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Reflections of Summer – My Nostalgic Trips to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

By: - January 5, 2016
Category : Nostalgia, Places

After writing a decent amount of dark subject matter, I’ve decided to mix it up a little bit. I wanted to share with you a story of some of my summer adventures of yesteryear. I hinted about it last time I was back in Chicago over the summer…today I wanted to fulfill that promise. It […]

Tragedy Is Stranger Than Fiction : The Accidental Death on The Twilight Zone

By: - November 17, 2015
Category : 80's, Case Study, People

After writing about Spielberg’s departure from the Twilight Zone film, I thought it might be smart to recap exactly what caused the riff between him and John Landis. Since I’ve somehow been on this Landis kick (without fully realizing it until now) I figured I’d go full throttle and conclude it with this one. Sadly, […]

Under The Moonlight – The Phenomenon of Thriller

By: - November 2, 2015
Category : 80's, People

In the spirit of Halloween, I’d like to discuss a music video that not only impacted audiences around the globe, but would forever change how music and modern songs are packaged. That video is Thriller. If you’re out for any length of time in a crowd full of people in Halloween costumes, it’s almost obligatory […]

Eating My Way Through Town – The Quest For Apple Cider Donuts and Other Autumn Treats

By: - October 28, 2015
Category : Places

A few weeks ago, I returned home to celebrate a wedding in Decorah, Iowa. One of the best parts of growing up in the midwest is you get to experience both the urban and the rural. The traffic and the tractors. You don’t really have to drive too far to do it, either. It had […]

Theme Parks, Headless Horsemen, and Haunted Ships: Top Spots For Getting Into the Halloween Spirit

By: - October 21, 2015
Category : Hauntings, Places

Well ladies and gentleman…it’s that time of year again. The leaves are bursting into reds and oranges. The weather gets a little cooler. And everything gets a temporary pumpkin spiced make-over. Short of 4th of July, the month of October is my favorite time of year. There’s something about fall that makes me happy. Maybe […]

Steven Spielberg

From Twilight Zone To Amazing Stories – How Spielberg Turned Tragedy Into Art

By: - September 30, 2015
Category : 80's, People

By 1985, Stephen Spielberg had already established himself as the top-tier director, gaining praise in virtually every genre. After riding high on the expected success of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg decided to try his hand at a completely new subject matter… Well, sort of. Being a completely obsessive Twilight Zone series […]

Haunted Disneyland – Halloween Time and The History of the Haunted Mansion

By: - September 23, 2015
Category : Nostalgia, Places

Last week I was able to take a quick trip to Disneyland with my girlfriend to share in the magic of what Walt Disney wanted his audience to experience 60 years ago. The beauty of this trip was two-fold. First, the trip coincided with Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Anniversary which meant the fireworks show was going […]

Dreams, Nightmares, and Freddy Krueger – How Wes Craven Impacted Our Views on Sleeping

By: - September 22, 2015
Category : 80's, People, Toys/Nostalgia

On August 30, 2015 the world lost one of the pioneers responsible for turning the masses onto horror, while creating a string of iconic films that re-sparked a stagnating genre, and cemented his status as a classic visionary. That man is Wes Craven. Craven first took audiences by storm when he released his directorial debut […]

It Escapes Me – 2nd Issue of Shoe Factory Road

By: - August 28, 2015
Category : Shoe Factory Road, Writing

Episode 2 — Part 2 After realizing I never posted the second part, I figured it’s overdue to release the second half of this episode. Without any further waiting, I present the second episode of the second issue of Shoe Factory Road. Enjoy, and stay out of the woods! For Part 1. Fixated on the scrapbook. Each […]

All Out of Bubble Gum – What I Learned From “They Live”

By: - August 21, 2015
Category : 80's

A few weeks ago I heard the news that famed wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper had passed away (born Roderick George Toombs — yeah I like Roddy Piper better as well.) His generation of wrestling wasn’t quite my era, but I remembered they’d always show highlights of wrestlers of yonder, during my youth as a pro-wrestling fan. (Judge […]