Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Arthur E. Willey Show

After years of thinking about it, I recently purchased a used 3/4" video deck from EBay (for all of $50 - gotta love EBay!). You might be asking yourself; What the Hell is that and why do I care? Well way back in the early 1990's when I was at UMass and then at my first job with Continental Cablevision, 3/4" was the video tape format of the times for facilities a bit behind the times. I produced lots of crap on 3/4" in the early 90's including the award winning comedy series "Cool Stuff" with the legendary Art Mann. We ended up doing 36 episodes and got a huge cult following of at least 20 people. This deck lets me get those decaying tapes of comedy gold (or possibly zinc) out to all of you.

One of the earliest things I ever made was The Arthur E. Willey Show. I was doing man on the street interviews for some school project and we came across Arthur. After just a few seconds with him I knew I had to do whatever I could to get his message out. The urge to sing his praises was just too strong - and sing his praises I did, along with guest vocalist Jim McKeever. I think I even got credit for this as some sort of independent study.

Now, for your viewing pleasure: The Arthur E. Willey Show

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