This admiration for big Alex over California Frank was only heightened by Eagles' legend Chuck Bednarik's historic KO hit on Gifford (fine that, Mr. Goodell). This concussion no doubt explains Frank's later marriage to the terminally obnoxious Kathie Lee and his well-publicized extramarital philandering.
Since it is well past the time allotted by the statute of limitations, P. can also admit to being part of a band of 'utes who liberated Webster's practice jersey from the Giants' Fairfield, Connecticut training camp as the team packed up prior to the start of the season. Oh, and Jim Katcavage's, too. But who's counting?
TO THE MAX
While Max Alexander has had a nice career writing and editing at Variety, Reader's Digest, and Smithsonian (and publishing a couple of books), he will forever be known in Our Little Towne as one of the genius bartenders at the legendary Leo's. Other bartenders there included Phillipe, Charles Rocket (of SNL fame), and the painter Dan Gosch. It was always a thrill to go into Leo's and find "Gus & Zippy" (Max and Dan) behind the bar.
Last week's New York Times Magazine featured a letter to the editor from Max concerning an article on Nigerian film. Max, who logged a bit of time in Africa while researching a book, is quite familiar with movies from Nigeria. "While both Hollywood and Nollywood create mainly garbage, Nigerian films are at least exuberant garbage," Max notes.
Unspoken is the fact that Max earned his bad film knowledge at the University of Comediac here in the capital city. Throughout the 1980s, the Comediac shows — a sort of predecessor to Mystery Science Theater — championed bad cinema and Max was an eager student.
P&J are uncertain if Ed Wood, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and Ted V. Mikels have cult followings on the dark continent but it seems that their wild, creative spirit is alive and well with the young filmmakers of Nigeria.
And for those who like reading the electronic way, Max's hilarious first book, Man Bites Log: The Unlikely Adventures of a City Guy In the Woods, has just been released as an e-book. The cover art is by Dan Gosch (nice to see Gus & Zippy teaming up again) and it's available at Amazon and other fine e-book purveyors.
FURTHUR IN PAWTUCKET
Another home run for the Pawtucket Red Sox, who have announced that the band Furthur, featuring Grateful Dead veterans Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, is booked for a big show at McCoy Stadium on July 5 ( in conjunction with this year's Pawtucket Arts Festival). Although the tickets are a somewhat pricey $56.50, you can expect a big crowd at America's premier minor league ballpark.
If you happen to be wandering around the streets of Pawtucket on the evening of July 5 and you suddenly experience a "contact high," you'll know where it's coming from. And it goes without saying that you should plan on making a few PawSox games this summer. Prices to see first-rate professional baseball are still extremely reasonable and there's no better family entertainment available on a regular basis during the Vo Dilun summer.
A TIME FOR THOM