Thursday, May 1, 2014

Throwback Thursdays: R-Dub! & Gary Coleman Edition

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

We received this magnificent newsy paperback called Tucson Radio. Russ Jackson and C.J. Brown chronicle the local radio history dating back to 1930s. Go down memory lane and check it out. Click here to buy a copy.

I'll never forget hearing Gary Coleman on the radio on my way to school. It was so strange to hear the kid in Different Strokes on KRQ with Mojo and Betsy. He never said, "What you Talkin Bout Willis?"

R-Dub! and Gary Coleman in front of Gotham/West Night Club:

Gary Coleman and R-Dub!.
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  • Gary Coleman and R-Dub!.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Students Should Be Banned For Life From The MBA

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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My headline is facetious, of course. It would be ridiculous to get rid of the Master of Business Administration degree. But it's not ridiculous to be concerned about the enormous intellectual brain drain caused by so many top students opting for careers in finance and business.

Lots of people complain that too few students go into the most challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, that we're lagging behind other countries in those areas. But not enough people point out that many of our potentially brilliant structural engineers, mathematicians, medical researchers and rocket scientists are lured away from those valuable pursuits by the siren song of Wall Street and Big Business. Our society, and most likely our economy, would be far better off if more of those talented young adults pursued vocations which move our knowledge base and our society forward instead of going into what one writer calls "lucrative but socially useless jobs." Blame our schools, if you wish, for our loss of a competitive economic edge over other countries. But don't forget to blame the seductive MBA degree with its promise of outsized financial rewards for people who manipulate stocks, bonds and businesses. It draws too many of our best and brightest young adults away from more socially useful professions.

I read a review of the book "Young Money" by Kevin Roose, which is about the stressed lives of young Wall Street investment bankers who abandon sleep, relationships and any vestige of morality in their quest for bigger and better salaries, bonuses and promotions. According to the review:

36 percent of the 2010 Princeton class who had full-time jobs at graduation went into finance. (In 2006, before the crisis, 46 percent did.) The head of the University of Pennsylvania’s career services tells Roose: “To come to Penn is to, at some point in your undergraduate years, ask yourself the question, ‘Should I think about investment banking?’ ”

A disproportionate number of graduates from Princeton and U Penn, two of our highly selective, prestigious universities, choose the dream of multi-million dollar salaries over professions many of them would find more interesting and rewarding. If half of those aspiring Wolves of Wall Street chose more socially valuable professions — and if similar students in other universities did the same — we might be suffering from a welcome embarrassment of intellectual riches in professions which add value to our society. I'd rather have a brilliant young man or woman searching for better ways to produce non-polluting energy or to treat and cure cancer than searching for that perfect algorithm to increase the earnings of some multi-billion-dollar hedge fund.

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Surly Wench to Host 'Star Wars' May The 4th Party

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Good news for those of you that were disappointed by the Star Wars casting news. Nerd culture has claimed the fourth of May and turned it into a eccentric day of worshiping George Lucas and all things Star Wars. The Surly Wench is hosting a May The 4th party on Sunday, May 4. Typically, the Wench hosts a nerd night every first and third Sunday of the month, so the timing couldn't be better. There will be games, drink specials and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.

Don't forget to celebrate May 6th Beware of the Sith.

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D-Backs Fans Need Love, Too

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM


It's been a rough 2014 season so far for Arizona Diamondbacks fans. I'm a casual one, at best, but even in that respect it's been painful to watch a team that seemed like it was going to be good faceplant its way to a Major League Baseball-worst 8-22 record.

That's including an abysmal 2-15 mark at Chase Field in Phoenix, where you'd think the D-Backs would have an advantage playing in the friendly confines of their oversized airplane hangar retractable-roof stadium.

While there are diehard fans in every sport, baseball ones might be the most devoted because of the sheer number of games they must commit themselves to watching and/or following. And when that involves cheering for a team that is worse than the latest NBC comedy, that will lead to a lot of sad, empty nights.

Thankfully, the folks over at have your backs. They'll hope to have your wallet soon, too.

The popular online dating Web site has created a subset of its treasure trove of internet-based love-seekers specifically for Diamondbacks fans, as well as for fans of every other Major League Baseball team. (No word on whether you can cross into other fanbases, thus being able to become one of those oh-so-cute couples who attend games in jerseys from both participating teams)

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Last Day For Best of Tucson® Nominations

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Do you have a favorite pizzeria? Is there a particular marijuana dispensary that satisfies your needs? Is there a local sex toy shop because they get you?

One way to show your support is by nominating your favorite local icons, retailers, musicians, public servants for Best of Tucson®.

Today is the absolute last day for nominations.

The voting process will start on May 15 through June 30.

So, don't waste any more of your precious time and click here to start nominating.

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Italian Horror Film Composers Goblin Play Tempe on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

If you’re a fan of horror-movie soundtracks and/or spooky prog rock, you’ll want to be at the Marquee Theater in Tempe this Thursday night. Legendary Italian soundtrack maestros Goblin are playing an ultra-rare gig that you're not likely to witness again. Get ready for some scorching renditions of tunes from the cult classic horror films Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Tenebre, Deep Red, and hopefully some numbers from their debut album Roller, one of their few non-soundtrack albums.

Goblin played a few select gigs across the U.S. last year, and now they’re on a brief tour that’ll take them through the southwest. The band has been through several line-ups since their incarnation; this tour features original keyboardist Maurizo Guarini, guitarist Massimo Morante, bass player Fabio Pignatelli and drummer Agostino Marangolo.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Star Wars fans haven't been happy since 1983. The highly anticipated Star Wars casting was finally released on Tuesday. The casting features some great actors and no name up-and-comers, and some fan favorites. The biggest flags raised is that there's only one female lead in the sea of male actors, and Billy Dee Williams was left out of the picture.

The official press release:

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

The Nerdist News' Jessica Chobot does a great job picking apart the Star Wars casting photo:

April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK - Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan.
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  • "April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK - Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan."

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Kaiju Update: New 'Godzilla' Trailer

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

The latest Asian Godzilla is the best one yet. Less Brian "Heisenberg" Cranston yelling, but more Godzilla cries. We're just grateful that Matthew Broderick has nothing to do with this reboot.

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