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2014 Stories by Mark Fischer

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  • From Little Tramp to Great Dictator

    published April 10, 2014

    In September 1939, one week after the beginning of World War II and two years before the U.S. would declare war on Germany, Charlie Chaplin began... More >>

  • Con Artists and Heroes

    published April 3, 2014

    This weekend, there is no safer place to be than St. Louis because the galaxy's mightiest heroes are all assembling for the Wizard World Comic... More >>

  • Icon of Steel

    published April 3, 2014

    To the kids these days, Iron Man and Batman may be cooler, but from the moment Superman first appeared in the June 1938 issue of Action Comics No.... More >>

  • Queen Rocks the Bohemians

    published March 13, 2014

    Comedian Ben Elton made a name for himself as a liberal political satirist by writing for British cult TV series like The Young Ones and... More >>

  • Run and Bare It

    published March 27, 2014

    Today at 9 a.m. the Colon Cancer Alliance encourages everyone to grab the kids, grab the dog, but leave the pants at home for the Undy 5000... More >>

  • Pajama-Rama Double Feature

    published March 27, 2014

    Get your pillows fluffed and your stretch-knit, leather-footed onesies stuffed, because St. Louis' own swinging suspension society, Corn Tryb,... More >>

  • BandTogether: Music of John Williams

    published March 20, 2014

    Picture in your mind Elliott and E.T.'s BMX bicycle flight, or Luke Skywalker's blistering Death Star trench run, or even Lois Lane's glide over... More >>

  • Looney Tunes' Silly Symphony

    published March 13, 2014

    The classic Bugs Bunny cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?" has forever wedded Wagner's Ring cycle to Elmer Fudd's quest for hasenpfeffer, thanks to... More >>

  • Look At All the People

    published January 23, 2014

    There are few things that people like looking at more than other people, with the notable exceptions being puppy dogs, kittens and smartphones.... More >>

  • Mega Ran's Chip Hop

    published February 27, 2014

    In 2007, middle school educator and fledgling emcee Random remixed the chiptunes found on the notoriously difficult 8-bit video game series... More >>

  • Don't Meet the Parents

    published February 20, 2014

    George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart set the gold standard for the "meet the parents" screwball comedy with their play You Can't Take It With... More >>

  • Rebel Girl

    published February 27, 2014

    As co-founder of the riot grrrl 'zine scene and front woman of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna erupted onto the punk rock scene as its... More >>

  • Play It Again, Symphony

    published February 13, 2014

    Casablanca's "As Time Goes By" holds the No. 2 spot, just below "Over the Rainbow," on the American Film Institute's list of... More >>

  • Get Lucky?

    published February 13, 2014

    According to online relationship expert Neil Clark Warren, more than 50 percent of American singles have not had a date in at least two years. In... More >>

  • The Gentle Hammer

    published January 30, 2014

    For more than a generation "The Gentle Man of Horror," Peter Cushing, defined British horror at Hammer Film Productions (along with friend and... More >>

  • It's Alive! Frankenstein Screens Again

    published February 6, 2014

    From the introduction of sound in the late 1920s until the enforcement of the Hays Censorship Code in 1934, Hollywood films pushed boundaries.... More >>

  • The Fairest of Them All

    published January 2, 2014

    In 1904, St. Louis commemorated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase by hosting a World's Fair for the ages on a massive 1200-acre site that... More >>

  • Psycho's Royal Throne

    published January 2, 2014

    Tonight instead of checking out a book from the library, how about checking in to the Bates Motel? In recognition of bath safety month, the... More >>

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