Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Martin Milner and Other M Words

This one will be short on words - this time for sure! - so I can go to bed.

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Take a picture of something that starts with an "M". From marshmallows to muscilage, it's all good.

Actually, John's post says "Your Monday Phoot." Shall I tell him about the missing letters?

Meanwhile, let's get this done. M is for Mug. No, I don't mean coffee mug. I try never to let anyone put coffee in the ones I use. (John does put coffee in his, though.) Let's consider four pairs of mugs:

John's Mugs, Blue Division. The one on the left was as close as I could come one year to those traditional metal campfire mugs, the dark blue ones with white speckles. I got this for John early in our marriage, around 1980. John seldom uses it. The other one is a nice retro design from Disneyland. John uses it all the time.

World Series Mugs. I sent one of the Diamondbacks mugs to my friend Howard in 2001. He returned the favor, sending me a Boston one after Curt Schilling helped to win the Series for that team, too.

Broadcasting Mugs. KUAT used to show Doctor Who in the 1990s, which was when I got the mug on the left. We bought the BBC one in London during the same era, when John, his business partner and I went to choose photos at the BBC for the Doctor Who trading cards.

My Mugs. These are the mugs I've had the longest, the ones I still use most often. I bought the weird-looking one at a pottery sale at Huntington Beard Crouse Hall (better known as HBC, part of the Syracuse University campus) around 1975 or 1976. Those of you who read my Mâvarin stuff may recognize it as the mug that reflects Fayubi's smiling face in a photo edit I did a coupe of years ago. HBC is also the building in which I bought early versions of the Dungeons & Dragons game booklets. And yes, thirty years later, I had to look up the building name online.

The other Mug isn't quite that old, but it does go back at least 15 years, probably much farther. It has a chip at the lip, but I use it anyway.

M is for Method! John loves the bottle designs on this brand of household soap products.

And M is for Martin Milner (not to mention Maharis). I'm pleased to say that someone else posted the Third Season table for Route 66, so I won't worry about compiling that or the Fourth Season. But I looked at Milner's Wikipedia entry tonight, and there wasn't much to it. I added a little bit of biography and career highlights, cleaned up the Route 66 and Adam-12 parts, and posted a cropped version of this photo on the entry. I'm sure those autographs, though they mean a lot to me, wouldn't go over well on Wikipedia. We interviewed Milner and Maharis separately in 1986, and liked them both a lot. I actually saw Marty Milner brace for the tough questions about Maharis, but I didn't ask them. If I were doing it now, I'd be more forthright: not muckraking, but not whitewashing, either.

We may or may not have an original Milner photo taken by John. I'll look later.

I also checked the page of the third Route 66 star, Glenn Corbett, and found out that he's been dead for over a decade, as has Route 66 creator Stirling Silliphant. I interviewed Silliphant, too, and spoke with Corbett over the phone once or twice. I'm starting to feel I have a real obligation to get those 1986 files from my stalled book off the C-64 and out into the world.

Good night!

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DesLily said...

wow.. you pretty much covered everything with the letter M lollol

love marty milner!

Becky said...

I thought I had suggested this before...but perhaps not. There are companies that specialize in data recovery and some of them will also recover data from old format disks and send it back to you on CDs. These guys mention Commodore on their site:

There is also software and special cables that will let an old C64 "talk" to a PC. The software is free: http://sta.c64.org/sc.html

But finding the right cable and a working C64 might be tricky.


The good news is the X1541 shop page was updated fairly recently, so it looks like the cable wouldn't be THAT hard to get.


So the big question is...do you have a working C64? Maybe if you contact the guys who make those cables they can suggest someone who would convert the data for you. :-)