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Chicago: Eegah!

Watch out for snakes, everyone!

One of Richard Keil's many MST3k appearances, but the only one in which we can see his face is coming up in August!

OK, here's the story behind this episode, and I'm sharing it here because it's awesome: Arch Hall, Sr. is a study in crazy awesome.  He was a fighter pilot in WWII, whose experiences were ostensibly the subject of the 1961 Robert Mitchum/Jack Webb picture, "The Last Time I Saw Archie."  He was a genuine cowboy, having grown up in South Dakota, and was an honorary member of the Sioux nation, speaking Sioux and eventually honored by them in death.

When he came back from the war, he got a job as a stuntman in Hollywood, and racked up quite the IMDB page before starting his own production studio, Fairway Productions.  This is where things go from awesome to crazy: he started making B-movies, apparently on purpose.  He star in them, along with his son, Arch Hall, Jr., and whoever the hell else he could get, including Marylin Manning, his secretary, who plays Roxy in Eegah, Ray Dennis Steckler, who went on to direct and star in The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (obviously Hall, Sr. had something of a mentor effect on Mr. Steckler), and evidently Richard Keil, whose freakish height pretty much guaranteed him a living in movies as Solarites, pinheads, porcelain alien androids, henchmen with uncomfortable-looking dental work, and incidental characters in Adam Sandler movies.

Arch Hall, Jr. stars in Eegah, and like in many of the movies his father made, he sings and plays the geetar, as it was hoped he would become the next Elvis.  That... didn't happen.

Also, Arch, Jr. is now an airline pilot and modestly successful novelist, and reportedly cool with how he was treated on MST3k.

We meet at the Irish American Heritage Center in the Fifth Province, the center’s pub located on the first floor (look for a group of folks wearing name badges). Sometimes there will be an event charging money at the door; that's not us.  You're welcome to walk past them and come find us.  The evening starts at 6:00p for dinner/drinks in the pub (menu consists of burgers, fish & chips, sandwiches, and Irish fare such as Sheperd's Pie). At around 7:30p, we go to the viewing room to watch the show. For those of you driving, the center offers plenty of free parking in its lot. If you still can't find us, go ahead and call or send me a text message at[masked] (after 6 PM on the day of only, please; there are several avenues to contact me every other day of the month).

I charge an event fee of $5 to help recoup costs for room rental, A/V equipment, DVDs and a personalized, preprinted name badge. If your guest(s) also would like a personalized preprinted name badge, please put his/her name into the comments section of your RSVP.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Arch Hall Jr. forever.

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good times were had! The hot room cooled off with a bunch of geeks hanging out enjoying the silliness.

    September 1, 2013

  • Sarah V.

    Hey everyone, sorry for the last minute bail but I have to help a friend move. The joys of having a zip car account. Enjoy and hope to see you at the next one!

    August 31, 2013

  • Gail A.

    Well, Tom's not feeling well so I have to bow out. See you all next month!

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike: Do you need anyone to bring paper plates, forks, spoons, etc? I'll bring some Diet Coke and I vote for pizza.

    August 31, 2013

    • Scott

      Talked to mike. Just bring the diet coke.

      August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will do.

      August 31, 2013

  • Valerie

    Hello! I plan on stopping by for the first time with a friend (Holly). (We will have eaten though, just coming for the movie.)I meant to RSVP sooner but it slipped my mind completely!

    August 31, 2013

  • Rose W.

    Sorry for the last minute change. Paul and I will not be able to make it tonight. We have so much going on today and will not be able to make it to the meet up tonight :(

    August 31, 2013

  • Mike A.

    Important announcement: The Fifth Province's kitchen is closed for their annual upgrade/deep clean, which means there's not much in the way of food you can order, and we have been approved for ordering food of our own or bringing some in.

    So here's the deal: by all means, pop down and go down to the bar (you been hittin' the BOOZE again!), but we'll be meeting in room 304. So hurray! If you get there early, you can watch me set up! We'll have a cooler full of sodas and I encourage anyone with an appetizer you just HAVE to share with people to bring it along -- if you bring food, potluck rules apply: bring enough for everyone -- and if not enough people are inspired to bring awesome food at my suggestion, we'll order some pizzas.

    (Bringing sodas would also be pretty awesome, if anyone's inclined -- if you don't like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Dr. Pepper, bring a 12-pack of something you DO like!)

    August 30, 2013

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