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Have a fun-filled birthday, ElizabethGrayson!

Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Birthday Wishes for TERRY308
« on: August 05, 2002, 08:57:45 AM »
Another celebration on August 5...

Happy Birthday, TERRY308.  Hope you get everything you wished for!

Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Happy Birthday to Jase!
« on: August 05, 2002, 08:49:43 AM »
Also having an August 5 birthday is...

Jase!  Enjoy!!

Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Happy Birthday, Gothick!
« on: July 26, 2002, 10:23:21 PM »
I hope your birthday is fantastic.  Love you, baby!

Happy Birthday to The Ghost of Sarah Collins! [ghost]

It was wonderful seeing you again at the Fest.  Hope your day is great!

Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Happy Birthday, Minja!
« on: July 18, 2002, 07:19:15 PM »
Three cheers for Minja!

Hope you get all you wish for on your birthday.

Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Happy Birthday to Sheenasma!
« on: July 18, 2002, 07:16:21 PM »
Sheenasma [chrmb],

Sending love and good thoughts on your special day!

... and were told that dsboards can't be found, yet wondered why others were posting away during that same period, it's because the dsboards server appears to be experiencing a router problem that is affecting some areas but not others.

Hopefully the forums will be accessible to everyone again soon, and thanks for your patience!

Our Nicky is off doing summer repertory and has asked me to announce that Chapter 57 of the ongoing serial Shadows on the Wall has been posted by our charming host, Tim Choate, at

In this latest contribution by Luciaphil, we find that Nora has developed strange powers following her ordeal, a feud continues between enemies-- one the spirit of a witch in possession of Tim Shaw and the other in a "poison green dress", the latter attempts to lure Quentin into an uholy alliance, and a dangerous guest pays a visit to Collinwood.  Enjoy!

"Dan Curtis continues to thrive in the Dark Shadows"

(Check out his closing comment.)

I'm enjoying all the Fest photos that are starting to pop up, especially the lovely pictures of the stars, and I decided to put a spin on the traditional fan photos by focusing more on photos of the fans-- in other words, pictures of some of the fabulous fans that support DS.

More will follow, but I thought I'd start with a big o' group photo...

Taken Saturday nite and featuring, from left to right:
Nancybe, Julia99, Midnite, Scott (front), Peter (?), Kelly (Anna) (front), Vlad, CynD (rear), Dawn, Sid (rear), David, Bobubas (front), PatrickM (rear), ProfStokes, Jeff, Cathy (peeking), Rich, Ben (who played for all of us), Minja, Bette (front), Teresa (peeking), Sheenasma, Criseyde

Many thanks to Rich for the photo!!!

Calendar Events / Announcements '02 I / Graduation Day
« on: June 22, 2002, 11:05:13 AM »
I started a new topic in order to write about ProfStokes' high school graduation because, unlike the well-deserved string of congratulatory messages, this one isn't going to be off-topic.  It's my sincere hope that you'll enjoy this story.

It struck me, as I drove to the commencement yesterday, what a tremendous responsibility I was undertaking.  Oh, I absolutely consider her a friend and felt honored that she allowed me to be there to share the event and hear her salutatory, but also, considering all the support she's given to DS fandom through its message boards, various round robins (the girl can WRITE!), etc., I realized I was representing all the online friendships she has cultivated-- the rest of you who could only be there in spirit.  I happened to bring this up to ProfStokes' parents and they agreed heartily, but then they mentioned something that I didn't understand (???) at the time-- they said I would probably be the only audience member that would completely understand her speech.  Hmmm.

It wasn't surprising that her name is listed all over the program as an honor student, or that she placed second in a class of over 500 students.  It also wasn't surprising to see her seem both commanding and at ease when she took her place at the podium and introduced herself by saying "My name is..."  to a crowd that sat in rapt attention.  But immediately afterwards she began to speak of the journey that was beginning-- a journey that (c'mon, say it with me) would link her past with her future.  My jaw must've been on the floor at that point, but wait... it gets even better.

There were many, many lines from the series, such as one about the people that would soon fill the days and nights of her tomorrows, and naturally there was a reference to the Phoenix that rises from the ashes.  By the time she thanked her parents, family, teachers, AND HER COUSINS FROM ENGLAND, I swear I was laughing and crying at the same time.  The more I think about it, the MORE I wish you all could've been there, and I recommend you request she send you the text if you haven't already done so because just listing the DS references here wouldn't do her speech justice.  It's no accident that these lines are classic and the most memorable on the show: They're fabulous (but if you're Dan Curtis, she was only PARAPHRASING, I swear! ;)), and ProfStokes seamlessly weaved them into a story about the journey ahead for her class of 2002-- the uncertainties they would face and the important role the past plays in their lives, and these are, of course, the same themes that are discussed here daily.  Yet I'm sure that no one else, save for her family and myself, knew she was paying tribute to the phenomenon that brought her together with all of us; to the rest of the people that were stock still as she spoke (including the mayor of Los Angeles, woohoo!), ProfStokes was delivering a poignant and poetic speech that reflected her intelligence, optimism, classiness, inner beauty, articulate manner, and a wisdom beyond her years that we've seen her demonstrate time and time again.

Congratulations, ProfStokes!

(I'm including a few photos though my scanner made them fuzzy; sorry about that.)

ProfStokes at the podium.  To her immediate left is Mayor Kenneth Hahn

An unplanned visitor at the ceremony.

Shortly after this last photo, Spidey learned that you've got to put at least as much planning into your exit as you do your entrance. :)

Calendar Events / Announcements '02 I / ShadowGram Update #80
« on: June 19, 2002, 04:22:49 AM »
ShadowGram Online Dark Shadows Updates List
Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" Update List
An Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM
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Number 80. June 17, 2002.
Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG) announces the following breaking news for Dark Shadows (DS).
* SG NEWS FLASH!   6-17-02:
Several of the DS actors are planning to appear on the  ABC SoapNet cable channel "Soap Talk" program, projected to air between June 25 and July 10.  

* The new print issue, SG #96, is being mailed now to all current postal-mail subscribers with the latest DS news, updates, and pictures. Following are some key highlights, plus much more:

* SG Exclusive Photos:
--- DAVID SELBY (Quentin) relaxing on-set during a filming break - 1969

NOTE: David was honored with the Distinguished West Virginian Award 3-19. He and his wife Chip share material from his appearance at the 3-18/19 premieres of the film "The Griffin and the Minor Canon."

--- JONATHAN FRID (Barnabas) in a candid photo (approximately 1969). Also: Pictures of Jonathan from his one-man show performance 9-29-01.

--- LARA PARKER (Angelique) is pictured with her daughter Caitlin.

NOTE: SG explains Lara attends the DS Festival convention, probably only Friday evening. Her oldest son Rick is being married that weekend.

--- DAVID HENESY (David, Daniel, Jamison, Tad) with his mother Jeanne Avery, who kindly provided this recent photo to SG. Jeanne also reports what David is doing now.

NOTE: Jeanne is a Saturday guest at the DS Fest and plans to talk about David's years on DS. She is a renowned past life regression therapist and astrologer; this SG notes her accomplishments.

The Fest's tentative weekend schedule is below.

* SG Rare Photos:
--- The late JOEL CROTHERS (Joe Haskell, Nathan Forbes) is pictured casually from his days on "Somerset" in the early 1970s.

--- The late CHRISTOPHER BERNAU (Phillip Todd) is pictured from 1981.

* SG #96 News Highlights:
--- Update from Dan Curtis Productions about TV Guide's recent brief DS article.

--- SG Premiere Announcement:
MPI tells SG that DVD Collection 2 expects an Aug. release, and Collection 3 is planned for Sept. "Subsequent editions will be released early next year,  continuing approximately every 3 months." The 3rd "online chat, date, and person - to be announced - should be in Aug."

SG #96 includes DVD Collection 1 media reviews and announcements. More DVD information will be in SG #97 later this year.

--- DONNA McKECHNIE (Amanda Harris/Olivia Corey) stars in "Follies" through 6-23 at LA's Wadsworth Theater. 213-365-3500.

--- Blind actor DANA ELCAR (Sheriff Patterson) is pictured with information about his recent performance for the blind in "The Devil's Disciple."

--- KATE JACKSON (Daphne) participated in a discussion as part of a 20th anniversary screening 4-18 of her groundbreaking 1982 film "Making Love" at UCLA. This SG features publicity material.

--- PAUL MICHAEL (King Johnny Romano) and his "lady," actress Marion Ross, provide publicity material for her 5-6 "Intimate Portraits" biography.

--- JAMES STORM (Gerard) is profiled in the program book for his recent play "Dog Mouth."

---BEN CROSS (1991 Barnabas) now is starring in the play "Art" in London. SG #96 has theatre publicity and a picture.

--- Publicity material and news updates for the syndicated series "Tracker" and other projects for ADRIAN PAUL (1991 Jeremiah).

--- BARBARA STEELE (1991 Julia, Natalie) participated in a discussion about her classic 1960 horror film "Black Sunday" at a 6-1 retrospective for director Mario Bava in LA. SG #96 features publicity material.

* Interview excerpts, news updates, and publicity material for DAN CURTIS (Creator/Director/Producer), JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (1991 David, Daniel), EDDIE JONES (1991 Sam Evans), ADRIAN PAUL (1991 Jeremiah), ROY THINNES (1991 Roger, Rev. Trask), MICHAEL T. WEISS (1991 Joe Haskell, Peter Bradford), ELLEN WHEELER (1991 Phyllis Wick), and more.

* Also in SG #96: DS in the Media references; DS Filming Locations' pictures and information; DS Books and Merchandise; DS Fan News; and more.

* Last-minute DS Fest update: NANCY BARRETT, PAUL MICHAEL, and JIM STORM are unable to attend as planned.

* The Fest asks SG to pass along the schedule of events for this year's convention at the Anaheim Marriott, 700 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA.

Please note the schedule is subject to change.

Schedule Of 2002 Dark Shadows Festival Events - Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom (Main Level)

Friday, June 28

4:00 Registration Opens
6:00 Opening Ceremonies/DS Skit I
6:30 Sci-Luv: Dark Shadows
7:00 Guest: Lara Parker
7:30 My Favorite DS Bloopers
       with Kathryn Leigh Scott
8:15 The Best Of Willie Loomis
       with Guest: John Karlen
9:00 Autographs/Best Of Dark Shadows 1991
10:00 House Of Dark Shadows
       (with Jonathan Frid video
        interview and more)

Saturday, June 29

11:00 DS Panel: What's New
12:00 Remembering Louis Edmonds
1:00 Guest: Roger Davis
1:30 Guest: Jeanne Avery
       (mother of David Henesy)
2:00 Charity Auction I
2:45 A New Look At Night Of  Dark Shadows
3:30 Guest: David Selby
4:00 DS Cast Reunion
5:00 Autographs/DS In The Media
6:00 Evensong - Vampire Musical
7:15 Premiere: DS Documentary
8:00 Costume Party
       with Free Refreshments/DS Skit II
10:00 Night Of Dark Shadows
      (with behind the scenes
       interviews and more)

Sunday, June 30

11:00 DS Fan Videos
11:30 Greetings & Song From Donna McKechnie
12:00 DS 35th Anniversary Tribute
         video with Dan Curtis & Cast
1:30 DS Video Vault
2:00 Charity Auction II
3:00 DS Skit III
3:15 Guest: Chris Pennock
4:00 Guest: Diana Millay
4:30 Guest: Robert Rodan
5:00 Guest: Marie Wallace
5:30 DS Dramatic Showcase
       with John Karlen and
       Kathryn Leigh Scott
6:00 Autographs
7:30 Banquet With The Stars*
       (dinner/door prizes)
10:00 Farewell

SG print issues have detailed the Fest since last year and this Updates List has noted Fest developments.

* Note: Those who have not pre-registered may pay at the door. Unlike last year's Fest in NYC, which sold out due to space limitations, there is ample room at the Anaheim Marriott for walk-in attendees. All Banquet payments must be received in advance by June 21. Send check/money order payment of $40 per person to: Dark Shadows, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040. Please include the full name of each person.

SG invites fans attending the Festival to send their reports, in-person photos, and video footage to the SG postal- or e- mail addresses below. These are shared with SG's international readership and the DS cast/crew, who directly receive complementary copies of each SG print issue. A Contributor's Copy of SG is given in thanks for major donations.

The next print issue SG #97, subsequent SGs, and this SG Updates List will have more information on the above, reports and photos from the 2002 DS Festival, and all the DS news and developments.

Thank you.

Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
Marcy Robin,  P.O. Box 1766,  Temple City, CA  91780-7766

SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the * Official * "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is provided by the show's personnel and those involved in both the 1966-71 and 1991 TV series. Established in 1979, SG works directly with companies and others involved in Dark Shadows' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc.

The complete print issues are published throughout the year, with free bonus complimentary breaking-news published updates as needed.

Marcy Robin's ShadowGram "Dark Shadows" Cyberspace Updates List / ShadowGram Online "Dark Shadows" Updates List is sent via e-mail between regularly-published issues to quickly notify "Dark Shadows" fans of time-sensitive developments. You also can receive this identical SG Online Update by joining the ShadowGram Group at yahoogroups

First Class postal-mail subscriptions for SG print issues:  $12.00 for 4, $24.00 for 8 (US & Canada). Overseas Air Mail subscriptions are US $20.00 for 4, US $40.00 for 8.

Send print issue subscription payment to: Marcy Robin, P.O. Box 1766, Temple
City, CA 91780-7766.

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For more information on the newsletter, please write with a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to the above postal-mail address or e-mail to

If your e-mail address changes, please notify me immediately.  Please include your old and your new e-mail addresses.

If you do not wish to receive this online "ShadowGram / Marcy Robin's Cyberspace Dark Shadows Update List," please notify me via return e-mail.

Thank you.

Current Talk '02 I / In the Name of the Father / a poll
« on: June 15, 2002, 11:07:51 PM »
Happy Father's Day to all dads on the board, and to all our readers' fathers wherever they may be!

In honor of the special day, which DS character do you think made the best dad? And the worst?  Here are some ideas, though I probably missed somebody, and of course there were unseen fathers and father figures.  Have fun!

1960s & 70s:
Richard Garner
Dr. Lang (LOL)
Paul Stoddard
Philip Todd

Reverend Trask

Edward Collins

1970 P.T.:
Quentin Collins
Timothy Stokes

Daniel Collins
Quentin Collins
Gabriel Collins
Ben Stokes
Mordecai Grimes

1841 P.T.:
Justin Collins
Bramwell Collins

Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Congratulations to our newest Senior Member!
« on: June 13, 2002, 08:24:23 AM »
With all the talk about drinking on the Current Talk board today, I'd like to propose a toast to Jennifer, who's only the 2nd person (so far) to reach Senior Membership on the forum!  Woo!!