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Excellent insights into a unique team
What a shame that the Seattle Pilots only existed for one year; 1969. (they were relocated in 1970 and became the Milwaukee Brewers) To be honest, I'd never heard of them until recently when I started reading Pilots pitcher Jim Bouton's landmark book "Ball Four", which chronicles his almost full year with the Pilots in diary form. It's quite funny and was controversial at the time, as it basically tarnished the reputation of the game and the players. I later found out about this documentary and it's great to see quite a few of the players interviewed, including Bouton, who gives extra insights into the year. Also featured are Seattle sports journalists, team announcers, collectors, Pilots historians and even the ball boy.
There really is a loyal following that continues to this day, and that makes it extra sad that as of this writing, there haven't even been 5 ratings! Thankfully, the movie is available for viewing on YouTube, so if you have any interest in baseball at all, please do yourself a favor and watch this...then come back here and rate it! ;)
Wok with Yan (1980)
Thank you, Omni 2!
I've only had Omni 2 for a couple of months now (Star Choice always had Omni 1, but not 2 until recently), and as soon as I noticed "Wok With Yan" was being played, I've tried not to miss a single episode. The show currently airs Monday to Thursday at 12:00 PM EST, by the way.
I always remembered that it was one of my favorite shows when I was young, and now I know why. Stephen Yan is a very funny (and often hyper!) man. I love the energy level of the show, especially the early ones. It's also fun to hear his pop culture references from the time and some of his more frequent tendencies (lots of stuff about pressure, saying "isn't it?" totally out of context, and giving the garbage to his "brother" under the counter). The recipes give us great tips and ideas, too!
I love this show and hope Omni 2 keeps playing it for a long time to come! :)
How about now?
I saw this show today and was highly entertained! The writing is excellent (I wasn't surprised, knowing O'Brien and Smigel were involved) and Adam West was as great as ever. The type of storytelling here isn't exactly new, but with the writing and the ever-likable West, it really worked. Too bad the networks didn't agree.
So, how about now? Would this show work now if they did it again? I'm sure Mr. West would be willing to give it another go, and if it was on NBC, well, they need all the help they can get right now and this is the kind of show that could help them get out of their 4th place rut, if only to a small degree. I know I would love to see this cult hit resurrected!
Random thought: if The Max Weinberg 7 played the Lookwell theme as Conan went to his desk and he didn't know about it, I wonder if he'd recognize it?
A bit more info about this excellent film.
This is the story of Mary Thomas, mother of basketball superstar Isaiah Thomas, and the things she did to ensure a good life for her children. It chronicles their family's life in the projects and the struggles they went through, such as lack of money, health issues and even violence (one of her sons being involved with a vigilante group and also the drive-by shooting of a friend of Isaiah's are dealt with). It shows how strong Mary Thomas' love for her children is and follows, to some extent, the life of Isaiah as he progressed through high school and on through graduation at college. This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie and I hope to see it again some day!
Radio Active (1998)
Did you know...
...that this series is basically the brainchild of the Canadian comedy group The Vestibules (formerly known as Radio Free Vestibule)? For that reason alone, it's worth checking out, as they did much of the writing on this series and fans of the group will get the many sly references to their skits included in the show. It's a very fun show chronicling the adventures at Radio Active, a radio station run by a crazy cast of characters. Not a great show by any stretch of the imagination, but just good, clean fun that people of all ages can appreciate.