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Towel Day

History of Towel Day: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

By billpetro / May 25, 2024 /

HISTORY OF TOWEL DAY May 25 celebrates Towel Day to honor Douglas Adams, the author of the five (or six) book trilogy Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Created in May 2001 to mark the passing of English science fiction humor author Douglas Adams, the day is set aside for fans of his writings to carry a…

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Star Wars

History of Star Wars: Premiered 47 Years Ago

By billpetro / May 24, 2024 /

HISTORY OF STAR WARS The original Star Wars movie premiered on May 25, 1977. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away… …in Berkeley, in November 1976, I picked up a new science fiction novel called “Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker” by George Lucas. I did not know then that it was…

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History of May the Fourth (Be With You): Star Wars Day

By billpetro / May 3, 2024 /

HISTORY OF MAY THE FOURTH May 4th or May the Fourth is a geek holiday that has gained popularity in recent years due to a popular film franchise. But where did it begin?   History of May the Fourth “May the Fourth” is taken from the benediction “May the Force be with you,” made famous…

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Movie Review: Dune, Part Two (no spoilers)

By billpetro / March 1, 2024 /

Movie Review: Dune, Part Two (no spoilers) Today, March 1, marks the opening of the long-awaited sequel to the film Dune, Part One. It is expected to be one of the largest debuts of 2024. (See my previous review article on the saga’s history, my chat with the author Frank Herbert 45 years ago, the…

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Peter Pan

History of Peter Pan: the Story Behind the 71-Year-Old Disney Classic

By billpetro / February 5, 2024 /

HISTORY OF PETER PAN All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.   So begins my favorite Walt Disney animated movie, Peter Pan, which debuted 71 years ago on February 5, 1953. The original movie poster said: “It will live in your heart forever” …and indeed it has. Why was this…

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History of Groundhog Day

By billpetro / February 2, 2024 /

HISTORY OF GROUNDHOG DAY Groundhog Day comes from Candlemas Day, observed for centuries in parts of Europe on February 2. The custom was to have the clergy bless candles – representing how long winter would be – and distribute them to the people.   A Pagan Holiday This seems to have derived from the pagan…

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Is Die Hard Really A Christmas Movie?

By billpetro / November 30, 2023 /

IS DIE HARD REALLY A CHRISTMAS MOVIE? Scholars and historians have debated for centuries the question “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?” Or at least during the last three decades since the movie was released. This is why readers have turned to me, your friendly neighborhood historian, to wrestle with this age-old question and help…

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History of Star Trek: 57 Years Ago and Now

By billpetro / September 7, 2023 /

HISTORY OF STAR TREK Star Trek premiered on NBC TV on September 8, 1966… 57 years ago. It is my favorite show; I was glued to the TV for the first episode and for every one after that. It significantly influenced my life and my choice of a career in technology.

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Movie Review: Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One

By billpetro / July 13, 2023 /

MOVIE REVIEW: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE DEAD RECKONING PART ONE [No spoilers] The seventh movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise is non-stop action, where the plot does not get in the way of the daredevil stunts. And this is only the first installment of “Dead Reckoning Part One.” Will there be a sequel? It’s a sure thing.…

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Jesus Revolution

Movie Review: Jesus Revolution

By billpetro / March 8, 2023 /

Movie Review: Jesus Revolution Growing up in California during the ’60s and ’70s allowed me to be both an observer of and a participant in the Jesus Revolution.   Historical Synopsis: The Jesus Revolution — alternately known as the Jesus Movement, Jesus People, or the somewhat pejorative Jesus Freaks — was a spiritual awakening with…

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Dr. No

History of James Bond: Dr. No – 60 Years Ago

By billpetro / October 5, 2022 /

HISTORY OF JAMES BOND: DR. NO – 60 YEARS AGO You’ve no doubt heard that it’s the 60th anniversary of James Bond. It was featured at this year’s Academy Award. But the actual 60th anniversary of the films is today: October 5, 1962, was the premiere of the first James Bond film, Dr. No. For…

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The Natural

History of The Natural: A Father Returns

By billpetro / June 18, 2022 /

HISTORY OF THE NATURAL: A Father Returns A classic movie with a timeless topic comes to mind in celebration of Father’s Day. The 1984 film The Natural asks the question: Can you return? If the movie Field of Dreams was epic, then The Natural was mythic, as I’ll explain below.   The Natural: The Story…

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