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Jason Bennion

Some years ago, one of Jason Bennion's friends jokingly accused him of being "an analog kind of guy lost in a digital world." Jason liked the sound of that and promptly turned it into his personal motto. A curmudgeonly champion for all things nostalgic, he still unironically loves the pop culture he grew up with in the 1970s and '80s: the original Star Trek, the pre-Special Edition Star Wars, the version of Battlestar Galactica that featured a chimp in a robot-dog suit, and laid-back TV detectives with mustaches. He doesn't like the term "cheesy," and he doesn't believe in the concept of "guilty pleasures." Jason's non-media interests include classic rock, classic cars, travel, history, manned space flight, and creative writing. He collects stuff of all descriptions, ranging from concert t-shirts to action figures to movies and music recorded on good old-fashioned physical formats. His personal blog can be found at www.jasonbennion.com. And yes, he does like pina coladas and gettin' caught in the rain.

A Left-Handed Writer Kid Remembers Richard Hatch

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[This piece originally appeared in a slightly different form on Simple Tricks and Nonsense.]   “So what do you do?” It was a simple question, but nevertheless, I was taken aback by it. I’ve met quite a few celebrities in my time, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have had good experiences with the majority […]

In Memoriam: Jerry Doyle

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[This piece originally appeared in a slightly different form on Simple Tricks and Nonsense.]   Back in the mid-90s, just after I finished with college and was still struggling with the question of what I was supposed to do with my life, I spent a lot more time watching syndicated TV than I probably should […]

Y’All Need to See <i>Sing Street</i>

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[This piece originally appeared in a slightly different form on Simple Tricks and Nonsense.] I feel like I’m late for the party on Sing Street, as it’s been making its way around the U.S. since April, but if you haven’t heard of it yet, take my word for it: you will. And if you haven’t […]

Of First Kisses and Purple Rain

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[This piece originally appeared in a slightly different form on Simple Tricks and Nonsense.] The first girl I ever seriously kissed was a major Prince fan. I didn’t see the appeal. The appeal of Prince, I mean. The kiss was awesome. I can still remember it with almost shocking vividness. But Prince… really? Sure, “Let’s […]