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In computer news this week 11/03/2010
The final curtain falls on Movies101 – it was a wonderful show …..
My friend and client Bob Glatzer, the Producer of KPBX’s Movies 101, died on October 15th while I was on vacation, and I learned the sad news when I returned home and checked my email, which I don’t check while I’m on vacation- specifically to avoid any of the bad news that email can bring.
Bob and I shared the common background of being boys growing up in New York City, and although he was years older than me we could recall experiences we shared there, like going to Loews movie theater, eating at the Automat restaurant, and visiting Central Park and other Manhattan landmarks.
One time I lent him a picture book I have on Manhattan in the 1950’s
and I can remember how excited he was that he found a picture in it of a girl he had gone to school with.
I first met Bob here in Spokane at the Folk Life Exhibit during Expo 74 that he was the director of, and I also met a friend of Bob’s - Utah Phillips who was the folk host and a very entertaining storyteller.
Years later when Bob started doing his show on KPBX in the 1990’s he asked me to work with him on developing a website, and it was exciting to work with him and to see it grow and flourish. We discussed what he wanted on it, and he wanted it to be very simple – no glitz – so people could easily read his movie reviews. Content always trumps glitz.
Most of you probably don’t know that there’s several websites known as “Internet Wayback Machines” that allow you to see any website in its various stages over the years.
If you read this review online on my Raw Bytes website you can see these evolutionary screens over a decade…..
It was an exciting adventure working with Bob on his website; we had tens of thousands of hits monthly hits and several online banner or movie review advertisers, as we were fully engaged in E-commerce.
But the best part of our relationship was him educating me on understanding movies; what makes a movie great, and how to look at and understand movies.
His Book Beyond Popcorn truly opened up a new world of movie appreciation for me, and reading its chapters are like completing a course in film school.
Its many chapters include his choices for the best film – The Godfather – and the 2nd best musical – The Commitments – a little known film on an Irish soul-music band we would have all missed, if not for Bob, what the other Oscars are all about, why we cry at the movies, and a list of all the films you have to see before you die.
And I will always sit in a darkened movie theater until the final credit rolls off the screen, as he taught me all I’ll ever need to know about credits and their importance.
There are so many movies he introduced me to through his website and the various workshops and film festivals he directed; Smoke Signals – about son’s reconciliation with their fathers, and Artanarjuat The Fast Runner – a Cannes Film Winner about an Inuit legend- are 2 superb movies that readily come to mind.
In today’s world of talking heads and constantly changing opinion polls, it’s a refreshing rarity to find someone who sticks to their guns and calls things like they see them, while at the same time educating and opening up a new world to you .
Such a man was Bob Glatzer.
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Movies101 Screen Evolution online
(We launched www.movies101.com in 1999, with a very simple design, using a picture of a movie reel we’d found somewhere on the web, and a favorite picture of Bob sitting in the back seat of an old car:
About a year later in May 2000 I had found those spinning movie reels that became a permanent part of the website, and we put up a different picture of Bob too:
In 2001 Bob’s book “Beyond Popcorn” was published, and we added that to the website and he went on a book promotion tour across the
In 2003 we added some movie footlights to give us an updated look, and our website traffic had increased to several thousand hits a month.
In 2006 we did another update, using his favorite “Halloween” color scheme of orange and black:
In 2007 I designed a new welcome screen which featured a darkened movie theater with people watching a Bogart/McCall scene from Casablanca:
And in 2008 we did another update – still using his Halloween colors – and still using the spinning movie reels:
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