Post by Kevrob Post by Jerry Brown
On Fri, 6 Aug 2021 07:08:06 -0700 (PDT), Jack Bohn
Post by Jack Bohn Post by ***@gmail.com Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by ***@gmail.com
Sometimes, a derivative use of the name becomes more well known than the
original. When I hear 'Duran Duran', I think of the band much more
Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by ***@gmail.com
the Big Bad in 'Barbarella', from whom they took the name.
It's been a couple of decades since I read that *or* saw the
movie. Remind me who Duran was?
This guy: http://youtu.be/Eu7GgZbCLsY
Hmm. I had completely forgotten that guy. But as soon as the
scene began, I knew she was going to burn out that machine.
He's either the guy selling weapons, or the guy buying, I forget.
The group The Thompson Twins is really only notable for being named
after the identical
Almost identical. Their moustaches are different: one's curls out and
the other's in - can't remember which way round.
Post by Jack Bohn
detectives Thomson and Thompson in the Tintin comic. "...And Then There Were Three" has long been my favorite Genesis album because it has "Scenes from a Night;s Dream" about the Nemo in Slumberland comic.
In the band, I never had any trouble telling Tom or Joe from Allanah. I kinda
liked the TTs. I briefly belonged to the Columbia Record Club and chose one
of their albums as a "free selection ." But I was always into the punk and new
wave acts. And "Allanah" reminded me of Adam Strange's sweetheart on the
planet, Rann, in STRANGE ADVENTURES.
Post by Jerry Brown Post by Jack Bohn
It doesn't take a big sf fan to recognize Angels baseball player and later coach
Buck Rodgers, but I was tickled to know the team was owned by fellow sf serial
character Gene Autry of "The Phantom Empire."
There were two other "Bucks" who played baseball, and several "Flash" Gordons.
Comic strip Flash's game was polo, but he should have fenced for Yale. :)
I was a big fan of former New York Mets 3rd baseman David Wright,
who picked up the nickname "Captain America" in international play.
Stephen King wrote about "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon."
Post by Jerry Brown Post by Jack Bohn
(Called the California Angels years ago, it took me ever so long to
even realize there was a Los Angeles they could be near!)
They started as the Los Angeles Angels, the name of one of the
two minor league teams in the old Pacific Coast League. The other
was the Hollywood Stars. [I think this cropped up in the WILD CARDS
timeline, where the Brooklyn Dodgers stayed put,* and the New York
(baseball) Giants moved to Minnesota.] They stopped being tenants
at the LA National League club's stadium at Chavez Ravine and moved
into the then brand-new Anaheim Stadium. After several name contortions,
they are the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim." Or, the Crips follow
the guys in the blue hats and the Bloods wear the red caps with the
And of course, there were for decades people furious at the way that
MLB-on-the-West-Coast had been handled. As Wild Cards pointed out,
O'Malley was probably the only MLB owner at the time who felt that the
EXISTING leagues should invade California--he got the Giants' owners to
GO ALONG with it, but they would never have pulled that trigger on their
The year before the Dogs (yes, unlimited hatred of them from me. I'm a
Rockies fan and there's a one-sided "despise them" thing with that
squad) arrived in L.A. was the third of three years of the Pacific Coast
League being "Unlimited"--not technically a major league, but not
subject to call-ups from any of the existing NL or AL teams either. If
O'Malley actually managed to /get/ the Dodger Dome--well, his plans to
run grass inside it would have worked out worse than the Colt 45s' in
Houston did, but he also likely still wouldn't have been able to afford
to pack out to L.A. once it failed--then the _rest_ of Major League
Baseball probably decides that the size of the pie the PCL brings to the
table is worth slicing it in such a way as to cut its teams in, by about
'64 or '65 at the latest and possibly earlier. There's never expansion
of the two Senior Circuits--whether the PCL is willing to expand is an
open question. There probably *isn't* an impetus for the Continental
League, but if there is, the _three_ Big Leagues (or two, with one
in-waiting) are if anything even _more_ inclined to kill it than the two
were. Elsewhere, if that dome Portland's suggesting is for a _Major
League_ team, it might actually get taxpayer approval (I wish my
grandparents were around to ask how they voted on that).
Of course, there's also the *minor* issue that the "new" Angels *tried*
using the stadium the old ones had been in and decided by midway through
their inaugural season that it was unsuitable for Major League
baseball--and of course the _Stars_ would still have been in even
_worse_ trouble, because their landlord would _still_ have wanted that
land to expand CBS Television City. But since you probably wouldn't
immediately be looking at interleague play, maybe the contrast wouldn't
be as obvious as soon?
Post by Kevrob
*[One way in which the post-Takisian virus dystopia was actually
a better world than our Earth's. :) Oh, well! Let's Go, Mets! ]
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