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We interrupt this blog for–

(Pic taken shortly before the wedding. Ain't she something?)

–Happy Anniversary, Gwen the Beautiful.

Thank you for our 30 years of joy and nuttiness. And, of course, for saving me from myself time and time and, yep, time again.

Life can’t help but be the best when you get as lucky as I did and marry an angel!

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Why I Love Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Incomparable Kareem (Malcolm Garret photo via pexels.com)

…I know what most people think, but, nope, it’s not Kareem’s astounding basketball career that makes me a true believer (with apologies to certain guy named Stan Lee), it’s that Kareem is as good a writer as anyone in this day and age could ever read.

Especially his non-fiction – most easily found on his substack website – which gets right to the heart of things, demonstrating a rare combination of clear thought and warm heart.

For example:

Life in the Red Zone (May 19, 2023)
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 Life in My Seventies, Study: Billionaires Not that Smart, Study: Loneliness as Dangerous as Smoking, NBA Social Justice Champion Finalists, Elon Gets It Wrong (Again), Joan Baez Sings, and More

I recently turned 76, and for the past six years, I’ve been living in the Red Zone. The Red Zone is when famous people keep dying at around the same age as you are. (Last month Tim Bachman, co-founder of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, died at the age of 71. So did Lasse Wellander, the longtime guitarist for ABBA. He was 70.)

The Red Zone is like the section of a car’s gas gauge just past E that, when the needle hovers over it, you’re never sure exactly how many miles you have left before the car conks out. You’re still going strong, but you’re not sure for how long.

Of course, it’s not just famous people dying, but those are the ones I read about with their 70-something ages prominently displayed like flashing warning lights directed at me.

I don’t dwell on death. I don’t fidget over impending doom. I’m not crafting pithy last words. (I might just use Oscar Wilde’s last words: “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”) Quite the opposite. Like most people over sixty, I’m actually happier than when I was younger (“Older Americans upbeat about aging, future”)….

Read it all at Life in My Seventies, Study: Billionaires Not that Smart, Study: Loneliness as Dangerous as Smoking, NBA Social Justice Champion Finalists, Elon Gets It Wrong (Again), Joan Baez Sings, and More (substack.com)



Love Seeing The Silver Surfer Animated Series Back in the News

(via cbr.com - the image accompanying the original article below)

Strange But True Dept:

CBR.Com, a major player in the comics/film/tv industry, has an article of great interest to me today, so I thought I’d share it. Brace yourselves, kids. It’s called 10 Best Animated Shows With Only One Season and starts like this:

10 Best Animated Shows With Only One Season by Lily Emalfarb

Entertainment is one of the most unpredictable industries, and animation is no exception. Many beloved shows were only granted one season due to budgetary restrictions, cancelations, low ratings, or even creative choices. Despite only having a single season, many shows developed large fan bases and huge cult followings that were left craving more with the worlds they fell in love with….

After which it continues with this:

10 Silver Surfer

Created by Larry Brody, Silver Surfer centers around the comic book character, Silver Surfer, as he travels the galaxy in search of a planet that isn’t Earth for his master to destroy. One of the most powerful superheroes, creators brought a new life to Silver Surfer’s character, showcasing his strengths without The Fantastic Four.

Silver Surfer gained immediate praise from fans and critics, making its cancelation shocking. The show only lasted for thirteen episodes, and while there are many rumors regarding its cancelation, Brody claimed it was due to a legal dispute, though some believe it was a result of Marvel’s bankruptcy. Regardless, fans remain hopeful that there will be an up-to-par reboot.

I recognize that Ms. Emalfarb doesn’t consider this the best of the Top Ten – that’s a show called The Midnight Gospel that I’m definitely going to have look at, but I’m excited that recognition has been given to the show and as a result everyone at late, lamented Saban Entertainment who contributed to it.

Thanks, CBR.Com, for brightening my morning. I loved working on Silver Surfer and also “remain hopeful that there will be an up-to-par reboot,” especially one that brings the old animation crew back together for more idealistic interstellar surfing.

Read the entire article HERE