Thursday, April 21, 2011

The April 2011 A - Z Blogging Challenge - R is for Random Stew!

We meet once more for the eighteenth April 2011 A - Z Blogging Challenge post - and we've now come to the letter that can also be a pirate's cry...and we'll use it to highlight another semi-Regular department here at LGOOH - it's the department where we take a look at some varied pop culture tidbits - Riff on them, Rhapsodize on some, Rank on others...but there's no Rhyme or Reason to the subjects...because as you might have guessed...

R is for Random Stew!

Let's see what's cooking in the big pot today...

While you're filling your bowl, I guess we should pay some bills...here's a few words from our sponsor - the computer industry...and some special guests...

Because nothing says "computing power" like 1950's Korea! And where's Radar's left hand?

And he should know - he's seen the 23rd century!

Finally, perhaps in response to that "Under $300" crack...

This might be the sight that greets me if I get to heaven.

Actually, I'm surprised Roger Moore had time for computers - he was so busy playing James Bond and writing Young Adult mystery novels...

And if you really wanted a chance to make a difference in the world after reading the books...

Hey! Marvel Comics' Thor has a movie coming out soon! I'm glad he got the film job, so he could stop hawking snack cakes...

I actually really love when superheroes try to sell me sponge cake and cream filling, but really, Thor gets a little wordy with it...he should take a page from Hawkman (plus this gives DC comics some love)

Hawkman pulled the whole thing off with two lines. 10 words. Thor says more than that when he breathes in!

Speaking of superheroes...

Say, I don't remember that outfit making William Katt look so...curvy...

Actually, we'll talk again later about The Greatest American Heroine. (Who says this isn't the LGOOH Age of Cryptic Teasers?)

Man, am I stuck in some kind of Stan Lee/Marvel Comics speech pattern this go-round, or what?

Look out! It's a Blue Meanie!

Wait, it's just a picture of a Blue Meanie.

Oh. That's all right then.

Well, let's see what's on NBC tonight...

Wait, it's not 1979?

I watched this show religiously for the whole 12 or 13 weeks it was on before low ratings caused the show to fall off the cliff. It was pretty cheesy - but in those days before home video it was a chance for me to try (in theory anyway) to make a connection to and enjoy the old time serials from the 30's and 40's, which were very difficult to see. The one place you could see them was on the PBS show Matinee at the Bijou, which aired around dinner time on Saturday nights. They showed a cartoon, a short, a newsreel, a serial chapter, and a short feature film like it would have been seen decades previously in the theater. Apparently they're gearing up for a new series and have Debbie Reynolds slated to host. Hope it goes for them!

We'll wrap this serving of Random Stew up this as we always do...with a little dessert... and what's better for dessert than...


Thank you, Ms. Marion Carr!

And til next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!


  1. That was certainly a tour around the obscure. Very interesting. I'm off to try on my leopard print one-piece.

    Moody Writing

  2. There was a Greatest American Hero spin-off that didn't take flight? (Couldn't resist. Sorry) Did that happen soon after the series ended?

    We were devout GAH watchers. I think it was the first time I'd seen a comic hero, week after week, and it really appealed to me.


    And playing the part of St. Peter--Roger Moore. Laughed out loud at that.


    Fill me in on the books. I can usually deduce the who/what/how via a cover.

    Not so, here.

    Was this a fictionalized Roger Moore in charge of a band of crimefighting kids? Did Moore give them their marching orders? Did he go out and fight crime, too, via his James Bond movie skills? Maybe they suggested he'd been trained by a certain secret agent in MI6...

    Or was this simply a Three Investigators wannabe series with Moore's face on the cover to stimulate sales, and perhaps a letter "written by Roger Moore" at the fore?

    I'm actually surprised I've not seen these. I used to be pretty diligent in scouring the markets and secondhand book shops. I have a couple movie cover editions of Bond books, but I've never seen these...

    r: RSVP

  3. Mooderino - you summed up Random Stew very well, thank you! I may borrow that phrase at some point! Thanks for stopping by!

    Joe - The lady in red must wait. We have a Young Adult Mystery series to discuss. Apparently Roger Moore lent his name and signed the checks. I have not read any of the books (there are six total) but apparently they start out with Roger as he meets up with his young pals who proceed to tell him about their latest adventure, which he comments on at the end. You pegged it with the Three Investigators. I had my hands on one at the Waldenbooks at the University mall in Carbondale in the late 70's/early 80's once - and as a kid had no money to buy it. I've never seen one since. *sigh*

  4. We'll have to keep our eyes open for those...

    Side note: I recently saw a YouTube video of Stephen J. Cannell's daughter interviewing people while wearing "The Suit," as Bill would say it.

    It was simply done, and all in fun, and it was sweet.