Category Archives: The Lost Tales

Stories that were delayed because the Server was down and/or I fell behind thanks to life getting in the way.

1961: Newton Minnow gives his “Wasteland Speech”

This one is under the wire for the month for it happened on May 9, 1961; roughly four years into the new Kennedy administration, FCC Chairman Newton Minnow declares American TV a vast wasteland. Pretty funny given that there were … Continue reading

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1981: Bobby Sands dies from hunger strike

I remember this happening 40 years ago since we didn’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Midwest. St. Patrick’s Day is the Midwest’s preferred binge-drinking holiday. Sands’ death was a tragic event and in its immediacy, more fighting and killing … Continue reading

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1971: NPR begins with All Things Considered

Too many obituaries this week! Three great people to celebrate and another whose career got screwed over. By the way, I did listen to the first new episode of On the Media minus Bob and Brooke did address it. Unfortunately, she … Continue reading

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RIP Billie Hayes

Best known as Witchiepoo on Sid & Marty Kroft’s breakout hit H R Puffenstuff but I recall she continued the role for a short-lived show starring the Bay City Rollers. I can confirm she starred alongside Margaret Hamilton (the witch from … Continue reading

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The overdue explanation for May 2021’s Header

While I await the green light to bring Agamemnon home; I did receive a call at 6 AM today with an update that was optimistic, he thanks you all in his odd way; I want to explain the weird “blob” … Continue reading

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NIMBY forces won

Before I left for vacation, we had an election on a series of propositions (aka governments not doing their job by blaming the electorate) and I wasn’t allowed to vote in anything because I live in unincorporated Pflugerville. The big … Continue reading

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Nein! (German D’oh!)

Dave Attell once said he never wanted to take up jogging because joggers are always the ones who find the dead bodies. Well, this German jogger thought they found a dud grenade from WWII in a bag. The police-bomb squad … Continue reading

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RIP Bill Macy

This “William” Macy hit the scene with roles years before William H Macy but I never recalled him until Maude in which he played the titled character’s husband. After the controversial SitCom (it covered abortion for starters, quite the third rail … Continue reading

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Todd Rundgren, an “Unpredictable Evening with”

Here comes yet another concert I attended over six months ago and finally posted about, Todd Rundgren. Even in a city with a somewhat exaggerated reputation for loving popular music, his name elicits either “who?” from most under 40 and … Continue reading

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1988: The Naked Gun, still holds up

Another entry for the Lost Tales or “Steve didn’t post this in a timely fashion.” In the end, does anyone really care? Maybe. I really wanted to get my recollection posted closer to the New Year because that’s when I saw this … Continue reading

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Ali Saddiq

I saw Ali either this Spring or last year at Moontower Comedyfest. He was part of a showcase and I was really impressed on how he stood out from the others. Firstly, he took a seat. Secondly, he was less … Continue reading

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Jake Johannsen 2 (really 3)

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Jake came to Austin way back around August (8/25/18 to be exact) but my Brushes with Greatness got backed up for the remainder of the year due to it being an avalanche of awesomeness! He is worth mentioning because … Continue reading

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Sloan

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This concert took place on September 14, 2018, placing the story into The Lost Tales category amongst many other events. Just letting you know, more overdue Concerts, Movies and cool events are a’ coming! Sloan is one of Canada’s … Continue reading

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Had a perfect September 2018 in exercise

It’s a new year which means new resolutions and a frequent one everybody makes is to lose weight and/or exercise more. As always, the gyms are a tad crowded. I fizzled out near the end of the year thanks to … Continue reading

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Tiny Elvis’ Las Vegas Adventure Book

By the time you’re reading this, the plane should be in the air or we’ve arrived for what is my ninth trip to Las Vegas. Woo hoo! I thought the day would never come with how long the Summer of … Continue reading

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