Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs On Musical Mayhem!

My lovely dual cassette player died today.  It had been faithfully serving me and my rare cassette playing needs since the last century, so though I am sad to see it go, I can't complain.  Fortunately, the reason I bought it was to transfer some cassette recordings to digital formats I could post on the Internet and store electronically.  I did most of that in 1999-2002 and then a bit more in 2012-2013, so I have all that done, but the cassette player's passing did remind me that I should finally get rolling on another archival project I planned on doing.  Just like I had a stack of cassette audio recordings slowly working their way towards obsolescence and decay, I also have a stack of video recordings on VHS heading the same way.  So before my VCR, purchased about the same time as my dual cassette player, croaks, I have started to transfer some of the videos to digital.  This is the first one.  Filmed in 1991, it is an episode of Musical Mayhem, a cable public access show from Defiance, Ohio USA (?), which featured The Escaped Fetal Pigs.  Our friend Jimmie Frederick produced the show with a little help from our other pal Lisa Collet.  This is the introduction to the show and features the band visiting a pig farm, among other fun bits.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Goodbye To News Of The Weird!

I've enjoyed reading News Of The Weird for many years.  Every week, it usually makes me laugh out loud with one or more incredibly strange yet true news story.  Sadly, it's coming to an end.  After almost 30 years of collecting and sharing strange news stories, Chuck Shepherd is retiring.  Someone else may take over the column, but it will never be the same.  Robert, thank you for years of chuckles!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Story

"Operative 73 Takes A Swim", a new story, will be published on New Pop Lit soon.  I will, of course, let you know when.  In other news, Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead, my latest novel, is being prepared for publication.  I hope to have it out later this year.