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Archive for March, 2007

Unrequited “LOVE”

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

love.jpgI was really looking forward to seeing the Cirque du Soleil performance of “Love” – the epic Beatles production of which I wrote about the soundtrack here – on the evening of February 10. Our tickets were for the late show at the Sahara, so Bob, the Wileys, and I had plenty of time to walk over to the casino following our dinner at Battista’s – and our jam-packed day of visiting the Hoover Dam and other adventures in Nevada. We had excellent seats near the front of the stage. It was a theater-in-the-round style staging and we could see everything from where we were sitting. Read the rest of this entry »

Siesta Key 1980: The Beach

Friday, March 30th, 2007

sie3.jpgMom remembers that the Central Printing condo was on a very private area of the beach. In fact Siesta Key itself was a very small and mostly private island – so whenever we had to go into town for food, we had to drive our new 1980 Buick (which my Dad remembers had stick shift problems on the way down and had to be looked at) into Sarasota. Therefore, mostly we stayed at our little condo and ate meals that my Mom cooked and swam in the ocean (allowing ample time as not to get cramps). As indicated by the following pictures, we did do quite a bit of splashing in the waves.

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Highlights of the 2000 Convention

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

sea.jpgI had stopped creating my “Dante’s Info” newsletters in the Summer of 2000 around the time that Denise and I attended the Sea-Tac convention. But when I resumed production of them in early 2002, one of the first things I did was to publish the article “Highlights of the 2000 Convention.” Here is the article in its entirety. As this was written for the express purpose of publication in the newsletter, it is simply a broad overview of the convention. I’ll add a bit more personal reminisces in future postings… Read the rest of this entry »

Movin’ On Up…

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

sherm.jpgThis entry combines two events into one posting. One of the last successful autograph attempts I made in the Summer of 1985 was a request I sent to Sherman Hemsley (best known as George Jefferson on the TV show The Jeffersons) on August 16. Remarkably, it was not fulfilled until more than two years later…arriving on my birthday, October 2, in 1987! There were less than half of a dozen celebrities from this batch of Summer of ’85 autograph requests that I actually got the opportunity to meet sometime in the future and Sherman Hemsley was one of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Oscar Range

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

oscar3.jpgDenise had just left for a week at Camp Woodland Altars on July 1, 1990 – the day before we were notified that Oscar had passed away. Oscar was the second husband of my Grandma Range, having married one another on July 17, 1970, the day before my parents were lawfully united themselves. He had been diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer’s disease, referred to as Sundown Syndrome, a couple of years pror to his passing. This disease struck worse during the evening hours, although as it progressed, he became equally as confused during the day. Read the rest of this entry »