Thanks to my recent guest lecture on superheroes I was able to put aside some money for the long awaited DVD boxed-set of the complete series for the 1960s Batman TV show. While a vocal minority may not have been pleased by this news, I was part of the majority that signed every petition I could find on-line and at comic conventions to get this classic released on DVD. Long before the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy would generate Oscar Buzz, and everyone was saying how awesome Batman was, this was my gate way into the Batman mythos when I was four years old. Due to the release of the 1989 Batman one of the local Fox affiliate would show reruns of this show in syndication. And every afternoon eagerly eating up the adventures of The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, at least until it was taken off to make room for the equally great Batman: The Animated Series.
Holy DVD Boxed-sets, Batman!
Posted in Action, Adventure, Comic Books, Fantasy, TV shows
Tagged Batgirl, Batman, Batman & Robin, batman '66, Batman and Robin, Batman TV show, Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Robin
Good Evening, and Happy Halloween, dear readers! To help you get into the creepy spirit here is an original short story I wrote, just for you. It is inspired by true events, with names of persons and places changed to protect the innocent. It involves a group of college freshmen, a creepy janitor, and a trip through the sewers near their school. Read it…if you dare….
The Legend of the N3
No one quite knew how the tradition began, but it had long become a rite of passage at Siloam University for upper classmen to lead the freshman boys on a mysterious trek through the sewers near the school. The newly-minted freshman would blindly follow not knowing where they were going. It was dangerous which was why the school frowned upon it, but also why the students persisted to do it. It was a well established fact that if you tell college kids, especially those out on their own for the first time, not to do something they are inclined to do it.
Every writer has a list of books that inspired them the most. Some try to limit that list to ten but not me. I have been inspired, influenced and shaped by a variety of different genres and authors, some more than others. Bellow are lists of the books that inspired me the most.
As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once said,
“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”
And to quote from Henry David Thoreau,
“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” Continue reading
Posted in Literature, Uncategorized
Tagged Alexander Dumas, Charles Dickens, CS Lakin, CS Lewis, Favorite Book, Frank Peretti, George Orwell, Gilbert Morris, Goethe, HG Wells, Isaac Asimov, Jack London, Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien, Jules Verne, Kathy Tyers, Madeline L'Engle, Mark Twain, Michael Crichton, Most Infleuntial Books, Orson Scott Card, Randy Alcorn, Ray Bradbury, Shakespeare, Sigmund Brouwer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sophocles, Star Wars books, Susan Cooper, Ted Dekker, Victor Hugo
One thing that has been said to me as I’ve approached my birthday is that it’s the age where it hits you that you have to “grow up.” I won’t reveal it here, but let’s just say it’s one of those numbers that when you think about it as a kid it just sounds “old”. As I celebrated with my family and close friends it’s hard not to wonder just what that means, grown up. I’ve certainly grown taller, that’s for sure, but I’ve long wondered, ever since I graduated college what it really meant to be “grown up.”
There are a number of factors that go into making your final decision as to which college you attend. Financial aid is a huge one these days. However, once that has been considered it is key to look at what classes the school offers, especially ones that are helpful to your major. However, even the most staunch academic advisor will suggest taking at least one or two “fun” courses to prevent burn out. After all, while you may be there to get a degree so you can get a good job, there is no reason you can’t have some fun along the way.
The courses offered were big factors in my decision making process when it came to choosing colleges. At that point I was torn between Bethel University and University of Northwestern-St. Paul (formerly Bethel College and Seminary and Northwestern College). Both schools were small, private four year schools in Minnesota. I had been accepted into both, and it was a hard choice as I had wanted to go to either school since I was in fifth grade. But as they say in The Highlander, “there can be only one”.
Back when I was in fourth grade every kid in class was talking in a strange southern accent saying lines like “My names Forrest, Forrest Gump”, “Stupid is as stupid does” and “Life is Like a box of chocolates, you never know what ya gonna get.” These lines came from the movie Forrest Gump, which apparently everyone in class saw except me. In fact I wouldn’t even see the movie until for a few years later.
Posted in Film
Tagged 20th Annviersery, Alan Silvestri, Bubba, Bubba Gump, Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise, Jenny, Lt. Dan, retrospective, Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks
Most kids would have rather been doing anything but what I was doing over the summer of 1994. Twenty years ago, I was struggling with math in school, and was given enrichment packets by a teacher and that meant the summer months I would practice the problems that hadn’t been assigned in class to help broaden my skills. I worked as hard as I could, and mom tried as hard as she could to encourage me, and even help correct the problems, but it was still a grueling task for me.
Thankfully she bought me this real cool toy computer that talked and could drill me on math problems. Computers, even toy versions from the 1990s, are always fun. But still between the packets and the computer, something was needed to help escape for just a bit from the boredom of math. As I sat at the table working on the problems, the phone rang. Mom answered it and I could tell by the tone of her voice that it was my dad. Dad had stopped off at Target to ask about picking up a movie on video cassette, one that would provide that much needed escape.
“Yes,” she said. “I think he might like that…I suppose you could get it.”
Dad came home and as I got up from the table he showed me what he bought. It was a video called “Star Wars”. The box art, looked something like this:
Posted in Sci-Fi
Tagged Binary sunset, C-3P0, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, first time I saw Star Wars, Han Solo, John Williams, Lightsbaers, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, R2-D2, retrospective, science fiction, Star Destroyer, Star Wars