Sunday, April 29, 2007
10:30- Talked to Paul while I taped Mystery Theatre. 12:30- A movie about a Wax Museum. 2:00- Men with Wings. Went to bed at 3:30.
7:00- 10 - Did homework.
Being called a fag and being harassed and beaten up didn't really reach full force until I was a freshmen in high school. So it's interesting that this incident happened.
I clearly remember The Little Girl... and I remember reading by night light. My parents at this time, probably because I was sick all the time, had put me on a strict curfew for going to sleep. But once a night owl, always a night owl... I would wait until they went to sleep and I'd sit on the floor and read by the five watt light light that was in my room. I did this for months, and it's really the best experience I can think of reading. I was so into everything I read. And it was a tad dangerous.
The Little Girl was made into a movie with Jodie Foster.
Birthdays have never been a big thing in my family. And although things have changed, I've had many a crappy birthday. I remember the first year I moved away from home the only birthday card I got was from the Home Shopping Network.
During reading I started a short story report on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I also stayed after school to finish it, but he gave me the book to take home. I got the film Cleopatra, set 4 but they didn't have the other 3.
Referring to Cleopatra: As I am now, I was obsessed with projecting things. And the libraries would often have 8mm films to take out. And the main branch still did up until a couple years ago. The problem was that they never had the full movies.
I have vivid memories of watching the 3 hour DW Griffith movie Intolerance on a small movie editor sitting on my bed with the covers over my head pretending I was in a grand movie palace.
The high points of the evening were that I skated with Brown twice. and one kid took so many uppers that he ran into a wall. Also this other kids was slammed into the wall.
That's all I'm writing today.
The Fleetwood Roller Rink was a complete dive. I was suprised that they are still there on the corner of Archer and Harlem... but a visit to their web-site shows that they have brushed off the dirt and put some glitter on it and are celebrating their 50th anniversary. My memories of it are that it looked like a brick barn.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre.
I've talked about Dick Lawrence before but to remind everyone. He was a disc jockey on an FM station in Chicago in 70s. He did a couple shows, one a Broadway show tunes show, and the other an old music show. He later went on to produce a great series of radio shows using old music and talking about the stories of the day. He was really nice to me, and would talk to me for hours about old music. It was huge deal for me to have my 78s on the air, and ironic because 30 years later I was programing music for This American Life.
And it looks like Love Me/Loves Me Not was just a pilot. No more info on it... Anyone else remember it?
Finished my puzzle.
I'm sure things are still the same in schools today with kids doing bad things in the bathroom... But I'm sure today it's meth.
I was always spooked in that basement, maybe because of all the nooks and closets that there were to hide in. But I hated to be down there alone; until I was in high school then I spent most of my time down there alone. I remember this night fairly clearly because it was really scary... although I wouldn't have put it past Paul to have moved my shirt. Years later I was doing the Ouija with another friend, it told me I was going to work the rest of my life at McDonald's. So much for the spirit world.
They had the last Mary Tyler Moore show on tonight.
Paul had every Kiss album and was most proud of Kiss' Love Gun album which he a copy in the wrapper. I remember him saying that it was going to be worth a fortune in ten years. 30 years later it's going for $24.99 on ebay. The spookiness continues on the next post.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I got two puzzles all of which I finished and glued together on a long piece of wood.. One is "Gone With the Wind" and other is Laurel and Hardy. On Mary Hartman this week Mary was in the collapsed factory.
Well, that's the way it was today. You see Randy Dykel, my all-time protector, let me use his calculator but the batteries went dead. That's the high points of school.
At home I was laying on the couch when Randy walked in and I don't mean Dykel. That was about 4. From then until 5 we went to the park. He left at 5:30. Paul came over at 7. We did homework. It seemed like I couldn't stop laughing. I laugh at the most trivial of thing. He left at 9. Went to bed at 12:15.
Having a calculator in 1977 was a huge deal. They were the Ipods of their day.
Well I got three books about the subject "The Phantoms of Dixie", which I'm now on page 58. And one about the reincarnation of a woman and another about psychics.
My ear is getting better, but sometimes it relapses into being clogged.
Ghosts have and still interest me... give me a good Discovery Channel documentary on some haunted house and I'm happy.
In Science we're going to learn about heart attacks and what to do if someone has one.
Would you believe that this is my 6th month of writing in here. This diary is half over, how time flies. I remember when I first got this diary. I wondered what would happen; the answer is nothing much. The next six months must be more exciting.
And I remember the problems I had with my ears. They got worse when I was in high school and I think it was my sophomore year I was completely deaf in one of my ears. Because my mother was didn't trust doctors she never took me to see anyone about it; Then when she was with my sister and her new baby at the pediatrician she asked the doctor to look at my ear. I remember him telling her it was a vitamin deficiency and he gave me some Flintstones Vitamins to take. It didn't clear up for about three months; and I continue to have some hearing loss in that ear.
I finished the day this way. 10:00- Rock Follies. 12:00- Bob Hope movie that I don't know the name and from then on to 2:00. I listened to a variety of things on the radio.
Rock Follies was a PBS/BBC program that had Rula Lenska in it. She became a joke later on when she was in some hair shampoo commercial where she acted like everyone knew her. Because I used to watch Rock Follies, I really did know who she was.
10:00- Opening Soon at a Theatre Near You. 10:30- A Barbra Streisand Special. Went to bed at 3.
This must have been the start of my Barbra Streisand obsession.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
10:30- I taped Mystery Theatre but I didn't listen to it. 12:30- Blood Mania. Went to bed reading An American Tragedy to page 113. Went to bed at 3.
The Man from Atlantis was one of my favorite shows. Patrick Duffy in a speedo with gills, what wasn't to like. And I don't remember Blood Mania... but again Friday night horror movies were the best in the 70s.
Well today I got a haircut. I didn't want it as short as it is, but I know it will grow back.
7:00- The Outer Space Connection. 10:30- Put my puzzle together while I was taping Mystery Theatre. I went to be at 1.
My mother always cut my hair. I think the first time I ever got my hair cut by someone else was at the Capri Beauty School on Archer Avenue. My mother wasn't a bad haircutter, just sort of along the lines of cut straight and short...
3:45 - Talked to Randy. He may be sleeping here on Saturday. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 5:30- Hazel. 6:00- Paul called. The rest of the night I worked on my puzzle and listened to Huck Finn that I got from the library.
9:00- Barry Manilow special. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- I taped the Mystery Theatre but I didn't listen to it yet. I did the same thing yesterday.
Started a book called Witchcraft in Salem's Lot, but I'm still reading American Tragedy.
7:30- Laverne and Shirley 8:00- Rich Man, Poor Man. 9:45. Mom wanted to give me haircut, 15 minutes before Mary Hartman!!!
10:30- Mystery Theatre.
There's an extra page in here so I'm saving it for Cheryl's wedding.
A blank page for the leap year followed this...I didn't keep writing until Cheryl's wedding in August... now I'm sorry I stopped.
I'm writing this on Thursday because I didn't write all week.
I think at this point I was getting bored writing everyday... the diary starts to get a little fragmented until it ends mid April...
Monday, April 2, 2007
I'm not reading 'The Scarlett Letter".
After school was so funny. some kids had to go to three classes. All I had to do was write one line.
10:30- Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Went to bed at 1:00.
As evidenced before in here, the I.A. teacher hated me... so it's not surprising he'd give me a failing grade for the year. I think "N" meant Not Completed. Poor screwed up Wallis; if a nerd like me couldn't stand him or was he in love with me and I with him... hmmm.
Then 2 years of Math and 1 year Science or the other way around. Then 4 years of gym. One year of Art is 1/2 unit. and 1 year of Music. And last, but not least, Social Studies 3 years! And you must pass all of them. Isn't that dumb!
It was funny that I keep saying I want to be an actor. When I was in high school the Goodman Theatre came to our school and offered a off-site class to be trained there. They were doing a Chicago Public Schools joint project. There was an extra fee but my parents thought it was a waste of money... Who knows where I'd be if I'd have taken that class... probably on a UPN sitcom playing the nerdy boss of Brandy right now...
I have just tons of homework that I was going to finish tonight, but guess who came over -- Paul. So I didn't do a thing. 10:00- Mary Hartman. Cheryl watched it with me. I was so embarrassed because they were talking about lesbians. 10:30- You Can't Cheat an Honest Man. Went to bed listening to the radio.
I think that this might have been the time my sister talked to my parents about Mary Hartman and how I shouldn't be watching it.
Went to bed at 12:45.
7:00- The Spell. 8:30- 9:30 - Puzzle. Then he left. 9:30- 10:30- Puzzle. 10:30- Mystery Theatre; I taped it but it came out all fuzzy. 11:30- The Skull. 12:30- The 5 Pennies.
Then I went to bed.
The Spell was a made-for-tv version of Carrie. All I remember is some girl falling from some rope she was climbing on... I think I lived for these outsiders seek revenge movies. I so wanted to be able to make people's heads explode at this time.
Worked on my puzzle to 6. 6:30- Muppets. 7:00- Mary Tyler Moore. 7:30- Bob Newhart. 8:00- All in the Family. 8-9, puzzle. 9:00- Talked to Randy. 10:00- Burns and Allen. 10:30 - Saturday Night Live. Paul called in the middle of it and we talked until 11:40. Paul and Randy may sleep over tomorrow. 12:15 - Love Happy. Went to bed at 2:45.
Nancy was my sister's best friend. I think she was her bridesmaid at her wedding. Nancy around this time became a born-again Christian and got a glassy look in her eyes. She constantly was preaching to me, and in fact brought me to her church and for about a year I was 'born-again' too. But then I got bored with it and started listening to Barbra Streisand, but that's another story. I remember Nancy got married around the same time as my sister, she didn't have any booze or music at her wedding. Her mother snuck around to all the guests and said that another party would be happening at the house where they'd really have fun.
Puzzles are wonderful. I miss doing them. They always put me in a tranquil state of mind.