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I Never Turn Down Such Things – The Versatile Blogger Award


If there’s anything I’m loathed to do, it’s turn down an award. And if it comes from the blogging community, one I spend a number of waking hours upon, especially the set of wonderful web logs I read regularly, I’m honored. Truth be told, I’m buoyed tenfold when such things come my way.

Case in point, the blogger who runs the wonderful The Film Club bestowed a Versatile Blogger Award on moi. My sincere thanks for the nomination. There’s a reason I follow her blog beyond that, though. Besides her superb content, she runs her site in a fashion I find quite admirable:

“I don’t believe in using big words to say small things and I’m not particularly interested in the technical aspects of film. On this blog I aim to express opinion in an informal, and hopefully humorous fashion, on the basics of a film, you know, whether it is actually enjoyable and what-not. Surely that’s all that matters really.”

Naturally, the Versatile Blogger Award has its rules. In order to accept it, I must:

  1. Thank my nominator and provide a link to their blog. ☑️
  2. Make my own fifteen nominations and tell them they have been nominated (see below).
  3. Offer up seven interesting facts about myself (there’s always a hard part, isn’t there?)

The following would be my Versatile Blogger Award nominees. They certainly qualify. Worth reading, too:

She’s a Maineiac

Cinema Parrot Disco

Thoughts From The Booth

Feminist Texican Reads

My Filmviews

The MN Movie Man

The Cinema Monster

Committed to Celluloid

Cindy Bruchman

Mettel Ray

Vic’s Movie Den

Keith & the Movies

3 Guys 1 Movie

cinematically insane

Outspoken & Freckled


Interesting Facts (so called)

1) I’ve broken exactly three bones over the years. While in high school, my jaw c/o car crash in 1971. My right ankle in ’74, playing a pick-up one-on-one game of basketball — for which I blame my brother. And a metacarpal in my right hand in the early 90s, the classic puncher’s break — don’t ask, it’s really stupid.


2) I have the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book by Steven Jay Schneider, given as a gift by my wife, and I’m not even close to checking off most of those listed there. I’m running out of time! 😦

1001 to see

3) The earliest film quote I remember liking once I heard it:

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” ~ Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

4) As a kid, my first crush with a singer came by way of the British Invasion during the mid-60s:

pet clark

5) Why yes, I have seen my life flash before my eyes. While on a dare (again, as a teenager) crossing a railroad bridge over the L.A. River in South Gate, CA. A third of the way across, I missed a tie and fell in-between. Happened quickly, but believe me, my whole life was referenced. The bridge is still there, too:

bridge with my name on it

6) Okay, I admit to loving Key Lime Pie more than a tad as a dessert, or a staple.


7) Since I’m chronicling injuries, my first concussion came from falling out of a tree at age 7. The second, during a Judo tournament in the mid-70s. Neither took any skill on my part to accomplish, by the way.

photography by Jochen Kohl

photographed by Jochen Kohl


34 Responses to “I Never Turn Down Such Things – The Versatile Blogger Award”

  1. theflimculb

    Great facts! I love the Dr Strangelove quote, it’s still one of the best. I must confess though, I have never tried key lime pie…
    And thank-you for your very kind words r.e my blog, you’ve truly made my day!

    Keep up the good work. As I said, your blog is one of my favourites. 🙂


  2. jackdeth72

    Hi, Michael.

    You’ve always been versatile.

    No concussions or broken bones here. Back of my head hit the corner of a girder. Bled like a stuck pig. And never has stitches.

    Great choice fir a favorite remembered line in cinema. (#3)

    My first cross oceanic crush was Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel from the UK’s The Avengers . Petula Clark is an equally notable choice.

    Never had my life flash before my eyes. Cannot argue with Key Lime Pie, either.


    • le0pard13

      Ow! Head wounds bleed something fierce, don’t they? Great choice for a crush, Kevin. Mrs. Emma Peel! Many thanks, my friend. 🙂


    • le0pard13

      Thanks so much, T. I like how they change the cover images with different films for new editions of the 1001 movies books. 🙂


  3. Victor De Leon

    Mmmmm Key Lime Pie…

    Congrats on the Award, Michael! You deserve it big time. Thanks for the nomination as well, I am very honored 🙂 Also, thanks for sharing your personal info and facts. This post was a great read!


    • le0pard13

      You’re welcome, Joseph. Yes, 1001 books are good and make for some fascinating discussion and viewing lists. Thank you 🙂


  4. ruth

    Congrats Mike! Always fun learning more about you as well. Oooh 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, that’s a great book but yeah I doubt I’d be able to complete even half of the movies listed.


  5. table9mutant

    Thank you for this! I do appreciate getting these – I need to do a big thank you post in reply to everyone one of these days. : )

    I like your interesting facts. Yikes on the railroad bridge!! Heights is probably my number one fear so I wouldn’t attempt that in a million years. Love that Dr Strangelove quote. : ) I’m curious now how many movies I’ve seen in that book! Lol. 1001?! That’s adventurous! That’s why my goal is the imdb top 250 instead – seems more achievable! ; )


    • le0pard13

      You are surely welcome, t9m. I enjoy reading your blog’s content very much. Staying off high railroad bridges and watching as many movies as you can in a lifetime are not only worthy goals, they prove you’re are an exceptionally intelligent person. Unlike me. Many thanks, my friend :-).


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