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Remembering Chuck Barris

First off, I find it weird that Chuck Berry and Chuck Barris died within a week. Their names as so similar it is just an odd coincidence.

Anyway, I met Chuck Barris at a reading when he came out with The Big Question. The book is good, kind of a dystopian view of TV game shows, something he would know about. During the Q-and-A session I asked him what the most outrageous act was that he ever had on The Gong Show. He told me it was The Popsicle Twins. They put them forth assuming the censors would be so offended they would ban them and then they would be able to slide some borderline acts under the radar, but lo and behold, they were not censored. Of course, I went right home and looked up “Gong Show Popsicle Twins” on YouTube. Yeah… it’s exactly what you expect. But the commentary from the judges is priceless.

After the reading and discussion, Chuck was kind enough to sign the copy of my book.

While I do not consider him a literary great, and some people would go as far as saying he decimated culture, but I still consider him an icon of popular culture. If you grew up in the 70’s like I did, there was no escaping The Gong Show and the impact it had. And then there is the question raised in his autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Was he also a CIA operative? The CIA denies this claim, but isn’t that exactly what the CIA does–deny allegations? I suppose we will now never know the truth.

RIP Chuck. The final gong has sounded.

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Looney Tunes: Issue #161

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Last weekend I attended the Asheville Comic Expo with my daughter. While I was there I met Matthew Manning, who is a contributing writer for this issue. I spoke with him for a while and I picked up this issue, which he graciously signed for me.

Although I loved watching Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny as a kid, I can’t recall ever reading a Bugs Bunny comic. While it was not quite as enjoyable as the cartoon (there is something about Mel Blanc’s voice that just makes you want to laugh), I still enjoyed reading it. It brought back a lot of memories.

The comic is comprised of three short comic vignettes, all of which feature Bugs himself. The stories include some of the other classic Looney Tunes characters: Yosemite Sam (as the pirate High Seas Sam), Elmer Fudd, the Crusher, and a cameo by Daffy Duck. Sitting and reading about their antics on a Saturday morning brought back the feeling of watching Saturday morning cartoons. It is a good feeling.

I have to say, I weawy wiked weading about dat wascawy wabbit. I think I will have to watch some old episodes on YouTube next.

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Win an Autographed Copy of “Call Me Zelda”

Zelda2I am officially nearing the two-year mark for Stuff Jeff Reads. Two years of blogging; wow, it went fast. So, to celebrate, I am giving away an autographed copy of Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck. The book is supposed to be great. I’ve read nothing but good reviews.

OK, let’s talk about the contest and the rules.

How to Enter the Contest:

To enter to win the book, simply write a comment below suggesting what should be the next book/poem/short story/comic that I should read and review on Stuff Jeff Reads. One entry per person. Please provide a reason why you are suggesting the piece–don’t just enter a title. Remember, this is not a random drawing, you will have to convince me.

In the event that I cannot narrow it down to one, I will randomly pick one from the top entries.

Anyone can enter, you do not have to follow my blog, but feel free to do so. Oh, sorry, I will exclude my family from this contest, just to be fair.

Easy, right?

Winner Announced:

I will select and announce the winner on Friday, June 14.

Claiming the Prize:Zelda1

If you win, all you need to do to claim the prize is comment on the “Winner Announcement” post with your name, address, and optional email (I will not approve the comment so your info will remain confidential). If you are in the continental US, I will mail the book to you.

If you are NOT in the continental US, then I will substitute a $20 Amazon gift certificate for the book and send it to your email address. Sorry, but overseas shipping is expensive and not in my budget right now.

Finally, I will bump the winning selection to the top of my reading list and that will be the next piece that I read and review on my blog.

Good luck, and as always, thanks for taking the time to read my blog!!

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