Author Archives: Ted Hicks

About Ted Hicks

Iowa farm boy; have lived in NYC for 40 years; worked in motion picture labs, film/video distribution, subtitling, media-awards program; obsessive film-goer all my life.

Wonder and Weirdness #2 – The Dangerous Visions of Virgil Finlay

I started seeing Virgil Finlay‘s amazing artwork in the science fiction and fantasy magazines I was reading in the 1950s. I was aware of his name from the start because he signed his work with a distinctive signature, which usually … Continue reading

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Wonder and Weirdness #1 – Ed Emshwiller

I was familiar with Ed Emshwiller’s science fiction illustrations long before I knew his name or anything about his career. From 1951 to 1979, he created over five hundred covers for many science fiction magazines and paperbacks. In the 1960s, … Continue reading

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At the Heights – Movies since 1926

Last month we traveled to Minneapolis to see friends. Mark Ryan, one of my oldest friends and, like me, an obsessive movie buff, had been telling me for several years about the Heights Theater and how great it is. After … Continue reading

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“That Shit You Call Music” – Before New York, Part 3

¬†Minneapolis, September 1973 to January 1977 After being discharged from the Air Force in August of 1970, I returned to the University of Iowa in Iowa City to resume my education and my old job at a local bookstore. After … Continue reading

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“That Shit You Call Music” – Before New York, Part 2

Couple of¬† months behind schedule, this is continuing an account of music I heard during previous phases of my life, when and where and how I heard it, music that meant a lot to me then and still does. This … Continue reading

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Serious Moonlight – David Bowie & “Moonage Daydream”

Calling Moonage Daydream a documentary doesn’t begin to cover it. I saw the film two weeks ago on opening day on an IMAX screen and was properly overwhelmed. Directed by Brett Morgan, the film is a dense overload of overlapping … Continue reading

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Stuff & Nonsense

I’ve been off the grid too long. Part 2 of “That Shit You Call Music” should have been up weeks ago, but Covid-19, as well as my usual chronic procrastination, got in the way. I went back to Iowa for … Continue reading

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“That Shit You Call Music” – Before New York, Part 1

Before I get rolling, I probably should say something about the title of this post. When I moved to Minneapolis from Iowa City in the Fall of 1973, my first apartment was only five or six blocks from what quickly … Continue reading

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Movie Poster Potpourri – Take 3

It’s been nearly four years since the last one of these film poster collections (time flies). I’ve found quite a few interesting posters since then, so I thought I’d do another. There’s no particular theme here. I guess what links … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole (Again)

July 2, 2022. It’s come to my attention that a number of images have disappeared from this post, which accounts for the numerous blank spaces. I suspect gremlins. I’ll be restoring these missing images as soon as possible. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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