Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

Randomosity, Radio Activity, More Stuff to Do and Groucho

The PopCulteer
August 19, 2022

It’s a week for a few random notes, so let’s dive in…

Poor Groucho

Forty-five years ago today, Groucho Marx, one of my personal heroes (as a comedian, not the way he conducted his life) passed away.

And nobody gave a crap because Elvis died two days earlier and was still getting all the press.

Seriously, even the local papers (on the 20th) stuck Groucho’s obit on page 12 and 15, while Elvis was still front page news.

Now, I’m not knocking The King, but 1977 was the year before I got interested in music. Comedy was my bag, and it was pretty galling that my “King” got shunted off to the back pages so that Elvis could be on page one for another two weeks.

I’m not exaggerating here. The death of Elvis was front-page news for more than two weeks. It sold papers, which considering that nothing sells papers anymore is quite remarkable.

Anyway, since I have this blog here I can, just 45 years late, say what I want about Groucho and not waste any more time talking about Elvis.

Man, it really sucks that Groucho died.

I guess that would’ve been more satisfying if more folks had said it back then.

At least Rob Zombie won’t be directing that movie about Groucho now. I don’t think I would’ve been able to watch it with Sherri Zombie as Groucho.

Radio Notes

For the next 8 or 9 days on our sister internet radio station, The AIR, we will be running 24-hour marathons of our specialty programming. If you’re a fan, you can soak in the gloriousness of it all from one midnight to the next.

Why would I pull such a programming stunt? The answer is simple.

I need a week off from making radio so I can catch up on other stuff in the blog, and prepare for a mini trip for my anniversary, which is one week from today.

Starting Saturday at midnight (that’s late Friday night), you can hear 24 hours of Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack. Sunday tune in for Herman Linte’s progressive rock showcase, Prognosis.

Monday will see The Swing Shift, and Tuesday will bring you Radio Free Charleston.

I’ll have posts up each day after that to let you know what program will begin at midnight that night.

You can listen to The AIR at The Website, or on the little embedded player, located elsewhere on this page.

More Stuff To Do

A nagging technical glitch is liimiting the number of graphics I can include in each post here at PopCult, and this week there is a ton of things you can do, so I’ve got a few leftovers.

First, a note about flood relief efforts in Campbell’s Creek, and where folks who need food can get it…

Second, a note about a really cool GI Joe show happening in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Mel and I had a blast when we went to this show in 2019, but it wasn’t in the cards or the budget this year. If you’re in the area, check it out…

Finally, Saturday there’s another cool show at The Loud in Huntington, with several great bands for just ten bucks.

And with that, this PopCulteer is in the books. Check back for our regular features and fresh content every day.

1 Comment

  1. Thomas Wheeler

    Shame I’m nowhere near Pennsylvania, because that toy show looks cool. I either have or had most of the toys shown in the poster. 🙂

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