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7:30, Channel 5: The Bionic Dog (Action/Adventure)

    The Bionic Dog drinks too much and kicks over the National

    Redwood Forest.

7:30, Channel 8: The Bionic Dog (Action/Adventure)

    The Bionic Dog gets a hormonal short-circuit and violates the

    Mann Act with an interstate Greyhound bus.


A "critic" is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to

judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased

-- he hates all creative people equally.

        -- Robert Heinlein


A celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.


    A circus foreman was making the rounds inspecting the big top

when a scrawny little man entered the tent and walked up to him.  "Are

you the foreman around here?" he asked timidly.  "I'd like to join your

circus; I have what I think is a pretty good act."

    The foreman nodded assent, whereupon the little man hurried over to

the main pole and rapidly climbed up to the very tip-top of the big top.

Drawing a deep breath, he hurled himself off into the air and began flapping

his arms furiously.  Amazingly, rather than plummeting to his death the little

man began to fly all around the poles, lines, trapezes and other obstacles,

performing astounding feats of aerobatics which ended in a long power dive

from the top of the tent, pulling up into a gentle feet-first landing beside

the foreman, who had been nonchalantly watching the whole time.

    "Well," puffed the little man.  "What do you think?"

    "That's all you do?" answered the foreman scornfully.  "Bird



A copy of the universe is not what is required of art; one of the damned

things is ample.

        -- Rebecca West


A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.

        -- Whitney Balliett


A diva who specializes in risque arias is an off-coloratura soprano.


A drama critic is a person who surprises a playwright by informing him

what he meant.

        -- Wilson Mizner


A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of

marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant.


    A hard-luck actor who appeared in one coloossal disaster after another

finally got a break, a broken leg to be exact.  Someone pointed out that it's

the first time the poor fellow's been in the same cast for more than a week.


A Hollywood producer calls a friend, another producer on the phone.

    "Hello?" his friend answers.

    "Hi!" says the man.  "This is Bob, how are you doing?"

    "Oh," says the friend, "I'm doing great!  I just sold a screenplay

for two hundred thousand dollars.  I've started a novel adaptation and the

studio advanced me fifty thousand dollars on it.  I also have a television

series coming on next week, and everyone says it's going to be a big hit!

I'm doing *great*!  How are you?"

    "Okay," says the producer, "give me a call when he leaves."


A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.


    A musical reviewer admitted he always praised the first show of a

new theatrical season.  "Who am I to stone the first cast?"


    A musician of more ambition than talent composed an elegy at

the death of composer Edward MacDowell.  She played the elegy for the

pianist Josef Hoffman, then asked his opinion.  "Well, it's quite

nice," he replied, but don't you think it would be better if..."

    "If what?" asked the composer.

    "If ... if you had died and MacDowell had written the elegy?"


A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.


A rose is a rose is a rose.  Just ask Jean Marsh, known to millions of

PBS viewers in the '70s as Rose, the maid on the LWT export "Upstairs,

Downstairs."  Though Marsh has since gone on to other projects, ... it's

with Rose she's forever identified.  So much so that she even likes to

joke about having one named after her, a distinction not without its

drawbacks.  "I was very flattered when I heard about it, but when I looked

up the official description, it said, `Jean Marsh: pale peach, not very

good in beds; better up against a wall.'  I want to tell you that's not

true.  I'm very good in beds as well."


A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.

        -- Don Marquis


    A shy teenage boy finally worked up the nerve to give a gift to

Madonna, a young puppy.  It hitched its waggin' to a star.


A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.

        -- Michael Winner, British film director


A true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother

drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.

        -- Shaw


A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call

what he writes fiction.

        -- William Faulkner


A yawn is a silent shout.

        -- G. K. Chesterton


A young man wrote to Mozart and said:

Q: "Herr Mozart, I am thinking of writing symphonies. Can you give me any

   suggestions as to how to get started?"

A: "A symphony is a very complex musical form, perhaps you should begin with

   some simple lieder and work your way up to a symphony."

Q: "But Herr Mozart, you were writing symphonies when you were 8 years old."

A: "But I never asked anybody how."


Acting is an art which consists of keeping the audience from coughing.


Acting is not very hard.  The most important things are to be able to laugh

and cry.  If I have to cry, I think of my sex life.  And if I have to laugh,

well, I think of my sex life.

        -- Glenda Jackson


Actor            Real Name

Boris Karloff        William Henry Pratt

Cary Grant        Archibald Leach

Edward G. Robinson    Emmanual Goldenburg

Gene Wilder        Gerald Silberman

John Wayne        Marion Morrison

Kirk Douglas        Issur Danielovitch

Richard Burton        Richard Jenkins Jr.

Roy Rogers        Leonard Slye

Woody Allen        Allen Stewart Konigsberg


Actors will happen even in the best-regulated families.


Actresses will happen in the best regulated families.

        -- Addison Mizner and Oliver Herford, "The Entirely

        New Cynic's Calendar", 1905


Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.

        -- actress Mary Pickford, 1925


Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something

strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.

        -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


After a few boring years, socially meaningful rock 'n' roll died out. It was

replaced by disco, which offers no guidance to any form of life more

advanced than the lichen family.

        -- Dave Barry, "Kids Today: They Don't Know Dum Diddly Do"


Alex Haley was adopted!


All art is but imitation of nature.

        -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


An actor's a guy who if you ain't talkin' about him, ain't listening.

        -- Marlon Brando


An artist should be fit for the best society and keep out of it.


Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but

television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and

world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers

whiter teeth *___and* fresher breath.

        -- Dave Barry, "Kids Today: They Don't Know Dum Diddly Do"


Any dramatic series the producers want us to take seriously as a representation

of contemporary reality cannot be taken seriously as a representation of

anything -- except a show to be ignored by anyone capable of sitting upright

in a chair and chewing gum simultaneously.

        -- Richard Schickel


Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise person to be able to sell it.


    "Are you police officers?"

    "No, ma'am.  We're musicians."

        -- The Blues Brothers


Around the turn of this century, a composer named Camille Saint-Saens wrote

a satirical zoological-fantasy called "Le Carnaval des Animaux."  Aside from

one movement of this piece, "The Swan", Saint-Saens didn't allow this work

to be published or even performed until a year had elapsed after his death.

(He died in 1921.)

    Most of us know the "Swan" movement rather well, with its smooth,

flowing cello melody against a calm background; but I've been having this


    What if he had written this piece with lyrics, as a song to be sung?

And, further, what if he had accompanied this song with a musical saw?  (This

instrument really does exist, often played by percussionists!)  Then the

piece would be better known as:



Art is a jealous mistress.

        -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Art is a lie which makes us realize the truth.

        -- Picasso


Art is anything you can get away with.

        -- Marshall McLuhan.


Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

        -- Paul Gauguin


Art is Nature speeded up and God slowed down.

        -- Chazal


Art is the tree of life.  Science is the tree of death.


As a goatherd learns his trade by goat, so a writer learns his trade by wrote.


Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a

lamp-post how it feels about dogs.

        -- Christopher Hampton


Authors (and perhaps columnists) eventually rise to the top of whatever

depths they were once able to plumb.

        -- Stanley Kaufman


Authors are easy to get on with -- if you're fond of children.

        -- Michael Joseph, "Observer"


Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges. I don't have

to show you any stinkin' badges!

        -- "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"


Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent

and original in your work.

        -- Flaubert


Being a mime means never having to say you're sorry.


"Being disintegrated makes me ve-ry an-gry!" <huff, huff>


Ben, why didn't you tell me?

        -- Luke Skywalker


"Benson, you are so free of the ravages of intelligence"

        -- Time Bandits


Best Mistakes In Films

    In his "Filmgoer's Companion", Mr. Leslie Halliwell helpfully lists

four of the cinema's greatest moments which you should get to see if at all


    In "Carmen Jones", the camera tracks with Dorothy Dandridge down a

street; and the entire film crew is reflected in the shop window.

    In "The Wrong Box", the roofs of Victorian London are emblazoned

with television aerials.

    In "Decameron Nights", Louis Jourdain stands on the deck of his

fourteenth century pirate ship; and a white lorry trundles down the hill

in the background.

    In "Viking Queen", set in the times of Boadicea, a wrist watch is

clearly visible on one of the leading characters.

        -- Stephen Pile, "The Book of Heroic Failures"


BS:    You remind me of a man.

B:    What man?

BS:    The man with the power.

B:    What power?

BS:    The power of voodoo.

B:    Voodoo?

BS:    You do.

B:    Do what?

BS:    Remind me of a man.

B:    What man?

BS:    The man with the power...

        -- Cary Grant, "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer"


Burnt Sienna.  That's the best thing that ever happened to Crayolas.

        -- Ken Weaver


But if you wish at once to do nothing and to be respectable

nowdays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study.

        -- Leslie Stephen, "Sketches from Cambridge"


But you shall not escape my iambics.

        -- Gaius Valerius Catullus


Can't act.  Slightly bald.  Also dances.

        -- RKO executive, reacting to Fred Astaire's screen test.

           Cerf/Navasky, "The Experts Speak"


Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.

        -- Kin Hubbard, "Abe Martin's Sayings"


Darth Vader sleeps with a Teddywookie.


Darth Vader!  Only you would be so bold!

        -- Princess Leia Organa


Did you know that the voice tapes easily identify the Russian pilot

that shot down the Korean jet?  At one point he definitely states:

    "Natasha!  First we shoot jet, then we go after moose and squirrel."

        -- ihuxw!tommyo


Disco is to music what Etch-A-Sketch is to art.


Don't everyone thank me at once!

        -- Han Solo


Dustin Farnum:    Why, yesterday, I had the audience glued to their seats!

Oliver Herford:    Wonderful!  Wonderful!  Clever of you to think of it!

        -- Brian Herbert, "Classic Comebacks"


Dying is easy.  Comedy is difficult.

        -- Actor Edmond Gween, on his deathbed.


E.T. GO HOME!!!  (And take your Smurfs with you.)


Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.

        -- Fred Allen


Eeny, Meeny, Jelly Beanie, the spirits are about to speak!

        -- Bullwinkle Moose


Elwood:  What kind of music do you get here ma'am?

Barmaid: Why, we get both kinds of music, Country and Western.


Ever get the feeling that the world's on tape and one of the reels is missing?

        -- Rich Little


Everyone is in the best seat.

        -- John Cage


Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public restroom and an

autograph seeker handed me a pen and paper under the stall door.

        -- Marlo Thomas


Fast ship?  You mean you've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?

        -- Han Solo


"First things first -- but not necessarily in that order"

        -- The Doctor, "Doctor Who"


Fools rush in -- and get the best seats in the house.


For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at

the results of this evening's experiments.  Astonished at the wonderful

power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous

and bad music may be put on record forever.

        -- Sir Arthur Sullivan, message to Edison, 1888


For the next hour, WE will control all that you see and hear.


Forms follow function, and often obliterate it.



O.E.D.:                David Lean, 1969, 3 hours 30 min.

    Lean's version of the Oxford Dictionary has been accused of

    shallowness in its treatment of a complete work.  Omar Sharif

    tends to overact as aardvark, but Alec Guiness is solid in

    the role of abbacy.  As usual, the photography is stunning.

    With Julie Christie.




    Santa Claus, in the off season, follows his heart's desire and

    tries to make it big on Broadway.  Santa sings and dances his way

    into your heart.




    This humorous but heart-warming story tells of an elderly woman

    forced to work at a nuclear power plant in order to help the family

    make ends meet.  At night, granny sits on the porch, tells tales

    of her colorful past, and the family uses her to cook barbecues

    and to power small electrical appliances.  Maureen Stapleton gives

    a glowing performance.



THE PARKING PROBLEM IN PARIS:    Jean-Luc Godard, 1971, 7 hours 18 min.

    Godard's meditation on the topic has been described as

    everything from "timeless" to "endless."  (Remade by Gene

    Wilder as NO PLACE TO PARK.)



    Can you name the seven seas?

        Antartic, Artic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian,

        North Pacific, South Pacific.

    Can you name the seven dwarfs from Snow White?

        Doc, Dopey, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy and Bashful.


Fremen add life to spice!


                FROM THE DESK OF

                Dorothy Gale

    Auntie Em:

        Hate you.

        Hate Kansas.

        Taking the dog.



G. B. Shaw to William Douglas Home: "Go on writing plays, my boy.  One

of these days a London producer will go into his office and say to his

secretary, `Is there a play from Shaw this morning?' and when she says

`No,' he will say, `Well, then we'll have to start on the rubbish.' And

that's your chance, my boy."


Gauls! We have nothing to fear; except perhaps that the sky may fall on

our heads tomorrow.  But as we all know, tomorrow never comes!!

        -- Adventures of Asterix


George Bernard Shaw once sent two tickets to the opening night of one of

his plays to Winston Churchill with the following note:

    "Bring a friend, if you have one."

Churchill wrote back, returning the two tickets and excused himself as he

had a previous engagement.  He also attached the following:

    "Please send me two tickets for the next night, if there is one."


Go ahead... make my day.

        -- Dirty Harry


God help the troubadour who tries to be a star.  The more that you try

to find success, the more that you will fail.

        -- Phil Ochs, on the Second System Effect


God is really only another artist.  He invented the giraffe, the elephant

and the cat.  He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

        -- Pablo Picasso


God save us from a bad neighbor and a beginner on the fiddle.


Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.


Governor Tarkin.  I should have expected to find you holding Vader's

leash.  I thought I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.

        -- Princess Leia Organa



On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place

of residence.


Grig (the navigator):

    ... so you see, it's just the two of us against the entire space


Alex (the gunner):


Grig:    I've always wanted to fight a desperate battle against

    overwhelming odds.

Alex:    It'll be a slaughter!

Grig:    That's the spirit!

        -- The Last Starfighter


H. L. Mencken suffers from the hallucination that he is H. L. Mencken --

there is no cure for a disease of that magnitude.

        -- Maxwell Bodenheim


    "Hawk, we're going to die."

    "Never say die... and certainly never say we."

        -- M*A*S*H


He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace.

        -- John Mason Brown, drama critic


He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.

        -- Jonathan Swift


"Hello," he lied.

        -- Don Carpenter, quoting a Hollywood agent


Hello.  Jim Rockford's machine, this is Larry Doheny's machine.  Will you

please have your master call my master at his convenience?  Thank you.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Hi Jimbo.  Dennis.  Really appreciate the help on the income tax.  You wanna

help on the audit now?

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Hoaars-Faisse Gallery presents:

An exhibit of works by the artist known only as Pretzel.

The exhibit includes several large conceptual works using non-traditional

media and found objects including old sofa-beds, used mace canisters,

discarded sanitary napkins and parts of freeways.  The artist explores

our dehumanization due to high technology and unresponsive governmental

structures in a post-industrial world.  She/he (the artist prefers to

remain without gender) strives to create dialogue between viewer and

creator, to aid us in our quest to experience contemporary life with its

inner-city tensions, homelessness, global warming and gender and

class-based stress.  The works are arranged to lead us to the essence of

the argument: that the alienation of the person/machine boundary has

sapped the strength of our voices and must be destroyed for society to

exist in a more fundamental sense.


Hollywood is where if you don't have happiness you send out for it.

        -- Rex Reed


Holy Dilemma!  Is this the end for the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder?

Will the Joker and the Riddler have the last laugh?

    Tune in again tomorrow:

    same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!


How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.


Hummingbirds never remember the words to songs.


Humpty Dumpty was pushed.


I accept chaos.  I am not sure whether it accepts me.  I know some people

are terrified of the bomb.  But then some people are terrified to be seen

carrying a modern screen magazine.  Experience teaches us that silence

terrifies people the most.

        -- Bob Dylan


I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.

        -- David Bowie


I am a deeply superficial person.

        -- Andy Warhol


I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac

thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the

total discrediting of the world of reality.

        -- Salvador Dali


I can't understand why a person will take a year or two to write a

novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.

        -- Fred Allen


I didn't do it! Nobody saw me do it! Can't prove anything!

        -- Bart Simpson


I didn't like the play, but I saw it under adverse conditions.  The curtain

was up.


I distrust a close-mouthed man.  He generally picks the wrong time to talk

and says the wrong things.  Talking's something you can't do judiciously,

unless you keep in practice.  Now, sir, we'll talk if you like.  I'll tell

you right out, I'm a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk.

        -- Sidney Greenstreet, "The Maltese Falcon"


I don't know anything about music.  In my line you don't have to.

        -- Elvis Presley


I dread success.  To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on

earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has

succeeded in his courtship.  I like a state of continual becoming, with a

goal in front and not behind.

        -- George Bernard Shaw


I had another dream the other day about music critics.  They were small

and rodent-like with padlocked ears, as if they had stepped out of a

painting by Goya.

        -- Stravinsky


I have a very strange feeling about this...

        -- Luke Skywalker


"I have come up with a sure-fire concept for a hit television show,

which would be called `A Live Celebrity Gets Eaten by a Shark'."

        -- Dave Barry, "The Wonders of Sharks on TV"


I have had my television aerials removed.  It's the moral equivalent

of a prostate operation.

        -- Malcolm Muggeridge


I have more humility in my little finger than you have in your whole ____BODY!

        -- from "Cerebus" #82


I knew her before she was a virgin.

        -- Oscar Levant, on Doris Day


I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they

could do was to go away.


I never made a mistake in my life.  I thought I did once, but I was wrong.

        -- Lucy Van Pelt


I often quote myself; it adds spice to my conversation.

        -- G. B. Shaw


I played lead guitar in a band called The Federal Duck, which is the kind

of name that was popular in the '60s as a result of controlled substances

being in widespread use.  Back then, there were no restrictions, in terms

of talent, on who could make an album, so we made one, and it sounds like

a group of people who have been given powerful but unfamiliar instruments

as a therapy for a degenerative nerve disease.

        -- Dave Barry, "The Snake"


I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the

reader.  But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if

I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out.

        -- Stephen King


I remember once being on a station platform in Cleveland at four in the

morning.  A black porter was carrying my bags, and as we were waiting for

the train to come in, he said to me: "Excuse me, Mr. Cooke, I don't want to

invade your privacy, but I have a bet with a friend of mine.  Who composed

the opening theme music of 'Omnibus'?  My friend said Virgil Thomson."  I

asked him, "What do you say?" He replied, "I say Aaron Copeland." I said,

"You're right."  The porter said,  "I knew Thomson doesn't write counterpoint

that way."  I told that to a network president, and he was deeply unimpressed.

        -- Alistair Cooke


I remember Ulysses well...  Left one day for the post office to mail a letter,

met a blonde named Circe on the streetcar, and didn't come back for 20 years.


I saw Lassie.  It took me four shows to figure out why the hairy kid never

spoke. I mean, he could roll over and all that, but did that deserve a series?


I stick my neck out for nobody.

        -- Humphrey Bogart, "Casablanca"


I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six.  Mother took me to

see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.

        -- Shirley Temple


I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win.

        -- C3P0


    "I suppose you expect me to talk."

    "No, Mr. Bond.  I expect you to die."

        -- Goldfinger


I think we're in trouble.

        -- Han Solo


I think...  I think it's in my basement... Let me go upstairs and check.

        -- Escher


I truly wish I could be a great surgeon or philosopher or author or anything

constructive, but in all honesty I'd rather turn up my amplifier full blast

and drown myself in the noise.

        -- Charles Schmid, the "Tucson Murderer"


I used to be disgusted, now I find I'm just amused.

        -- Elvis Costello


I was working on a case.  It had to be a case, because I couldn't afford a

desk.  Then I saw her.  This tall blond lady.  She must have been tall

because I was on the third floor.  She rolled her deep blue eyes towards

me.  I picked them up and rolled them back.  We kissed.  She screamed.  I

took the cigarette from my mouth and kissed her again.


I watch television because you don't know what it will do if you leave it

in the room alone.


I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it.  If

people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it.  It's the truth.

        -- Charlie Chaplin


I went to a Grateful Dead Concert and they played for SEVEN hours.  Great song.

        -- Fred Reuss


I WISH I HAD A KRYPTONITE CROSS, because then you could keep both Dracula

and Superman away.

        -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.


I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence.  There's a

knob called "brightness", but it doesn't seem to work.

        -- Gallagher


I'd just as soon kiss a Wookie.

        -- Princess Leia Organa


I'll be Grateful when they're Dead.


I'll never get off this planet.

        -- Luke Skywalker


I'm a Hollywood writer; so I put on a sports jacket and take off my brain.


I'm not a real movie star -- I've still got the same wife I started out

with twenty-eight years ago.

        -- Will Rogers


I've got a very bad feeling about this.

        -- Han Solo


  I. Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of

     its situation.

    Daffy Duck steps off a cliff, expecting further pastureland.  He

    loiters in midair, soliloquizing flippantly, until he chances to

    look down.  At this point, the familiar principle of 32 feet per

    second per second takes over.

 II. Any body in motion will tend to remain in motion until solid matter

     intervenes suddenly.

    Whether shot from a cannon or in hot pursuit on foot, cartoon

    characters are so absolute in their momentum that only a telephone

    pole or an outsize boulder retards their forward motion absolutely.

    Sir Isaac Newton called this sudden termination of motion the

    stooge's surcease.

III. Any body passing through solid matter will leave a perforation

     conforming to its perimeter.

    Also called the silhouette of passage, this phenomenon is the

    speciality of victims of directed-pressure explosions and of reckless

    cowards who are so eager to escape that they exit directly through

    the wall of a house, leaving a cookie-cutout-perfect hole.  The

    threat of skunks or matrimony often catalyzes this reaction.

        -- Esquire, "O'Donnell's Laws of Cartoon Motion", June 1980


If *I* had a hammer, there'd be no more folk singers.


If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.

        -- Paul Beatty


If an average person on the subway turns to you, like an ancient mariner,

and starts telling you her tale, you turn away or nod and hope she stops,

not just because you fear she might be crazy.  If she tells her tale on

camera, you might listen.  Watching strangers on television , even

responding to them from a studio audience, we're disengaged -- voyeurs

collaborating with exhibitionists in rituals of sham community.  Never

have so many known so much about people for whom they cared so little.

        -- Wendy Kaminer commenting on testimonial television

           in "I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional".


If Beethoven's Seventh Symphony is not by some means abridged, it will soon

fall into disuse.

        -- Philip Hale, Boston music critic, 1837


If dolphins are so smart, why did Flipper work for television?


If God didn't mean for us to juggle, tennis balls wouldn't come three to a can.


If God had intended Man to Watch TV, He would have given him Rabbit Ears.


If I had any humility I would be perfect.

        -- Ted Turner


If I had done everything I'm credited with, I'd be speaking to you from

a laboratory jar at Harvard.

        -- Frank Sinatra


        -- Frank Sinatra, telegram to "Time" magazine


If I have to lay an egg for my country, I'll do it.

        -- Bob Hope


If it ain't baroque, don't phiques it.


If it were thought that anything I wrote was influenced by Robert Frost,

I would take that particular work of mine, shred it, and flush it down

the toilet, hoping not to clog the pipes.  A more sententious, holding-

forth old bore who expected every hero-worshiping adenoidal little twerp

of a student-poet to hang on to his every word I never saw.

        -- James Dickey


If life is a stage, I want some better lighting.


If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient

evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.

        -- Fran Lebowitz, "Metropolitan Life"


If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.

        -- Louis Armstrong


If you lose a son you can always get another, but there's only one

Maltese Falcon.

        -- Sidney Greenstreet, "The Maltese Falcon"


If you think the pen is mightier than the sword, the next time someone pulls

out a sword I'd like to see you get up there with your Bic.


If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's

read by persons who move their lips when the're reading to themselves.

        -- Don Marquis


Imitation is the sincerest form of television.

        -- Fred Allen


Immature artists imitate, mature artists steal.

        -- Lionel Trilling


Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal.

        -- T. S. Eliot, "Philip Massinger"


In Hollywood, all marriages are happy.  It's trying to live together

afterwards that causes the problems.

        -- Shelley Winters


In Hollywood, if you don't have happiness, you send out for it.

        -- Rex Reed


In just seven days, I can make you a man!

        -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show


In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending

your left leg, it's modern architecture.

        -- Nancy Banks Smith


In Oz, never say "krizzle kroo" to a Woozy.


In the force if Yoda's so strong, construct a sentence with words in

the proper order then why can't he?


In the Old West a wagon train is crossing the plains.  As night falls the

wagon train forms a circle, and a campfire is lit in the middle.  After

everyone has gone to sleep two lone cavalry officers stand watch over the


    After several hours of quiet, they hear war drums starting from

a nearby Indian village they had passed during the day.  The drums get

louder and louder.

    Finally one soldier turns to the other and says, "I don't like

the sound of those drums."

    Suddenly, they hear a cry come from the Indian camp:  "IT'S



It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater.  The clown came

out to inform the public.  They thought it was just a jest and applauded.

He repeated his warning, they shouted even louder.  So I think the world

will come to an end amid general applause from all the wits, who believe

that it is a joke.


It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been

dead for two years.

        -- Tom Lehrer


It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both

incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by

twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

        -- Rod Serling


It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a

statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious

to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look,

which morally we can do.  To affect the quality of the day, that is the

highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details,

worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.

        -- Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Live"


It is up to us to produce better-quality movies.

        -- Lloyd Kaufman, producer of "Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator"


It just doesn't seem right to go over the river and through the woods

to Grandmother's condo.


It looks like it's up to me to save our skins.  Get into that garbage chute,


        -- Princess Leia Organa


It proves what they say, give the public what they want to see and

they'll come out for it.

        -- Red Skelton, surveying the funeral of Hollywood mogul

           Harry Cohn


It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing,

but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

        -- Robert Benchley


It was a book to kill time for those who liked it better dead.


It'll be just like Beggars' Canyon back home.

        -- Luke Skywalker


It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.

        -- Mick Jagger


It's clever, but is it art?


It's difficult to see the picture when you are inside the frame.


It's from Casablanca.  I've been waiting all my life to use that line.

        -- Woody Allen, "Play It Again, Sam"


"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

        -- Walt Disney


It's more than magnificent -- it's mediocre.

        -- Sam Goldwyn


It's not easy, being green.

        -- Kermit the Frog


It's not the valleys in life I dread so much as the dips.

        -- Garfield


IV. The time required for an object to fall twenty stories is greater than or

    equal to the time it takes for whoever knocked it off the ledge to

    spiral down twenty flights to attempt to capture it unbroken.

    Such an object is inevitably priceless, the attempt to capture it

    inevitably unsuccessful.

 V. All principles of gravity are negated by fear.

    Psychic forces are sufficient in most bodies for a shock to propel

    them directly away from the earth's surface.  A spooky noise or an

    adversary's signature sound will induce motion upward, usually to

    the cradle of a chandelier, a treetop, or the crest of a flagpole.

    The feet of a character who is running or the wheels of a speeding

    auto need never touch the ground, especially when in flight.

VI. As speed increases, objects can be in several places at once.

    This is particularly true of tooth-and-claw fights, in which a

    character's head may be glimpsed emerging from the cloud of

    altercation at several places simultaneously.  This effect is common

    as well among bodies that are spinning or being throttled.  A "wacky"

    character has the option of self-replication only at manic high

    speeds and may ricochet off walls to achieve the velocity required.

        -- Esquire, "O'Donnell's Laws of Cartoon Motion", June 1980


James Joyce -- an essentially private man who wished his total

indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.

        -- Tom Stoppard


James McNeill Whistler's (painter of "Whistler's Mother")

failure in his West Point chemistry examination once provoked him to

remark in later life, "If silicon had been a gas, I should have been a

major general."


Jane and I got mixed up with a television show -- or as we call it back

east here: TV -- a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible

Vaudeville. However, it is our latest medium -- we call it a medium

because nothing's well done. It was discovered, I suppose you've heard,

by a man named Fulton Berle, and it has already revolutionized social

grace by cutting down parlour conversation to two sentences: "What's on

television?" and "Good night".

        -- Goodman Ace, letter to Groucho Marx, in The Groucho

           Letters, 1967


Jim, it's Grace at the bank.  I checked your Christmas Club account.

You don't have five-hundred dollars.  You have fifty.  Sorry, computer foul-up!

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Jim, it's Jack.  I'm at the airport.  I'm going to Tokyo and wanna pay

you the five-hundred I owe you.  Catch you next year when I get back!

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Jim, this is Janelle.  I'm flying tonight, so I can't make our date, and

I gotta find a safe place for Daffy.  He loves you, Jim!  It's only two

days, and you'll see.  Great Danes are no problem!

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Jim, this is Matty down at Ralph's and Mark's.  Some guy named Angel

Martin just ran up a fifty buck bar tab.  And now he wants to charge it

to you.  You gonna pay it?

        -- "The Rockford Files"



(George and Ringo miffed.)


Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.

        -- Bob Dylan


Just close your eyes, tap your heels together three times, and think to

yourself, `There's no place like home.'

        -- Glynda the Good


Just once I would like to persuade the audience not to wear any article of

blue denim.  If only they could see themselves in a pair of brown corduroys

like mine instead of this awful, boring blue denim.  I don't enjoy the sky

or sea as much as I used to because of this Levi character.  If Jesus Christ

came back today, He and I would get into our brown corduroys and go to the

nearest jean store and overturn the racks of blue denim.  Then we'd get

crucified in the morning.

        -- Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull


Just once, I wish we would encounter an alien menace that wasn't

immune to bullets.

        -- The Brigadier, "Dr. Who"


Lamonte Cranston once hired a new Chinese manservant.  While describing his

duties to the new man, Lamonte pointed to a bowl of candy on the coffee

table and warned him that he was not to take any.  Some days later, the new

manservant was cleaning up, with no one at home, and decided to sample some

of the candy.  Just than, Cranston walked in, spied the manservant at the

candy, and said:

    "Pardon me Choy, is that the Shadow's nugate you chew?"


    Lassie looked brilliant, in part because the farm family she

lived with was made up of idiots.  Remember?  One of them was always

getting pinned under the tractor, and Lassie was always rushing back to

the farmhouse to alert the other ones.  She'd whimper and tug at their

sleeves, and they'd always waste precious minutes saying things: "Do

you think something's wrong?  Do you think she wants us to follow her?

What is it, girl?", etc., as if this had never happened before, instead

of every week.  What with all the time these people spent pinned under

the tractor, I don't see how they managed to grow any crops whatsoever.

They probably got by on federal crop supports, which Lassie filed the

applications for.

        -- Dave Barry


Lay off the muses, it's a very tough dollar.

        -- S. J. Perelman


Lensmen eat Jedi for breakfast.


    Leslie West heads for the sticks, to Providence, Rhode Island and

tries to hide behind a beard.  No good.  There are still too many people

and too many stares, always taunting, always smirking.  He moves to the

outskirts of town. He finds a place to live -- huge mansion, dirt cheap,

caretaker included.  He plugs in his guitar and plays as loud as he wants,

day and night, and there's no one to laugh or boo or even look bored.

    Nobody's cut the grass in months.  What's happened to that caretaker?

What neighborhood people there are start to talk, and what kids there are

start to get curious.  A 13 year-old blond with an angelic face misses supper.

Before the summer's end, four more teenagers have disappeared.  The senior

class president, Barnard-bound come autumn, tells Mom she's going out to a

movie one night and stays out.  The town's up in arms, but just before the

police take action, the kids turn up.  They've found a purpose.  They go

home for their stuff and tell the folks not to worry but they'll be going

now.  They're in a band.

        -- Ira Kaplan


Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was

going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then

being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.


Like ya know?  Rock 'N Roll is an esoteric language that unlocks the

creativity chambers in people's brains, and like totally activates their

essential hipness, which of course is like totally necessary for saving

the earth, like because the first thing in saving this world, is getting

rid of stupid and square attitudes and having fun.

        -- Senior Year Quote


Linus:    Hi!  I thought it was you.

    I've been watching you from way off...  You're looking great!

Snoopy:    That's nice to know.

    The secret of life is to look good at a distance.


Linus:    I guess it's wrong always to be worrying about tomorrow.  Maybe

    we should think only about today.

Charlie Brown:

    No, that's giving up.  I'm still hoping that yesterday will get



Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse.

        -- James Dean


Live from New York ... It's Saturday Night!


Love thy neighbor, tune thy piano.


Lucy:    Dance, dance, dance.  That is all you ever do.

    Can't you be serious for once?

Snoopy: She is right!  I think I had better think

    of the more important things in life!




Luke, I'm yer father, eh.  Come over to the dark side, you hoser.

        -- Dave Thomas, "Strange Brew"


Maj. Bloodnok:    Seagoon, you're a coward!

Seagoon:    Only in the holiday season.

Maj. Bloodnok:    Ah, another Noel Coward!


Mandrell: "You know what I think?"

Doctor:   "Ah, ah that's a catch question. With a brain your size you

      don't think, right?"

        -- Dr. Who


Many of the characters are fools and they are always playing

tricks on me and treating me badly.

        -- Jorge Luis Borges, from "Writers on Writing" by Jon Winokur


Maryel brought her bat into Exit once and started whacking people on

the dance floor.  Now everyone's doing it.  It's called grand slam dancing.

        -- Ransford, Chicago Reader 10/7/83


Mate, this parrot wouldn't VOOM if you put four million volts through it!

        -- Monty Python


"Microwave oven?  Whaddya mean, it's a microwave oven?  I've been watching

Channel 4 on the thing for two weeks."


Might as well be frank, monsieur.  It would take a miracle to get you out

of Casablanca and the Germans have outlawed miracles.

        -- Casablanca


Mike:    "The Fourth Dimension is a shambles?"

Bernie:    "Nobody ever empties the ashtrays.  People are SO inconsiderate."

        -- Gary Trudeau, "Doonesbury"


Minnie Mouse is a slow maze learner.


Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade

themselves that they have a better idea.

        -- John Ciardi


Mos Eisley Spaceport; you will never find a more wretched hive of scum

and villainy...

        -- Obi-wan Kenobi, "Star Wars"


Mr. Rockford, this is the Thomas Crown School of Dance and Contemporary

Etiquette.  We aren't going to call again!  Now you want these free

lessons or what?

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Mr. Rockford?  Miss Collins from the Bureau of Licenses.  We got your

renewal before the extended deadline but not your check.  I'm sorry but

at midnight you're no longer licensed as an investigator.

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Mr. Rockford?  This is Betty Joe Withers.  I got four shirts of yours from

the Bo Peep Cleaners by mistake.  I don't know why they gave me men's

shirts but they're going back.

        -- "The Rockford Files"


Mr. Rockford?  You don't know me, but I'd like to hire you.  Could

you call me at...  My name is... uh...  Never mind, forget it!

        -- "The Rockford Files"


My advice to you, my violent friend, is to seek out gold and sit on it.

        -- The Dragon to Grendel, in John Gardner's "Grendel"


My band career ended late in my senior year when John Cooper and I threw my

amplifier out the dormitory window.  We did not act in haste. First we

checked to make sure the amplifier would fit through the frame, using the

belt from my bathrobe to measure, then we picked up the amplifier and backed

up to my bedroom door.  Then we rushed forward, shouting "The WHO!  The

WHO!" and we launched my amplifier perfectly, as though we had been doing it

all our lives, clean through the window and down onto the sidewalk, where a

small but appreciative crowd had gathered.  I would like to be able to say

that this was a symbolic act, an effort on my part to break cleanly away

from one state in my life and move on to another, but the truth is, Cooper

and I really just wanted to find out what it would sound like.  It sounded


        -- Dave Barry, "The Snake"


"My life is a soap opera, but who has the rights?"

        -- MadameX


My tears stuck in their little ducts, refusing to be jerked.

        -- Peter Stack, movie review

His performance is so wooden you want to spray him with Liquid Pledge.

        -- John Stark, movie review


No Civil War picture ever made a nickel.

        -- MGM executive Irving Thalberg to Louis B. Mayer about

           film rights to "Gone With the Wind".

           Cerf/Navasky, "The Experts Speak"


No house should ever be on any hill or on anything.  It should be of the hill,

belonging to it.

        -- Frank Lloyd Wright


No poet or novelist wishes he was the only one who ever lived, but most of

them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe

their wish has been granted.

        -- W. H. Auden, "The Dyer's Hand"


No two persons ever read the same book.

        -- Edmund Wilson


"No, `Eureka' is Greek for `This bath is too hot.'"

        -- Dr. Who


Nobody can be exactly like me.  Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.

        -- Tallulah Bankhead




Noone ever built a statue to a critic.


Not all who own a harp are harpers.

        -- Marcus Terentius Varro


Notes for a ballet, "The Spell": ... Suddenly Sigmund hears the flutter of

wings, and a group of wild swans flies across the moon ... Sigmund is

astounded to see that their leader is part swan and part woman --

unfortunately, divided lengthwise.  She enchants Sigmund, who is careful

not to make any poultry jokes.

        -- Woody Allen


Oh Dad!  We're ALL Devo!


    "Oh sure, this costume may look silly, but it lets me get in and out

of dangerous situations -- I work for a federal task force doing a survey on

urban crime.  Look, here's my ID, and here's a number you can call, that will

put you through to our central base in Atlanta.  Go ahead, call -- they'll

confirm who I am.

    "Unless, of course, the Astro-Zombies have destroyed it."

        -- Captain Freedom


Oh, Aunty Em, it's so good to be home!


Old MacDonald had an agricultural real estate tax abatement.


Old musicians never die, they just decompose.


Once, I read that a man be never stronger than when he truly realizes how

weak he is.

        -- Jim Starlin, "Captain Marvel #31"


One big pile is better than two little piles.

        -- Arlo Guthrie


Oprah Winfrey has an incredible talent for getting the weirdest people to

talk to.  And you just HAVE to watch it.  "Blind, masochistic minority,

crippled, depressed, government latrine diggers, and the women who love

them too much on the next Oprah Winfrey."


    Penn's aunts made great apple pies at low prices.  No one else in

town could compete with the pie rates of Penn's aunts.


People in general do not willingly read if they have anything else to

amuse them.

        -- S. Johnson


Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry without a certain

unsoundness of mind.

        -- Thomas Macaulay


Plato, by the way, wanted to banish all poets from his proposed Utopia

because they were liars.  The truth was that Plato knew philosophers

couldn't compete successfully with poets.

        -- Kilgore Trout (Philip J. Farmer), "Venus on the Half Shell"


Playing an unamplified electric guitar is like strumming on a picnic table.

        -- Dave Barry, "The Snake"


Please, won't somebody tell me what diddie-wa-diddie means?


Plots are like girdles.  Hidden, they hold your interest; revealed, they're

of no interest except to fetishists. Like girdles, they attempt to contain

an uncontainable experience.

        -- R. S. Knapp


Potahto' Pictures Productions Presents:

    SPUD ROGERS OF THE 25TH CENTURY: Story of an Air Force potato that's

left in a rarely used chow hall for over two centuries and wakes up in a world

populated by soybean created imitations under the evil Dick Tater.  Thanks to

him, the soy-potatoes learn that being a 'tater is where it's at.  Memorable

line, "'Cause I'm just a stud spud!"

    FRIDAY THE 13TH DINER SERIES: Crazed potato who was left in a

fryer too long and was charbroiled carelessly returns to wreak havoc on

unsuspecting, would-be teen camp cooks.  Scenes include a girl being stuffed

with chives and Fleischman's Margarine and a boy served up on a side dish

with beets and dressing.  Definitely not for the squeamish, or those on

diets that are driving them crazy.

    FRIDAY THE 13TH DINER II,III,IV,V,VI: Much, much more of the same.

Except with sour cream.


Potahto' Pictures Productions Presents:

    THE TATERNATOR: Cyborg spud returns from the future to present-day

McDonald's restaurant to kill the potatoess (girl 'tater) who will give birth

to the world's largest french fry (The Dark Powers of Burger King are clearly

behind this).  Most quotable line: "Ah'll be baked..."

    A FISTFUL OF FRIES: Western in which our hero, The Spud with No Name,

rides into a town that's deprived of carbohydrates thanks to the evil takeover

of the low-cal Scallopinni Brothers.  Plenty of smokeouts, fry-em-ups, and

general butter-melting by all.

    FOR A FEW FRIES MORE: Takes up where AFOF left off!  Cameo by Walter

Cronkite, as every man's common 'tater!


Prizes are for children.

        -- Charles Ives, upon being given, but refusing, the

           Pulitzer prize


Producers seem to be so prejudiced against actors who've had no training.

And there's no reason for it.  So what if I didn't attend the Royal Academy

for twelve years?  I'm still a professional trying to be the best actress

I can.  Why doesn't anyone send me the scripts that Faye Dunaway gets?

        -- Farrah Fawcett-Majors


Public use of any portable music system is a virtually guaranteed indicator

of sociopathic tendencies.

        -- Zoso


Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the

Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.


Pure drivel tends to drive ordinary drivel off the TV screen.


Rascal, am I?  Take THAT!

        -- Errol Flynn


Recently deceased blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan "comes to" after

his death.  He sees Jimi Hendrix sitting next to him, tuning his guitar.

"Holy cow," he thinks to himself, "this guy is my idol."  Over at the

microphone, about to sing, are Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, and the

bassist is the late Barry Oakley of the Allman Brothers.  So Stevie

Ray's thinking, "Oh, wow!  I've died and gone to rock and roll heaven."

Just then, Karen Carpenter walks in, sits down at the drums, and says:

"'Close to You'.  Hit it, boys!"

        -- Told by Penn Jillette, of magic/comedy duo Penn and Teller


Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our

extraordinarily gifted English artist, Mr. Rippingille.

        -- John Hunt, British editor, scholar and art critic

           Cerf/Navasky, "The Experts Speak"


"Rembrandt's first name was Beauregard, which is why he never used it."

        -- Dave Barry


Satire is tragedy plus time.

        -- Lenny Bruce


Satire is what closes in New Haven.


Satire is what closes Saturday night.

        -- George Kaufman


'Scuse me, while I kiss the sky!

        -- Robert James Marshall (Jimi) Hendrix


She ran the gamut of emotions from 'A' to 'B'.

        -- Dorothy Parker, on a Kate Hepburn performance


"She said, `I know you ... you cannot sing'.  I said, `That's nothing,

you should hear me play piano.'"

        -- Morrisey


She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way a midget is

good at being short.

        -- Clive James, on Marilyn Monroe


Shhh... be vewy, vewy, quiet!  I'm hunting wabbits...


Show business is just like high school, except you get paid.

        -- Martin Mull


Sir, it's very possible this asteroid is not stable.

        -- C3P0


Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects

such as wickerwork picnic baskets.  Imagination without skill gives us modern


        -- Tom Stoppard


Smile!  You're on Candid Camera.


Snakes.  Why did it have to be snakes?

        -- Indiana Jones, "Raiders of the Lost Ark"


Snoopy: No problem is so big that it can't be run away from.


Snow White has become a camera buff.  She spends hours and hours

shooting pictures of the seven dwarfs and their antics.  Then she

mails the exposed film to a cut rate photo service.  It takes weeks

for the developed film to arrive in the mail, but that is all right

with Snow White.  She clears the table, washes the dishes and sweeps

the floor, all the while singing "Someday my prints will come."


So do the noble fall.  For they are ever caught in a trap of their own making.

A trap -- walled by duty, and locked by reality.  Against the greater force

they must fall -- for, against that force they fight because of duty, because

of obligations.  And when the noble fall, the base remain.  The base -- whose

only purpose is the corruption of what the noble did protect.  Whose only

purpose is to destroy.  The noble: who, even when fallen, retain a vestige of

strength.  For theirs is a strength born of things other than mere force.

Theirs is a strength supreme... theirs is the strength -- to restore.

        -- Gerry Conway, "Thor", #193


    So Richard and I decided to try to catch [the small shark].

With a great deal of strategy and effort and shouting, we managed to

maneuver the shark, over the course of about a half-hour, to a sort of

corner of the lagoon, so that it had no way to escape other than to

flop up onto the land and evolve.  Richard and I were inching toward

it, sort of crouched over, when all of a sudden it turned around and --

I can still remember the sensation I felt at that moment, primarily in

the armpit area -- headed right straight toward us.

    Many people would have panicked at this point.  But Richard and

I were not "many people."  We were experienced waders, and we kept our

heads.  We did exactly what the textbook says you should do when you're

unarmed and a shark that is nearly two feet long turns on you in water

up to your lower calves: We sprinted I would say 600 yards in the

opposite direction, using a sprinting style such that the bottoms of

our feet never once went below the surface of the water.  We ran all

the way to the far shore, and if we had been in a Warner Brothers

cartoon we would have run right INTO the beach, and you would have seen

these two mounds of sand racing across the island until they bonked

into trees and coconuts fell onto their heads.

        -- Dave Barry, "The Wonders of Sharks on TV"


Some men who fear that they are playing second fiddle aren't in the

band at all.


Some performers on television appear to be horrible people, but when

you finally get to know them in person, they turn out to be even worse.

        -- Avery


"Spare no expense to save money on this one."

        -- Samuel Goldwyn


Star Wars is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters is obscurantist drivel;

Star Trek can turn your brains to puree of bat guano; and the greatest

science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who!  And I'll take you all

on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up!

        -- Harlan Ellison


    "Surely you can't be serious."

    "I am serious, and stop calling me Shirley."

        -- "Airplane"


Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

        -- Laurie Anderson


Tallulah Bankhead barged down the Nile last night as Cleopatra and sank.

        -- John Mason Brown, drama critic


Television -- the longest amateur night in history.

        -- Robert Carson


Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.

        -- Alfred Hitchcock


Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.

        -- Ann Landers


Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.

        -- attributed to both Fred Allen and Ernie Kovacs


Television is now so desperately hungry for material that it is scraping

the top of the barrel.

        -- Gore Vidal


Ten years of rejection slips is nature's way of telling you to stop writing.

        -- R. Geis


That's no moon...

        -- Obi-wan Kenobi


The Angels want to wear my red shoes.

        -- E. Costello


The best definition of a gentleman is a man who can play the accordion --

but doesn't.

        -- Tom Crichton


    The big problem with pornography is defining it.  You can't just

say it's pictures of people naked.  For example, you have these

primitive African tribes that exist by chasing the wildebeest on foot,

and they have to go around largely naked, because, as the old tribal

saying goes: "N'wam k'honi soit qui mali," which means, "If you think

you can catch a wildebeest in this climate and wear clothes at the same

time, then I have some beach front property in the desert region of

Northern Mali that you may be interested in."

    So it's not considered pornographic when National Geographic

publishes color photographs of these people hunting the wildebeest

naked, or pounding one rock onto another rock for some primitive reason

naked, or whatever.  But if National Geographic were to publish an

article entitled "The Girls of the California Junior College System

Hunt the Wildebeest Naked," some people would call it pornography.  But

others would not.  And still others, such as the Spectacularly Rev.

Jerry Falwell, would get upset about seeing the wildebeest naked.

        -- Dave Barry, "Pornography"


The cable TV sex channels don't expand our horizons, don't make us better

people, and don't come in clearly enough.

        -- Bill Maher


The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly

greater than that of any other animals.  Some of their most esteemed

inventions have no other apparent purpose, for example, the dinner party

of more than two, the epic poem, and the science of metaphysics.

        -- H. L. Mencken


The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense

        -- Picasso


The covers of this book are too far apart.

        -- Book review by Ambrose Bierce.


The difference between waltzes and disco is mostly one of volume.

        -- T. K.


The faster we go, the rounder we get.

        -- The Grateful Dead


The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

        -- Dorothy Parker


The Great Movie Posters:

*A Giggle Gurgling Gulp of Glee*

With Pretty Girls, Peppy Scenes, and Gorgeous Revues -- plus a good story.

        -- Tea with a Kick (1924)

Whoopie!  Let's go!... Hand-picked Beauties doing cute tricks!


        -- The Wild Party (1929)


DIX -- the dashing soldier!

    DIX -- the bold adventurer!

        DIX -- the throbbing lover!

        -- The Wheel of Life (1929)



        -- The Night is Young (1934)


The Great Movie Posters:

A mis-spawned murderous abomination from the nether reaches of an

unimaginable hell.

        -- The Killer of Castle Brood (1967)


        -- Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (1968)


        -- Five Bloody Graves (1969)

The family that slays together stays together.

        -- Bloody Mama (1970)


The Great Movie Posters:


        -- Squirm (1976)

Most Movies Live Less Than Two Hours.

This Is One of Everlasting Torment!

        -- The New House on the Left (1977)


        -- Zombie (1980)

It's not human and it's got an axe.

        -- The Prey (1981)


The Great Movie Posters:

Different! Daring! Dynamic! Defying! Dumbfounding!

SEE Uncle Tom lead the Negroes to FREEDOM!

... Now, all the SENSUAL and VIOLENT passions Roots couldn't show on TV!

        -- Uncle Tom's Cabin (1972)

An appalling amalgam of carnage and carnality!

        -- Flesh and Blood Show (1973)



Alone, only a harmless pet...

    One Thousand Strong, They Become a Man-Eating Machine!

        -- The Night of a Thousand Cats (1972)

They're Over-Exposed

But Not Under-Developed!

        -- Cover Girl Models (1976)


The Great Movie Posters:


        -- Teenagers from Outher Space (1959)

Which will be Her Mate... MAN OR BEAST?

Meet Velda -- the Kind of Woman -- Man or Gorilla would kill... to Keep.

        -- Untamed Mistress (1960)



        -- King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)


The Great Movie Posters:


        -- The Cycle Savages (1969)

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle...   Has no Flesh on It!

        -- Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)


        -- I Eat Your Skin & I Drink Your Blood (1971 double-bill)

They Went In People and Came Out Hamburger!

        -- The Corpse Grinders (1971)


The Great Movie Posters:

KATHERINE HEPBURN as the lying, stealing, singing, preying witch girl

of the Ozarks... "Low down white trash"?  Maybe so -- but let her hear

you say it and she'll break your head to prove herself a lady!

        -- Spitfire (1934)

Do Native Women Live With Apes?

        -- Love Life of a Gorilla (1937)


    When she looked into his eyes, felt his arms around her -- she

was no longer Tura, mysterious white goddess of the jungle tribes --

she was no longer the frozen-hearted high priestess under whose hypnotic

spell the worshippers of the great crocodile god meekly bowed -- she

was a girl in love!

    SEE the ravening charge of the hundred scared CROCODILES!

        -- Her Jungle Love (1938)


        -- Intermezzo (1939)


The Great Movie Posters:


        -- Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1963)

She Sins in Mobile --

Marries in Houston --

Loses Her Baby in Dallas --

Leaves Her Husband in Tuscon --





        -- The Rotten Apple (1963), Rue McClanahan


A Horrifying Movie of Wierd Beauties and Shocking Monsters...


        -- Teenage Psycho meets Bloody Mary (1964)  (Alternate Title:

           The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and

           Became Mixed Up Zombies)


The Great Movie Posters:






    SEE the burning of a virgin!

    SEE power of witch doctor over women!

    SEE pygmies with fantastic Physical Endowments!!!

        -- Kwaheri (1965)

The Big Comedy of Nineteen-Sexty-Sex!

        -- Boeing-Boeing (1965)



    The picture that comes complete with a 10-foot tall monster to

give you the wim-wams!

        -- Monster a Go-Go (1965)


The Great Movie Posters:

SEE rebel guerrillas torn apart by trucks!

SEE corpses cut to pieces and fed to dogs and vultures!

SEE the monkey trained to perform nursing duties for her paralyzed owner!

        -- Sweet and Savage (1983)

What a Guy!  What a Gal!  What a Pair!

        -- Stroker Ace (1983)

It's always better when you come again!

        -- Porky's II: The Next Day (1983)

You Don't Have to Go to Texas for a Chainsaw Massacre!

        -- Pieces (1983)


The Great Movie Posters:

SHE TOOK ON A WHOLE GANG! A howling hellcat humping a hot steel hog

on a roaring rampage of revenge!

        -- Bury Me an Angel (1972)


        -- Meat is Meat (1972)

TODAY the Pond!

TOMORROW the World!

        -- Frogs (1972)


The Great Movie Posters:

She's got the biggest six-shooters in the West!

        -- The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

CAST OF 3,000!











Be Brave--bring your troubles and your family to:


        -- The Prince of Peace (1948).  Starring members of the

           Wichita Mountain Pageant featuring Millard Coody as Jesus.


The Great Movie Posters:

The Miracle of the Age!!!  A LION in your lap!  A LOVER in your arms!

        -- Bwana Devil (1952)


Fire Can't Burn Them!  Bullets Can't Kill Them!  See the Unfolding of

the Mysteries of the Moon as Murderous Robot Monsters Descend Upon the

Earth!  You've Never Seen Anything Like It!  Neither Has the World!

    SEE... Robots from Space in All Their Glory!!!

        -- Robot Monster (1953)

1,965 pyramids, 5,337 dancing girls, one million swaying bullrushes,

802 scared bulls!

        -- The Egyptian (1954)


The Great Movie Posters:

The nightmare terror of the slithering eye that unleashed agonizing

horror on a screaming world!

        -- The Crawling Eye (1958)

SEE a female colossus... her mountainous torso, skyscraper limbs,

giant desires!

        -- Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman (1958)

Here Is Your Chance To Know More About Sex.

What Should a Movie Do?  Hide Its Head in the Sand Like an Ostrich?

Or Face the JOLTING TRUTH as does...

        -- The Desperate Women (1958)


The Great Movie Posters:

They hungered for her treasure!  And died for her pleasure!

SEE Man-Fish Battle Shark-Man-Killer!

        -- The Golden Mistress (1954)

See Jane Russell in 3-D; She'll Knock Both Your Eyes Out!

        -- The French Line (1954)

See Jane Russell Shake Her Tamborines... and Drive Cornel WILDE!

        -- Hot Blood (1956)


The Great Movie Posters:

When You're Six Tons -- And They Call You Killer -- It's Hard To Make Friends...

        -- Namu, the Killer Whale (1966)

Meet the Girls with the Thermo-Nuclear Navels!

        -- Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)



        -- A Taste of Blood (1967)


The Hollywood tradition I like best is called "sucking up to the stars."

        -- Johnny Carson


The horror... the horror!


The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for

lists of "Ten Best".

        -- H. Allen Smith


The human brain is a wonderful thing.  It starts working the moment

you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

        -- Sir George Jessel


"The human brain is like an enormous fish -- it is flat and slimy and

has gills through which it can see."

        -- Monty Python


The key to building a superstar is to keep their mouth shut.  To reveal

an artist to the people can be to destroy him.  It isn't to anyone's

advantage to see the truth.

        -- Bob Ezrin, rock music producer


The last vestiges of the old Republic have been swept away.

        -- Governor Tarkin


The mome rath isn't born that could outgrabe me.

        -- Nicol Williamson


The old complaint that mass culture is designed for eleven-year-olds

is of course a shameful canard.  The key age has traditionally been

more like fourteen.

        -- Robert Christgau, "Esquire"


The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes.  Let the reader

catch his own breath.

        -- Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart


The only "ism" Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.

        -- Dorothy Parker


The only real advantage to punk music is that nobody can whistle it.


The plot was designed in a light vein that somehow became varicose.

        -- David Lardner


The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid,

stable business.

        -- John Steinbeck

    [Horse racing *is* a stable business ...]


The Ranger isn't gonna like it, Yogi.


The real trouble with reality is that there's no background music.


The story you are about to hear is true.  Only the names have been

changed to protect the innocent.


The streets were dark with something more than night.

        -- Raymond Chandler


The sun never sets on those who ride into it.

        -- RKO


The trouble with superheros is what to do between phone booths.

        -- Ken Kesey


The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more

annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

        -- Oscar Wilde


The ultimate game show will be the one where somebody gets killed at the end.

        -- Chuck Barris, creator of "The Gong Show"


The world has many unintentionally cruel mechanisms that are not

designed for people who walk on their hands.

        -- John Irving, "The World According to Garp"


The Worst Musical Trio

    There are few bad musicians who have a chance to give a recital at

a famous concert hall while still learning the rudiments of their

instrument.  This happened about thirty years ago to the son of a Rumanian

gentleman who was owed a personal favour by Georges Enesco, the celebrated

violinist.  Enesco agreed to give lessons to the son who was quite

unhampered by great musical talent.

    Three years later the boy's father insisted that he give a public

concert.  "His aunt said that nobody plays the violin better than he does.

A cousin heard him the other day and screamed with enthusiasm."  Although

Enesco feared the consequences, he arranged a recital at the Salle Gaveau

in Paris.  However, nobody bought a ticket since the soloist was unknown.

    "Then you must accompany him on the piano," said the boy's father,

"and it will be a sell out."

    Reluctantly, Enesco agreed and it was.  On the night an excited

audience gathered.  Before the concert began Enesco became nervous and

asked for someone to turn his pages.

    In the audience was Alfred Cortot, the brilliant pianist, who

volunteered and made his way to the stage.

    The soloist was of uniformly low standard and next morning the

music critic of Le Figaro wrote: "There was a strange concert at the Salle

Gaveau last night.  The man whom we adore when he plays the violin played

the piano.  Another whom we adore when he plays the piano turned the pages.

But the man who should have turned the pages played the violin."

        -- Stephen Pile, "The Book of Heroic Failures"


There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need

the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the

world should know; the third is that you can't think what to do with the

long winter evenings.

        -- Quentin Crisp


There are three rules for writing a novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows

what they are.

        -- Somerset Maugham


There are two jazz musicians who are great buddies.  They hang out and play

together for years, virtually inseparable.  Unfortunately, one of them is

struck by a truck and killed.  About a week later his friend wakes up in

the middle of the night with a start because he can feel a presence in the

room.  He calls out, "Who's there?  Who's there?  What's going on?"

    "It's me -- Bob," replies a faraway voice.

    Excitedly he sits up in bed.  "Bob!  Bob!  Is that you?  Where are


    "Well," says the voice, "I'm in heaven now."

    "Heaven!  You're in heaven!  That's wonderful!  What's it like?"

    "It's great, man.  I gotta tell you, I'm jamming up here every day.

I'm playing with Bird, and 'Trane, and Count Basie drops in all the time!

Man it is smokin'!"

    "Oh, wow!" says his friend. "That sounds fantastic, tell me more,

tell me more!"

    "Let me put it this way," continues the voice.  "There's good news

and bad news.  The good news is that these guys are in top form.  I mean

I have *never* heard them sound better.  They are *wailing* up here."

    "The bad news is that God has this girlfriend that sings..."


There are two ways of disliking art.   One is to dislike it.  The other is

to like it rationally.

        -- Oscar Wilde


There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the

other is to read Pope.

        -- Oscar Wilde


There is much Obi-Wan did not tell you.

        -- Darth Vader


There is nothing wrong with writing ... as long as it is done in private

and you wash your hands afterward.


There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and

that is not being talked about.

        -- Oscar Wilde


There's a trick to the Graceful Exit.  It begins with the vision to

recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over -- and to let

go.  It means leaving what's over without denying its validity or its

past importance in our lives.  It involves a sense of future, a belief

that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving on, rather than out.

The trick of retiring well may be the trick of living well.  It's hard to

recognize that life isn't a holding action, but a process.  It's hard to

learn that we don't leave the best parts of ourselves behind, back in the

dugout or the office. We own what we learned back there.  The experiences

and the growth are grafted onto our lives.  And when we exit, we can take

ourselves along -- quite gracefully.

        -- Ellen Goodman


There's nothing remarkable about it.  All one has to do is hit the right

keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.

        -- J. S. Bach


There's nothing to writing.  All you do is sit at a typewriter and open a vein.

        -- Red Smith


There's something the technicians need to learn from the artists.

If it isn't aesthetically pleasing, it's probably wrong.


There's such a thing as too much point on a pencil.

        -- H. Allen Smith, "Let the Crabgrass Grow"


They can't stop us... we're on a mission from God!

        -- The Blues Brothers


... TheysaidDoyouseethebiggreenglowinthedarkhouseuponthehill?andIsaidYesIsee



cleanersayingIllgetyoumyprettyandyourlittledogTototoo ...

    I don't even *HAVE* a dog Toto...


This door is baroquen, please wiggle Handel.

(If I wiggle Handel, will it wiggle Bach?)

        -- Found on a door in the MSU music building


This is Jim Rockford.

At the tone leave your name and message; I'll get back to you.

This is Maria, Liberty Bail Bonds.  Your client, Todd Lieman, skipped and

his bail is forfeit.  That's the pink slip on your '74 Firebird, I believe.

Sorry, Jim, bring it on over.

This is Marilyn Reed, I wanta talk to you...  Is this a machine?  I don't

talk to machines!  [Click]

        -- "The Rockford Files"


This is the ____LAST time I take travel suggestions from Ray Bradbury!


This is the Baron.  Angel Martin tells me you buy information.  Ok,

meet me at one a.m. behind the bus depot, bring five-hundred dollars

and come alone.  I'm serious!

        -- "The Rockford Files"


This novel is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.

        -- Dorothy Parker


This unit... must... survive.


This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible.  This was terrible

with raisins in it.

        -- Dorothy Parker


    Three actors, Tom, Fred, and Cec, wanted to do the jousting scene

from Don Quixote for a local TV show.  "I'll play the title role," proposed

Tom.  "Fred can portray Sancho Panza, and Cecil B. De Mille."


Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.

        -- Trollope


To be is to do.

        -- I. Kant

To do is to be.

        -- A. Sartre

Do be a Do Bee!

        -- Miss Connie, Romper Room

Do be do be do!

        -- F. Sinatra


        -- F. Flintstone


Today you'll start getting heavy metal radio on your dentures.


Today's thrilling story has been brought to you by Mushies, the great new

cereal that gets soggy even without milk or cream.  Join us soon for more

spectacular adventure starring...  Tippy, the Wonder Dog!

        -- Bob & Ray


"Today, of course, it is considered very poor taste to use the F-word

except in major motion pictures."

        -- Dave Barry, "$#$%#^%!^%&@%@!"


Traveling through hyperspace isn't like dusting crops, boy.

        -- Han Solo


Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

        -- Michelangelo


"Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense."


TV is chewing gum for the eyes.

        -- Frank Lloyd Wright


Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,

unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.

        -- Edward Gibbon


Use an accordion.  Go to jail.

        -- KFOG, San Francisco


Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds

sang there except those that sang best.

        -- Henry Van Dyke


Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five.  The

reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of


        -- Joel Hildebrand


 VII. Certain bodies can pass through solid walls painted to resemble tunnel

      entrances; others cannot.

    This trompe l'oeil inconsistency has baffled generations, but at least

    it is known that whoever paints an entrance on a wall's surface to

    trick an opponent will be unable to pursue him into this theoretical

    space.  The painter is flattened against the wall when he attempts to

    follow into the painting.  This is ultimately a problem of art, not

    of science.

VIII. Any violent rearrangement of feline matter is impermanent.

    Cartoon cats possess even more deaths than the traditional nine lives

    might comfortably afford.  They can be decimated, spliced, splayed,

    accordion-pleated, spindled, or disassembled, but they cannot be

    destroyed.  After a few moments of blinking self pity, they reinflate,

    elongate, snap back, or solidify.

  IX. For every vengeance there is an equal and opposite revengeance.

    This is the one law of animated cartoon motion that also applies to

    the physical world at large.  For that reason, we need the relief of

    watching it happen to a duck instead.

   X. Everything falls faster than an anvil.

    Examples too numerous to mention from the Roadrunner cartoons.

        -- Esquire, "O'Donnell's Laws of Cartoon Motion", June 1980


Watch all-night Donna Reed reruns until your mind resembles oatmeal.


Watch your mouth, kid, or you'll find yourself floating home.

        -- Han Solo


We don't like their sound.  Groups of guitars are on the way out.

        -- Decca Recording Company, turning down the Beatles, 1962


We have art that we do not die of the truth.

        -- Nietzsche


We'll be recording at the Paradise Friday night.  Live, on the Death label.

        -- Swan, "Phantom of the Paradise"


We'll know that rock is dead when you have to get a degree to work in it.


We're constantly being bombarded by insulting and humiliating music, which

people are making for you the way they make those Wonder Bread products.

Just as food can be bad for your system, music can be bad for your spirtual

and emotional feelings.  It might taste good or clever, but in the long run,

it's not going to do anything for you.

        -- Bob Dylan, "LA Times", September 5, 1984


We're only in it for the volume.

        -- Black Sabbath


"Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what *___can*

you believe?!"

        -- Bullwinkle J. Moose [Jay Ward]


    "Well, it's garish, ugly, and derelicts have used it for a toilet.

The rides are dilapidated to the point of being lethal, and could easily

maim or kill innocent little children."

    "Oh, so you don't like it?"

    "Don't like it?  I'm CRAZY for it."

        -- The Killing Joke


"Well, that was a piece of cake, eh K-9?"

"Piece of cake, Master?  Radial slice of baked confection ... coefficient of

relevance to Key of Time: zero."

        -- Dr. Who


Wharbat darbid yarbou sarbay?


What a bonanza!  An unknown beginner to be directed by Lubitsch, in a script

by Wilder and Brackett, and to play with Paramount's two superstars, Gary

Cooper and Claudette Colbert, and to be beaten up by both of them!

        -- David Niven, "Bring On the Empty Horses"


What an artist dies with me!

        -- Nero


What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque.

        -- Brendan Francis


    "What are you watching?"

    "I don't know."

    "Well, what's happening?"

    "I'm not sure...  I think the guy in the hat did something terrible."

    "Why are you watching it?"

    "You're so analytical.  Sometimes you just have to let art flow

over you."

        -- The Big Chill


What did you bring that book I didn't want to be read to out of about

Down Under up for?


    "What do you do when your real life exceeds your wildest fantasies?"

    "You keep it to yourself."

        -- Broadcast News


What ever happened to happily ever after?


What garlic is to food, insanity is to art.


What no spouse of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working

when he's staring out the window.


    "What was the worst thing you've ever done?"

    "I won't tell you that, but I'll tell you the worst thing that

ever happened to me... the most dreadful thing."

        -- Peter Straub, "Ghost Story"


When all else fails, try Kate Smith.


When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by

reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?"


When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

        -- Raymond Chandler


When one woman was asked how long she had been going to symphony concerts,

she paused to calculate and replied, "Forty-seven years -- and I find I mind

it less and less."

        -- Louise Andrews Kent


Where is John Carson now that we need him?

        -- RLG


While he was in New York on location for _Bronco Billy_ (1980), Clint

Eastwood agreed to a television interview.  His host, somewhat hostile,

began by defining a Clint Eastwood picture as a violent, ruthless,

lawless, and bloody piece of mayhem, and then asked Eastwood himself to

define a Clint Eastwood picture.  "To me," said Eastwood calmly, "what

a Clint Eastwood picture is, is one that I'm in."

        -- Boller and Davis, "Hollywood Anecdotes"


Whistler's mother is off her rocker.


Who is D.B. Cooper, and where is he now?


Who is John Galt?


Who is W.O. Baker, and why is he saying those terrible things about me?


Who was that masked man?


Who's on first?


Who's scruffy-looking?

        -- Han Solo


Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?

        -- Paul Simon


"Why are we importing all these highbrow plays like `Amadeus'?  I could

have told you Mozart was a jerk for nothing."

        -- Ian Shoales


    Why are you doing this to me?

    Because knowledge is torture, and there must be awareness before

there is change.

        -- Jim Starlin, "Captain Marvel", #29


Why do we have two eyes?  To watch 3-D movies with.


Why not? -- What? -- Why not? -- Why should I not send it? -- Why should I

not dispatch it? -- Why not? -- Strange!  I don't know why I shouldn't --

Well, then -- You will do me this favor. -- Why not? -- Why should you not

do it? -- Why not? -- Strange!  I shall do the same for you, when you want

me to.  Why not?  Why should I not do it for you?  Strange!  Why not? --

I can't think why not.

        -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from a letter to his cousin Maria,

           "The Definitive Biography of PDQ Bach", Peter Schickele


Why you say you no bunny rabbit when you have little powder-puff tail?

        -- The Tasmanian Devil


Working with Julie Andrews is like getting hit over the head with a valentine.

        -- Christopher Plummer


Worth seeing?  Yes, but not worth going to see.


Would it help if I got out and pushed?

        -- Princess Leia Organa


Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

        -- Frank Zappa


Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.


Yeah, that's me, Tracer Bullet.  I've got eight slugs in me.  One's lead,

the rest bourbon.  The drink packs a wallop, and I pack a revolver.  I'm

a private eye.

        -- "Calvin & Hobbes"


Year  Name                James Bond    Book

----  --------------------------------    --------------    ----

50's  James Bond TV Series        Barry Nelson

1962  Dr. No                Sean Connery    1958

1963  From Russia With Love        Sean Connery    1957

1964  Goldfinger            Sean Connery    1959

1965  Thunderball            Sean Connery    1961

1967* Casino Royale            David Niven    1954

1967  You Only Live Twice        Sean Connery    1964

1969  On Her Majesty's Secret Service    George Lazenby    1963

1971  Diamonds Are Forever        Sean Connery    1956

1973  Live And Let Die            Roger Moore    1955

1974  The Man With The Golden Gun    Roger Moore    1965

1977  The Spy Who Loved Me        Roger Moore    1962 (novelette)

1979  Moonraker                Roger Moore    1955

1981  For Your Eyes Only        Roger Moore    1960 (novelette)

1983  Octopussy                Roger Moore    1965

1983* Never Say Never Again        Sean Connery

1985  A View To A Kill            Roger Moore    1960 (novelette)

1987  The Living Daylights        Timothy Dalton    1965 (novelette)

    * -- Not a Broccoli production.


Yevtushenko has... an ego that can crack crystal at a distance of twenty feet.

        -- John Cheever


    "You boys lookin' for trouble?"

    "Sure.  Whaddya got?"

        -- Marlon Brando, "The Wild Ones"


You're all clear now, kid.  Now blow this thing so we can all go home.

        -- Han Solo


"You've got to have a gimmick if your band sucks."

        -- Gary Giddens


Zero Mostel: That's it baby!  When you got it, flaunt it!  Flaunt it!

        -- Mel Brooks, "The Producers"


Naked children have never played in _our_ fountains, and I.M. Pei will

never be happy on Route 66.

        -- "Learning from Las Vegas", Robert Venturi, Denise Scott

           Brown, and Steven Izenour


Sometimes I get the feeling that there are orgies going on all over New

York City, and somebody says, "Let's call Desmond," and somebody else says,

"Why bother? He's probably home reading the Encyclopedia Britannica."

        -- Paul Desmond, jazz saxophonist


Usually, in the studio, on this sort of thing ... you just go out and have

a play over it, and see what comes, and it's usually -- mostly -- the first

take that's the best one, and you find yourself repeating yourself thereafter.

        -- David Gilmour, on the famous guitar solo in "Time"


Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top of the Pops and after

three songs I feel like killing someone.

        -- George Harrison


I'm not sure how much writing happened. You know, let's play E minor and A for

an hour or two. Oh, that sounds all right, that'll take up five minutes.

        -- Roger Waters, on the composition of "Breathe"


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