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  1. WHEN WE LAST SAW OUR ROCKER FRIENDS, THEY WERE TURNED AWAY FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE AND SENT BACK ON THEIR JOURNEY IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK HOME… AFTER SEVERAL DAYS ADRIFT, THEY APPROACHED A NAVIGABLE WATERWAY… LET US BEGIN… WALLY-“Where the hell are we” ERIC-“I think I see a sign” ERIC-“Amy…From your days as a weather girl, do you remember where on a map the Long Island Sound is…? AMY-“Let me see if I can visualize it”…”Yes…I can see the map now in my head” AMY-“It’s way over there…It’s a body of water between New York and Connecticut… Unlike a body of flab like Wally…” WALLY-“That’s enough, Amy…We agreed to stop with the insults” AMY-“I’m sorry, Walrus, I mean Wally” KAY-“You’re lucky he can’t hear too good…He’s got cataracts..“ AMY-“Cataracts ?…Did you go to public school, Kay? WALLY-“I hate to tell you guys, but the Party’s Over”…We are drifting on-shore…” AFTER THE BOAT LANDS ON A BEACH, THE 4 SET OUT TO GET SOME HELP… ERIC-“Hey guys, I see a sign…It might tell us where we are”… KAY-“Welcome to Westport…The little picture at the top of the sign says Connecticut…Well, at least we are in America”… AMY-“Public school education paying off… ERIC-“Hey, there’s a house over there…Let’s see if they can help us”… ERIC-“Hmm, 1164 Morning Glory Circle…That sounds very familiar…” WALLY-“Let’s take a peek inside…” KAY-“It’s the Steven’s family” ERIC-“Girls stay outside for a minute…Wally and I will go in and try to figure out if we can get some help”… GLADYS KRAVITZ-“Hey Abner…There’s four girls at the Steven’s house…Come here…takes a look… ABNER-“That’s not four girls…It’ s two girls and two rock and roll type guys…Look how dirty they look…Probably looking for a hand-out…You need to get your cataracts cleared up…” GLADYS-“What’s cataracts?…Stop using those big words… I went to public school, you know”… MEANWHILE, ERIC AND WALLY KNOCK ON THE FRONT DOOR… DARRIN-“Who the hell can that be”? DARRIN-“Can I help you”? WALLY AND ERIC TELL THEM THE WHOLE STORY AND DARRIN SAYS HE’S BUSY IN A BUSINESS MEETING AND REALLY CAN’T HELP… SUDDENLY, DARRIN’S BOSS, LARRY TATE, AND ANOTHER MAN EMERGE TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON… LARRY-“Darrin, hurry up we have to finish our business meeting…”Get these bum’s out of here……………”.. … DARRIN-“Sorry, can’t help you guys”… SUDDENLY, THE MAN ACCOMPANYING LARRY TATE TO THE DOOR YELLS OUT.. ADDITIONAL MAN-“Eric, Wally?…Is that you?” ERIC AND WALLY TOGETHER”-“Dave Shea…LobsterLuver…What are you doing here?” LOBSTER-“I moved to Westport Conn. a few years back when I got a job with Larry Tate’s advertising company”… LARRY TATE-“Wait a minute…You guys all know each other?” DAVE SHEA AKA LOBSTERLVR…”Yea…We all met through Bernie Hogya’s website, Ericcarmen.com”…This is Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson of Raspberries… LARRY TATE-“ “Hold on a minute…I don’t know Raspberries from Cranberries, but did you say Bernie Hogya?” ERIC-“Yea, he runs my website…How do you know Bernie? LARRY -“Are you kidding me?…He is legendary in our business…We are an advertising company and he created GOT MILK…Can you call him up and get him to do a photo shoot with me with a GOT MILK mustache…?…It will mean a big promotion for your friend Lobsterman…” ERIC-“I’ll call him right now”… ERIC-“Damn answering machine…”HELLO, YOU HAVE REACHED THE OFFICE OF BERNIE HOGYA…I AM CURRENTLY AWAY FROM MY DESK OR OUT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DISCONTINUE EC.COM…PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE”… ERIC-“Bernie, It’s Eric…Call me back as soon as you can…Wally and I need a favor” WILL BERNIE RETURN ERIC’S CALL?…WILL BERNIE OBLITERATE THE BOARD AGAIN? STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 ENTITLED “A TWITCH IN TIME”?
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  2. WHEN WE LAST SAW OUR HERO’S, THEY WERE INADVERTENTLY SENT TO A DESTINATION, BY AUNT CLARA OF BEWITCHED FAME, THAT MAY BE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE...OR IS IT EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEEDED... ERIC-“Wow, where the hell are we”? AMY-“Let’s take a look...” WALLY-“Holy cow...Let’s go out there and see if we can figure how to get out of here...” AS THE FOURSOME HEAD OUTSIDE, THEY RUN INTO A BEAUTIFUL LADY... KAY-“Hey? Who are you”... BEAUTIFUL LADY-“I’m Glinda and welcome to the Land of Oz”... ERIC-“Please help us...We are trying to get back home to Cleveland but through a series of circumstances, we ended up here... GLINDA-“All you have to do is follow the yellow brick road and the great Wizard of Oz will grant you one wish...So now you know...Just follow the yellow brick road...TaTa...” ALL FOUR-“Let’s follow the yellow brick road...” AS THE FOUR SET OUT ON THEIR JOURNEY TO OZ, THEY ENCOUNTER A GENTLEMAN... WALLY-“Hey sir, can you help us? My name is Wally and this is my wife Kay...and this is Eric and his wife Amy...and who are you ?... MAN...I’m Dr. Oz and you are in the Land of Oz... AFTER OUR FOURSOME EXPLAIN THEIR DILEMMA, DR. Oz tells them to simply follow the yellow brick road... ... AFTER OUR HERO’S HEAD OFF TO FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, THEY ENCOUNTER ANOTHER GENTLEMAN... GENTLEMAN...”Ah, hi kids...Welcome to the land of Oz.. ... ERIC-Hey it’s Ozzie Nelson...Ricky’s dad...” OZZIE-“Oh, you guys know my son...Just follow the yellow brick road and you will meet him... WALLY-“Thanks Oz...Nice to meet you...” THE FOURSOME CONTINUE ONWARD AND MEET THEIR NEXT PERSON... ERIC-“Hey, look who we have here”... NEXT GENTLEMAN-“Hi guys... “I’m Ozzie Smith...Former baseball player known as Wizard of Oz...” AMY-“ AMY-“So you are the famous Wizard of Oz that will help us?” OZZIE SMITH-“”No-Follow the yellow brick road and he will help you...“ AS OUR HERO’S FOLLOW THE GOLDEN BRICKS, IT SUDDENLY COMES TO THEIR ATTENTION THAT THIS MIGHT BE SOME KIND OF JOKE... ERIC-“So far, everybody’s name is Oz and they keep telling us to follow the yellow brick road...I hope we don’t find Elton John...” WALLY-“It’s too late to turn back now...” ERIC-“Oh great...That could be the joke...Maybe we’ll find Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose...Tee Hee”... AS THE FOURSOME REACH THEIR DESTINATION, THEY KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND ARE AMAZED AT THEIR GREETER... DOORMAN-“Welcome kids, come on in...Welcome to the Land of Oz”... AFTER THEY EXPLAIN THEIR DILEMMA, THEY ARE ASSURED BY OZZY OSBOURNE THAT GLINDA, THE GOOD WITCH WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT... OZZY-“But first, We have a big concert here tonite and you kids can be my guest...After the show, I will grant Whatever your wish is...” WALLY AND ERIC-“We are musicians too... We will really enjoy this...” OZZY-“Come with me backstage and you can see our performers for tonight...” WHEN THEY WALK BACKSTAGE, THEY ARE IN AWE OF WHO THEY SEE... ... ... WALLY-“This is incredible, Lennon, Harrison, David Bowie, Ricky Nelson and two members of my favorite all time band, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones...We wish we could play with the Stones...” OZZY-Well, I told you that you had one wish and you’re wish is my command...You can play with the Stones...” ERIC”-No, that’s not the wish we wanted...We wish to go back home..” BUT IT WAS TOO LATE...THEIR DREAM WAS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE... OZZY-“Goodbye and hope you have fun playing with the Stones...Yabba Dabba Doo” STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT EPISODE WHERE ERIC AND WALLY GET TO JAM WITH THE STONES, FRED AND BARNEY...
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  3. DYNAMITE - DANCING ON DOWN (UNRELEASED)
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  4. Love that there's such a shared history on this Board. We really were like an extended family.
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  5. Welcome, Rhonda! Your story is like everyone’s story…something about Eric’s music talked to all of us! Make yourself at home. Take your shoes off. We’ve built a pretty close community here. Above all else, have fun! Bernie
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  6. Boy oh boy...This is gonna have to be a calculated response...With AOC firmly entrenched in the harem, we need to measure every word...Maybe, I will be able to formulate a proper politically correct response after Thanksgiving, maybe on Black Friday...DAMMIT...BLACK Friday...There's a violation right there... About the only automatic response that I could feel with certainty isn’t offensive is that, indeed, Hillary was much hotter when her body was docked at the White House...Oh God, another violation...WHITE House???...and I mentioned God...another violation...That’s three violations in one post and that, my friends? is a TRIFECTA...
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  7. Kevin Raleigh went on to form the band Dynamite with Jim Bonfanti & Dave Smalley in their post Raspberries days. To the best of my knowledge, the album they cut was never released. Kevin was also in Jim's band, Pictures. Kevin is probably best known for his work with the late Michael Stanley in the Michael Stanley Band. The MSB's best known record features Kevin on vocals. youtu.be/HplvE-GXUtw
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  8. My brother and I got something extra special from Santa in 1965.
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  9. Lew, I saw that Sweet needs a new publicity manager...
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  10. Lew, rooting for you to come out of this in a better place...there are no Lewsers here!
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  11. https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-10-best-glam-rock-albums
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  12. A monumental task it would be to rank my favorite Live Albums. The ones that have already been mentioned are all good IMO. Don't know how a list of the Top 50 Live albums can be made and exclude REO's "You Get What You Play For". That would definitely make my Top 10 List. Another one that would make my list, but not mentioned anywhere so far is Head East Live from 1978. I have also always liked Bob Seger's "Live Bullet" even though it probably doesn't make my Top 10. "Wings Over America", "Frampton Comes Alive" & UFO "Stranger's In The Night" and Raspberries "Pop Art Live" are shoe-ins to make my list. So I guess I've mentioned six that would be in my Top 10. Now to come up with the other four. Hmmm.
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  13. Hang in there, Lew. The Universe has just told you it's time to take stock. Maybe it's time to work for the toughest boss of all, yourself. You have years of experience and many skills. You have the brains and entrepreneurial spirit to make it work. Jump in the pool with James, me and others. The water is fine! 😊
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  14. Something I've worked on for some years is the basics of what the Stoics taught, ie: that it matters not what the world throws at you because the world cannot do harm to your soul, mind or heart (your inner being) ..unless you allow the world to do so. So it matters not what the world does to you, because what matters is how you respond to what the world throws at you. Corruption? Evil? Pandemic? Govt harassing and stealing from me? .....bring it on Mr. World!......I'll fight back with a smile, sans hatred in my heart, and I'll enjoy the fight as much as any success or good stuff the world throws my way. Easier said than done, but can be done. Take care Lew, you're a big time winner with a ton of love and youthfulness in you. God still needs you out there as his soldier, especially in these times. He will take care of you. James
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  15. Not in any particular order, but I spun these a lot back in the day: Cheap Trick, 'At Budokan' Kiss, 'Alive!' Paul McCartney, 'Wings Over America' The Rolling Stones, 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!' Grand Funk Railroad, 'Live Album' Peter Frampton, 'Frampton Comes Alive!' The Who, 'Live at Leeds' Deep Purple, 'Made in Japan' The Allman Brothers Band, 'At Fillmore East'
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  16. I don't know why Message Boards are a thing of the past...you get sooooooo much more here than on Disgracebook. 🙃
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  17. My friends and I published a comic book fanzine back in the '70s called "The Fans of Central Jersey." We tape recorded Shatner's appearance and published this transcript—printed for the first time here since appearing in that 1976 fanzine! Questions & Answers with William Shatner The following is a transcription of a one-man show, William Shatner brilliantly performed at Middlesex College on November 15, 1976. In the outtakes below, William Shatner answers questions put to him from members of the audience. William Shatner: I have some amusing and interesting stories that will come up about "Star Trek," and what you’ll find me doing, is rambling on, trying to expand and answer—sometimes I’ll forget what the question is, and you’ll have to remind me, but we’ll get to know each other. IS THERE GOING TO BE A STAR TREK MOVIE? Shatner: You betcha! Eight million dollars worth! It’s being written now, and I’ve signed the contract to play Captain Kirk. They’re going to try and insure their eight million dollar investment at Paramount studios by writing in star parts for major motion picture stars so it’ll give them the theatricality, is that neat? The people at Paramount don’t know that this is going on! I can’t believe that they don’t know the whole country is caught up in a fervor of "Star Trek!" I mean, in Ashland, Kentucky you can see "Star Trek" twelve times a week! This is about the thirty-fifth appearance I’ve made in colleges in the U.S., and I think it’s amazing that I don’t think that Paramount knows what’s going on! We keep trying to tell them! It’s really astonishing. Anyway, so there’s going to be this big movie, it’s going to be made this summer; released probably by the end of the year; it’s going to be something! WHICH WAS YOUR FAVORITE STAR TREK EPISODE? "THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES?" Shatner: Tribbles? No! In fact, I’ll tell you why I don’t like tribbles. I don’t like tribbles because—WELL, I’LL TELL YOU WHY I DON’T LIKE TRIBBLES! The whole answer starts at some college in Connecticuit. There I was, acting my little heart out. I’m in a scene, saying something or other, and then...THUNK!...a tribble! Let me hastily add, for those of you with tribble in hand, don’t get any ideas! There was a bright spotlight on me, and I just saw something white go by. And suddenly, my mind went back to one convention I had been at in NYC, where somebody threw something at me—a pie. But it was a week old pie! It could have been used as a tire! And the last instance, as it was coming towards me, I’d seen this thing coming at me, and ARRGH! “Wack” it hit me on the shoulder—and this guy raced out before me, as five thousand people jumped on him—They all wanted to protect their captain, y’know. Imagine, five thousand trekkies become an enraged mob! First of all, in that instant that thing came by, I didn’t know what it was. I gotta tell ‘ya, pie didn’t really enter my mind as it went sailing by! Then the guards jumped on this guy, so I say to the crowd, “Alright! Let’s find out why he did that! Stand away, stand back!” You know, the whole psychological bit!!! All I could think of throughout it, was, “My God, it’s happening again! “What that taught me, was, not to talk too much to college audiences! Back to "Star Trek," we made it at about 6 days per segment. So anything that’s complicated, is avoided. So, "Star Trek"—there I am faced time and again with challenges, I, as an actor, had never been faced with and one day, a script comes in, and it says “a woman comes into your body.” I point to that show to serve as an example of the challenges I faced in "Star Trek!" WILL THE SERIES EVER RETURN? Shatner: The producer of the movie, Jerry Isenberg says, “We can do anything! We can kill Kirk, or we can kill Spock! Then we can bring them back to life—I mean it is science fiction, isn’t it?” So I said “Kill Spock!” The movie is going to be open ended, like James Bond, so that if it’s successful—there’ll be another. I asked the producer what’d happen if it wasn’t successful, and he said, “If it’s not successful, I don’t want to talk about it!” Now, if it’s somewhere in between, if it is a middling success, the series would come back to TV, at an hour and a half—or two hour form. Would I do it? Yes, I would! DID YOU STUDY ACTING? Shatner: No, I really never did do the slightest formal study. But what I did was devote a lot of years to acting. I started when I was a kid, about six years old. I did a play at some camp in the Northern wilds of Quebec. I think they sent me up there to get rid of me. All I remember was people were trying to take me away from my dog. I always wanted a dog, and, my parents argument was, in the muddy streets of Montreal, the dog would run around outside, come in, and dirty the carpets and furniture. They’d say, “You can have a hobby horse—but you can’t have a dog!” So now that I’m an adult—I’ve really got dogs, I breed them—Dobermans—and so I remember my crying on stage as a kid, “Don’t take my dog away from me!!!” And the audience of parents, was crying—but whether it was my acting that made the audience cry, or something that they saw in the performance, didn’t matter, I felt that I had touched the crowd, at the age of six. IN MOST OF THE STAR TREK EPISODES, YOU SEEM TO BE FIGHTING A LOT, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU EVER GOT HURT? Shatner: Oh yeah! See, my finger’s all bent out of shape. I also broke my leg. But I’ll tell you about my finger. The finger was sort of after "Star Trek," but I blame it on it because I was Captain Kirk! Here’s the scene, I’m in a low buget movie. Yes, I was in a low budget movie! And yes, I did a commercial. Aright, now it’s out in the open! Promise, promise, promise, promise, promise. Do you know who Harold Sakata is? Harold Sakata, was Odd Job in "Goldfinger." He’s a professional wrestler. His (neck muscles) came out of his ears. He’s 250 lbs, and a beautiful Hawaiian man. He’s built, like your average alien. So I’m standing on the top of a roof, and I’m supposed to throw this lariat over—and land it over his head, then pull him up, tie it down, and run around the side of the building. This movie was so low budget, that the director gave me this line to say, “Hang in there!” So I said to the director, “I can jump off that roof, and slide down the rope!” And so he said, “You can do that?” “Hey, man, I’m Captain Kirk!” was my swift reply. But this movie was so low budget, that when I say lariat, I don’t mean hemp, I mean nylon! They went out and bought clothesline. So now, I throw the lariat over Harold’s head. He’s got tied to him a leather-like strap, which is attached to a cable. Behind me, on the roof, are three special effects men who pull him up on the cable (out of the view of the cameras). This way, his weight is supported on his shoulders instead of his neck! Also, I said, “When I slide down, how can I prevent myself from slipping?” So the special effects men said they’d tie knots in the rope so I could get a hand-hold on the rope when I slide down it. Everything was working out great! So, Harold Sakata’s standing below, I’m on the roof, and the director yells action. Harold Sakata is standing on boxes, the cable attached; I throw the lariat over his head; the prop men kick away the boxes; the prop men on the roof pull up the cable; and there he is dangling from it. And now, I slide down the rope! Suddenly I feel my finger go CRACK and I yell, "AAARGHHH!" so I jumped down fast, looked up, and there he was. Harold Sakata, fourteen feet off the ground! President Nixon, once said, "Let him hang there, and twist slowly in the wind." Had he said that, years ago, I would have known that a man hanging there, twists and turns in the wind! So, as I slid down the rope, Harold Sakata spun around with the rope! And when I got down, I looked up and saw him hanging there! He was choking! him, and they cut him down. So dear Harold figures he owes me his life—but he's got a size 14 neck now! YOU'VE HAD MANY FEMALE CO-STARS ON STAR TREK, WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE? Shatner: Well, I really do like girls. Captain Kirk likes girls. It was hard to choose between them, and I really can't remember them! No, not really, it was so long ago! It's a strange thing, but I can memorize lines very quickly, and easily forget them. In fact, I can see a Star Trek episode today, and wonder how it's going to turn out. What's going to happen next? That’s the truth. On certain segments, I have no idea on how it's gonna end, and I have a great time just watching them. I HEARD THAT THOSE SPOCK EARS HURT WHILE YOU WERE FILMING STAR TREK. IS THAT TRUE? Shatner: That's your question, huh? Actualy don't get violent now, but Leonard spent about an hour and a half in makeup every day for months and months each year. Finally in the third year, he ended up with scars on the backs of his ears. He might not have gone on to a fourth year, just because of that, had it gone on for a fourth year. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HAVING INTER-RACIAL VULCANS ABOARD THE ENTERPRISE? Shatner: Inter-racial Vulcans? That's the blondest man I've ever seen, and he's asking me, about inter-racial Vulcans! I think that there should be inter-racial everything. WHAT'S THE CAPITAL OF NORTH DAKOTA? Shatner: What? How did you control yourself up till now? Or, let me put it this way, I thank you for controlling yourself up till now! What did you say? WHAT'S THE CAPITAL OF NORTH DAKOTA? Shatner: What's the capital of North Dakota? That is Fargo, isn't it? C'Mon now, what do you really want to know? WHY WAS "STAR TREK" CANCELLED? Shatner: Essentially why every show is taken off, the Nielson's indicated that only a certain number of people were watching. In that third year, we were on late Friday. That's a death slot. Nobody watches television then. They don't tune just to see a show, unless you're stoned out of your head, where you can't even find the channel selector, so the Nielsons indicated we were in the middle 40s in popularity, kind of “never, neverland” since the networks figure, the more popular a show is, the more they can charge for commercials. So around the 40-50 area, they’re more likely to replace you—with the hope, they’ll get a winner, but if they don’t get a winner, they won’t do much worse than in the forties. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST "STAR TREK" BLOOPER? Shatner: The blooper film was put together for a Christmas party. It was a whole twenty-minute film, spliced together for the cast. We laughed, and laughed at it! But as far as we were concerned, that Christmas party was the end of the bloopers—till one day, about five years ago, I was skiing, and I fell. Now, I tried to get up in six feet of powder, and I’m all alone— the wind is blowing. So I felt that I would freeze there. But suddenly, down the hill, I see somebody coming. He comes next to me and looks at me. Then he says, “Have you seen the blooper film?” I said, “What? The blooper film? Help me up for God’s sake!” So that’s the first time I knew the blooper film was going around the theaters. They were charging people admission to see me looking like a fool! You know those doors on the bridge that opened when we walked through them? Well I don’t want to destroy your fantasies—but, there were two little guys behind, opening the doors when we walked through them. That’s right, promise. Now, the stage hands were notorious for getting drunk. So, the blooper film, has a number of scenes with me bumping into the doors. Then, the blooper film also has a euphemism for the word “shoot” all through it. I said a lot of shoots! Whenever anything went wrong, I’d say, “Shhoot!”, I mean there were many variations. Sometimes, “Shooooot!” or “SHHHEEEEOOOOOOT!” So they cut together about twenty-five & it sounded like, “Shoot! Shoooot! Shoot! Shoot! SHHHEEEEOOOOOT!” I KNOW YOU’RE A FAN OF HISTORY. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL CHARACTER? Shatner: Alexander the Great. HOW MANY ALIENS DID YOU KILL WITH PHASERS? Shatner: First of all, my directive from the admiralty was not to kill anybody. So, what we did was to put our phasers on “Stun.” Invariably, what we did is stun the aliens. If we put it on heavy stun, they‘d stay out for a while, and then, we had a special device on that gun. We would open their minds, so that the bad aliens would become good aliens. So I really never killed anybody. But I stunned an awful lot. Captain Kirk wasn’t allowed to kill people. IS IT TRUE BONES’ MEDICAL EQUIPMENT WERE SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS? Shatner: Yes, I think they were. WHY DID YOU HAVE SO MANY NATIONALITIES—SCOTTISH, RUSSIAN, ETC., ON THE BRIDGE? WAS THERE ANY REASON FOR IT? Shatner: Yes, to entertain you. DO YOU GET ANY RESIDUALS FROM THE MERCHANDISING OF "STAR TREK?" Shatner: No, we don’t get any money from that! I tell you how I feel about it, how both Leonard and I feel about it. Leonard was walking in London, England. He stopped, to look at a billboard. The billboard’s divided into three sections. The first section is Leonard’s face with the ears—Spock—the ears are drooping. The second section of the billboard has Leonard, with the drooping ears, holding, a tankard of ale. The third section had an empty tankard of ale, and Leonard, with pointed ears, straight up in the air. So Leonard and I have had this battle, with whoever licenses "Star Trek," for a long time. I mean, kids are walking around with my face on their shirts. Occasionally I see a postcard with my face on it. People are exploiting us. So, Leonard goes back to the studio and says, “There’s a demeaning billboard of me out there. Did you guys O.K. it?” So, he goes to his lawyer, and tries to sue. Now, let’s look into the background of this "Star Trek" phenomenon. We’re here celebrating a show that’s been canceled for seven years. That’s weird. You all are weird! And I’m even weirder for being here! So we’re all a little weird for being here! HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THE MOVIE? Shatner: Well, I was working on the series "Barbary Coast," which was done at Paramount, coincidentally. It was on one end of Paramount, and "Star Trek" had been filmed at the other end of Paramount. I had never, for the longest time, revisited the stage area where "Star Trek" was filmed. So one day, I decided to go there. I was looking at the stages, you know, for nostalgia and the good times we had there; and I walked down a road of offices, on that very cold and dismal day. They were the writer’s offices for "Star Trek." So as I’d been walking and remembering the times—I suddenly heard the sound of a typewriter! That was the strangest thing, ’cause these offices were deserted. So I followed the sound, till I came to the entrance of this building. And the sound was getting louder as I went into the building. I went down a hallway, where the offices for "Star Trek" were located, and the typewriter noise was getting louder, until—finally I came to the "Star Trek" offices, and the name was still there, it read “STAR THE—“ the “K” was faded! It was kind of symbolic, “STAR TRE-.” I slowly opened the door. WERE YOU SCARED? Shatner: Were you scared? Hey, I’m Captain Kirk!! So, I opened the door, and there was Gene Roddenberry! He was sitting in a corner, typing, “click, click, clack!” So I sort of looked at him. I hadn’t seen him in 5 years, I said, “Gene, the series has been canceled!” He said, “I know, I know the series has been canceled! I’m writing the movie!” So I said, “There’s gonna be a movie? What’s it gonna be about?” So he says, “First of all we got to explain how you guys got older. So, what we have to do is move everybody up a rank, You, become an admiral! And the rest of the cast become Star Trek commanders.” “One day, a force, comes toward Earth—might be God, might be the devil, breaking everything in its path, except the minds of the Starship commanders. So we gotta find all the original crewmen for the Starship Enterprise, but first—where is Spock? He’s back on Vulcan, doing R&R in Vulcan; five year mission—seven years of R&R. He swam back upstream. So we gotta go get him.” I call that show, “What Makes Salmon Run?” So we get Spock, do battle, and it was a great story! But the studio turned it down. But that’s the way man is; "Star Trek" hoped one day, man would explore strange new worlds; seek out new life and new civilizations; and boldly go, where no man has gone before. Goodnight.
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  18. The video that James posted failed to play, so I'll post a substitute.
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  19. Vinnie, I'll do you one better. Here's a photo I took of Shatner at the event. Bernie
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  20. Hello everyone on this wonderful website that I seem to be discovering so late in life. Thank you Bernie for accepting my application and thank you Lew for welcoming me. I've been checking out the website for about a month while I waited for my application to be accepted. I am overwhelmed with the information and so much that I didn't know. And so much that I have in common with all of you. Please bear with me as there's much to learn about navigating this site ...hope I don't screw up. Eric Carmen's music has been a part of my life since I was a young teenager struggling with the gift of music and my own music career and not knowing how to express it... what to do with continuous music that filled my head since I was 5. A little teaser... I was learning from his music for about a year before I even knew who he was... the power of music, especially Eric's, to me, is SO very strong, that it even can reach a lonely teenage girl on a farm in the middle of the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada... who only had the family radio as a means of listening to music.... and not one of my seven siblings or my parents had any inklings of music and no music was ever played in the home . Talk to you all later. Rhonda B.
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  21. Happy Thanksgiving all! Bernie, you forgot one LOL:
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  22. I hear they were going to play "You Can't Always Get What You Want" LOL
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  23. I was lucky to have been at VH1 Studios the day this appearance was filmed—sitting just a few feet off-camera to the left of the band, Susie.
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  24. In 1998, when Scott McCarl released his incredible "Play On" CD, he held a concert for his launch party. His backing band at the Odeon—a small club in Cleveland, Ohio—included Jim Bonfanti, Wally Bryson and Dave Smalley. Ken Sharp and I had made plans to attend. Before the show, we stopped by Eric's house and tried to convince him to go with us to the show. If we were successful, we'd get to see Raspberries live—with Eric—for the first time in our lives! Ultimately, Eric decided not to go, feeling that his presence would steal the thunder from Scott and his new CD. Over the years, I've seen Eric play alone. I've seen Jim play alone. I've seen Wally play alone. I've seen various combinations of the guys play together, along with many of the original band reunion shows. I love this band so much, that I have always supported them—in whatever combination—and will continue to do so.
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  25. I like it!!! Of course few folks can match the beauty of the Raspberries' unplugged version of the song, but this fella makes a valid attempt. I call this the "grown-up" version of IWBWY. It's still an intense lust song that when slowed becomes more mature. The fella is more contemplative and deliberate as opposed to the fast version which has teenage hormones rarin' to go. I'm ready for that long rainy night beside the cozy fireplace, a nice bottle of wine and soft music... 😊
    2 points
  26. I have to confess...I went to see the Sweet a few years ago...There were 2 touring units at that time with each group having an original member...One of the groups had an original member that was fat and they other had an original guy that was really fat...I saw the version with the really fat guy...The other band members were dressed in waiter’s outfits in case the original guy had an anxiety Attack...There was a red jacket on the floor on the stage so I figured that he’d already eaten one guy... They were playing and sounding a lot heavier than their records and they changed the names/ titles of their songs...Love Is Like Oxycoton, Lox On A Bun and Ballroom Blintz...Someone said Panasonic was there at the show and he is really fat as well...When I walked into the show, I saw a guy grazing on the front lawn so that might have been him...
    2 points
  27. Sweet... Isn't that name ironic?
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  28. I've come to the conclusion that all men are warriors on some level. I kind of abandoned boxing, also, but for a different reason. I enjoy UFC even more! While on the surface it appears even more brutal, far fewer people die in that sport. Boxing subjects the brain to an accumulation of punches- a lot of head trauma. UFC fighters use really light gloves, really no more than a knuckle covering, and fights are over with fewer punches. Submissions are a big part of the game, and an opponent can 'tap out' at any time. The refs are very good at protecting a helpless fighter, jumping in to stop a bout when it is obvious the opponent can no longer protect themselves. It's still hard to rationalize my enjoyment of the sport, but there it is!
    2 points
  29. Nice goldmine article about Dan... https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.goldminemag.com/.amp/columns/fabulous-flip-sides-in-memoriam-eric-carmens-lead-guitarist-dan-hrdlicka
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  30. And the boys could play a guest appearance of Come Around and See Me at the Tropicana Club/Club Babalu with Ricky & his orchestra while Lucy & Ethel stir a pot of mischief dragging Amy & Kay into the mix. Bet these folks had zero idea that they would become the stars of fan fiction!!!! 😊 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    2 points
  31. Thanks for the Westport shout-out...and for writing me into the story. BTW, if Eric and Wally had tried the next house the storyline would have been much different....
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  32. Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York should be on any list live or studio. Something about a band stripped down to the basics will always win out over most rock performances. Live albums always sound better if you have actually seen the band in question live.
    2 points
  33. Oh man! Sorry to hear that Lew. A friend from my past found me here several weeks ago, and we've been doing a lot of private messaging. One of the things he wrote was... "I am a great believer in everything happening for reasons we can't imagine. I believe that was a life lesson that I learned just when I needed to. I have had a few of those in my time and they always made me a better version of me. ....things that happened and seemed like the end of the world, only to end up bettering my life in the end." Yep. Life throws things at us occasionally that knock us out of our comfort zone. In the end, we seem to adapt and come out of it in a better place.
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  34. ....on my Twitter feed just now. Talk amongst yourselves: : )
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  35. James - first some "back story" ........ My husband is nearly the same "vintage" as Eric 😉 and was, for the most part, a really decent self-taught "chords" guy having taught himself piano keyboard surrepticiously borrowing his older sisters' piano lessons books then also getting skilled on chords in 5th & 6th grade on the ukelele by his Italian uncle (Jay's grandparents immigrated to Cleveland in the 1910's escaping the post-earthquake poverty in Sicily, and Jay's dad Joe and siblings grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland! Jay's dad became a national champion gymnast and eventually got hired to be the first Chicago suburban high school boys gymnastics coach, so that's where Jay and his 3 older sisters were raised! [That's the short story!]). Jay delved into folk music, playing a stand-up bass he constructed in his parents' living room, starting in jr. high with a locally popular folk music trio that got hired around town for gigs (early 1960's) - yep - jr. high kids getting gigs! 😉 He also took up guitar and was great at that as well, taking lessons from a Chet Atkins' protege. He discovered barbershop music in high school and went "all in" in that direction, allthewhile pursuing a music teaching degree at Boston U. (with teachers such as John Oliver and Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Institute). The Music Composition degree came later at the well-known Big 10 school Northwestern Univ. close to "home" (northern Chicago burbs). 50+ years later, after achieving 1st place gold medals as a barbershop quartet champion AND chorus director (which is a rareified distinction in that genre), my husband's nick name is "The Chord Lord" and he's not only a Hall of Famer but was also recognized with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award with the Barbershop Harmony Society. The reason I say all that is because Justin Miller was the Music Dir. of the Westminster Chorus for many many years, and Justin's dad John Miller not only was in jr. high and New Trier High School choirs with my husband but was also the bass singer in their quartet - Grandma's Boys (1979 champs). So ..... (back to the actual explanation about this YouTube footage...) , this commission for this choral work came from Justin right at a time when my husband had just had open heart bypass surgery, so Jay was "laid up" from his regular dayjob of computer programming (that's a whole other story 😉 . When Justin sent him the text of the James Agee poem which served as the lyrics for this work, Jay laid out this composition for double mens chorus in about TWO DAYS! (I was blessed to hear it all unfold because of the FINALE music notation program playback over & over again (hahaha)! Similar to what Eric has said, "writing the music is the easy part" if you have the lyrics to work with in the first place. And that's what happened here with this a cappella choral music composition set to pre-existing lyrics (yes, our small-ish music publishing company works with the James Agee Estate to share all copyrights 50/50% - I'm technically the Copyrights/Licensing Mgr. for GSB Medal Music 🙂 ). Westminster Chorus has laid down several recordings, but the "Still Crazy After All These Years" recording with the "Sure On This Shining Night" track is where it's most recently included. Interestingly, Westminster also performed another of Jay's choral arrangements ("Early American Uptempo Medley") at the World Choir Games where they were given both divisional winners and overall grand champion. That track is included on the other recording ("It Only Takes a Moment"). Since all our non-profit, all-volunteer-singer barbershop choruses worldwide have effectively had to halt rehearsals and performances during the pandemic, I'm sure the Westminster Chorus would be very grateful for your purchase of their recording(s)! (It looks like these recordings are also available for download on iTunes, where I'm grateful to have found most all of Eric Carmen's recordings & paid for the downloads in recent weeks! 😉 https://westminsterchorus.org/music/
    2 points
  36. Good to see you on board and posting, Helen…
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  37. https://www.s9.com/Biography/wally-bryson/
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  38. https://www.tunefind.com/artist/eric-carmen
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  39. Bump....this thread needs to be read at least once a year. Wish the stuff that Lew posted on Sweet's site was recorded here.
    2 points
  40. Can't wait for the next installment. Lew is on a roll...
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  41. I'm certain many of you will remember this grade school music appreciation filmstrip version of tone poem, Danse Macabre, Opus 40 by one of my favorite Romantic Era French composers, Camille Saint-Saëns. The watercolor illustrations by Harold Dexter Hoppes are magnificent. Enjoy!!! 🎃🖤💀🧡🦇🦴🎻
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  42. OMG, .....that was fun. OMG...I hate cliff hangers!!...cuz the waiting is so painful. Who shot JR? Will Catwoman ever join Batman's harem?? Will James ever get his new tv show idea - "Harems of the stars" - off the ground??? ....and now this new Carmen/Bryson melodrama.
    2 points
  43. Me too Kirk, but then again, unlike Susie, we did not go to schools for the future Renaissance Men and Women of the world. : ) P.S. strong stuff Susie!
    2 points
  44. Happy Halloween everybody 🎃👻🎃👻
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  45. I do want to mention the grandaddy of all film vamps, Count Orlok as portrayed by Max Schreck in F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, or in the original German: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens. I am a HUGE fan of German Expressionism in film, especially director Robert Wiene's 1920 masterwork, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, as well as Fritz Lang's magnificent and visionary 1927 film, Metropolis. These directors and their peers laid the cinematic groundwork for the next generation of filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles who implemented Expressionism in their great films. Back to Count Orlok who was THE first and unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stoker's heirs successfully sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement.
    2 points
  46. Man, I loved this band when I was in high school. My band did a killer version of "Pull Away." Nobody who came out to hear us ever heard Dust, so most people thought we were playing an original song. Bernie PS: They had cool LP covers, too, painted by the legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta!
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