A Geek Thanksgiving

Let us now give thanks within the cultural context of Geekdom — in other words, the persistant pop-culture referencing system and pseudo-mythology that occupies my attention for most of the day and night. Of course, I am grateful for family and friends. But let’s push the envelope a little further.

We only live for a few decades at best and so the tiny section of human history of which we are part (and of which we partake) is quite providential and significant. Especially in terms of popular culture. I am thankful to have shared this particular period of human history with:

Flannery O’Connor
Walker Percy
The Three Investigators
Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Lupin, Tonks, Serius, Albus, Colin, Neville, Luna, Minerva, Fred and George, and Severus
J. K. Rowling
Star Wars
The Boxcar Children (at least those first 14 or so books in the series)
Joseph Ratzinger
Karol Wojtyla
Batman and Robin
Alan Moore
Mike Mignola
H. P. Lovecraft (I am living, at least, while his legacy is perculating)
The Groovy Ghoulies
G. K. Chesterton (legacy again)
C. S. Lewis & Narnia
J. R. R. Tolkien
William Browning Spencer
Reed Crandall
designer toys
“Incident at Loch Ness”
zombie culture (it kind of fascinates me)
“Planet of the Apes”
“Orpheus” (the movie)
The Simpsons
that funky song they play during the Wii commercials
The Metal Men
The Atomic Knights
Kurt Schaffenberger
Superman (well, duh)
The Late Sixties / Early Seventies Classic Universal Studios Monsters Boom
“Famous Monsters” magazine and Forry Ackerman
Basil Gogos
Ray Bradbury
Harlan Ellison
Jorge Borges
“The Prisoner” TV series and Patrick McGoohan
Don Post monster masks down at the Coin Collector/Tobacco Shop at the Macon Mall (I have no idea why they were there)
the 2000 Presidential Election (it just fascinates me)
Monster Squad
Fright Night
Pan’s Labyrinth
The first new worldwide Catholic Catechism in 500 years
Father Richard Neuhaus
Lee Brown Coye
Virgil Finlay (legacy again)
Adam Hughes (that recent Supergirl painting blows me away)
Michael Polanyi
Vincent Miller
Jack Kirby
Curt Swan
Neal Adams
Val Lewton (legacy)
Bava’s gothic films
Hammer’s Quatermass films
Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Cornerstone Festival
The B-52s
The Talking Heads
Roger Miller
Johnny Cash
some surviving googie here and there
theme parks and mini golf
what may have been the golden age of Halloween trick-or-treating

Of course, more will occur to me later — probably more respectable entries. But that’s enough for now.

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~ by christianhalloweenfan on November 23, 2007.

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