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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: WE'RE BACK!
« on: December 06, 2002, 09:21:11 PM »
Mysterioso darling,

Great news.  Now do tell us about your new Avatar.  I'm *very* curious and I'm convinced there's a story behind it!

That pushy queen in Boston,

Gothick

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Wow, Victoria, I'm impressed.  That collage is beautiful!

I hope that Jonathan gets to see it.  I wish I could see his face when he spots that you included one of the "fanging" pictures.  I of course love it that you put that in the lower right hand corner, but it does put me in mind of a tape compiled by the late Dave Brown of highlights from Festivals of yesteryear. There's one where he caught Jonathan's reaction to a "fanging" clip one of the Festival organizers sprung on him.  As I recall, his reaction was to roll his eyes, put his hand over his face, and then glare and say with mock-indignation in that exquisite bass register of his voice, "You PROMISED!"

Beautiful workmanship.  Please do let me know if you ever decide to do a Grayson Hall collage.

Gothick

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Happy 78 Jonathan!  I guess those who wish to send birthday wishes in a place where he may actually see them can try writing in the guestbook on his website.

There are far too many favorite scenes for me to choose just one--I'm not good at choosing "a favorite" anyway--but one that really sticks in my memory is, I believe, the last scene of his first complete episode on the show, where he stands in the ruins of the Old House and claims his own life back from the ghosts.

It's such a powerful scene, and the way his voice cracks could very well have been nerves, but if so--stunning how the crack came at the apposite moment, emotionally.

Another one that I have to mention is how beautifully he played the scene in the short lived 1995 sequence where he tells Julia, who has a brief moment of clarity under Gerald's thrall, that he won't leave her--"Not without you.  Never without you."  The quiet dignity with just an edge of pathos in his voice gets me every time I play the tape of that scene.

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONNIE!!!
« on: December 02, 2002, 09:25:17 PM »
Well, Connie, if I shared your technological genius (instead of being the pathetic old Luddite I am in reality), I'd place a pretty, full color photograph of Willie Loomis, ca. 1967, posing provocatively in a festival red ribbon bow and nothing else, with a big smile on his face and a "Happy Birthday to Connie, My Favorite Gal!" caption over his head.

Instead, I can wish you all the best for a year of health, happiness, and prosperity.  

Your admirer,

Steve

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Polls Archive / Re: Favorite 1897 Moment - Poll #5
« on: December 02, 2002, 05:48:28 PM »
Hi sweetie,

Thanks, these were fun.  My one caveat is that I wish "Laura and Minerva talk shop" had been on a separate poll from all the Magda scenes.  I voted for "Sandor, my big fat hero" (that scene always makes me scream) but the Laura/Minerva scene is definitely among DS' finest moments as well.  Clarice is too delicious in that scene, and Millay is glacial enough to give one frostbite just from looking at her.

Thanks again,

Tuffie

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Please add my name to those on the petition.  It's out of the question for me to go on Labor Day weekend.  Since there are friends I basically only see at the Dark Shadows Festival, and I really can't afford to fly out to the ones on the West Coast, I am majorly bummed that I am going to have to miss this year's affair.

Steve Shutt

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT>ABC Soaps
« on: December 02, 2002, 04:24:48 PM »
Brian:  Thanks for passing along the tape and letter to Ms. Burch.  I haven't heard from her. It's possible that I will hear something after the frantic holiday month is past.  

A friend who has watched OLTL fairly regularly over the years told me that back in the 70s and 80s they reused some pieces of the Dark Shadows sets on that show. Sy's work was so good, it seems to have really made the rounds on every soap that had a plot involving a mansion!

There have been rumours in fandom for years that some of the flats--the OH ones I believe--were sold to a very exclusive Long Island girls school for the use of their drama program; now I wonder whether this could possibly be true, given the accounts we've seen of the sets showing up in subsequent years on other shows.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: BOARD WITHOUT THE Q-MAN AND DS!
« on: November 27, 2002, 10:45:04 PM »
Beautiful work Connie, as always!

Now if we could just have a photo of Quentin wearing ONLY that lovely cravat, and NOTHING else.  The color of that fabric does flatter his luscious complexion, in my estimation...

ooh, you tricked me with your clever insertion of Karlen's funky, devious sex machine from Daughters of Darkness.  It's been years since I watched that video, and I think I have the perfect excuse now for a visit.

Have you ever heard the DVD with Karlen's narration?  I've heard his comments are a real hoot! Sadly I do not own a DVD player and I didn't think clearly enough to snap this up while it was available.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: A Question for the Collectors.......
« on: November 27, 2002, 04:59:30 PM »
Hi Raineypark,

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the ornaments you mention, the ones inspired by the Dickens Xmas Carol ghosts.  But my favorite Ghost of Yet to Come images are from the Alistair Sim film (the only Xmas movie I can really enjoy watching) and the Mr. Maggoo version.

The Ghost Yet to Come is such a beautiful image of all the fears that arise in the night of longest darkness, only to be conquered by the light of renewal, sparked by the flames of the Yule Log.

Seasonal thoughts to you and yours,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Thanksgiving Montage
« on: November 27, 2002, 04:55:11 PM »
Connie, this is brilliant!  I'd like to share what popped into my depraved excuse for a brain when I looked at that image in the upper right hand corner of Quentin with mouth open and snifter ... somehow, I always knew that Q had to have his little drinkie, at EVERY moment of the day!!!!  he does look VERY relaxed in that shot (though if memory serves, that was one of those shows where the poor man was justifiably knackered after a long day chasing after the Hand of Count Petofi, or some other bogey).

I do think the nice scene from ca. Jan. 1967 of the family around the table (one of the last times they used the breakfast nook set?) would make a lovely centerpiece to a Thanksgiving montage.

But in all honesty, I'd rather look at Willie Loomis.  Though I can live without the bit of dismembered dead bird he's holding.

Great shot of Will, too.  I do love William H. Loomis, alcoholic scribbler.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT>ABC Soaps
« on: November 27, 2002, 04:46:45 PM »
Hi Midnite,

Euphemia was born a Ralston; I think she was Yancey's sister.   Her married name was Massey.  After her husband died, she changed it back to Ralston.

There are a lot of other details I don't know about, but I'm pretty sure I've got this one right!

Thanks for your fascinating post about Euphemia's storyline.  I am going to print it out and put it in my file for the chapter on Grayson's appearance on OLTL.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT>ABC Soaps
« on: November 26, 2002, 11:30:13 PM »
Hi Julia,

A mutual friend of ours very kindly made photocopies for me of material relating to Euphemia's story from the Soap Opera Digests of 1982-83.  I have read through them a couple of times and I still don't quite understand it (and my name is NOT Vicki Winters), but I'll tell you what I can remember off the top of my head.

One Life to Live is set in this mythical town called Llanview that is pretty much run by the Buchanan family, headed by perpetually scheming patriarch Asa Buchanan.  For reasons that I now forget, Asa's estranged wife tells the son and heir, Bo, that Asa is not his father; his real daddy was a chap named Ralston.  Bo does research and the only Ralston he can find is an elderly, eccentric recluse, Euphemia (Massey) Ralston, played by Grayson.  While visiting Euphemia Bo meets her nephew, and eventually learns that Euphemia also has a daughter, Delilah, with whom she is not on speaking terms. Delilah was played by actress Shelly Burch.  Delilah meets up with another character in the story when she winds up in a jail cell with someone named Viki whose relationship to the whole plot I now forget.

Anyhow, Euphemia eventually comes to Llanview with her secret aim being to destroy the Buchanan family, whom she blames for the Ralstons' loss of glory and prosperity.  I believe one of Asa's shady business deals was behind it all.  Meanwhile, Delilah meets Asa and the two wed.  It gets more complicated from there on out--at one point Euphemia is trying to get hold of a letter that proves that Bo really is Asa's son, not a Ralston (Bo does eventually learn that he is really a Buchanan).  At some point, after many intrigues, Asa and Delilah tell Euphemia to leave Llanview and she packs her bags.  I believe it was thought that GH could return but I think she was tired of doing it at that point.  And then, of course, about a year and a half later, she became ill and was no longer able to work.

That's what I remember....

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: A Question for the Collectors.......
« on: November 26, 2002, 11:12:50 PM »
Well, I'm not much for Xmas (though I've really come to appreciate the Winter Solstice in the past couple of years) but I think a tasteful ornament bearing a nice photo such as the candid one of Jonathan and Grayson in their 18th century costumes on the set of hoDS would make a lovely addition to any tree.

Unfortunately, if there were ever one marketed, I just know they would have one of those ghastly fanging portraits of Barnabas, luridly re-colored no doubt.

A bauble embossed with the silhouette of Collinwood against the rising full moon would be nice too.  For those who must, Santa and his sleigh could by flying against the moon.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: A little question
« on: November 26, 2002, 07:02:28 PM »
Thanks for that cool link, Carol.  Great site!

What fascinates me is that Malcolm Marmorstein or Ron Sproat or whoever did the show where the name Wyndcliffe was first used chose it for reasons we will presumably never know.  In October of that year (1967) Sam Hall started writing for DS as a result of meeting Dan Curtis at a party (this was that point where Grayson had already been on the show for several months, obviously). And then in 1978 or 1979 Grayson and Sam bought WILDERCLIFF, a house that isn't very far at all from Wyndcliffe.

The construction date of Wildercliff?  1799.  How's THAT for synchronicity!

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Re: OT: DS FEST DATES CHANGE
« on: November 26, 2002, 04:37:09 PM »
Well, there are always guests who cancel at the last minute due to real life events that need taking care of.

It would be ironic indeed if whomever the changes were made to accommodate wound up not being able to attend.  

Could the Mystery Guest be Dan Curtis, I wonder?

Gothick

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