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Archive for February, 2010

Dad’s 1957 Chevy

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Having conquered the world of 1949 Hudsons, Dad decided to move on to a much hipper classic hot rod in May of 1981. We had joined the Gem City Classics Classic Chevy Club at the end of 1980, attending the Christmas banquet as our first meeting – and it wasn’t long before Dad got the itch to join the ranks of classic Chevy (defined as 1955, 1956, or 1957) owners. For the tidy sum of $1800 he purchased a 1957 Chevrolet Two Ten, and when winter rolled around again that year, he began restoring it. Read the rest of this entry »

Dante’s Info #16

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

On July 4, 1996, I made the notation in my little Sunshine Pocket Planner that read “D.I. Day on I.D”. For those not accustomed to Bradspeak, this indicated that I had put the finishing touch on my latest edition of Dante’s Info on Independence Day. This issue had been a long time coming and had begun earlier in the year when I was still living at Woodman Park. Amidst the move to Peppertree, it took forever to finally get it finished – all of which is indicated in the Sim Sala Bim Editor’s Notes. I have no doubt that the final puah came from wanting to get this done before the convention began less than two weeks later. Things wouldn’t get much easier, and there would only be one more issue of Dante’s Info over the next six years – by which time the publication would undergo radical changes…as my life had. Read the rest of this entry »

Tia Carrere – Nani

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

When I attended the Hollywood Celebrity Show in Chicago on Saturday, October 18, 2009, Tia Carrere wasn’t on my list of celebrities to gather an autograph from or a photo with. Oh, I knew she was there, I just had no interest. But when I realized that she was one of the main voices heard in the recent Disney animated classic Lilo & Stitch, I changed my tune right then and there. Tia is actually best known for her role in the inane comedy Wayne’s World, which I had seen – but practically forgotten. Read the rest of this entry »

Mildred’s Autograph Book – Part 3

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The final installment of the autograph book that I acquired from former Our Gang member Mildred Kornman in 2005, if not the most valuable third of the book, is certainly the most interesting. What is also interesting is that there are two pages at the end of the signatures that have been torn out, as well as one in the midst of the signed pages. I asked Mildred if she recalled what these might have been. It makes the imagination run wild, or some celeb might have needed a piece of scrap paper. All part of the fun and mystery of early Hollywood. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Newsletter 2005

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

The newsletter that Carolyn, Ashleigh, and I (with special assistance from Briana) put together for Christmas 2005 was the last one that would include the original ABC Crew. It was a rather difficult one to write, especially where the introduction was concerned. As always, I wrote this intro, and I wanted to convey a sense of ‘we’re not a perfect family’ – even if we were in the midst of trying to work on it. With all of the beating we had taken as a family, I think we all were able to put a positive spin on this, our third Christmas Newsletter. Read the rest of this entry »