Propaganda Village – On the Border of North Korea

Nov 12, 2009 | 2960 Views | 0 Comments

During a business trip to Seoul, South Korea, in 1995 I traveled to the village of Panmunjon and took a USO-sponsored tour of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which forms the border between North and South Korea - two countries that are technically still at war and in cease-fire mode. My father, Fred Spiardi, was a U.S. Army Private in Korea in the early 1950s.  I was always fascinated by the photos he took of the barren landscapes and war-weary women and children, and I hoped that someday I’d have a chance to see this part of the... Read More »

Confessions of a Font Addict

Sep 4, 2006 | 2189 Views | 0 Comments

This article appeard in the September 2006 issue of the County of Westmoreland Mac User Group (CowMug) newsletter. Die Nasty.  Dream Orphans.  Beat My Guest.  Highway to Heck.  No, these aren’t names of punk rock groups or titles of angst-ridden, teen-penned poems.  They’re names of fonts.  Four evocatively named fonts that co-exist among the hundreds of others in my Mac.  Fonts that compete on a daily basis to be chosen for use in one of my literary or graphic masterpieces (ahem). I’ve rarely met a font I didn’t fall in love with.  I’ve cruised the Internet super highways... Read More »

All you Need is Litigation: Apple versus Apple

Jun 5, 2006 | 2219 Views | 0 Comments

Iʼm one of the worldʼs original Beatlemaniacs. Iʼm so proud of my big Beatle love that I unashamedly admit Iʼm old enough to have seen the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 (well, I was only four – but I've never forgotten the thrill). While my childhood friends dreamed of one day visiting Disney World and meeting Mickey Mouse, I fantasized about visiting Liverpool and London to walk in the footsteps of my idols. (This dream came true in 1987 during my first trip to the U.K.) Back in my Flower Power youth, I... Read More »

Benicio of the Bull

Jun 14, 1997 | 2442 Views | 0 Comments

Okay, I admit I used to have a thing for actor Benicio Del Toro. He inspired me to start writing pop culture pieces. This article was published in the summer 1997 issue of “Bitch” magazine. The guys who run the local video store must hate me. The other day I brought back The Usual Suspects, its entrails crumpled, shredded and hanging from the cassette due to excessive play-pause-slow-motion-rewind-search action during scenes featuring the sexy, sultry and talented-as-all-getout Benicio Del Toro. It’s been said that I really know my way around a multi-function remote, but my fascination with... Read More »