We kick off the new year by peering into the future with fourth chair Doug Frye from the Schlock Treatment podcast. Using all the tools at our disposal from tarot cards to the Magic 8 Ball, we each make predictions for 2013 in the realms of TV, movies, and fast food. We also start up [...]
As I mentioned recently on the podcast, I followed through on my promise to have one last meal at Burger King. I thought I at least owed The King this “Dear John” post. I never thought it would come to this. Sure I’ve been down this road before with Taco Bell, but that was [...]
As the wrestling fan on the team, I have the sad duty to eulogize Macho Man Randy Savage. It’s not at all unusual for pro wrestlers to die before their time or even for a guy in his fifties to have a heart attack, but this news hit close to home for a child of [...]
Today's news took me by surprise and saddened me. What can be said about Stephen J. Cannell that every other obit out there hasn't already said? Probably nothing. Like almost all children of the 80s, some of his characters and creations formed the foundation of my own nerdom.Longtime followers of this blog know of my [...]
Though I don't watch PBS much now, I sometimes think back about how much of my early viewing was made up of content from PBS. The big things like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and Sesame Street for sure, but even the little things like "Star Hustler" are a part of my early nerd DNA.I don't know [...]
For some reason I feel compelled to do obits, but PLee summed it up best during our e-mail reminiscing about The Equalizer today. It was awesome. My sophomore year of college, we would stay up until midnight to watch the reruns on A&E. It was achingly 80s. Johnny from Cobra-Kai Karate played his wussy son, [...]
It’s never a good thing when I have to be on obit duty here, but it’s especially bad today. We lost a Nerd Lunch favorite yesterday and well before we should have. Patrick Swayze was a great performer and, by all accounts, an even better man. Sure I’ll watch Red Dawn, Road House, or Point [...]
We’ve discussed the concept of the death trilogy here before, but the events of the last several days left CT and me puzzling over this one. Ed McMahon (1923-2009) Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009) Michael Jackson (1958-2009) What’s the thread tying these three together? Any ideas, fellow lunchers?
It’s a sad day in nerdom as today we lost both Ricardo Montalban and Patrick McGoohan. Amongst those extensive filmographies are respective portrayals of two of my favorite movie villains of all time, Khan Noonien Singh and Longshanks, King Edward I. RIP, gentlemen. A well deserved rest it is.
They say that death comes in threes. It certainly seems to be the case when celebrities shuffle off this mortal coil. While skeptics will say that the phenomenon is just an example of human beings' ability to find patterns in anything, I offer up last weekend as Exhibit A in support of the old chestnut. [...]