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An Intimate Tour of the Super Museum in Metropolis with Superman

 The Tour of the Super Museum in Metropolis Illinois with Superman

Intro

Using a Sideshow 1/6 scale Superman action figure and a little Adobe Photoshop magic I was able to create the perfect companion for my trip to the Super Museum in Metropolis Illinois.  Come along and see the photo tour of the Museum with me. At the end of this post see the video of the before and after Superman scenes.

Superman Arrives

Shocked, I couldn’t believe that Superman responded to my text and actually showed up at my house…. yes, the Man of Steel at my house! I felt that same giddy excitement that Lois Lane felt the day Superman visited her for the first time by landing on her balcony. Unlike Lois, at least I didn’t have to fall out of a helicopter to get his attention.1 Continue reading An Intimate Tour of the Super Museum in Metropolis with Superman

Happy 40th Birthday! 1979 Ford LTD

The 40th Anniversary of the 1979 Ford LTD

Happy Birthday 1979 Ford LTD

Intro….

I’ve owned a 1957 Thunderbird, several 1970’s Pontiac Trans Ams, a 1958 Edsel, several 1956 Fords, a few mustangs and have sold them all. The one car I’ve kept is a 1979 Ford LTD, surely not the most sought after classic but the ’79 LTD has remained one of my all time favorites.

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the body style change for the LTD. The body style remained virtually unchanged from 1979 to 1987 with the ’79-’83 models offering a “single headlamp” version and a “dual headlamp” version.

1979 Ford LTDs
Source: (Left Image) Barn Finds, (Right Image) Digital Yarbs

As a tribute, this post features everything ’79 LTD…..Enjoy! Continue reading Happy 40th Birthday! 1979 Ford LTD

Visiting the Presidents, Part II – John Quincy Adams to Tyler too

The  Presidents of the United States of America….In Wax

Welcome to Part II of Visiting the Presidents.

We continue with John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin VanBuren, William Henry Harrison and John Tyler from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.
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James Madison Becomes A Second Amendment Meme

James Madison Becomes a Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms Meme

Using some of the characters I’ve created with Photoshop, I have created a Second Amendment meme that has been used on social media.  Feel free to use this for non-commercial use regardless of your political bent.
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An Intimate Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison

The Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison

Intro….

December 2018, my friend (Dave) and I visited Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia. The trip was enjoyable, but at that time Montpelier allowed no photos of the interior of the mansion. This was very disappointing.

We returned to Montpelier in June of 2019 after finding out we could now photograph the inside of the home. By this time, I was well into my science fiction graphic novel project about Madison. This visit allowed me to capture some lovely interior background photos for my project.

This post focuses on the interior of Montpelier.  I’ve added a little extra flavor by adding James and Dolley with dialogue to some of the photos as if we had visited them. I Photoshopped “modernity” background items out of some of the images, i.e., security cameras, air vents, perimeter roping, etc. to make it look more like Madison’s time. Click on the “Before” image links to see the original photos.
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James Madison – UFO’s over Montpelier

President James Madison – There’s UFOs over Montpelier

“Everybody’s flying and never touch the sky
There’s UFO’s over New York and I ain’t too surprised
Nobody told me there’d be days like these” – John Lennon

Well, maybe not over New York Mr. Lennon but certainly aliens are visiting Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia, USA.
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Visiting the Presidents – America’s Founding Fathers

The Founding Presidents of the United States of America….In Wax

I recently visited Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington, DC. I got the chance to scratch off another bucket list item. I love history, and I especially love the presidents.  An early recollection from childhood was looking through a set of my mother’s encyclopedias and seeing huge beautiful colorful portraits of the presidents wondering just who these men were. So the quest to learn about them began. I even started collecting presidents memorabilia during childhood.

I was excited about visiting the wax museum as it was the closest thing I would ever get to meeting the presidents.  Below are some of my thoughts and photos of that visit. Continue reading Visiting the Presidents – America’s Founding Fathers

Playing with Thomas Jefferson – The Battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

President Thomas Jefferson in Science Fiction – The battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

Everyone knows the five essential elements of a story are: characters,  setting,  plot,  conflict, and resolution. Well, today’s post is about one of the many “conflict” parts of my graphic novel. This is part II of Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character where Thomas Jefferson appears a 2nd time as a character and is having a severe conflict with his old friend James Madison. Continue reading Playing with Thomas Jefferson – The Battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

Big Star Grocery Stores…A Blast From The Past

1981 Big Star Grocery Game Pieces

If you were living in the Danville, Virginia area during the 1970s and 1980’s you surely remember the Big Star grocery stores.  We shopped at the Big Star located in Ballou Park. The store is now a Food Lion.

Big Star Grocery Store
Source: groceteria.com

While digging through some of my grandmother’s old stuff, I came across some Big Star grocery game pieces from 1981. I was ten years old when I remember my grandmother getting some of these Instant Vegas pieces below. Continue reading Big Star Grocery Stores…A Blast From The Past