I begin today with a bizarre tale of Richard Marx stalking a local blogger.
I am not ashamed to admit I loved Richard Marx back in the day; “Right Here Waiting,” “Endless Summer Nights,” and “Hold on to the Nights” were in heavy cassette rotation in the Lewis bedroom all throughout the 1980s. Sure, some mocked him as cheesy pop silliness, but I loved him and think he’s got a terrific set of pipes.
Well, apparently his pipes might be great, but his skin is awfully thin. Check this out: A local Chicago-based blogger named Edward McClelland writes for a local TV station’s news site called Themorningnews.com, and during a music review of another song, made a throwaway snarky comment:
Every one of these musicians has performed outstanding work on their own, but together, they’ve produced a power anthem that would have embarrassed Damn Yankees, The Outfield or White Lion. (But not Richard Marx. Richard Marx is shameless.)
So sure, McClelland made a snide remark calling Richard Marx shameless, but who cares? Surely this would melt into the vastness of the Web, to be forgotten in five seconds even by those who read it.
Except the comment got back to the man who belted out “Don’t Mean Nothing.” And he was pissed. He emailed McClelland, then tweeted at him. Then kept at it, asking and emailing McClelland to explain his “shameless” comment.
McClelland of course, thought it was a joke; one of his buds goofing on him. Only, it wasn’t. It really was Richard Marx.
Eventually, the two arrange a meeting, and well, I implore you to read the tale here. Why in the world Richard Marx would give a fig about what McClelland said about him, I have no clue.
But it’s a fascinating and bizarre story.
**As we finally get closer to the start of the NHL season on Saturday, I’m going to be posting hockey-related clips as much as I can, because I’m very excited for my Rangers making a run (a skate?) at the Stanley Cup this year.
Today, check out this amazing penalty shot goal from Jori Lehtera in the Kontinental Hockey League (that’s Russia’s pro league) all-star game.
**Finally, I love ridiculous-sounding products like this. There’s a new product called the Nagging Fork, debuted at the Consumer Electrics Show, which somehow detects when you’re eating your food to quickly and emits a series of beeps and vibrations. The idea being, of course, that if you slow down, you’ll eat less.
This is great, in theory. But how many people are going to hear those damn beeps, throw their fork against the wall, and accidentally put a loved one’s eye out?