So I had an interesting day yesterday. By a stroke of luck and good fortune, I was able to communicate - albeit briefly - with one of my favorite television stars of the past, and a writer whom I currently enjoy reading.
Let's start with the actress. As you can imagine, as a kid in the 70s, I had a great urge to watch Friday night TV. Look, you get a two hour block of Wonder woman and The Incredible Hulk, and you are golden.
And believe me I did all I could to make sure I looked Wonder woman at the time. Heck, even when they show reruns of them on Me-TV, I'll watch them.
So I'm Lynda Carter on Twitter, and in doing so I learned that she was involved in campaign fundraising and outreach to Democratic candidates in her home state of Arizona. Work for me.
Then yesterday I saw this message appear on my Twitter feed.
Holy bullets and bracelets, Batman, Lynda Carter making an AMA on Reddit?
And it looks like it's going to start.
I have to ask my question quickly. The problem with Reddit AMA is that the guest can only answer a limited number of questions, so it's really first come, first served.
Oh, man, I had a ton of questions that I would have loved to ask him. There were complicated questions, there were fanboy nerd questions, all of that. I could have asked her about that TV series she did with Loni Anderson called Partners in Crime, I could have asked her about her 1970s movie with Marjoe Gortner called Bobbi Jo and the Outlaw, yeah I could have asked questions like that.
But I was rather curious about something. I've heard that some TV stars were able to keep some iconic props from their TV shows after the shows ended. Barbara Eden, for example, has one of her bottles from I dream of Jeannie TV shows. Leonard Nimoy kept a set of his pointy ears from the Star Trek to show.
Okay. Let's try this. Does Lynda Carter still have her Wonder Woman outfit on, complete with a magical golden lasso, bulletproof bracelets and a long distance throwing tiara?
Okay, Lynda, here's my question.
Okay, now you know my Reddit name as "three times". No, I'm not going to explain why it's three times.
A few minutes later, I received an email. Lynda Carter had responded.
Um, do you want the blog readers to excuse me for a second here?
Yeah, just give me a moment.
LYNDA CARTER HAS ANSWERED MY QUESTION !!
THE ALWAYS LOVED LYNDA CARTER HAS ANSWERED MY QUESTION !!!!
I AM NOT WORTH IT !!
I AM NOT WORTH IT !!!
I mean, do I really have to explain this? No no.
So yeah, that was my day.
Now here is the second part.
You should follow writer Anand Giridharadas on Twitter (@Anandwrites). He is a very intelligent and experienced journalist, writer and thinker, and he appears more often on MSNBC. He also had a great VICE TV show, Seat at the table, which was the top non-wrestling documentary show on this channel. Believe me, if you've ever heard the phrases "Mayflower Mouth" or "Plutes Gonna Plute," give it a royalty check.
So Anand was trying to analyze daily reports and world news, while at the same time trying to make a roast chicken.
I'll let his tweet do the talking here.
Hey… do you think Anand Giridharadas might enjoy my celibate chicken recipe?
You know … This recipe?
Well not the link, but I texted Anand the following message.
Which, technically, is true.
Yeah, okay, like Anand Giridharadas will answer. Not a chance in my life. Besides, chicken in pickle juice? It sounds so plebeian. Heck, I don't even know if he's monitoring his own Twitter DMs or not.
Ah, I'm gonna do something else - hey wait, excuse me, i just got an email.
Wait, did I just get an answer from Anand Giridharadas?
Uh, excuse me, just a second, I'm sorry, I have to start over ...
ANAND GIRIDHARADAS ANSWERED ME !!
ANAND GIRIDHARADAS FREAKIN 'ANSWERED ME !!
I AM NOT WORTH IT !!
I am still not worthy !!!
AND I SPELL HIS NAME CORRECTLY !!!!!
Okay. It was fun. It's not every day that you get responses from both a star on one of your favorite TV shows and a response from one of the writers you follow on Twitter, and it all happens. passes synchronously.
But you know what? 2020 has been such an eventful year ...
I'll take it. And I will be happy. 😀
“Scream” vedette David Arquette has an extreme passion that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.
Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most hard style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.
With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding peau. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.
“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”
Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.
Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”
Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”
In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.
“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the accro is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”
For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.
“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a deuxième it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”
Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.