PopCult Rudy Panucci on Pop Culture

More Toys than Anyone Else!

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March 14, 2014

As observant readers of this blog may know, your PopCulteer is on the road at the moment, as a gueat of JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention. I am trying to bring you some updates from the road, using a Frankensteined laptop and our lovely hotel’s WiFi connection.

Thursday was spent on an incredible tour that took us to three cool places.Today I will attempt to bring you three short photo essays of our journey, led by the steady hand of Fred, the Jedimaster bus driver. We also shot some video, but you’ll have to wait until next week for it.

Finally, we stopped at the house of master dioramist, Brian Tatum. Brian keeps his toy collection in a 5,000 square feet warehouse that adjoins his house. This small photo essay just scratches the surface of what Brian has. Next week I will post more photos and probably a video of his amazing stash of toys. Because of this, I presenting this photo essay without many captions. Brian’s collection was jaw-dropping in its size and scope.

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Mint In Box Nirvana

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March 14, 2014

As observant readers of this blog may know, your PopCulteer is on the road at the moment, as a gueat of JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention. I am trying to bring you some updates from the road, using a Frankensteined laptop and our lovely hotel’s WiFi connection.

Thursday was spent on an incredible tour that took us to three cool places.Today I will attempt to bring you three short photo essays of our journey, led by the steady hand of Fred, the Jedimaster bus driver. We also shot some video, but you’ll have to wait until next week for it.

The second stop on Thursday’s magical mystery tour was at the house of Tim Merritt, who has a pretty amazing collection of Mint In Box GI Joe items. He doesn’t keep his stuff in a “Joe Room.” He keeps it in a “Joe House,” behind his very nice regular house. Many thanks to Tim and Tammy Merritt for being such gracious hosts.

It was like the coolest Black Hole of Calcutta ever, as a couple dozen avid GI Joe collectors crammed in to see Tim's collection
It was like the coolest Black Hole of Calcutta ever, as a couple dozen avid GI Joe collectors crammed in to see Tim’s collection
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Two rows of jewelr’s cases plus a shelf hold more than 130 Mint In Box vintage GI Joe action figures

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Walking Dead Tour

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March 14, 2014

As observant readers of this blog may know, your PopCulteer is on the road at the moment, as a gueat of JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention. I am trying to bring you some updates from the road, using a Frankensteined laptop and our lovely hotel’s WiFi connection.

Thursday was spent on an incredible tour that took us to three cool places.Today I will attempt to bring you three short photo essays of our journey, led by the steady hand of Fred, the Jedimaster bus driver. We also shot some video, but you’ll have to wait until next week for it.

Our first stop was in Senoia, Georgia, a nice small town that has been used as a location for many movies and TV Shows. Most notably, it has been seen standing in as “Woodbury,” the barricaded Walker-free fort/city ruled by The Governor, in The Walking Dead.

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The Gift Shop. They let us go downstairs to see the museum in progress. It open officially March 29, after they get Daryl’s motorcycle in.

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March In Atlanta

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March 14, 2014

Hey, if you’ve been paying atention lately, you know that your PopCulteer is off on a wonderful trip down South to Atlanta, the land of The Walking Dead, GI Joe conventions and really cool toy shows. You may have also noticed that the posts over the last few days have been a little less wordy and a little more picture-y. That’s because PopCult is being prepared in advance. We’re cooking a whole mess of these posts up so that the mighty Gazzblog interface merely has to take them out of the freezer, warm them up and plop them on the table in front of you.

There is a good chance that this blog will also be updated from the road, since we’ll be shooting tons of pictures and video while we’re doing all sorts of cool things. We just prepared these posts in advance in case we start having too much fun to do that. If everything goes as planned, you might want to check back for a mini-photo essay later today featuring images from our tour of Woodbury, the town the Governor ran in The Walking Dead.

Until then, just to keep reminding you how much fun your PopCulteer is having, we lovingly present the raw press release promoting JoeLanta. We are very darned proud that our video coverage of last year’s JoeLanta was included with this press release!

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Atlanta Pop Culture Show Offers Celebs, Movie Cars, Toys and More This Weekend

The Great Atlanta Toy Convention/JoeLanta welcome fans for two days of family fun March 15 and 16. Meet Wrestling Legends Amy “Lita” Dumas and Scott Hall and TV Psychic and Medium, Chip Coffey!

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The Great Atlanta Toy Convention / JoeLanta, Atlantaʼs annual celebration of toys of all kinds, gears up for its 14th year in a big way. Celebs from film and TV, cars from the big and small screen, and oodles of toys make it an event to remember.

The two-day extravaganza takes place March 15 and 16 at the Marriott Century Center Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. at Clairmont and I-85. General admission is only $6 per day!

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Robocop vs. Robocop

It’s the second episode of The Reel Deel, wherein Kevin Pauley and Brian Hatcher discuss the differences between the original 1987 version of Robocop and the new remake that’s in theaters now.

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Stuff To Do Friday, March 14

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The Empty Glass In A Book

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rockatlasusaWord comes from our friends at The Empty Glass that the legendary bar and music venue (and frequent location for Radio Free Charleston) will be featured in a new book, “Rock Atlas USA: The Musical Landscape of America.”  They even turn up in a picture on the Table of Contents!

Rock Atlas USA: The Musical Landscape of America
by David Roberts
ISBN-13: 978-1905959976

To be published March 25, 2014

The book’s PR says, “Featuring more than seven hundred great music locations across America, this book is the perfect guide for those people who want to visit some of rock’s most memorable sites. Also a great read for all music lovers who want to find out some of the fascinating stories behind many of the iconic locations covered.

The book is packed with hundreds of rare and unseen photographs including pictures of The Beatles, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, The Grateful Dead, and many more! It is a must-read for all music lovers.

David Roberts was formerly managing editor of the Guinness range of music books includingBritish Hit Singles, Rockopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music.”

A Personal Note

donI haven’t mentioned this until now but last Saturday  my uncle, and godfather, Don Panucci died unexpectedly.  To say it was a shock would be an understatement.  I found out while editing the music videos for the latest episode of Radio Free Charleston and was so numb I simply continued editing video and mixing audio for the rest of the day. I just didn’t know how to react.

Donald was my father’s youngest brother and last surviving sibling.  Many of you may know him from the years he spent running Warden’s Kitchen and Appliance Gallery.  You may remember I lost another uncle last year, Gene Warden.  Gene lent his name to the business but had virtually nothing to do with its success.  It was Don, along with my aunt, Stella Jo Warden and my father, Frank Panucci, who made “Warden’s” synonymous with quality custom kitchen design.

It feels really strange to be going on a very pleasant vacation at this time, but Don would not have wanted me to miss this trip. I did have to take some time out to post this from Anderson, South Carolina.

I remained silent about Don’s passing out of respect for his family’s privacy.  The reason I’m mentioning this in the blog now is that my uncle Don’s obituary is scheduled to run today and I know people will have questions.  Needless to say, Don touched many lives and will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.  I know I will miss him very much.

Radio Free Charleston 196, “Test Subject MCHM” is a jam-packed show with three musical acts making their RFC debut, and two acts returning after more than five years away. We also have animation from Jake Fertig, and “PrelinGERD” by Frank Panucci.

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Your host standing in front of a random Charleston business

Our host segments were shot in an appropriate place for me to wear this week’s title shirt, “Test Subject MCHM,” which is a fundraiser reward from the upcoming documentary, “The Sweet Taste of Freedom,” which is, of course, about the ramifications of January’s chemical spill into the Elk River.

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Compiled by Frank Panucci

We open the show with “PrelinGERD,” a new compilation of bizarre imagery from public domain movies, lovingly compiled by Frank Panucci.

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