Monthly Archives: December 2012

Simply Bettie Page

By Steve Beard Ah, those jet-black Bettie Page bangs. Fifty years after they were immortalized on a pin-up icon, you still see them on the pale hipster chicks with the cat-eyed glasses. That is just one of the lasting manifestations … Continue reading

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The winding path to Graceland: Elvis Presley’s spiritual quest

By Steve Beard January 2002 Long live the King! Fully twenty-five years after his tragic death, Elvis Presley still enjoys remarkable world-wide popularity. He has been immortalized to the next generation of kiddies in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch movie, locks … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

You may remember the scene in the movie Crash (2004) where Anthony, a car thief played by rapper Ludacris, discovers a van with the keys dangling in the driver’s door. Since no one is around, he hops in and drives to … Continue reading

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Soul man: The sweet sound of Al Green

By Steve Beard When British musician Elvis Costello was asked if he had ever had a religious experience, he responded, “No, but I have heard Al Green.” Not a bad compliment coming from Costello, a musical legend in his own … Continue reading

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Bamf! The gospel according to Nightcrawler

By Steve Beard When moviegoers were first introduced to Kurt Wagner in the 2003 blockbuster film X2: X-Men United, he was darting through a legion of hapless Secret Service officers at the White House. At first glance, he appeared as … Continue reading

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Evel Knievel’s leap of faith

By Steve Beard April 2007 With a career that began by jumping over a 20-foot box of rattlesnakes and two mountain lions and graduated to an attempt over the Snake River Canyon, Evel Knievel electrified audiences in the 1960s and … Continue reading

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