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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A Very Interesting Blog Entry
« on: June 13, 2020, 04:41:03 PM »
What an odd little entry. I've never heard the expression "that burns my biscuits." And several other peculiar turns of phrase.

I think the stories are so numerous because fans enjoy writing them, and other fans enjoy reading them. Period. Simple as that. No need to throw the I Ching or study Freud to come up with some elaborate rationale.

Julia fans, and Julia/Barnabas fans (or "shippers," I think the term is now?) became a rising force around the time I learned about fandom and started going to the occasional Festival, back circa 1995. Of course, I don't see my very intermittent participation in fandom as having anything to do with the rise of Julia cultists in the ranks.

A notable thing I have observed with fans who were involved in the 1970s and 1980s is that if they were Julia fans, they were very badly scarred by the contempt in which the character seems to have been held by the big name fans of the period. The fandom then was dominated by Josette fans and Angelique fans. I think Julia fans were considered eccentric at best.

Interestingly when the series started running nationally on Sci Fi, a lot of people referenced Grayson's performances as a major reason for becoming addicted to the series. This actually seems to reflect what was the same case during the broader popularity of DS back during the original broadcast--it comes out if you read the letters printed in the soap opera mags (which did not start until AfterNoon TV in late 1968). It's the real reason why Grayson was in so many episodes--she was genuinely popular with the fans of the period. It had nothing to do with the fact that Sam was a writer, although Dan Curtis was known to be one of Grayson's biggest fans.

I never know how to evaluate Danny Horn's writing about Grayson... I think he does genuinely admire her, but sometimes I think what he mainly admires is how no holds barred she was in her work on the show. That had a lot to do, as we have frequently discussed, with specifics of the production and what the major directors such as Lela Swift and Henry Kaplan (about whose directorial style KLS had some fond, revealing memories to share in her very first book).

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / OT: the Lava Lady
« on: June 11, 2020, 01:27:24 AM »
Photos of this eccentric LA resident, a well known local "character" throughout the 70s and the 90s, were posted on a group I'm on, and I found several blog entries about her, including this one:

https://antebellumgallery.blogspot.com/2016/09/suzan-strauss-rip.html?zx=329c67ee24ed43a6

It mentions that she had no electricity in her house and lived only by candlelight. Other oddities were the plastic kids' furniture with which she filled the rooms and the fact that she lived off baby food and canned goods, according to a friend. She made her own clothes out of dyed burlap fabrics.

Unusual...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Dark Shadows Shitposting
« on: June 09, 2020, 03:37:36 AM »
Interesting to see how today's youngsters respond to the show.

G.

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I don't recall the character at all. Was he in more than one episode?

Lela was tough because back then--and I think still today--women who were "nice" did not get anywhere in a male dominated industry. Interesting interview with Lela on y.t., or it was there a few years back.

G.

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Wonderful shot, MB!

That scene is one of many that helps make the 1968 storyline one of my favorites, even though it's often heavily criticized by fans. It is when I started watching the show (a few months prior to this moment, in the middle of the Dream Curse) so it will always be my sentimental favorite.

G.

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I'm so glad Mrs Johnson appeared in a couple of episodes of the 1995 storyline. She was seen so seldom in any of the episodes in 1970. I think at that point, Clarice had found more regular work on another soap, but I'm not sure about that.

Good photo!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: I'm pretty sure I've never seen...
« on: June 03, 2020, 04:08:22 AM »
Not sure I have ever seen that one, either.

It looks as if Frid is uttering that familiar line: "Come along, Willie. We have WORK to do."

G.

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The new theme sounds intriguing. I'm sure however there are enough examples of MUST on DS to last perhaps 2 years, not just one. It was that kind of show. You will be COMPELLED to say you MUST!

Today's shot is the prelude to one of my favorite scenes in the entire series. When Dr. Lang makes his dramatic statement to Julia, it looks as if Addison Powell is struggling not to crack up--but the weird look in his eyes actually lends credence to this doctor's truly "bizarre" concept of medicine.

Of course, just half a year or so earlier, Julia had been standing in front of a bubbling cauldron in the middle of a classic mad scientist lab in the Old House basement, dropping very peculiar looking pellets into a frothing brew...

G.

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Julianka! Even Magda was afraid of her.

There was this one fan who had a cult for actress Diana Davila. Grayson and Davila worked together again in the long lost ABC Wide World of Mystery movie, "The Two Deaths of Sean Doolittle." Perhaps one of these days that film will see the light of day once more...

G.

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Cassie Collins took an axe,
Give the monster 40 whacks...

Today's photo really deserves a special prize! Fabulous work MB!

G.

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Great to see a shot of Bill Malloy today! I wish he'd been kept on the show longer. Apparently the actor is something of an enigma. I've read that almost no information exists about his life or career. Presumably a NYC stage actor.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Off Topic: Melange
« on: May 22, 2020, 06:30:48 PM »
I just watched a few minutes... quite offbeat, and I liked it. It reminds me of Queer as folk.

According to the y.t. commenters, several of the actors (or at least a couple) are alumni from One Life to Live, a soap with multiple DS connections.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Off Topic: Melange
« on: May 22, 2020, 06:13:30 PM »
Thanks for the tip, Uncle Roger! I'll add it to my Watch Later list. It sounds like fun.

G.

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I haven't read the article, but I agree with you, Josette. I lived in a development outside a small town in northern Maryland, and when I was a child in the mid to late 1960s, I remember there being multiple phones in most people's homes. I never had one in my bedroom, but we had one in our finished basement and I'd go down there when I wanted to gab with a friend about the latest movies we'd been watching on TV or the latest monster mags we'd found in the local shop, McIlhenny's.

G.

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Psycho Vampilique was so scary! Great photo!

Thanks MB!

G.

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