Steven P. Jobs (1955-2011)

October 8, 2011 MGP 0

I was a Mac geek when being a Mac geek was certainly NOT cool. Before that, I was a computer nerd when being into computers and liking Apple products were even less cool. Now, I’m an enthusiastic Apple user and fan in an age where there are many who love and many who hate the company. Whether it’s 1985 or 1993 or 2011, I’ve been there. Not for the mindless […]

Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

May 17, 2010 MGP 2

Let’s face it. Most rock stars are complete fuck-ups. Whether through drugs or irresponsible behavior or just being so catchpenny as to be largely dismissible, it is all the more astounding that there are music personalities who stay the course, avoid the perils, make a profound impact on the music world, and remain actual human beings in the process. Of the latter, there has been no better paragon than Ronnie […]

Hitchcock On Tomorrow Show (Fall 1973)

October 23, 2009 MGP 0

Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Long thought to be lost or destroyed, a complete recording has been found of one of the few hour-long interviews of Alfred Hitchcock. Originally broadcast as one of the first Tomorrow Shows with Tom Snyder in the Fall of 1973. This recording is from a second repeat of this show broadcast on Memorial Day, 1980.

The Lord of Coke and Hot Dogs Is DEAD!

September 5, 2009 MGP 4

Well, it appears that the worst has happened. The mighty Lord of Coke and Hot Dogs, previously rumored to be having a mere makeover, has been completely transmogrified into a lowly shill for antiques! Gone are His emblematic red and white colors, His sturdy cup and His rigid wiener, and even His crown of paper has been revoked. From a June 2009 entry on the Roadside America website: The Iberville […]

Goodnight, Captain Chaos

May 6, 2009 MGP 3

Dom DeLuise (1933-2009) As a kid, I had developed a somewhat cohesive list in my head of movies that I really and truly love. Not a list guided by the critics or audience approval or even gauged by the judgment of my peers, but one that is all my own. Lesser people transparently call them “guilty pleasures” but I call them awesome. And in the upper echelon of MGP favorite […]


January 15, 2009 MGP 1

“From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee… for hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!” – Khan, quoting from Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” Ricardo Montalbán (1920-2009)

Forrest J. Ackerman (1916-2008)

December 6, 2008 MGP 0

From the Associated Press: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term “sci-fi,” has died. He was 92. Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman’s estate. Ackerman himself appeared in numerous […]

George Carlin (1937-2008)

June 23, 2008 MGP 2

A publicist for George Carlin says the legendary comedian has died of heart failure at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Jeff Abraham says Carlin went into St. John’s Health Center on Sunday afternoon, complaining of chest pain. Carlin died at 5:55 p.m. PDT. He was 71. (Story continues here). I’m sitting here, about to get ready for work, and I simply cannot move. I am in shock. And I […]