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The children of Joe Amicarella believe our father was mentioned by legendary ex-Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, in Tom Brokaw's excellent 1998 book "The Greatest Generation," a collection of interviews and stories about ordinary/extraordinary Americans who came of age during World War II. Brokaw devoted a chapter to Bradlee's naval... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2012 at The Wheezer Society
by Jay Amicarella I used to have favorite movies when I was a kid. When you haven't lived that long, and haven't therefore seen many films, it's not that hard to choose favorites. When I was ten, my three favorite movies were John Wayne's 'The Alamo,' 'The Three Hundred Spartans,'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at The Wheezer Society
"Miss Go-Right-ry, I protest!!" Ah, those silly, buck-toothed Asians, with their funny tempers and hilarious mispronunciations of the simplest english... Don't get me wrong, I like 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Delicious Audrey Hepburn changed forever what is sexy to me in a woman. She was enchanting, witty, her speaking voice... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
by Jay Amicarella What?! No beer in the other hand? A recent discussion with a couple of Wheezers gave me the idea for a new series of articles, of which this is the first: Horrible casting jobs by Hollywood in popular films of the past. These will be presented in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Yes, friends, Scott and Angie Leverenz just passed the 20 yr mark in their marriage, and as you can see from Dick and Liz representing them, they're still as in love as newlyweds! September 7th was the day, in the beginning of the tenth decade of the last century, to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
American Girl Felicity stuffed in a box with Madeline. Berenstain Bears books sharing storage space with the entire works of Dr. Seuss. Yes, although it saddens us to tears, we (parents) are not blameless in all this growing up, getting rid of, and moving on. Like Andy's Mom, we've not only helped facilitate it, we've even insisted on it. And why? I'll tell you why: Because we've made a deal with the Devil. Please, if she abandons something from her childhood, don't let it be me. Let it be the toys. I'll sell out the stuffed Arthur dolls and replica show horses, as long as she doesn't put me in the 'donate' box. I'll turn her white, black and hispanic Barbies in faster than Nazi sympathizers turned in music teachers if she'll just include me out of the rejection process. That bereft, grief-stricken, but half-guilty look that Andy's Mom is struck with just before he walks out the door is brilliant, and speaks volumes.
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Bernice Pruitt: At home we had a pet skunk. Mama used to call it Justin Matisse. Do you think that's just a coincidence? All day long she would to scream, "You stink Justin Matisse!" Then one day she just picked up a club and killed it. Justin Matisse: Now that's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
by Jay Amicarella | Blythe Danner (as Lillian Meechum): "My Dear Son...My Dear Ben...My Dear Friend, who becomes a man today. I wanted to write you a letter about being a man. And what that means in a fuller sense. I wanted to tell you that gentleness is the quality... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Chris Cawsey (The rat catcher): " Their dyin' is my livin', you might say. Smell a rat, see a rat, kill a rat. That's me, that's Chris Cawsey! Mr Sumner![Dustin Hoffman] Rats is life!" The main reason I bought one of the first Beta-Maxes way back when, was so that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Teddy Roosevelt: "The American Grizzly Bear is the symbol of the American Character: Strength, wisdom, ferocity...a little blind and reckless at times. But courageous, beyond all doubt. One other trait goes with all the previous. Loneliness. The bear lives out his life alone. Indomitable, unconquered, but always alone. He has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
If you were a young guy in the sixties you had but two choices for a crush: Annette Funicello or Hayley Mills. Well, Annette looked way too much like my oldest sister, so twas Hayley who captured my heart, and has held it, Annabeth Gish notwithstanding, for lo these many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
So I was watering my recently purchased Obama Chia Pet yesterday, and thinking of all the hype surrounding the release of Michael Jackson's "This Is It!" video, when I had a stray thought: What would Michael have looked like if he had never underwent any cosmetic surgery, skin whitening, etc?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Marty: "You don't like her. My mother don't like her. She's a dog. And I'm a fat, ugly man. Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I'm gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I'm gonna get down on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Instructor: "All right, people, let's shut yer pie-holes and speed it back up! C'mon!" Sarah: "Die, you Nazi Spin Bitch!" In the 2005 comedy about a fan's obsession with the Boston Red Sox, Marissa Jaret Winokur makes sure the guys don't get all the good lines. Oh, and that's delicious... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Steven Spurrier: 'Wine is sunlight, held together by water.' "The poetic wisdom of the Italian physicist, philosopher, and stargazer, Galileo Galilei. It all begins with the soil, the vine, the grape. The smell of the vineyard - like inhaling birth. And it wakens some ancestral sun. Primordial. Anyway, some deeply... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Dr Zack Addy: "I consider myself a Rational Empiricist...but if you ask my mother I'm a Lutheran." As promised, the Lutherans get poked again, proving they are the denomination most made fun of in the media. (Catholics are the most reviled) Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Sue Lor: The Lutherans brought us over. Walt Kowalski: Everybody blames the Lutherans. Sue: See, we have a crapload of food here. Walt: Just stay away from my dog. Sue: No worries, we only eat cats. The Lutherans get it again (See Catch Me If You Can below) in one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Paulina: The rumba is the vertical expression of a horizontal wish. You have to hold her, like the skin on her thigh is your reason for living. Let her go, like your heart's being ripped from your chest. Throw her back, like you're going to have your way with her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
Frank Abagnale, Jr.: Brenda, I don't want to lie to you anymore. All right? I'm not a doctor. I never went to medical school. I'm not a lawyer, or a Harvard graduate, or a Lutheran. Brenda, I ran away from home a year and a half ago when I was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at The Wheezer Society
The world is a Wheezer short today for the first time. Neil, maybe the most beloved of all the Wheezers, and definitely the funniest, is gone, and the surviving members of The Society are grieving, collectively and individually. I remember a time when I thought anyone in their fifties was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2009 at The Wheezer Society
Mel Gibson: "I wonder what Custer said to his men when he realized he'd led them into a massacre?" Sam Neill: "CUSTER WAS A PUSSY! ...You ain't..." Old Sarge knows best in 2002's "We Were Soldiers," based on true events from the beginnings of the U.S involvement in Viet Nam. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2009 at The Wheezer Society