Sad days, and Big Brother All Star Winner

Been a sad few days.

First, the great Sean Connery passed away at the age of 90. Although he had been retired from acting for close to 20 years, he left his mark as one of the great actors of the time. From playing James Bond in the 1st James Bond movie “Dr. No”, to playing Harrison Fords father in “Indian Jones and the Last Crusade”, he starred in numerous great films as I was growing up. While most we big budget movies, he did show up in small films like “Time Bandit’s” and “The Highlander”. RIM Mr. Connery. Your craft will live forever and you will be missed

Here is a link to his IMDB Page:

Sean Connery – IMDB

Today I saw that Nikki McKibbin, who finished 3rd on the 1st season of American Idol passed away of a brain aneurism at the ages of 42. I was was an original fan of American Idol, starting with Season 1. I remember Nikki with here bright red hair and super outgoing personality. There are some people that you will always remember for whatever reason and she was one of them. RIP Nkki – You will always be remembered and will be missed

Nikki McKibbin (1978 – 2020)

Nikki McKibbin – Wiki

Big Brother All Stars ended last week with Cody Calafiorie being crowned the champion.   I really like this season and thought they did a great job of getting the show on the air during these tough times.   Cody was a deserving champion, but I am ready for an all new cast next  summer

Next is the Amazing Race, which started a  few  weeks back and is off to a good start.  Its really what I need to get my mind off of all the craziness going on

Staying away  for things, just a reminder that Tuesday is election day, and we will all watch and see what  happens and what direction the country goes going forward

I’m sure I will write something but may take a while

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Harry Chapin Documentary

Here is the trailer to the new Harry Chapin Documentary Film that was just released

In these crazy and messed up times, its a breath of fresh air that is needed

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Eddie Van Halen (1955 – 2020)

Very sad to see that Eddie Van Halen has passed away at the age of 65.   While not a super Van Halen fan, I did enjoy their music and his guitar playing.   He was a genius in his craft and will be missed.

As I was thinking about Eddie and Van Halen,  I realized how much they were part of the memories I have with my best friends over the past 40 years.  From hanging as friends houses watching the Van Halen videos “Jump” and “Panama” on MTV, to attending the Monsters of Rock Concert at the old Giants Stadium.  From watching the classic “Better off Dead” with friends and air guitaring to the claymation “Everybody Wants Some” to hearing new singer Sammy Hagar belt out “Why Can’t This Be Love” on the radio as we pulled up to my freshman dorm at Lehigh University.    I remember getting up early to pickup friends and going to the record store on release day to get in line for the new Van Halen Album.  All these great memories are related to Eddie and Van Halen

So thank you Eddie for being part of the background of my life.      

Here are some videos special to me from Van Halen


Plenty more to write about (Big Brother, Amazing Race, new AC/DC, Card Collecting

Hopefully soon

Andy

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Steve Hogarth. New singer since 1989.

Great article about Steve Hogarth – Lead singer of Marillion

30 Years of Steve Hogarth

Marillion – A Better way of life

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Lyme disease sucks, and a few other things

I started feeling strange last year and was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease. Took a while for the doctors to figure things out as I didn’t have any skin rash or bulls-eye marks. Just felt very fatigues and had some pains in my arm and leg. Eventually somebody mentioned it could be lyme disease and I went and saw a specialist who comfirmed things. I never knew there multiple strains of lyme disease and different types of medicine for them. I was given medication and it has helped but almost a year later I still have some lingering effects. Add the Lyme disease to the ongoing threat of Covid 19 and its been a rough year so far. I’m getting better as the days go on and hopefully will be able to feel like myself again

Very sad to hear of the passing of Charles “Chuck” “Thor” Seldon a few weeks back. Growing up, he lived a fee blocks up the street from me, and we went to the same Elementary, Middle, and High School. He was a very nice person. I would run into him over the years, mostly at high school reunions, and it was always fun to catch up on things. He will be missed

Charles “Thor” Seldon (1967 – 2020)

Big Brother All Stars (Season 22)” is back, this time its Big Brother All Star’s.   The season was delayed due the ongoing pandemic but they managed to quarantine the contestants and the crew to try and keep everybody safe.  there is no live audience for the evictions,  but so far it’s been fun to watch

I have also been enjoying “Tough as Nails“.   Phil Keoghan returns to CBS with an all new reality show featuring average people.   Its been fun to watch and I like the concept of having both team and individual challenges.   It’s a good tie over until The Amazing Race returns in the fall.   Its taking the place of Survivor which has been put on hold due to the pandemic and hopefully will be able to return in the spring.

Baseball is back and I have been enjoying watching the Mets play.  Its is a bit strange with no fans (I like the cardboard cutouts), and the piped in crowd noise, but I have gotten into the games.   Funny how I went from not missing baseball to yelling at the screen and sending / receiving texts from friends.   I am interested to see if I get the same feelings when the NFL returns.   As for the other sports,  I have enjoyed watching golf, and looking forward to tennis.

I will write some more soon, including some thoughts about the card collecting I have been doing while stuck at home and  self distancing.   Picked up some new cards, and sold some on e-bay to help pay for things.  Also been listening so some interesting podcasts

Average Andy



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RIP Joel Schumacher

Just want to mention the passing of director Joel Schumacher.   He directed some of my favorite movies, including “St Elmo’s Fire”, “Flatliners”, and “The Lost Boys”.   Movies that I still think about and enjoy today.

Joel Schumacher (1940 – 2020)

 

 

 

 

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Gary Lee Cavagnaro (Bad News Bears)

Came across this video while looking for some of the cards to complete the Panini Golden Age Bad News Bears insert set that was released in 2013


Some of the cards are hard to find (minis and white borders) but hopefully some day will be able to complete the set.  If anybody does have any of these cards, reach out to me and maybe we make a deal

Needs:

White Border:  146, 147, 148, 149

Mini:  (Red): 148, 150, (Black): 148, 149, 150, (Purple) 148

And as I have mentioned previously, any info in the current status, or whereabouts of actor Chris Barnes who played Tanner Boyle would be truly appreciated.    Still is one of my all time favorite character from a movie and would like to be able to tell him ho much Bad New Bears and his character have meant to me.

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Hard to believe Survivor premiered 20 years ago

On May 31st, 2000, a new reality show called Survivor premiered on CBS. I member watching as I had read a small blurb on the website slashdot about the show and though it sounded really cool

Slashdot – Survivor to premiere

Which is harder to believe – that Survivor has now been on for 20 years, or that I have never missed a single episode.

Survivor – Wikipedia

I starting watching on my old 27 inch tube TV in standard definition.   If I had things to do when Survivor was on (, I would need to manually record the show onto VHS Tapes (Yes – Survivor started before DVRs were a thing).  For the first 10 years,  Survivor was on Thursdays, and I remember being upset when it would be pre-empted for 2 weeks for the NCCA Basketball Tournament.   Eventually we got a DVR and I was able to set up automatically recording to make sue I never missed an episode (Although originally I needed to set things up each year as the title would change and early DVRs were not as smart as the ones today).  

Also I remember when Survivor finally went to High Definition for Season 17 in 2008.

While it did take me a few more years before getting a HDTV my self,  seeing Survivor in widescreen format (with black bars along the top and bottom of the screen) madeit that much more fun to watch 

Survivor switches to HD for Season 17

Having been a fan since the beginning,  the show has continued to fascinate me on lots of levels.   I really love the way the players have changed strategies over the years to try and keep up with the producers as they continue to tweak the game.

Over the years, there have been players that stand out for one reason or another.  While there are far to many of my personal favorites to name, there are a few that I remember for specific reasons.   Like Sue Hawk for here tribal council speech, to Johnny Fairplay lying about his Grandmother.   From being a jerk like Russell Hantz, to just being an interesting person like Rupert Boneham or Benjamin (Coach) Wade

Which brings me to what got me started on this post in the 1st place.   Saw a post from Dalton Ross who has been covering Survivor from the beginning about Sonja Christopher, the 1st person ever voted off of Survivor.  

Sonja Christopher – 1st person voted off Survivor

Glad to see that she is still alive and well and fondly remembers here time on Survivor and embraces her place in Survivor and Reality TV History

One of  main reasons I remember her is that as a non-sports card collector, I have always wished a company would put out a set of Survivor Cards.   While there was a set of cards put out by Upper Deck for Season 2, it was  more of a Collector Card Game then a true card set. 

So a few years ago, I decided to try and create a set of my own for Season 1.   There are still photos of the contestants on some webs sites, so I designed and created  a custom set for myself.   And the 1st card I created was not of Season 1 winner Richard Hatch, but of Sonja Christopher, the 1st person ever voted off Survivor.    Bellow is a gallery of the cards I created.   Let me know if I did a good job

 

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That’s it for now.   Going to try and write more soon

Andy

 

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“Hey c’mon, let the kids play!”

Sad to see that former MLB Player and All Star Bob Watson passed away.   I do remember him as a player, but will always remember him for his line in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training – One of the underrated and best baseball movies of all-time

Bob Watson – Hey c’mon, Let the kids play!

Watching this clip always makes me happy.   Bad New Bears in Breaking Training is one of my all time favorite movies and this is one of my favorite scenes.

Bad News Bears in Breaking Training – IMDB

The movie also has two of my favorite characters (Jackie Earle Haley as Kelly Leak, and Chris Barnes as Tanner Boyle).

Note – If anybody has any contact information (or really any information) on Chris Barnes, please leave a comment or reach out to me –  I would love to contact him and let him know how much the character of Tanner Boyle has meant to me over the past 40 years

Average Andy

 

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Survivor, Social Distancing, and More

Its been a long time since I have had the motivation to write here on AverageAndy.  Have been hunkered down at home due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic, doing the social distancing thing.   I have been keeping busy during the days (I am lucky to have a job that allows me to work at home) and at nights have tried to get out for a walk.   Been doing take out now and then to help the local businesses, and usually take a trip to the bagel shop on Saturdays to stock up for the week.   Been doing some weekly Zoom meetings with Family and Friends which have been really nice.   Also been trying to reach out and keep in touch with family and friends (text, e-mail) to see how everybody else has been handling these strange times.

I want to take some time to thank all the radio stations that have stayed on the air during this crisis and kept me entertained and lifted my spirits day after day

Terrestrial:  105.5 WDHA,  99.9 The Hawk,  Sports Radio WFAN
SiriusXM – Nik Carter and Lori Majewski in the mornings,  Eddie Trunk midday,  and Alan Light and Mark Goodman in the afternoon

This leads me to Survivor

The current season Survivor (Winners at War) premiered on Wednesday, February 12th and brought back 20 past winners to compete against each other for the title Sole Survivor and a 2 Million Dollar grand prize.   It was great to see some of my all time favorite players returning to try to become the 2nd Two Time Survivor Winner (Or in the case of Sandra Diaz-Twine, a 3 time winner and the undisputed greatest Survivor Champion)

Despite the problems with Extinction Island in the past, and the fact that is was a necessity to get some of the contestants to come back, I enjoyed it for the most part this season.   I still don’t like the fact that you get rewarded for the longer you are on Extinction Island.  While the living is tough, you have lots of time to bond with others before getting the chance to get back in the game,  all while you never having to worry about being voted out.

As far as the contestants, being a fan since Season 1, I was rooting for the older players, and it was tough to see all the players I was rooting for get voted out early – Amber, Ethan (who is a friend of my cousins),  Boston Rob, Parvati, and Yul  were all voted off before the merge.   (For a while I was more interested in what was happening at Extinction Island then the real game).   As for the players who made it farther, some I liked (Tony, Sophie, Michele) while others I did not really care for (Adam, Ben, Kim).

As the season wound down, I will admit I was rooting for Tony to win, and thought he was playing the best game.   He was good at all aspects (Physical, Mental and Strategic and managed not to get a single vote cast against him the entire time.

Once Natalie won the chance to come back to the game, I became very nervous as I did not think it was fair for her to possibly win the game despite not being part of the real game for 33 days.  The more I thought about it,  the more of a disaster it seemed it would be if she won.   I held out hope that the this jury would not reward somebody who spent the entire time away from the main game with the 2 Million Dollars.

Once Tony won the fire challenge and made the final 3, I thought there was no way he was not going to win, and was relieved when the jury voted him the winner by a 12 – 4 count.  I think they got it right as he played one of the best games anybody had played.  He now joins  Sandra as the only 2 time winners.

Also want to give a shout out to New Jersey (Where I live).  We have been well represented in Survivor and were again last night with all 3 finalists from the Garden State.  Way to Go and makes me proud.

I want to thank everybody involved with Survivor (The contestants, Jeff Probst, the Producers and all the crews) for another great season.   It continues to be the best Reality Show on TV, and especially during these tough and crazy times, it has been something to look forward to each Wednesday night which kept my spirits high.

Felt good to write some stuff after such a long time, and I will try to find some time to write some more about my thoughts about the world during these crazy times.

Stay Inside if you can, Self Distance and Stay Safe

AverageAndy

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