A simpler place and time.

As some of you might know, I am part of a team that is starting a whole new company, right here in my town of Mulvane. And it’s a simpler way of life down here. And I love it.

Everything of any consequence is in walking distance. Everyone is friendly and straightforward to the point of WIlliam Inge. The bank president showed up at the front door to visit, in his natty bowtie, just to visit. It really is like a trip to Mayberry, RFD.

ANd that’s not all. I stopped om my way in this AM to pick up my normal “Caffeine Bong” full of Iced tea… and found new Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback.

THe Throwback sodas, if you didn’t know, are classic Pepsi sodas, made with pure cane sugar instead of High Fructose corn crack. And the taste is kind of astonishing. The Dew is wonderful, the Pepsi tastes more like I remember RC cola tasting… but that’s not a bad thing either.

Clove, Blackjack, and Beeman's gumAnd when checking out, what did I find but Clove, Beemans, and Blackjack Gum. Holy cow. I have time warped. So I picked up a flat of 20 packs of Clove… and it’s staring at me on my desk at work now.

And when checking out, what did I find but Clove, Beemans, and Blackjack Gum. Holy cow. I have time warped.

And speaking of work, this could not be more different than the last place I worked with its black ceilings, dark grey walls, cubicles and soul sucking fluorescent lights. The walls are light colored, plenty of natural light from bay window in front of me which looks out on a rose bush and a nicely manicured lawn. Wow, what a difference in atmosphere and mood!

This is… nice. In every sense of the word. And you know, nice is good.

Television’s Greatest Characters

Philo T. Farnsworth couldn’t have known, back in 1927, that over the next eighty-two years how many unforgettable characters would be introduced to the world due to his invention, the Television.

Here is a list of what I feel are the most memorable characters in TV history. Every once and a while I plan to expound on this list, to explain exactly why that character belongs on the roster.

Here they are, in no particular order…

  • Don Adams as Maxwell Smart (Get Smart)
  • W. Morgan Sheppard as Blank Reg (Max Headroom)
  • Robert Culp as Bill Maxwell (Greatest American Hero)
  • Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle (Castle)
  • Roger C. Carmel as Harry Mudd (Star Trek TOS)
  • Harry Groener as Mayor Richard Wilkins III (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • John Ritter as Jack Tripper (Three’s Company)
  • Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster (The Munsters)
  • Sam Waterston as Quentin Everett Deverill (Q.E.D./Mastermind)
  • Julius Carry as James “Lord Bowler” Lonefeather (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.)
  • Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
  • Carl Reiner as Alan Brady (Dick Van Dyke Show)
  • Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak (The Night Stalker)
  • Willam Hartnell, Pat Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Rowan Atkinson, RIchard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Joanna Lumley, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith as The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Lucy Liu as Ling Woo (Ally McBeal)
  • Gary Burghoff as Walter “Radar” O’ Reilly (M*A*S*H)
  • Peter Falk as Lt. Frank Columbo (Columbo)
  • John Hillerman as Simon Brimmer (Ellery Queen)
  • Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura (Heroes)
  • Richard Coyle as Jeff Murdock (Coupling)
  • John Larroquette as Daniel Reinhold Fielding (Night Court)
  • Pat Buttram as Charleton Haney (Green Acres)
  • William Shatner as Denny Crane (Boston Legal)

The Theatre Questionnaire.

Ok, it’s time for me to start blogging again. Certain recent events have made doing that… difficult… but here I am. But having nothing to write about, I’ve gotten one of those annoying little facebook memes and decided to answer it here. Thanks to my long absent Jennifer Wilson for the meme, and please note, if I actually gave this any thought, I’d probably have much longer and rambling answers. And they’d probably (maybe surely) be completely different.

1. What was the first play you ever did?
FIrst school play was 4th grade… some Autumnal thing… I remember I played the scarecrow… and based my costume on “Dr. Syn, the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh”. First REAL play was “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” in High School.

2) What was your most recent show?
That I was in? Oh, it’s been a while… Man, *was* it the Scottish Play at DCT? How long ago was that?! Eight or nine years ago?

3) What was your favorite show/role?
The Voice of Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors”.

4) What was your most challenging show/role?
Joe Keller in “All My Sons”. opposite Misty Maynard! You mean I actually have to ACT?! Oh NO! They’ll KNOW I’m a no-talent hack! (actually got good notices though. I credit the rest of the cast and the dIrector, John Reel, for making me look good by being on the top of their game to begin with.

5) What is the most bizarre show or role you’ve ever done?
“Goona-Goona” directed by Judy Babnich. Its a show originally done at the Omaha Magic Theatre, and it’s a weird musical comedy gymnastic clown show about child abuse and wife beating. Found a picture recently… may post it later.

6) Has anyone ever written a show for you?
Sort of. Paul Jackson wrote a part for me in an operetta, but he’s never produced it.

7) Have you ever quit a show to accept a better one?
No. Only quit a show once, and that was because of my grades back in High School. Turned down quite a few, especially lately.

8) Have you ever completely blown character on stage?
OH, yes. It still plagues me to this day. I blew character and tried to cover by pretending I had blown character as PART of the character… Why Welsbacher didn’t kill me on the spot still amazes me.

9) What show(s) are you just dying to do?
Young Frankenstein. Jesus Christ Superstar. Jules Feiffer’s “Little Murders”. Clive Barker’s “History of the Devil”. “Dracula” (but not the version everyone has seen.)

10) Have you ever done one of your “dream” shows?

11) Who was your favorite director?
Oh, too many to mention… (Jan, Judy, Misty, Wayne, etc.) but I’d say Bela Kiralyfalvi. Learned SO much from him on “End of the World”.

12) Who was your least favorite director.
The question is tacky. So was the director in question.

13) What is the most surprising role you have ever been offered?
HA! “All My Sons”, for sure.

14) Have you ever injured yourself onstage or offstage?
Surprisingly, no.. Can’t say I haven’t injured others though. (Sorry Mike!)

15) What show(s) have you done multiple times?
The Apple Tree. Once as crew/chorus, once as the Devil.

16) Have you ever had an onstage kiss?
Yeah, but I had to write it in myself. 8^{D>

17) What was your scariest moment in a show?
Trying to figure out where the hell Mulford and Titze were in the script in “Water’s Running”, or seeing Roehrman naked… same show. HA HA!

18) What is your best show memory?
Bittersweet. December 13, 1992. Finale from “Baker’s Wife” at the Center, final show. It just suddenly struck me that my dad, who had been very sick, wasn’t going to live through the night. Got out of Curtain call, and costume, and rushed to the hospital. He waited for me, so I could say goodbye. It was the only one of my shows he never got to see.

19) What is your worst show memory?
Having to completely rebuild costumes and set on opening night in a new venue, as the original venue had been closed down by OSHA for asbestos. Amazingly enough… the second version was BETTER!

20) What is your saddest show memory?
See #18.

The Sky (7) is the limit!

The signs are out there. And the SKY is the Limit!

The signs are out there. And the SKY is the Limit!

Yesterday, after a longer gestation period than I care to admit, we finally launched our new Internet Only Radio Station, Sky 7.

This is a first for Wichita… There have been internet stations around Wichita, but they’ve been either simulcasts from regular Terrestrial Radio, or they’ve been glorified Jukeboxes… the equivalent of broadcasting your iTunes playlist.

Not SKY 7. We’re running this like a regular station, and adding new music and new features all the time.

We are not bound by corporate mandates, nor are we held hostage by FCC rules. We can play what we want, when we want. And that is freeing.

We are not bound by corporate mandates, nor are we held hostage by FCC rules. We can play what we want, when we want. And that is freeing.

The only thing that we are bound to is the listener. The Audience is our final arbiter. If you want to hear more news and weather, let us know. Wanna hear less country, and more Italian Prog Rock? Sea shanteys? Lithuanian Polka? Let us know!

One thing we’ll guarantee is that Sky 7 will always be listenable. But don’t just take MY word for it. Listen for yourself.


Let me know what you think!