Of all the feline fleaflickers that I had, my huge Bombay, Kabuki, was undoubtedly the most independent. Trying to train him was nearly impossible. But God bless him; if the rest of my cats were the Real McCoys, he was "Grandpappy Amos." Sadly, he's no longer with me—but one fateful day could've made his demise a lot earlier in his illustrious life.
During the 1960s, THE LLOYD THAXTON SHOW was the favorite TV spot for millions of teens and preteens throughout the United States. From the Monkees to the "Mashed Potato," Lloyd gave the kids an awesome mix of dance, special musical guest stars—and the great Thaxton humor. When the show left the air, he went on to produce Fight Back! with David Horowitz, over 200 segments of the Today Show, gain five Emmys, and cowrite the popular book, STUFF HAPPENS—And Then You Fix It! Just prior to his passing, he was producing a new DVD chronicling his famous teen show. I caught up with Lloyd in May of 2007 and he graciously consented to this interview:
Years ago, when I was just barely into my teens, my dad came home from work carrying a battered old guitar he'd found at a yard sale. He knew I had wanted to learn to play one for a long time; I’d seen folk groups, country acts—even some new group called The Beatles playing them, and it looked like so much fun. In fact, while these performers were on TV, I’d watch carefully for the close-up shots, and (using a baseball bat as a “guitar”) I’d mimic their fingering, the position of the chords, and the timing.
Like so many of us, I start off the day by reading the news about all the nonsense going on in Washington. It seems like so much it centers around some youngster who goes by the initials "AOC." With her crazy plans to do everything from cutting out private insurance to stopping cows from cutting the cheese, it seems she wants to give us all a big dose of "Cortezone". Now, if you're not familiar with this young Representative—who is said to be the new leader of the liberals—you can always Google her name.
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be alone in an empty room, with no doors or windows and all the walls closing in on you slowly? Well, that's what millions of bipolar patients are feeling, even as I write this.
"But I don't know WHY I feel this way. Do you think I could be bipolar or something?"