Friday, March 30, 2007

More Millionaire Stuff...

As next Thursday draws nearer, here's another article that gets just about all the facts right... except my name!

Also, I'll be doing a radio interview sometime next week with Shawn and Sue on WOBM-FM, thanks to Kevin Williams. Way back in the day, I worked with Kevin at that station and helped out with the WOBM Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament.

UPDATE: Just talked to Sue Moll at WOBM. I'll be talking on air with them on Friday morning at 6:40 a.m. You can listen online at

Dave Mackey Wants To Be A Millionaire!

During the week of the New Jersey teacher's convention, I uncharacteristically played hooky. I usually approach the convention with a great amount of relish, but this year I had a pretty good reason to stay away. I was in New York City taping an appearance on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", and that show will air in syndication on April 5 (next Thursday). It's been an interesting five months, but I've managed to keep the secret of how much money I won on the program. We'll talk more about it after the show has aired. In the meantime, watch next Thursday.

Asbury Park Press Article

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Mets No-Hitter Count Rides Again!

Started eons ago by Robair on his old "Eggplant" blog (remember that?), we will once again be daily updating that number you see on the left side of the main page. And hopefully not for too much longer.

2007 begins my fifth decade of being a Mets fan. And lo those many forty years, the New York Mets have deprived its fans of baseball's ultimate joy - a no-hitter. There've been a number of one-hitters, and some of the Mets pitchers came very close last year. But this is the year I'd like to see one.

Please, Mets pitchers. Bring your A game to the mound every time out so I don't have to add one to this stinking number any more.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Before Heather Mills...

The late, great Peg Leg Bates showed us that you CAN dance with one leg. Here's a clip from him from The Ed Sullivan Show. And NO, I don't think people tuned in to see if his leg would fall off.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Thursday, March 15, 2007

CompUSA To Close Most Stores

Mark Evanier weighs in with his thoughts on the CompUSA store closings. We're losing a CompUSA very close to me, in Brick, where I bought a lot of stuff over the years, including my trusty Acer notebook (which I just upgraded to Windows Vista). I like Mark's assertion that you can shop on the Internet for computer stuff and get the same amount of personal attention you get in your average CompUSA store - none.

(Disclosure: Robair worked for CompUSA, just before he got sick in 2000.)

Van For Sale

If you go to this page on eBay, you will find that I've finally decided to sell my van. I no longer have use for it and it will soon become a redundant vehicle in my household as Tracy already has a van and it gets the job done. If you have a wheelchair passenger you transport on a regular basis, it may be worth your while to check it out. This is a very nice vehicle.

Monday, March 12, 2007

More Boop

Here's one from the period where Betty Boop was reduced to cameo appearances in cartoons starring other characters like Pudgy, Wiffle Piffle, and Grampy. Those characters were each the invention of a specific Fleischer staff animator; respectively, Myron Waldman, Tom Johnson, and Dave Tendlar. This 1938 example, produced shortly before Fleischer moved to Miami, is called "Riding The Rails" and features Pudgy, here animated by Myron Waldman and Hicks Lokey (later a fixture at Hanna-Barbera). This one has a sprightly music score featuring lighter instruments. (There was a Popeye a few years earlier that used similar instrumentation... I think it was "Let's Get Movin'" "Cops Is Always Right".) So you see, the later Boops aren't entirely worthless.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Batfink DVD Coming!

Well, someone got the hint! Shout! Factory is going to be releasing all 100 episodes of Batfink on DVD on June 19, 2007. You can order it from Amazon here... Batfink: The Complete Series

Betty Boop Shakes Those Housecleaning Blues...

She's real fine, my 409. But I don't think that's Mae Questel as Betty...

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

More Fun With Popeye!

More Popeye for your Wednesday morning. Here, for your enjoyment is a 1952 Popeye cartoon, "Shuteye Popeye", complete with commentary track provided by what sounds like a couple of Italians who've been up late. They even try to read the credits but don't get past I. Sparber.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Another Cartoon Classic Comes To Video!

How come I'm just now finding out that one of the class DVD distributors, Shout! Factory, is coming out with The Milton The Monster Show on video on March 20? This is the one we've all been waiting for and hopefully the Hal Seeger Studios crew did a good restoration job on these. Order yours from Amazon (and we get some €'s) by clicking on the monster's good name.

(P.S. to Shout! Factory: You should really hire that writer who came up with the first line of the ad copy on your site for the Milton DVD's!)