Hours of Darkness

I spotted this sign recently at a park operated by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. And I think it begs one important question: When would the pious and ever-righteous and all-knowing and extraordinarily-judgmental Pat Robertson re-open this park? Ever?

In similar news, I like to watch TBN. Why? Probably for similar reasons I like what Elaine Pagels has to say. Last night TBN was having a movie infomercial. Sort of a rip-off of an E!-inspired show (they have a lot of shows that look a lot like secular network shows, but aren’t), they were touting this new movie, “Time Changer,” while sitting on what appeared to be a re-creation of the movie’s set based on the movie clips they showed.
What caught my eye and stopped my channel-flipping right smack on TBN this time was their talk of the movie’s stars. What exactly have Hal Linden and Gavin McCloud been up to anyway?
The formidable “Captain Barney Miller” and equally-amazing “Captain Merrill Stubing,” respectively, have been making a movie that I would likely never see, apparently.
Wow. These guys re-made “Back to the Future III,” gave it an apparently overt Jesus-y message and put a police captain and the “Love Boat” sea captain in starring roles. According to the Internet Movie Database this movie was released in 2002. Where was I?

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

1 thought on “Hours of Darkness”

  1. Ok, so I have a couple of questions.
    First, does Pat Robertson own that park with the sign, and if so, what is the deal with it being closed?
    Next, are you saying that the Love Boat guy and Captain Miller re-made “Back to the Future”, made it all churchy, and released it in 2002? Have I been under a rock?
    I found your blog on Jill’s blogroll. I’m in Columbus myself and am an aspiring freelance journalist (who has a VERY long way to go). I’ll be back. I’m sure I can learn a lot from you.

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