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Indiana Jones & The Buzzard of Rock

During a newsroom remodel at my last workplace, a copy of the June 17, 1982 edition of The Cleveland Press passed into my guardianship. It was the final day of publication for the 104-year-old paper, which is why this copy had been kept around in one of my colleagues’ desks.

Me, of course, I find its real value in the reminders and glimpses of the world in which 11-and-a-half-year-old me was growing up. Not in the hard news stuff, really, but in the advertisements and the music articles and the movie listings and television programming grids. Not that I specifically remember all of these things, exactly, but they were there, being absorbed into my brain whether I knew it or not.

For instance, just feast your eyes on this ad for WMMS in which The Buzzard sports full Indiana Jones gear beneath a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style splash. Snake wearing headphones? Bonus.

Why did it have to be snakes? Because they RAWK. \m/

Cleveland, 1982. Adios, Satipo. (Click for larger versions)

Oh, and trust me: This is just the first of the almost-three-decades-back journeys this Press edition is fueling. Fire up the wayback machine, Sherman.

April 12, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Ohio | , , , , | 1 Comment

Got Wall?

You know that mark/dent/crack on the wall where you hurled your Xbox/Wii/PS3 controller that day you suffered another Red Ring Of Death/forgot to fasten the wrist strap before bowling/couldn’t shut your friend up before he spoiled the ending of Heavy Rain ?

Yeah, well – I can help you with that. The blemish on the wall, I mean.

In the interest of cleaning & reorganizing, acknowledging that I’ll never have this much extra wall space, scraping together a few extra bucks and finding a good home for some nifty movie and promotional posters, I’ve put all these up on eBay.

We’re talking just over 16,212 square inches – 112 square feet! – of fun stuff here.

Some of what I think are the neatest pieces:

A Star Trek: First Contact double-sided theatre poster with its original mailing tube from Paramount;

A double-sided Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones overseas theatre poster (No, I don’t know what language that is.);

and this M&M’s / Revenge of the Sith advertising poster.

There are also a couple original theatre-used Disney & Pixar posters, a Lord of the Rings theatre poster, and a couple promo pieces from The X-Files: Fight the Future.

I’ve also started everything at the price of just one dollar. Seriously: A BUCK.

This link should get you to the entire listing – 21 posters in all – but if it doesn’t, you can always do an eBay search for user jrb1970.

Who needs repainting or wallpaper when you can put Darth Vader, Captain Picard, the Argonath and Heimlich “I’m a beauuuutiful butterfly” up instead?

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Fiction, Film, geek, science fiction | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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