Okay, I'm aware of complaints that we've been mentioning Pentax too often lately—this is not a Pentax blog—but just a couple more things: we've just completed an interview with Ned Bunnell, President of Pentax USA, which will run this coming week, in which he offers a fascinating inside look at the camera business and clarifies several different rumors; and there's now an excellent "first look" type of review of the Pentax 645D at the Luminous Landscape, written by Nick Devlin. As Sgt. Schultz used to say, verrry interesting....
After that, we can go back to talking obsessively about Shen Haos as per usual.
(Thanks to Edd Fuller and Stephen S.)
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Featured Comment by Robert Howell: "You've really done it this time Colonel Hogan. Here's Arte Johnson (mit Peter Sellers)."
Mike replies: Oops, confused my pop cultural markers again. "Uuuuugghhh..." —Lurch
Featured [partial] Comment by rbrazile: "Thanks Alex, I'll take catch-phrases of the '60s for $500...."
Featured Comment by richardplondon: "Odd photographic connection: Carel Struycken (actor playing Lurch in the TV series) has also been helping sell photo panorama brackets for Nodal Ninja. Who'd have guessed?"
Mike adds: By coincindence, I also have an odd photographic connection for Arte Johnson, too. When I was growing up, my father had a professional photographer friend named Arnie Gore, who looked like Arte Johnson—people were constantly asking him if he knew he looked like him, etc. Well, one day my brother Scott and I saw the real Arte Johnson at a mall, and my brother went up to him and said, "Excuse me, but aren't you Arnie Gore?" Arte looked confused and said, "No, I'm not," and Scott paused and said, thoughtfully, "Hmm, that's funny. Because you look just like Arte Johnson, and so does Arnie Gore.
Arnie, who died a few years ago, was the guy who taught me (by example) to make enlarged proof sheets. He'd make 16x20" and 20x24" proof sheets in lieu of proof prints for his portrait clients.
UPDATE: Whoops! Looks like this is the post for mistaken identity...
Featured Comment by GKFroelich: "Regarding the Featured Comment by richardplondon: Lurch was played by Ted Cassidy. Carel Struycken (see "Men In Black") does indeed promote panoramic gear. See his website.
UPDATE #2: Okay, here's the scoop. It turns out that 6'9" Ted Cassidy, who died in 1979, played Lurch in the 1960s television series "The Addams Family" (that's him in the video clip above). 7' Carel Struycken, who is still very much with us and who, as Richard P. from London pointed out, is also one of us (i.e., a photographer), played Lurch in the movies "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Addams Family Values" (1993), which of course I never saw. I now know more Lurch trivia than I wanted to—too bad it's already too late to quit while I'm ahead. —Ed (additional thanks to Joe Adnan).
P.S. And I didn't actually mean Shen Hao, I meant Chamonix!