Monday, May 18, 2015

I've Moved!

I started blogging several years ago, here on the Blogger platform, and named my blog "Antelope Freeway" in homage to the Firesign Theatre. I took a break from blogging for a while, and now I'm back - but I've moved Antelope Freeway to my own website: www.fredcharris.com. Moving from Blogger to Squarespace has been like moving from the suburbs to the city. I love it.
So all new posts, after this one, will only appear on my website. Antelope Freeway will continue to exist here, but will not receive new posts.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Always Good To Be #1!

The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading And Bubblegum Book has only been available for two weeks, so it was especially nice to wake up this morning and see this:


Of course this is a subcategory of a subcategory on Amazon, but being #1 in something is always a good thing. And a great way to start the day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Interview On Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf

Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf is the best baseball book site around, and last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Ron about the just-published new edition of the book that I co-wrote with Brendan Boyd - The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading And Bubblegum Book.

I've done a lot of author interviews since my book was first published - on television, radio, and over the phone - and it's not often that the interviewer has actually read and enjoyed the book. Usually, they're just filling space on their program, website or blog, and they're thrilled to have an author who is engaging and willing to do all the talking. But in Ron's case, he really read the book, and his questions were informed and engaging - about  the book, specific cards, the Topps company, and about baseball in general. It was a whole lot of fun.

Here's a link to the audio podcast of the interview on Ron's site. It runs about thirty minutes.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Show Me The Money

The Republicans ain't got nothin' on these two in terms of raising money.




Saturday, May 9, 2015

Artifact From A Time Before Auto-Correct, When Writing Was Something You Did On Paper

Who still has one of these in a drawer somewhere? Who still uses one?


Thursday, May 7, 2015

McDonald's New Hamburglar

This new version of the Hamburglar looks like a guy in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Have Gun Will Travel




Wally And Beaver

Wally and The Beav,  in some "realistic" promotional situations. What ever happened to Wally? Maybe he's the creature who lives in the Green Monster at Fenway Park...


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kiss Me Kate

If you enjoy good Broadway theatre, and especially if you enjoy Cole Porter, you only have one weekend left to see The Concord Players' production of "Kiss Me Kate" (www.concordplayers.org).


From the gorgeous costumes (with details like late-1940s seamed stockings) to songs like "Too Darn Hot" and "So In Love" (which I still can't get out of my head), it's a first-class production.

Congratulations to the actors, Director, and the entire crew, including Fearless Leader Tracy Wall, for a spectacular evening of theatre. Don't miss it next weekend!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Go Go!

Joanie Labine, DJ at the Whisky A Go Go in LA, does her job while suspended over the dance floor, back in in 1964. Soon, the Whisky would add dancers suspended in their own cages and-Voila!-there  were Go Go dancers.




Friday, May 1, 2015

Newspapers Are Alive And Well In Lexington - Chinese Newspapers.










On a recent Starbucks run in Lexington MA, I parked near a line of newspaper boxes along Massachusetts Avenue, the main drag through this posh suburban town west of Boston, where property values are sky-high.

In Boston and in most of its surrounding communities, newspaper boxes have pretty much fallen into disrepair or been removed as eyesores because of the steep and continuing decline in sales of print-edition newspapers. And in fact, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are both long gone from this location.

What's selling here is Chinese newspapers. In my short time in the parking lot, three different elderly Asian men walked up to the boxes and purchased newspapers, reflecting the dramatic increase in young Asian homeowners in Lexington - two-income couples with high tech jobs, with kids - who have brought Mom and Dad over to live with them. And their newspapers keep them in touch with the world they've left behind.