10/16/2010

HALF  STOLF

item 1 >>> Deep-Fried Hoodsie Cups is going on vacation. I have an extremely busy week coming up, but I promise we’ll be back to the daily grind starting Monday 10/25, chock full of ‘weeny stuff. My other, Stolf’s Blog, at stolf.wordpress.com, will continue unfettered, unsullied. [See todays’ Wicked Ballsy…]

item 2 >>> So how ya doin’ these days, Stolf? Well, to paraphrase Jan & Dean’s song “Surfin Hearse”…I’m not too cherry, but I could be worse…actually, that means pretty good, according to the song…

item 3 >>> As a very young child in the 1950s, the only fast-food franchise I remember is Burger Chef…tribute web-sites try to list every ex-location, altho they don’t jibe with my memory, so further researched is called for. But where did they go? Sold to Hardee’s in 1982, most changed over…the last Burger Chef closed in 1996 in Cookeville, Tennessee. This is why every few years Hardee’s has a nostalgic limited run of the old Big Shef [sic] burger. (There was also a Super Shef, and the fish sandwich was the Skipper’s Treat.)

item 4 >>> Don’t go to see non-sci-fi movies much, but “Red” sounds pretty neat…always liked Bruce Willis…and John Malkovitch especially, and the reviews say it’s a hoot. “Red,” BTW, stands for “Retired, [but] Extremely Dangerous”…whoo-hoo! go us!

item 5 >>> Back in the 60s, you may have heard of “Dr. Feelgood,” but not had any clear idea of exactly who or what that was. That was Dr. Max Jacobson, a Manhattan doc famous for his miracle injection cocktail of amphetamines, vitamin, painkillers and human placenta. His most famous patient was President Kennedy, but others in the waiting room included Nelson Rockefeller, Marlene Dietrich, Truman Capote, Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel, several Rolling Stones, Tennessee Williams, Eddie Fisher, Anthony Quinn, Mickey Mantle, tons more. License eventually revoked in 1975 after some deaths, he died in 1979, not feeling too good, apparently,.

item 6 >>> The Beatles’ “Dr. Robert” song was about him, and early on they did a cover of “Mr. Moonlight,” which was the obscure B-side of a single called “Dr. Feelgood” by Dr. Feelgood and the Interns, in reality an old bluesman named Piano Red a.k.a. Willie Lee Perryman. He was an albino black man.

item 7 >>> …not to be confused with “Dr. Dogood,” a song by the Electric Prunes, where a crazy shrink consoles his patient: “Oh yes my dear, it’s quite alright, I hear the music too!”

Item 8 >>> There are, obviously, movies so bad they are literally unwatchable. There was one called “Starship” back in the 80s that I fell asleep during twice, and both times when I came to, it seemed as if I hadn’t missed anything, what does that tell you. Back in college, I walked out of “Love Story” after I think maybe 10 minutes. But it’s also true that there are bad movies that are so delightfully inept, they are “good.” The classic is “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” a tape I always turn to when I need a pick-me-up…from the opening monologue: “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives,” to such incredible scenes as the baffled police detective scratching his head with the barrel of his revolver….aye-yi-yi!

item 9 >>> “Plan 9” came out in 1958…a 60s version from 1965, not as “good” but still enjoyable is “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster”…I mean, the title alone tells you this is gonna be good…or bad…or both.

item 10 >>> You might be a Baby Boomer if…you go back to a time when everyone you knew owned a Frisbee. You might be a really old Baby Boomer if you go: “Oh, yeah, the Pluto Platter…” That was what the original was called in the early 50s, designed to cash in on the UFO craze. It was sold to Wham-O, and renamed, in 1957.

Wicked Ballsy


“Unfettered, Unsullied” as his middle wall poster proclaims. Became a personal catch-phrase of mine the moment I read it, and I always liked the way this guy draws…saved several other cartoons of his. Funny thing about memory, I could have sworn this was from the 1960s, but the copyright notice says 1973. And with old clippings, you never know what you’ll find on the back…this one had TV listings, including the Arnold Zenker Show. He was a program manager who, at the age of 28, sat in for Walter Cronkite on the air  during a strike in 1967.

 

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