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Current Talk '02 I / Re: It's HERE! - new for fans of Big Willie!!!!
« on: April 01, 2002, 10:27:02 PM »
This is so cute, Ringo.  What a hot photo of him for the cover, too!   He was a juicy kid, once upon a time!

I've always seen Willie's family named spelled Loomis.  The way you spell it makes me think of Willy Lomas (is that the name?) in that Death of a Salesman thing.  I always wondered whether the name of Willie Loomis was somebody's weird idea of an homage to Arthur Miller.

Anyhow, hope you have a great time on your trip!  

I saw the statement here in another post (can't recall where now) that Angelique was created by Ron Sproat.  I didn't realize that.  The first episode in which she appeared was written by Sam Hall, I believe.

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re:  What's in Julia's Bag?
« on: April 01, 2002, 10:20:04 PM »
I can't believe you guys could forget one of her most important items of equipment:  the MEDALLION!  There's probably a little crib note too to help remind her how to go through the "find the center of the light" speech.

Besides the Medallion, I'm sure she had:

a packet of Marlboros (Julia's too butch for Virginia Slims)
a matchbook from the High Hat Lounge
a hankie plus some tissue
a tiny bottle of Chanel No. 5
Dr's choice of prophylactics (you KNOW Jules was always prepared)
a fold-up rain bonnet
a .45 revolver (she almost used it during the Cassandra storyline, remember?)

Showing yet again that I spend WAY too much time thinking about my Favorite Redhead,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Governess of the Year Award
« on: April 01, 2002, 09:49:57 PM »
Well, I'm not really a librarian, just a bib assistant--I do provisional records (all encoding level a) when I'm not migrating stuff out of OCLC, RLIN etc. and most of my time is spent doing orders and receipts.  So I'll be in the servants' quarters, obviously.

I bet there's a slew of biblio-related workers here, though, and it would be fun to have an honorary association.  I kind of like Shadows in the stacks.  It sounds appropriately ominous.

Cheers,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Governess of the Year Award
« on: April 01, 2002, 05:54:49 PM »
Vicki is the only one of all of them who ever behaved like a governess, so she gets my vote.  I do feel sorry for Rachel whenever I watch those episodes.  I think she was a nice enough girl, but to describe her as uninformed would be a charitable act.  I know I would have packed my bags the first time Judith had that "little talk" about how "all hell breaks loose here every night, but we DON'T say anything about it!"

Vam, you're a librarian too??? We should start a club!

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Andre's Departure
« on: April 01, 2002, 05:36:23 PM »
Gerard, this is priceless!  It sounds like Whatever happened to Baby Jane!  I'd like to see Hoffman's kid sister.  Think she wore a long blonde Goldilocks wig and spent her spare time caterwauling the lyrics to "I've written a lett-tah to Dad-deh, his add-dress is HEAVEN above ..."????

Steve

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Darling Luciaphil, thanks for these wonderful notes.  I love how you write about the series, and you always bring out details and observations that elude me.

I've never been a fan of Barnabas/Josette, and I think you are explaining why.  It's certainly not because of lack of skill and depth on the part of either Jonathan or Katie.  

Fascinating to read your exchanges with Nancy.  You both make such interesting points about the production.  I personally think it is a miracle that DS is as good as it is.  And there is no doubt that at many points through the history of the series, DS touched the stars in a way that was unique in television history.  I was watching an episode of the Count Petofi storyline of 1897.  Violet Welles wrote such marvelous dialogue for him, Thayer David delivered it all with such superb relish and wonderful bits of business.  All the other actors, Jonathan, David Selby, David H, Nini, were all spot on.  Fabulous.  Comparing this with the episodes of Days of Our Lives from 1966 I have seen--there IS no comparison.  

I think the biggest problem of DS overall was the fact that Dan Curtis was the de factor Head Writer.  So, whenever the writers attempted to bring some consistency into the storylines, DC would throw a spanner into the works with some kooky idea.  And then a lot of them he wasn't even around (which in my opinion was a good thing) because he was off pursuing some other project.  My personal opinion is that DS was axed because DC was finding it too much of a distraction and he wanted to spend more time with feature films, as he began to do immediately after it left the air.

Anyhow, great notes!  I look forward very much to the next installment.

Your fan,

Steve

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Notification of Removal!! SORRY!!!!
« on: March 30, 2002, 12:38:50 AM »
Sorry, I still haven't received my email informing me that I have been DISMISSED from the DS Boards due to my DISGRACEFUL behavior.

When it arrives, I expect it to inform me what I am supposed to do for my punishment.  If it involves French lace panties, knee pads, and a cat-o-nine-tails, so much the better.

As Barnabas Collins commented in one of the more notorious episodes of the greatest storyline in DS history,  "PUNISHMENT must be exacted!"

Just another loopy fan on a Friday afternoon,

Steve

i've been naughty, haven't i????

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Suki Madness!!!
« on: March 30, 2002, 12:33:53 AM »
Wow, Ringo, I'm really pleased, you are one of the few str8 guys I have met who doesn't slavishly follow every conceivable sports season!  

"March madness" is some sort of college basketball face-off.  I apologize if my silliness was unnecessarily obscure.  I was actually quite puzzled when my boss was telling me about it!

Love the snoop dogg comment, btw!  And I didn't post there, but I really enjoyed your Quentin magazine cover.  Someday I must email you off board to ask about what goes on with all those references to the pants.

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Suki Madness!!!
« on: March 29, 2002, 09:35:45 PM »
My boss was telling me today about March madness, an obscure festival involving some cult that revolves around two sacred symbols, a rubber ball and a hoop hung high, no doubt to symbolize the fact that the sun is rising earlier and earlier each day and the Wheel of the Year (represented by the ball) is turning brighter and brighter.  Yeah, that must be it.

Anyhow, thanks to the Mysterious B for today's montage and the alert that SUKI madness has come to Collinwood!  Suki's ensemble, especially with that chapeau, is very Mae West and Belle of the Nineties, isn't it?  Boy, how I am looking forward to the Fashion Notes from today.  Miz Luciaphil, if you please!

Let's imagine one liners that could happen in Suki's chat with Millicent:

"Goodness, what lovely false eyelashes."

"Goodness had NUTHIN' ta do with it, HONEY.  Ever hear of WOOLWORTH'S?"

"You must excuse Nathan, he's been working very hard these days."

"Funny, when I knew Nathan, if there was something HARD about him, it didn't involve WORK."

"You know, Miss Forbes, I do hope my homemaking skills are sufficient for your brother, I know what HIGH standards he has!"

"Honey, it's not HOMEMAKING he wants, it's MAKING HO!!!"

(Millicent conveniently faints at this point)

Oh dear ... I'm afraid I've shockingly lowered the tone of this board ... I'm afraid I see Midnite with a large HOOK glowering at me in the wings!!!

Steve

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Luciaphil darling,

Thanks for reminding me that this column exists!  I've enjoyed reading all your witty comments and distinctive observations about these shows, and now I'll remember to check this part of the boards for updates.

As regards costumes, I'd say Grayson had the most UNEVEN wardrobe of anyone.  Sometimes her outfits were, if not beautiful, very flattering to her coloring and looks.  I particularly love that electric blue dress that she wore several times in the winter of 1968-69.  There was another one with a roll-neck collar which she appeared in the final scene set in 1971.  That's counterbalanced by that unspeakable sweater set horror they stuck her in for the ENTIRE second half of the 1967 storyline, that hideously nubby orange horror that Stanley Simmons had the gall to pull out of the mothballs after Ramse Mostoller finally quit in 1970, that ghastly coat they made her wear during the Leviathan storyline (no successful professional woman in her right mind would have been seen dead in that thing), etc. etc.

Sorry to have gone on so.  Love the column, Luciaphil.

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Question on the Family Name
« on: March 28, 2002, 10:03:11 PM »
Hi Latisha, that's funny about Millicent calling Nathan "Joe." I missed that.

Daniel (Millicent's little brother, played by David Henesy--I think he has yet to appear because David was taking a hiatus from the show during this time) is the direct ancestor of the 1960s Collins family.  They make this point a bit later on in the story.  You'll see.

Hope you continue enjoying the show!

Best,

Steve (a fan since 1968!)

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Current Talk '02 I / Joshua and Naomi
« on: March 28, 2002, 09:57:39 PM »
Haven't been keeping up with the shows as b'cast on Sci Fi (I have had almost NO time to enjoy videos lately), and I've hardly read every post here, but I am still surprised not to have seen a topic for the amazing scene between Louis and Joan where they discuss the death of their daughter, Sarah.  I believe the scene played at the beginning of the first episode yesterday (Wed.)  It's the one where Joan has the line about the little bird she heard singing at dawn.  The scene is absolutely heartbreaking--the expression of devastation on Joshua's face is still with me years after my viewing of it.  A wonderful moment between the two of them, and I defy anyone to watch this and claim Joan Bennett wasn't a great actress.

I remember somebody posting this as one of the most effective, memorable moments in the entire series.  I would definitely agree with that estimation.

In the post on the sources for the 1795 storyline, 2 other films that come to mind are "The Undead," a very cheaply made Roger Corman film of the Fifties, and "Berkeley Square" with Leslie Howard.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: John Karlen Q&A 1977
« on: March 27, 2002, 10:35:10 PM »
This was great!  I love reading interviews with John Karlen, and there don't seem to be too many of them available in print.  Plus, this one is so EARLY.  It's unreal to be reading along and realize that when he appeared at this event, Charlie's Angels and Barnaby Jones (think he ever said BARNABAS Jones by mistake???) were big primetime shows.

When I think of Karlen now, I remember him with David Selby at the 1999 NY Festival, with his bag of Polish bread and his what me worry? attitude.  I hope Karlen is doing well.  Have not heard any recent news of him.  I saw him at last year's event and he looked great.

Steve

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Whenever I have watched these episodes, I always thought that, as a witch, Angelique was immune to anything as mundane as a gunshot wound.    One of the things I like about the 1795 storyline is that it seems that you are watching Angelique learn about her own powers as it goes along.  They even imply in one line, I believe, that the choking spell on Barnabas was the first spell she ever cast (though I would doubt that, her Maman had obviously taught the child a lot about spellcraft).

When Angelique does appear to die subsequently, it is at the hands of a creature of the supernatural, and as the apparent result of her own curse, as Barnabas gloatingly informs her.  But watch out kids, she may be back ...

Angelique's comin' ... look busy!

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Frid/DS Q&A 11/84 Part 1
« on: March 27, 2002, 12:03:36 AM »
Thanks for that, Nancy, that was very interesting, especially for all the fans who have never had the chance to read one of these.  

I was curious about the date, 1984.  Now, I was living abroad during much of the 80s (specifically, I lived in Taiwan from 1982-86) and boy, did I feel like a foreigner when I came back to live in the US.  Anyhow, in one part of this interview (in answer to the question whether Julia was written to be a comic character!) he alludes to the failure of the NBC revival.  This makes me wonder whether part of this may not date to 1991 or 1992?  I would guess Summer of 1991, since the NBC series was canceled that Spring?  Just a thought.

Also, it's interesting to see him mention the part that was done "like a film, bit by bit"--I think he must mean the part when Maggie finally does escape from Barnabas, in the 1967 storyline, with Sarah's help.  I think most of that show was done on film which accounts for why they were able to start and stop.  I was fascinated by the much earlier episode from 1966 with Roger stalking Vicki through the West Wing, where they clearly had some footage spliced in with a stand-in for Louis Edmonds (where you would only see the legs and the footwear).  

Thanks again for posting this.

Steve

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