With the flood of unimaginative new television programs, especially on various cable channels, I’m often surprised that some of the most entertaining shows in history don’t have their very own following of people who know waaaaay too much about them.
As always here at Balladeer’s Blog I like to shine the spotlight on everything that is unjustly overlooked. Feel free to start holding conventions devoted to, and launching flame wars about, these six criminally neglected television programs.
6. CAPTAIN Z-RO – (1951-1960) Over a full decade before Great Britain’s ultimate cult show, Doctor Who, hit the airwaves this American show featured the titular Captain traveling in time and space with various sidekicks, including Jet, the young man pictured with Captain Z-Ro in the photo to the left.
In addition to adventures that saw the Captain dealing with a robot run amok in San Francisco and with a potentially fatal meteor collision, his “experiments in time and space” (the show’s oft-repeated tag line) found him helping out some of the exact same historical figures that Great Britain’s Time Lord from Gallifrey would go on to encounter, like Marco Polo, William the Conqueror and the Aztecs. As an added bonus Captain Z-Ro solved the mystery of the Great Pyramid itself! Continue reading
THE INVISIBLES (1903) – Written by Edgar Earl Christopher, this novel nicely anticipates cinematic serials and integrates science fiction and slight occult touches into its storyline.
Jean Valdemere, an extraordinary Frenchman, saves the life of Castleman, an Englishman, in India. After rescuing the Brit from an attacking tiger Valdemere uses his half-scientific and half-supernatural powers of precognition to tell Castleman his future.
When the pair meet again 10 years later in Chattanooga, TN, the Englishman tells Valdemere how uncannily accurate his predictions were. The Frenchman informs Castleman that he, too, can acquire such abilities if he joins Jean’s secret organization, called the Invisible Hand.
The organization can also help the British youth get revenge on Czarist Russia for the torture of his Russian mother years earlier. It turns out that the Invisible Hand is a secret society determined to overthrow the Czars and install a new Russian government.
The Invisible Hand numbers over 2,000 members with a leadership council of 100. The organization boasts some of the greatest scientific minds in the world and possesses stockpiles of futuristic weaponry. Continue reading
Among the most popular posts here at Balladeer’s Blog are this series of items regarding comical – sometimes hilarious – failed predictions from psychics. In the spirit of shameless pandering, here’s another!
ETHEL JOHNSON MEYERS
*** In the late 1970s or early 1980s Communist China will use atomic bombs in the United States.
*** Mao Tse-tung will die by 1973.
DOCTOR N (This was the actual alias of a supposed physician and/or psychiatrist who did not want their identity known when they gave predictions.)
*** The Communist Chinese will bomb San Francisco on December 29th, 1970.
*** The United States and China will be at war by 1972 at the latest. America’s west coast states will become uninhabitable by radioactive fallout from something called “water blasts.” By the war’s end most of the U.S. will be destroyed and 190 million Chinese people would be dead.
*** By 1972 a Dr Martin will discover a cure for cancer. Continue reading
Per the Glitternight Index:
NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) 1. MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE STORMERS ### 2. SULLIVAN COLLEGE GENERALS ### 3. IOWA LAKES COLLEGE LAKERS ### 4. NIAGARA COUNTY COLLEGE THUNDERWOLVES ### 5. SCOTTSDALE COLLEGE FIGHTING ARTICHOKES ###
6. SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE OCELOTS ### 7. KIRKWOOD COLLEGE GOLDEN EAGLES ### 8. PARKLAND COLLEGE COBRAS ### 9. JOHNSON COUNTY COLLEGE CAVALIERS ### 10. NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI COLLEGE PIRATES ### Continue reading
Vestige is one of the most exciting and original graphic novel serials to come along in years. It is currently InDemand on Indiegogo so you can still reserve your own copies.
The tale told in Vestige is set in the 1890s and involves assorted weapons which have been wielded by legendary figures over the years. Those weapons contain a certain residual aura or “vestige” of their heroic owners and endow their subsequent owners with preternatural abilities.
The course of history and the fate of the world hinge on the character and courage of a handful of individuals caught up in the adventure of their lives. Steam-Punk meets the supernatural in a historical adventure that will thrill you to the core!
An all-star collection of independent comics creators are bringing Vestige to life. ROHAN KUMAR PALL is running the Indiegogo campaign, DONAL DELAY handles the interior art, KYLE RITTER is the colorist and GAT HANZO handles the story.
The incredible cover artwork (top left) is by none other than ETHAN VAN SCIVER, the comic book industry Mozart/ Leonardo da Vinci himself! All this plus the FIRST ISSUE appeal make Vestige a once in a lifetime opportunity. Continue reading
As Presidents Day Weekend draws to a close here’s one last seasonal post from Balladeer’s Blog. This item looks at the three former presidents who occupied other United States federal government positions after their years in the White House.
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Gang Affiliation: Republican
Post-Presidency Office: Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Comment: In July of 1921, President Warren G Harding took time out from letting his criminal cronies run the country to appoint former President Taft as the new Chief Justice.
Among the Associate Justices serving on the Court when Taft took the position were three of the legends of the Court – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, Louis Brandeis and Willis Van Devanter (insert your own “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” joke here). Continue reading
It’s Presidents Day Weekend! Here are some of Balladeer’s Blog’s takes on the more recent presidents.
Character Type: Well-meaning but befuddled sitcom grandfather.
Military Service: World War One and World War Two
Motto: “FOOORE!” (Remember, the traditional cry as you’re teeing off in golf? Oh, never mind!)
Nickname: Uncle Milty
Pro: Knew enough to distrust Richard Nixon long before it became the national pasttime.
Con: Was the first president to pronounce nuclear as “nucular”. Continue reading