Recently, I found myself at loose ends, only to encounter the opening moments of John Wayne’s 1953 outing, “Hondo.”  Despite having grown up in a John Wayne-loving household, I had never really sat down to watch a Wayne film on purpose, the only exception being ‘The Conqueror,’ where Wayne played Genghis Khan.  (Some part of me just can’t resist that sort of train-wreck casting.)  Even though Hondo’s credits sequence looked like Little Debbie cakes, I was willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt due to positive reception by two notable (and unexpectedly similar) men:  Reverend Jesse Custer and Al Bundy.  Turns out it was a decent little movie, with some cool 3-D camera work and intriguingly homespun philosophy, and I’m happy to say that my imaginary friends the Preacher and the Shoe Man didn’t steer me wrong.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) ain’t gonna hit ya, it ain’t gonna hit ya.  Like HELL it’s not, asking:  Are there things you enjoy that you only tried because their relationship to ANOTHER bit of pop culture?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Honestly, this was why got me into Star Trek the first time. I grew up being a StarbWard fanboy, one of the “either-or” types. I used to think the aliens were dumb, the ships unfeasable, etc. a few years ago I got the last edition of “Star Trek: Bridge Commander”, and it intrigued me. This curiosity grew until sometime early this year, I decided to watch it. I started at the very beginning of TOS, and watched it straight through TNG until I stopped at DS9 Season 2. I plan on finishing DS9, watching Voyager despite all the fun poked at it), and finishing with Enterprise, all before the next JJ Abrams film releases. I’m not quite a “Trekker/Trekkie”, but I thoroughly enjoy the franchise now.

  2. I was introduced to the gorgeous Alizée Jacotey because her dance is used as the Night Elf female dance in WoW (despite the fact I was never that into it, although I did play for a time) and they compared the original dances to the characters dances in a YouTube video.

    There are a lot of things I’ve come to like that I was introduced to through something else, including a lot of songs/bands/musicians I may not have paid much attention to otherwise. I’ve read a few books that were mentioned in or as influences for movies/songs/tv show episodes.

  3. I first became interested in The Prisoner, because of the Iron Maiden song which uses the ‘Who are you?’ sequence from the show’s intro at the beginning of the song. I discovered Robert Anton Wilson, and all his stuff because if his tangential relationship to the Church of the Subgenius. And how many people of my age 30ish – 40ish got into D&D because of the Hobbit and LotR and the Rankin-Bass animated films based on those novels.

    • Weirdly I went in the opposite direction playing the old Middle Earth Role-playing Game by I.C.E before discovering the original books.

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