11-11-12: It’s Lazarus Long’s 100th Birthday ! Happy 100th Birthday Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long; Ernest Gibbons; Captain Aaron Sheffield; “Happy” Daze; His Serenity Seraphin the Younger, Supreme High Priest of the One God in All His Aspects and Arbiter Below and Above; Proscriber Prisoner No. 83M2742; Mr. Justice Lenox; Corporal Ted Bronson; Dr.[…]
My Virginia Edition of the Complete Works of Robert A. Heinlein arrived and has a new home on shelves in my office! My goodness… with as many things having to do with Heinlein and his legacy I’ve been involved in (Heinlein Archives, Heinlein Society, Heinlein Prize Trust, and more), I didn’t think a book set[…]
I know a place where there is no smog and no parking problem… and no television commercials… So begins Robert Heinlein’s novel Glory Road. It’s a happy place the hero finds, with lovely land and friendly people. And quiet. We have no “quiet” anymore. People go outside to have a walk or run in nature[…]
I wrote this for a booklet for my father’s funeral in March of 2008… My father, Calvin George Houdek, was born June 11, 1927 in Pine City, Minnesota, the only son, and only child, of George Houdek and Clara Sauter Houdek. They called him “Sonny boy” and doted on him. The family, descendents of[…]
It’s Vikings past, present, and future! Available on Amazon Kindle Season of Marvels: Viking Tales joins my novel, Of All the Western Stars, and science fiction story collection, Stars That Sing the Requiem, on Amazon Kindle, all published by Variations on a Theme publishing. Season of Marvels: Viking Tales is a collection of stories featuring[…]
Millions of people visit Hollywood every year hoping to see a real movie or television production. Sure, you can go to the Universal Studios Tour, and it’s great fun, but it’s also contrived and carefully orchestrated to keep people herded the right way, so even though you do go through the Universal lot in the[…]
For about five years in the late 90s I worked at a PBS television station in California. At its most normal, it’s safe to say, a PBS station is a strange place to work. Sometimes it’s dull, as long programs with no interruptions drone on. But it’s also more eclectic than the typical network television[…]
Inevitably, when off the air, someone will rush in and ask, “Can’t you put a slide up?”, with said slide being the Technical Difficulties, Please Stand By graphic everyone at every tv station wishes to never see on the air.
The news story usually was ‘written’ by the receptionist; cribbed, in reality, from the newspaper. Whoever really wanted to be on television became the news anchor (also usually the receptionist).
What to say, or not say, to the Military Police at 2am when it’s raining and you just want to get the shot Great Moments in Closed Captioning: Do you know what “sinned-re-la-la” means? What not to say if your television tower falls down: “Can we put up a slide?” Great Moments in Television: Accidental[…]