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Monday, January 31, 2011

ObamaCare "Unconstitutional" Judge Rules

A Florida federal judge today struck down ObamaCare, declaring it "unconstitutional."

Reuters reports:

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional on Monday, in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, appointed to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan, ruled that the reform law's so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications," Vinson wrote.

To read the full article, go here.

The Obama Administration says they will appeal the ruling.

007 Composer John Barry Dies At 77

USA Today is reporting some sad news this morning:

John Barry, best known for his soundtrack work on 11 James Bond movies, died Sunday in New York after a heart attack, his family said. He was 77.

Barry scored many of the most popular James Bond soundtracks including Goldfinger, Thunderball (below) and You Only Live Twice.

To read the full USA Today article, go here.

Ronald Reagan: Presidential Years

Text by Armand Vaquer with photos by Armand Vaquer and The White House.

(The photographs contained herein are from Armand Vaquer's personal collection and are not to be copied, posted or published without written permission.)

This coming Sunday will be February 6. The date will mark the centennial of President Ronald Reagan's birth in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911.

As the media focused on the anniversary this week, I decided to go through my photo albums of pictures I took of President Reagan. This collection are just some of my photos from the White House years.

Above, President Reagan mingles with the members of the 1980 California Delegation to the Republican National Convention in the East Room of the White House. I took this photo with a Vivitar 110 film camera. I figured it would be easier to use (and get past the Secret Service screeners) than a bulky 35mm camera. The reception was held on June 24, 1982.

Above, this White House photo shows President Reagan signing reception attendees' invitations. I am in the background at left above someone's white shoulder.

Above, my invitation to the White House. I also had President Reagan sign it. It is now a family heirloom.

Above, a lucky reception attendee had his picture taken with the President by a White House photographer. I can be clearly seen in the background at left.

Above, President Reagan addresses a huge Labor Day crowd at his campaign kick-off rally at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, California.

Above, President and Mrs. Reagan head to the podium at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Election Night in 1984 following President Reagan's landslide victory over Walter Mondale.

Above, President Reagan delivers his victory speech at the Century Plaza Hotel in November 1984.

Above, another photo of President Reagan as he delivers his re-election victory speech at the Century Plaza Hotel in November 1984.

I also have photographs of President Reagan that I took at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. Most of those are at a distance, so I decided to just post these photographs as they are closer in.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photographs.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ronald Reagan: 1976 To 1980 Photos

Text and photos by Armand Vaquer.

(The photographs contained herein are from Armand Vaquer's personal collection and are not to be copied, posted or published without written permission.)

A week from tomorrow will be February 6. The date will mark the centennial of President Ronald Reagan's birth in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911.

As the media focused on this anniversary this week, I decided to go through my photo albums of pictures I took of President Reagan. This collection are just some from years of 1976 to 1980.

Above, Ronald and Nancy Reagan arrive for a meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Kansas City during the 1976 Republican National Convention. I was a California Reagan Delegate and we stayed at this hotel. I managed to take this picture by pure luck.

Above, Governor Reagan arrives at a Pepperdine University law department classrooom to deliver luncheon speech in early 1979 at the Malibu campus.

Above, Reagan delivers his speech at the Pepperdine luncheon in Malibu in 1979.

Above, Reagan speaks at the Hyatt House in Los Angeles, 1979.

Above, actor Michael Landon joined Gov. Reagan at a private reception at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate Reagan's California Primary victory in June 1980.

Above, a welcome home rally was held at Los Angeles International Airport when Ronald and Nancy Reagan returned from the 1980 GOP National Convention in Detroit.

The next set of photos I will post will be ones I took of Reagan while he was President of the United States.

One additional photo:

Above, Michael Reagan and Armand at a campaign party for Torrance City Council candidate Verna Mattox. Photo circa 1977. Don't you just love those 1970s hairstyles?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Challenger: 25 Years Ago

On July 4, 1982, I went to Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert to view the landing of the space shuttle Columbia. I've always been a fan of the U.S. Space Program. To me, it is the only worthwhile program the country has.

At that landing, I was joined by over a million other spectators on Rogers Dry Lake. President Ronald Reagan was there to give the go-ahead for the lift-off of NASA's newest space shuttle, Challenger atop a modified Boeing 747.

After Columbia landed, President Reagan gave the okay for the Challenger's take-off. After the 747 got airborne with Challenger mounted on top, it flew over the huge crowd of spectators giving all a memory that would last as long as they lived.

Tragically, Challenger (and later, Columbia) gave people more memories that would live forever. On January 28, 1986, Challenger exploded as it was being launched into orbit due to a faulty o-ring seal on one of the solid rocket boosters over Cape Canaveral, Florida. The crew of 7 were all killed.

I was working at Maryland Casualty Company in Encino, California at the time. While at work that day, I received a telephone call from my mother telling me that Challenger blew up. Immediately, a sickening feeling came over me. It was the same feeling as when President Kennedy was assassinated and on September 11, 2001. It is one of those moments that shock people to their core, leaving an indelible mark on them. It was the kind of event people always remember with vivid detail, such as the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the JFK assassination in 1963 and the terror attacks in 2001. I would also have to include the destruction of the shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003 when it broke apart during re-entry, killing its crew.

Above, a monument stands in the background in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo honoring Challenger crew member Ellison Onizuka in Onizuka Square.

Today, a monument of the shuttle Challenger stands in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles honoring Japanese-American astronaut Ellison Shoji Onizuka. The square in which the monument stands is named Onizuka Square.

It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed. I still remember it to this day. It is also hard to believe that the two space shuttles I saw on that joyous day on July 4, 1982 at Edwards Air Force Base met with such tragic fates.

Secret Service Says Reagan Was "Sharp"

Above, President Reagan speaks in Fountain Valley, California at his 1984 re-election campaign kick-off rally. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The new book by Ron Reagan, President Reagan's son, set off a firestorm with former aides and his brother, Michael Reagan denouncing it.

In his book Ron Reagan claims that his father may have had the beginnings of Alzheimer's Disease while in office, citing President Reagan's first debate performance against Democrat nominee Walter Mondale in 1984.

Former members of President Reagan's secret service detail also have weighed in.

Author Ronald Kessler has a new book out about the secret service. In an article for Newsmax.com, Kessler writes:

Ron Reagan’s claim that his father showed signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in his second term is bogus, according to Secret Service agents who were with President Ronald Reagan around the clock.

Agents who were on his detail and were interviewed for my book “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect” say Reagan was sharp until several years after he left the presidency.

I had the pleasure of meeting President Reagan back in 1977 and saw him many times since, the last being at the grand opening of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda in 1990. At no time did I observe any signs of mental deterioration. Reagan spoke well and was his usual witty self at the Nixon Library opening.

Read more on Newsmax.com: http://www.newsmax.com/RonaldKessler/Secret-Service-President-RonaldReagan/2011/01/27/id/384169

Charlie Oh!

Above, Charlie Sheen's latest toy.

CBS News is reporting that actor Charlie Sheen was on a cocaine binge while "partying" with porn star Kacey Jordan:

Charlie Sheen reportedly partied all night with porn star Kacey Jordan and a "briefcase full of cocaine" before he was rushed to the hospital Thursday after complaining of severe abdominal pains.

According to reports, Sheen was hospitalized for "abdominal pains" after his party romps.

CBS News added:

According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Sheen had spent much of the night with Kacey Jordan, a 22-year-old adult movie star, along with other women.

Jordan told TMZ that Sheen received a "briefcase full of cocaine" during the night, and neighbors told the gossip site they heard loud partying at Sheen's residence over night.

It has been reported that Sheen's studio is deeply concerned over Sheen's substance abuse problems. Unless Sheen gets a handle on his addictions, he's headed for a dead end.

Jordan, who Tweeted about partying with Sheen, has now decided to clam up. Now she says, “I have a lawyer and I am not making any comment.” Too late, the cat's already out of the bag.

It has been reported that Sheen had been searching for Jordan for about a year.

To read the full article, go here.

Famous Monsters #254 Arrives

Issue number 254 of Famous Monsters of Filmland arrived in the mailbox today, and what an issue it is! It is quite impressive.

The eye-popping cover of Vincent Price is only just the start. The issue commemorates 100 years of Vincent Price and there's lots of material contained for fans of "Vinnie."

There's lots of other goodies in FM #254 (for giant monster fans, there's some interesting concept art for the design of the Cloverfield monster in an article on ZBrush) to look forward to.

My 1/4 page ad for The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan appears on page 40 (above). Strangely, it still has the black border (that showed up in FM #253) instead of the green one as designed Archie Waugh.

Looks like I'll have a good read tonight!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Recent Accomplishments

Above, Ai poses with the travel guide in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It is amazing how fast time flies, especially when one is busy on productive projects. The past three months have been particularly busy.

Following the November elections, my activity level for The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan accelerated into a higher gear. Much of this was to have taken place earlier last year when the book went "live." But due to my mother's passing and dealing with estate matters, I had to put it off.

First, I announced a holiday sale in which The Guide was discounted 20% for the weeks preceding Christmas. Many took advantage of the discount and bought the book. (A big thank-you goes out to those purchasing the book.)

Then, it was planning my return to Japan for the first time in three years. Besides the usual trip preparations (i.e., buying airline tickets, hotel reservations, budgeting, etc.), I made arrangements to meet with Japan-based media, booksellers and distributors.

The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan made an appearance in the Fall 2010 issue of The Beach Review, the alumni magazine published by my alma mater, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Japan Visitor.com ran a review article on The Guide in November.

Advance planning and networking before I even stepped foot inside the Korean Air Boeing 777 paid off. I arrived in Tokyo in December with a full schedule ahead of me.

While in Japan, I was interviewed by Japan Today and The Daily Yomiuri and those led to more interviews when I returned to Los Angeles. The Japan Today article appeared in December and The Daily Yomiuri article was published in the newspaper's December 24 edition. GaijinPot.com also carried an article. I could have used more time in Tokyo, but at least I was kept busy while there.

Above, this photo taken at Toho Studios' main gate was used with some of the articles.

2011 started off with an interview article in Japan's Metropolis magazine, which is Japan's #1 English magazine. The article was the direct result from the Japan Today article through a content-sharing arrangement. They submitted additional questions for inclusion in the article.

Above, the "Metropolis" magazine interview article on the travel guide shared the page with singer Christina Aguilera.

Nothing yet has resulted from my visits with Japan book dealers and distributors. Those are still "works in progress." Those are tough nuts to crack. Many business cards were left in Japan. Along with The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan, I also was helping Peter H. Brothers get a foothold in Japan for his book, Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda. I did manage to hook Pete up with a Japan-based free-lance writer and they are currently working on articles for the Japanese media.

Last week, I received a call from the Little Tokyo (Los Angeles) store of Kinokuniya Bookstores wanting to re-order the book as they were down to their last copy. I delivered the re-order a couple of days ago and had them photocopy The Daily Yomiuri article (below) for use in a display. The staff at Kinokuniya have been great to work with.

Even more things are in the works for The Guide, including a new round of promotional photos with a new model that will be taken in a couple of weeks. (Thanks goes out to dinosaur expert and movie-maker Donald F. Glut for coming to the rescue with the model's contact information as the number I had for her was obsolete.)

Above, the ad for the travel guide that will again be appearing in "Famous Monsters of Filmland."

The next issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland will run an ad for The Guide. It appeared in the last issue as a full-page ad. The new "regime" at FM are great folks and are easy to work with. Editor Jessie Lilley has a great sense of humor.

Promoting and selling The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan has become a "third job" for me, but it is an enjoyable one. I am learning many things and meeting a lot of great professionals. So far, it has been a great experience!

As far as I am concerned, 2011 is off to a great start!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

News From Jessica Lynne Gardner

Above, writer Jessica Lynne Gardner.

Journalist/dark fiction writer (and good friend) Jessica Lynne Gardner sent me a note on some things worth noting:

"Creeping Shadows", a novella featuring myself, Alan Draven and Brandon Ford is being taken off the shelf very soon so here is the link if anyone is interested in making a purchase before it disappears for good:


But as promised I have some exciting news to share! My horror Novella "Unholy Repression" is to be published by BlackBedSheet Books. The expected release will be June of this year.

More news and announcements to come!

You can be sure that Jessica's news and announcements will be posted here!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Astro Boy: The Beginning (Some Just Don't Understand)

Today, I went to Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles and delivered copies of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan to Kinokuniya.

While there, I picked up a copy of "Astro Boy: The Beginning" DVD. It contains the following original Osamu Tezuka-produced episodes:

The Birth of Astro Boy
Expedition To Mars
The Spinx
Cross Island

The backside of the case reads:

Witness the very first anime ever produced - Osamu Tezuka's ASTRO BOY! This U.S. version delighted viewers with touching stories and compelling characters during its 1960s TV broadcast.

As stated, these are the episodes that played in the U.S. in the 1960s. I watched the first two tonight.

Alas, some people just don't understand.

I showed the DVD to a friend and she asked, "Are you just going to put it on your shelf or actually going to watch them?" I told her I buy DVDs to watch. She replied, "Aren't these for eight-year-olds?"

Arghh! Women!


This little item showed up in my mailbox today:

This made up story is funny but apropos to all unnecessary, wasteful, and politically correct government bureaucracy, wherever it exists.


California :

The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail.

A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor.

1. The Governor starts to intervene, but then realizes he should stop because he is unsure whether the coyote is on the California state protected species list.

2. He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.

5. The running trail is shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.

6. The State Natural Resources Board spends $75,000 to conduct an environmental impact study to determine whether human presence is disturbing the wildlife and vegetation around the nature trail.

7. The State Parks and Recreation Department spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness program" for residents of the area.

8. The California Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better prevent rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

9. The California Department of Justice spends $50,000 to hire a wildlife consultant firm to plan a specialized curriculum and provide the Governor's security detail with additional special training, re: avoiding violent confrontations with wild animals.

10. PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files a $5 million suit against the State for inhumane treatment to animals. Many key state legislators support PETA, so the state settles out of court for $1 million.

Montana :

The Governor of Montana is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A Coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.

1. The Governor shoots the coyote with his State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.90 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

2. The Buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke and Montana is not.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Keeping Busy

Today, tomorrow and (maybe) Wednesday are relatively busy days.

Today, I took care of Nebraska farm-related business including photo-copying and notarizing (exciting stuff, eh?) and heading to the post office. Then it's work later on.

Tomorrow, I head down to Little Tokyo near downtown Los Angeles to deliver The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan to Kinokuniya Bookstores (above) at Weller Court. I may stick around for lunch or an early dinner.

As for Wednesday, it seems that I may have an electical short or something that's blowing out my Mustang's right headlamp. I'll have to check it out first before sending it to the shop.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"His Master's Voice"

Above, Nipper in my bookcase.

During December's trip to Japan, I made a stop in the Nakano section of Tokyo to the Broadway Mall to talk to the book buyer at Mandarake about The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

While there, I spotted a figurine of Nipper, the symbol of RCA Victor. You're probably familiar with Nipper and the slogan, "His Master's Voice." (See the History of Nipper.) I was sorely tempted to buy it on the spot, but decided to wait.

After my side trip to Niigata, I returned to Tokyo and headed back over to Nakano. I didn't see anything kaiju that caught my fancy, but I decided to pick up Nipper. It was only about $20.00.

Above, the entrance to the Broadway Mall in Nakano, Tokyo.

Nipper now proudly sits in a bookcase next to my Lucky Cat (that I bought on a previous trip to Japan) in my living room. The only thing I need is a gramophone to go along with Nipper.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


After completing business with Kinokuniya Bookstores, I then had to turn to the task in completing and signing some agriculture-related forms for the IRS, Department of Agriculture and with Buffalo County, Nebraska. Some need to be notarized, which I will take care of Monday.

It appears that these forms have to be done on an annual basis for various farm programs. This is the second time I had to do these.

During the process of completing and signing the forms, I called my tenant in Nebraska and he said the prices of corn are up at around $100/bushel.

He was envious of our California temperatures (around 70 degrees). He's in Nebraska surrounded by snow with 15 degree temperatures.

Monster Japan Travel Guide Re-Ordered By Kinokuniya In L.A.

Above, "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" in the travel section at the Little Tokyo store of Kinokuniya Bookstores.

Good news was received this afternoon.

I received a voice mail message from Kinokuniya Bookstores' Little Tokyo (Los Angeles) store stating they have one copy of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan left and they wanted to re-order more.

Accordingly, I called them back and completed the sale. So, a new supply of the travel guide will be on their travel section bookshelf this coming week.

Above, Kinokuniya Bookstores' Little Tokyo store entrance.

Kinokuniya Bookstores' Little Tokyo store is located in Weller Court at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka #205, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 687-4480.

Besides books, Kinokuniya also carries Japanese CDs, DVDs, toys and calendars.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ten Most Technophobic Movies

An item came across my desk today. It is a website on the 10 Most Technophobic Movies.

Here's that the site has to say:

"Technophobia" is a pretty easy word to break down: fear of technology, specifically of advanced computers or other devices and a belief that they will lead to humanity's ruin. Although a technophobe sounds like a neo-Luddite, it actually goes a lot deeper than that. What's more, technophobia pops up in movies far more often than you might think. The easy target when it comes to tech-based movies are those films that show an egregious misunderstanding of how the Internet works, or that show older generations struggling to get along in a digital age. But real technophobia deals with tech gone awry, taking over a person or city or world in order to execute its own lethal agenda. The films below are some of the most technophobic ever made, though some of the titles might surprise you. Next time you're at the movies, keep an eye out for the real villain.

To see what the ten most technophobic movies are, go here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Monster Japan Travel Guide Recommended By Anime.com

Above, Ai. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the premier anime websites, Anime.com, has listed The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan in their list of recommended books (click on image to view larger):

To view Anime.com's website, go here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

House Votes To Repeal Obamacare 245-189

Breaking News from Newsmax.com:

House Votes to Repeal Obamacare

The House of Representatives voted 245-189 vote to repeal President Obama's health care plan passed by Congress last year, with 3 Democrats joining the majority. This vote is seen as the first step in Republican efforts to repeal and defund the program. To fully repeal the program the Senate must pass the repeal legislation, followed by President Obama's approval.

Senate Majority Leader "Dingy" Harry Reid says there's "no plans" to take up the House measure in the U.S. Senate.

According to Politico.com:

The bill will head next to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to block it. If it did receive a vote, the repeal bill would be unlikely to draw support from even a majority of senators. Even so, House Republican leaders have challenged Reid to give the bill a vote since Democrats, who control the chamber, have little to fear.

And, showing how Democrats are sincere about civility, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said this* on the House floor:

They say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That's the same kind of thing.

The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it--believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover.

*Source: ABC News

Camcorder Repaired - Tokyo Video Finally Viewed

Above, Asahi Beer Hall and Tokyo Sky Tree across the Sumida River from Asakusa.

My Hi8 camcorder has been repaired and I finally was able to view my video tape of my December trip to Japan.

One night, after I screened Space Battleship Yamato, I was at Ginza Crossing and was fumbling around getting my still camera ready to take some photos when my camera bag flipped over and my camcorder tumbled out onto the pavement. Thank goodness the lens was undamaged, but something inside broke so that the tape would not properly wind. That's that for this trip!

I had forgotten what I shot (although I knew it was all confined to Tokyo) and so what I viewed was a revelation.

What's on the tape:

Tsukiji Fish Market
Sushi restaurant in Tsukiji
Toho Studios
Asahi Beer Hall
Tokyo Sky Tree Tower
Asakusa Kannon Temple
Hibiya Godzilla Statue
Ginza Crossing
Yurakucho Mullion Building Clock playing Christmas music (sounded like Mannheim Steamroller)
The Beat Diner
Ginza at night

States Suing Against Obamacare

The following states have sued or joined in existing lawsuits against Obamacare:

Source: The Heritage Foundation

State... Lawsuit Joined... Date

Virginia... Virginia... March 23, 2010
Florida... Florida... March 23, 2010
South Carolina... Florida... March 23, 2010
Nebraska... Florida... March 23, 2010
Texas... Florida... March 23, 2010
Utah... Florida... March 23, 2010
Louisiana... Florida... March 23, 2010
Alabama... Florida... March 23, 2010
Michigan... Florida... March 23, 2010
Colorado... Florida... March 23, 2010
Pennsylvania... Florida... March 23, 2010
Washington... Florida... March 23, 2010
Idaho... Florida... March 23, 2010
South Dakota... Florida... March 23, 2010
North Dakota... Florida... April 5, 2010
Arizona... Florida... April 6, 2010
Georgia... Florida... April 13, 2010
Alaska... Florida... April 20, 2010
Nevada... Florida... May 14, 2010
Indiana... Florida... May 14, 2010
Mississippi... Florida... May 14, 2010
Wisconsin... Florida... January 3, 2011
Oklahoma... Oklahoma... January 7, 2011
Wyoming... Florida... January 7, 2011
Ohio... Florida... January 11, 2011
Kansas... Florida... January 12, 2011
Maine... Florida... January 12, 2011

Of course, my state, The People's Republic of California, hasn't joined any of the lawsuits.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hibiya Chanter Square, Japan's Walk of Fame

Above, Godzilla stands guard at the entrance to Hibiya Chanter Square.

Near the Godzilla statue at the Hibiya Chanter Square in Tokyo are metal hand casts of Japanese celebrities. This is Japan's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Among them are a couple of names Americans are familiar with: Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan. Cruise's hand cast was added at about the time The Last Samurai was released.

While I am not a fan of Tom Cruise by any stretch of the imagination, there are some Cruise fans out there who would be interested in seeing his hand cast along with Jackie Chan's.

Above, Tom Cruise.

Above, Jackie Chan.

Wanted! More Fans Like...

Wanted! More Fans Like...*

David Nunez!

Above, G-fan David Nunez poses with his signed copy of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" in front of his wall of kaiju movie posters. Photo courtey of David Nunez.

David will possibly head up a panel session on Japanese monster movie posters this summer at G-Fest.

For a Q & A on The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan, go here.

*A tip of the hat to Famous Monsters of Filmland.

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