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Eric Robert Nolan graduated from Mary Washington College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He spent several years a news reporter and editorial writer for the Culpeper Star Exponent in Culpeper, Virginia. His work has also appeared on the front pages of numerous newspapers in Virginia, including The Free Lance – Star and The Daily Progress. Eric entered the field of philanthropy in 1996, as a grant writer for nonprofit healthcare organizations. Eric’s poetry has been featured by Dead Beats Literary Blog, Dagda Publishing, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive, and elsewhere. His poetry will also be published by Illumen Magazine in its Spring 2014 issue.

That sounds like some damn good candy.

Although, technically, terrible candy could also be “peerless,” because no other candy sinks to its level of mediocrity — like those “Good-n-Plenty” candies I got as a kid.  

People say I think too much.

Anyway, we can safely mock the name because the Peerless Candy Company here in Roanoke is long gone.  The Internet informs me that it was established in 1916 and lasted for about 35 years.



2021-06-21

Throwback Thursday: “The Last Dinosaur” (1977)!

I remember being pretty excited as a tot about “The Last Dinosaur.”  I was probably too young to enjoy it when it debuted on ABC on February 11, 1977 — I’m betting it picked me up as a fan a few years later, when I would have been around the age of a first- or second-grader.  Here are a few quick, weird facts:

  1.   “The Last Dinosaur” was originally intended as a theatrical release.  It hit television after it failed to find a distributor (though it was later  successfully marketed to theaters overseas).
  2. As you can tell from the clips below, the special effects are strictly man-in-a-suit, with no stop-motion photography.  (Hey, if you’re feeling charitable, you could say the split-screen works pretty well.)
  3. This was co-produced by Rankin-Bass, the company better known for those well made classic Christmas specials.
  4. The character played by Richard Boone is named the unintentionally porntastic “Maston Thrust, Jr.,” because apparently the screenwriters decided they needed a heroic, masculine-sounding name, but only had a couple of seconds to think of one.  (Or maybe … they were unconsciously conflating the name for the prehistoric mastodon?)

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