Film maker William Castle was known as the king of B-movies, a shlock master who used gimmicks and tricks in his works.  With his long face and massive cigar, he was almost as well known a director as Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s. Very early in his career, William learned the value of promotional stunts.…

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Francis Scott Key is best known for writing our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.  According to legend, the music used in the song was lifted from an old bar room ballad. I don’t think it was “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”. Francis Scott Key was both a lawyer and a poet, so he…

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tales from defensive driving comedy guys driving safety classes

In defensive driving classes, even the instructor learns things. When discussing what to do when your car breaks down on a railroad track, I used to say “abandon the car immediately and run toward the train” because when the train hits the car, the debris will go with the train. Running toward the train is…

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tales from defensive driving comedy guys driving safety classes

I’ve been teaching defensive driving classes for quite a while throughout Texas. Over the years, I have learned a simple fact:  Students will tell you the best defensive driving stories if given the chance.  Being able to listen to everyone else’s story is just another reason to take a defensive driving class in a classroom location. ___________________________ Here…

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gary murray movie reviews, comedy guys defensive driving mesquite tx

After yesterday’s defensive driving class in Mesquite, Gary Murray headed to his day job, watching and reviewing movies. Yesterday’s ticket was for AFTER EARTH, the new movie with Will and Jaden Smith that opens this Friday. Gary’s review of AFTER EARTH will appear on Selig Film News soon, but in the meantime you can enjoy…

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