Robert Fuller (actor)
Robert Fuller, is an American horse rancher and retired actor. He began his career on television, guest-starring on Western programs, while appearing in several movies including: The Brain from Planet Arous. In his five decades of television, Fuller was known for his deep, raspy voice and was familiar to television viewers throughout the 1960s and 1970s from his co-starring roles as Jess Harper and Cooper Smith on the popular 1960s Western series Laramie and Wagon Train, was well known for his starring role as Dr. Kelly Brackett in the 1970s medical /action drama Emergency! Fuller was born as Leonard Leroy Lee on July 29, 1933, in Troy, New York, the only child of Betty Simpson, a dance instructor. Prior to his birth, Betty married Sr. a Naval Academy officer. In 1939, at the age of 6, his family moved to Key West, where known by the nickname of "Buddy," he took the name Robert Simpson Jr; the early highlights of his life were dancing. His parents owned a dancing school in Florida, his family moved to Chicago, where they lived for 1 year, before moving back to Florida.
Simpson Jr. as he was still formally known, attended the Miami Military School for fifth and sixth grade, Key West High School for ninth grade. He dropped out in 1948, at the age of 14, due to the fact that he disliked school and was doing poorly there. In 1950, at the age of 16, he traveled with his family to Hollywood, where his first job was as a stunt man, he worked at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, beginning as a doorman and working his way up to Assistant Manager by age 18. At the urging of friends, the up-to-then Simpson Jr. joined the Screen Actors Guild, embarked on a career in acting, changed his name from Robert Simpson Jr. to Robert Fuller, the name by which he would be known at his most prominent. Fuller's first small role was as an extra in the 1952 film Beyond; this part led to much extra work on many projects, one of, in I Love Melvin. In 1953, he again had another minor part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Fuller's career went on hold for service in the United States Army, he served a tour of duty in Korea and returned to the United States in 1955.
Though he had been considering giving up acting, Fuller, at the suggestion of his best friend, Chuck Courtney, attended Richard Boone's acting classes. Boone suggested that Fuller study under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse. Fuller's first speaking role was in Friendly Persuasion in 1956, where he worked with his future Laramie co-star John Smith and another close friend, Doug McClure. In the 1956 episode "The Comeback" in the religion anthology series, Fuller played the part of a former soldier. In the story line, Don DeFore, as the Reverend C. E. "Stoney" Jackson, offers spiritual insight to assist Lou Brissie, recovering from wounds sustained in World War II to enable him to return to professional baseball. Grant Withers appeared as Coach Whitey Martin and Crossroads regular Robert Carson appeared as a coach. In 1957, Fuller was cast in his first major film role in Teenage Thunder, he said of it: I always wanted to be in show business and with the help of my best buddy, Chuck Courtney, an actor he helped get me my first starring role in a movie called Teenage Thunder.
It was a break for me and since Chuck had the pull at the time to get the director, Paul Helmick, use me for the bad guy and not another actor that he wanted. It was the gateway to many other roles which led to the Laramie series and so forth. In 1957, Fuller starred in the science fiction film The Brain from Planet Arous. Fuller became an immensely popular character actor, guest-starring in dozens of television programs including Buckskin, The Big Valley, Official Detective, The Californians, The Restless Gun, The Lawless Years, U. S. Marshal, Panic!, M Squad, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, "The Monroes" and the Lux Playhouse. He appeared in the series Strange Intruder as a villain who dies in the third episode. In 1959, he portrayed a character accused of arson in Broderick Crawford's syndicated series, Highway Patrol, he made appearances in ABC's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and Mickey Spillane's syndicated Mike Hammer. On February 24, 1959, Fuller guest-starred in the episode "Blind Is the Killer," in NBC's Cimarron City television series.
This appearance propelled him into a lead role seven months in Laramie, one of the comparatively few network programs set in Wyoming. Fuller appeared as Joe Cole, a young gunfighter seeking a reputation, who found his target in Cimarron City Mayor Matt Rockford, played by George Montgomery. Cole temporarily blinded Rockford with glass from a broken whisky bottle; the two were reconciled after each had a chance to prove his courage. John Smith, Fuller's co-star on Laramie, was a regular in Cimarron City, the two appeared together in this episode, which featured Dennis McCarthy as Dr. "Doc" Hodges, who treated Rockford's eyes. In the summer of 1959, Fuller guest-starred as young outlaw, Buck Harmon, in the episode "The Friend" on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Lawman. In the story line, Harmon is estranged from his minister father, played by Robert F. Simon; when the outlaw gang comes into Laramie, Buck switches sides to help his old friend, Deputy Johnny McKay. In the shootout, Harmon is gunned down.
In 1959, Patrick Kelly called Fuller to his office to offer him an opport
Devil with a Blue Dress On
"Devil with a Blue Dress On" is a song written by Shorty Long and William "Mickey" Stevenson, first performed by Long and released as a single in 1964. A version recorded by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels in 1966 peaked at #4 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100. "Devil with the Blue Dress On" was released as Shorty Long's debut single on Motown in 1964, but the single failed to chart. Two years Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels recorded the song as a medley with an original arrangement of Little Richard's "Good Golly, Miss Molly", their version was notably more up-tempo than Long's more blues-influenced rendition. Reaching #4 on the Hot 100, their version of the track would end up becoming their most well-known and highest charting hit in the United States. "Devil with a Blue Dress On" was recorded by Pratt & McClain, who are best known for the theme from the television series Happy Days. Bruce Springsteen's version of the song was part of the No Nukes concert album in 1980, he has performed it in concert from the 1970s to the present.
A Spanish language version of the song was recorded by Los Lobos and released on the Eating Raoul film soundtrack in 1982. Today the Duke University basketball pep band plays this song during Blue Devil home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina
Pump Up the Jam
"Pump Up the Jam" is the opening track on Belgian act Technotronic's album Pump Up the Jam: The Album. Released as a single, it was a worldwide hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom in 1989 and in the American Billboard Hot 100 in early 1990; the song was certified triple platinum. It peaked at number 1 in Belgium, Iceland and Spain. "Pump Up the Jam" has been described as a fusion of hip hop and deep house elements, as an early example of the hip house genre, it has been named as the first house song to become a hit in the U. S. Technotronic's vocalist Ya Kid K was overshadowed by Congolese model Felly Kilingi, who appears lip-syncing in the music video and was featured on the first album cover as a marketing tactic. Ya Kid K was recognized upon a U. S. tour and a repackaged album cover. In 2005, the song was remixed by DJ-producer D. O. N. S. and reached number one on the British Dance Chart. The Guardian featured the song on their A history of modern music: Dance in 2011. Multiple versions and re-releases were produced for the "Pump Up the Jam" singles.
In 2004, Stylus Magazine writer Nick Southall named the song "Belgium's finest club banger". Indicates the list is unordered. In 1989, ZYX records released a cover version of "Pump Up The Jam" by M. C. Sar & The Real McCoy; the single reached number 16 in Germany and number 100 on the Dutch Single Top 100. In 1990, it was parodied with identical music as the German-language Pump ab das Bier by Werner Wichtig, stage name for Raimund Thielcke, who had brewer training. Kids Incorporated sang this song on the show's 7th season. In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic made a short polka version, which appeared in his medley "Polka Your Eyes Out." The vocal was sampled in the song "Da Pump" by da Tekno Warriors in 1998. It was remixed by Crazy Frog on the 2005 album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits. Dutch techno-trance DJ Sander van Doorn remixed this track in 2006. Quebec acoustic cover band The Lost Fingers recorded a cover of the song on its 2008 album Lost In The 80s. Icelandic band FM Belfast made a slow electronica cover of "Pump Up the Jam."
In 2009 the song was interpolated by rapper Pitbull in the song "B-Day Suit". Colombian group Bomba Estéreo released a bilingual cover of the song in 2011, re-titled "Ponte Bomb." The song was covered in 2013 by DJ team Bodybangers. List of number-one hits of 1989 List of Cash Box Top 100 number-one singles of 1990 List of RPM number-one dance singles of 1989 List of number-one singles of 1989 List of number-one dance singles of 1989 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
My Best Friend Is a Vampire
My Best Friend Is a Vampire is a 1987 American comedy horror film directed by Jimmy Huston. The story revolves around a newly made vampire, trying to live as a "good" vampire and not feed on humans. Jeremy is played by Robert Sean Leonard with René Auberjonois as Jeremy's vampire guidance counselor and David Warner as a vampire hunter; the film's themes include prejudice, gender roles, adolescence. Jeremy Capello is a typical American teenager from Houston struggling with getting himself a girlfriend. Although he has caught the eye of his school's head cheerleader Candy, he has his attention fixed on his classmate and band geek Darla Blake, who in turn is unnerved by his constant staring at her. Jeremy has been having some weird nightmares about a strange woman trying to seduce him, he encounters that woman named Nora, who makes an obvious invitation to him, while delivering groceries, his skirt-chasing friend Ralph convinces him to take up the opportunity for a first erotic experience. But the encounter goes badly: First the woman bites him in the neck two strangers burst into the house, forcing Jeremy to run for his life.
The next morning, Jeremy looks pale and does not feel well, he sees in his father's newspaper that Nora's house has mysteriously burned down. Throughout the day he notices a strange man observing him; this man pops into his bedroom the next night, introduces himself as Modoc and attempts to relate to Jeremy that he is now a vampire. Jeremy is highly skeptical, but a sudden aversion to garlic, an increasing sensitivity to sunlight and craving for blood convince him otherwise, his new vampire "life-style" hampers his attempts to start a relationship with Darla, who has become interested in him. Modoc gives him a guide book and explains to him that vampires are just like any other "minority group", persecuted over the centuries. Jeremy's parents notice that their son is behaving "most peculiarly" and begin to suspect that he may be a homosexual and that he is getting mixed up with bad company. To add to the ensuing confusion, the two men who had burst in on Jeremy's adventure are vampire hunters: Zealous professor Leopold McCarthy is determined to stop a "vampire armageddon" with the help of his feeble assistant Grimsdyke.
They are in the process of tracking their newest victim, but due to a mix-up they believe that Ralph is the vampire. One night, when Jeremy begins to exploit his new capabilities and wins back Darla's trust, McCarthy and Grimstyke kidnap Ralph and intend to "free his soul" in a small chapel. Jeremy and Darla arrive in time to save him, but Jeremy is recognized as a vampire, only his new-found power of hypnotism and the timely arrival of Modoc and Nora, who has come back from the dead, manage to save the day. Since McCarthy remains unrelenting, Modoc's female consorts turn McCarthy into a vampire, making a friend out of an enemy; the film ends with the Capellos assuring Jeremy that they love him and want to help him deal with his "problem". Jeremy introduces Darla to his delightfully surprised parents, while Ralph just shakes his head at the whole hubbub. Robert Sean Leonard as Jeremy Capello LeeAnne Locken as Candy Andrews Cheryl Pollak as Darla Blake Cecilia Peck as Nora Fannie Flagg as Mrs. Capello Kenneth Kimmins as Mr. Capello Evan Mirand as Ralph Michelle La Vigne as Flo Harvey Christiansen as George David Warner as Professor Leopold McCarthy Paul Willson as Grimsdyke René Auberjonois as Modoc Erica Zeitlin as Gloria Gary Chason as Drivers Ed Instructor Kathy Bates as Helen Blake John Chappell as Buddy Blake Jill Bianchini as Waitress J.
P. Conroy as Butcher Amelia Kinkade as Brunette in Punk Bar E. Linda Moore as Girl at Bar Marianne Simpson as Blonde in Punk Bar Staness Caroll as Redhead in Punk Bar Ronnie Rondell Jr. as Bouncer Chris Wycliff as Police Officer #1 Coy Sevier as Police Officer #2 The film was shot in Houston and Los Angeles, California. This movie was released under the title. Vampire film My Best Friend Is a Vampire on IMDb My Best Friend Is a Vampire at AllMovie My Best Friend Is a Vampire at Rotten Tomatoes My Best Friend Is a Vampire at Box Office Mojo
Jesse Ventura is an American media personality, author, former politician and retired professional wrestler, who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He was the first and only candidate of the Reform Party to win a major government position, but joined the Green Party of the United States. Ventura was a member of the U. S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War. After leaving the military, he embarked on a professional wrestling career from 1975 to 1986, taking the ring name Jesse "The Body" Ventura, he had a long tenure in the World Wrestling Federation as a performer and color commentator, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2004. In addition to wrestling, Ventura pursued an acting career, appearing in films such as Predator and The Running Man. Ventura first entered politics in 1991 when he was elected mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, a position he held until 1995. Three years Ventura was the Reform Party candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial election of 1998, running a low-budget campaign centered on grassroots events and unusual ads that urged citizens not to "vote for politics as usual".
Ventura's campaign was unexpectedly successful, with him narrowly defeating both the Democratic and Republican candidates. The highest elected official to win an election on a Reform Party ticket, Ventura left the Reform Party a year after taking office amid internal fights for control over the party; as governor, Ventura oversaw reforms of Minnesota's property tax as well as the state's first sales tax rebate. Other initiatives taken under Ventura included construction of the METRO Blue Line light rail in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, cuts in income taxes. Ventura left office in 2003. After leaving office, Ventura became a visiting fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2004, he has since hosted a number of television shows and has written several political books. Ventura remains politically active and hosts a show on Ora TV and on RT America called Off the Grid; as of September 2017, Ventura is hosting a variety news show on RT called The World According to Jesse.
Ventura has floated running for President of the United States on a Green Party ticket. Ventura was born James George Janos on July 15, 1951 in Minneapolis, the son of George William Janos and his wife, Bernice Martha. Both of his parents were World War II veterans. Ventura has an older brother. Ventura has described himself as Slovak-Hungarian. Ventura was raised as a Lutheran. Born in South Minneapolis "by the Lake Street bridge," he attended Cooper Elementary School, Sanford Junior High School, graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1969. Roosevelt High School inducted Ventura into its first hall of fame in September 2014. Ventura served in the United States Navy from December 1, 1969, to September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War, but did not see combat, he graduated in BUD/S class 58 in December 1970 and was part of Underwater Demolition Team 12. Ventura has referred to his military career in public statements and debates, he was criticized by hunters and conservationists for stating in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune in April 2001, "Until you have hunted men, you haven't hunted yet."
Near the end of his service in the Navy, Ventura began to spend time with the "South Bay" chapter of the Mongols motorcycle club in San Diego. He would ride onto Naval Base Coronado on his Harley-Davidson wearing his Mongol colors. According to Ventura, he was a full-patch member of the club and third-in-command of his chapter, but he never had any problems with the authorities. In the fall of 1974, Ventura left the bike club to return to the Twin Cities. Shortly after that, the Mongols entered into open warfare with the Hells Angels. Ventura attended North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in suburban Minneapolis during the mid-1970s. At the same time, he began wrestling, he was a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones for a time, before he entered professional wrestling and adopted the wrestling name Jesse Ventura. He created the stage name Jesse "The Body" Ventura to go with the persona of a bully-ish beach bodybuilder, picking the name "Ventura" from a map as part of his "bleach blond from California" gimmick.
As a wrestler, Ventura performed as a heel and used the motto: "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!" going so far as having himself a T-shirt made with the words printed on the front. Much of his flamboyant persona was adapted from Superstar Billy Graham, a charismatic and popular performer during the 1970s. Years as a broadcaster, Ventura made a running joke out of it claiming that Graham stole all of his ring attire ideas from him. In 1975, Ventura made his debut in the Central States territory, before moving to the Pacific Northwest, where he wrestled for promoter Don Owen as Jesse "The Great" Ventura. During his stay in Portland, Oregon, he had notable feuds with Dutch Savage and Jimmy Snuka and won the Pacific Northwest Wrestling title twice and the tag team title five times, he moved to his hometown promotion, the American Wrestling Association in Minnesota, began teaming with Adrian Adonis as the "East-West Connection" in 1979. In his RF Video shoot in 2012, he revealed that shortly after he arrived in the AWA he was given the nickname "the Body" by Verne Gagne.
The duo won the promotion's World Tag Team Championship
Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide was a book-format collection of movie capsule reviews that began in 1969, was updated biennially after 1978, annually after 1986. The final edition was published in September 2014, it was called TV Movies, which became Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide, Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide, before arriving at its final title. Film critic Leonard Maltin contributed a large portion of its reviews; the book used a star rating system. The lowest rating was "BOMB", followed by one and a half stars, rising in half-star increments to a maximum of four stars, giving out two-and-a-half star reviews; the sole exception to this was Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, rated with two and one third stars out of four, referencing the film's title. Maltin did not cover direct-to-video films because of their great number. Made-for-television films were included in the guides for many years, though in the early 2000s, Maltin began to phase them out to make room for current feature film releases.
All had been removed by the early 2010s, no TV movies made after 2004 were included in new editions. Maltin used a different system for rating TV movies: "Below average", "Average" or "Above average", with select variants for rated films, including "Way above average" for The Day After and Special Bulletin, "Outstanding" for Minstrel Man. Certain theatrically-released films, as well as the majority of films based on Edgar Wallace novels, were removed from the guide over time to allow the inclusion of new titles. Another notable feature of the Guide was that each review included a reference to the source material for the film if it was based on published material. Films were listed ignoring punctuation and spaces. Articles were ignored and transposed to the end of the title; the Guide was notable for containing what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the world's shortest movie review. His 2 out of 4 star review of the 1948 musical Isn't It Romantic? Consisted of the word "No". Another short review concerned the film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed where Maltin wrote, "It is what it is."
Yet another was of Are Husbands Necessary? in which he wrote "And what about this film?", one more right behind these is Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol where, in comparing it to the previous installments, he commented, "More of the same, only worse." Along with listed worst pictures of all time, the hundreds of films Maltin designated as a "BOMB" in his guide included 3000 Miles to Graceland, 88 Minutes, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, American Gigolo, the Woody Allen-directed Anything Else, The Benchwarmers, Bobby Deerfield, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Captain Ron, Celtic Pride, The Dukes of Hazzard, Endless Love, Every Which Way but Loose and Loathing in Las Vegas, Four Rooms, 2010's Gulliver's Travels, The Missouri Breaks, Popeye, Prêt-à-Porter, 1998's remake of Psycho, 2007's remake of Sleuth, Valley of the Dolls and Your Highness. High-school senior Leonard Maltin was a film publisher of Fanzine Monthly. In spring 1968 a teacher introduced him to an editor at Signet Books, which wanted a competitor to Steven H. Scheuer's Movies on TV.
The first edition of Maltin's book appeared in 1969. After a third in 1978, new editions appeared every two years, after 1986 every year. In 2005, logistical problems of a single book prompted him to launch a companion volume, Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide, restricted to films from 1960 and earlier, several of which no longer appear in the annual publication and many others that never had; the latter category includes the "complete" Saturday matinee cowboy programmers of John Wayne, William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The second edition of the Classic Movie Guide, published in 2010, moved the cut-off date to 1965. Besides Scheuer's Movies on TV, similar books include Halliwell's Film Guide, by Leslie Halliwell, The Good Film and Video Guide, by David Shipman. Scheuer's guide was the first published, in 1958, preceding Maltin's by ten years, the two were competing titles until the early 1990s. Scheuer's books had a similar format to Maltin's, except with more listings for made-for-television productions.
Maltin announced in August 2014 that the 2015 edition, to be published in September 2014, would be the last: "An entire generation has been raised to acquire all their information online from their mobile devices or computers. These are not the customers for a physical paperback reference book. Our sales have declined in recent years." The mobile application version of the guide was released, to the App Store. However, the app was taken down in 2014 due to Penguin Group being unable to come to an agreement with Mobile Age, the creator of the app
Ballantine Books is a major book publisher located in the United States, founded in 1952 by Ian Ballantine with his wife, Betty Ballantine. It was acquired by Random House in 1973, which in turn was acquired by Bertelsmann in 1998 and remains part of that company today. Ballantine's logo is a pair of mirrored letter Bs back to back; the firm's early editors were Bernard Shir-Cliff. Following Fawcett Publications' controversial 1950 introduction of Gold Medal paperback originals rather than reprints, Lion Books and Ace decided to publish originals. In 1952, Ian Ballantine, a founder of Bantam Books, announced that he would "offer trade publishers a plan for simultaneous publishing of original titles in two editions, a hardcover'regular' edition for bookstore sale, a paper-cover,'newsstand' size, low-priced edition for mass market sale."When the first Ballantine Book, Cameron Hawley's Executive Suite was published in 1952, the publishing industry saw that the simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions were obvious successes.
Houghton Mifflin published the $3.00 hardcover at the same time Ballantine distributed its 35¢ paperback. By February 1953, Ballantine was preparing to print 100,000 more. Houghton Mifflin sold 22,000 hardback copies in its first printing. Ballantine's sales soon totaled 470,000 copies. Instead of hurting hardback sales as some predicted, the paperback edition instead gave the book more publicity. After the film rights were sold to MGM, Robert Wise directed the 1954 film, nominated for four Academy Awards. On the heels of that kind of sales and publicity, other Ballantine titles were seen in spinner racks across the country. Executive Suite was followed by Hal Ellson's The Golden Spike, Stanley Baron's All My Enemies, Luke Short's Saddle by Starlight, Ruth Park's The Witch's Thorn, Emile Danoen's Tides of Tide, Frank Bonham's Blood on the Land, Al Capp's The World of Li'l Abner and LaSelle Gilman's The Red Gate. During the early 1950s, Ballantine attracted attention as one of the leading publishers of paperback science fiction and fantasy, beginning with The Space Merchants.
The Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth novel had first appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction under the title Gravy Planet. Kauffman scored when he acquired and edited Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Ballantine's science fiction line included the unusual Star Science Fiction Stories. With cover paintings by Richard Powers, this innovative anthology series offered new fiction rather than reprints. Edited by Frederik Pohl, it attracted readers by combining the formats of both magazines and paperbacks. In the early 1960s, the company engaged in a well-known rivalry with Ace Books for the rights to reprint the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Edgar Rice Burroughs in paperback form. Ballantine prevailed in the struggle for the Tolkien work, with their editions of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings including a message on the back cover from Tolkien himself urging consumers to buy Ballantine's version and boycott "unauthorized editions". A separate Canadian edition of the books was published with different front cover art work.
Tolkien asked for permission to add the back cover message. Betty Ballantine recalled: "And we did put a little statement on the back covers saying that Ace was not paying royalties to Professor Tolkien, everybody who admired Lord of the Rings should only buy our paperback edition. Well, everybody got behind us. There was no publication that did not carry some kind of outraged article, and of course, the whole science fiction fraternity got behind the book. During the mid-1970s, Ballantine published the Star Trek Logs, a ten-volume series of Alan Dean Foster adaptations of the animated Star Trek. In 1968, Ballantine published a non-fiction book related to Star Trek, The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry. In 1976, Ballantine published the novelization of a forthcoming science fiction film, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker by George Lucas; the book, like the film Star Wars released the following year, was an enormous success and sold out its initial print run.
In the first three months, Ballantine sold 3.5 million copies. After publishing The World of Li'l Abner, Ballantine introduced Shel Silverstein in 1956 with his Grab Your Socks! Collection of cartoons from Pacific Stars and Stripes. Ballantine published several collections of Jim Davis' comic strip Garfield; as an editor at Ballantine during the 1950s and 1960s, Bernard Shir-Cliff handled the Zacherley anthologies, the paperback of Hunter Thompson's Hell's Angels, Harvey Kurtzman's The Mad Reader and other early Mad paperbacks. He made four contributions to other magazines edited by Kurtzman. In 1956, Shir-Cliff edited a humor anthology, The Wild Reader, for Ballantine, including essays and satirical pieces by Robert Benchley, Art Buchwald, Tom Lehrer, John Lardner, Shepherd Mead, Ogden Nash, S. J. Perelman, Frank Sullivan, James Thurber and others; the 154-page paperback was illustrated with cartoons by Kelly Freas who did the front cover. Another contributor to both Ballantine and the Kurtzman magazines was the cartoonist-author Roger Price.
He did two humor books for Ballantine. I'm for Me First details Herman Clabbercutt's plan to launch a revolutionary political party known as the "I'm for M