Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Time King

This is the guy who helped me get out of purgatory. Unfortunately, he insisted I travel to 5700 A.D. and look for Green Lantern. Of course, I had to go. But the bitch never paid me a penny...everybody! Don't fall for these scams. Wayne

Saturday, August 26, 2006

What The...?

There could very well have been a puppet show, but I have NO idea who Sparky and Harky were. I am carrying a copy of this with me for when I see the Ferryman, as a token to get me a seat on the boat. Yea, still down here in Hell. Seen a few familiar faces...Wayne

Friday, August 25, 2006

And My Ride Continues...

Suddenly my day turns into something more like JACOB'S LADDER. Forget the carnival, I can't even walk down the street. Or is it really a street? Maybe this is the place at the top of the wrong exit ramp from my previous post...Wayne

Carnival of Souls

I have not added anything to the web log for a few days. My life has been like this gem of a film from around 1962. There's a country & western song on the radio with the lyrics "If you're going through Hell, just keep on going..." I'm trying to figure out where the exit ramps are down here. Wayne

Friday, August 18, 2006

More From Graceland, 16-18 August, 1992

Please take note of my seedy moustache that makes me look like a Martin Mull wannabe or Ned Racine, the character William Hurt portrayed in BODY HEAT. If each wore glasses like Larry King, of course. I bought the Sacred Heart of Elvis at a gift shop and it cracked immediately, proving that there is a reason all Roman Catholics feel guilt for their actions. But I got away with writing on the wall...still an experience that will never leave my mind. Oh, and what a nice shot of my then-receding hairline...Long distance information, get me Memphis, Tennessee...Wayne

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lucky and Deke at the Elvis Grave

It was 1992 and the candlelit walk took us into the early hours of August 17th, Elvis singing gospel songs from speakers in the trees. Me and my cousin Dennis in our alter-egos--Lucky Jackson and Deke Rivers--from Elvis's character in the movies VIVA LAS VEGAS and LOVING YOU, respectively. Easily one of the most surreal moments of my life. Walking in Memphis, baby do you know how I really feel?...Wayne

Monday, August 14, 2006

My Writing Career Reflected In My 100th Post

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Biggest Floating Head Of All...

Several people commented on my last post, so I tried to get this up as fast as I could. Of course, that meant locating the photo in my various folders. I had thought of naming the entry Shatner In The Sky With Diamonds, after that horrendous Beatles cover album of years ago. I can hear the echo of his voice on a deserted Loop street even now...Mis-TER TAM-BOUR-INE MAAAANNNNNN!!!!!!! And there you have it. Wayne

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Locke & Loaded

The new ABC studios have this big, giant Bladerunner type sign that advertises its various shows for the fall line-up. Yes, I did get a photo of William Shatner, as well, before you ask. I took the top photo from the Lake Street el platform one evening after leaving the Red Lion. The next photo was taken on a summer Sunday morning last year, and the fellow is sleeping it off right where the nighttime floating faces are...Wayne

Getting Lost

I received my advance copies of the BenBella book based on the television series yesterday. I wrote a 625 entry glossary which finishes off the book. The trade pb is not short fiction, everything in the SmartPop series involves essays. A few years ago, a book based on NYPD BLUE was called WHAT WOULD ANDY SYPOWICZ DO? These days, I'm asking the same question myself...Wayne

Sunday, August 06, 2006

A Real Flashback

Wish I could've met this guy. He was one of the Ohio Sallees, best known for being on the team that played the Chicago Black Sox in the 1919 World Series. Slim also made Ripley's Believe It Or Not! by being the first pitcher to pitch a no-hitter in two consecutive World Series. Would have been nice to have seen him in FIELD OF DREAMS, maybe coming to Shoeless Joe Jackson's defense. Can't think of what actor would portray him...any suggestions? And, no, not Michael Berryman or Svengoolie, thanks. Slim died a few years before I was born, by the way.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Flashback Weekend, Part III

After seeing Roddy Rudy Rapper sucker punch me, Tiffany Shepis, who starred in SCARECROW, was kind enough to offer me some comfort. Notice how my head is now about as big as Michael Berryman's...Wayne

Friday, August 04, 2006

Flashback Weekend, Part II

Rowdy Roddy Piper was there because THEY LIVE, that cool movie from the mid-80s about alien infiltration that seems more plausible over the last few years was going to be shown on the inflatable drive-in screen on River Road later that night. (They were even selling the THEY LIVE sunglasses: OBEY! CONSUME! MWD! Um, made the last one up.) He took the time to talk with everyone and posed for individual photos. Most of the women were upset because he wasn't wearing his kilt, but his shirt does read HOT ROD, another nod to his WWF days. Wayne

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Flashback Weekend

OK, that's Svengoolie, our local TV horror host, at the top, and one of the stars of the film HOSTEL with me at the bottom. Between that you will find me with Michael Berryman, currently promoting THE DEVILS' REJECTS, but known for the 1979 version of THE HILLS HAVE EYES. I told him the story about the time I was at Doug Klauba's house and his brother was having a Hallowe'en party. I'm waiting for Doug, and some stoned dude passes me on the way to the bathroom and points at me and goes "Hills Have Eyes Dude!" Of course, I wasn't dressed for the party, I was wearing a black turtleneck. So I have been waiting 25 years to share that story with Mr. Berryman, and he laughed and we took several photos together. In this one, we are assuming the position. Strangely, the photos were taken by Priscilla Barnes, from the last few seasons of THREE'S COMPANY, with my disposable camera. I made Michael laugh even harder by offering to be a Mini-Michael in his next horror film. I also met the guy who was Clint Eastwood's sidekick in the films with the orangutan....Wayne

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

An Occurrence at the Dan Ryan Woods

It hit 117 degrees inside the print shop tonight, the heat index wasn't much lower outside, but that's not the story, chief. Its' the two year anniversary of my mugging at 87th & Western on the way home from a reading at the Red Lion. I missed the last bus to Cicero, planned to walk the 52 blocks from Western, and got punched in the face by a midget high on marijuana who wore a ring that had a double deuce set of dice on it. The kid couldn't figure out why I wasn't falling down, but my right side had yet to even register pain. A passing car called 911, the cops turned their sirens on and the kids ran off with nothing but my rolled up copy of Avengers #500. Yea, yea, I read DC, but I also read anything by Brian Michael Bendis. The cop was kind enough to take a few photos of me on his cell phone and then emailed them. I grayscaled this so no one would be creeped out by what would seem to be grievous injuries. It was mostly blood slicked by sweat on a night not unlike tonight. I've cut myself shaving and gotten worse scars. Oh, and I found out that enamel paper at the print shop is like razor sharp. But taking a webcam shot of my finger would be dull after you've seen the above shot. Maybe one day I'll post the photo from my groin injury. The stitches broke open and I was able to put my finger inside up to the first joint. If enough people comment, you'll get to see the photo, or one with just the stitches, or later, the staples. Finally, they used glue. But I digress. Go vote!...Wayne