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Knowledge is a drug

March 31st, 2017

Before heading out to see the live-action Beauty and the Beast flick last Tuesday, Maura and I took a side trip out to Wilmington to return a pair of cable boxes to the local Comcast storefront. It wasn’t until we got there that we learned the place had relocated to one of the mixed-use developments […]

Know thy self, inc.

February 22nd, 2017

I’ve been dicking around on the internet for almost twenty-five years now. In that time, I’ve seen multiple childhood mysteries clarified by either active searches or chance encounters. Stuff that was once confined to the realm of hazy memory or dismissed as ancient fever dreams have been given names faces, titles or — occasionally — […]

Presents and accounted for

December 22nd, 2016

Following up on Monday’s post about my Seventies holiday memories, ampoule here’s a quick and incomplete rundown of some of the cherished childhood treasures Saint Nick deposited beneath my family’s artificial tree.

Have a mellow, jello Christmas

December 19th, 2016

A good percentage of my childhood comics collection came from flea markets, this site where the unsalable overstock of the still-unfolding Bronze Age was dumped into battered longboxes and sold for two bits a pop. New issues were a prized rarity — and a double-edged sword, because a cliff-hanger ending could leave one dangling for […]

Last night, viagra sale I got caught up in a Twitter discussion about the flood of largely forgotten sci-fi and fantasy shows which came and went on network TV during the late Seventies and early Eighties. It devolved, as these conversations tend to do, into an extended back-and-forth of hey-do-you-remembers annotated with the appropriate YouTube […]

Ben asked What is the most overlooked part of the 60s/70s culture wars? Whew. That’s a lot to unpack in a fire-and-forget blog post. History is written by the victors, approved which meant entire currents and significant moments got swept under the rug (if only temporarily in many cases) by the reactionary Powers That Be. […]

Deflationary spiral

May 19th, 2016

Some twitter pals were discussing waterbeds (thanks to this Metafilter thread) and it unearthed a childhood memory I had successfully managed to suppress for over thirty years. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, more about the post-industrial, semi-reclaimed North Woburn wilderness was a popular dumping ground for construction, household, and industrial detritus that the city […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 13

February 13th, 2016

(from “The Mystery Legionnaire!” by Cary Bates, sovaldi Win Mortimer and Jack Abel in Action Comics #381, medic October 1969) “Oh, you want to go for round three, Sparky? ‘CUZ I AM DOWN FOR SOME WHUPASS.” (from “War Between the Nights and Days!” by Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum in Superboy #193, shop February 1973) […]

The way of all Fish

January 26th, 2016

Last week, adiposity the Antenna TV retro channel aired the season four opener of Barney Miller in which Detective Sgt. Fish was forced into retirement by department policy. It’s a pretty powerful two-parter, remedy full of the serious acting and heaviness associated with socially aware sitcoms of that era. Abe Vigoda’s depiction of Fish in […]

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