Casey Kasem Passed Away June 15th

Mark from Gatchaman Action Figure

Mark from Gatchaman Action Figure

Mark from Gatchaman Action Figure

Many people have written about Casey Kasem’s passing. They have written about his career, his illness later in life and the sad feud that exists between his remaining loved ones. I’ve read blogs about his voice acting in Scooby Doo and how he used that humble cartoon to speak about his own values to a generation of fans. They have written about things that while true, seemed a bit cold, a bit clinical as a way to remember a man whom exhorted his listeners to “keep their feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” What great advice. Be pragmatic but not afraid to dream.

Casey Kasem hosted the American Top 40 Countdown for as long as I can remember. While it may seem odd, the weekly Top 40 Countdown was the only radio show I took pains not to miss. When my favorite song was in the top 10 I cheered it and the artist on. The show was the main way I discovered new favorite songs and groups. It was easy to imagine that we knew a little something about him. Of course we didn’t, but that feeling of closeness that came from listening to him week after week was still there. And I was truly sorry to hear that he was in declining health and saddened when he died.

What I really missed in all of the reporting was mention of his voice acting work on one of my favorite cartoons: Battle of the Planets. (Yes Sandy Frank is the source of all our pain–thank you Joel and the Bots). Casey Kasem was the voice of Mark in the American version of what was originally called Gatcheman. I was never a fan of Scooby Doo but I loved Battle of the Planets. Many a morning I pushed the envelope of catching the school bus to watch just one more minute of Battle of the Planets. For the record I never did miss the bus but I got chased out of the house more than once lest I do miss it.

These are the fond memories that come to mind when I think of Casey Kasem. So it is with real feeling that I say, rest in peace Mr. Kasem. Your presence on the airwaves brought a bit of happiness into lives all over the nation and probably even farther. K.

A Good Writing Day and Gatchaman Live Action Article

I don’t know how other people do it but when I write, when I create something I do it as a continuous flow, like a little stream. It either comes to me as a trickle, like now with War In Flesh, or sometimes, rarely, as a river a raging torrent of ideas and scenes that come so fast I can barely keep up. For In The Flesh it came like a burbling brook, steady, constant and in good quantity.

The hardest part is to get the flow of creativity going. Fits and starts are the worst and indicate a tough day of writing. This has been the norm with War In Flesh. I find it most frustrating. Writing some stories is a joy. I hope War In Flesh becomes like that because I believe the mood of the author communicates through the work. Fortunately I’m writing a dark part of War In Flesh so it should work out. Perhaps it will work out even better than I think. At least I can hope it will.

Nikkatsu Studios Gatchaman

Nikkatsu Studios Gatchaman

My article on Gatchaman will be posted on The Geek Girl Project today. It was a labor of love as I have fond memories of Battle of the Planets from when I was young. I actually had to do some research for this article and I’m pleased with the result. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Second Chances saw some progress yesterday too. I really need to come up with a real title for that book because I despise the working title. I’ve set the opening scenes and now I need to get names for the characters because I’ve reached the point where the working names will no longer suffice. Names are hard, they really are.

I have a busy day of writing planned so I’m going to get to work. K.