Bob Calhoun

Bob Calhoun
Location
Pacifica, California, USA
Birthday
June 18
Bio
Bob Calhoun is a regular contributor to Film Salon and observer of offbeat media. His 2008 punk-wrestling memoir "Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling" (ECW Press) has spent one entire week on the San Francisco Chronicle's Bay Area bestseller list.

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JANUARY 13, 2010 12:15PM

The Late Night Local TV Juke Joint

E. C. Scott
E. C. Scott with her band belts out the blues on the set of her video show, “E. C.’s Jook Joint.”

Since shedding the cumbersome bonds of WB-network affiliate status, KOFY TV 20 in San Francisco has truly gone apeshit…

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Films of the Decade

Hey Open Salon, my new piece on The Wrestler was picked by Andrew O'Hehir for Film Salon's "Films of the Decade" series.  Click here to check it out.  It's been a while since my work has landed in what is now commonly referred to as "Regular Salon." In those… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2009 3:27PM

In the Kindle Wrestling Top Ten

Beer, Blood and Cornmeal
#6 on the Amazon Kindle Wrestling 100.
 
(SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION ALERT)

My punk-wrestling memoir, Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling (ECW Press, 2008) was finally released for Amazon’s Kindle this week. This pleases my good friend Len E. B. who…

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DECEMBER 11, 2009 10:53AM

Gene Barry fought Martians with Science

Gene   Barry
Gene Barry (with co-star Ann Robinson) crashed a plane to get away from Martian war machines in "War of the Worlds" (1953), not "Invaders from Mars."

Gene Barry, a towering figure of my UHF TV viewing in the 70s, passed away in a rest…

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DECEMBER 3, 2009 10:57AM

There’s Never a Steven Seagal Around When You Need One

Steven   Segal

The suspect is up against the oversized red truck. One of the arresting officers has the familiar grimace seen on many insomnia-fueled cable TV binges. “Steven Seagal! It’s Steven Seagal!” the suspect exclaims, motioning towards the uniformed cop in question and makin…

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NOVEMBER 23, 2009 10:43AM

I Sing the Body Ventura

Jesse
Jesse "The Body" Ventura at his pulpy pro wrestling best before being dragged into the muck of Minnesota politics.

When Jesse “The Body” Ventura won the Minnesota governorship in 1998, it must have given other high profile bodybuilders a feeling of inadequacy that they…

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2012 vs. 2112
Illustration by Brandi Valenza

Roland Emmerich has built a career by putting the event in the event movie. His most famous film, Independence Day (1996), set the pattern by giving us Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith thwarting an alien invasion with a Mac laptop (presumably…

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OCTOBER 30, 2009 10:47AM

Hulk Hogan Returns: 80s Nostalgia Goes Off the Deep End

Hulk Hogan on TNA

Terry Gene Bollea aka Hulk Hogan was able to navigate the psychotic world of professional wrestling for decades, but three seasons of reality TV destroyed his life more thoroughly than a jack knife power bomb through a stack of tables.

Since Hogan Knows Best first aired in…

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OCTOBER 26, 2009 11:19AM

24/7: HBO Boxing’s Gritty Infomercial

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao, the "People's Champ" of the Phillipines, talks about the worst disaster to hit his country since World War II in the HBO Boxing documentary series "24/7."

Manny Pacquiao is in the city of Baguio in the Phillipines to train for his November 14 fight against WBO…

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OCTOBER 1, 2009 11:18AM

Kimbo Slice, Al Sharpton and Post-Racial America

Sharpton     RAW
Al Sharpton tries to educate the masses inside and outside the ring on this week's "Monday Night RAW."

Capping off a month of rising racial tensions spurred by Glenn Beck and shouting Southern congressmen, this week’s installment of The Ultimate Fighter offers us a bout pitting a musc…

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 2:51PM

What Would Joan Crawford Do?

Joan Crawford Vs. Aaron Ekhart
Illustration by Greg Franklin

Who in the flaming fuck is Aaron Ekhart? Is he the guy with the really big dick on that HBO show Hung? No? Are you sure? He sure looks like that guy. Well if he ain’t that guy, how in the hell did…

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 10:58AM

Ultimate Fighter 10: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Kimbo   Slice
Kimbo Slice, the standard bearer of "Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights."

FIGHT FANS: This is both a review and a wrap-up. There are spoilers and they are gruesome.

Kimbo Slice is the perfect representative of the latest season of the Spike TV reality…

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Swayze in Black Dog


My mom tried to drag me to see Dirty Dancing in 1987 just as she had done with The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond seven years earlier. Dirty Dancing was the movie that was getting older ladies (and probably more than a few younger ones) all hot and bothered./…

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AUGUST 31, 2009 1:22PM

Zombies in the Outfield

 
The Giants scoreboard on Creature Features Night at AT&T Park in San Francisco on August 29, 2009.

 Sitting in the outfield grass of a major league ballpark is a strange place to watch a zombie movie. But on the same 103-foot wide screen that showed replays of homeruns and stri
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AUGUST 27, 2009 1:19PM

¡Viva Asgaard!

Asgaard
A manic satyr and a mini nun drag gameshow contestants to hell in TV Azteca's Asgaard.
 
Oh Mexican game shows. How we Norte Americanos used to smugly laugh from the comfort of our first world luxury as your contestants were buried in glass coffins filled with centipedes…

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AUGUST 6, 2009 10:57AM

My G.I. Joe is more than Twice the Man of Your Joe

Bob Calhoun
The author in his backyard with his Adventure Team G.I. Joe. His Big Jim Kung-Fu studio is propped up on a fence in the background.
 
Sure, your G.I. Joe fought Cobra and Destro, but he was always seen jumping out of your exploding turbo battle vehicles…

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JULY 27, 2009 12:01PM

My (1992) Comic-Con Wrap Up

Mr. T at Comic Con
Only the biggest stars are on hand at the San Diego Comic-Con!
 
There are more than a couple strange revelations to be had while thumbing through my somewhat yellowing 1992 San Diego Comic-Con program. First but far from foremost is that the event was almost…

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JULY 24, 2009 11:07AM

The Arnold Budget Bash-O-Rama III: The Prequel

Arnold on Streets

Although it's not quite a done deal, Governator Schwarzenegger should be signing a real shite-bomb of a budget this morning. Since I’ve given you blogs on the lamentation of my salary and my guide to Arnold-free action flicks, I figure it’s time to make my Arnold Budget Bash-O-Ram…

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JULY 17, 2009 12:54PM

The California Budget Crisis Guide to Arnold-Free Action

Non-Arnold Action


On Tuesday, Governor Schwarzenegger announced another 2,000 layoffs, making many California residents more than a little bummed by having a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Terminator that “absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead” as our state’s highest elected offici…

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JULY 14, 2009 1:19PM

Schwarzenegger hears the lamentation of my salary



I work for a major California public university. My pay is probably going to be cut by eight percent next month. I’m one of the lucky ones. My fellow state workers at the DMV and other state agencies have been eating an eight per cent pay cut for months…

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JULY 1, 2009 5:19PM

Thoughts on Karl Malden written on my lunch break



Karl Malden was Detective Mike Stone. He patrolled the Streets of San Francisco (A Quinn Martin Production) around the same time that Clint’s Dirty Harry Callahan and McQueen’s Bullitt were plugging perps and getting into rad car chases respectively. But Stone/Malden wasn’…

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JUNE 25, 2009 6:47PM

Ben, the two of us need look no more

I never really thought I’d end up voluntarily writing obits as a hobby (or habit). As for Mr. Jackson, I can only leave you with this…



Now seems like a good time to score that copy of “Off the Wall” that I’ve been meaning to pick up for…

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JUNE 25, 2009 2:56PM

Farrah Fawcett, thoughts on an Angel

Farrah -- The Poster

Farrah -- every older kid had her poster taped up to her wall when I was a seven years old. That poster. You all know it. They sold it in comic books ads that badly suffered from the morray effect along with pin-ups of Sean Cassidy, Travolta in Saturday Night…

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JUNE 24, 2009 1:24PM

Pro Wrestling's Grim Anniversary

art: Brandi Valenza

 AUTHOR’S NOTE: Today marks the two year anniversary of the suicide and crimes of pro wrestling star Chris Benoit, the most bleak tragedy in a segment of the entertainment industry that is unusually prone to them. A few days after the incident, I wrote the following essay in an att… Read full post »

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JUNE 4, 2009 2:01PM

Kwai Chang Caine, RIP

David Carradine from a story by Bruce Lee

DAVID CARRADINE has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room. The reports of his death are getting more and more lurid. He may have hanged himself with a cord of some kind. The US Embassy in Thailand is only confirming his death right now. Reports of suicide or mysterious circumstances…

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