Author Archives: Solonor

The 13th Annual “All Weird” Funny 25

Yep, this is the 13th time I’ve recapped the good Doctor’s annual Funny 25 and updated my TOP 100 (or so) DEMENTED HITS (from Funny 25’s). This year it looks like our old pal, Weird Al, has taken over the show. Mr. … Continue reading

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90 Years of “Top 40” Music: All That Jazz (1926-1929)

The way radio worked changed rapidly in the 1920’s. Two things served to organize the landscape of radio and to broaden its reach as a unified force across the country. In 1926, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was formed by … Continue reading

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90 Years of “Top 40” Music: It Begins (1925)

On Christmas Eve 1906, wireless radio operators on board ships from the North Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico heard something startling through their headphones. Normally, the radio men would listen through the static for the dots and dashes of … Continue reading

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90 Years of “Top 40” Music: Intro.

I have known for a long time about the seemingly seismic shift in music that happened the first time someone dropped the needle on a record of Chuck Berry’s Maybellene in 1955. In my head, people had spent hundreds of … Continue reading

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Wait…why is that funny?

A couple of weeks ago, Whiny the Elder and I were flipping around the TV dial when we stumbled upon an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show–one of the best of the early 60’s sitcoms (if not of all … Continue reading

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Robin Williams, RIP

I’ve been kind of stunned since learning of the death of Robin Williams. I’m older now, and have seen real people I know pass from my life. So, I’m not quite as shocked and upset as, say, the night John … Continue reading

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Today’s story is brought to you by the letter “D” for “Doctor Who” and “dork”

Unlike the previous entries in the Tales of Woe series, this one isn’t so much woe to me as woe to thee, dear reader, because this is the day that I subject you to more Doctor Who-age! Back in January, … Continue reading

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Today’s story is brought to you by the letter “C” for “calescent”, “creepy” and “Christmas”.

(The third in my 26 Tales of Woe series. See “A” is for “ass” and “B” is for “barf”.) Today is the first day of Memorial Day weekend, and it is hot. No, please, let me rephrase that, because I … Continue reading

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Today’s story is brought to you by the letter “B” for “barf”.

(The second in a, presumably, 26-part series that began with this post.) As many of you know, I have been working from home for a little over a year. I no longer have an office with a nameplate over the door … Continue reading

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Today’s story is brought to you by the letter “A” for “ass”.

I went out to the mailbox this afternoon, humming a tune and eating a piece of cheddar cheese (as one does on a lovely day). After retrieving the handful of junk mail…and I only call it “junk” because each piece … Continue reading

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