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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Groovy 10th Birthday Flashback to 2008



Time does fly when you're having fun.

On August 19, 2008, DEEP DISH was born, and I never would have imagined that I'd still be writing AND enjoying it 10 years later. I want to thank all of my readers for their continued support during this groovy blogging adventure, and to commemorate this milestone, I thought it would be fun to feature 25 of my favorite posts from 2008 (click on a title to read the complete post).

What's It All About, Deep Dish? (August 19, 2008)
My first post answered that question - it would be about "my favorite movies (screwball comedies/cult faves/bad movies we all love), television shows (soap operas, of course/classic sitcoms), music (1958-1986 with an occasional contemporary tune), books (queer literature/Hollywood bios), theater, actors and actresses, my own writing and political views (Democrat), gorgeous guys, and all things queer and kitschy." And I think that description is still pretty accurate.

Battle of the Beefcake #1 (August 19, 2008)
My second post was a precursor to my Dish of the Day feature - and the winner of this "hot competition of bulging biceps, amazing abs and thundering thighs" was Mr. Shortshorts.

Will Swingtown Boogie On? (August 24, 2008)
My favorite new television show of 2008 was CBS's 1970s drama, Swingtown, which sadly did not continue to shake its groove thing beyond its 13-episode summer run.

Dancing With Cloris Leachman (August 27, 2008)
I wrote this feature on the actress after it was announced that she would be on ABC's Dancing With the Stars that fall at age 82. Three years later I was fortunate enough to spend "31 hilarious minutes of pure bliss" interviewing her - and she's still acting today at 92. Also, it's hard to believe that I did not know who Kim Kardashian was while writing this post, so I had to look her up on Wikipedia to learn that "she's a Paris Hilton Wannabe best known for her social life, stolen sex tape, and appearing on a reality show with her stepfather, former Olympian and Can't Stop the Music actor Bruce Jenner."

Will the real Tina Fey please stand up? (August 29, 2008)
On this sad day in American history, John McCain tarnished his legacy by selecting Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. I will never forgive him for helping to make this deplorable woman a household name.

Pick Your Favorite Playgirl Cover Boy (September 9, 2008)
This was my second most popular post of the year - and the winner was 2006 Man of the Year Derrick Davenport.

Hillary and Sarah Together For The First Time (September 14, 2008)
I still love Tina Fey's first appearance as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. She and Amy Poehler (as Hillary Clinton) are "an absolute hoot".

When even Bette Midler isn't funny . . . (September 17, 2008)
I really hated this remake of The Women starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman and Candice Bergen - "but the worst waste of talent has to go to the treatment of Bette Midler, whose horrible performance I blame on the screenplay. The actress has nothing to work with in her two scenes except really bad dialogue and an ugly hairdo."

The Gayken Finally Comes Out of the Closet (September 23, 2008)
Clay Aiken, the 29-year-old American Idol runner-up, came out on the cover of People magazine, causing millions of young Claymates (his fans) to cry themselves to sleep.

Dish of the Day #1 (September 29, 2008)
I wish I knew his name.

My Favorite Things: Top 25 Musical Recordings (September 30, 2008)
My 25 favorite musical recordings (stage or film) included Follies in Concert (1985), Hair (1979 Soundtrack), I Love My Wife (1977 Broadway Cast), Prettybelle (1971 Original Cast) and Seesaw (1973 Broadway Cast).

The New Tommy Tune 'n' Jeff Daniels Croonin' Musical (October 9, 2008)
Chicago's Goodman Theatre presented Turn of the Century, a new musical starring Jeff Daniels and Rachel York and directed by Tommy Tune. "I found it to be a total charmer that put a big smile on my face" - but I don't think it was produced anywhere else.

Yes We Did! (November 5, 2008)
I took photos and videos at Barack Obama's rally in Chicago's Grant Park on Election Night - and "though we were nowhere near the stage, Oprah or Brad Pitt, it was still one of the most exciting nights of my life."

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do in Chicago (November 15, 2008)
I took a few photos at the Chicago protest of Prop 8.

Groovy Movies #16: (Not) For Ladies Only (November 20, 2008)
"For Ladies Only, a 1981 made-for-TV movie about male strippers, isn't a great film, but for a 17-year-old small-town boy from the Midwest, this flick was a defining moment in his life."

Groovy Guy: Gregory Harrison (November 24, 2008)
This was my most popular post of 2008 featuring 10 Groovy Facts about the handsome actor as well as many photos.

Maybe Rachel's sister should've skipped the wedding (November 25, 2008)
In my review of the film, Rachel Getting Married, I congratulated director Jonathan Demme "on finally knocking 1993's The Piano out of the top spot on my partner's list of worst movies ever." I didn't hate it, but I was quite underwhelmed.

Rosie (the lesbian Ed Sullivan) (November 28, 2008)
Who remembers Rosie Live, Rosie O'Donnell's attempt to revive the variety show genre that aired on NBC on Thanksgiving Eve? Her guests were Liza Minnelli, Kathy Griffin, Clay Aiken and Jane Krakowski, and the show tanked in the ratings.

Anderson Cooper: Wet and Shirtless (December 10, 2008)
I had to investigate when I read in Entertainment Weekly that Anderson Cooper took off his shirt during a 60 Minutes interview with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Milk: It's about a gay guy . . . (December 13, 2008)
I began my review of the movie, Milk, by saying "if Sean Penn doesn't win the Oscar for Best Actor for his brilliant performance as Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's equally brilliant film, I'll be very disappointed." He won, and I was happy.

Movies on DVD Wish List (Updated) (December 18, 2008)
I posted my wish list of films that I would love to see released on DVD, and 10 years later I'm still waiting for Compromising Positions (1985) starring Susan Sarandon, Raul Julia and Judith Ivey as well as Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971) with Fannie Flagg, Rue McClanahan, Candy Darling, Gil Gerard and Gary Sandy.

The Best of 2008: Theater (December 27, 2008)
Some of my favorite stage productions of 2008 included Fiorello! (at Chicago's TimeLine Theatre), It Had To Be You (starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka), Grey Gardens (with Hollis Resnik as Little Edie), The Lady with all the Answers (featuring Judith Ivey as advice columnist Ann Landers), and Don't Dress for Dinner (a hilarious sex farce starring Jeffrey Donovan, Patricia Kalember and Spencer Kayden that finally made it to Broadway in 2012).

The Best of 2008: Television (December 31, 2008)
My TV picks for 2008 included Brothers & Sisters ("I love Sally Field. I really really do"), Mad Men ("TV's best series in my opinion"), Nip/Tuck ("The most twisted show on television"), Swingtown ("That '70s Show runs for EIGHT seasons, and a great drama like Swingtown only gets 13 episodes. So unfair) and Weeds ("I'll watch anything with Mary Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins").

2008's Dish of the Year (January 1, 2009)
I greatly appreciated reader Jon C's comment on this post identifying the Dish as "the lovely Ben Cohen (former rugby player and offical friend of the gays, despite being happily married and childrened-up)."

The Best of 2008: People (January 2, 2009)
Some of the best folks of the year included Meryl Streep, Rachel Maddow, Hillary Clinton, Tina Fey and, of course, Barack and Michelle Obama. As for the Worst Person of the Year, I had to select Sarah Palin ("The biggest idiotic joke of 2008").

4 comments:

Jon said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your tenth anniversary, sweetie! Keep up the great work... Jx

Deep Dish said...

Thanks, Jx!

joel65913 said...

Congrats on such a milestone!!!

That pic of Gregory Harrison is always a welcome sight! I can't right now but I'll be back to stroll through the various links but I can tell you that your first dish is Bartolomeo Fasano an Italian fashion model. Not sure if he's still active though.

Deep Dish said...

Thank you so much, Joel, for identifying Dish #1 - I've been wondering who he is for a decade!