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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Reunion with Archie Bunker

Thanksgiving at the Bunker's House is exactly what the meme going around the internet right now about how to talk to your 'Republican Uncle' about Obamacare is all about. Instead of your Republican Uncle, you have Archie, your Republican father.

For those of us who were not around in the 1970s, here is a brief overview. All in the Family, the show that Archie Bunker's Place is a based on was considered a groundbreaking show in the 1970s. The concept was based on a British program, Til Death To Us Part. All in the Family centered on the lives of a blue collar family dealing with the problems of adjusting to life in the 1970s. It centered around Archie Bunker; a bigoted conservative that didn't approve of anything he didn't like. He was upset that the world was changing so fast around him and now expected him to 'get with the times'. Constantly telling the audience what being pro-USA meant and how our new ideas ways were not helping the country.  Loads of political issues were explored in the show and those same political issues were carried over to the spinoff.

Archie Bunker's Place aired from 1979-1983. The first season, where this great Thanksgiving Reunion episode is from, was probably the closest to All in the Family. It was the last time all the cast from All in the Family appeared together on screen at the same time.

Monday, November 25, 2013

SNL: John Goodman is Back!

I couldn't be more thrilled to discover while checking out my various SNL related pages that this December, John Goodman will be hosting Saturday Night Live. He was on my list of top 10 hosts for Season 38, and while he didn't get the chance last season to host, I am glad Season 39 marks the return of this veteran funny man.

This will be his first time hosting in 12 years. I don't know how he'll play with a completely new team, but hopefully those writers have some good skits in development. I will for sure be tuning in on December 14 for this one. Goodman is currently appearing in an series Alpha House. I don't recall if SNL has ever had a guest based solely on web series. If Goodman is the first, he's a good first choice. Perhaps there is hope for all these other talents on various web series and non traditional studios.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Competitive Turkey Curling

Looks like Red Green is providing us with something we can do to help burn off all those holiday calories. I have no idea if this will ever catch on across the United States. Some areas apparently love the idea. Just head out to Laramie, Wyoming. They do turkey curling for charity.

If you end up needing a little excitement this year and think curling is the activity for you, Portland has a curling club with a brand new facility for people to get their 'curl on'. It is the Evergreen Curling Club. They have been around since 2002, but just built Oregon's first Curling rink in 2012.

Be it Turkey or Stones you curl, please have fun this holiday season. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Star Trek Renegades Teaser Trailer Released!

Star Trek Renegades is even closer to being finished now that the official teaser trailer has been released. Tim Russ and his band of Trekkers are taking Star Trek where it has never been before! I can't wait to see the finished product.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Creative Writing: Scooby Doo Meets....

Growing up we watched a lot of Scooby-Doo in my family. They were always on whenever we needed a distraction. Some of my favorites were from the 1970s and featured the Headless Horseman or the ones where Scooby Doo meets Batman and Robin. I later found out that there was a whole series of Doo mysteries centered around bringing in a special guest or guests like the Adams Family. These were called The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Every show featured a special guest that involved themselves somehow with the episode.

Feeling uncreative last summer I put in a few episodes on dvd and started to wonder what some of the guest stars from our more recent popular culture might have been if they were to restart the New Scooby-Doo Movies series again at the present time. Imagine: Scooby-Doo meets Lady Gaga or Scooby-Doo meets Shaq and Charles Barkley. Scooby-Doo meets Jerry Seinfeld might have an interesting appeal. Scooby-Doo meets Dick Cheney might be too scary for some of us. I finally found one I thought would make a interesting episode. Here is the first part of the opening scene.....

Pointing his flashlight, he caught a glimpse of a lanky figure near the far side of the hall.

“FBI. FREEZE! Put your hands on your head and slowly turn around.” yelled a voice in the dark.

“Oh man don't shoot. I'm just a guy in a super creepy place” a quivering figure spoke.

“Slowly turn around and keep your hands on your head.” the voice sternly warned the frazzled young man.

Thanksgiving Cheers!

October, November and December seem to give our entertainment industry ample opportunities for holiday themed programing.There is ample opportunity in Thanksgiving to poke fun at human nature and relationships of all kinds.

Well I'm glad to see you're all fending off the holiday blues. This time of year is filled with arguments, suicides murders; yeah I  guess it is that seasonal happiness of others tends to throw a glaring light on the flaws of our own interpersonal relationships. -Dr. Fraiser Crane

Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Starship: Weird Al & Bruce!, the great group of fans behind the Enterprise-D bridge restoration project got some more star power behind their venture with Weird Al and one my favorite Oregonians' Bruce Campbell. I hope they can make it to Portland soon.

Check out the picks and the website.
Incoming transmission on a UHF frequency?

There is nothing to fear anymore, not even the dead.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tom McCall Display

Finally got enough Tom McCall items to fill a riker display case. Mostly stickers, but still looks nice once I put it all together.

Still looking for a Tom McCall button or something from his 1978 and the 1954 congressional campaign.