couldn't have done it without you. All of you. It is I who am honored to be associated with all of you. ---Nolan


MATT AGREES WITH BLACK DOG ON TERRORISM

You all know that I'm crushed for time right?

Even so, I'm forcing myself to respond to Joshua Montgomery's Black Dog article in which he lays out the reality of events in terms of Osama, the terrorist network, and how it came to be. The only thing he doesn't mention is the obvious....it was done with our tax dollars.

So there you have it, America. Who built these terrorist training camps?

We did.

Who personally oversaw the training so that they could do our bidding against our own adversaries abroad?

We did.

Who foolishly cut them loose without continued supervision or surveillence to protect us?

We did.

Those who continue to wave the flag and talk about how Osama wants to destroy our freedom are clueless to the reality of the day. Suffice it to say the flag is wrapped so tight they are suffering from oxygen deficiency to the brain. Osama has said himself...time and again...he is against our government for screwing over him and his people. You know...kind of like what they do to us on a regular basis. Except over there, the callousness and non-caring of our government toward others costs lives. Muslim lives. Get the picture?

Yes, it is a hard pill to swallow. Almost as hard as Bush's State of the Union address which was littered with threats against our very foundation (the Constitution), unequivocal lies, and promises to bankrupt future generations to come.

Funny that he's spending the future like he knows there won't be one.

At any rate...Black Dog was an excellent article. One of the best editorials on the subject I believe I've ever read. If anyone has a problem with it, then they refuse to strive for truth.

Good job, Joshua.

Matt Drinnenberg


"BLOOD SHOT" THE MOVIE

Hello Nolan,
I just wanted to thank you for liking "Blood Shot" at the S&S festival. I added your quote to the web site - www.bloodshotmovie.com.

Take care,
Dietrich [Johnston]
Fine Lookin' Productions

You're very welcome, my friend, I really loved "Blood Shot" (reviewed in PCR 194). I am extremely honored to be featured quote on your homepage! Thank you and keep up the great work. ---Nolan


ANDY ON ED's FX CON STORY

Nole,
I enjoyed Ed Tucker's F-Ex Con journal immensely. Funny, I don't remember the "Krusher" action figure Ed spotlighted, even from the picture. My mind must be going. Was it related to another line of toys, maybe as a companion piece to Stretch Armstrong? (About all I can remember is it was an extremely short-lived item. Please see ED's response, below.---N)

I too have great memories of Richard Kiel, mostly from him playing the popular character "Jaws" in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker". Wasn't he in a Monkees episode too? I was a bit of a late-bloomer when it came to "Eegah!". I first heard of the movie when I wisely purchased Michael Weldon's "The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film" back in the great year of 1983. Previous to that publication, "Eegah!" was not to be found in my horror/sci-fi '70s hardbacks, due to it's sub-B-movie status. I'd imagine one could find an "Eegah!" blurb in "The Monster Times", which was more schlock movie-friendly than Starlog or even FM. Back in the early '80s, "Eegah!" was hard or near-impossible to find in the ma & pa video stores that flourished back then. I finally taped it, of all places, off network TV! Channel 10 aired in on the syndicated Buffalo B-movie show "Off Beat Cinema", which I watch religiously every (early) Saturday morning. It was an incredibly fun caveman movie! That's a nice "Eegah!" poster BTW, Ed!

I would have liked to have seen both Maud ("Tattoo") Adams and Tanya ("Beastmaster") Roberts. They're two of my faves. Once in a while both Maud and Tanya will show up on "Bond Girl" retrospectives on various stations. I'd rather see Tanya in "Tourist Trap" any day.

- Andy Lalino
Director / Producer / Screenwriter "Filthy"
President, Metropol Productions, Inc.
www.filthythemovie.com

ED Tucker responds:

Andy,
Thanks for your interest in
Eegah! and The Krusher. I did some research on The Krusher after I finished the FX piece. All I really could find out was that it was manufactured by Mattel in 1979 and was probably only on shelves for a year or two. I think Stretch Armstrong was long gone by this time but Mattel got into a weird phase in the late 70's / early 80's when the produced some very strange one-shot toys. Along with The Krusher came toys like Suckerman (which my Mom did buy for me) and Greg-gory the Vampire Bat. This last item was a life-sized rubber bat with a see-through stomach that pulsated with a red liquid when his back was pumped! Hours of playtime fun for kids.

In addition to Eegah! being shown at Kidde Matinees as I was growing up (that is a loaded topic I REALLY have to dig into one day) it was also released in the early days of home video by Rhino video and was frequently sighted at Blockbuster. The movie poster is one of the very first ones I got when I started collecting them and I also have a hard-to-find set of lobby cards for the film (but at $15 a pop I was NOT getting them signed). I also have the one-sheet you mentioned for Last House on Dead End Street (a.k.a. The New House on the Left and The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell). It's a rather dull poster but I find the rip-off Last House on the Left's ad campaign very amusing and it is pretty rare.

One last note on Paul Naschy. To their credit, WTOG 44 was one of the few stations to actually show some of his awful but entertaining Spanish horror films. I vividly recall watching Vengeance of the Mummy and Fury of the Wolfman late on Saturday nights. I also still proudly possess the copy of Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (actually Mark of the Wolfman) that I taped of off 44 back around 1986 or so.

- ED -


AIR FLORIDA MEMORIES

Hello Will,
I was looking at your website and thought you might like this (Air Florida). http://www.geocities.com/air_florida2003/index.html

Thanks,
Jason Wilson

Will Moriaty responds:
I certainly remember Air Florida quite well, Jason!

My first recollections date back to 1972 when I would visit close friends of my mother's who lived in Pinellas County, Florida. When we visited on the weekends, I remember seeing Air Florida's Boeing 707 blasting out of St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport on their one a day flight to Miami International Airport.

As fate would have it, my mother would take monthly flights on Air Florida's Lockheed L-188 Electras between 1973 and 1975 in order to attend business meetings down in Miami. I vividly remember the familiar sight and sound of the Electras buzzing over my head on approach to St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE) when working at WWBA Radio on 62nd Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

In January 1977 my former colleague, Greg Van Stavern, and I flew on Air Florida's Boeing 727-100 from Tampa International Airport (TPA) to Miami International Airport (MIA) and back on a one day low cost jaunt. The airline then added DC-9's to the fleet as well as Boeing 727-200's. By the late 1970's Air Florida added Boeing 737's to the fleet and became a deregulation darling by 1978.

The early 1980's were an incredible growth period for that airline until the tragic 1982 crash at Washington National Airport. From that point on it died a slow and unwarranted death until its closure in July 1984. I also remember when it contracted out to intrastate carriers such as National Air Commuter utilizing Nord 262's and Marco Island Airways, which utilized Martin 404's between Tampa and Miami.

With the exception of Mackey International Airlines and National Airlines, it was one of the first major Florida players to suspend service by the early 1990's. It was followed by Florida Express (one of the last operators of the BAC 1-11), PBA (one of the last operators of the DC-3, Martin 404 and NAMC YS-11), Eastern Air Lines and Pan American.

Although I still love to visit Miami International Airport I sorely miss the sense of place it once had when local icons such as Air Florida, Eastern and Pan American (as well as "Corrosion Corner" for that matter) had such a presence that you knew you could be no where else but in Florida.

I have many Air Florida timetables and a smattering of Air Florida memorabilia including the July 1984 Miami Herald newspaper showing a grounded fleet on the tarmac at MIA (coincidentally the same July 1984 edition had an ad for the then local band Miami Sound Machine. A little over a year later that band and its lead singer Gloria Estefan would be propelled to national prominence with the hit song "Conga").

Air Florida in many ways embodied a wonderful era (albeit near its end) of commercial flight in Florida that we will never see again.

William Moriaty
"La Floridiana"



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