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LA FLORIDIANA
Will and Karen's Cabbage Key and Key West Kraziness, Part Two...La Floridiana Index, 2004
 by William Moriaty

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Sideways"
 by Mike Smith

ODDSERVATIONS
Year-End Oddservations....R.E.M. Trumps U2, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran; releases Best Album of the Year
 by Andy Lalino

MATT'S RAIL
Happy New Year....Tragedy And Disater
 by Matt Drinnenberg

MIKE'S RANT
I'd Like To Thank....Thoughts And Prayers....Andy's Present....Tampa Related....Passing On....Gone But Not Forgotten....Explain, Please....Worst Thing To Happen This Year....Best And Worst Movies....Phillip Smith's Top 5 Movies....Favorite Film Lines....Happy Birthday....Meet The Beatles, Part 49 (final chapter)
 by Mike Smith

LETTERS
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our fifth calendar year!
    Number 249  (Vol. 5, No. 53). This edition is for the week of December 27, 2004--January 2, 2005.

Year-end issue! This is it for 2004!

  • Website restoration progress
  • The Year That Was, Part 2
  • My Top 10 Favorite PCR Cover Stories of 2004
  • A Word from ED Tucker
  • Most Valuable Players in 2004 (I want to thank...)
  • The Graveyard of Dead Columns
  • The recovery and restoration of Crazed Fanboy dotcom from the early December server crash is coming along slowly but surely. All PCR back issues dated from 2000 through the end of 2001 have been completely restored. PCR Frontpages from 2002 and 2003 have been completed with only a couple still missing any images. Those exceptions must've been when I was between computers, so would likely be on a floppy disc somewhere. 2004's covers are well over halfway done. I am confident these will be completed before the end of the year. Then I have to go back to the year 2002 and begin filling in all the columnists' images. But it will be done.

    Special sections like Dinosoldier and Flash Fantastic, Schlockarama, Mike Smith intervews and ED Tucker features were all completed last week.

    The Message Board is back online! I sent out a few emails to that effect over the weekend to kick-start some writing action. For anyone who bookmarked the board before the crash, please over-write that with its new location: http://www.crazedfanboy.com/forum/index.php. Actually it's the same location, but with a modified URL. Previous links to the board will no longer work, and I'm really sorry about that, but that database was not recoverable. Let's pick up where we left off and kick some ass.

    The Year That Was
    Part 2, July through December, 2004

    In this chapter I continue to recap the highlights and lowlights of the last 365 days of 2004 started in PCR #248. The second half of the year was incredibly intense as the following play-by-play will bear out:

    July. William and I travel to Jacksonville to celebrate Independence Day weekend with PCR contributor and Dr. Paul Bearer super-fan ED Tucker in what would be a loud, fun-filled couple of days. On the way up we pass by my father's childhood digs in and around Campville and on the way back we pass through beautiful St. Augustine where I also have ancient family ties. "Super-Size Me" provides a look inside one man's dangerous experiment with fast food. "I, Robot" divides fans over the interpretation of Asimov's original novel while Andy Lalino's "Do the I, Robot" gag in Oddservations similarly divides the PCR writing staff. Will Moriaty begins his series in La Floridiana of the meaning of city names in Florida while Matt Damon crashes the box office with "The Bourne Supremacy". The same cannot be said of Halle Berry's "Catwoman", which failed to purrr-fectly capture any excitment in the re-invented character, but she sure looked hot in her catsuit! The Democratic Nat'l Convention cranks up and Terence goes to see seminal goth/punk band The Cure in concert. The first inklings of a new "Dead" film from George Romero start circulating via Matt's Rail. August, my birth month, is incredibly action-packed and brings unexpectedly bad surprises in the weather, but first I deal with an accidental installation of malware on my system. Recovering, I find evidence that "Farewell, Collette", a movie crewed by Corey Castellano and myself in the late '90s did, in fact, get completed. "Cadillac Beach" (Tim Dorsey) gets a perusal in La Floridiana and I post a late review of "I, Robot" on the message board, which unfortunately gets lost in the crash later in the year. As the election year heats up, once again Andy Lalino taunts the staff with an Oompa-Loompa/John Kerry parody. It is reduced by two-thirds to prevent a walkout. Tough at the top, folks. Brandon Jones and I attend August's Tampa Comic & Toy Convention and get some killer interviews even as ominous rumblings of far-away storm systems loom on the horizon. Tampa Tribune reporter Josh Poltilove interviews yours truly for a feature originally scheduled to appear in the South Tampa edition of the paper, later bumped up to "Baylife". Publication delayed due to weather. Friday the 13th, my 49th birthday, marks the first doomsday storm to hit Florida, Hurricane Charley, a category 3 system. At first headed directly to Tampa (and with yours truly already evacuated) the storm turns and hits the Punta Gorda area. Devasation on a massive scale ensues. The Atlantic looks distressingly active as more storms approach. The PCR goes forward as ED Tucker delivers an interview with Ted Mikels, the legendary filmmaker, then later 20,000 Leagues Into The Toilet, a scathing indictment of Disney's theme park shenanigans. "Exorcist: The Beginning" gets lackluster box-office, the Creature Feature Fan Database gets an update, and Mike Smith interviews director Steven Brill. George Streets tries his hand at a sports columns and the always dependable Couch Potato gives a head's up to what to expect on Fall TV. But...Hurricane Frances becomes the second name storm to hit Florida in only two weeks. September seems to bode more of the same as, just as we're recovering from Frances, Hurricane Ivan the third name storm to approach Florida causes incredible damage in the Caribbean. During this time The Tampa Tribune ran the interview with me concerning Crazed Fanboy. Unfortunately, many people missed it as they were boarding up their houses for another hurricane. But not radio legend Tedd Webb who writes me a positive letter about Crazed Fanboy. Well, Ivan missed Tampa, but it did head straight to Pensacola. With more rumblings out in the Atlantic, I remark that I don't even unpack my evacuation gear anymore. With September running out, the fourth, the last and possibly most destructive name storm to hit Florida, Hurricane Jeanne, overlooked until the last second, cuts a swatch through Central Florida causing the most destruction close to home. What do we do? Rate the Top 10 Best Live Albums of all Time, of course! Plus, Vinnie, the Couch Potato publishes his fanzine memoirs featuring local fan art not seen in decades, and I start Nolan Radio, a sort of audio-only version of The World of Nolan. The Kanlon Kronicles, Will Moriaty's '70s comic, promised on the CF homepage for two years, is finally published. October brings the bright promise of a new Creature Feature on WTOG CH. 44, starring new host, "Professor Paul Bearer II"---the four episodes are a trial run of what many hope will be a resurrection of the series. In the more mundane world, politics is heating up fiercely as one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in history is reaching its peak. The Pixies are in concert with Terence Nuzum in attendance. Christopher Reeve, filmdom's legendary Man of Steel, passes away at age 52. Between that, "Shaun of the Dead" and politics, the Crazed Fanboy message Board is going nuts! Harbinger of things to come, however, as the Message Board crashes due to, basically, a denial-of-service caused by out-of-control spamming elsewhere on the server. It takes a week to recover the data. A lackluster Halloween movie season fails to distract as neither "The Grudge" nor "Saw" elicit any huge reactions from fandon assembled. But The Halloween Horror Picture Show is where many of us gathered to watch special horror films, meet Professor Paul Bearer II and spot producer Jason Thomas. Elsewhere, "Ray", the story of Ray Charles, is generally agreed to be some kind of Oscar shoe-in for lead Jamie Foxx. November, the bad news that George W. Bush had won the re-election was met with great skepticism as voter irregularities were investigated; unfortunately nothing happened to overturn the results. On the music front, Brian Wilson's legendary unfinished SMILE album is finished and released after 30 years and Terence gives it its just due. ED Tucker fires off his last major contribution of the year, Salvageland, another scathing indictment of the Disney theme park empire. As a result, the Mouseland Surplus owner gets loads of publicity and business from us---hey, only too happy to help. "The Polar Express" and "The Incredibles" join Spongebonb Sqarepants and Shrek 2 in making this a breakthrough, banner year for excellent animated films! Before November ebbs out, we bow our heads and give thanks for the Virgin Mary on the grilled cheese sandwich. The year is obviously winding down somewhat when December falls and brings with it "Ocean's Twelve", "Spanglish", "The Life Aquatic" (this last one involved some insider PCR conflict), the destruction of the Bayfront Center, and oh yes, the complete meltdown of the Crazed Fanboy servers, when the whole website went dark for several days. Panicked, I put emergency measures into overdrive, managing to rescue most of the site before year's end. Unfortunately, the original Message Board, harbor for thirty registered users and over 850 articles, all since March, was lost forever. So...we start over. The Message Board is reinstalled and we move forward. "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Aviator" open to rave reviews. But before the year is out, the last major news story breaks: a major tsunami, caused by an earthquake rated at 9 on the Richter Scale, kills 114,000 (as of this writing) people in Southeast Asia, India and Sri Lanka as huge waves overtake beaches for hundreds of miles. Due to the lateness of my publishing schedule, this is likely the only mention of it in PCR for this year.

    And that's what happened!

    The Top Stories of the Year.....

    Story of the year (Nat'l): Before this week, arguably the death of Ronald Reagan and his State funeral; possibly the re-election of George W. Bush. Now? It's hard to top a Biblical-level tidal wave that's killed 114,000 (and climbing). That's my vote.

    Story of the year (Florida): FOUR HURRICANES BATTER US IN A MONTH'S TIME.

    Biggest Tempest in a Teapot: Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at this year's Super Bowl.

    Worst Destruction of a Religious Icon That Really Wasn't (Tampa Bay area only): An 18-year-old punk shoots out the top windows of the Ugly Duckling Car Rental Building-come-Shepherds of Christ Ministry Building and the head and shoulders of the "Virgin of the Windows" is no more. The glass is replaced and the "miracle" apparition is cut in half. Garnering world-wide attention (the image was caused by rust or warping from the sprinkler system), it kind of makes you think about the fragility of such religious monuments. I don't know if it's still a ministry site.

    Worst Scandal: Probably where famous sports figures admitted they've used steroids. Well, let's throw in an honorable mention for Martha Stewart for her insider trading conviction.

    Worst Case of a Missed Opportunity with the Supreme Court: The Pledge of Allegiance Case, which might've removed the words "Under God" from the pledge is dropped on a technicality because plaintiff Michael Newdow is found to not have proper custody of the daughter he's representing.

    Biggest Upset of a Supreme Court Decision: Same-Sex Marriage. It received a crushing blow when several states all voted to ban same-sex marriage despite a Massachusetts Supreme Court Decision allowing it.

    NOLAN'S TOP 10 PERSONAL FAVORITE PCR Front Pages of 2004  by Nolan B. Canova
    10. All "Top 10 lists" issues, every Coffeehouse Film Series Review, every Lettercol, and everything on the Message Board. Continuing a tradition of pissing everyone off by starting with a very general category for number 10, I have to say the broad category of Lettercols, Top Ten lists, and Message Board entries is important enough to include in a class by itself. Any issue of PCR benefits from these. The Lettercols have taken on an especially vital interactivity with fandom over the years, and, despite the initiation of the Message Board which is very exciting, Lettercols have been permanently archived (the board's database will be now, too). Like the Top 10 lists, the Lettercols and Message Board are consistently well done enough to side-step the fact that they're linked from the homepage so technically not on the homepage, but carry enough of my personal attention for inclusion as a front page item and into a single number in my Top 10 PCRs.
    9. PCR #211 - Tampa Toy and Comic Con for April / Katharine Leis's "Why We're Still Playing Catch-Up". John Lewis, Brandon & Jacob Jones, Corey Castelllano, and yours truly met at this April edition of the con, took pictures and had a great time. Also got to visit with Cracked Magazine's Dick Kulpa who I'd seen earlier in the year at MegaCon '04. Katharine Leis's article brilliantly sums up why Florida is still playing catch-up with the big league film states.
    8. PCR #199 - To Mars and Beyond/ F-eX Con. This was an exciting year for space exploration as we finally had two rovers actually land on Mars and not get lost! The pictures sent back were breathtaking. But more interestingly, President Bush went so far as to declare his intention to put a man on Mars before the decade was out. Kennedy-isms notwithstanding, it was a noble goal. Then ED Tucker did his usual excellent job of describing his trip to the Florida Extravaganza Collectibles Show.
    7. PCR #222 - SpaceShip One a Success. Mattie Stepanek. The Three Stooges memory. Talk about a year for space travel! It shows that two regular Joes and...er..um..$20 million can get you into space. The heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring story of Mattie Stepanek, the little crippled boy with the mind and heart of an introspective poet is covered here. On a lighter note, a Tampa resident recalls meeting the Three Stooges in Tampa in the '50s.
    6. PCR #223 - "Summer Shenanigans". Lonnie Dohlen, Andy Lalino, and Nolan Canova meet at the St. Pete Public Library to begin research on the Dr. Paul Bearer Fan Archive and Database. On the way back to Tampa, Andy and I visit the Globe Coffeehouse where I meet punk artist Josh Sullivan and I'm completely captivated by his world. Josh would later be featured in a Nolan Radio episode.
    5. PCR #234 - Baylife Article on Crazed Fanboy. Actually the headline for this issue refers to Hurricane Ivan, the Baylife article is underneath. Originally unimpressed with how I was portrayed in my hometown paper I eventually came to grips with it and now even show it off, but here, I'm still a wee bit angry. Thought it was supposed to be more about the website than about how unimpressive I am in person. I made scans of my personal copy, so you can read it just like it was in front of you. All in all, still counts as a high point of the year.
    4. PCR #241 - The Halloween Horror Picture Show. The headline for this issue is actually "Bush Wins", the Halloween event is underneath. Where many of us who haven't seen each other in a while met up and watched some cool movies. High point was meeting the new host of Creature Feature, Professor Paul Bearer II and his producer Jason Thomas. Took lots of pictures, all of them posted. Also in this issue, Vinnie Blesi tenders his resignation to N's PCR citing conflict with our radical right-wing factions. I reluctantly am forced to accept. Despite this, Vinnie does return one more time to contribute a year-end Couch Potato (thankfully). We're still hoping he softens a little and returns for good. I need help with the right-wing factions around here!
    3. PCR #238 - In Memorium: Christopher Reeve. Even I occasionally re-read the story I wrote about seeing Chris Reeve for the first time on a soap opera. His death touched so many of us who will always remember him as Superman. Plus: The Message Board spotlights Brandon Jones' inadvertant runaway hit topic "Shark Tales and Tales of the Clueless Andy" which slightly preceded Drew Reiber's "George A. Romero's Land of The Dead" as the two most popular Message Board topics of all time. Drew Reiber's commentary on the "4 stages of Steven Spielberg", included in this issue, is a classic and the only thing saved from the original database.
    2. PCR #224 - Road trip to Jacksonville. This was almost number one, almost a tie, really, and has people in common, one in particular, but #1 and #2 on this list are virtually interchangable this year. Will Moriaty and I stayed with Mr. and Mrs. ED Tucker for two days during the 4th of July weekend to shoot fireworks and revel in our fandom. Even the trip up and the trip back to Jax warranted several extra paragraphs. Lots of pictures, all of them posted.
    1. PCR #207 - MegaCon 2004 For the second year in a row, the PCR MegaCon issue is Number One, only eeking out "Roadtrip to Jacksonville" because of additional personalities involved and because I met surviving cast members of TV's Lost in Space I had never met before. Oh yeah, meeting up with ED & Co, meeting Jason Liquori and Katharine Leis face-to-face for the first time, and being dragged to the Big Bamboo to sip its potent cocktail was no slouch either! Lots of pictures, all of them posted.

    Extremely Honorable Mentions:
    #201 Death of Captain Kangaroo. Mars Politics. Golden Globes. Hugo Morley's first article, "Weakest Link".
    #220 Reagan Remembered. Top 10 Worst Songs of All Time. It Came From The PO Box.
    #202 Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot.
    #229 Friday the 13th. Tampa Doubletree Inn Con.

    A Word From ED Tucker...
    Nolan,
    2004 was a banner year for me on the Crazedfanboy scale. First and foremost I fulfilled my 2003 goals admirably. If you recall in the 2003 year end edition of the PCR, I pledged:

    Among my New Year's resolutions are to 1.) contribute more to the PCR this year and 2.) to at least double my meetings with you from last year (for those counting, that will be at least two!).

    I don’t think there is any doubt that the first resolution was fulfilled and we met, face to face, no less than three times in 2004.

    2004 was a year that hit the ground running for me. The FX show was in January and then Megacon (Nolan meeting #1) in March. Their will, of course be new reports on those in 2005. In between conventions I was able to toss out a couple of reviews and throw my two cents in to the letter column every now and then.

    In April I traveled to Las Vegas for the second time and reunited with filmmaker Ray Dennis Steckler and got to meet Ted V. Mikels. Both meetings yielded extensive interview pieces and the one with Ted netted me an original mask from “Mark of the Astro Zombies” along with some other cool original memorabilia. Both gentlemen were wonderful to talk to but unfortunately Ray suffered some serious health problems almost immediately following my interview. He was literally in the middle of recording the commentary for the DVD of “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies” when he had a cardiac episode that left him in the hospital for several weeks. He is doing much better now and I promise his interview will see the light of day in 2005!

    In May I was surprised by a hastily scheduled business trip to Tampa that served as a catalyst for the first of what will hopefully be many “Fanboy Summit Meetings”. In addition to seeing Nolan (meeting #2) and Will, I got to meet Andy Lalino in the flesh. The most prolific topic of the evening was the creation of the Creature Feature database that thankfully sprang to life a few months later.

    In July I was fortunate enough to have Nolan (meeting #3) and Will as the guests of honor at the annual Fourth of July party my friend Byron and I host. It was an all too brief visit to Jacksonville but we certainly made the most of that day and a half. I’m stilling picking up used fireworks off the ground after strong rains!

    August saw the publication of a very personal article for me, “20,000 Leagues into the Toilet”. This was a piece I had been researching ever since a co-worker had informed me that the “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” ride had been closed at Walt Disney World in the fall of 1994. This article gave me some closure on a trend that I think is all too common in the world today when profit takes precedence over nostalgia and history and public opinion becomes nothing more than an attractive nuisance.

    At almost exactly the same time the 20K article was being published, I made the acquaintances of two awesome and unique individuals. The first was Mouse Surplus owner Brian Ramsey who not only provided unique information and behind the scenes photos for my article on “Salvageland”, but also hooked me up with an awesome collection of parts and pieces from the 20K ride! Treasure from the “lost city of Atlantis” now sits dry docked in a display case in my living room. The second person was Bert O’Connor, ex-Disney employee and all around 20K expert. Bert was an operator on the 20,000 Leagues ride during its golden years at Walt Disney World and is a walking encyclopedia of Disney trivia. We have been having some fascinating E-mail and IM exchanges ever since.

    In October, Professor Paul Bear II finally made it on the air in Tampa for a few weekends around Halloween. I still haven’t seen any of the shows but the reports I have received don’t lead me to believe I have missed much. It will be very interesting to see if WTOG or any other station picks the show up in January as they have indicated but I pray they get a better selection of films if they do.

    The “Salvageland” article has received a LOT of attention and seems to turn up a mention or link on new websites daily. Even I wasn’t prepared earlier this month when Brian called to tell me that he had been contacted by the Orlando CBS news affiliate and that they were coming out the next day to interview him – all because they had seen my article on Crazedfanboy.com! The website didn’t get mentioned but the news segment was great and even featured some rare footage of the 20K ride in action! Brian thinks I should write a piece on the history of the Disney monorails next including how some ended up in Las Vegas (I see a field report coming here).

    Well, here it is December and I am STILL recovering from the aftershocks of those two articles! I’m also recovering from the aftershocks of three HURRICANES, the last of which took down the MK. II drive-in screen (along with part of my fence) and threatened to flood my den! Those were dark days but they are thankfully in the past now. All I can say is that I have a lot more planned for 2005 and will hopefully be able to exceed my 2004 output both in terms of quality AND quantity. I’m also planning on expanding my Nolan meetings this year so I will have to have at least four to break 2004’s record.

    Happy holidays to all the dedicated PCR staff and loyal readers. May 2005 be a happy, safe, and productive year for us all!

    - ED -

    I want to thank...
    The PCR and Crazed Fanboy experienced some considerable growth over the past two years, but things change, people come and go, and we're not invulnerable to shake-ups. That said, this year's "top-player" thank you list is very similar to last year's list with only some minor modifications in the "Honorable mentions" category. The most valuable players in 2004 were:

    Michael A. Smith, 44, has been with me from the beginning and....say it with me, folks...has never missed an issue. If I have nothing else with which to start the week, I can count on Mike's movie review. Later in the week, The Rant, a Hollywood commentary and news column, basically started in the first Lettercol ever published. Off-handedly referring to his own letters as his "rant", I saw to it the name stuck. Mike wears his emotions on his sleeve and is vigilant in guarding the "quality assurance" of the movie review columns and any Hollywood writing. While this has led to some behind-the-scenes disputes over the years, the fact remains he's always been there for me, he cares deeply about the website, and is the original by which all others are measured. Mike lives in Leavenworth, Kansas, with his son Phillip, 20.
    William Moriaty, 49, is the only person I went to high school with I still see from that era. He has very rarely missed an issue of PCR from beginning his La Floridiana column way back in issue #70. His scribblings have attracted the attention of the media, several high-profile authors, and not just a few celebrities. His columns on local Horror Hosts resulted in more correspondence than nearly all other La Floridianas put together (his excursions into aviation would rate a close number two). Will's series on UFOs and the paranormal in Florida are, to me, required reading for any student of the genre. His pictorial travelogs are generous and personal. Recently, Will gathered all of his "La Floridiana" columns into one compendium entitled William Moriaty's Florida, which is scheduled for publication in book form in 2005. Will adopted his "Sonny Crocket" look from his near-obsession with the TV show "Miami Vice". Will lives in Plant City, FL, with his wife Karen Cashon.
    Terence Nuzum, 25, is a native and current resident of Tampa. From his very first appearance defending album choices, he pioneered an in-your-face "punk" writing style that has managed to offend just about everybody in my sphere at least once, but he usually knows what he's talking about, even if he's diplomatically-challenged. The nephew of Flash Fantastic editor-in-chief Patty G. Henderson, Terence started with his now-classic Tirade, moving later into The Enlightenment and eventually, the excellent music-review column The Digital Divide. Although he doesn't write columns as often as he used to, he cares deeply about the website, is extremely supportive as a sounding board and as a friend and is an important part of my personal life. One of the few I would trust as a managing editor for PCR, he routinely declines the offer after seeing what I go through every week. However, that does not stop him from monitoring the CF Message Board for any signs of cinematic illiteracy---for which his wrath is merciless.
    Drew Reiber (rhymes with "fiber"), 26 this week (happy birthday, my boy!), returns to the most valuable player list since his last appearance in 2002. Previously the prolific columnist behind Wake Up And Smell the Comics and the considerably more in-your-face The Unapologetic DVD Enthusiast, Drew left for the University of Central Florida in Orlando to study film. Drew reappeared earlier this year to terrorize the CF Message Board with his over-the-top/unreal pontifications on everything from behind-the-scenes filmmaking to George Romero. Drew and Terence have been inseparable friends since childhood despite the fact they argue about everythng. They are two of the most knowledgable and literate young people I have ever known and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found them together. Between the two, however, anyone arguing about anything regarding comics, films or music will simply be drowned out.
    Matt Drinnenberg, 43, went to Plant High School in Tampa with Mike Smith, so there's another two I was lucky to find together. Matt started The Rail nearly the same time as Mike's Rant, but due to severe constrictions of career was not able to be as regular. No matter, his contributions were and are always valuable. Matt's topics have ranged all over the map from the political to the religious to all points in between, but never swerves far from the path of fandom. Entanglements over the past few years with Famous Monsters of Filmland villain Ray Ferry brought several of Matt's websites crashing down, but he always stood his ground, and today Matt's own website The Masters of Horror is still going strong. Matt lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Denise.
    Vinnie Blesi, 43, a contemporary of Mike and Matt's (and also a Plant High alumnus and a pioneer in indie fan publishing in the '70s) surfaced after a 20-year absence and started Couch Potato Confessions last year, fulfilling a need we had for good TV commentary. Delighted to be reunited with this creative and artistic individual, I vigorously encouraged him when he pitched the idea of writing a TV column. Vinnie has always been politically active but we did not see eye-to-eye over my inclusion of right-wing rhetoric in the PCR or on the Message Board, even in the spirit of debate, in such an important election year as this one was. As a result he publicly resigned PCR over principle, but luckily is still active on the message board, for which I'm grateful. I'm hoping in time he'll reconsider the full-time column. Vinnie is also a member of the post-modern-industrial-din music band Strange Agents (if you dare). Vinnie lives in South Tampa, not all that far from me.
    Andy Lalino, 38. Originally known for his intense contributions to the PCR Lettercol, Andy is a film fanboy from the word go. He began Oddservations this year to more fully educate fandom on the fine-points of his terrifying devotion to '70's/'80s horror culture. His Lettercol-then-Message Board debates with Terence Nuzum and Drew Reiber over film history minutiae is the stuff of legend, recalling Terence's war with Deadguy over art-vs-commerce. Andy's horror film Filthy has garnered him several awards and his resulting higher-profile status garnered him not just a few critics who feel he is smug or smarmy. I don't see it myself, as I am too self-centered, smug and smarmy to notice. Since Andy started Oddservations, he has never missed an issue, for which I'm grateful. Also a busy message board contributor, Andy has offended many with his nearly cartoon-like Neo-Con political stance, but he says it's in response to what he sees as left-leaning media. Whatever, you can always write in and challenge him, he won't mind. Andy lives in Clearwater, FL, with wife Sandy. (Yes, as in "Sandy & Andy" Lalino, ya gotta love that.)
    Brandon Jones, 34. Splash Page started late spring of last year and has informed and entertained us on all matters movie-wise, comics-wise, gossip-wise and so much more. Particular stand-outs this year include his Tampa Comic and Toy Convention interviews with several famous comic artists, photos included. Brandon is also a prolific political voice on the Message Board (or was before the crash, but I'm confident he will be again). Andy's and Brandon's posts outnumbered even mine by nearly two to one. Brandon lives in Valrico, FL, with wife, Laura, and his 5 children, Jacob, Sierra, Taylor, Zachary, and Alyson. An understandably busy family man, Brandon still finds a few minutes once in a while to come pick me up for a movie. I really admire that and am extremely grateful for it.
    ED Tucker, 38, first contacted me in late 2001 having to do with information regarding the auction of Dick Bennik's "Dr. Paul Bearer" hearse. A follow-up letter informed me of ED's now-famous Lost Interview he conducted with Dick Bennick himself at his home in 1991. After first publishing it in Scary Monsters magazine it was published in Crazed Fanboy and a legend was born. ED's special features are always quite an event--excellently written, well-researched with great photos, and garner a ton of response for me from fandom assembled, all of it glowing with praise, and deservedly so. ED's extremely knowledgable about many facets of fandom, from arcane video to collectible toys. Most recently, his challenges to Disney's theme park management, 20,000 Leagues Into The Toilet, and Salvageland attracted an unexpected amount of attention. Well, everything he writes does that. There's no special meaning to ED's first name always being spelled all-caps, just a style thing in emails he uses to make it look bigger. We finally met at MegaCon 2003 and have gotten together several times since (including two days at his house this year for his 4th of July blast). Always a pleasure. ED lives in Jacksonville, FL, with wife Cindy.
    Jason Liquori, 33, a resident of Apopka, FL, Jason wrote to me the first time after I gave his movie "Z the Mailman" a positive review after seeing it at the second Renegade Film Festival. After several more exchanges, I began to see how deeply creative and talented he was. The vision behind Hocus Focus Productions, Jason has been a writer and filmmaker for many years. His original fiction series, "Dinosoldier" is currently up to chapter 20, and new chapters are on the way. Jason has been most generous in contributing animations and short pieces to The World of Nolan internet video series, most notably, the monthly Jason's Jungle, a educational animal show I'm extremely proud to sponsor. I finally met Jason face-to-face at MegaCon 2004 and saw him again at The Halloween Horror Picture Show.
    Patty G. Henderson. 53, native and resident of Tampa. Published author, distinguished horror/mystery genre fan of many years, and editor emeritus of Flash Fantastic. Introduced me to Terence Nuzum, her nephew, in the late '90s. Patty began her tenure here with her mystery book review column Murder on the Woo Woo Express. Patty's enthusiasm for writing and publishing is infectious and her devotion to launching the Flash Fantastic space we developed was inspiring. FF will continue under new editorship and we wish Patty the absolute best of luck on her future endeavors.
    John Lewis, 50, of Clearwater, FL. Resumed Creature's Corner, a column on pop commentary, last year after a short run of same in 2000. John has pursued a movie career in the intervening years and last year produced two shorts, one of which, Permanent Job, played at the 4th Renegade Film Festival. We are glad to have Creature's Corner, especially as it addresses movies and comics.

    Extremely honorable mentions go to...
    Mike "Deadguy" Scott, early 30s, of Clearwater, FL, who returned this year with three installments of "Deadguy's Dementia", one of the most consistently well-written columns ever published in these pages. Arcane choices of subject matter, from the dark and highly grotesque to the deeply personal, make the Dementia a highly entertaining, educational, and personal column.
    Lonnie Dohlen, late 30s(?), of Bradenton, FL, overwhelmed Andy Lalino and myself with a passion for and knowledge of Creature Feature and Dr. Paul Bearer that dwarfed even our devotion. Instrumental in advancing the research that went into the Creature Feature Fan Archive and Database, I think I can speak for Andy when I say we couldn't have come this far without him.
    Lisa Zubek, 39, formerly a radio correspondent for NPR (but I heard her one night on 970 WFLA!), Lisa helped me launch Nolan Radio with her incisive news/political reports she wrote herself. I've known Lisa for 25 years and she's a very supportive and caring friend. She was the first to call me after the website crashed, afraid I'd killed myself (ha ha, I'm serious). Lisa lives in Altamonte Springs (Orlando), FL with husband Brian and children Autumn, Gage, and Kennedy.
    Chris Woods, early 30s, filled in for me for two months on the Coffeehouse Film Review Series when I couldn't make it myself. Chris's well-written and personal reviews were just what the doctor ordered to keep the Series uninterrupted. Chris, together with partner Simon Lynx, mastermind Icon Film Studios, a prolific producer of Tampa Bay-based indie films. (Due to an editorial oversight, Chris's name was inadvertantly left off a previous edition of this year-end PCR issue. I regret the error.)
    Corey Castellano, 41 of Valrico FL, is totally and completely responsible for the computer system I have right now, any I had in the past, plus coaching and programming brain-picking knowledge related to same. This is besides the fact that he's a full-time Special Effects Make-Up expert in constant demand on movie sets around the world. Corey doesn't write often, but his "Musings of a Make-Up Artist" had many Bay-area filmmakers wondering if he was talking about them. Oh, and he's one of the oldest and best friends I ever had.
    Scott van Sickle, 41, chieftain of Bout Time Studios, for his long-term friendship and moral support and help with occasional critical transportation needs. Scott's family, like the Castellanos, took me in during the hard years. You don't forget stuff like that.


    The Graveyard

    Abandoned graphics: remember this one? The Lettercol graphic (one with a drop-shadow and one without) was last used in PCR #208. As of #209 the Message Board was proving more popular for day-to-day fan interaction and I felt the Lettercol graphic was taking up too much space. Ironically, it was #209 where I stated I wasn't abandoning the Lettercol. For this issue of PCR, we're linking the graphic to this week's Lettercol one last time.

    Letters to the Editor

    In memory of fallen columns...
    Murder on the Woo Woo ExpressIt's official. Patty's last column was actually at the end of 2002, but the tombstone was postponed as more 2003 WooWoo columns were planned. Ultimately, Flash Fantastic took whatever time Patty had to work with and Woo Woo Express was reluctantly, but definitely, abandoned. The Great BenziniReturning from a lengthy disappearance, old fan friend Ben Gregory surfaced and expressed a desire to try his hand at a pop culture column. He did, it was very good, but lasted only 2 issues before he vanished again. I got an email from him recently, presumably because of the holidays, but it was through some automated program. The DrowDylan "The Drow" Jones began his column when I had an influx of young local talent, all friends, earlier in the year. Dylan was good, but lasted only three issues. He got married, moved away, moved back, but never wrote a column again.
    Couch Potato ConfessionsI've included a question mark on the Couch Potato tombstone graphic, because although Vinnie's given up his regular column (temporarily, I hope?), he's still active on the Message Board as "couch potato". I'm glad, at least his spirit is there!Deadguy lives againBACK FROM THE DEAD!! Ironically, it's "Deadguy's Dementia" that's actually back from the dead! So his tombstone from last year is tipped over. Mike "Deadguy" Scott rejoined our ranks with a few columns this year after a 2-year absence. We welcome him back.

    ON LIFE SUPPORT: Nicholas "Rex" King and Clayton "The Ogre" Smith, both of whom lost computer access, but have pledged regular columns again as soon as they're back online. Joshua "Black Dog" Montgomery did submit a year-end Black Dog article, but I felt it too bitter and politically volatile to end the year with. Some other time, perhaps.

    Whew! That's it for me for this year! Y'all have a great party and I'll see you next year! --Nolan


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