I mentioned last time that we went to see the new Godzilla movie and really liked it.

That seems to be the trend lately, to reboot or redo something that is already in existence. True, this Godzilla movie is a continuation of the reboot that came out several years ago, but it seems that the original ideas are just not showing up — or Hollywood is just getting lazy.

I am horrified that a reboot of one of my favorite childhood programs is being presented as a horror movie! “The Banana Splits” was a Saturday morning staple featuring four cartoon-like characters, Beagle, Fleegle, Drooper and Snorky. It was a live-action show with a catchy theme song “Tra-La-La” but now it is being rebooted as a slasher movie and I couldn’t be more upset. My childhood memories of that show and all the commercial product tie-ins are about to be destroyed. I am a little curious to see it, but slasher movies give me nightmares, so we will see.

It’s very evident on TV. In the last couple of years we’ve seen successful launches of some popular shows from the 80’s. The most obvious example was last year’s “Roseanne”. They were able to get the entire cast back together again and the results were great. They all clicked again as we watched the Conner family 20 years later. I really enjoyed it, but then again I liked it when it first ran. Then Roseanne had to open her big mouth and let some ugly hateful things spill out. She was fired and the rest of the cast were dumbfounded. They once again were in a top show and all of a sudden the rug was pulled out from underneath them. After some refiguring, the character of Roseanne Conner was killed and the show was renamed “The Conners”. I liked it but it did miss that spark that made the show work for me, but I admire ABC for standing their ground and firing her. How it will go from this point forward is anybody’s guess. The remaining cast are all very talented so I hope it continues.

Both “Will & Grace” and “Murphy Brown” were also back on the air with good ratings. I loved both shows in their initial run and am pleased with the new shows. Two other sitcoms from the late 80’s/early 90’s are also coming back. “Designing Women” and “Mad About You” are both on the schedule for this upcoming season. “Designing Women” will focus on the children of the original cast taking over Sugarbakers Design firm with the remaining original cast scheduled to make appearances. Of course, Julia (Dixie Carter) and Anthony (Mesach Taylor) have passed away and Suzanne (the hilarious Delta Burke) had a bad breakup with the producers so her involvement might be questionable. Annie Potts is a regular on “Young Sheldon” so we’ll see what her time will permit. It will be interesting to see how these new shows will be accepted by the viewing community.

I am working on a display for the library to commemorate the 40th Yorkfest celebration and I could use some help. The display will focus on past royalty, but I’d like to include some photos or other items into the display. If you have some items you could loan out for the display, I’d love to hear from you. I would like to find an agenda of the original event that debuted in 1979. I hope to have the display up in August and will remain through the event. It’s been fun for LeMoine Roth and I to serve as Yorkfest King and Queen this year. The Chamber is currently accepting nominations for the next royalty. If you know of someone who has been an active part of the community for a while, contact the Chamber to see how to make the nomination.

Speaking of the Chamber, congratulations to the staff for a very enjoyable Golf Tournament last week. It was a great time to visit with the golfers from all over the state. The golf course looked very nice despite all the rain they had to deal with prior to the tournament. The weather cooperated and it was a very enjoyable afternoon. Our Jell-O shots were a hit and thankfully I didn’t lose any eyebrows lighting the grill for the hotdogs.

I’ll be headed to Omaha this weekend to see some of the relatives from my mom’s side of the family who are coming in for the College World Series. My younger brother and his family are already here and it will be nice to see my mom’s side of the family. It’s been five years since they last came to Nebraska from New York so it will be great to catch up with them. It’s also a reminder to my family how much we miss dad. The College World Series was a big part of his life and it being so close to Father’s Day makes it a little sad. However, we do have a new member of the family, my nephew Nick’s new son Myles, and I know how dad would have loved to hold him. He was born the day after the anniversary of dad’s death so I’m sure he was there in spirit, at least.


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