Don’t Miss the Doctor Who Celebration this Saturday!

Fountaindale Public Library’s Doctor Who Celebration is next week! This fun all-ages event will be a galaxy of Whovian adventure and unexpected surprises!

What type of surprises, you ask? Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the cool things you’ll see throughout the day!

10th Doctor TardisThe TARDIS Lands In The Lobby

The TARDIS will be refueling from a rift located in the lobby of the library! As the Doctor, his companions, and a few villains will be out and about, the TARDIS doors will be locked. However, bring your cameras and your smart phones for photographic proof of your encounter with this unique piece of history!

Doctor Who Team Trivia

Are you in tune with all things Whovian? Sign up for the Doctor Who Team Trivia Game which will run from 2-3pm in our large meeting room! Create your own team or join a team of six people and get ready to answer questions from regarding ALL eleven Doctors and their subsequent adventures. If you are new to team trivia, Pub Trivia USA will be here to introduce you to the game, and ensure that everyone has a fantastic time! Registration runs from 11 am to 1:50 pm, and the trivia game begins promptly at 2 pm!

Doctor Who Costume Contest

This All-Ages Costume Contest is will be held at 1 pm in the large meeting room. You must be registered to win! Registration runs from 11 am to 12:45 pm, with the contest starting promptly at 1 pm. Bring your camera and get ready to win great prizes!

Fish Fingers and CustardFish Fingers and Custard

The 11th Doctor found harbored a craving for fish fingers and custard in his first full episode “The Eleventh Hour“. In honor of this bizarre yet filling combination, Brooks Cafe has created their own yummier version of Fish Fingers and Custard made out of graham cracker coated sugar cookies and vanilla pudding. Brooks Cafe will be serving their Fish Fingers and Custard for $2.30, as well as TARDIS Blue-Lemonade from their refreshment area on the first floor.

Submit Your Doctor Who Art for Our Contest!

Submit your artwork for our Doctor Who Art Contest! This all-ages art contest is accepting submissions through Thursday, November 7! All mediums accepted—Painting, sketching, clay, quilting, knitting, graphic arts ect! Artwork can be based on characters, locations, books, or movies centered in the Doctor Who universe. There’s great prizes to be won, so download a 2013 FPLD Doctor Who Entry Form and bring your art to the library today!

Schedule of Events

11 am – 1 pm
• Pin the Fez on the Doctor
• Make Your Own Brigadier Mustaches
• Make Your Own River Song Journal

1 pm  Costume Contest

2 pm Doctor Who Team Trivia

2 pm – 4 pm
• Make Your Own Adipose
• Weeping Angel Race
• Make Your Own Doctor Who Bottle Cap Necklace

All Day (11am-4pm)
• Sound Like a Dalek Station
• Where in the Universe? Green Screen Photos
• Exterminate! Dalek Invasion Photo Shoot
• Make Your Own Doctor Who Buttons
• Sign The Doctor Who Anniversary Card
• Doctor Who Board Games

To participate in our prize drawings, you’ll need to pick up your ‘Psychic Paper Passport’ and participate in five Doctor Who themed activities! Prizes are also awarded for the Doctor Who Team Trivia and Costume Contests! So come celebrate with your fellow Doctor Who fans!  You’ll also see several Doctors, companions, and special guests roaming around!
For more information regarding the Fountaindale Public Library Doctor Who Celebration, contact Randi at (630) 685-4175 or Debra at (630) 685-4201.

See You At The Library!



“Lighten up, it’s just fashion!”

Illustration by Cassandra Rhodin

Every time I read that quote, “Lighten up, it’s just fashion!” I see Santino Rice singing in my mind. I was devoted to On the Road with Austin and Santino and Project Runway Season 8 last fall. I had high hopes for one Designer from the first episode on Project Runway. I live tweeted my support with hundreds of other fans each week. I still love Mondo Guerra. After the disappointing finale, I no longer want to watch Project Runway but I was still intrigued by fashion behind-the-scenes. I found The Frisky’s post about 20 fashion documentaries and have been going through list. Much to my surprise, I found several of the titles on Netflix streaming.  Here’s what I’ve enjoyed so far (with descriptions from IMDB):

September Issue (2009) “A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.”

Seamless (2005) “A look at what it takes for young designers to make it in the fashion world.”

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) “A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.”

Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times (2002) “A look into the life of the man who re-imagined women’s fashion.” (Austin Scarlett really reminds me of Yves.)

Eleven Minutes (2008) “Feature documentary following fashion designer, Jay McCarroll’s year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show and selling his clothing line to stores.”

Unzipped (1995) “Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, plans his fall 1994 collection.”

Want more? Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 is February 10-17.  Check out photos & videos from Spring 2011! Even more? Check out this list of Fashion Biographies and Memoirs.


The Walking Dead


As previously stated in the last post here, last night marked the debut episode of the new series on AMC (American Movie Classics) called The Walking Dead.    The Walking Dead tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and follows a small group of survivors traveling across the United States  in search of a new home away from the hordes of zombies. The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a police officer in the old world. As their situation grows more and more grim, the group’s desperation to survive pushes them to do almost anything to stay alive.  Here is a trailer for the show:





The show is actually based off the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.



The show is already getting rave reviews and it’s hard not to see why.  The material is presented pretty faithfully to the comic, encompassing the world in its gritty and stark manner.  The actors chosen look pretty close to the characters in the comic.  The show also looks very cinematic for the small screen and the actors are presented in a realistic way instead of the usual over the top manner of other movies relating to this subject.  If Sunday’s show is any barometer to the rest of the season, we are going to have something to really sink our teeth into.  Sunday nights used to be for True Blood but now it is going be The Walking Dead, Halloween may be over but zombies are here to stay…


– Brian S.

George A. Romero: The King of the Zombies

With the premier of the new show called the Walking Dead (which will be discussed more in depth in an upcoming post) on AMC (American Movie Classics) last night, zombies are showing no signs of slowing down in popularity.  From comics to books to videogames to movies, zombies have proven to be a force to be reckoned with.  But where did the modern version of this modern day phenomenon come from?  The answer:  one George A. Romero.

George Romero introduced the modern day zombie as we know it with a movie called Night of the Living Dead (1968).

The movie became an instant classic.  What separated George from a lot of his contemporaries was that while on the surface his movies were just standard horror fair, underneath there was a deeper context and social message.  He also wanted to show that it was humans not the zombies who were the true monsters themselves with how they treated each other.  And finally he was the first to present gore as we know it today.  Where horror films before would have the most wicked moments implied off camera, Romero made sure people saw it and up close.  His gore brought a realism and intensity to the genre that had never been done or seen before.  George followed Night of the Living Dead with Dawn of the Dead (1978), another instant classic.

This time he presented his zombie creations in color.  He also amped up the gore.  But still as proven to be his trademark, underneath all the scares and bloodshed was a message about society.  He next followed this up with Day of the Dead (1985), and again carried on his trademarks of amping up gritty realism in the gore and societal messages.

However, unlike his first two films, this was the first one to not be embraced as an instant classic.  Time has, however, proven to be kind to this movie with Romero, in fact, himself stating that this is his favorite of all his “Dead” films.  He next followed this up with Land of the Dead (2005), which was made as the closing chapter on the now infamous quadrilogy of “Dead” Films.

However, like his creations, sleeping corpses couldn’t die and Romero decided to reboot the franchise with Diary of the Dead in 2007

and Survival of the Dead in 2009.

George Romero’s legacy is set.  With all the imitators out there and continued popularity of zombies in all media, the groundwork he laid several decades ago shows no waning.  Whether he makes any more “Dead” movies or not, no one can dispute that George A. Romero is The King of the Zombies.

–  Brian S.

Top 10 Horror TV Shows

One of my favorite things to do is watch TV shows on DVD.  My friend and I have marathon sessions of a show, watching back-to-back episode to episode, season to season. I love the instant gratification of not having to wait a week to see the new one. Sure, sometimes that makes me a season behind or I discover a series years later, but I love the ritual none-the-less.  I am sad when the show is over, but thankfully, there’s always another one to start watching! Here are some of my favorite shows either from childhood or now. Some are categorized as Fantasy/Horror.

1. Buffy

I. Love. Buffy. Buffy Summers moves to Sunnydale, becomes best friends with Willow and Xander. Together with her Watcher, Giles, the scooby gang dust vamps, fight the Big Bad each season and save the world (a few times).  Complete with romance and heartbreak, this is highly recommended if you’ve never seen it before.  Buffy & Angel were the original Bella & Edward.  Most episodes make you laugh, some make you cry, and some are creepy.

2. Outer Limits

There is an episode of the Outer Limits that scares me to this day. Season 6, Episode 8. Simon Says.  After a tragedy, a man builds a robot with the mind of his son. This idea is as good as it sounds. Chilling.

3. Tales From the Darkside

My brother, cousin, and I would watch Tales From the Darkside with our grandma while we would all stay up late, eating ice cream. These are some of my fondest childhood memories. I can still hear the theme song in my head. You should listen to it, too.  I can still remember certain episodes of this collection of random tales of horror.

4. Tales From the Crypt

More chilling tales. These are for the more mature viewer since they were on HBO. I can’t even think about this show or the Crypt Keeper without hearing his maniacal cackle.

5.  Friday the 13th

Another childhood favorite, about cursed Antique items. The owners of the shop have to find the collectible causing harm.

6. Carnivale

One of my absolute top 5 all-time favorites regardless of genre. A traveling carnival in the dustbowl of America in 1934. It’s the epic battle of good and evil. The characters, costumes, and sets are phenomenal. Unfortunately,  the show was cut short. It was written for 6 seasons but ends at 2 seasons.

7. Millennium

Frank Black, played by the amazing Lance Hedriksen, can go inside the minds of killers and joins the Millennium Group to help solve mysterious cases.  By Chris Carter,  creator of the X Files.

8. Dexter

Blood splatter pattern specialist for the Miami Metro Police Department, and serial killer of bad men who deserve justice, Dexter Morgan has you rooting for him.

9. Twilight Zone

Classic tales of the strange and odd.

10. True Blood

Everyone I know loves barmaid and mind-reader Sookie and yet another twist on vampires, True Blood.

-Sabrina S.

You Know You Grew Up in the 80s If . . .

This list has been making the rounds, landing in e-mail boxes of members of generations X and Y. I found it at the Like Totally 80’s website and am passing it on for your enjoyment.

I found myself nodding along and doing the things the list said I would do!

1. You’ve ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE
2. You watched the Pound Puppies
3. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton Dance
4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy
5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.
6. You owned those lil’ Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls
7. You know that “WOAH” comes from Joey on Blossom
8. Two words: Hammer Pants
9. If you ever watched “Fraggle Rock”
10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars… and spokey-dokes or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect
11. You can sing the entire theme song to “Duck Tales” (Woo ooh!)
12. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons
13. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head
14. You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen…and still know the turtles names
15. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school
16. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side
17. You played the game “MASH” (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
18. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it
19. L.A. Gear….need I say more?
20. You wanted to change your name to “JEM” in Kindergarten. (She’s Truly Outrageous.)
21. You remember reading Tales of a fourth grade nothing and all The Ramona books
22. You know the profound meaning of “WAX ON, WAX OFF”
23. You wanted to be a Goonie
24. You ever wore fluorescent neon clothing (some of us…head-to-toe)
25. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted
26. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf
27. You took lunch boxes to school…and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard
28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets
29. You still get the urge to say “NOT” after every sentence
30. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts
31. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band
32. You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up.
33. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
34. You ever owned a pair of Jelly shoes.
35. After you saw Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure you kept saying “I know you are, but what am I?”
36. You remember “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”
37. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
38. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide.
39. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
40. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.
41. You’ve gone through this nodding your head in agreement.
42. You remember Popples
43. Don’t worry, be happy
44. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.
45. You wore socks scrunched down (and sometimes still do..getting yelled at by younger hip members of the family)
46. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
47. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
48. You know what it meant to say “Care Bear Stare!!”
49. You remember watching Rainbow Bright and & My Little Pony Tales
50. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot
51. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac
52. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool…and don’t even flinch when people refer to them as “NKOTB”
53. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on “Saved By The Bell,” The ORIGINAL class
54. You know all the words to Bon Jovi – > YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME
55. You just sang those words to yourself
56. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird
57. Homemade Levi shorts.. (the shorter the better)
58. You remember when mullets were cool!
59. You had a mullet!
60. You still sing “We are the World”
61. You tight rolled (pegged) your jeans
62. You owned a banana clip
63. You remember “Where’s the Beef?”
64. You used to (and probably still do) say “What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?
65. You had big hair and you knew how to use it
66. You’re still singing “Shot Through the Heart” in your head, aren’t you!

– Tony L.

Who? That’s Who!!

William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccelston, David Tennant and Matt Smith…. who are these people? They are a long list of actors who have played everyone’s favorite time traveler, The Doctor, known to fans as Doctor Who! I first caught this show about 25 years ago, on Channel 11, Sunday nights at 11pm. I lost plenty of sleep waiting to see how “The Doctor saves the universe!” Doctor Who first started on November 23, 1963, on BBC television in England. It ran until the mid 80s, when it was canceled. There was a TV movie in 1996 and then the show was revived in 2005 and is currently still on the air. The BBC official site is a great place to get information on the new series as well as the older series, spoilers, news and even some fun and games. One Christmas they had an Advent calendar posted! The revival of the series has brought in so many new fans and delighted fans of old. It has always been part of pop culture in England and its wonderful to see it catching on here again!

The first Doctor (we never find out his real name) was a mysterious, curmudgeonly old gentleman who lived in a “blue police call box” with his Granddaughter, Susan, in an old junkyard. Susan’s school teacher’s were curious as to how this 16-year-old girl was so intelligent, so above the norm, that they went to see where she lived. What followed was both Ian and Barbara, the teachers, finding out the police box was actually a TARDIS(Time and Relative Dimension in Space), a time machine and spaceship used by The Doctor. Oh and it was bigger on the inside then on the outside! All four ended up travelling in time and space, encountering many aliens and eventually the evil Daleks, the Doctor’s archenemies. At some point, Susan stays behind on a future earth, and it is revealed The Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. Time Lords are an alien race that can travel through and manipulate time with their vastly superior technology. The Doctor, it turns out, grabbed a “TARDIS” and left the planet to pursue his own adventures. TARDIS’s can be “cloaked” to resemble everyday items. The Doctor’s TARDIS, being old, got stuck as a 1960s Police call box.

When the Doctor Who actor, William Hartnell,took very ill, the writers had to do something. Did the show need to end? What could be done? Bring in a new actor! How to explain it? Time Lords “regenerate”! When they are nearly mortally wounded, they change! Each regeneration brings a new look and personality to The Doctor. Many of us remember the fourth Doctor and his long, long scarf, that the fifth Doctor promptly unraveled when he appeared! Regeneration are not easy, in a sense the Doctor does “die” and is replaced by someone else. He is the same basic man, but what made one Doctor stand out, is now gone. The last Doctor to regenerate, stated “I don’t want to go”. It’s sad to see one Doctor leaving but then you get excited by the “new” one. The Doctor is also a bit “wobbly” right after a regeneration and needs a bit of time to get back on his feet. There is also the chance a regeneration might not look human.

He has spent a lot of time on Earth, was even stranded here for a bit and worked with UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) that was assembled to protect the Earth from alien threats. He has also had some wonderful companions. My two favorites are the Brigadier and Sarah Jane Smith. Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart was a no-nonsense man, who commandeered the British contingent of UNIT. He had frequent run ins with the Doctor but in the end became one of his closest friends. He is also one of the few companions to appear with almost all of the Doctor’s regenerations and is the longest running Doctor Who character (by the same actor of course). Sarah Jane Smith is a reporter who infiltrates UNIT, sneaks aboard the TARDIS and becomes embroiled in an adventure set in the Middle Ages. She works with the third Doctor and then the fourth. She is confident and inquisitive and first and foremost a feminist! This was the 70s afterall! The Sarah Jane character was brought back for the tenth Doctor series and now has her own series “The Sarah Jane Adventures” where she helps save the Earth.

There are also some great aliens, some good some bad. The most famous are the Daleks, created by the evil Davros, mutants in tank like mechanical armor, who chase enemies with shouts of “Exterminate!!”. A close second are the Cybermen, robotic creatures created from humans who no longer have emotions, who it turns out can be killed with gold. There are many other enemies from the Silurians to the Loch Ness Monster. There are some good aliens, some have traveled with the Doctor, Leela, Captain Jack (who is in the Torchwood spin-off) and Nyssa are some examples. And of course as Sherlock Holmes has his Moriarity, the Doctor needs his adversary. Enter the Master. The Doctor and the Master, also a Time Lord, grew up on Gallifrey and were childhood friends. They are equals but complete opposites. The only person in a room that can match the Doctor’s brilliance is another one of his kind, and that is usually the Master. After the great time war with the Daleks, the Doctor, finding out the Master is the only one left of his race, tries to save him. Only the Master knows what its like to be alone.

A great web page to check out is A Brief History of Time (Travel), that in addition to Doctor Who history has news on the aforementioned Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. There are also numerous Doctor Who books from TV novelizations, to missing adventures to the “lost years”, as well as audio recordings, for a complete listing try The Doctor Who Reference Guide. Of course through the years there have been Doctor Who toys (we own a remote control Dalek that shouts “Exterminate!”), clothing (many people hand knit Tom Baker scarves in the 80s) and then there were the conventions. I never went to one but I do have a picture of Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor) that my friend took, along with an autograph! Conventions not only had past Doctors but companions, enemies, show writers, costume designers and so on. There was even a Doctor Who song by the band The Time Lords with shouts of “Exterminate” in the chorus.

So what does the Doctor Who future hold? We just lost our tenth Doctor, David Tennant, who has regenerated (saving the Universe yet again!) and is now being played by Matt Smith. What kind of Doctor will the 11th Doctor be? What is going on with the TARDIS? Who will he travel with? What aliens will he battle? When will he have is inevitable Dalek story? So many questions! Of course fans speculate, insiders share and many spoilers abound. A great fan blog is Life, Doctor Who and Combom with all of those. Things can get a bid rabid, afterall, we love out Doctor, but it is chock full of great information for those just getting into the show or people like me, who have watched it for years. Sometimes, I think I know more about the Doctor then I really should!

The Doctor, I hope, will always be around. I love the character. Bless his two hearts. I can’t imagine life with no Doctor Who. The show is great fun! As he marches into his 47th year, I wish him many regenerations (past the 13 allotted a Time Lord). He is looking good for 906! Keep up the good work!

-Christine J.