Friday, February 20, 2009

Monsters! Mystery! Mayhem! & More!

Here's a great old ad from Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.

The only monster Super 8 film my dad had in the 70s was Dracula with Bela Lugosi (I still have it). A friend of mine had I Was A Teenage Werewolf. The only other Super 8 in my collection is Son of Frankenstein.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

7th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards


7th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

Voting ends March 21, 2009

Recognizing the best in monster research, creativity and genre appreciation.

These awards are by fans, for fans. Every Rondo nominee is being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre -- great filmmaking, strong writing, significant scholarship or just plain fun. So please take a look at the ballot and let the nominees know how much we appreciate their work by voting.

Click on the link below to vote --

Rondo Awards Ballot

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shirley Jean Rickert, RIP

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Shirley Jean Rickert, who starred in five "Our Gang" comedies as a child and later became a burlesque performer, has died at the age of 82.

Rickert appeared in the "Our Gang" films in 1931 with Jackie Cooper and other pre-Spanky and Alfalfa characters, playing a coquettish, Mae West-type character with a short blond bob. She later played Tomboy Taylor in five Mickey McGuire comedies alongside Mickey Rooney in 1933 and 1934.

Rickert - who later went by her married name, Measures - died Friday [Feb. 6] at a nursing home in Saratoga Springs after a long illness, said her daughter, Melody Kennedy.

She had roles in several other films, including "Neath Arizona Skies" with John Wayne and "Singing in the Rain" with Gene Kelly. After her movie career Rickert worked in burlesque in the 1950s as "Gilda and Her Crowning Glory," named for her long blond hair. As Gilda, she performed in theaters and nightclubs across the United States and Canada.

She left burlesque in 1959, going on to work a variety of jobs, including bartender, secretary and sales director for a regional theater in Springfield, Mass. In the mid-70s she launched a career as a traveling industrial hardware saleswoman.

"I walk in, and they say, 'Not another nuts and bolts salesman,'" Rickert told The Associated Press in 1993. "And then I open my sales folder and show them an 8-by-10 of me in 'Our Gang.' I say, 'You grew up with me.' Then they do a 360."

She remained active late in life, performing in local theater productions, helping maintain a Web site for her fans and even doing occasional appearances at film festivals and conventions.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Many Moods of Romance

Here's a little something for Valentine's Day. The Many Moods of Romance: Night and Day - A Time Life Collection.

Track Listing

1. Night and Day - Ella Fitzgerald
2. This Time the Dream's on Me - Tony Bennett
3. Time on My Hands - Eddie Fisher
4. Dancing on the Ceiling - Jo Stafford
5. Isn't It a Pity? - Johnny Mathis
6. Don't Ever Leave Me! - Polly Bergen
7. Serenade in Blue - Vic Damone
8. Dancing in the Dark - Mary Martin
9. What's New - André Previn, His Piano & Orch.
10. For All We Know - Billie Holiday
11. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - Eileen Farrell
12. Day by Day - Johnnie Ray
13. Answer Me, My Love - Gisele MacKenzie
14. Moonlight Becomes You - Jerry Vale
15. Do I Love You (Because You're Beautiful) - Tony Martin w/ Henri Rene & His Orch.
16. Love Is Here to Stay - Michael Feinstein
17. Without a Memory - Judy Garland w/ Paul Weston & His Orch.
18. Come to Me, Bend to Me - Andy Williams
19. I Fall in Love Too Easily - Anita O'Day
20. Glad to Be Unhappy - Diahann Carroll

Click the link below to download --

--> The Many Moods of Romance <--

Click here to download a compilation I put together last year called Movie Love Songs.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Ackerman Sci-Fi, Horror Collection Up For Sale

I sure hope all of Forry's stuff finds a good home. It would be cool if it could all be put in some sort of monster/sci-fi museum.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He always vowed that he wouldn't die unless he could take it with him.

But now that Forrest J Ackerman really is gone, the grand old man of science fiction's memorabilia collection is on the auction block.

Thousands of items, including the Count Dracula ring worn by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 horror classic "Dracula," the vampire cape Lugosi wore for decades — even the actor's outfit from the "worst film ever made," Ed Wood's cheesy "Plan 9 from Outer Space" — are going up for bid.

So are such notable pieces as a signed, first-edition copy of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" and a first-edition copy of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" that was signed not only by Stoker but also Lugosi, Boris Karloff and numerous other horror film notables.

The auction, tentatively scheduled for the last week of April, is expected to raise $500,000, said Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, which is handling the sale.

Ackerman, the science-fiction writer, editor and literary agent widely credited with coining the term sci-fi, spent a lifetime collecting tens of thousands of pieces, ranging from the junky to the very rare. He died last December at age 92.

"I'm holding that stuff in my hand and I'm just like, 'Wow, these are his most iconic treasurers,'" Maddalena said when he was invited by Ackerman's estate to auction the collection. He said Ackerman's will stipulates that his estate's share of the profits be divided among his friends.

At one time Ackerman had a collection of 300,000 pieces of science-fiction film memorabilia, 50,000 books and the complete sets of 200 science-fiction magazines. During his final years he contributed many pieces to museums and sold some others, but held on to thousands more.

Saturday, February 07, 2009


My brother sent me this scan of an ad from an old comic book. Skittle-Bowl by Aurora. We had this game in the early 70s. I don't remember playing it a lot, but I think the ball and chain on a stick was used more as a weapon! Anybody else have one of these?

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Pittsburgh Steelers

This song combines two of my favorite things -- KISS and The Steelers!

New Steelers Song "KISSOFSTEEL" by Sinchak's Y-Town Rockers. Finally, a Steelers song that rocks!!! More info at

Pictres from the website Steelers In Hoboken.