Super Password

This is one of my favorite old school game shows from the 80s. I recall seeing this most every day during my kindergarten year (’84-’85) as it’d be playing immediately before I’d have to leave for school. I believe this aired around the 10/11am hour as I was in the PM class, and not long after $25,000 Pyramid with Dick Clark would come on— I’d be headed out the door. I’ve seen a lot of Super Password clips from a couple of years ago, but more recently, thanks to Buzzr (a new digital broadcasting network, launched this past January), more shows have been uploaded to YouTube with an amazing quality.

Here are some of my favorite moments in clip form…




Garden Grove: Access & Transparency

In recent months my city has taken great lengths to provide access to resources and be more open about records that previously used to take a hurdle or seven to get to. In addition there are easier ways to request certain services and responses needed in and around the city. There are a few portals of all that I will highlight here. I am just happy that Garden Grove has taken these steps and hopefully it’ll begin a trend around the county.

Public Records Requests

The FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) is a powerful thing, and to request city-related documents and non-classified information has become easier than ever to get now. A simple form on this page will allow you to request information and get it back, most times, electronically right then and there in a matter of days, if not hours. The greatest thing I love about this is you get to see existing and previous requests as well. You can peruse those at your leisure and if you happen to find an item of interest— you’re free to click, read and/or download the item at no charge. The one recurring thing you’ll notice is there’s a lot of “political watchdogs” in the city who ask for certain items and it makes one wonder what that’s all about. But it’s there for all to read!

Citizen Requests

Now this is a great tool as well. The city set up this page where you can report various city-related concerns needing to be addressed. These include: abandoned furniture, abandoned shopping carts, environmental services, flood control, graffiti on public property, park maintenance, potholes on a public street, sidewalk/curb /gutter issues, street signs, traffic concerns, traffic signals, trees on public property, water and water wasting. For anything else you’d select Other in the menu option and a list of other resources becomes available. A great example of this would be if a street light (non-signal) is out. For this you’d be referred to SCE (Southern California Edison), of which, I didn’t know until earlier this year that they’re responsible for street lights in the city. Just like the Public Records Requests, you can see a full list of existing and previous requests as well. The only difference is your personal information (name, email & phone number) is only seen by staff and not responded to by them— as is the case on Public Records Requests.

Garden Grove Open Government

Now this is the latest feature the city has installed and it was introduced just last week. Over on this page there’s a multitude of information and resources and there’s a lot of stuff to read. At the present you can go through public meetings, the city’s municipal code, OpenGov Portal, Budget and Financial Reports (CAFR), Salary and Benefits of city employees, Labor MOUs, Business License lookup, city maps, City Manager’s (Scott Stiles) Weekly Memo and city contact information. You also get to see the city’s list of social media accounts, it’s new mobile app, learning how to do business with the city, go through your water bill, reGGIster for classes and lookup & file building permits.

Frankly Joan

I have always had an affinity for Old Hollywood and it’s Golden Age era. I suppose I initially came to this from being an early-on fan of watching a lot of I Love Lucy when it was in heavy syndication on KTTV Fox 11 back in the 1980s. The Hollywood episodes are what really opened my eyes as a grade school kid of who some of the original greats were. Although Joan Crawford was never on I Love Lucy, she did appear in the late 60’s on The Lucy Show in a memorable episode playing herself.

Joan was the hardcore, consummate professional at the height of her craft, and although her career had later declined— her self-discipline and values never changed. They really show in this 1970 interview she did on David Frost’s show. I’ve seen this before, but it’s the first full video posted that shows it in it’s entirety and not in six separate parts. It’s a worthy watch if you’re into this genre.

Early on when she talks about wardrobe— and she mentions Adrian— that’s Adrian Adolph Greenberg. He was simply known by his first name, and was a legendary costume designer for MGM Studios. His most famous costuming is seen in Wizard of Oz.

Joan died a couple years before I was born, but over a decade ago I was very lucky to meet one of her film directors, Vincent Sherman. At nearly 100 years of age he still had a sharp mind and great wit, and I will forever be grateful for  the conversation he and I had about her. FYI- they had a three year fling, but that was no secret of course back in the day. But furthering on into this millennium… how many of her lovers do you think you could go find and talk to today? Nearly nil, I suppose.

Vincent Sherman & Joan Crawford
Vincent Sherman & Joan Crawford


Recently I came across a wonderful WordPress platform called GeneratePress. I initially used their regular, free version and was very impressed and I have since gone Premium— which cost much, much less than the others out there. So what you’re seeing today is my customized version of GP Premium and I am thrilled with it.

For years I previously used another popular WordPress CMS platform, and although pricey upon purchase, (more than three times the present cost of GP), it came jam-packed with a variety of options and customization as well. It had a lifetime guarantee with with updates and other products and I never really had a problem with it… until one afternoon.

I logged into my WordPress backend and noticed I was getting errors on my old CMS platform (notice I’m leaving the name out), and I kept logging in with my username/password with these folks and got nothing.

I contacted them and got a response that shocked the heck out of me. Their specific platform that I had used— the servers it was hosted on— had been hacked and they migrated that platform to another server and it became the red-headed stepchild on the backburner of their products. Essentially it was no longer being supported, but they made it available to download for those who previously purchased, and they have since gone on to pushing their then-latest platform like mad. I tried the new platform (free trial-run), and I was severely disappointed. It could only be used on a specific browser (one I rarely use) and if you wanted to maintain working with that company’s line… you had to go with the new phase. I have since checked and even that “new” platform has been retired and they’re set to launch, yet again, something else very soon.

Now with GeneratePress when you purchase their premium theme they say that any and all updates that come for the life of the product— are free. And somehow I believe that versus my previous experience.

So if you’re into WordPress and like customizing your stuff without having to make manual PHP & CSS edits… this is the theme to do it. You can also become an affiliate, like I recently did, and if someone purchases their theme through your affiliate link (mine is in the footer of my site)— you get 20% commission from GeneratePress which as of right now amounts to $6.00. GP does not pay for you to advertise, nor are you paid when someone clicks your affiliate link; they have to specifically purchase the theme at their site by clicking through your affiliate link.

I’m not being paid or sponsored, and that is really not my thing, but when I come across something that is very WordPress-worthy… I’ll put it out there. I’ve been delving into WordPress for about twelve years now.

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