Tag Archives: 1960s

Boom!

It was autumn, 1962, and (unlike this year) the thermometer was climbing. So was the economy. Dad’s income was booming. To celebrate we’d decided to shoehorn a swimming pool into our miniature suburban Southern California back yard. Visions of bikinied … Continue reading

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My Scar Stories

I Can’t Help Myself! As a result of my regular self-disfigurements, Mom and Dad began keeping a closer watch on me. But then I was set free by the most reckless device known to boy: A Bike! We lived in … Continue reading

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Music from My Movies

Do the Notzilla! I wrote three songs for the closing credits of my new feature film Notzilla, each in a different early 60s pop style, and each devoted to the national craze set off by an escaped kaiju (giant monster) … Continue reading

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Toby the Turtle

Two True Fables: Part Two To read Part One (Fat Cat) click here. 1960s families loved turtles. Some eventually flushed theirs down the toilet (resulting in an outbreak of sewer-dwelling ninjas). But our neighbors the Cartingers couldn’t bear to part … Continue reading

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Music from My Movies

Dino Surfin’ I recently posted the songs from my feature film Over-the-Rhine, mentioning that creating music for my movies is a way of pursuing “my other love.” Over-the-Rhine is a heavy drama, so those songs are serious, emotional accompaniments to … Continue reading

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Thursday Song

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
(Music Video below) Marc was a skinny Polish-American Jew. I was a Euro-American mutt who’d decided he was Irish after playing a leprechaun in the high school musical. Our first band was clunky. If the…

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Beware of Children Telling Jokes

A Throwback Thursday Offering When I was a kid, one of the top after-school TV shows was Bozo’s Circus. Bozo would cavort with forced glee in front of a live audience composed solely of screaming humans of the non-adult persuasion. … Continue reading

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