Dune (1984)

I watched the 1984 Universal Pictures science fiction classic “Dune” on Netflix DVD. I hadn’t seen it since I went to Phipps Plaza, in Atlanta Georgia, in 1984. I wanted to watch it again before seeing the 2021 remake. It is the story of rival noble families that battle for control of the planet Arrakis, the only known source of the drug melange, also known as Spice. This Spice causes precognition, future vision, and is vital to space travel, making it the most vital commodity in the universe.

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Estes Super Vega Repair

Estes Super Vega is the upscale version of the Estes Starship Vega (kit #1320). It was designed by Wayne Kellner and first offered in the 1979 catalog for $6.50. The Super Vega (kit #2036) released in 1990 and is 36″ in height compared to the Starship Vega at 20″. Mine has flown great for years but would take some serious damage on the landing pods and the legs were constantly breaking off. I previously wrapped the landing pods in fiberglass. Now to work on those legs.

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Covers – La Grange by ZZ Top

La Grange, by ZZ Top, was on their 1973 album Tres Hombres and reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Here it is covered by “that little ole band from Peanuts”, Charlie Brown (Guitar and Vocals), Snoopy (Bass) and Pig-Pen (Drums).

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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

I watched the 1957 Universal International horror/sci-fi movie “The Incredible Shrinking Man” on Svengoolie. After going through a strange fog, while boating, Robert “Scott” Carey begins to slowly shrink after a few months. The movie was produced by Albert Zugsmith (Touch of Evil, High School Confidential, Confessions of an Opium Eater) and directed by  Jack Arnold (It Came From Outer Space, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula!, High School Confidential).

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Estes – Gene Street

I started building and flying Estes Rockets back in the 1960’s. I was, what they call, a born again rocketeer in the late 90’s and have been active in the hobby ever since. I found this information about Gene Street on the Vintage Estes Rockets website and thought it was interesting.

This was my list, I made, for my first order from Estes Industries.

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Amy Shira Teitel

Amy Shira Teitel (born in Toronto, lives in Pasadena with her cat Pete Conrad) has had a lifelong passion for spaceflight, her second grade project was on Venus and since then hasn’t stopped accumulating knowledge on the Apollo program and all of Space history.

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The Pizza Principle

The Pizza Principle, sometimes known as the Pizza-Subway Connection, is a historically accurate economic law in New York City. Propose by native New Yorker, Eric M. Bram, who reported in The New York Times in 1980 that since the early 1960’s the price of a slice of pizza has matched the the cost of a New York subway ride.

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The Undead (1957)

I watched the 1957 American International Pictures “The Undead” fantasy/horror movie on Svengoolie. A beautiful woman, Diana Love/Helene, is sent back in time, via hypnosis, where she is suspected of being a witch. Quintus, the psychic researcher responsible now needs to go back to that same place in time to save her. The film is based on the 1950’s book “The Search for Bridey Murphy”(a case where a housewife claims to be in a past life) by Morey Berstein (businessman that pursued an amateur interest in hypnotism all the way back to 19th-century Ireland as he coaxed a young mother into recounting a previous life as a woman named Bridey Murphy). The Undead was originally titled “The Trance of Diana Love” and was filmed in a converted grocery store in 10 days. The movie was produced and directed by Roger Corman (“The Pope of Pop Cinema”, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Brain Eaters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, Death Race 2000, Forbidden World, The Fantastic Four, Pit and the Pendulum).

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