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Video: Laser Blazer This really started off as something to do, something to occupy a few of us in between gigs. It was going to be quick, easy, and nobody would see it except perhaps at parties. We'd use stuff lying about the shop, including a puppet head left over from a commercial...then things got out of hand. I thought to throw a quick set together out of foam packing materials. But then Steve Altman and Bob Verne actually wrote and performed an original song. John Lambert knew where to score an actual, professional video camera and gear. Dave Allen volunteered his studio to shoot it. Steve Neill went ahead and constructed the hero puppet "Zrake" and his pet "Skip, the Ground-Zero Parrot" and we were off to the races. Look at some of the names in the end-credits- these guys were the best in the business. Remember, this was 'way back in 1986, well before the CG Revolution. Over 25 years ago... and its still kinda fun.

Bison Archives: People often ask where I got those pictures of the old Garden of Allah. This would be from Marc Wannamaker, at Bison Archives. Very helpful, and very knowledgeable.

Garden of Allah Model: Once upon a time, a model of the old Garden stood in the parking lot of the strip mall where the buildings used to be. Later, it was moved inside the bank, then it simply disappeared. It has surfaced again, and is for sale! After you've watched the Youtube video, e-mail contact@jomichaels.com

Prescott of the Stratosphere Rangers: Initially an experiment- a computer-generated man wearing a jet-pack. Done on an Amiga 2000 in 1994, it was ambitious. Later, I expanded the video to include the Sky City, a few interior sets (the Sky City's bridge, a Cannon Chamber) and so forth, to enable a "documentary" of the lost 12-chapter serial (bogus) made by nearly forgotten actor Jack Fairchild (bogus, too) fleshed out with interviews of the now-famous people he worked with. Sadly, the film never came to fruition.

The Garden on Sunset: A fellow named Martin Turnbull has written a novel (first of a series) taking place at the old Garden. Called "The Garden on Sunset", it is basically a well-written soap opera following several people and their interactions with various celebrities and Hollywood in general. I have to admit that I'm more of a murder-mystery sort of chap, but I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the sequels.

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