Yes, that is Spock in the headphones. The year was 1979. These are some of my LPs, themed compilations, and the like.


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Monday, June 10, 2013

See You After SoonerCon

SoonerCon 22  is in a few weeks and I am part of the Program Book team.  I'll be taking off from here until some time in the beginning of July.

We've still got some work to do on putting the beast to bed.  See you in a few weeks!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Re-Post: Farewell to a King-Sized Sweetheart

Here’s what the Daily Oklahoman’s obit read...

March 22, 1959 - October 28, 2011 MOORE Mark Lynn Barragar left this life to be with the Lord on Friday, October 28, 2011. He was born March 22, 1959 in Columbus, Kansas. He was the only child of Wallace and Loree Barragar. He graduated with the Capitol Hill High School Class of 1976. He spent most of his working life as a Master Control technician. Mark enjoyed a variety of pastimes, especially entertaining. Many people know Mark best by "Ranger Roger," the name he used when he hosted "Camp Kids Club" on KOKH (Channel 25) from 1991 to 1998. His most recent passion was as an Elvis "tribute artist" known as the "King-sized King." Mark married the love of his life, Yvonne, in 1981 and is the stepfather of Dru West of Chicago, IL; and Yevette O'Leary of Shawnee, OK; and is survived by them and his son-in-law, Michael O'Leary; and grandchildren, Turner, Kathryn, Ashlyn and J. Patrick. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Loree Barragar. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at John M. Ireland Funeral Home Chapel, Moore, OK, under their direction.

I knew Mark since the 1990s.  He came to a ThunderCon in full Klingon regalia.  Believe me, you pay attention to a 6-foot-4 Klingon!

Mark had played the Frankenstein Monster on Count Gregore’s Sleepwalker’s Matinee on Channel 5.  In the 1990s he was “Ranger Roger” for Channel 25.  Later he became an Elvis tribute artist, “The King Size King.” 

Here is Mark in the 1990s in his Frankenstein get-up, while I am wearing my Mazeppa Pompazoidi
costume made by my mom when I was about 15 or 16.

In the 2000s, Joyce and I saw him perform as the King several times, once at Moore’s Yellow Rose Theatre, where we bought this CD.

In between, Mark had talked to me about having his own show as a horror host (probably based on Count Gregore and other hosts).  I wrote him a couple of scripts, and when Mark said his character would be Cyclopean, I suggested we name him Professor Eisingel (“Eye”+”single”, get it?)  Alas,
nothing came of that.

You can find a few more tributes here:

As to his CD, here are the tracks:
1) 2001 / That's Alright Mama
2)  Hound Dog
3)  Treat Me Nice
4)  Love Me
5)  Follow That Dream
6)  Viva Las Vegas
7)  In the Ghetto
8)  Wonder of You
9)  American Trilogy
10)  I Can't Stop Loving You

See you next week!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Put That Ho Down!

Here we have the triumph of process over art, of arrangement over original.  This is one of those "safe" records that you could listen to with your grandparents.  They would appreciate the bouncy, upbeat music (as they would think of it).  You would cringe as you imagined how many steps the final product might be from the spontaneity and freedom that is the origin of musical art.

01. Devil’s Dream (1:38)
02. Turkey in the Straw (1:49)
03. Back Up and Push (1:34)
04. Maiden’s Prayer (3:03)
05. Golden Slippers (2:33)
06. Fire in the Mountain (1:46)
07. Arkansas Traveler (2:15)
08. Orange Blossom Special (2:39)
09. Listen to the Mocking Bird (1:58)
10. Faded Love (3:11)
11. Fisher’s Horn Pipe (1:31)
12. Chicken Reel (1:52)

I just re-listened to a few bars of "Faded Love" -- which is my fine State of Oklahoma's official Country and Western Song -- and cringed anew.  If "Love" were like this song, then it could not fade, because it would be sealed in Lucite and wrapped in about three layers of lacquer, sprayed with clear Rustoleum.

This definitely fits into the category of so-bad-it-'s-OK.
What do you think!  Let me know.