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    The Wonder Wheel: An NYC icon endures in Coney Island | AM New York

    The Freddy Garms, mentioned in this excellent piece on the restoration of the old Coney Island Wonder Wheel was my uncle. I remember riding the wheel a few times as a child, the cars that swing into the center and back was something I’d never experienced before. When I moved to New York to go to acting school, I lived with my Aunt Helen and Uncle Freddy for several months. Their generosity allowed me to live my dream of becoming an actress. The wheel was built over two years by concessionaire Herman Garms, who built a forge on site. It was complete over two years, from 1918 to 1920. When…

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    Cool Clicks: Lady MacGyver, Flavorize Me, and Don Post tribute

    I could spend all day, every day consuming the cool content I find all over the web. Here are a few of my favorites from July. Lady MacGyver The Paley Center for Media partnered with The National Academy of Engineering to find The Next MacGyver. 12 finalists pitched their ideas for a remake of the iconic series with a female twist.  The winners included a steampunk series called “Ada and the Machine”, a high school dramedy called “SECs (Science and Engineering Clubs)” and a WWII drama called “Riveting” (loosely based on the famed Rosie the Riveter character). You can see all of the winning concepts here: http://thenextmacgyver.com/finalists.html If you were…

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    The episode where Cynthia almost joins a planner cult

    I’ve known about these planner people for some time now. I even follow a few dabblers on YouTube, but last week I found myself watching one planner video after enough, subscribing to their channels, even checking out their embellishment suppliers on Etsy. Part of me knew I was headed down a dark road. I’ve been there before with those scrapbookers and then those mixed media people. You get pulled in with promises of color and exquisitely combined shapes and you start throwing your money at it and spending all of your free time at their cult headquarters (It’s called Michaels) but it never works out like they promise.

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    Past Tense: Alias Pete Duel and Ben Murphy

    It’s true, my heroes have always been cowboys and two of my favorite have always been Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry. A fan from their original run in the 70’s, I was absolutely delighted to find Alias Smith and Jones airing on Encore Western Channel – uncut and clear as they day they first aired! (Clearer actually, since back then we had a pair of rabbit ears on the TV). The story is pretty much Butch and Sundance – our boys are the most successful gentleman bandits in the west (they never shot anyone), so the governor offers them amnesty if they can stay on the straight skinny until he…