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Thursday, August 16, 2018

(TIME-WARP) The Death of a King!

Journalist Tony Scherman writes that by early 1977, "Elvis Presley had become a grotesque caricature of his sleek, energetic former self. Hugely overweight, his mind dulled by the pharmacopoeia he daily ingested, he was barely able to pull himself through his abbreviated concerts." In Alexandria, Louisiana, the singer was on stage for less than an hour and "was impossible to understand". Presley failed to appear in Baton Rouge; he was unable to get out of his hotel bed, and the rest of the tour was cancelled. Despite the accelerating deterioration of his health, he stuck to most touring commitments.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

(TIME-WARP) Remembering Marilyn Monroe who died 56 Years ago this weekend!

On August 5, 1962, at 4:25 am, LAPD sergeant Jack Clemmons received a call from Dr. Ralph Greenson, Monroe's psychiatrist, saying that Monroe was found dead at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. She was 36 years old. At the subsequent autopsy, eight milligram per cent of chloral hydrate and 4.5 milligram percent of Nembutal were found in her system, and Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles County Coroners office recorded cause of death as "acute barbiturate poisoning", resulting from a "probable suicide".

Sunday, March 11, 2018

(OVTV) TIME warp: The Gay 80's

Please watch some of the video below, which is part of the video projection that played during SPKR: Evolution of the Queer Dancefloor in 2010 at -- a benefit for the GLBT Historical Society and  features the music of five legendary gay clubs in San Francisco: the Trocadero Transfer, Townsend, the I-Beam, the EndUp, and the Box.Party in San Francisco and which featured a Los Angeles local news item on the booming gay culture in San Francisco circa 1981, just before the AIDS crisis came and shut it down for a while. Oh, the good ol days...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

(TIME WARP): What's an Internet?

Remember 1994?  But apparently it was a magical time of pre-crazy Mel Gibson, Dems getting trounced in midterm elections, and ... talking heads on the teevee trying to explain something called the "Internet." Observe as Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel wonder aloud: "What is the Internet anyway?!" Some sort of "giant computer network!" It'll probably never catch on. Clip unearthed by the folks over at Buzzfeed, via HuffPo.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

(TIME Warp) The Legend of the Star Wars Holiday Special!

The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 1978 American television special set in the Star Wars galaxy. It was one of the first official Star Wars spin-offs, and was directed by Steve Binder (and written by Gay Icon, Bruce Vilanch). The show was broadcast in its entirety only once, in the United States and Canada, November 17, 1978 (39 Years ago), on the U.S. television network CBS. 



In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca's home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca's family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy (Later retconned to Attichitcuk, Mallatobuck, and Lumpawarrump, respectively).

Sunday, September 17, 2017

(TIME warp) After 32 Years, this show is still the Gold Standard!

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom created by Susan Harris, which originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the show centers on four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida. It was produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, in association with Touchstone Television, and Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, and Harris served as the original executive producers.

The Golden Girls received critical acclaim throughout most of its run and won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. It also won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. All four stars each received an Emmy Award throughout the series' run and had multiple nominations. The series also ranked among the top ten highest-rated programs for six out of its seven seasons.

Betty White is the last remaining Cast Member. Watch Reruns on Logo, Hallmark, Lifetime and TV Land! Wooo!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

(TIME-warp) The Day when we swooned Swayze!

Dirty Dancing  opened August 21, 1987 (30 years ago this past week). Every Gay man (or woman) swooned over a shirtless, Patrick Swayze. Plus Jennifer Grey (Daughter of Gay Icon, Joel Grey) and Broadway Legend, Jerry Orbach.

The story is a coming of age drama that documents a teenage girl's coming of age through a relationship with a dance instructor whom she encounters during the family's summer vacation.

Originally a low-budget film by a new studio and with no major stars, Dirty Dancing  became a massive box office hit. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

(Blank on Blank) Meryl Streep on Beauty!

"It's very humbling to imagine somebody else's real life and their pain ... It's my drug"
- Meryl Streep

Interview by Christine Spines, 2008

Read Christine's Meryl Streep profile here: http://bit.ly/1miZ1XR

Friday, August 29, 2014

(Filming Locations) Back To The Future Part 2, 25 years later!

http://www.AdamTheWoo.com - The second in a series of videos I'm doing with Justin from http://LiveFastDiePoor.com as we venture around to hunt down all the spots from the entire trilogy. These are the locations specifically from part 2.

Friday, August 15, 2014

(Filming Locations) Back To The Future; 30 YEARS LATER!

http://www.AdamTheWoo.com - The second in a series of videos I'm doing with Justin from http://LiveFastDiePoor.com as we venture around to hunt down all the spots from the entire trilogy. These are the locations specifically from part 1 .

Thursday, November 14, 2013

(MY View) Coming Out and Finding Happiness!

by Matt Jacobi

There are all kinds of bullying stories. It seems that everyone has a tale to tell, especially if they are gay. In some ways bullying stories are as common to hear as our famous coming-out sagas. Perhaps sharing our story is a way for us to bond together, to relate to each other, to show how far we have come. Are times changing? Are things getting better for kids in schools? Is the world becoming a nicer place where everyone is accepted? I would like to believe so, but there is still a lot of work left to do. There are certain things that we cannot control. Some kids are always going to be mean to others who are different. They may learn how to hate from all sorts of examples in life: parents, grandparents, peers, media, church, etc. What can we do? I think we must continue telling our stories, showing the world that we will not tolerate bullying, educating people that we are not lesser human beings. Our human rights should not differ from the person sitting next to us. With that said, I share with you my own story.

The first time I realized I was different from the other boys was in elementary school. I had no interest in sports. I talked differently: My voice was as high as a kite. I was incredibly scrawny and shy for my age. I gravitated toward hanging out with the girls, not just because I felt more comfortable around them but because I was not accepted by the other guys in my class. I did not have an athletic bone in my body, and I wore big black-framed eyeglasses that covered half my face. I dreaded gym class and despised anything that would mess up my perfectly parted hair. Talking about what girl was the hottest or what my favorite football team was did not interest me, and the guys knew it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

(MY View) The Global Glory Hole!

by Mark Simpson

I was 16 when saw my first glory hole -- or, rather, saw my first filled glory hole. It was in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, a public-spirited, snobbish spa town well-served by shiny Victorian lavatories. The throbbing, fleshy wall fitting in my tiled cubicle was quite a sight. Glorious, even. Truly an impressive, proud piece of polished plumbing.

Cottaging, or cruising for sex in public lavatories and parks, was once a mainstay of the gay demi-monde. It's easy to see why. When any and all sex between men was still illegal, as it was in the UK before the (partial) decriminalization of 1967, anonymous sex was often the only kind available. It was probably the only sensible kind too, since the more your partner knew about you, the more you left yourself open to blackmail. Thanks to British municipal pride, toilets were everywhere -- and also nowhere: a kind of wordless no man's land where anything might happen. Much like homosexuality.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

(Gwissues) Mommie Dearest with Christina Crawford!

Christina Crawford talks about the abusive relationship with her famous adopted mother Joan Crawford and the loss in translation between Mommie Dearest the book vs. Mommie Dearest the movie.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

(Young Americans) Body Image!

Food, beauty, health - we delve into these topics and get a glimpse into the expectations young people place on themselves today.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

(Young Americans): Media Representations!

From movies, TV shows, commercials and even to the digital space, does today's media realistically portray our generation?



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

(Young Americans) Asian American Experience!


Next up, we discover what outdated stereotypes and everyday experiences Asian-Americans have to deal with today.




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