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The Cover Up that Scandalized Jacksonville!

Bob Gray was the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, and the founder of Trinity Christian Academy, both located in Jacksonville, Florida. He was also a pedophile who preyed on the children of his congregation.

Gray was arrested on multiple charges of child molestation and died just before his trial was to begin.

Tim Gilmore, a professor at Florida State University, has documented the history and lore of North Florida. He turns his eye to an unforgettable story that some still wish would be forgotten.

Dwayne Walker, a former graduate of Trinity Christian Academy, reviews Gilmore’s book, and also offers some personal insight based on his experiences at the scandalized Christian high school.

Read my full review of Devil in the Baptist Church:

https://thelastfundamentalist.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/devil-in-the-baptist-church-bob-grays-unholy-trinity-by-tim-gilmore-a-review/

Buy Devil in the Baptist Church:

https://www.amazon.com/Devil-Baptist-Church-Unholy-Trinity/dp/1511681837/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476326296&sr=8-1&keywords=devil+in+the+baptist+church+bob+gray%27s+unholy+trinity

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Vampires and Burlesque Dancers! Or: How did you spend the dawn of the 21st Century?

If I were on my deathbed and my final dreams centered around how I spent the dawn of the 21st Century, the images would be made up of burlesque dancers and vampires. The two videos I have just posted are proof of this.

Eternal Vampiricus.

Vampiricus was an experience that occured at NAGA, a club near the docks in Long Beach, California. It was produced by Blade Rhino.

George Metivier was a photographer who spent quite a few evenings at Vampiricus capturing the happenings and, on occasion, some of the attendants became his models. Eternal Vampiricus is a slideshow featuring  the scrapbook George kept from that era of the late 90s. The music is from Babylonian Tiles.

Metivier has since passed away. There was not one obituary in the Long Beach Press Telegram. The only notice was this mention in the Panama Canal Society newsletter:

George Metivier of Long Beach, Calif., recently passed away. He graduated from BHS in 1951. He owned his own photography business which allowed him to use his art training. He authored several books and exhibited his works widely. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Outside of hereticsofhollywood.com, none of the links in this slideshow are currently working.

Exotic World, 2002.


A renewed appreciation for the scandalous dancing from the early 20’s and 30’s was born again at the dawn of the 21st Century. Exotic World, a museum dedicated to burlesque, was founded by Jenni Lee in San Pedro, CA. She later moved it to Helendale, California. Dixie Evans, a burlesque dancer known for Marilyn Monroe shtick, took over the operation. Dixie Evans passed away and the ranch was closed.

This video was taped in 2002 and features Dirty Martini, Kitty Diggins, Kitten Deville, Dixie Evans, and many, many more notables can be seen in the audience, as well as on stage!

The Burlesque Hall of Fame, the successor to Exotic World, opened in Las Vegas at Fremont East. The gallery is opened but it will be closed in September. The full museum will be relocated to the Arts District in 2017.

Their webpage is Burlesque Hall of Fame

 

Civilized Discourse: An Interview With Steve Allen


steveallen1Steve Allen consented to be interviewed by me, a public access producer newly arrived from Florida.  I received a letter from his secretary. Even she seemed surprised.  She wrote, ‘apparently Mr. Allen has agreed to be interviewed’.  The day of the interview, the camera at the public access station took a fall.  Fortunately, the director of the program had a Hi-8 camera. We took the studio lights, microphones, and her camera to Allen’s office in Burbank (called ‘Meadowlane’).

He was my second celebrity interview.

Hyapatia Lee, an adult film actress, was my first. I interviewed her about being abused and bad advice she received from a Southern Baptist minister.  (He suggested, “Let’s pray for your forgiveness.”)

Meeting of Minds, Steve Allen’s PBS program, had actors portraying great historical figures. They discussed their role in history but also commented on the activities of those not of their era. Watching Meeting of Minds was also an exercise in critical thinking!

Steve Allen endorsed censorship.  This was anathema to me.  One of the questions I asked him concerned his views on censorship.  It wasn’t a surprising question.  My introductory letter to Steve Allen mentioned that censorship would be one of my questions.

dwI’m not an advocate of censorship, but, one thing I’ll say for that afternoon interview, Steve Allen acknowledged my questions. He addressed the reasoning behind the questions.  So few people in real life, celebrated or not, will even take the time to mention you made a good argument even if they disagreed with your conclusions. Hate crimes. Political leaders embracing anti-intellectual values. Abortion.  None of these questions were off limits in our interview.

I ran into Steve Allen on three different occasions a few years after our interview.

He didn’t seem to recognize me, nor did I feel the need to say, “Remember when I interviewed you for about 45 minutes in your office?”

He did consent to an interview with another public access producer at my studio.  I operated the camera.  Still no recognition.

A friend had given me a bag of chocolate kisses. The producer, without even asking, let Steve Allen walk away with my bag.

“Where did my chocolate kisses go?”

“Steve Allen took them.”

The producer denied she gave my kisses to Steve Allen, but I will always have my doubts. 

At least now, I can finally let the dark secret out: Steve Allen stole my kisses!

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These days people are more opinionated than informed. It’s tempting to invoke nostalgia and long for the days of Steve Allen, when people in the media actually engaged in civilized discourse. The reality is we can resolve ourselves to informed opinions as opposed to simply being opinionated.  We can pledge to let the scientific method into our lives with the same dedication as a religious devotee.

We can resolve to judge on the evidence and resist the will of the mob. To not be afraid to change our minds if evidence shows we are on the wrong track. To question all things and not be offended when someone questions us. And learn not to be offended by humor.  As Mark Twain and others have pointed out, if you have an unpopular idea, better make them laugh or else they might kill you.

We can let others complete their sentences! The possibilities are endless! 

Let us commit ourselves to reason and to a civilized discourse.

Steve Allen wrote ‘This Could Be The Start of Something Big’, sung here by Pia Zadora:

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

View now at Amazon On Demand!

View now at Amazon On Demand!

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling will have its national television debut on March 19, 2013 on the LOGO Channel.  It chronicles the rise and influence of the women’s wrestling phenomena. It should not be missed.

GLOW came into the world as a syndicated 80s sitcom. It was filled with offensive and politically incorrect humor. It characters included terrorists, angry housewives, farmer’s daughters, an evangelist, a Samoan priestess and a Nordic warrior called ‘Matilda the Hun’. All doing battle at the Rivera Hotel in Las Vegas.

GLOW became a phenomena that, while largely panned in the world of professional wrestling, created its own following without any help from Vince McMahon.   Offended viewers wrote angry letters to local television affiliates.

Matt Cimber, producer/director of the television series, reveals the most popular audience for GLOW was young girls.  Sally Jesse Raphael does not appear to buy this, but the documentary gives Cimber and all the women of GLOW the last laugh. Young women, from the worlds of roller derby, wrestling and fetish entertainment flock around Matilda the Hun at every screening of GLOW that I have attended.  They either want autographs, pictures, or a chance to say thanks for providing another view of non submissive womanhood.

Matilda the Hun meets fans at GLOW screening

Matilda the Hun meets fans at GLOW screening

Women have not had an easy time in the world of wrestling.  Deanna Booher, aka Matilda the Hun, mentions that reason she wrestled a bear in the Olympic auditorium is because women were not allowed to wrestle men.  Now that wrestling is no longer recognized as a legitimate olympic sport, what is a male wrestler to do? Brush up on your microphone work and maybe you can valet one of these wrestling divas!

Yes, folk! Even in the 21st Century, there are wrestling magazines and sites that refuse to grant credibility to the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.  Why? Contrived plots? Not enough wrestlers taking their lumps? Or, maybe ‘it’s not real’?   The hypocrisy of the male wrestling establishment is not the focus of this movie, but it’s pretty obvious.

Is a revival of GLOW in the works?  An effort certainly seems to be made.  Last year, a GLOW inspired match took place in Las Vegas while wrestling’s exclusive Cauliflower Alley Club assembled at the Gold Coast.  David McLane, a former producer of GLOW, is promoting Women of Wrestling.

'Spirit of Woman'

‘Spirit of Woman’

If anybody could truly be channelling the ‘spirit’ of GLOW, it would be Matt Cimber who adopted ‘the spirit of woman’ as the flagship image for his new show, Femme D’Action.  It features GLOW stalwarts; Matilda the Hun, Little Egypt, Roxy, Godiva, Hollywood and a new generation ready to take on the world.  It promises to bring back political incorrectness into its characters and scenarios.

Matilda the Hun with Billy Corgan, Little Egypt, Hollywood. Producer Jason Connell on the left of Matilda.

Matilda the Hun with Billy Corgan, Little Egypt, Hollywood. Producer Jason Connell on the left of Matilda.

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Women of Wrestling might not be enough for some GLOW fans.  It does create a legend with its own tall tales and innuendos.  Did fan mail ever reach the stars?  Was Pia Zadora responsible for halting the production of GLOW?  And what’s the deal with Jacqui Stallone? How’d she get in this mixture in the first place?

Many of these questions are answered in additional material on the DVD.  Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins (and GLOW fan extraordinare) , interviews Matilda the Hun, Hollywood, and Little Egypt about behind the scenes happenings of the cult TV show.  If that is not enough, further shocks and revelations may be found in GLAMAZON QUEEN KONG: MY LIFE OF GLITTER, GUTS, AND GLORY! by Deanna Booher.

Enjoy the movie? Now read a first hand account of the real world of GLOW!

Enjoy the movie? Now read a first hand account of the real world of GLOW!

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling begins and ends with Matilda the Hun. The movie reveals she is working on her autobiography. It is now available for purchase.   If we are at the threshold of a GLOW revival, consider GLAMAZON QUEEN KONG to be its bible! The fact that both have been simultaneously released is synchronicity in action.

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(photo: Dwayne Walker, wearing a Zigwear coat, with Ashley Cartier and Matilda the Hun from the cult 80’s TV show, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)

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