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Who wants to start to take up a collection to buy and send a digital video camera to Alexandra Isles so she'd hopefully make a video/possible call for/to next year's Fest?  [b003]

mscbryk, is that you I see waving your hand?  [lghy]
Absolutely! GMTA Indeed. Let me know when I can donate. I also thought maybe we can do some fan seances too. Maybe we can start out with Peter Turgeon just to test the waters.  ::)
Michael  ;)

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Had Fun at the Fest
« on: August 29, 2006, 09:31:31 PM »
  My Convention (and overly detailed) Report Part 1:
Well, Diane and I had a great time and I think it was one of  my favorite fests. As I had hoped to, I got to chat with many old friend and meet many new ones. By my count, and I hope I don't leave anyone hope and forgive me if I do, I spoke to Midnite and Crazyjenny (briefly, I introduced you to PennyD) whom I had met before, met Minja, mscbryk, Gothick for the first time, "re-met" Charles Ellis (I've met the near famous Charles many times, now I think he puts my face with my nick), and of course PennyDreadful and her paramour, Monsieur Garou.   It was nice to see my old friends Prof Stokes, Sheenasma, LdyAnne and MsCriseyde. I can only imagine how many group photos we all have. Diane and I were also delighted and fortunate to share our banquet dinner table with Buzz, Bobubas, Selby D., karlenfan, and victoriawinters, and their friends Mr. Dragon, and Fran, at a table next to many of the other old friends. It was also nice to see other friends that go back to the old AOL Sunday night chat groups including Cyndi, DSVicki, KayLhota and most especially VampiRich who flew to our wedding from "all the way in California" lo those 5 + years ago.
         I am sorry I didn't get to meet some others of you. Many of us were looking for retzev, Joeytrom, Barnabas Jr and others of you. The best thing I can suggest it see if you recognize any of us from our photos here, we are glad to make introductions around.
           It was also a delight to meet Julia99. It's been hard to tear Diane away from Julia99 aka R.J.'s Grayson biography, but when I have, I can see why. Its a absolutely ESSENTIAL to every DS fan. R.J. was gracious to answer all our Grayson questions at her table.  [thumb]
         Old conventioneer's note # 1:  It is really true after you've been going, that the fellowship becomes one of the very main reasons you return.

  Now, some tales of the fest.

We got in Thursday afternoon. Mapquest for some twisted reason suggested we go in through NJ Turnpike exit 13, through the Verrazano's Narrows bridge way. Never again.   [iroc] Too much congestion, construction, cramped spaces and accidents. Got to the hotel about 4:00 pm just at check-in time. We refreshed and decided to go in to Times Square. When we went down the escalators, we met old acquaintance and photobug Rich Blanco on the sidewalk. As we were chatting, none other than Johnny Karlen stopped to say hello and chat. Old conventioneer's note # 2: After you've been going a few years, many of the actors will recognize you by face, and sometimes even by name. Its a good feeling. Well, we now feel "arrived." We took the subway into Manhattan and went to the famous "Tickets" booth, and got tickets to "Spam-A-Lot." (Okay, my first choice WAS "Wicked", but it was sold out, and I'd worn my Flying Monkeys shirt on the way up for luck!) It was our first Broadway show, so it was pretty special. We do get some great road shows in Richmond and DC, but hey, Broadway! We had dinner at the new Hard Rock Cafe' in Times Square. It's in the old Paramount Theatre. If you like Hard Rock's, especially you omnivores who like a good burger and a good salad, the HR's are consistent in quality all over. The memorabilia here it equally classic: Elvis Presley's tuxedo from the Frank Sinatra special they dueted on; Jim Morrison's leather pant and handwritten lyrics to "LA Woman"; a great assortment of Who memorabilia; stage outfits from  [cheer]  Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Gwen Stefani, Sir Elton Reginald Digby Mountbaddon John, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix  [banana2] ; and the legendary tuxedo worn by THE Michael Anthony of Van Halen in the "Hot for Teacher" video. Okay, no Bauhaus stuff, maybe in London...   [band]    The play was very good, and we appreciated as "...and the Holy Grail" is a big favorite of us both, that the Pythons used the film as a jumping off point for enhancement rather than just a straight forward adaption. There were so many clever reference to other musicals that it might 3-4 show to catch all of them. I suspect I may buy the cast cd soon. the only drawback to Thursday was the downpour which soaked the sleeves of my sportcoat, making it unwearable the rest of the trip. As the Marriott rooms run hot and cold randomly, I could have used it a few times.

Friday Morning: We all got on the buses to go to the Seaport Museum on Canal Street. Many of you may remember this as the place where we embarked on our tour boat up around NYC at the previous Brooklyn convention on 2004. At the drop off point, John Karlen posed patiently for about 50-100 or so fan photos. Can we just make him a US Ambassador? The man has the patience of Job, the diplomacy of Kissinger and the unbridled joy of Santa Claus. Later we chatted with John briefly on his father's immigration from Poland while aboard the great sailing ship the Java Queen, er ummmm, the Peking. We also went on what I think was Popeye the Sailor man's tugboat. The Museum itself had some  exhibits on nautical paintings that the Collins would have prized in their collections, and a very informative history on European Immigration in the late 19th and early 20th century. I was unaware Antwerp was the primary departure point. (Confession, at least two sides of my family came through Jamestowne, mind you not with Captain John Smith himself, but early enough. Please visit us in Virginia for the 400th anniversary next year!) Diane and I lingered and had lunch at the Irish Pub there and enjoyed the spectacular , if overcast views, of the Brooklyn Bridge from the other side. Took the subway back. Old Conventioneers Note # 3: Make a little time away from the fest when possible, especially if its your first New York or Hollywood trips. A Subway ride and real Noo Yawk pizza are musts.

Friday Afternoon: Registration went relatively well. Then dinner at one of the several restaurants over on nearby Montague St. This is a great area for nice sit down dining close to the Marriott. We went to Armandos and had some delicious Italian and great, creamy Tiramasu. Convention Note # 4: While the festival is chock full of good stuff, don't stress out trying to take in every event. Allow time for at least one good meal besides the Sunday night banquet. We got back in time for "The First Year Panel". Perhaps we missed part of this, but the program listed John Karlen and Diana Millay, but we saw Kathryn and Conard Fowkes only. Nonetheless, I was happy. I've been watching a lot of first year recently, so it hit the DS spot. I went for a drink of water and found Conard sitting next to Chris Pennock. As he had only a few people there, I got him to sign mine and a friend's book. I told him how much I liked the stories he appeared in, which is true, and asked if he remembered anything about Daniel Keyes. Conard smiled and said, "Honestly, the most memorable thing to me was digging that grave with Vicki, cut to commercial. The we came back, I still looked great, lol, but not a hair out of place, no dirt, and the coffin, which was supposed to have been, what, a couple of hundred years old, look like new. Because Dan borrowed it and we couldn't dirty it up!"   [grim] (This was part of the Phoenix story) Conard also dropped by to say hello to Betsy Durkin, whom he apparently knew previously. I feel lucky I got to meet Conard as his visit at the show was relatively brief. I also chatted and exchanged manly hugs with Chris Pennock. Chris has been a favorite ever since I sat at his table at my first show. I always buy his new comic, and they are funny!  [read3]  Betsy Durkin was very sweet, even answering my questions about tuxedos. (We Masons have to wear tuxedos about 9 months of the year.) Betsy revealed to us at the show that she was once, The Irish Spring Girl, "Clean, fresh scent,  Manly yes, but ladies like it too!" The Dan Curtis film tribute was very well edited and, hardly a dry eye in the house, especially with the "Saving Milly" footage.  We didn't make it up for the films, I have both DS theatrical films. I often wonder how late the movies go.

Coming soon...Saturday the 26th

Michael     [92c5]
   

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Festival Auction...
« on: August 28, 2006, 10:41:07 PM »
Here are some other things in the auction I recall being in the auctions:
A lot of the things auctioned this year were from Dan Curtis' personal items. Among them, his coffee cup with "Dan" in gothic script, his copies of the books "Burnt Offerings", "A Biography of Vlad Tepes" (the historic Dracula ), a copy of John Gielgud's autobiography signed by him to Dan; Dan's leather jacket; an award from the Horror, Fantasy and SciFi film association in the shape of the robot from Metropolis; a framed copy of his acknowledgement for an Emmy nomination; many files of episode summary's on DS; and some scripts, one each of Dark Shadows and the Night Stalker. Some other things I saw were some bricks from the original "Old House"; a few of the Majestic figures of Barnabas and Quentin; a pair of vampire contact lenses and also a set of vampire fangs from the '91 series; a crew member's official baseball cap from the 2004 pilot; author Dan (aka Marilyn) Ross's leather tote file, a vintage Newsweek with Donna McKechnie on the cover while she was performing in A Chorus Line; and an autographed picture of Geoffrey Scott, aka Sky Rumson. Well, as Bubba Blue might say, "That's about all."  ;)
Michael    ;D

PS: Festival report coming soon, to a Dark Shadows board near you...

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Madame Tussaud's, midtown near Times Square. A must for the "haunted traveler." I thoroughly enjoyed my visit last time I was in Manhattan, although I hear the Karloff Frankenstein and Lugosi Dracula figures are not always on display.  >:( They also had a Karloff Mummy then...  Either way, the exhibit on the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution is also well worth seeing.
      I also recommend the Cloisters in upper Manhattan. Its a museum devoted to medieval era art. Breathtaking and wonderful. About as close as you can get to step back in time without using the I Ching or Quentin's staircase.  ;D
      Teresalita, I have heard of the exhibit you speak of. People have donated their corpses to "art" and you get literal slices of the human anatomy in full visceral view. I think it was developed in Germany.

Michael

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I will make sure to add "CyrusL" on my name badge below my given name, Michael. I hope to meet all my old convention pals, and many of your on this board for the first time as well! This is # 9 for me, although I still feel a bit like a "newbie" when I compare myself to Charles Ellis!  [9391] I may also be a part time volunteer this year as well...

Michael   [wavey]

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0667
« on: August 24, 2006, 04:41:47 AM »
or, in keeping with today's theme... Julia: Willie, I'm sure I last sawThe Pen in Barnabas's breast pocket...

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0651
« on: August 23, 2006, 09:29:21 PM »
Chris: How long does it take for these damn Stridex pads to work?

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0640
« on: August 23, 2006, 09:16:43 PM »
David: Is this the Collinsport Pharmacy? How old do you have to be in Maine to get those "Plan B" pills?
Amy: See if they come in chocolate.  :o
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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0667
« on: August 23, 2006, 09:03:43 PM »
Barnabas: Rosebud....

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Great news Nancy! This is sure to be one the major highlights of an already great show!!!
Will there be a blooper reel released later? JUST KIDDING!!!! ;) 
Make sure its passed along to Jonathan how much this wonderful gesture is truly appreciated!!! :D

Michael  ;D

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: I know what anniversary it is!
« on: August 23, 2006, 02:36:00 PM »
By Jove! Or should I say, "Yo' Holmes."  lol. Charles my dear fellow, you and I came to the same conclusion. You just beat me to the post.  ;)

Michael aka Inspector Lestrade

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Why dont people like Adam?
« on: August 22, 2006, 04:38:31 PM »
There's also an interesting interpretaion of Frankenstein stories that it touches on the concepts of the human male's inability to create a child on his own, and the responsibility of parenting a child.  [frankie]
      I do think the Adam storyline touch on Barnabas's inability to take responsibilty for his part of Adam's creation. Adam is in many ways his surrogate child. Yet, Adam is consistenly treated more like an animal. This may give an indication that Barnabas, not having a "perfect, normal" child, may not have been the best parent. Professor Stokes at least treats and respects Adam like a "special needs" child.
      I think what get tedious about the story is just how badly the second half was paced at times. Likewise, the "evil" Adam, is almost bereft of the sympathetci qualities he had earlier. Rodan was very very good up to that point.Eve never really has any sympathetic qualities,(not Marie's best role!  [gorgeous]) but lacks the kind of charm Nicholas has while still being throughly evil.   [91a2]  None of this is the actor's faults. Its just the scrpits tend to get a little rushed to resolution in the final third, IMHO.

Michael

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0649
« on: August 22, 2006, 03:13:36 PM »
Madame Findley: Yes, you're right, the shin bone IS connected to the ankle bone. I don't know what I was thinking.
Skelly: S'alright.  [dancing_skeletons]

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Today's Birthday-- CyrusL!
« on: August 22, 2006, 02:39:58 PM »
Thank for all the well wishes. I had to work today this year, I really celebrated Sunday, by having a marathon of some of  my favorite "Dracula films," the Lugosi, the 1931 Spanish version, "Dracula's Daughter," 1958's "Horror of Dracula" and David Skal's great documentary, "the Road to Dracula."  [_Vampire_]   What a wonderful way to spend the day. Plus dinner with a few old friends.
       My birthday present to myself arrived right on time! I received a copy of "The Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos" by post on Monday!  ;D What a great book. Gogos was the longtim cover artist for many classic issues of Famous Monster, and the book contains a beautiful full page reproduction of Barnabas from issue # 59. (This is the one Penny Dreadful uses as her icon.) Barn also is one of the snapshots featured on the back cover. Good choice!
       I'm so excited about Brooklyn I could almost burst a blood vessel. Two more days of work this week! Then Diane and I will drive up Thursday to have a little "New York" time before the show begins. I look very forward to spending time with all the "Cousins" at my favorite "Family Reunion of people I'm not blood related too," lol. I want to see old friends and look forward to hoping to meet many of you from here on the boards I haven't yet met. Its so close, I can almost...taste it. [vampy]

With appreciation!  [vampsmiley]
Michael


 
   

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Hello DSF, Professor Stokes Here!
« on: August 22, 2006, 03:58:51 AM »
I think fans see DS as campy and enjoy it for the bloopers. This isn't exacty news nor is it a criticism.

 If that is true, it is unfortunate and something of a slap in the face to the actors and people behind the scenes who worked hard to create a serious supernatural series.

  I find it hard to believe that most fans are into the show for laughs.  I doubt the show has survived as long as it has because people get off on bloopers.  I think the more likely scenario is the old adage that the most negative voices are generally the loudest.  I think most DS fans watch it for the good writing, acting and atmosphere and forgive the bloopers, not delight in them.  It seems in the 80s DS had this reputation amongst uninformed journalists for being "campy." Lately, this notion has started to change a bit, and "horror/fantasy" magazines and websites in particular seem to be giving DS the place it deserves as a groundbreaking and legendary show in the genre DESPITE the mistakes.  People who make fun of the actors should try memorizing pages of lengthy monologues overnight and then recite those lines verbatim the next day in front of a camera. They can then repeat this 5 times a week.

   If you wish, do tell Jonathan there are a lot of fans who don't think DS is a camp-fest and who appreciate the work the actors and crew put into creating a serious dark fantasy show.
Bravo Penny D  ;D !!! Much my same thoughts. I tend to groan like an unhappy ghost when I hear the C- word (c*mp) associated with every DS article. While I can't say I don't have a few favorite bloopers, I also know full well they are only a part of the then inability to edit video tape affordably, and the quick pace of producing a daily show. I think with a few exceptions the show was very well acted and often wonderfully scripted, That's why I still watch it often, that and I love the supernatural soap concept. No one before or since had the right mix this one run did. If might be allowed to paraphrase from, gasp, Richard Harris's "MacArthur Park," "They'll never have that recipe again, " not the way they did in '66 to '71.
        I never dwell upon Jonathan's missed lines. If anything, I do more frequently mull upon all the times when he truly NAILED it! (All puns intended  ;)). Such scenes as speaking to Sarah, the fate of Dave Woodard, or the "stormy night" with Vicky and Carolyn. Marvelous. Untouchable. On one level, I can see why he may have once been sought after as the next big "horror star," he often has not only the supernatural channeling of Lugosi, but often the otherworldliness of Karloff as well, along with his own charm. Nonetheless, I respect his decision to quietly retire to his own. Maybe it was better to allow some few, great moments of quality than squander his talent on the remakes no doubt offered. To me, Jonathan will always hold a solid place justly earned in the misty realm of genre greats.

Michael