On The not-lost-yet art of book browsing
The Farmers Almanac. An age old reference that never goes out of style.
On Are you scared yet?
I'm not a big fan of scary films, but I can appreciate the acting, writing and the use of CG in some of the more modern films. I agree that Night of The Hunter showed the greatness of Robert Mitchum's acting. Another that depended more acting and story is The Haunting of Hill House. I also remember a film I saw on TV in my childhood that more for laughs than fright, Olson and Johnson's Ghost Catchers
On What TV show would you bring back from the dead?
Jericho, Wind At My Back, The West Wing, JAG, Frasier.
As a former resident I have many childhood memories. The military took me away except for a short stint while I attended Whitewater State Teacher's College as it was then called. My family finally settled in North Dakota. But I still remember my hometown. Many of those things have been mentioned by your readers. A couple of my own are going for groceries at "little Woodman's" before I could read. My Mom would draw pictures of a loaf of bread or a carton of milk. The checkers would help me to find what I needed. I also remember walking by the old Gazette building looking down into the press room to wave at my grandfather who was the foreman back then. So many years ago. Thanks Steve.
On Watching movies
Sadly I rarely go to theater anymore, for all the reasons your responders mentioned. The cost, lack of cleanliness,sound level and poor manners of the audience. That said however there are films from the past and present that require an auditorium. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia or any David lean film. Others like Saving Private Ryan with the proper sound system or 2001. All lose a lot on a television, I don't care the size. Some films just need that "wow" factor. All that said I have some great childhood memories of spending an afternoon in the Myers, Beverly, Jefferies and the Hitching Post. Television can be great, but a movie theater transports one a different reality.
On 13 local vets among those on latest Badger Honor Flight
I have watched over the past few years as the Honor Flights have come from all over the nation. It is a long overdue, well deserved honor. I recall a commercial done by Tom Hanks for the WWII memorial a few years ago. In it Hanks makes the statement "they are leaving us now". They've been doing that since the war. Finally now we are taking the time to let those that are still with us know how grateful we are for their service. My father was deferred for war work, but the mother's only brother went to the army. He was killed six months after I was born. I know it was with my mother's family the rest of their lives. I'd like to think they are resting easier now, seeing the outpouring of love the vets are receiving.
On Your music north star
As a child of the fifties and sixties, the group that spoke to me and said the things I wanted to say was Peter, Paul and Mary. They aren't a band in the formal sense, but they're my choice. They have been given the label of "manufactured" group, but they sure got their message out there and reminded us of the problems and joys in this world. I identify with those ideals. Check out ITUNES postings around the passing of Mary Travers. Very moving, yet joyful as the people sing and remember her.
On What's your favorite Alfred Hitchcock film?
First encountered Hitchcock on television. Psycho remains my favorite of many films I saw of his. That and the way he would open his t.v. show by walking out and half menacingly look at you from the screen and say "Good evening". You didn't know whether you should be excited or frightened by this portly old gentleman in the dark suit.
On From print to screen: The best film adaptations of novels
I agree on the selections of Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile and To Kill a Mocking Bird and some others. I'm also a fan of Dr. Zhivago,as well as the work done by those who created the "Potter" franchise. An older film with a great cast that did well by the book was Seven Days in May.
On Trailers: Wondrous little films or just spoilers?
As a child of the fifties, I always loved the Saturday matinees. with the cartoon and coming attractions to allow us to dream about next weekend. With age I gotten a bit jaded, or maybe it was that person that told me "studios just put their best stuff in the previews to get your admission fee." I still enjoy the previews, although not when their interspersed with Coke commercial or whatever. A lot of whats wrong today is we no longer have a real "star" system that ensured you that if Gregory Peck or Spencer Tracy were in the film, you were going to be entertained.
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