Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for September 28th, 2019: The Happily Resolved, Svengoolie at 40, and Dracula, Not Trump, Undead Edition

**This entry was posted Sept 28, 2019**

A "Two Men and a Truck" moving truck on Q Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:38 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

I love the cartoon logo.

This entry contains a handful of pics that I took on my semi-regular Sunday walk through Georgetown earlier this month -- specifically, three weeks ago.

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Row houses at sunset, 2000 block Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:26 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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Before starting this entry, let me say that I would like to post on a number of topics, and because the Trump traitorous corruption impeachment saga is so all-consuming right now, the only way I can do that is to expressly AVOID talking about it in these entries.

I just wanted to get that out of the way …

Row house steps near Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 6:31 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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Saturday night.

I'm back from the gym, where I had a good multi-part workout even if I am short, ugly, pudgy, and quickly approaching 50 years of age.

As is my Saturday night wont, I'm watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and part of the Sunday Red-Eye Sci-Fi line up.

The Svengoolie-hosted monster movie tonight is the classic, indeed, foundational vampire / horror film Dracula from 1931 starring Bela Lugosi as the titular undead villain. This is the movie that set the standard for all subsequent movies of this genre.

1931 "Dracula" poster theatrical release, Style "F"

There was no one quite like Bela Lugosi with that stare …


Of note, the Chicago City Council just officially formally recognized Rich Koz for his 40 years as the horror movie host and all-around-wonderful guy Svengoolie. I found out from this article on the MeTV website.

To be clear, the first Svengoolie was played by the late Jerry G. Bishop, who served in the role from 1970 to 1973. Koz started out as "Son of Svengoolie" during the next run of the series -- June 1979 to Jan 1986. When the series restarted in 1995, Bishop gave Koz his blessing to drop the "Son of" from the name and he has been Svengoolie ever since.

The resolution -- designated R2019-672 and entitled Congratulations extended to Rich Koz on 40th anniversary as horror film host "Svengoolie"-- was adopted unanimously (50-0) on Sept 18, 2019.

Jerry G. Bishop as the original Svengoolie in a promo ad on Chicago's WFLD (Channel 32)

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Whether coincidentally or not, the Jerry G. Bishop's Svengoolie show debuted precisely 49 years to the day prior on Sept 18, 1970.

Information on the resolution is available here. The text of the resolution is available in downloadable PDF form here.

A previous Svengoolie-related resolution (R2014-548) was adopted 49-0 (with one absence) on July 30, 2014 declaring Oct 31, 2014 (Halloween) as Rich "Svengoolie" Koz Day in Chicago.

Congratulations on a well-deserved recognition, Svengoolie!

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As for the rest of the MeTV lineup for tonight, we have the following …

The Star Trek: TOS episode is "The Doomsday Machine" -- that's the one featuring what looks like a conch shell that destroys whole planets.

The Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode is "Olympiad" and The Invaders episode is "The Enemy."

What a weird show is The Invaders.

The Lost in Space episode is the pilot, "The Reluctant Stowaway," and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode is "Sealed Orders." Finally, Land of the Giants episode is "Our Man O'Reilly."

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Evening view looking west on M Street NW into Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 6:09 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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The weather remains shitty too warm and very shitty too rainless dry. It looks as though next week is going to be near record hot -- at least on Wednesday with a forecasted high around 93F -- but then there should be at least a temporary pattern change with much cooler, indeed, fall-like weather with a Saturday forecasted high of just 69F.

Tonight is warm (around 77F) and unseasonably humid (dew point around 73F). There are a few isolated thunderstorms in the region but it is unlikely anything will happen here in D.C.

As for September, it looks like it will end up tied with 2005 for the driest September on record with a scant 0.11" of precipitation at KDCA. It is also ranked for the fifth driest calendar month of any month for D.C.

KBWI is at 0.16" and KIAD at 0.34" -- both presently ranked the 2nd driest September on record.

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I'm going to wrap up this entry. There are a lot more topics I'd like to write about including, yes, Trump, impeachment, and the GOP, but in lieu of that in this entry, I'll just embed this Bill Maher Real Time intro monologue from yesterday:



I also have scores of pictures I'd like to post including from other Georgetown Sundays and that Florida trip I took last month that, upon reflection, was fairly shitty.

(Rented?) yachts on the Potomac in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:40 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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Speaking of Georgetown, for tomorrow, my plan is my usual walkabout, although I may go to Old Town for lunch and take the water-taxi up there before heading back home. Tomorrow evening, there is the usual dinner at Fred and Doug's (next door) with Aydin and maybe Ed and myself.

More yachts and young people on the Potomac in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:40 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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OK, that's all for now. I'm going to try to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition -- and if it is after midnight, I'll still give it a Saturday timestamp , otherwise it isn't a Jukebox Saturday Night edition.

--Regulus

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