Just a few random musings about this blog...
• I finally put a hit counter on this blog to track traffic, and I am astounded. This is, by far, the most-read and most-linked to site in my "Atomic Pulp Network" of pop culture blogs (list over there in the sidebar). It seems to come up most often in Search Engine searches, too.
I guess there's a lot of forty-something geeks out there. :)
Of course, it's also the blog that I've been updating most frequently. It seems that outer space is where my mind is lately.
Still, I am surprised at how many other people seem to be into this stuff. Most of my life, these shows and movies - except Star Wars, maybe - have been generally dismissed with derision by people I ran into. Now, I'm a fan of lots of stuff - 60s spy movies, classic horror films, giant monster movies, private eye fiction - and all of those seemed to be more acceptable/respectable than being a fan of Space: 1999, the original Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers. Hell, even around other science fiction and comic book geeks, mentioning those "old" shows was an invitation to abuse. Nice to finally see that I'm not the only one with such arrested taste....
(Most of you also read - and/or run - role playing gaming blogs. I'm not surprised. I spent a lot of time dungeon crawling back in my teen years, too, and D&D first really started catching on in the late 70s and early 80s, so it's all part & parcel of our shared experience.)
• Oh yeah, I wanted to clarify something from my "Reality is Overrated" post: I don't hate the new Battlestar Galactica. I don't even particularly dislike it. I own the entire series on DVD, and will, one of these days, probably sit down and watch them again. But I won't be rewatching them anywhere near as often as I rewatch episodes of the original series, and I absolutely do prefer the 70s version over the more recent incarnation in most respects. I think it says something that my favorite moments on the new BSG were those that directly referenced or homaged moments and elements from the original.
• I've noticed that those who came of age in the 60's and grew up with Forrest Ackerman's Famous Monster of Filmland magazine and the "Shock Theater" syndication package of old Universal monster movies refer to themselves as "Monster Kids."
Does that make those of us who grew up with Starlog, Star Trek reruns and Star Wars (not yet a new hope), the "Star Kids?"
• Anyway, a huge thanks to everyone who reads this blog. I'm working on my first Favorite Episodes post - "Return of the Fighting 69th" from Season 1 of Buck Rogers In the 25th Century, and it should be up sometime this week. I was going to launch the feature with "War Games" from Space: 1999 since I haven't written much about that show yet, but the passing of Peter Graves over the weekend made me want to bump the Buck episode he guested in to the front of the queue. I'll also be posting some more vintage TV Guide ads from my collection in the next few days.
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