Category: 1960s

Dyna Girl in the Twilight Zone

Before she was Electra Woman’s better half in Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, Judy Strangis had a small role as Cora, the smart-mouthed preteen in the hour-long Twilight Zone episode, “The Bard,” which aired May 23, 1963.  

TV Invented the Rock Star (Part 2)

(In Part I of this essay, the origins of the rock star figure in Western culture were examined, beginning with Elvis and leaving off with the Beatles’ triumphal debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.) To be sure, America’s youth…

TV Invented the Rock Star (Part I)

Rock stars. Is there even such a thing anymore? The answer seems to be no, at least not in the traditional sense. There are YouTube sensations and American Idol winners, but they’re more like karaoke performers with choreography. Beyond that,…

HAPPY NEW YEAR ABE VIGODA!!

Until December of 2011, whenever somebody mentioned that Abe Vigoda was still alive, I would say, “Hey, that’s great, but what about Harry Morgan?”       Vigoda has been playing guys with one foot in the grave since the…

Neil Armstrong’s First Obituary

Considering it happened in the era of rotary phones and “dumb” cars that didn’t have power anything, the success of the 1969 moon landing is all the more remarkable. The only failure of the event was Neil Armstrong’s flubbed speech.…