Monday, December 31, 2018
NEW YEAR'S EVE IN A HAUNTED HOUSE - 2018 INTO 2019 EDITION!
Hmmmm…. Father Time is kinda’ scary, isn’t he?
Speaking of time, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for making the past few years so much fun for me. Thank you to all those who have tweeted about my blog, chosen to “follow” the blog, have left comments on posts and told others about the project. I am especially grateful to all the blogs and websites who have publicized this wacky endeavor over the years.
Most especially, I want to thank everyone for their patience. As sometimes happens, "real life" truly got in the way of my ability to make headway on the project in 2018. A "perfect storm" of personal and professional challenges, coupled with a quite-unexpected medical development for me, really brought changes to my world... but I know that circumstances will ultimately level out so that I can once again proceed with gusto on Scared Silly.
Special thanks goes to Ken Mandel of the West Orange Classic Film Festival who invited me to be the guest-speaker at a double-feature screening of restored Laurel & Hardy films at their 2018 festival early this year. It's always great to have an opportunity to be a guest-speaker at screenings of classic films, and most especially to engage with enthusiastic audiences with Q&A's. Most gratifying of all is playing a part in introducing legendary movie comedians to young viewers who may never have seen them before.
I also had another terrific year working on the Bowery Boys documentary. The film is the brainchild of Executive Producer and owner of Handshake Away Productions, Colette Joel. Her lifelong love of the Dead End Kids, East Side Kids and Bowery Boys is manifesting itself in a wonderful production that I know all fans of classic movies and classic comedy will enjoy. And that includes you, Scared Silly readers! The Bowery Boys' films are among my favorite classic comedies, and they did make several notable horror-comedy films, all of which will be reviewed in the Scared Silly book.
Of course, there's no blog without you readers out there so thank you to ALL SCARED SILLY FANS! (And if I’ve left anyone out please know it wasn’t intentional)!
As always, it wouldn't be New Year's Eve here without Vagabond Opera performing “New Year’s Eve in a Haunted House,” composed by avant garde jazz legend Raymond Scott, the man behind many of the melodies heard in Looney Tunes cartoons - enjoy your New Year's Eve!