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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday Night Doodles

Well, the night started off right. The football game ended just in time before Batman came on so we got to see a couple of episodes featuring Eartha Kitt as the Catwoman and Cesar Romero as the Joker followed by an episode with featuring Milton Berle as Louie the Lilac. 

All was well until another game came on and for the next three and a half hours our evening's entertainment was once again interrupted. This time around I had a "Plan B". I'd bookmarked the Star Trek website where we watched the original Star Trek series episode #22 "Space Seed" starring Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonian Singh, a genetically engineered super-human created during the Eugenics War of the 1990's.

Knowing that we might not be watching Svengoolie either, Pammy remembered we had a vhs copy of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in our collection so we watched that right after "Space Seed". It worked out okay but we still missed Lost in Space.

After the movie ended we tuned in to MeTv on the off chance we might catch a bit of Svengoolie and we were in luck. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) starring Oliver Reed was his pick for the week and we watched the last half hour. I'd never seen the movie so I was a little disappointed I could only watch the end. Oh, well. The werewolf looked great and Oliver Reed was perfect for the part. The film was made by British film studio Hammer Films, which produced many classic horror films from the fifties to the seventies.

Maybe next Saturday night will go on without a hitch but just in case I'll have my plan B ready and waiting in the wings. It might seem like a silly thing to fret about but it's not just about watching old t.v. shows and movies. It's about sharing these wonderful pop culture gems with my kids that were a big part of my childhood and seeing enjoy them just as much as I did. Happy memories like that are priceless. Who knows, maybe someday they'll do the same thing with their kids.



  1. Wow- fantastic sketches! You really captured Milton Burle.I think I can actually see him forming some dry comment in your drawing. My hat goes off to you! (You remind me of what a character he was. They don't make them like that anymore!) Eartha Kitt- cool name, cool woman, cool sketch! Nice work!

  2. Thanks. I've heard a lot of stories about Milton Berle. He was quite a character off the set. You're right. They don't make them like that anymore. The Vaudeville stage was an amazing training ground for so many stars.

    I saw a piece on CBS Sunday Morning a few years back on Eartha Kitt. It might have been a year or two before she died. She was still going strong. She was was an amazing woman. Strong of spirit. Very opinionated. I would have liked to have met her.

    Alberto Ramirez Jr.

  3. I just thought I would mention a interesting tidbit. our son who has watched harry potter and even lord of the rings, thought wrath of Kahn was the scariest. why? I don't know. they only thing I can think of is that leonard Nimoy is right.... good stories drive everything. so that night Albert spent the night sleeping in my sons bed and I slept with my son. I didn't know it would be such an issue. I think lord of the rings is much scarier than Wrath of Kahn. good old star track, still keeping the next generation up all night.
    pammy the wife and mommy


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