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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Toddler Malapropisms

One of the many interesting aspects to having young children is watching them evolve their speech from grunts to baby talk to something approximating English before finally talking like little grown-ups. More than once, Laura’s noted wistfully the first time Scotty says a word correctly,

The Secret Life of Houdini

Just finished William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s recent Houdini biography. It’s a pretty fascinating read, but then it’d take some effort to tell Houdini’s life story and NOT make it interesting. As suggested in the subtitle, Houdini was “America’s First Superhero,” and maybe the closest

Cyborg: The Six Million Dollar Man

In the spring of 1973, ABC television aired a made-for-TV adaptation of Martin Caidin’s novel, “Cyborg,” introducing Steve Austin to millions of viewers and launching a 70s pop culture phenomenon. The film opens with ex-astronaut Austin suiting up to pilot an experimental aircraft at a