Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Eventually has arrived.
Apparently someone I used to converse with a lot, whom I haven't spoken to in years, has decided to "review" my book (but really review myself) without having ever read it in it's full form. I'm sure he had read my posts on Harpies Bizarre (or elsewhere as I understand someone had copied them and posted to another site of less than stellar reputation) and thinks the book will be just that. Let's forget that it's been through many revisions and additions...anyway, apparently my "book is just his opinions of each Bewitched episode with said opinion's being of less then sound mind and body."
I love it!
It reminds me of this awesome quote by Teddy Roosevelt:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
Now, I'm not saying writing the book was done in sweat and blood, but it was many, many hours of writing as well as research, and it was all done with great enthusiasm and devotion. So what if my book is not a best seller? If it's not so perfect, so what? Quite frankly, I wrote it specifically for myself and it's just a bonus that there were other people who also enjoyed it enough to ask that I would get my writings published.
I'm not going to say anything derisive about my first critic, as really he's not criticizing the book so much as he's making an uniformed personal attack on myself, I shall just quote Endora when Durwood's mother asked her not to criticize Durwood:
"Durwood needs no criticism from me...what's wrong with him is for the whole world to see!" Bewitched, Episode #103: "It's Wishcraft"
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hopefully soon I'll be able to see what the cover will look like so I can share it with you all (I get final approval) but I thank you for all your support! And please share this page and the Facebook page with everyone!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
It may be that I go looking for it, but Paula has some pretty strong ties to the show which I'd like to present here.
Her second album was entitled Spellbound, a term often used in reference to witchcraft. But even more so, on the cover, Paula looked very much like Samantha's sexy cousin, Serena with short raven hair and a feather boa. In fact, as part of the publicity for the album, Paula did a photo shoot where she looks just like Serena in "Darrin Goes Ape."
One of the chart topping singles from Spellbound was "Blowing Kisses in the Wind." On Bewitched, Serena writes a song entitled "I'll Blow You a Kiss in the Wind" from "Serena Stops the Show."
Just as several celebrities (i.e. Willie Mays, Steve McQueen) were warlocks on Bewitched, Paula "proved" her witch-hood during her Under My Spell tour when she would fly up from the stage. A little later, during a benefit concert for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation (Elizabeth Montgomery was a big champion for AIDS education) called For Our Children, Paula magically appeared on the stage.
In the mid part of the last decade Paula released an exercise DVD program called Cardio-Cheer which was filmed at the Warner Brothers Studio Ranch out in the park and in the street. This was the same place that the outdoor scenes of Bewitched were filmed and there are times you can see the Bewitched house, like you can in this screen cap behind her.
I'll be forever grateful to her for being so inspiring, especially inspiring me to go after my dreams. You can follow Paula on Twitter @PaulaAbdul.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
I've always watched the show as long as I can remember and it really wasn't until I was close to junior high school age that I started realizing that there were actual real people that played Samantha, Endora, and all the rest. When I would look up information about Bewitched at the library (this was way before the days of Google or anything like it), I would only come up with books about T.V. that had maybe a page or two devoted to the show, but nothing more. Anytime I would go into a book store I would always head to the Film & Television section in the hopes of finding something about the show considering there were so many about I Love Lucy or Star Trek but my hopes were always dashed...that is, until the evening of my 16th birthday.
My dad had taken me downtown shopping and I'm sure I intended to go to the Disney Store but then we ended up at the book store as my dad always loves going to the book store and it was right by the entrance. I made my usual way down to the Film & Television section and about fainted when I saw the familiar title of my show emblazened on a blue book cover with the cartoon witch! I couldn't believe it! My dad bought it for me and I insisted my birthday shopping trip was over, that I needed to get home to start devouring this awesome book!
We got home around 9:30 PM and I headed to my room and began reading from cover to cover, blown away by the interviews with Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, and a few other stars of the show. There were pics of them now days and most importantly there was an episode guide which blew my mind as there were 254 episodes!! And of those, 74 of them were in black and white, which up to that point I had only ever seen about three because of a trip that summer to my cousin's house where they had Nick-at-Nite. Anyway, I finished reading the book at 5:30 AM. I was overjoyed!
Over the years that book has been released in different editions and renamed Bewitched Forever, which is quite appropriate as any of us that are big fans of the show will remain bewitched forever.
Around the time the book was published the stars began to pass away and so the interviews they gave are quite precious.
Now, if you all ready have that book, why would you want to get my book? Quite simply, mine gives more detailed descriptions of the episodes, my own personal and entertaining reviews of the episodes, bits of trivia some of which hasn't been discussed before, and trivia about the times and events that were happening when Bewitched was airing to help keep the show in context. I think both mine and Herbie J's books will work well together and I thank him for providing such an invaluable piece to the literary history of Bewitched.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
The first book I purchased from BearManor was I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead (Endora on Bewitched), written by Charles Tranberg. It quite honestly is one of the best, if not THE best biographies, I have ever read. It was very thoroughly researched and included many pictures not seen before.
Friday, January 6, 2012
I have had a long time relationship with the Zoo which started in 2008 when they had the topic of stuff you collect that other people don't get. Of course, I mentioned my Bewitched memorabilia collection in an email and I was asked to call into the show. Later on I went in-studio with some of my stuff and had a really good time. Anytime anything Bewitched related happens in the Hollywood Sleaze, I'm mentioned. It's awesome when your friends tell you they heard me being spoken about on the radio.
Thanks Frankie, DB, and Jessica!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Gary Richard was a 19 year old student in Salem, MA in 1970 when the cast and crew of the show went to film some episodes. He was chosen to play Dick Sargent and Robert Brown's stand-in as the Fisherman Memorial statue. Here is what he said:
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Keep your fingers crossed!
Monday, January 2, 2012
It will be called The Omni-Directional Three-Dimensional Vectoring Paper Printed Omnibus for Bewitched Analysis a.k.a. The Bewitched History Book. "The what?!" you may be asking. Well, for those of you not very familiar with Bewitched, let me explain....
In the Seventh Season episode "Sam's Psychic Pslip" Durwood a.k.a. Darrin calls on Dr. Bombay to find his witch wife Samantha as she's gone shopping and may be in trouble. Dr. Bombay zaps in a psychedelic one-handed clock-looking contraption which Durwood questions. He is told it is an omni-directional three-dimensional vectoring cadmium shielded computer for location analysis. "A what," Durwood asks. The witch doctor begins again to repeat the unusual name only for Durwood to interrupt him by asking what it does. ("It's a witch hunter. It tells you which witch went which way.") When I first saw this scene many years ago I couldn't stop laughing at how crazy the name was and how Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay) could've remembered such an intricate name.
When I first submitted the idea to BearManor, I hadn't named the book yet and for some reason the witch hunter's name kept coming to mind. It then occured to me that my book was "omni-directional" in that I not only discussed Bewitched, but I also integrated world events that were happening at the time an episode aired. It was also "three-dimensional" considering it's a physical object; "vectoring" because of how I would tie in many points to one episode or idea; however, instead of "cadmium shielded" I realized my book was going to be "paper printed" and not so much a computer as an "omnibus"--a volume of works related in interest or theme--a very scientific sounding name like what Dr. Bombay would've used for his inventions; and not "for location analysis" but "for Bewitched analysis." It was perfect! Especially considering my online persona in the Bewitched fan community was Dr. Bombay.
Which brings me to the origin of the book...back in 2004 the show was coming up on it's 40th anniversary since the premiere and shockingly no media outlet was celebrating it, though shows like I Love Lucy and the Brady Bunch received TV specials and books, etc. I was a frequent contributor to the message board at HarpiesBizarre.com (named after a witch's magazine on the show) and so on September 17, 2004, the actual 40th anniversary date, I posted about how 40 years ago we would've turned into ABC-TV's newest show and been introduced to the beautiful witch Samantha, her mortal husband Darrin, and her indominable mother Endora. I decided to keep honoring the show each week after on the next episode's anniversary and so it went.
In 2005, to coincide with the release of the Bewitched movie, Sony released the First Season of the show on DVD and my good friend and huge Bewitched fan, Sharon, decided we should have Bewitched club which is very much like a book club but instead of reading we would be watching and discussing every episode. This was quite interesting as there were things about the episodes which I had never noticed that she may have or vice versa. As the 40 Years Ago posts continued I also decided it was interesting to note what would've been happening that evening as the show took place during a very active time in American history.
A couple years ago several of my readers asked if I had plans to print my posts in a book, which I had never thought of. I said I would look into it but I brushed it aside as it seemed a very far shot.
In the fall of 2010, X-Factor mentor and pop star Paula Abdul, whom I love more than I love Bewitched, encouraged us fans to set goals and go after our dreams, no matter how big. I decided that maybe publishing the book would be the way to go as my readers still kept inquiring about it and I have always wanted to have a book published just to have the thrill of seeing it on the book shelves. I began the process of collecting all my postings, and having to rewrite the first two seasons as I stupidly hadn't kept those. In January 2011 I decided to submit my idea to BearManor Media who focuses on old TV shows and movies and mainly radio stars. I was shocked beyond belief when Ben Ohmart, the president of the company, said it sounded interesting and he wanted to get feedback from an unknown Bewitched fan. Shortly thereafter he said we should go for it and so began the process of editing the huge manuscript.
Of course, regular life had to interrupt and so it took almost a year, but just last month I sent the finished manuscript to the type-setter and just signed the contracts tonight to send tomorrow.
I do not know a publication date as of yet, however, that's why I decided to start a blog about the book, to keep you all updated as to it's progress so you'll be the first to know.
I'm very excited about all this as it's a brand new experience! And it feels so good to be achieving a dream!