Ach mein Gott!!


ALF was a popular TV show when I was a kid but I never watched because it looked stupid.  If only I had seen the show in German, things would have been different.

A Little Late for Thanksgiving


…but I can save this for next year. So if you want to join me in recreating a Thanksgiving tradition of my childhood, follow these simple steps: Get a DVD of the original version of King Kong. Periodically stop it and watch a part of this Youtube clip instead: Oh this is just too perfect.

Movie Review: New York: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns


New York: A Documentary Film is an 8-part film made by Ric Burns that debuted on PBS in 1999 (except for episode 8, which is from 2003).  Thanks to Netflix, I’ve finally seen this epic documentary about my ancestral homeland and one of my favorite cities. Ric Burns’ style is similar to his brother Ken…

TV Show Meme


I suppose this is the weekend where I write about TV. Ironic in the sense that I don’t actually own a tv, and haven’t had one in the home since 1999. I’m not an anti-tv elitist (although I do feel smug when I hear people have long conversations about reality show participants as if they…

Commercials of my youth


I read this post called Forgotten Boston TV Commercials (via Universal Hub), and it stirred up nostalgia for some of the crazy local commercials of my youth.  Of course, since I grew up in Connecticut, my commercials are of a New York/Connecticut vintage. Here’s what I found on youtube: First, there’s the Mount Airy Lodge…

Anniversary : The last episode of M*A*S*H


This is basically another post in my series of how I’m feeling old.  25 years ago today, CBS broadcast the last episode of M*A*S*H:  “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.”  I remember watching this with my family in my mother’s room.   We were not alone as this is still one of the highest-ranked television programs of…

Crimminy, I am old


It’s one thing to feel out of touch with current popular music as I was never hip enough to be in touch to begin with. The 30th anniversary of Star Wars also made me feel old but I could rationalize that.  I was three years old when I first saw Star Wars and can barely…

Michael Palin in Cambridge


As much as he loathed to say the word “Cambridge,” Michael Palin made two appearances in Harvard Square on Friday night. The Monty Python troupe member who is also a talented writer, actor, and host of travel documentaries is on tour to promote his new book Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years. First, Palin appeared at…

Simpsonized


Everyone’s doing it, so why not me. Here’s my Springfield counterpart: I just didn’t look right without a chin, so I added a chin, but it looks more like a goiter. I’m not sure which looks worse. Any how you can try this cheezy, fast-food chain commercial tie-in at Simpsonize Me.

Friday Sillies: Kids in the Hall


One of my favorite comedy shows of all time is Kids in the Hall. The Canadian troupe basically were the Monty Python of the 1990’s with the added advantage that when they dressed as women they actually looked like attractive women. So here are a few clips to remember them by. Sadly I could not…

Friday Sillies: AFSCME


Today’s Friday Silly is a 1970’s commercial for the AFSCME union redubbed in a rather colorful manner. I happen to actually be an active member of an AFSCME local and yet I can’t help laughing at this jab at how a typical union member might display his labor pride. Apparently the dubbing for this commercial…

Friday Sillies: Velcro & Alka-Seltzer


When we were kids, my sister & I liked to stay up late and watch TV. One of our favorites was the original Late Night With David Letterman on NBC (which was on right before every rebellious child’s favorite show NBC News Overnight with Linda Ellerbee). Unlike today’s show where Dave pretty much just interviews…

Friday Sillies: Creature Comforts


Today’s Friday Sillies is Creature Comforts, an early animated film by Nick Park of Wallace & Grommit fame which is set as a documentary in a zoo.

Friday Sillies: Confuse-A-Cat, Ltd.


As a new feature for Panorama of the Mountains, I plan on posting something exceedingly silly each Friday afternoon for what I call the Friday Sillies. With no further ado, here is the Monty Python Confuse-A-Cat sketch:

People Who Are Not Me


I don’t have a common name, at least not in the United States, but there are a few people more famous than I with the same name. First there’s Liam Sullivan, an actor who appeared in guest spots in numerous TV shows from the 50’s to the 80’s. I remember as a child having moments…

Blog Overlap


Now that I’ve started actually reading the blogs in my blogroll, I’m finding it interesting to see my interests represented in the least likely places. For example, whoda thunk that Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog would contain a positive review of Battlestar Galactica? Battlestar Ecclesiastica by Johannes Wycliffe In this boke of science ficcion, a…