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 on: January 16, 2021, 06:01:52 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
From Andy Warhol's diary of those days' events --

Friday,June 14, 1985

During this morning I went down to the Seagram?s building for that ?How to Paint? video thing that the computer company, Commodore, wants me to be a spokesman for. And I guess I got the job. I was afraid that they were going to put a spotlight on me and have me draw in front of 700 people, but it was okay. It?s a $3,000 machine that?s like the Apple thing but can do a hundred times more.

Monday,July 22, 1985

Went up to the Kiss of the Spider Woman screening (cab $5). This is the movie Jane Holzer produced with that David Weisman, the Ciao Manhattan person. I can?t stand him so I hate to say it, but I liked the movie. And I guess people are wanting arty movies now, or something, it?s the right time. I had to get home early and dye my hair because of my public appearance at Lincoln Center for Commodore Computers the next day. Dyed my eyebrows, too. Black. I always dye it black first, and then leave some white and everything. I?m artistic, sweetheart.

Tuesday,July 23, 1985

The day started off with dread as I woke up from my dreams and thought about my live appearance and how nothing is worth all this worrying, to wake up and feel so terrified. Had to be over at Lincoln Center at 9:00, so I was up at 7:30 (cab $4). Debbie Harry got there before I did. She?s a blonde again and she?s lost another ten pounds. And she was wearing the outfit from Stephen Sprouse that I?ve never seen anybody else wear yet?the shoes glued into the leg stocking. We ran through it, and the easiest part is running through our thing for the press, that?s so easy. They said we had to be back there at 5:30.

The whole day was spent being nervous and telling myself that if I could just get good at stuff like this then I could make money that way and I wouldn?t have to paint.

Then when I went back there at 5:30 we went on and I thought I was going to pass out. I forced myself to think about the next job I could get if I didn?t. Went along and the drawing came out terrible and I called it ?a masterpiece.? It was a real mess. I said I wanted to be Walt Disney and that if I?d had this machine ten years ago, I could have made it. Then afterwards people saw the portraits of Debbie and thought those were (laughs) the
Xeroxes.

And the news is full of Rock Hudson having AIDS in Paris. And now I guess people will finally believe Rock Hudson?s gay. When you?d tell them before, they wouldn?t believe it.

 2 
 on: January 02, 2021, 11:22:47 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Aw, in its first big test of freeway driving, the Chevy C30 failed!  I was to drive the truck from Stockton to Lodi round-trip, a distance of 31 miles.  I prepped the truck for any eventuality, carrying jumper cables, a floor jack, etc..  I checked and then inflated all the tires to their proper pressure.  My friend in Lodi was warned that he might have to rescue me if the truck didn't make it.
     I jumped in the truck and started it.  The engine ran smoothly.  So far, so good.  I headed off to the freeway on-ramp about 2 miles away.  There was a stop light that had turned red at the intersection just before the ramp.  I waited at the light, and when it turned green, I stomped on the accelerator to climb up the ramp.  Huge amount of off and on hesitation in the acceleration!  So much so, that I was being jerked back and forth in the truck seat.  O.K., this is not the way the truck is supposed to accelerate.  I aimed for the nearest off-ramp, got onto it, and drove back onto city streets.  I went back home and had to call my friend that I would not be visiting.  Diagnosis off the top of my head... fuel filter clogging (a problem which the truck has had in the past).  Because it was Jan. 1, none of the auto stores were open.  I'd have to wait until the next day in order to buy a filter, and hopefully it won't be raining down on me when I install that filter.
     My Lodi friend will be out of town for awhile.  Next opportunity to test drive the truck to Lodi... this Sunday when my friend returns.

          Happy New Year!
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

P.S. A while later on a road leading out of the city, I was able to get the truck up to 55 mph without any troubles.  However, in this short drive, I did not stomp hard on the accelerator but just slowly pushed slowly and had the truck gather speed gradually.

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 on: December 26, 2020, 11:14:42 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
    I've just received the book as a Christmas present!  Here is what I wrote for the FCUG newsletter and an excerpt from Debbie Harry's book.

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(Debbie Harry, was a singer, songwriter, and actress who had the lead vocals in the band, Blondie.  Some of her famous songs were "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," and "The Tide Is High."  Andy Warhol was an artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  Both of them appeared together on stage for the unveiling of the Commodore Amiga 1000 in 1985.  Below is what Debbie recalled from that event.)

Later, Andy called and asked me to model for a portrait he was going to create live, at Lincoln Center, as a promotion for the Commodore Amiga computer.  It was a pretty amazing event.  They had a full orchestra and a large board set up with a bunch of technicians in lab coats.  The techs programmed away with all the Warhol colors, as Andy designed and painted my portrait.  I hammed it up some for the cameras, turning toward Andy, running my hand through my hair, and asking in a suggestive Marilyn voice, ?Are you ready to paint me??  Andy was pretty hilarious in his flat-affect way, as he sparred with the Commodore host.

I think there are only two copies of this computer-generated Warhol in existence and I have one of them.  Commodore also gave me a free computer, which I passed on to Chris [Stein].

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Harry, Debbie, "Face It: a Memoir," Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, p. 196, c. 2019.

         Truly,
         Robert Bernardo
         Fresno Commodore User Group -
         http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
         http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 4 
 on: December 21, 2020, 01:49:14 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Due to the pandemic, no SCCAN meetings have been held at our usual Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge, CA.  In mid-November, outdoor dining at the restaurant was available, but there was no electrical outlet nor shade for our monitors.  Also Panera had instituted a 2-hour time limit on dining.
     SCCAN member Jeff R. wanted to meet so that he could pick up his 2 monitors which had been repaired by Ray Carlsen.  Well, I didn't want to drive the 3 hours down from Visalia to Northridge, and so, we compromised.  He would drive up from his area, and I would drive down 1 hour, 20 minutes to the Bakersfield Panera Bread Restaurant.
     We met on Saturday, November 19, at the noon hour, and he treated me to lunch at the restaurant.  We ate in the outdoor patio which was shaded and had one electrical outlet!  Of course, we tried to be socially-distant, him eating at one side of the table and me at the other side of table.  We talked a lot about computers, a little bit about Commodore (like the Mega65) but a lot about new news in the Amiga world (like new add-on's for the A1000).  It was like having a SCCAN meeting but without the computers to look at!  I speculated that with that electrical outlet in the patio, we would be able to have official SCCAN meetings.  However, we realized that few if any would come from the Los Angeles area all the way to Bakersfield for a meeting.
     We reached our 2-hour limit, though no one really came to shove us out of the patio.  Being the good people, we left anyway.  Jeff and I transferred the monitors out of my station wagon and into his car.  We said good-bye to each other, both of us wondering when we would meet again.
     Later that month, all outdoor dining was closed, due to the pandemic.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 5 
 on: December 21, 2020, 12:58:11 PM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
     The fuel pump was replaced on the Crown Vic, and I drove it around for 7 days... in town only.  Once as I was coming into a parking spot, the engine cut off.  I was able to restart.  I thought to myself, "Cold engine?"  Then on the sixth day, as I was turning a corner, the engine cut off again!  Speed about 15 m.p.h..  Well, I was able to restart and got home, but something was definitely wrong.  Back in the station wagon, I went to Mooney Shell and explained the problem.  The owner of the shop told me to bring the Crown Vic back, and they could check it out again.  I said that Christmas was coming up, and I had to travel.  The Crown Vic would have to go in after Christmas.

          Driving the Mercury Colony Park station wagon right now,
          Robert Bernardo

P.S. Out of curiosity, I did a Google search of my 1988 Mercury CP, and the latest sell prices were $9,500 and $14,500!!!  The value of that old wagon is going up!

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 on: December 04, 2020, 05:57:13 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     I missed this short review of the game. See

http://www.indieretronews.com/2020/10/volley-for-two-enjoyable-volley-ball.html#more

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 7 
 on: December 01, 2020, 09:39:29 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
    The website for the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network has been rearranged with the addition of a News page.  Check it out!

         Truly
         Robert Bernardo
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
         http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 8 
 on: December 01, 2020, 09:36:28 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
The 1990 Ford LTD Crown Vic was brought in to Hewitt Alignment for its yearly alignment.  The power steering had been leaking fluid, though its low-pressure return line had been replaced a few months earlier at Mooney Shell, so I asked that the pump be looked into.  Hewitt found a leak between the pump and the fluid reservoir.
    It seems that the p.s. system is still leaking fluid.  I will have to bring it back to have it repaired under warranty.
    However, in the meantime and more importantly, I brought the car to Mooney Shell for other repairs.  The driver's power window wasn't moving, the driver's switch for the dome light had failed, the rear brakes were not as effective as they should be, and the engine would cut off at speed!  That was on the freeway while I was going to the November FCUG meeting.  I was able to restart, get to the meeting, and return back home.  However, when I parked the car overnight, the next morning it wouldn't restart.
    The Shell mechanics replaced the gearing in the power window (the motor was fine), the dome light switch was replaced with a new one, the rear brakes had new drums installed because the old ones were warped, and the electric fuel pump relay was replaced.  I offered to pay for the repairs, but the owner wanted me to try out the car for a few days.
    I picked up the car on the Monday before Thanksgiving, and it ran fine.  On Thanksgiving night, I was to drive to Stockton.  I packed up the car and drove off.  But one block away from the house, the engine cut off!!!  I had to push the car to the side of the street and then walk back to the house.  The next morning the car was towed back to Mooney Shell where Donnie the mechanic checked it out right away.  The electric fuel pump had failed... and it had last been replaced at Stockton Autocare in Sept. 2019!  It didn't last very long (electric fuel pumps are supposed to last years and years).
    Right now, the Crown Vic is still at Mooney Shell while the fuel pump is being replaced, and I'm using the Mercury station wagon.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 9 
 on: November 21, 2020, 02:23:41 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
As mentioned in one of my messages a few years ago, one of my favorite bands is Berlin with its lead singer, Terri Nunn.  One of my favorite television shows is T.J. Hooker.  Little did I know was that Terri Nunn appeared on T.J. Hooker!
     Another Terri Nunn sighting!  This time on the t.v. show, Barnaby Jones!  In the 1978 episode, "Academy of Evil", she plays a psycho schoolgirl in a meaty role.  What a surprise when I saw it!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 10 
 on: November 18, 2020, 12:30:15 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
The car restarted easily and ran smoothly.  When accelerating, the engine/car did not shake anymore.
    That success did not last very long.  I made it down to Portland where I was supposed to spend one night.  However, the next morning the car did not want to shift into third or fourth gear.  Not good to be driving down the freeway in second gear at 40 mph!  So, I crawled it back to the hotel and found that there were 2 transmission shops just a couple of miles away.  The first shop couldn't even look at my car until Nov. 10.  Luckily, the second shop could take my car right away.  Eight nights later, the car's transmission had been rebuilt, and I was able to leave the city.  Total cost = $1,500 !

          A bargain,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

P.S. When I made it back to California, I brought the Colony Park to my local muffler shop.  The car had been noisier than usual after having had the new catalytic converters installed earlier in the month.  Quality Mufflers looked at it and found that the H-pipe (the cross pipe between the dual exhausts) had "rotted" at both ends.  They rewelded both ends, and the car became its usual, quiet self.  And their service was free, because I was a regular customer.

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