May The Memory Of Vangelis Be Eternal

You may not know the name Vangelis. But you probably remember the scene in Chariots of Fire in which a bunch of young men in white shorts and T-shirts run barefoot along the shores of the beach. Vangelis won the Oscar for his musical score of the movie mixing classical piano with synthesizer sounds. TheContinue reading “May The Memory Of Vangelis Be Eternal”

Fred Ward: Usually A Character Actor, Sometimes A Leading Man

Fred Ward was basically born too late. If he had been born a generation younger, he would’ve been along with other actors of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, such as Broderick Crawford, Fredric March and Ray Miland. They were actors playing men who had been through a lot in their lives and had the scarsContinue reading “Fred Ward: Usually A Character Actor, Sometimes A Leading Man”

There Are No Small Roles And No Small Actors

Mike Hagerty often portrayed blue-collar people mainly because he looked like a blue-collar type of guy. With that burly build, somewhat unkept curly brown hair and brostache, he looked like he was about to say “Da Bears.” On April 29, he passed away at the age of 67. Hagerty was from Chicago and attended theContinue reading “There Are No Small Roles And No Small Actors”

Overturning Roe v. Wade May Be The GOP’s Waterloo

With news this week the U.S. Supreme Court is drafting an opinion that essentially overturns Roe v. Wade, conservatives and especially the Republican Party may be taken a premature victory lap. While the Court hasn’t officially announced it, the brief behind prepared by Justice Samuel Alito seems to show that he and Justices Neil Gorsuch,Continue reading “Overturning Roe v. Wade May Be The GOP’s Waterloo”

‘V’ Showed Us Aliens Have A Facist Agenda

Following the success of Star Wars in 1977, movie/television producers and studios went through an explosion of sci-fi related movies and shows. There was Battlestar Galactica, Battle Beyong the Stars and even Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Most of these were poorly received. So, when Kenneth Johnson, who had worked on The Bionic Woman andContinue reading “‘V’ Showed Us Aliens Have A Facist Agenda”

A Reminder That Free Speech Is Fragile

In the past week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Florida Republicans decided that the Walt Disney Corporation deserved to be punished for speaking out against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Also, the Supreme Court is hearing a case on whether a football coach has the right to pray on school grounds (and more important,Continue reading “A Reminder That Free Speech Is Fragile”

The Strange Toxic Cult Of Christianity

Every now and again, I hear people say they believe in God and Jesus just because they don’t want to take a chance. This begs the question, why do they only want devote themselves to a way of life just because they’re afraid of what might happen. I’m not talking about living a life ofContinue reading “The Strange Toxic Cult Of Christianity”

Domestic Abuse Isn’t A One-Way Street

Many years ago when I was working at the Wagoner Tribune, there was a story that came out of a small-town nearby called Okay where the police chief at the time was involved with a domestic dispute with his boyfriend. The boyfriend had an assault charge filed on him in a previous county. The victimContinue reading “Domestic Abuse Isn’t A One-Way Street”

Shut Up And Don’t Sing

If there’s one thing more annoying than some douchebag who whips out an accoustic guitar and starts playing it in public, it’s a Christian douchebag who does it while singing Christian worship songs. A video posted by Jack Jensz Jr., a Philadelphia area pastor, shows people singing Christian worships songs on a plane. Now, it’sContinue reading “Shut Up And Don’t Sing”