March 8, 1987
What's being billed as "the world's largest Ouija board" will be out in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum Friday (the 13th) at 4 p.m., with 35 contestants on hand to play the 12-by-7-foot board. A publicist says they'll be "summoning the psychic energy of the ghost" that reportedly hangs there. It's all to hype the opening of Cinema Group's horror pic, "Witchboard" (a nickname for Ouija board).
March 13, 1992 |
If you suffer from triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, you're probably still in bed, hiding under the covers. But if you have only a mild aversion to Friday the 13th, there are ways to get into the spirit of the day. The Ouija board, developed in the 19th Century by William and Isaac Fuld, is often associated with Friday the 13th. The boards were first marketed in 1967 by Parker Brothers, makers of less supernaturally volatile games, like Monopoly, a company spokeswoman says.
December 21, 1996
I am mystified by the glorification of Clipper Coach Bill Fitch for his having achieved the distinction of being the all-time losing coach in NBA history. Mr. Fitch's record is no coincidence, since he is in fact one of the worst coaches in NBA history, notwithstanding his decades-ago success with sure-fire winners like Larry Bird in Boston and Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston. His principal talent seems to lie in getting inept owners such as Donald Sterling to hire him. Fitch is rigid and unimaginative and seems to make substitutions based on the use of a Ouija board.
October 31, 1993 |
It was a stormy Halloween night and the full moon was partially covered by clouds. Three girls, named Claire, Jody and Jennings, were having a big Halloween sleep-over party. Claire's mother came down the stairs, stopped at the bottom and said, "Claire, I'm going to an office party. Now you and your friends behave yourselves." Claire replied, "OK, Mom." When her mother had left, Claire asked Jody and Jennings what they wanted to do. "Let's use the Ouija board," Jody said.
May 8, 2012 |
James Franco seems way too preoccupied in his experimental art projects (and day job as an actor) to care about something as superficial as appearance, but that doesn't mean we don't have to look at him. When images of the Oscar nominee surfaced from "Spring Breakers," his latest project from director Harmony Korine, the looking-at-him task got a bit difficult thanks to his rapper character's loud tattoos and Kevin Federline-esque cornrows....
March 12, 2006 |
A 560-page poem about the other world drawn from some 25 years of conversing with spirits at the Ouija board, James Merrill's "The Changing Light at Sandover" inevitably calibrates among the strangest performances in American literature. But what else is new? From Whitman, Dickinson, Emerson, Hawthorne, Poe and Melville through Stein, Williams, Pound, Eliot, Hart Crane and Zukofsky, the instigators of the American tradition (or is it anti-tradition?