First, a big thank you to Mike Smith who complimented my visit with Forrest Ackerman. I enjoyed relaying my experience to other Fright Fans, Mike, especially on the (web) pages of Nolan's PCR.
Will Moriaty's "The Saturn Avenger vs. The Terror Robot" review
...enjoyed this thoroughly! Like Will, I'm a big fan of Conrad Brooks, who I had the good fortune of meeting at Fangoria's "Weekend of Horrors" 1998 at the New Yorker hotel in Manhattan. I've met him a couple of times since then, and he's one of the nicest horror celebs you'd want to meet. I purchased a couple of his 'films': "The Ironbound Vampire" and the atrociously delicious "Blood Slaves of the Vampire Wolf". I even have some of the same stills that Will displayed in his review. Keep up the good review work, Will!
Martha Coolidge Interview
Great going, Mike! Like most Fanboys, I prefer Coolidge's earlier work, especially "Valley Girl" and to a lesser degree "Real Genius". It's highly doubtful that I'd ever see "The Prince & Me", but I commend you for giving her the opportunity to spotlight current work. As a matter of fact, I could have definitely gone for an interview where the sole topic was "Valley Girl".
I agree with Martha in that the '80s was very much about rebellion. Unlike the 'rock stars' of today, like Britney Spears, who walk lock-step with what the record companies tell them to do, the rock stars of yesteryear were true rebels, raised on the anti-establishment doctrines of the Sex Pistols and The Ramones.
WEEKLY PLANET ARTICLE ABOUT FORMER BAY AREA VENUES AND TRIBUNE KUDOS TO TAMPA ACTOR AND FLORIDA FOLK HERO GUSTAVO PEREZ.
Like something out of a "La Floridiana" column, this week's "Weekly Planet" magazine did a great article on former Bay area venues.
Do any of you out there remember the 49th Street Mining Company? the Agora Ballroom? Big Apple West (was there with Denis Lebrun in August '85)? Club Detroit? Hurricane Lounge (after visiting Big Apple West, Lebrun 8/85)? The London Victory Club? Lonesome Coyote? M.L. Chasers? Mr. T's Club 19 (been there with Lebrun, John Blechschmidt and others, circa 1985)? The Rock It Club? Maestros (ditto with Lebrun, numerous occaisions 1985)?
And in my opinion the neatest of all venues, The Swamp Club in Gulfport (again circa '85)?
All of those and other dead venues are discussed in the article 'Requiem for A Live Room" by Scott Harrell and Eric Snider.
To read the article, pick up a copy of this week's edition, or link to: http://www.weeklyplanet.com/cover5.html
I'd also like to mention the great article on the front page of Friday, April 16th's Baylife section of the Tampa Tribune which featured an interview with Tampa actor and Florida Folk Hero Gustavo Perez. Gus was interviewed due to his being featured in the feature length movie "The Punisher" which was released last week and filmed in Tam-pah!
Congratulations, Gus, on your well-earned recognition!
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