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I could see Maggie, Sam, Joe, Mrs. Johnson, Willie, Vicky and a few others shopping in those stores you mentioned, but I could NEVER see a snot-nose like the unfailingly haughty and pretentious Roger Collins deigning to shop among the “common folk” of Collinsport.

I think that, by comparison, the wonderfully pompous Roger Collins makes even that great snob and social climber, Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “Bouquet”), seem like Daisy May “Granny” Moses on “The Beverly  Hillbillies.”  [easter_rolleyes] [easter_grin]

Oh, Gerard,

Your recounting of frequenting US malls, where they filmed horror and slasher films got me to wondering if Dan Curtis and his writers had based DS storylines in a Collinsport Mall in April of 1971 and well beyond?

Would we have seen the uber-cool and iconoclastic Buzz Hackett and new girlfriend (maybe Willie’s former and never-seen girlfriend, Roxanne?) chilling out in the mall and goofing on all the local squares shopping at the LL Bean Store and at The Dollar Store. Although, the Buzz-Man himself, might casually stroll into the local Wilson’s House of Leather Store to check-out the latest motorcycle jackets on sale,  [easter_cool] [easter_wink]

And, speaking of LL Bean, one of my own personal favorite stores, just think of how many proud Collinsport residents, would shop in this legendary outdoor store, which was started in their in their own home state of
Maine! [easter_kiss]

No doubt, such outdoor, local macho guys like Joe Haskell, George Patterson and Matthew Morgan would buy all of their rugged (and SPF-treated) hunting and fishing attire at the venerable LL Bean’s. And, of course, the always sartorially-splendid Bob Rooney would also shop at that same LL Bean Store, where he bought all of those seemingly limitless assortment of LL Bean flannel shirts, which he wore while tending bar at the Blue
Whale. I tell you, even today in 2024, I aspire to even attempt to, albeit, vainly try and match the style, class and unfailing fashion sense of my personal role model in life, Mr. Bob Rooney, Collinsport’s own Beau Brummell, extraodinaure!  [easter_cool] [easter_smiley]

And, let’s not forget Sarah Johnson, the faithful, albeit, perpetually-grumpy Collinwood housekeeper/cook. While the practical and frugal (to put it mildly) Collins family employee would be a regular shopper at The Dollar Store, I suspect that she would occasionally splurge and buy some rather stylish and decidedly provocative ladies’ undergarments at the local Victoria’s Secret to wear under those staid and matronly black dresses of hers.

I bet that even the eternally-youthful Grand Ma-Ma Edith Collins would have gleefully dispatched the prim and proper Judith Collins to pick Edith up, the latest daring and sophisticated ladies’ lingerie IF there had been a local Victoria’s Secret store in Collinsport, circa 1897!  [easter_evil] [easter_kiss] [easter_evil] [easter_grin] Heck, Edith was probably QUITE the stunning dresser back when she was blossoming into beautiful, young womanhood back during the War of 1812!  [easter_shocked] [easter_kiss] [easter_evil] [easter_smiley]

And, finally, what would Barnabas be shopping for today in a local Collinsport shopping mall. I remember that the late actor Ben Cross wore a cool and stylish leather jacket, when he portrayed Barnabas Collins on the 1991 NBC DS series. Wouldn’t the late, great Jonathan Frid also have looked like a million dollars if he, too, had worn a leather jacket from Wilson’s House of Leather as Barnabas entered the great house of Collinwood?  [easter_cool] [easter_cheesy]

And, instead of his traditional black dress shoes (bought at Brooks Brothers, of course), Barnabas decided to wear a pair of more youthful, comfortable and definitely “with-it” slider/shoes? Heck, they would have been so much easier to slip-on and slip-off whenever Barnabas was getting in or out if that under-sized coffin of his.

Oh, I could drone on and on about how cool, a contemporary Barnabas would look like, sporting a nose ring and other body jewelry, in addition to assorted tattoos all-over his body, but I won’t.

Suffice to say, I do worry about what might have happened to the venerable and truly beloved Brewster’s Department Store, IF a brand new shopping mall did pop-up in Collinsport, Maine.  [easter_sad] [easter_cry] [easter_wink]

Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Re: New! From TLATKLS
« on: April 07, 2024, 08:22:54 PM »
Maybe the ever-enterprising KLS will have those same photographs for sale on July 6, 2024?

Hey Bob, wondered the same thing I hope Barnabas didn’t fall out of his coffin. Ouch.


Yes, that would have been a great scene to have seen on the show, an angst-ridden Willie trying to help his understandably ticked-offed master back into his undersized coffin.  [easter_rolleyes] [easter_embarassed] [easter_wink]

By the way, it might not have been the best of ideas to have taken a walk along Widow’s Hill right when the earthquake hit at 10:23 AM (EST)!  [easter_shocked]


PS I wonder if they also felt the earthquake over in Parallel Time? If they did, I hope that the unbelievably insufferable Quentin Collins got knocked on his keester.  [easter_evil]


Hey, gang,

Yes, I wonder if at 10:23 AM, Willie Loomis ran frantically down the basement stairs of the Old House to see if Barnabas’s “siesta” had been disturbed by this morning’s earthquake in the northeast?

No doubt, Sam Evans, being well “hydrated,” never felt a thing this morning.

I wonder if the great house of Collinwood shook just a little bit at 10:23 AM? Mrs. Johnson was probably bummed-out that all of her pots and pans in the kitchen were now all over the place!  [easter_angry] [easter_cheesy]

Bob, who “enjoyed” the bump this morning.

Wouldn’t it have been great if RD had portrayed a werewolf on DS? I can just see him, preening even more than Cher or the late Farrah Fawcett, as he stroked and even caressed that magnificent head of lycanthropic hair during his transformation into the “wolf man” of Collinsport!!!  [Bunny Big Egg] [Easter 7]

And, as far as the mezza-mezza (so-so) Tim Burton 2012 DS film is concerned, well, at least it wasn’t as nearly disappointing as “Godfather III” was.  [easter_undecided]

And will Mrs. Johnson ever get that new mop bucket?

Surely the most exciting dangling thread!!  [easter_wink] [easter_cheesy]

I had no idea SyFy has the film. Last I noticed Netflix had it and it did very well there, placing in the Top 10 Most Viewed films for an extended period when it was first made available. But it doesn't seem that it's still available on Netflix, so I supposed it popping up on SyFy means WB's deal with Netflix has expired and SyFy grabbed it...

As for what might have happened in a sequel, let's also not forget that the village was made completely aware that Barnabas is a vampire, so that really complicates things - well, unless Nicholas Blair is suddenly going to
pop up and wipe the whole village's memory for whatever reason his twisted mind might come up with, like he
wiped Maggie's memory on the original series. Though God forbid they might have gone the whole Dr.
Lang/Adam route again!! Had the '91 DS continued, it was smart enough to know that was a plot to definitely
stay away from...

Oh, come on, if the 1991 DS had continued on NBC and they did NOT rehash the Adam life force experiment storyline, then we would have all been deprived of the great pleasure of once again admiring the absolute comedic genius of those two masters of mirth and mayhem and Collinsport’s two favorite sons:

Lang & Clark!!   [Bunny Eggs]


I loved “Barnaby Jones” when it was on CBS during the 1970s. And, this must have been an especially exciting episode of BJ featuring Buddy Ebsen and the ubiquitous Dennis Patrick; it must have been like crafty, old Barnaby (remind you of another guy with a very similar Christian name?) matching wits with business tycoon Paul Stoddard, a very successful man, who is haunted by a terrible secret from his past.


PS Grecian Formula would have been a very appropriate commercial sponsor for that particular episode of BJ, in my opinion.

Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
« on: March 17, 2024, 05:32:45 PM »
Hey gang,

No doubt, that Joan Bennett, Dennis Patrick, Mitchell Ryan, Betsy Durkin, Vince O’Brien and Jerry Lacy are all celebrating this great American holiday either here or up there in Heaven right now.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all my DS cousins/buddies.  [christmas_snow] [sledding]

Erin go bragh!!!

Bob, half-Gaelic and half-Garlic.

Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Re: Arson at Carey Mansion
« on: March 08, 2024, 11:34:05 PM »
I guess that the McGruder Mansion, a/k/a ”Rose Cottage,” was too far out in the sticks for the Collinsport Fire Department to save that old dump in time?  [snow_huh] [easter_evil] [easter_wink]

Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Re: Arson at Carey Mansion
« on: March 03, 2024, 02:02:21 AM »
Do you think if this terrible act of arson actually did occur at Collinwood, would the Collinsport Police Department have bungled this criminal investigation as they did with just about every other criminal investigation they ever undertook?  [snow_huh]  [easter_rolleyes] [easter_grin] [easter_evil]

That's a rhetorical question, right?  [snow_wink] [easter_wink] [snow_cheesy] [easter_cheesy]

All I’ll say is that I’m glad that it was the Newport, RI fire department that responded to this fire and NOT the Collinsport, ME fire department that responded to this conflagration.  [snow_rolleyes] [easter_rolleyes] [easter_wink] [easter_evil]

(Think the Todd Antique Shop and Collinwood in PT 1970.)  [easter_rolleyes] [snow_grin]

Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Re: Arson at Carey Mansion
« on: March 02, 2024, 06:47:54 PM »
Do you think if this terrible act of arson actually did occur at Collinwood, would the Collinsport Police Department have bungled this criminal investigation as they did with just about every other criminal investigation they ever undertook?  [snow_huh]  [easter_rolleyes] [easter_grin] [easter_evil]

They might have to make a trip over to nearby Peyton Place, where the owner of the prestigious Book Gallery, Constance Mckenzie Carson, would have multiple copies on hand.

A DS/Peyton Place cross-over, I love it!

How many residents of Collinwood and Collinsport itself had a copy of Grace Metalious’s controversial novel to read in the privacy of their own homes? Do you think that Liz Stoddard, Roger Collins, Burke Devlin, Sarah Johnson, George Patterson and the Eagle Hill Cemetery caretaker, among many others, had this steamy book to pore over as bedtime reading?

I can only imagine how the original Reverend Trask and Abigail Collins, those two paragons of moral rectitude, would react to “Peyton Place” being read by the good, God-fearing people of Collinsport!  [easter_shocked]
[nods] [snow_shocked] [easter_sad] [snow_smileydevil] [easter_evil] [easter_grin] [easter_cheesy] [easter_wink]

Thanks, Patrickm. I look forward to also reading that other novel by Amanda as well.

No doubt, they’ll be doing very brisk business at The Olde Collinsport Book Store with everyone in Collinsport wanting to read Amanda’s novels.

Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Re: Arson at Carey Mansion
« on: February 29, 2024, 09:49:03 PM »
Maybe the recalcitrant Mr. Krupa will engage the services of either Tony Petersen, Esq. or the firm of Garner & Garner to represent him in court?

Of course, if young Mr. Krupa cannot afford those A-list attorneys to represent him, he might prevail upon Mr. Barnabas Collins of Collinsport, Maine to represent him on a pro bono basis?

After all, we all saw what a “great” job Barnabas did in defending Quentin Collins I during that witchcraft trial back in 1840.  [easter_rolleyes] [easter_wink]