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Haruo Nakajima, the first actor to play Godzilla, died at the spry age of 88.

In 1954, Nakajima starred in the 1st Godzilla movie and he had a small part in Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece “Seven [*ya-a-a-w-wn*] Samurai.”  That’s kinda running the gamut [an annoying artsy-fartsy movie and miniature destruction porn (a precursor to today’s destruction-porn)] with only two movies!

Mr. Nakajima would eventually put on the 200 pound rubber monster costume 12 times from 1954 to 1972 in a series of movies that became an international phenomenon.  Not a very entertaining phenomenon, but still popular enough.  Kinda like the Kardashians.  

Wearing a hot, heavy suit beneath bright lights had him sweating so much, he said, that at the end of a day’s shooting he could wring enough perspiration from his undershirt to fill half a bucket.  God, that’s disgusting.  If you smell carefully, you can still smell the stink from that suit from here.

To perfect the monster’s destructive gait, Mr. Nakajima spent hours at the zoo studying


Nakajima, shown here dehydrated and passing out.

how elephants and bears walked. He wanted the monster to be believable.  I mean, it didn’t work because a Nick Cage performance is more believable.  But, He did pretty good for a guy in 200 pounds of latex.


Truth is, he could only stay inside the suit for three minutes before passing out.  That meant that they couldn’t do any of those Alfonso Cuarón ten-hour tracking shots.

This hit goes to: Morrigan’s Mirror, which I have to yet again remind myself, is NOT Nathaniel!  Especially with such a geek-cred pick.

As a note: there is only one person without a hit.  How does it feel, Erin?

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Lee Kwang Soo!: – 170 (Alice Drummond – 20, Dr. Henry Heimlich – 10, Hashemi Rafsanjani – 20, Lola Albright – 10, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – 60, Darren Daulton – 50)

Josh: 140 – (Florence Henderson – 20, Grant Tinker – 10, Gordie Tapp – 10, Terry Edwards – 60, Chuck Barris – 20)

Wes: 140 – (Holly Dunn – 50, John Glenn – 10, Debbie Reynolds – 20, David Penrose Buckson – 10, Erin Moran – 50)

Team Sushi: 100 – (Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – 30, Roger Moore – 20, Manuel Noriega – 20, Martin Landau – 20, Ara Parseghian – 10)

Jami: 100 – (Fidel Castro – 10, Bernard Frost – 20, Zsa Zsa Gabor – 10, George Michael – 50)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 90 – (William Christopher – 20, Mary Tyler Moore – 20, Moulton “Pete” Marston – 20, Michael Bond – 20, Haruo Nakajima – 20)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 70 – (Ralph Branca – 10, Craig Sager – 40, Sam Ard – 30)

M: 30 – (George Romero – 30)

Joanne: 30 – (Judge Joseph Wapner – 10, Helmut Kohl – 20)

M: 30 – (Sir John Hurt – 30)

Jodi & Husband: – 20 (Bill Dana – 20)

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

The Mumblers: 10 – (Don Rickles – 10)

Nathaniel: 10 – (Peter Sallis – 10)

Mary: 10 – (Chuck Berry – 10)

Babysitter: 10 – (June Foray – 10)


Hiroo Onoda, non-deserter and professional bad-ass, died at the spry age of 91.

Onoda was an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II and did not surrender until 1974.  No, that is not a joke.  Motherfucker held off on surrendering for 29 years.


These colors don’t run, bitch!

He was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines. He was ordered to do all he could to hamper enemy attacks on the island, including destroying the airstrip and the pier at the harbor. Onoda’s orders also stated that under no circumstances was he to surrender or take his own life.  He excelled in the last two.

When the Japanese surrendered in 1945, nobody bothered to go to Lubng Island to check on the boys.

The government dropped fliers, pamphlets and leaflets telling them that the war was over.  But Onoda and his three compatriots would not buy into that western propaganda bullshit.  They decided the leaflets, pamphlets and fliers were lies.  The fact that they were labeled “Fox News,” didn’t help.

So, they carried on, raiding local cattle, burning rice harvests, getting into gun fights and creating general havoc in the name of the Emperor.

After four years, one of Onoda’s compatriots gave up and surrendered to Filipino forces.  He apparently had enough of the living-in-a-cave guerrilla-force lifestyle that they had eked out in the Lubang mountains.

This made the remaining three extra careful… he might squeal to the enemy.

In 1952, letters and pictures from their families were dropped, telling them that the war was over and to come home.  They saw this as more western trickery.  Psychological warfare!

In ‘54, one of them got shot in the leg during a shootout with local fisherman (did I mention the whole bad-ass thing?).  Onoda nursed him back to health… only so he could be shot and killed by a search party a year later.  So, it was written.

In 1972, the third of Onoda’s brothers in arms was killed in a shootout with police.  This left Onoda alone.  Until…

in 1974, adventurer, Norio Suzuki, set out to travel around the world, looking for “Lieutenant Onoda, a panda, and the Abominable Snowman, in that order”.  (He later died in an avalanche, looking for a Yeti, so he was kinda bad-ass too.) He found Onoda and started talking to him.  He broke the ice with “Onoda-san, the emperor and the people of Japan are worried about you.”  It was his go-to pick-up line for the ladies.  It worked much better on Onoda.

Onoda described the encounter: “This hippie boy Suzuki came to the island to listen to the feelings of a Japanese soldier. Suzuki asked me why I would not come out”

Onoda said that he would only surrender on the orders of his commanding officer.  Now, Japan was forced to disband their army after the war.  So, they couldn’t just call up the Hajataki base and get his commander on the line.  No, they had to look for him.

Turns out, the former commanding officer was an old man who owned a bookstore.  They flew him out to the Philippines where he officially relieved Onoda of his duties, 29 years after the war ended.

So, Onoda surrendered.  ro Philippine authorities.  President Marcos gave him a full pardon… you know, for all those people he killed in all those shootouts.  I guess Onoda gave his wife a pair of shoes.

He came home to Japan with a heros welcome, co-wrote his autobiography, which conveniently leave out all the people he killed, and eventually moved to Brazil… presumably to hang out with some Nazis.

This hit goes to: Jay!  The Dick in Town is on the board with ten points.  Right down at the bottom.  That’s where we like him.  This was Jay’s 75th pick, which is extra gratifying.

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Gianna 50 (Tom Laughlin – 20, Alicia Rhett – 10, Mae Young – 10, Ruth Robinson Duccini – 10)

Starving Writer – 40 (James Avery – 6’ 5” – 40)

The Girl on Fire: 30 (Eleanor Parker – 10, Dave Madden – 20)

Babysitter: 30 (Mikhail Kalashnikov – 10, Russell Johnson – 20 )

“Imaginary” Steve: 30 (Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci – 10, Cardinal Ricardo Carles Gordo – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 30 (Ronnie Biggs – 20, Harold Camping – 10)

Joanne: 30 (Ace Parker – 0, Nelson Mandela – 10,  Ray Price – 20)

SPMI: 30 (Peter O’Toole – 20, Joan Fontaine – 10)

Jami: 20 (Ariel Sharon)

Tailgating with Jesus – 20 (Jerry Coleman – 20)

Carol’s 1%: 20 (Harold Simmons – 20)

Dick in Town: 10 (Hiroo Onoda – 10)

Good to the Last Drop (© Maxwell House ) – 10 (Frederick Sanger – 10)