John Bendel, editor of National Lampoon‘s popular True Facts section from 1978 to 1992, is alive and well and living in New Jersey. Nowadays, he makes a living as a technology writer. For a while, he maintained a personal web site about life and politics in New Jersey. It’s still up, but he hasn’t updated it in a while.
National Lampoon Lemmings was recently released for the first time on CD on the Decca Broadway label. This classic cast recording of National Lampoon’s best-known off-Broadway show has been out of print since the ’70s. The team that produced the CD did a great job of not messing with a good thing and included all the
Bulgemobile Fans Rejoice! “The Last Dream-O-Rama: The Cars Detroit Forgot to Build, 1950-1960” by Bruce McCall has just been published by Crown. This book picks up where McCall’s “Bulgemobile” articles left off. If you want to check out the original articles: “The ’58 Bulgemobiles” (“So All-fired New, They Make Tomorrow Seem Like Yesterday!”) first appeared in the April ’72 (“25th”
When we last left Natty Lamp, J2 board member Daniel Laikin was poised to take over J2 Communications with big plans to restore the humor icon to its former glory and a June 30 deadline to come up with the cash or bust. It is now November and the deadline has long passed, but the deal
I know, he never wrote anything for National Lampoon, although he was even the subject of parody once in the magazine. Nevertheless, for anyone with a sense of humor his passing is a cause for sadness. On the bright side, his website is still up.
In the months since my rather lukewarm review last October, NationalLampoon.com appears to be getting better. In fact, I would say that it has now clearly risen above the abysmal level of the final print issue (November 1998). They are even up for a Webby this year. There is still a lot of room for improvement, particularly
XM Satellite Radio has acquired rights to all the National Lampoon Radio Hour shows and will begin airing them on a regular basis late this summer. More details when they are available.
Bobby London has informed me of some factual errors about him on the Answers page. They are now corrected. (I got the bogus information from Matty Simmons’ book. I’m getting the impression he wasn’t too big on details.)
M. K. Brown dropped me a line to say that there is a site devoted to her work. You can see quite a bit of her work there. (I knew this already but I buried the information deep in the Answers page.)
Apparently, they go on to write for children’s television. Sean Kelly, Ellis Weiner, and Brian McConnachie all write regularly for Noddy, a PBS children’s program about a mentally ill young boy (Truman) who has vivid hallucinations regarding his grandfather’s toy shop in which he believes all the toys are alive. McConnachie also wrote for Shining Time Station, a show about talking trains which