Oct 24

10/24/14 – Sports Edge with Eddie Owen

Some of the people we’re talking about and hearing from today!  (Actually, we’re not talking about Layla, but who cares?)

 

Oct 23

It’s that time again….

Is it wrong to derive great pleasure from videos like these?  Halloween

Oct 23

10/23/14 – Sports Edge with Eddie Owen

Oct 22

10/22/14 – Sports Edge with Eddie Owen

Oct 21

10/21/14 – Sports Edge with Eddie Owen

Oct 19

10/20/14 – Sports Edge with Eddie Owen

Oct 18

Hey, I’m doing SPORTS now!!!

 Starting Monday, you’ll hear my ‘Sports Edge’ every day on WKDZ and WHVO!  I’ll also be publishing those sportscasts here at my personal website and at Wildcat Lair!

I’ll be concentrating on sports from around this area (UK, Titans, Preds) and the other national stuff as well!  Take a listen!SportsEdge

Mar 15

My night with David Brenner, Sly Stallone, Hagler-Hearns, and ‘Sue’

david-brenner-6add6190c2ab6db3I just received word that David Brenner passed away.  We could list accolades for hours, but one thing stands out.  Brenner appeared on the ‘Tonight Show With Johnny Carson’ more than 150 times, starting in 1971, and he guest hosted it as well.  He’s a comedy legend.

Those appearances were during the days that I was a young man, from late in high school through young adulthood.  Needless to say, he was one of my favorite comedians!

If you didn’t get to enjoy David Brenner in his heyday, do so now.  His first appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ in 1971.

I knew we hadn’t seen much out of David for awhile.  I thought about that recently, and it was then that I learned he was battling cancer.  Today, it took him.  I read a thoughtful post from his son Cole telling the world his father was gone.

May he rest in peace.

Now, to April 15, 1985.

You know that old standby of “remember where you were when such and such happened?”  Depending on your age, you remember where you were and what you were doing when President Kennedy was shot, or when the OJ stuff was going on, or 9/11.  Or maybe even some fun things in your personal life.

This is kind of like that, but in reverse.  I remember April 15, 1985.  It was the night I saw David Brenner in concert at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.  With a girl named Sue.

I remember the show, and the night, for a lot of reasons.

I was in Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters convention and knew David was appearing downtown.  Being a fan, I wanted to go.  I had also become friends with the afore named ‘Sue’, who worked for a company exhibiting at the convention.  So, plans were made.

Remember, it was April 15.  Tax day.  That date always stands out.

Hagler_vs_HearnsAnd on April 15, 1985 in Vegas, another big event was happening.  Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns, ‘The Fight’ or ‘The War‘.  For the middleweight boxing championship of the world.  This was in a time when the whole world watched when big time boxing occurred.

So, you already have the excitement of going to the David Brenner show, and you have the fight, and the spectacle of fight fans in town with their big cars, expensive suits, hot women, lots of jewelry.

With all this surrounding us, on April 15, Sue and I headed by cab to downtown.

The evening began with tragedy.  We witnessed death.  Literally.

I remember the cab turning a corner, probably onto Las Vegas Boulevard (‘The Strip’).  As we did, a man stepped off the curb and we saw him hit by a truck and flung to the side.  I really don’t remember the details.  I just remember the truck moving fast, and seeing the impact.  Maybe my mind blocked out the rest, but I wanted to know the outcome.  I knew it wasn’t good.

If you’ve ever been with a Vegas cabbie, you know he wasn’t going to stop.  It would have done no good, as dozens of other cars already were.  Shaken, we proceeded to the Golden Nugget.

1985 was long before the Fremont Street Experience.  In the mid 80’s, downtown Vegas was trying to discover a way to survive, to be relevant.  The Golden Nugget was the exception.  It was the first of Steve Wynn’s grand hotels, before he moved to the Strip with Mirage, etc.  (I once convinced the girl running the monorail between Treasure Island and Mirage that I was Steve Wynn’s nephew.  She had closed the gate for loading.  She opened it until I was tattled on.  Another story for another day.)

Anyway, Golden Nugget was beautiful and elegant. Kind of an oasis in old downtown Vegas.  Arriving, I remember asking directions to the showroom.  And I remember walking down a long, narrow hall.

Not far down it, Sue’s hand suddenly grasped my arm.  Tight.  I looked up to see a familiar figure approaching us.  Actually, FIVE figures approaching us.  Four, rather large, intimidating figures, surrounding one smaller, but equally intimidating figure.

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Sly (yes, we’re tight)

No idea who the four were, but the one?  Sylvester Stallone. In town for the fight.  So there we were in the hall, just the seven of us.  Four large, rather surly looking bodyguards.  And a smiling Rocky!  He said “Hello” as we passed.  (I’ve considered us “tight” since that night.)

By the way, this was Sylvester Stallone at his best!  Well dressed, in a white suit, gold jewelry, sharp.  Very much like the picture here.  He looked good.  (And short)

So far, think about the events that make this a date to remember.

  • April 15 (already a day of infamy)
  • David Brenner show
  • Middleweight championship of the world
  • Sue
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Stallone

Pretty impressive, right?.  Next stop, the showroom.  David Brenner was as funny as I’d expected.  (I think he wore a purple sport coat.)

Meanwhile, ‘Marvelous Marvin Hagler‘ beat the hell out of Tommy ‘Hit Man’ Hearns in three rounds.  It’s classified as one of the greatest fights of all time.  (Unless you’re Hearns)  You can watch it below if you like.

Next morning, I called a local radio station in Las Vegas to see if they knew what happened with the truck accident.  They told me the gentleman had died.  He was visiting Vegas for the NAB show and was from the middle of the country.  Maybe Minnesota, or Iowa or someplace.  Doesn’t matter.  I just remember feeling very sad.

April 15, 1985 is burned into my mind.  When I think about Hagler-Hearns, when I think about seeing Stallone, when the thought of that accident crosses my mind, they all relate back to seeing David Brenner at the Golden Nugget.  With Sue.

I lost track of Sue.  Maybe we should have hung out more.  Things seemed to “happen” when we were together!

 

 

Jan 02

It’s e-d-w-A-R-D dammit…. (and Stubhub)

If you’re gonna use my stuff, get my name right. 

I was asked to comment, good or bad, about Stubhub, the ticket brokerage service for some blog.  I did.  However, they bumped my comments for some clown named Edwin.

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If you want to read the blog post, here it is.

Dec 29

John Lennon and The Polynesian Papers, 39 years ago today! (You’re Welcome Disney Fans)

Suddenly the information is out.  It’s everywhere!  Details about John Lennon officially dissolving the Beatles at the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World, 39 years ago today!

After years of only finding tidbits here and there, suddenly you can find all the information you want.  You care if you love Disney.  You care if you love The Beatles.  And you’re welcome.  Glad I could help out.

First off, I’m not really upset that May Pang didn’t answer my email.  Well, maybe a little bit.  I did write her.  All she had to do was hit ‘reply’.  May, was that TOO DAMNED MUCH TO ASK?”  Ahem..

MayPangAndJohnLennon2Some of you may not even know who May Pang is.  May Pang was an assistant to John Lennon during the early 70’s.  I guess you could also say she was his girlfriend for a while during a separation from Yoko Ono.  I’ve seen May Pang interviewed.  She seems like a nice lady.  (Although she doesn’t return emails!)

I think it is fair to say that more people know her because of her ties to John than for any other reason.  I’m VERY cool with that.  If I had dated Olivia Newton John in the 70’s, I’d probably still be milking it too.  (That probably needs rephrasing.  I’ll do it later)

Maybe you know my Disney obsession.

Maybe you know my Beatles obsession.

The story has floated around for years how John Lennon signed the papers that dissolved the Beatles while staying at the Polynesian Hotel.  We didn’t know the details until recently.  39 years ago.  Today!  At that time, John had been separated from wife Yoko Ono for about 18 months, and on the trip with him was son Julian (follow him on Facebook, he’s a really cool guy), and ‘assistant/girl friend/future Eddie Owen ignorer’ May Pang.

As I had heard the story time and time again, John was staying at the hotel and his lawyers called saying the Beatles dissolution paperwork was ready.  They brought the papers to Orlando, where John signed them and the legal entity known as ‘The Beatles‘, was no more.  (December 29th should be a national day of mourning)

So if you are a Beatles fan… and you are a Disney fan… this is one of the greatest synergy stories ever.

John Lennon & May Pang.   Mickey on the shirt, but no idea where the picture was taken.  (I might of found out if May returned my email)  Photo courtesy: Daily Mail

John Lennon & May Pang. Mickey on the shirt, but no idea where the picture was taken. (I might of found out if May returned my email) Photo courtesy: Daily Mail

Over the last couple of years, I’ve tried to find more information about this.  Maybe even get a picture of John Lennon at Walt Disney World.  I contacted several people in the media in Orlando that I knew and told them the story, but no one could help.  On a recent trip to Orlando, someone even asked me as a trivia question, “what ROOM was John in?”.  (I had no idea.  They didn’t either, but I would assume a really NICE one)

Finally, about two months ago, it hit me one night to contact May Pang herself at her website and ask.

Through the contact form, I explained how Beatles fans in the Disney fan community considered this a big friggin’ deal, and it would be great if she’d tell the story and get it on record, and maybe even supply an official picture of John at Disney World.  I write for Examiner, (read my stuff please….) and I’m launching a new Disney site and I told her I would take the story and make the world a better place because she had told it.  I made sure it said exactly what I wanted it to say, made a few changes, and hit ‘Enter’.

And I waited.  Figured a busy person might take a few days to give me a casual reply.  Maybe a week.  Hey, a month’s gone by?  Not a problem.  I’m sure May’s got “stuff” to do.

Finally, the realization dawned on me.  I’m not being responded to.

OK, it’s not like I was going to lose any sleep on this.  It really isn’t more than a curiosity that I’ve had, and something of interest in both fan communities.  I just chalked it off to being considered a “nuisance email” on her site, and I went on about my business.

Then it happened!!!

My research for my Disney site Mickeyopolis, requires me to do a LOT of searching on the internet, based on keywords.  One of my keywords pulled up an article that caught my attention.  The title?  “What Role Did Walt Disney World Play in the Breakup of the Beatles?”

Well, I was all excited because I KNEW what the role was.  So I flipped over to it, and there was the story, all about John Lennon, May Pang, the Polynesian, signing papers, dissolution of the Beatles, Julian Lennon, and even a picture of John Lennon at what appears to be a park.  (I suppose the Magic Kingdom, although they don’t say so.)

John Lennon at an unknown location.  (You're supposed to say he's AT Walt Disney World if he is)  Photo courtesy: PJ Media

John Lennon at an unknown location. (Maybe Disney World?) Photo courtesy: PJ Media

And then I read further.  The quote that prompted me to write this post, “May Pang picks up the story…”

May Pang is speaking?!?  About John Lennon and Walt Disney World, the Beatles dissolution and ignoring Eddie Owen?  (OK, 3 of 4…)

Here is my problem.

This was 39 years ago.  Today.  Nary a peep out of anyone in all that time about it, other than legend and rumor.  And less than two months after I send an email requesting information somebody ELSE gets the story?  And it’s now all over the place?

OK, it could be coincidence.  May Pang may have never even seen my email.  Maybe the writer of the story is an old friend or something.  I don’t know.

But it’s the internet, and by golly I’m entitled to my persecution complex.  So I’m going to claim this story.  Here’s what REALLY happened!  May Pang obviously saw my email, realized this massive story she’d been sitting on for nearly four decades, and figured it was time to tell it!

And having heard that Paul McCartney has always been my favorite Beatle, she gave the story to someone else.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

If you want to read the article, here it is.

In the meantime, “May… call me”…  I still have questions.

PS…Julian Lennon, if you ever read this I would have contacted you, but I couldn’t find a button on your website to do so.  And you should really add this to your timeline thingie on JulianLennon.com.  (But you’re still way cool, and I have a lot of admiration for you.)

 

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