Saturday, June 29, 2024

Jim Scott R.I.P.


I discovered the joys of Top 40 radio in 1970, and right out of the gate my favorite deejay was Jim Scott, the morning drive-time jock on Cincinnati's WSAI-AM. Scott was still relatively new in town at that point but had already become the # 1 deejay on the station. Soon enough he would be the # 1 deejay in town. 

 The cliché of a disc jockey is that the talk fast and they're loud but Jim was neither. He spoke quickly, I suppose, but not fast. He was always very precise. The reason Jim Scott became as popular as he did was...he was nice. Super-nice! It's literally what he was known for for more than half a century in this town. 

Even rival disk jockeys liked Jim Scott. 

Jim came to Cincinnati from a one year stint in Buffalo in 1968. He was the eleventh person hired to fill that spot on the venerable WSAI. Even he expected to move on quickly, from town to town, up and down the dial." It was the nature of the job that no one stayed in the same town very long. 

After a few successful years, in fact, Jim got an offer to make a crazy amount of money as ab afternoon man at WNBC in New York City. It was an offer he couldn't refuse. Like much of the rest of the city, I was heartbroken, but moved on to sexy-voiced Robin Wood on WEBN-FM for my wake up music.

It wasn't easy to replace an act like Jim, of course, so they had weeklong trial stints, eventually settling on Dick Biondi, considered one of the great deejays of '60s radio!

Poor Dick was out just a year later, though, when Jim--unhappy in New York--was enticed by a new station manager to return to Cincy and literally take back his old job. 

Jim Scott stayed with WSAI despite format changes up until the station was about to be sold. He switched to the smaller WYYS and soon after to WLW, at one time one of the greatest and most powerful radio stations in America. Jim would remain there until his retirement about 25 years later.

Despite the fact that Jim Scott was always doing personal appearances around the area, I only ever ran into him once and that was in 2008, when I was working at the Airport. It was on the tram that passed between Concourse B, where I was based, and Concourse A, where our second store was based. Other than losing his hair over the years, he looked and sounded exactly the same so I instantly recognized him but he was already speaking with someone else who had also spotted him so I didn't interrupt.

Jim Scott died last night. Rest in Peace, old friend.  



Friday, June 28, 2024

DC Special # 2--Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

In 1967, DC Comics revived a 1950s teenage Archie-style character called Binky Biggs. In 1969, this second issue of DC SPECIAL offered some funny teen humor stories. Little did I suspect at the time that every single one of them was, in fact. a 1950s reprint, all retouched to update hairstyles and fashions and some completely renamed! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Spencer Milligan, R.I.P.

Longtime readers will remember that ten years back, I collaborated with former child star Kathy Coleman, from LAND OF THE LOST, on her autobiography, LOST GIRL (later revised and re-issued as RUN, HOLLY, RUN). As we were working on the book, she and I spoke several times a week for a year or so, and Spencer Milligan's name came up far more than the parts that made it into the book. She had such great stories. Raised without a father, herself, her TV family became real family to her. She and her TV sibling Wesley are like a genuine brother and sister these days. Phil Paley, too! 

But Spencer Milligan was the father figure she needed, and she was thrown for a loop when he left after the second season. Kathy and Wesley managed to convince him to attend what proved to be his one and only convention in 2018 and she even got him to sign a LANDOF THE LOST poster she later sent me.

Spencer died in April of this year and the news is just now coming out. R.I.P. 


Monday, June 17, 2024

Monkees-Changes 1970/2024

Seen above is the last LP from the original run of The Monkees. Released in 1970 and featuring only Davy and Micky with a mix of new and previously unreleased songs dating back as far as 1967, the colorful cover has always seemed a bit sad. With neither of them even looking at the camera, it seemed to be missing something...or someone.

Turns out what it was missing was the recently departed Mike Nesmith, who had also been there on that colorful set with them. They didn't even bother to do a new photo session with the remaining duo of Monkees. 

Now, though, I've learned that the image itself has been manipulated, with all the color and shadows added  (and very well in those pre-Photoshop days!). The actual photos of Mike, Davy, and Micky were lifted from this exact still taken from a 1969 Monkees appearance on THE JOEY BISHOP SHOW!

The question, of course, remains as to why this odd image of Micky and Davy was chosen when the Monkees after Peter left had numerous actual publicity photos as a trio where Mike could've been edited out! Here are a couple now. 

This morning, I spent 8 minutes making this NEW 2024 LP cover for 1970's CHANGES. 



Saturday, June 15, 2024

Song of the South-1946

Interesting to see this early marketing for Walt Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH, which would go on to become one of the great hot-button issues among Disney fans. Back in the '90s, I got a bootleg copy on VHS. I asked every black person who came into my store for a few days their opinion of it. Most who knew it liked it! Many stared humming or even singing the songs! Two women paid me to burn them copies of it!

For the record there are zero slaves in the film as it's set during the Reconstruction era. The movie itself is a fairly dull drama but the animation sequences are gold, the music is memorable, and James Baskett as Uncle Remus remains visually iconic. A shame people can't actually see his great performance anymore. He actually died soon afterwards. 


Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Comics Artists in Cheri in the 1970s


I was just a few months away from turning 18 when CHERI magazine debuted in the summer of the Bicentennial year 1976. I had never seen a copy of PLAYBOY but I had been buying HUSTLER and HIGH SOCIETY magazines for a while at that point. I had premature grey hair and was never once carded. When CHERI came along, it became my new favorite. Not only was it just as explicit as those other two (probably a bit more so, actually) but it also had work in nearly every issue by some very familiar comics artists!


CHERI was essentially a news magazine, only all the news was about sex. There were photo essays of adult industry events and sex worker protests, reviews of XXX films and live sex shows, coverage of various censorship issues, etc. but there were also fictional pieces in each issue, columns by names in the industry (such as the now legendary Annie Sprinkle and my wonderful Facebook pal of the past decade or so, Jeanne Silver), and, naturally, the life blood of this type of mag, photo layouts. 


I was still living at home at the time I was buying these so I couldn’t keep them long for fear that my parents (or my aunt who came down to help clean the house sometimes) might find them. I was, however, reminded of all this today when I ran into the first two years of issues on the Internet Archive. 


The comics artists who pop up in these early issues are Marshall Rogers, Russ Heath, Gary Hallgren, Rand Holmes (an article about him as well as a new color strip by him), Wallace Wood, (a small piece on SALLY FORTH and a full reprint of MY WORD from BIG APPLE COMIX), Larry Hama and Ralph Reese along with Neal Adams (a part color reprint of their BIG APPLE collaboration, published originally only in black and white), Clay Geerdes, Robert Crumb (color reprints of black and white underground strips), Bruce Patterson, Frank Cirocco, Mary Wilshire, Bill Plympton, Mary Sativa, Trina Robbins, Paul Kirchner (as Kurt Schnurr”). Bill Wenzel, Lee Marrs, and Billy Graham. Some illustrate articles, some offer gag cartoons, some new comics stories, some reprinted ones, some spot illustrations and a couple are just reprints in small pieces written about them. 


By the last two issues of 1977, the familiar artists seem to have largely disappeared, perhaps due to editorial changes. It should go without saying that while these are not fully hardcore magazines, they are 100% NSFW and are at times, more explicit than even stuff on the market today! If you are easily offended, stay away. Heck, if you get offended by things at all, I’d recommend keeping your distance. If you’re intrigued, however, they’re all online.