Tuesday, April 18, 2006

what year is this?

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is visited by over nine million people every year. The main road leading to the park is home to hundreds of businesses that cater to the tourists. You can find Christmas shops, hunting & fishing shops, t-shirt shops and restaurants that serve every kind of food, especially pancakes. I was browsing in one of those shops over the weekend when I was surprised by what I saw.

This particular store had several racks of DVDs. Most of the labels looked like they had been printed on a ten-year-old inkjet printer. I can't imagine the estate of Lucille Ball choosing the photo I saw on the cover of the "Lucy & Desi Comedy Hour" DVDs. I checked Amazon.com to see if they also sold these DVDs but they only had it on VHS.

In the rack facing the Lucy DVDs were seventeen volumes of "Amos & Andy" episodes alongside copies of a movie called "Tall, Tan and Terrific." The label says the movie features "an all-star colored cast." Huh?

There were two "Batman" DVDs I wouldn't mind having, although I would prefer the nicer versions available on Amazon.com. They might not be as funny as the 1960s TV version but they probably still have some camp value. Ralph Garman probably has autographed copies, not that I'm jealous or anything.

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