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Saturday, June 28, 2008
  1980



As I commented elsewhere on the blogosphere, on a certain comic-bookie-related blog here...

Who's Who...?
DC doesn't still look those up - does it?

Ah - different type of Who's Who - gotcha!
;)

That Playboy cover was, quite logically enough too, the first Playboy magazine teeny-tiny luminous me ever got his hands on! My parents sure could NOT hide this one from ME, nope! Retailers didn't hide these things too much either, back then...! Sure, I'd read comic-books first and it seemed to lead perfectly into reading THAT magazine right there (especially with the cover - wow! Super-implants from Krypton they must be, then!) HOWEVER I wasn't that into DC comics before this first Playboy issue... Only got into DC afterwards!

There's a logic to all this, I am sure...

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Never mind the Who's Who cracks...

It's just an in-joke...!

Carry on now...!


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Sunday, June 15, 2008
  1969

On this Father's Day
I understand more clearly than ever
why in the past 24 months or so
my anger has been so great
and so virulent...
I was protective
in a fatherly way
of my own father
and disliked to the utmost
the circumstances of his departure
as they made me feel so helpless
in helping him
protecting him
caring for him...
Me who has always taken
for the hard-luck hero types
and seen myself
as one too...
My hard-luck hero per excellence
was my dear father -
a man with limitless patience
true grit and perseverence.
Duty-bound and honorable.
Verily, the finest example
on how to be a MAN
in this wretched world
that we all continue to live in...
I hated the circumstances
of his hasty departure -
and always will.
I was never angry
because of the departure itself
because I do know
that it is NOT the end -
that his Soul Lives On
and that no one ever dies.
And this,
even science
would corroborate...
No energy
ever just dissipates -
and our souls
are the only energy matter
that counts
within our beings.



Back in 1969,
as my energy had been assigned
to my corporeal shell,
for however long
GOD Has Planned
for me to be around here,
my Father experienced
his first ever Father's Day
on a day like today...
And now, in 2008,
he is still experiencing it
but on a Higher Plane
of ethereal existence -
watching over me
in a sublime way.



Happy Father's Day, Dad
*You*
are the best Dad
in the World
STILL!
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Friday, June 13, 2008
  TV Memories



















I never liked that show -
to me, HAPPY DAYS was so boring to watch
I could have slept through any episode!
I found Fonzie so classless,
such a neanderthal
(I'm happy to have noticed that,
Henry Winkler, in his older days,
is nothing like that!)
And as for the rest of the cast -
I found them utterly uninteresting!
If I wanted to watch an ordinary family
in the 1970s - I just had to look at my own!
Still, HAPPY DAYS evokes pleasant nostalgia for me
as it evokes carefree days,
happy days, indeed,
in which I could choose to not comb my hair
and still look terrific!
Days in which I could simply have fun
without a single worry in the world!
Days, very happy days
that I could choose to play outside
instead of watching this crap!




Didn't read the book -
but I sure remember seeing the films
with these two;
and laughing so hard...
Good, fun memories,
indeed!
Of course,
it helped immensely
that I was equal parts
Deano... and Jerry!
Every guy
has a bit of both in him
I do believe!





Captain Caveman -
though never one of my favorites,
I always thought he had potential...!
In my teeny-weeny luminous mind,
he struck me, from the get-go,
as a sort of cross between
Cousin It Addams
and a Flinstone -
thus, if such was the case,
in my itty-bitty luminous mind,
the character was doomed
to never be on top of my list!
Sorry, Cap Cave!















OK -
a George Romero
"little zombie girl"
and the Exorcist's
possessed little girl
are NOT one and the same -
but you must admit
it is pretty much
the same DAMN thing!
(Extirpate "pretty" from that -
please!)






















Never one of my faves either,
the Filmation Hercules still manages
to strike a very vivid nostalgic chord
whenever I catch it on reruns
wherever...!
Truth is, I can't believe
some stations still show it -
I can't stand that goat boy sidekick
and, as I grew older,
and read about the mythological Pan,
I understood the WHY of THAT!

But let's end on a GOOD note:




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Friday, June 06, 2008
  1985




Discover Danielle Dax!







In so many ways,
'twas the start of aaaaaall my troubles!
Hence, this song FITS...





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Thursday, June 05, 2008
  1969-70


As the Stanley Cup has been won again (in a numerologically significant way too: the eleventh title for a franchise who has won 4 of the last 11... Hmm...) I feel like going back to a far better franchise worthy of winning much more than that; the Boston Bruins.
This is not their most recent conquest, but it is their most emotional since it was a first one in nearly 30 years...



The emotional celebration you can witness on the screen above, depending upon availability, where fans and players became ONE on the ice of the venerable old Boston Garden, was "voted" in as the number 6 greatest celebration of all-time in the top ten NHL greatest championship celebrations in history - and I would have ranked it higher than that (at least number 3 - yes!)

You can find the entire top ten here (hopefully - unless it was taken down already, due to controversy...?)



Comments of interest about this top ten:

"Waaaaaaaaaughtttttthhh" - nothing on the Ducks of Anaheim winning it LAST YEARRRRRRR?!?!?
Daffy posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 11:59 EDT

I don't even like the Rangers, but I got goosebumps from watching the beginning of that clip
Then they went away once Gary Bettman started talking.
Then they came back back once Messier got a hold of it.
Per chance, does anyone have any old 'Conan' clips when he had the dancing Stanley Cup come down the aisle every night during that playoff run?
'Duk posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 10:47 EDT

I'm surprised the 2002 Wings championship was the one they picked. Definitly great to see Scotty skating with the Cup, but I would have picked 1997 (ending the LONG drought, and Stevie Y getting his first Cup ever) or 1998, with Vlad being on the floor with the Wings.
Michelle F. posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 11:10 EDT

I would toss in the '88 Oilers for starting the tradition of the post-Cup-skate team picture. The story goes that Gretzky knew his time had come and wanted one last picture for posterity, though I'm not sure if that's a myth or not.
Doogie posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 11:13 EDTReport Abuse

It was great when Brind'Amour took the Cup before Bettman had a chance for the picture. I loved that.
Dewman posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 11:27 EDT

What about the 1973-74 Flyers - the first expansion team to hoist the Cup???? risingleo99 posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:01 EDT

bonjour !
m y posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:11 EDTReport Abuse

The 1967 Leafs Cup is posted to remind us all of how pathetic that entire organization and its fans have been for the past 41 years.
RON M posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:11 EDT

HOW ABOUT BRUINS IN 72 WINNING ON NY ICE. BUCYK HAD TO STAY CLEAR OF THE GLASS OR GET PELTED WITH COINS. AND HOW ABOUT CASHMANS GOAL LATE IN GAMES. THAT DANCE JUST RUBBED THE RANGERS FACE ALL OVER THAT 3-0 CHEEVERS, ORR, ESPO, CASH, PIE, SANDY....THEY DON;T MAKE EM LIKE THAT ANYMORE. WOULD HAVE WON MORE IF THEY WOULD OF CUT BACK ON THE BOOZE
sportslinepr... posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:14 EDT

I've been a die hard flames fan all my life, and the 1989 celebration with lanny and his famous beard/'stache will forever be ingrained in my skull, but My #1 pic would be the 2001 colorado, because it was classy to hand it to ray bourque. Bourque had been a top player and had at one point or other in his career earned many of the leagues top accolades. If anyone deserved to raise that cup over his head, it was bourque.
Nigel K posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:17 EDT

For sure the Flyers over the Bruins was the best series I ever seen. It was nice to see the RedWings win though. A team where players will play for a team and take a ego-cut (play for a reduced salary) to win a cup is rare. The test going forward is the Penguins .... will they take the ego-cut to stay together anoher 5-7 years .. if so they could be a dynasty. Something the Oilers of the 80's where not willing to do ... Moog, Coffey, they all left for money ... proving there only in it for the money.
IMO posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:17 EDT

where is the habs' 1993 cup win? ten overtime wins in a row !!!! that's a record that will never be matched. kinda disapointed.
Michelle H posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:17 EDT

The fact that the Montreal Canadians are not even on this list, makes it not worth while reading. 5 CUP in a row!!! Please!
Big t posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:18 EDT

I think the Calgary Flames win should be up there.
danny7777777 posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:19 EDT

nothing from the habs and they won 24 of them...yup get a life and quit journalism
rafiki_63 posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 13:20 EDT Report Abuse

hey Smoker, pass me what you're smokin', cause whatever non call lets you sleep at night and makes you believe in fairytales that the Make Beliefs would have done anything but provide a better finals Habs in 6. Patrick Roy. nuff said)must be good sh*t. Besides, the incedent in question happened in game 6- what's the excuse for game 7 (at home in Trona, too)? thanks for the utube address,by the way. I also submit that perhaps if the leafs were to follow in the example of Les Canadiens and fix their management mess(MLSE=wose than harold ballard) they might have as bright a future as we do. Than maybe we all have a better chance of seeing ANY Canadian team raise the Cup where it belongs: back home in Canada
habsrock posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 18:01 EDT

the canadiens were not mentioned because nobody likes whiny arse frenchie basTURDS!! i cant wait to watch the wings kick their arse next year in montreal making my fourth original 6 seen in their hometown. i hope its something seeing red wings vs rangers on blueshirt night on march of 7th 1994 final score red wings 6 rangers 3! a few rangers fans took exception 2 me shredding that UGLY blueshirt!! punks!! 3 on 1 and i still got the best of them!
CUP#12 posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 18:05 EDT

Where s 1998 s celebration, where (Detroit s captain) Yzerman put the cup, on Vlad s lap ?. Cooke posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 18:11 EDT

i love how the mindset of Yahoo commenters is "I don't agree, therefore it sucks". Also, i would imagine not every single cup celebration is available via YouTube
dloville posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 18:53 EDT

Anyone ever hear of the Philly Flyers. That is the Stanly Cup history making moment in the NHL. They were the first NHL 1967 expansion team to not only win the Stanley Cup once but they did it 2 years in a row.Any NHL player will tell you that anyone can win the Stanley Cup once but it is real an accomplishent to be able to win it 2 years in a row.Think about it. That was a veryimportant history mking NHL team. Forget the Broadstreet Bully Crappola. Fred Shero himself told me( every team in the leahue at that time had 1 or maybe 2 players that would drop the gloves but the difference between those teams and ours isI have 22 of them) Its about that team received the recognition that they deserve. I must add that those were a very entertaining 2 Stanley Cup finals. Even a Tornto fan would agree with that. WATCH MY FLYERS NEXT YEAR BOYS AND GIRLS.Just watch.Have a good Summer.
cometomyhs posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 18:54 EDT

all these people [profane]ing and moaning that there beloved canadiens arent on this list... oh boo hoo you have 24 cups in franchise history... good for you... half those cups also came before hockey was even televised or recorded on tape idiots... plus if you pay attention to more then half the teams in these ten clips there is a player or two that basically waited their whole career in the nhl to hoist the cup just once... this things is called the 10 best celebrations... just thought id point that out to our wonderful friends to the north...
Stu posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 19:15 EDT

I like the celebration from the lockout year, when Bettman boought himself a hot dog and celebrated the fact that hockey would very soon bump the NHL off the networks.
Kevin Z posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 20:19 EDT

easy there, capncrunch17. my husband & i just finished watching & i gotta say a little disappointed in the lack of habs celebration. not even one? sakic to bourque. . . the classiest sports moment we've ever seen.
go canucks go posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 21:00 EDT

aucune conquete des canadiens de Montreal ?????
Ce n'est pas serieux. Qui est l'ignorant qui a fait ce top 10???
Ca doit etre un americain qui ne connait rien....
Genevieve L posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 21:02 EDT

Montreal breaths, sleeps, dreams, eats, drinks, lives and dies for Hockey. Riots happen when the habs win, police cars get overturned, shops get burned down. In the middle of July, they talk about hockey, at Christmass they talk about hockey, mother's day forget it... hockey, valentines day no way the habs are playing!
How can any journalist even talk about the Stanley cup without mentioning the habs, kinda talking about baseball and forgetting the Yankees, or F1 and forgetting Ferrari, or soccer and neglecting Italy.
This journalist should be forbidden on writing about hockey for the rest of his life, come on the maple leafs are on the top ten and not the habs!
Hey journalist can you even spell bias?
Michel P posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 21:20 EDT


man you people are dense. the article is on the top 10 celebrations as in what happened immediately following them winning the cup and during the presentation, not the cup run as a whole or the team or anything else. learn to read and comprehend english. Adam W posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 23:01 EDTReport Abuse
90 I hate the habs, diehard leaf fan.But growing up in the seventies watching the habs win five in a row . You better review your list or maybe your too young. KENNEDY posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 23:02 EDTReport Abuse
91 i dont know why the habs are not in there
steve f posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 23:03 EDT


Ridiculous.... Montreal is the MECA of hockey..... Beating the broadstreet bullies.....Gainey winning the connsmyth,
5 cups in a row.... Maurice richard....Big 3.... Le demon Blond aka the Flower..... A rookie goalie by the name of Dryden... Another rookie goalie, I think his name was Roy... Claude Lemieux against calgary.... 10 OT wins in the playoffs with a grand shutting down of the Great One... Demers reading Mcsorley's illegal Curve,,,,,
COME ON!!!!!!!
Toronto is in the top 10.... No cups since 67 ....
Yahoo journalist should take a lesson in hockey cause they really screwed the pooch on this one.
What about Scotty Bowmans first cup? I guess it cant be on the list because he coach the Habs.
Yahoo Toronto!!!!!great job on this one!!!
Louis posted on Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 23:25 EDT


How do the 1967 Leafs get on a list of top ten celebrations when some of the players left the ice as soon as the presentation was over? Doesn't sound like much of a celebration to me!
DD posted on Friday, Jun 6, 2008 0:00 EDT



Ty_Bearius wrote:
GREAT top ten, au contraire! This truly captures the jubilation of the sport and winning in it - devoid of any of the political crappy meaning attached to it by the Quebec crowd! Especially in the Maurice Richard days... YOU get a life, habs fans! Your 24 cups are like a tiresome bad memory - harkening back to a primitive era when your franchise held an unfair monopoly on the talent pool available back then... I am truly ELATED not to find a single one of your "wins" here - especially not the backdoor cup of 1993! Sheesh - that one SUCKED on top of being a sad excuse for pride for Quebec (Patrick Roy is a bum - ok? His disgraceful coaching proves it today!) and that "record" of 10 overtime STEALS in a single playoff season is NOTHING to be proud of! All it means is that, on top of it being a backdoor "championship" in which you faced NONE of the top contenders of 1993 (Pens, Philly, Oilers, Flames, BRUINS) you had so much trouble defeating the second-rate teams you always needed to squeak by them in O.T. - with a garbage goal on top of that! Pathetic! Even more pathetic are your parades and your rambuctious crowds RIOTING instead of celebrating like normal people would celebrate a "victory" - THAT could NEVER make it onto a top 10 or top 25 celebrations, COME ON!!! Not even the celebrations in the 50s or late 70s - the first few were politically-tainted as I said and the later ones were just a bunch of BLASÉ players who won too much, like SERGE there (does he really deserve a BEER named after him now?)

Soooooo... great top ten, Sean L, but the 1989 Flames deserved the top spot (or the 1970 Bruins) - not the '94 Rangers, come on...!!!
Oh well - nobody's perfect!

ty b posted on Friday, Jun 6, 2008 0:09 EDT


Now THAT says it all, folks!

Because, whether you admit it or not, BOSTON IS THE HUB OF HOCKEY - and Boston is something else, as evidenced by the following as well:







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Tuesday, June 03, 2008
  1987



Obi-Wan Kenobi amalgamated with King Richard the Lionheart...?!?
Actually - no! This is one of the Visionaries -
"Knights of the Magical Circle of Light"





As far as Knight Orders are concerned
aside from the Holy Trinity Knights
(which are truly more of a varsity club
rather than a chivalrous order)
and, of course, the Templar Knights
and Knights of the Round Table,
I suppose that the one order
that I would prefer to adhere to
given the choice
would have to be one centered around
a Circle of Light!

Magical or not!

Nothing less for luminous (\ô/) luciano
after all
they do call me a Knight of the Light!

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