Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Closed Christmas Day (Friday)
Back to regular hours on Saturday, Dec. 26 (Noon - 8pm, Mon-Sat)
Also, closing early New Year's Eve, at 5pm ET (Thursday)
Closed New Year's Day (Friday)
Back to normal on Saturday, Jan 2, 2010!
Friday, December 18, 2009
This book presents 3-D using a mirror. I hadn't encountered this style before now, and it works GREAT!
Friday, November 27, 2009
and COSTUME CONTEST
Saturday 12/12/09, 6:00p-2:00a
WEAR A COSTUME for NO COVER CHARGE at the bars!
Benefiting the United States Marine Corp "Toys for Tots" program
and Montgomery County Children's Services
Bring a $10.00+ new toy (no wrapped gifts please) OR make a $10.00+ donation at Dublin Pub (6:00p-7:30p) or the The Trolley Stop (7:30p-8:30p) to join in. If you've dressed in the Holiday Spirit you can take part in the Costume Contest at Blind Bob's (8:30p-10:00p)
BTW, I'll have my camera handy if anyone wants to stop in at Bonnett's and have a picture taken on their way to the costume contest.
More info below this 2009 Santa Pub Crawl Preview courtesy of Dayton Access Television (DATV)
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If you're up to it, after the costume contest, your next stop is The Tumbleweed Connection [aka Tumbleweed or The 'Weed] (10:0p-11:00p). After that it's The Oregon Express (11:00p-Midnight) and for the die-hard it's on to George Newcom's Tavern [aka Newcom's] or Ned Pepper's Bar & Grill [aka Ned's] (Midnight-2:00a)
It doesn't matter if you're a Grinch, a Who from Whoville, Ebenezer Scrooge, a Christmas Spirit, Jack Skellington, Santa Claus, Oogie Boogie, Frosty the Snowman, Snow Miser, Heat Miser, Rudolf the Red-Nosed or any of dozens of Reindeer and Elves, this is gonna be a good time for all!
For more information on this and other Dayton events visit these official sites:
The Oregon Arts District website
The Downtown Dayton Partnership
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
If you have time on Friday, be sure to partake of the Dayton Holiday Festival from 4-9pm on Courthouse Square. The tree is set to light up at 7:45pm. It's a great opportunity for holiday fun photos! Stop and say hello on your way down.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend! :-)
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Perhaps there's a foot fan out there who can ID her ankles or toes or something? Comment or email if you have any info. Comments are moderated so I'll get email either way, and if you don't want me to post your comment just say so.
I think this is a Bettie Page photo... I'll be looking into it a bit more on my own, but I'm glad for any help. Thanks in advance.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Found via Twitter.com/airandspace
The Wright Brothers | Military Use of the Airplane:
"First fatality On September 17, 1908, with Army observer Lt. Thomas O. Selfridge on board, the airplane experienced a mechanical malfunction involving one of the propellers and crashed. Orville was severely injured and Selfridge died, the first fatality in a powered airplane. Orville would resume the flight trials after his recovery."
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This is Gene on the air during a remote from... ? Clearly it's not in the station, unless the station serves Schlitz. That's Grandpa Harold over Gene's right shoulder. Naturally, Gene's the one with the mic and cans.
Here's Grandpa Harold and Gene in Gene's record shop, right off N. Main St., across the street from Forest Park Plaza, a stone's throw from where Peaches Records used to be. I can't remember the name of Gene's shop, but it was a nice place to pick good stuff.
And, as Gene would close his shows, "Bye bye. Buy bonds."
Monday, August 31, 2009
First Friday (9-4-09) is a Full Moon. I'm fond of Lunar photography and I thought it might be fun to try and photograph busy urban scenes including the full moon. Come on down and give it a try. Feel free to stop in here at Bonnett's and say Hi. I'll probably be trapped inside all night, but I'd love to see what you come up with.
I've created a flickr group for anyone who wants to share their work afterwards.
Keep Your Pants On! First Friday Full Moon, Dayton, OH
Thursday, August 27, 2009
John told me a little bit about his book with the lengthy title, "Chaplin and Agee: The Untold Story of the Tramp, The Writer, and the Lost Screenplay"*, and it sounds fascinating. I thought I'd pass word of it along to anyone who might also be interested in such things.
Now, I'm no Robert Osborne, but I do have the blood of a writer(1), actor(2), and culture/movie buffs(1,2) running in my veins, so this sparked my interest. Who doesn't like Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" character, if they've had the fortune to cross his path? I've included a YouTube clip at the bottom of this post, so more recent generations might become acquaited with Chaplin. And James Agee's work is well respected and he's a familiar name to many of us, even if we've** avoided reading any of it, as of this writing. Mr. Wranovics' book is a slice of cultural-history pie, with a dollop of movie-buff topping... but, you won't get that info from Amazon unless you click the "Look Inside" prompt for a closer inspection, and frankly, there's little there likely to cause anyone to do so.
The gist is that Chaplin and Agee became friends at some point and Agee wrote a piece starring "The Little Tramp" as the sole survivor of an atomic bomb drop on New York City. Keep in mind, Agee's writing of this story occurred circa 1947, a mere two years after the release of our A-bombs over Japan. As you might expect, the show would have been the darkest sort of dark comedies dealing with what little was known about the aftermath of nuclear explosions at that time. The post-war world was still in a strange state and such explorations may have proven therapeutic to some, much in the same way many creatives have explored terrorism since 9/11. Alas, the movie never came to pass, for many reasons (gossip mongers, the Red Scare, etc.), all described in Mr. Wranovics' book. BONUS! Agee's screenplay is included in the tale of "Chaplin and Agee", allowing us the focus of 20/20 hindsight. The question I have now is, "Why haven't I heard any of this before?" I doubt the answer to that is within "Chaplin and Agee", but it certainly seems worth a look.
I'm sorry to report that we don't have "Chaplin and Agee" available at Bonnett's, but, last time I checked, it was available at Amazon.com. I expect I'll be ordering myself a copy.
*©2005, published by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN.
**By we, I mean "me".
(1) Hal Murray Bonnett - Pulp detective fiction writer of Crusher O'Shea stories, and more.
(2) Walter Bonnett - locally acclaimed stage actor and the man who taught us to love movies.
(1,2) Grandpa & Dad, in that order. See also: "Satan in High Heels" on IMDb.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I remember reading similar things from decades earlier that tended to be a bit more forgiving, as they were written for small children, so, when I was in my teens, becoming interested in role-playing games and related adventures, I picked up Choose Your Own Adventure books quickly.
As you might expect, we have a selection of such things. There were other series, besides specifically "Choose Your Own Adventure". Some required the use of dice and pencils to track your health and progress through the book. The latter versions are hard to find un-marked, but well worth tracking down for fans of such adventures and not nearly as complicated as full-blown Dungeons & Dragons. We recommend using a separate sheet of paper to track your progress, rather than writing in the book itself.
Choose Your Own Adventure – Most Likely You’ll Die | FlowingData
There is an innate sexiness to books and reading that is often overlooked. Reading is partially a tactile, sensual experience, and, like all the stages of romance, reading takes place primarily in the mind and can engage the senses and emotions.
We offer a wide variety of sexy book selections, from love-making classics like "The Kama Sutra" and "The Joy of Sex" to erotic fiction, like "The Story of O" and Anne Rice's (writing as A.N. Roquelaire) "Sleeping Beauty" trilogy.
The blog at the link is from May, but the topic is timeless. Enjoy!
From the Marie Claire website / Sex & Relationships section / "A Year of Living Flirtatiously" blog - Post by Maura Kelly - 8 Ways to Use Books to Flirt (Even if You Don't Read Much)
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
- Easterling Portrait Studios - (you need a Team portrait to commemorate the Championship)
- Kendall Printing - (Wayne & Van Buren - need to make copies of your awards for friends and family?)
- Coco's Bistro - (a great place to eat and relax)
Finally, here's a (renamed) link back to the original post with the majority of East Fifth Street attractions:
Enjoy your stay in Dayton!
Oh, one more thing... The Oregon District is Dayton's oldest neighborhood and features a lot of excellent photo ops.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
10 Minute Guide to Building Your Vocabulary
Dictionary of Geological Terms (3rd Ed.) prepared by the American Geological Institute
Dictionary of Word Origins
Getting Your Words' Worth - Discovering and Enjoying Phantonyms, Gramograms, Anagrams and Other Fascinating Word Phenomena
The Joy of Vocabulary - An Advanced Guide to Mastering New Words
Names & Nicknames of Places & Things - An A-t0-Z compendium of culture
Phonetics [because sometimes it helps to sound out a word]
Super Word Power - More entertaining ways to enrich your laguage skills.
Tuttle Dictionary of New Words Since 1960 (1991 edition)
Webster's New Explorer Medical Dictionary
and, of course, much, much more...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Bonnett's is a book store.
We'd make a great team!
We'll be open extra hours during the National Championship, including special Sunday hours, but it will depend somewhat on the flow of business. Call us before you make a special trip down, just in case.
Bonnett's is just a short walk from the Dayton Convention Center. When you leave the Convention Center main entrance just turn right and head down Fifth Street. On the way you'll find some Dayton legends:
- The Neon Movies (would you like a cold beer with your popcorn?)
- Smokin' Bar-B-Que (gooood stuff - I go for the pulled pork sandwich)
- Gem City Records (music, DVDs - check out the USED bins)
- Jay's Seafood on Sixth Street (fine seafood and more at great prices) and
- Thai 9 on Brown Street (excellent Thai food, sushi, and 9 levels of spicy, I stick to a 4 or 5)
- The Oregon Express at 5th & Brown (free pizza Friday happy hour, live music)
- Thai 9's front entrance
- Color of Energy Art Gallery (white walls, great energy, unique art)
- (turn right again for the front of Jay's Seafood and Powers Photography & Framing)
- Pacchia Cafe & Restaurant (nice meals or a cuppa and a danish, good stuff)
- CHASE ATM
meanwhile, back on this side...
- 5th St. Wine& Deli (sandwiches, snacks, beer, wine, cigarettes, etc.)
- Newcom's Tavern (a night club named for Dayton's first tavern)
- Blind Bob's Tavern (burgers & beers? stop in here! oh yeah, LIVE BAND Karaoke!!!)
- Jazzy Java (for coffee and a jam session, even poetry)
- Oregon Smoke Shop (simple and extravagant smoking implements and accessories)
- Feathers Vintage (for all the things you don't yet know you want)
- Exotic Fantasies (how many points for FREAKY? get yours on! Adults Only)
- Glenn Scott's Tattoo Team (did you win your match, wanna remember it always?)
- Tumbleweed Connection (New Bar Smell, reborn like a phoenix from a February fire!)
- The Annex (more for Adults Only)
- 464 on Fifth (Adults Only, catering to same-sex couples)
- Goodwill (forgot to bring a belt, tie, shoes, or little black dress for the awards ceremony?)
- BONNETT'S BOOK STORE (502 E 5th - You've finally made it! Stop and look around)
- Practice Yoga on Fifth (504 E 5th - in case the tournament is totally stressing you out)
- Derailed Hair (506-½ E 5th - spruce up for the awards ceremony)
- Gallery 510 on Fifth (508 & 510 E 5th - (ever changing art gallery and classes too!)
- Sterling Studio - (511 E 5th - specialty, handcrafted jewelry, knick-knacks, stones)
- Link Gallery (from blown glass to sketches, items for all tastes)
- Goloka Gallery (always something new and interesting)
- Ohio Budokan Karate, Sensei Jim Rodriguez (to balance mind, body, and spirit)
- The Trolley Stop (a great place to chill-out with a brew, friends, food, plus live music)
- Urban Krag Indoor Climbing Center (125 Clay St - just what it says, inside an old church, cool!)
- Sloopy's (dancing, party bar/night club, if you can squeeze in the door)
- The Dublin Pub (Perfect Pints of Guinness and great food too)
- China Buffet (it's a buffet, full of Chinese food, plus soft-serve ice cream cones)
- Franco's Ristorante Italiano (wine, great food, an excellent wind-down meal)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Pulp, Comic, & Pin-Up fans, if you've never been to Bonnett's you should plan to visit while you're nearby.
- We're considering extending our hours this weekend for the National SCRABBLE Championship here and for any PulpFest folks who might pass by, but we haven't finalized details yet.
- If you have any questions about what you can find at Bonnett's or you would like to plan a visit, call us at 937-228-1222
- Regular hours: Mon - Sat, Noon - 8:00 PM (please call during these hours for more info)
Monday, July 27, 2009
"In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs" by Julia Child
[from the cover] "She invites 26 great cooks from across the country into her own kitchen, cooks with them, and unearths their secrets. And for the home cook she details 150 superb recipes, full of the exciting new flavors of American cooking today."
"Julia's Kitchen Wisdom" by Julia Child
[from the cover] "Essential techniques and recipes from a lifetime of cooking."
"La Cuisine de France" by Mapie, the Countess de Toulouse-Lautrec
(translated by Charlotte Turgeon) [from the cover] "The MODERN French Cookbook"
And, for those just getting started, or those who would like a refresher course, we have "The Beginner's Cookbook" with chapters on Nutrition, Preparation, Methods, Utensils, Pantry supplies, Herbs & Spices, and a wide range of recipes on which to try out your skills.
We've got a great selection of books about grilling, tailgating, picnics, and other outdoor eating fun. And don't forget parties! There are cocktails, appetizers, salads, soups, international foods, vegetarian dishes, and desserts to consider.
This list covers a lot of ground, but if you come take a look you'll find a lot of great cooking ideas for which I haven't room to mention in one blog post. Come on down and look around.
Mon - Sat, Noon - 8 PM
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Stop in and welcome them back!
I stopped in for a PBR with my son. Crappy phonecam pic available here.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
In this (mostly ridiculous) episode "E Pleb Neesta" is a bastardization of "We the People" and the name by which the pictured character, Cloud William, and his people, the Yangs, refer to their inexplicably obtained copy of the Constitution of the United States of America (and US Flag, and...).
Again, I must stress that this is one of the worst episodes of Star Trek ever, but... William Shatner's stilted performance* (which has become iconic by the reckoning of today's comedians), for a few moments has an authenticity that will give you goose bumps of national pride.
Surely you're wondering why I'm writing about Star Trek on Independence Day. If you wash away all the bad elements of this teleplay there's still something of worth underneath. I am completely baffled as to how so much contrivance and confusion could have made it into one tale, past editors, and to the screen.** But again, there's the tiniest of gems hidden inside, completely appropriate to Independence Day in the United States of America.
As bad as this episode is, it is probably more timely now than it ever was. It features a people, the Yangs, who worship documents they don't understand at all. They do have a small sense of what these things mean, but the Yangs have lost the language skills to actually read and comprehend the words, making the original purpose of those words meaningless.
Please visit and comprehend the founding of our country by reading "The Constitution of the United States of America" and related information found here:
Have a SAFE and Happy Independence Day weekend! :-)
*This is the episode that best illustrates the over-dramatic and pause-y style so often attributed to William Shatner.
**A subject I may explore another time on my personal blog, BonK!
Friday, July 03, 2009
Have a happy and SAFE Independence Day.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
The YouTube title of this video is "Music Video Shot on iPhone". It looks great. I'm impressed with the tech.
Better still, it's well done. Good concept and editing to go along with a very nice tune. I like it! :-)
Beyond that, it's local! Scenes shot on Fifth Street include many of the fine shops in the Oregon District, including our favorite used book store, BONNETT'S.
But wait... there's more!
The word game Scrabble is featured throughout the video.
Did you know the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) will be holding their tournament and championship at the Dayton Convention Center. August 1 - 5
Kudos to BJSR for a job well done!
My only question is... could the iPhone actually make and receive calls from all the locations seen in the video? ;-)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Grantbridge Street & other misadventures: Jack Kirby Masterworks.: "Selected pages from the Privateer Press celebration."
Thursday, June 11, 2009
One of the most frequent statements heard here at Bonnett's is, "I love the smell of book stores." Check this out and click through to the originating website. Make a point of clicking the AROMAS pull-down.
Smell of Books: "Does your Kindle leave you feeling like there’s something missing from your reading experience?
Have you been avoiding e-books because they just don’t smell right?"
New Terminator Movie Brings J.D. Salinger Out Of Hiding | The Onion - America's Finest News Source: "Salinger's decision to come out of seclusion has allowed scholars access to his massive archive of unpublished work for the first time. So far, critics have examined three never-before-seen novels, eight novellas, and more than two dozen short stories—all of which appear to be Terminator fan fiction."
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I'm not the biggest fan of horror films. I've seen my share of zombie flicks, including a showing of "Night of the Living Dead" for high school English credit in a Film Criticism class. My favorites are the lighter fare, "Return of the Living Dead", the "Evil Dead" films, and "Shaun of the Dead".
Sometime in 2008 Forbes magazine declared Dayton, Ohio to be among the nations fastest dying cities. I'm not sure if there was an underlying purpose to this parade of corpses, but if Forbes was correct there certainly couldn't have been a better place for it to happen. Dayton's history is rife with innovation and invention. No one here believes Dayton to be 'terminal', so, perhaps this corpse-capade is one way to express the down-but-not-out situation at this point in time. It's worth noting that event planners called for and included fighters of the undead, heroes of the living.
The zombies stopped traffic, tormented drivers, followed buses, drooled the blood of recent victims, dropped body parts, and even spat green zombie venom... whatever that is, leaving telltale signs of their passing all along the way. It was a fun sight to see but if such an event takes place again it would be worth a few minutes of the organizers time to ask participants to recall a bit of the decorum one hopes they had while among the living. The wedding guests of the "Corpse Bride" or the ghostly couple from "Beetle Juice" would make a fair example of the polite undead.
As I said before, this was fun to watch, and, as a haunted house veteran*, I'm even inclined to participate, but as an Oregon District businessman I must say, let's not 'bloody up' the ATMs, sidewalks, doors, windows, and walls. Out-of-town visitors (of which we have more than you might expect), who don't know what's up, might not know fake blood from the real thing when it's left to dry in public spaces overnight. That kind of image isn't at all helpful to a 'dying city'.
*Northmont Jaycees for a large part of the 1980s.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
ActiveDayton | Photo Galleries
I thought I'd be on my way home by the time the zombies arrived so I wasn't really ready for them. I've posted a couple of pictures on Facebook, but I'll dress them up a bit and parade them here for good measure... coming soon (probably late-late-later tonight).
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
World’s top 10 greatest ceilings - Destinations- msnbc.com:
"Paris' elegant Galeries Lafayette department store, with its elaborate glass-domed ceiling feature, attracts as many tourists as shoppers."
World’s top 10 greatest ceilings - Destinations- msnbc.com
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thank you to Lori (for not cropping too much). ;-)
And Congratulations to Laura & Erik. May all your years ahead be happy.
Dayton and Xenia Ohio Child Photographer Lori Pritchard» Blog Archive » E-Session with Erik and Laura:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Downtown Dayton Partnership - URBAN NIGHTS
Loretta Puncer's GALLERY 510 on Fifth
DERAILED HAIR SALON on MySpace
PRACTICE YOGA on Fifth
DOLCESSA GELATO, PANINI, ESPRESSO on Facebook
NICK KIZIRNIS BAND / NICKY KAY
Friday, May 15, 2009
OK, it's a little cloudy out, but that would've ruined my rhyme, and it's not raining yet. I think it'll hold off.
Bonus! The Dolcessa Gelato cart has returned for the event. You have to try this stuff! It's outside the Ware Block Building near Bonnett's Books, Practice Yoga, Derailed Salon, and Gallery 510 Fine Art.
Art Galleries, Great Food, Live Performances, City Life Statues, Light Up Dayton Photo-contest Winners, and yes... there's even a Dayton Dragons game tonight! And of course, don't forget to stop in Bonnett's to see the latest arrivals!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Friday is Urban Nights in downtown Dayton. We'll be open until 10 PM for this event. Urban Nights is a celebration of downtown offerings. Some of our favorite destinations are on Fifth Street, park once and it's walking distance to all these Dayton originals (in no particular order):
(Search for these businesses on Google, Facebook, MySpace, etc., for up-to-date information & hours.)
- Oregon Express; FREE PIZZA (with purchase) for Friday Happy hour, live music later.
- The Trolley Stop Bar; good food, live music, and a rotating selection of quality drafts.
- Blind Bob's Tavern; the new place on 5th, for a juicy burger selection and more.
- Smokin' BBQ; try the pulled pork sandwich, or perhaps fried bologna is your mood.
- The Dublin Pub; excellent Irish stew, 'Perfect Pints' of Guinness, and Irish pub charm.
- Thai 9; Nine levels of 'hot' for your meal, excellent menu
- 5th Street Wine & Deli; great sandwiches, snacks, candy, plus carry-out beer & wine.
- Pacchia; fine dining with drinks, jazz, and a coffee shop.
- Café Boulevard/Le Monde; fine dining/bar.
- Jay's Seafood & Steaks; not on Fifth, but right next door. Excellent fare.
- Franco's Italian Ristorante; Italian fine-dining.
- Shaneak's; a quality food cart for burgers and more.
- China Buffet; a Chinese buffet.
- Newcom's Tavern; bar/night club.
- Ned Pepper's/The Hole in the Wall; bar/night club.
- Sloopy's; dance club/bar.
- VEX; dance club/bar.
- Feathers Vintage; clothing, knick-knacks, electronics, a great place for unusual gifts.
- Gem City Records; batteries, accessories, plus new & used CDs, DVDs, and LPs.
- The Neon Movies; independent/art house theater (2 screens).
- Jimmy Modern; vintage modern furniture, art, and more.
- Exotic Fantasies; batteries, adult novelties, and much more.
- and, of course, Bonnett's Used Book Store, vintage comic & magazines, recent novels, collectible & rare books, classic erotica, & more.
We hope to see you this weekend.
Friday: Noon - 10 PM for Urban Nights (normally Noon-8 PM)
Saturday: Noon - 8 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
A: Yes. We grew up with it and have enjoyed the original series over and over again, in a wide range of situations, and with groups of friends in varying states of sobriety.
Q: Have you seen the new "Star Trek" movie from J.J. Abrams?
A: Yes. The new movie is a joyride of non-stop action and adventure, with a good dose of classic Trek references for we old-school types.
Q: How much Trek stuff do you have available in your store?
A: We've got a fair selection of paperbacks and a small batch of the (suprisingly interesting) Gold Key comic books. Then there are the ever popular (and official) Compendium, Concordance, Chronology, and Technical Manual. We've also got some older fan-published technical books with information about little-known starships and equipment that are great references for gamers.
Q: So, what's this photo about?
A: We enjoyed the movie, a lot, but there are some things about it that are hard for classic fans to swallow. Don't get me wrong... The new movie is still a filet mignon of a movie, but it's got a bit too much seasoning. The photo is an oblique editorial. It has mulitple interpretations in my own mind, but I'll keep them to myself. Enjoy the film. Enjoy the classics that brought us here. And, most of all, keep on Trekkin'!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Dear friends and neighbors,
It is our distinct pleasure to announce the MONSTERS of BURLESQUE Tour!
Gilly's - MySpace
132 S. Jefferson Street
show at 8:00 pm, just 10 bucks!
New York City has enjoyed the talents of The Monsters of Burlesque for some time via the many productions of Pinchbottom Burlesque. I recommend the handy links that follow for a little bit of background information and a peek (wink) of what's in store for us at Gilly's this Wednesday night! I'll see you there!
Monsters of Burlesque - MySpace
Clams Casino - MySpace - YouTube
Creamy Stevens - MySpace
Jonny Porkpie - MySpace - YouTube
Nasty Canasta - MySpace
Neil O'Fortune - MySpace
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Here are a few recent finds in our collection:
- Dark Shadows "Barnabas, Quentin & the Magic Potion"
- "Land of the Giants" & "Unknown Danger" by Murray Leinster
- "Man from Atlantis 1" starred everyone's favorite resurrected prime-time soapster (Bobby Ewing in "Dallas"), Patrick Duffy.
- "The Night Gallery 2" from Twilight Zone's Rod Serling was a darker tinted version of his unique visions. The paintings at the beginning of each show scared me silly as a little kid.
- The Partridge Family toured in print in "The Haunted Hall", "Terror by Night", and "Marked for Terror" and more. Who knew they're lives could be worse than having to put up with Danny and Ruben Kincaid?
- When an atomic explosion sends Earth's moon out of orbit on a rogue trajectory through the galaxy the inhabitants of Moon Base Alpha survive as best they can, finding help and horrors as they encounter alien beings along the way, in "Space: 1999". "Breakaway", "Moon Odyssey", "The Space Guardians", "Collision Course", "Lunar Attack", and "Alien Seed" chronicle a few of their adventures.
- The original "Battlestar Galactica" always had it's pros and cons but there never would have been a new BSG without it. Read how it all began in "Battlestar Galactica", "The Cylon Death Machine", "The Young Warriors", and a recent flashback book "Saga of a Star World".
- "Knight Rider", like BSG, was created by Glen A. Larson. The Knight 2000 was the first true super car of the computer age, spawning a remake as well as one-offs like "Viper".
- "Cyborg" was the in-print title of Martin Caidin's adventures of "The Six-Million Dollar Man". Colonel Steve Austin is a name that still holds some measure of respect in the world of past TV heroes. Other shows have become targets of ridicule but there remains something intriguing about TVs first real cyborg.
- And let's not forget Jaime Summers, "The Bionic Woman"!
- David Carradine's portrayal of Kwai Chang Caine in "Kung Fu" remains a zenith of American television. "The Way of the Tiger, The Sign of the Dragon" brought young Grasshopper into the paperback world.
- Known as "Danger Man" in the U.K. and "Secret Agent" in the U.S., Patrick McGoohan brought world-class spying to our living rooms. In "Storm Over Rockall" John Drake must infiltrate a group trying to sabotage a scientific project of National importance. You might also remember Patrick McGoohan as Number Six from the British mini-series "The Prisoner", an astounding programme that has achieved cult status and been re-run many times since, most notably on PBS, A&E, and BBC America. Look for a an updated take on "The Prisoner" starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan on AMC, in production now.
- Finally, my favorite, "Star Trek". A show that has inspired and originated far too much to address in this post. The original still holds up despite it's flaws and the voyage continues today. Look for the new movie, re-inventing the universe with the earliest adventure of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, and... Chekov(?) coming out May 8th!
Coming soon, selections of TV in Print from the dial-up era of computing.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monsters of Burlesque
Home: "Wednesday, April 29th: Dayton
Gilly's, 132. S Jefferson Street, show at 8:00"
Monday, March 23, 2009
These are great, but not exactly what I had in mind. Click away!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Must Read: The Twenty Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life
Friday, March 13, 2009
Appalachian History: In a small community like this you helped other people:
". . . we worked around here and worked for other people and, you know, in a small community like this, you . . . you helped other people and they helped you. And there was no money exchanged. You was a helping somebody, and then when you got ready to house tobacco they would help you, and . . . and that's the way you worked it. It's not like it is now. You know, you got a transaction of money anytime that somebody helps you, where back then you didn't have."
The reminiscence you've just read is of the 1940's. Bonnett's Book Store opened in 1939 standing on a very similar foundation of community spirit*. Our history, strongly influenced by 'The Great Depression' and the idea of 'waste not, want not', was based on a philosophy of helping others and the concept of trading for goods and services during a time when everyone was short on cash, similar to what's described above.
We don't sell food, but the stuff found in books, fiction or non-, might be considered the dressing that adds a little something to the supper of life. Information and entertainment add some extra 'zip' to your day. If you've got some spare 'zip' in the spice rack that is your book shelf or nightstand, trade it in at Bonnett's Book Store. You'll save yourself some money and we'll keep the books safe until someone else needs to add something special to their plate.
Bonnett's Book Store - 70 years of making life more interesting.
Used books, comics, magazines, and DVDs for sale and trade.
Ask about a free mini-poster taken right here in 1941!
*We extend special thoughts and sincere thanks to our family and friends throughout the Dayton, Ohio area and in the historic Oregon District, aka, the Oregon Arts District, who have been supportive and helpful in recent weeks. It's good to be here and to have all of you around. This is one fine community and we wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Extra special thanks to The Trolley Stop, Feathers Vintage, and Gem City Records.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Bookride isn't a regular stop for me, but this entry reminded me of the beginning of a movie we Bonnett's know rather well... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0138075/
I didn't know there were ever actual real live strippers at carnivals. I thought the sideshow was just for bearded ladies, human pretzels, and the like.
Diversion of the Groovy Kind is a blog I like to watch. I've suspected for a long time that there was an uncanny resemblance, and not just visually, between The Question & Rorschach. Check this blog out for the full scoop, a little comics history lesson...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I didn't learn if the front roof is damaged. Some smoke damage is visible above the balcony in the top and middle photos. A fire truck extension can be seen in the middle photo, behind the building.
The bottom photo was taken from a nearby roof behind the Tumbleweed and shows a couple of DFD vehicles including the extension.
In case you didn't know, the Tumbleweed had been serving really good breakfasts and lunches for some time. Our father, Walter, had been breakfast/lunch regular there for a long time.
Our friends and family celebrated my son, Ian's, 21st birthday at the Tumbleweed.
I don't get out much, but I've had a decent list of memorable times at the Weed with my friends and family.
We don't know the full extent of the damages or how things will go from here but, we all hope for the best and look forward to the possibility of many more good times at The Tumbleweed Connection in the future.
Word from the street says the fire began in the office of the Tumbleweed. There is an awful lot of smoke and the smell has just gone from wood to rubber, which is not a good sign. I know many of the buildings here have rubber roofing.
As yet, there's no telling how this will turn out but, we wish the Weed our best and will be there to help out if we can. More details as they become available.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Bonnett's Book Store
502 East Fifth Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Noon - 8pm, Mon-Sat
Here's a short list of popular books we have available right now (and a lot more!):
Jeffrey Archer - A Prisoner of Birth
David Baldacci - The Whole Truth
Steve Berry - The Venetian Betrayal
Suzanne Brockman - Into the Fire
Alafair Burke - Angel's Tip
Lee Child - Nothing to Lose
Mary Higgins Clark - Where Are You Now?
Andrew Davidson - The Gargoyle
Robert Ellis - City of Fire
David Ebershoff - The 19th Wife
Barry Eisler - Requiem for an Assassin
Janet Evanovich - Fearless Fourteen
Janet Evanovich - Lean Mean Thirteen
Linda Fairstein - Killer Heat
Vince Flynn - Protect and Defend
James Frey - Bright Shiny Morning
W. E. B. Griffin - Black Ops
John Grisham - Playing for Pizza
Jack Higgins - A Darker Place
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
Linda Howard - Death Angel
Don & Hal Iggulden - The Dangerous Book for Boys
J. A. Jance - Cruel Intent
Jerry Jenkins - Riven
Faye Kellerman - The Mercedes Coffin
Stephen King - Blaze (Richard Bachman)
Eric Van Lustbader - Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Betrayal"
George R. R. Martin - Inside Straight (Wild Cards)
David Michaelis - Schulz and Peanuts (Charles Schulz, Snoopy)
James Patterson - Cross Country
James Patterson - Double Cross
James Patterson - Sail
James Patterson - The Quickie
James Patterson - You've Been Warned
Ridley Pearson - Killer View
Lisa A. Phillips - Public Radio: Behind the Voices
J. D. Robb - Salvation in Death
Joel C. Rosenberg - Dead Heat
Charles M. Schulz - It's a Dog's Life, Snoopy
Lisa Scottoline - Lady Killer
Daniel Silva - Moscow Rules
O. J. Simpson - If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer (Goldman Family)
Karin Slaughter - Fractured
Stephen White - Dry Ice
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
Donald Westlake has died of an apparent heart attack while en route to a New Year's Eve party while vacationing in Mexico.
He had many pseudonyms. It is said he used pseudonyms because publishers didn't believe he could write so much so quickly. Also, it was uncommon for houses to publish more than one book a year from any given author. Not to mention some racy titles published by Monarch books.
See his Wikipedia page for a list of pseudonyms.
See the bibliography section of his website for a list of his works, also available on the Wiki.
Many of his stories were made into movies (IMDb).
The Hardcase Crime series has published a Richard Stark novel, "Lemons Never Lie" and two Donald Westlake novels "Somebody Owes Me Money" and "361".
Earned the Mystery Writers of America "Grand Master" title in 1993, has won three Edgar Awards, and received an Academy Award nomination for "The Grifters" in 1991.
Random House published Westlake's first novel, "The Mercenaries", in 1960.
Wrote more than 90 books, most of them on a typewriter.
Photos of typewriter keys are used to spell out his name in his web page banner.
This is a link to some Science Fiction short stories, at least the first of which was published in Playboy magazine:
Donald E. Westlake on Amazon.com