Friday, December 19, 2014

Case Study No. 1752: Shirley Dennis and Verna Howard

Inclusive Holiday Concerts
Two elementary school librarians make sure different religions are reflected in holiday concerts.
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[scene opens with a male news anchor speaking directly to the camera]
TUCKER T. BARTLETT: As Canadian schools become increasingly multicultural, more pressure is being put on schoolboards to insure that Christmas concerts are more inclusive.
[cut to a school library, where one female librarian (short grey hair, glasses, blue pantsuit) stands next to another "female" librarian (man wearing a wig, glasses, pink blouse, long black skirt), as "Shirley Dennis, Verna Howard, Elementary School Librarians" appears on screen]
TUCKER T. BARTLETT: [from off camera] We go now to Shirley Dennis and Verna Howard, two elementary school librarians who've taken it upon themselves to make sure every student can feel part of their school's festivities. Hello to you both.
VERNA HOWARD: Happy holidays!
SHIRLEY DENNIS: Multi-denominational holidays, of course!
[cut to a split screen, with the anchor labelled "Halifax" and the librarians labelled "Winnipeg"]
TUCKER T. BARTLETT: So, uh, could you tell us a little bit about your program?
SHIRLEY DENNIS: We have a very diverse student body here, and some parents were upset that the holiday traditions were not reflected in the concerts.
VERNA HOWARD: And we thought if we could just think of some way to include the various different festivities like ... oh, Kwanzaa!
SHIRLEY DENNIS: That's African!
VERNA HOWARD: Or Shawn-ikah, or Ramadan ...
SHIRLEY DENNIS: And then we travel around from district to district, demonstrating how flat-out fun a multi-denominational non-offensive ...
VERNA HOWARD: Christ-light!
SHIRLEY DENNIS: Holiday concert can be!
TUCKER T. BARTLETT: Well, uh, would you mind giving us a sample of your program?
[they both pause, then look at each other and smile]
LIBRARIANS: We thought you'd never ask!
[they rip off their conservative-looking clothes, revealing tight sequin dresses (one black and the other red)]
VERNA HOWARD: Hit it, Marv!
[the lights dim, as they begin singing to the tune of "O Christmas Tree"]
LIBRARIANS: Oh, Hannukah! Oh, Hannukah! How lovely are your candles!
[the "female" librarian starts singing to the tune of "Jingle Bells"]
VERNA HOWARD: Oh, Kwanzaa bells! Kwanzaa bells! Kwan-zing all the way!
SHIRLEY DENNIS: Oh what fun it is to be an African today! Hey!
[the "female" librarian starts singing to the tune of "Away in a Manger"]
VERNA HOWARD: Away in a manger, no crib for a bed! A regular baby lay down his sweet head!
SHIRLEY DENNIS: Could be anyone!
[they both start marching in place, and singing to the tune of "Little Drummer Boy"]
SHIRLEY DENNIS: Come, they told me to Ra-ma-dun!
VERNA HOWARD: Ra-ma-dun-dun!
TUCKER T. BARTLETT: Okay! Uh, ladies ... Uh, excuse me. Could I, uh, could I just stop you there for a second? Aren't you just singing traditional Christmas carols and then sticking in the names of different cultural festivals?
SHIRLEY DENNIS: You got it, Pontiac!
VERNA HOWARD: Pretty clever, we know!
TUCKER T. BARTLETT: [pause] Riiight ... Well, good luck, ladies.
[they both start singing to the tune of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"]
LIBRARIANS: We wish you a merry everything! We wish you a merry everything! We wish you a merry everything, and a Chinese new year!



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Its full name is a parody of This Hour Has Seven Days, a CBC newsmagazine from the 1960s; the "22 Minutes" refers to the fact that a half-hour television program in Canada and the U.S. is typically 22 minutes long with eight minutes of commercials.

Jones and Walsh had previously worked together on the sketch comedy series CODCO, on which Thomey sometimes appeared as a guest. Mercer had been a notable young writer and performer on his own, touring several successful one-man shows of comedic political commentary.

Salter Street Films produced the series until the 2003–2004 season. Salter Street was acquired in 2001 by Alliance Atlantis, and production of the series was transferred directly to Alliance Atlantis in the twelfth season. Since 2005, Halifax Film, a new company formed by Salter co-founder Michael Donovan, has produced the show.

Recognized with 24 Gemini Awards and 11 Canadian Comedy Awards, 22 Minutes is broadcast on the CBC Television network. It is taped before a live audience in Studio 1 at CBHT in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The series, which originally aired on Mondays for several seasons and later on Fridays, currently airs Tuesdays at 8:30pm on CBC, after the Rick Mercer Report.



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Case Study No. 1751: Staff of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

On the first day of Christmas my librarian gave to me...
On the first day of Christmas my librarian gave to me a new book to RFID.

Two one-shelf holds,
Three claims-returned,
Four large print books,
Five DVD's,
Six StaffSpace comments,
Seven Sirsi servers,
Eight meeting room requests,
Nine PC users,
Ten shelvers shelving,
Eleven branch runs running,
Twelve Author Signings...

And a new book to RFID!
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Case Study No. 1750: Cheri Jamison

Lowell Fulson: Lonesome Christmas
Lowell Fulson: Lonesome Christmas - with scenes from the movie "The Twelve Trees of Christmas"
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Cheri Jamison rallies the residents of her beloved Manhattan neighborhood to participate in a Christmas tree contest when her cherished local library is abruptly set for demolition. Cheri finds herself up against an ambitious developer Tony Shaughnessy, who hires Cordelia, a professional decorator, to win the contest for him. The competition is on, but as Cheri works to save the library she discovers that Tony is more than the heartless man she thought. Will her dedication to the beloved library drive Tony away...and with it a chance at true love?



Twelve Trees of Christmas (2013)
TV Movie - Romance - 16 November 2013 (USA)

In a New York City community, during the Christmas season, pretty red-haired librarian Lindy Booth (as Cheri Jamison) receives some devastating news. The library where she works will be demolished to make room for a condominium, with two full bathrooms per unit. Behind this dastardly plan is materialistic, but attractive Robin Dunne (as Tony Shaughnessy). By the way, they are both unmarried. In order to save the library from run, Ms. Booth decides to have a Christmas tree decorating contest. The script attempts to explain how this is going to help reverse the demolition and gives some vague guidelines for the contest, but none of it makes much sense...

The most standard contest rules are broken, and nobody seems to notice...

"The Twelve Trees of Christmas" is dull and predictable, but several in the supporting cast get scenes worthy of a demonstration reel. Shauna MacDonald is most effective. For some reason, Melanie Brown (aka "Scary Spice" of The Spice Girls) assumes the villain role. The handsome Casper Van Dien wanders onto the set a couple of times. Best thing about this TV Movie is the work of director Michael DeCarlo and photographer Russ Goozee. They fill the screen with the colorful set decorations nicely and balance them with sleek floors and table tops.



After last week's non-Christmasy Christmas movie A Country Christmas Story, I think Lifetime was maybe overcompensating a little with their new movie The Twelve Trees of Christmas. Its plot was eerily similar to a stress dream I once had when I binged on an entire box of candy canes and fell asleep with You've Got Mail on in the background. The same thing must have happened to the writers.

Our heroine is Cheri (Lindy Booth), a librarian who was created when a scientist crossed Shelley Long with Bambi and dressed the resulting creature in a bunch of cardigans. Her hobbies include reading, talking about reading, and smiling. She's devastated to learn that her beloved Manhattan library, where her father taught her to smell books, is set to be demolished.

What a coincidence that the man planning to tear it down, the grandson of the woman who founded the neighborhood, lives in her building. Tony (Robin Dunne) and his boss Charles (Casper Van Dien) have been planning to build a high-rise apartment building there. Charles is only in two scenes, which is a real shame, considering he spends his screen time imitating Christian Bale as Batman and delivering lines about how libraries are graveyards for words from the past.

In case you haven't already guessed, Cheri and Tony are very different. Cheri views the world through Disney-colored glasses, defining success as doing what you love and helping people (gross). Tony, on the other hand, defines success as money, money and more money. Naturally, they're often thrown in the same room together - even in an elevator at one point - and spend every scene arguing with each other while suppressing the desire to kiss.

Cheri has an "aha moment" (slow down there, Oprah) and decides the best way to save the library is to have a contest among the regulars in which they decorate Christmas tress inspired by the libary. I guess rich people's greed can be cured at the sight of adorable Christmas trees. Or something. She convinces Tony's grandmother Mrs. Shaughnessy to judge the competition. Much to Cheri's over-the-top dismay, Tony signs up to decorate his own tree, but of course he'll have help from his decorator friend Cordelia.

Enter Mel B, whose performance is seriously lacking in animal print and "zig-a-zig-ah." Cordelia has a thing for Tony and will do anything to win the contest for him, including stealing Cheri's tree idea, which was already pretty manipulative in itself. Cheri gets inspired to decorate a tree with traditional Irish crystal to give Mrs. Shaughnessy - who is extremely Irish, in case the name didn't give it away - a nostalgia attack and convince her to change her mind about tearing down the library. Just when she's convinced a shop owner to let her borrow a bunch of crystal on Christmas Eve, Cordelia swoops in and buys out the shop.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of other characters learning lessons by working on their own Christmas trees. Take, for instance, the busy couple who treat their Christmas tree theme even more seriously than me deciding between bacon and sausage at IHOP. They eventually decide to cover their tree in a bunch of old toys. That's... really unoriginal. But it brings them closer together so good for them, I guess.

There's also Artie, a rejected character from The Big Bang Theory, and his artsy crush, who clash over how to approach their tree but end up hooking up anyway. And of course there's the janitor and the head librarian, who bond over their love of books and whose courtship includes the line, "In my fantasy land, you're the queen." Couldn't make this stuff up if I tried, folks.

But those people aren't really important. What is important is saving this library. Everyone's trees finally go on display, and... they're all kinda lame. One of them has iPads with blinking hearts. Do with that what you will. While Cordelia impresses Mrs. Shaughnessy with her plagiarized tree, Tony is turned off by her dishonesty. He gives an impassioned speech into a reporter's camera while doing that weird Bill Clinton "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" hand gesture, and then he tells her to bugger off. (She's British so I felt comfortable using that phrase, but in hindsight it may have been a mistake.)

Now it's time to see what smiley Cheri came up with. Because she couldn't con Mrs. Shaughnessy into changing her mind with the Irish crystal, she decides to make a Christmas tree out of children (lined up on steps, not all chopped up and repurposed or anything) with a little girl singing a Christmas carol at the top. It's so beautiful and Jesusy that it gives everyone a case of the Christmas spirit, even the people who got their Christmas spirit shot at Walgreens. That includes "libraries are graveyards" Charles, who seconds Tony's decision not to tear down the library. What the hell, Charles? I thought I could count on you.

We end the movie with Tony and Cheri kissing. Drats, I had my money down on them almost kissing and then getting distracted by a cell phone ringing or a friend bursting in to deliver important news. Quit throwing me for a loop, Lifetime.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Case Study No. 1749: Staff of Unnamed Library (Pid)

Let's Play - PID - "The Library" PC GAMEPLAY PART 12
When a young schoolboy gets stranded on a remote old planet, a unique and eccentric journey begins. His search for a way off the planet takes him through cities and castles, attics and space stations into a dreamlike yet dangerous world. Along the way, he outsmarts a variety of malicious robots bent on stopping him and, befriends unlikely allies that start to shed light on a huge conspiracy that keeps the planet mesmerized and prevents him from ever reaching home.

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[the player enters the "Library" level, and finds an old man (glasses, long white beard) sitting in a chair surrounded by piles of books]
KURT: Excuse me, which way is it to the city? I've heard it's supposed to be close to the library.
OLD MAN: Oh hello, I'm glad to see another soul in here for once. It's usually just me and these books. The city can be reached from the older section of this library. It's further up a bit. Just be careful, the library was one of the first places to be taken over by these "invaders". Now the entire planet is under constant surveillance.
KURT: Why are they even here? What do they want?
OLD MAN: No one really knows, or remembers. It started ages ago and today people are just too used to the situation to really care. I'm sure the King and Queen had their reasons for leaving, but it left the planet defenseless against this new regime. The guards won't let you through to the city, it seems they don't want anyone to leave the planet. Maybe you can use the old material shafts to sneak by them. Good luck, little guest.
[the player uses his gravity gun (and several book elevators) to reach the upper level of the library, where another elderly man (short white hair, glasses) is sitting and reading a book ... he doesn't respond, so the player exits the library, finding himself out on the street in Rooftop City]



Pid (short for "Planet in Distress") is a puzzle-platformer video game developed by Might and Delight and published by D3 Publisher for Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3 through PSN, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X. It was announced December 7, 2011 and released worldwide October 31, 2012. The game received average scores, with reviewers citing its presentation and soundtrack as favorable, but having problems with the game's repetitive gameplay and frustrating puzzle solutions.

Pid begins as a young boy named Kurt is left stranded on a remote alien planet. As he travels across the mysterious land, the boy must defeat terrifying robot enemies, as well as befriend unfamiliar allies in his quest to uncover an alien conspiracy and return home. The game takes takes place in a 2D side-scrolling perspective. The player must utilize a wide variety of different gameplay situations and mechanics to overcome and traverse the world's puzzle-like landscape. Kurt's primary tool is his gravity gun, which can be used to propel him in a manner of ways throughout the levels and solve various puzzles. The gravity gun can be used to create gravity wells, which push Kurt outward into the air, with two allowed to be active at once in the environment. However, gravity manipulation is not the only way to interact with his surroundings, as Kurt also comes across a variety of other tools which can be used at his disposal. Blue and red bombs can be detonated to either damage enemies immediately or timed for strategical placement respectively. Firecrackers will allow him to reach higher areas out of reach from the gravity wells. Smoke bombs can obscure his location from enemy spotlights and flashlights. Kurt may also make use of a vest that allows him to withstand more damage. There is also a co-operative mode where both players are dependent on each other to solve puzzles and eliminate enemies, while also competing and testing their skills against one another.

Case Study No. 1748: Ralph E. Whittington

The Daily Show: Librarian's porn collection
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[scene opens with Jon Stewart sitting at the news desk, speaking directly to the camera]
JON: Historically, librarians have played a respectable and conservative role in our society. Mo Rocca meets a Washington DC archivist who breaks that stereotype.

Stacks N' Racks
Produced by Liz Layton
Edited by Mark Paone

[cut to footage outside of the Library of Congress]
MO: [in voice over] The Library of Congress. The largest library in the world.
[cut to the reporter ("Mo Rocca, Correspondent") walking outside of the Library of Congress]
MO: Hundreds of miles of shelves of books, covering every subject in the history of the world ... except one.
[cut to an exterior shot of a residential home]
MO: [in voice over] But that subject does have a place in this Clinton, Maryland home.
[cut to inside of the home, as an older male librarian (short brown hair, suit, red tie) walks down a flight of stairs into the basement]
MO: [in voice over] Library of Congress employee and archivist Ralph E. Whittington has been compiling his private collection here for thirty five years.
[cut to the reporter and the librarian sitting on his bed, as several shelves filled with boxes can be seen in the background]
MO: Would you describe yourself as a hardcore archivist?
RALPH: I ... I'd consider myself an erotic archivist.
[cut to a shot of his business card ("Ralph E. Whittington, Erotic Archivist")]
RALPH: [in voice over] My business card says that.
[cut to the librarian pulling out a box from the shelf labelled "Anal Intruder"]
MO: [in voice over] Call it erotic. Call it adult. Call it legally questionable. Ralph is chief librarian of his own library of pornography.
[cut to the librarian pulling out another box labelled "Adult Baby Fetish"]
MO: [in voice over] Covering every corner, crack, crevice, and fold of this wide-open subject.
[cut to a shot of several VHS boxes (with titles like "The Fine Art of Anal Intercourse" and "How to Enlarge Your Penis"), then back to the two sitting on the librarian's bed]
MO: This is your library's main reading room?
MO: And it's also your ...
RALPH: Bedroom.
MO: In your mother's basement?
MO: Yeah ... So, how much smut are you hoarding in your mother's basement?
RALPH: I guess five hundred videos ... Thousand or so magazines.
[cut to an elderly woman ("May Whittington, Ralph's Mother") knitting on the couch, then to the reporter interviewing her]
MO: Does the sea of pornography ever distract you from your crocheting?
MAY: No.
[cut to a shot of the camera panning across several boxes of pornographic material piled up next to the couch where she is knitting]
MAY: [in voice over] He doesn't bother me with that. I'm upstairs and he's downstairs.
[cut back to the reporter interviewing the mother]
MO: When Ralph was born, and you held him in your arms and you looked into his eyes ... did you say, "One day this kid'a mine is gonna be hoarding a basement full of smut?"
MAY: Oh no. I never thought of such a thing then.
[cut back to footage of the reporter and the librarian looking over his collection]
MO: [in voice over] Ralph is not just hoarding smut ...
[cut to the librarian in front of an old-style card catalog in his basement, flipping through hand written cards for each item in his collection (like "Black Bun Busters, 1985" and "Blazing Zippers")]
MO: [in voice over] Implementing the same system he uses at the Library of Congress, he catalogs and files every choice piece of porn.
[cut back to the reporter interviewing the librarian]
MO: I'd like to talk to you ... about poontang. Is it one word, or two?
RALPH: "Poontang" is one word.
[cut to the reporter and the librarian speaking upstairs (as the mother sits and knits on the couch behind them)]
MO: What about the title "Happy Ass Lesbians?" Will we file it under subject "Ass" or "Lesbians?"
RALPH: "Lesbians."
MO: Could it be cross-referenced under "Ass?"
[cut to Mo holding a VHS tape entitled "World's Biggest Gangbang"]
MO: So "The World's Biggest Gangbang" is going to appear in the performer index under "Chong" and under the subject index under "Gangbang" and under the title index under "The World's Biggest Gangbang" ...
RALPH: "World's," yes.
[cut to Mo holding a VHS tape entitled "Knocked Up & Horny"]
MO: This title really says it all.
RALPH: Oh yes.
[cut to footage from the 1975 adult film "Let My Puppets Come" (featuring actual marionette puppets)]
NURSE: Nurse Mackringle never shrinks from a challenge!
[the male patient puppet sprouts a (pixelated) erection, then cut back to the reporter holding a VHS tape of the movie]
MO: So puppets are not just for kids. Tell me about it.
RALPH: The reason why I bought it, it's the only X-rated film that has puppets as the actors.
[cut to more footage from the film, then back to the librarian flipping through more catalog cards (this time in his mother's kitchen)]
MO: [in voice over] Librarian, archivist, fan.
[cut to the librarian moving around more boxes in the basement]
MO: [in voice over] Ralph E. Whittington has immersed himself totally in his passionate pursuit.
[cut back to the reporter interviewing the librarian]
MO: Would you describe yourself as hands-on?
RALPH: Uh, n-now I do, 'cause I made an X-rated film with Chessie Moore.
[cut to footage of the librarian (completely naked) undoing a woman's bra, from "Ralph E. Whittington Meets Chessie Moore" (1995)]
MO: [in voice over] This is a dream come true?
[cut back to the reporter interviewing the librarian]
RALPH: Dream come true.
MO: What is it about Chessie Moore that ... captivated you?
RALPH: [pause] Availability.
[cut to the reporter interviewing the mother]
MO: What does Mama Whittington think of her son's collection?
MAY: Well ... I feel that he's his own man.
[cut back to footage of the librarian's X-rated video (where he's sucking on the heel of the woman's shoe)]
MAY: [in voice over] I feel that ... he could have done worse.
[the librarian (in the adult movie) turns to the camera and waves]
RALPH: The end!
[the scene fades to white, then cut back to Jon Stewart at the news desk]
JON: Y'know, I gotta say ... In a weird way, i-it makes me feel better about myself.



Library of Congress librarian Ralph E. Whittington collects porn and lives in his mother's basement.
Air Date: November 2, 1999



The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Season 3 Episode 0
Stacks N' Racks

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Mar 25, 1999 on Comedy Central

With 500 pornographic films and approximately 1,000 erotic magazines in his collection, Ralph W. Whittington is a hardcore archivist.



One man's labor of lust / Retired librarian spent decades, $100,000 cataloging porn
Peter Carlson, Washington Post
Published 4:00 am, Tuesday, August 27, 2002

2002-08-27 04:00:00 PDT Clinton, Md. -- In Ralph Whittington's kitchen, family photos are stuck to the refrigerator with colorful magnets. Dangling from a cabinet is a little wooden sign that reads, "Lord, Help Me Hang In There." And below the sign is a heaping helping of hard-core pornography.

Whittington sifts through the pile of smut with the close attention of a retired Library of Congress curator, which he is. There's an old peep-show film. There's a video called "Tijuana Tushy," which is labeled "Shot Live at a Filthy Whorehouse in Tijuana!" There's an old copy of a magazine called -- well, actually you can't print its name in a family newspaper.

"This is just a tiny sample of the stuff in my collection," he says. "The important thing is the diversity. That's where my collection stands out."

He steps into the dining room, and on top of the wooden dinner table is a collection of framed photographs of Whittington posing with some of the greatest porn stars of all time -- Vanessa Del Rio, Ginger Lynn, Jenna Jameson.

Whittington smiles nostalgically. "Of course, these photos are all copies," he says. "The museum has the originals."

That's right. The Museum of Sex -- a serious, academically credentialed museum opening in Manhattan on Sept. 23 -- has purchased all of Whittington's grip-and-grin photos of porn stars.

The museum also purchased -- for a sum that remains secret -- nearly everything else in Whittington's world-famous porn collection, which had filled almost every inch of his modest brick house in Clinton.

Whittington, 57, is thrilled. He figures this vindicates his 30 years of curatorial labor in the vineyards of smut. "This should give me a little credibility," he says.

Whittington's 85-year-old mother, May, who lives with him, is also thrilled.

"It got to the point where he had too much," she says. "He couldn't keep it clean."

Ralph Whittington learned his archival skills while slaving for Uncle Sam. For 36 years -- until his retirement in 2000 -- Whittington worked at the Library of Congress. Along the way, he was given the responsibility of overseeing the library's collection of phone books.

"I was in charge of every phone book in the freaking world," he says.

He learned how to organize, catalog and archive a collection. And he took those skills home, where he was building a couple of archives of his own. The first was a collection of R&B and doo-wop music, which now includes 5,000 records. The second was pornography.

Whittington started collecting smut just for his own, um, edification. But then, in the early '70s, he had an epiphany: The Library of Congress was collecting nearly every variety of printed matter -- even phone books -- but not porn. Apparently, it was up to him to preserve America's X-rated heritage.

"All I did was use the same techniques that archivists use for other subjects on this subject," he says. "I hope you'll convey to your readers that I'm serious about this. This isn't brain surgery, but I'm not just a guy with a lot of big-breast magazines."


"The key is the diversity of the collection," he says. "To be blunt, most people buy for their own gratification. But I would spend money on stuff I didn't even like. I like high heels and big legs but I collected everything -- except gay porn and child porn."

Not only did he collect this stuff, he also cataloged it, indexed it and cross-referenced it. In 30 years, he estimates, he spent $100,000 on porn.

In 1976, his wife left him, taking their 2-year-old daughter. Whittington says he dealt with the pain of divorce by spending quality time with his porn collection. "It kept escalating," he says, "and when my wife left, it escalated some more."

For decades, Whittington toiled in utter obscurity. Then in 1996, documentary filmmaker Jeff Krulik made a short movie on Whittington titled "King of Porn." Soon, he was featured in Spin magazine -- which dubbed him the "Librarian of Sexual Congress" -- and on the Comedy Central network's "Daily Show."

"I wish you could have seen his house before we took all the stuff away," says Grady Turner, executive curator of the Museum of Sex. "The place was packed to the rafters -- literally."

A museum-world veteran, Turner's the man who bought Whittington's porn collection. It will assist the museum in its mission, which is, he says, "to bring the best of contemporary scholarship on sex and sexuality to a larger audience."

Turner first learned of the Whittington Collection last year, when Whittington offered to sell it to the museum because it was getting too big for his house. Turner traveled to Clinton to check out the collection and was astounded.

"It's an incredible time capsule of a period in American pop culture when pornography went from an under-the-table, plain-brown-wrapper kind of thing to the mainstream, where you could buy it in any community," Turner says.

Whittington's collection captures the era when court decisions made most pornography legal and the advent of the VCR took porn out of peep shows and made it a multibillion-dollar industry.

"This is a collection you could not make now," Turner says. "It will be a primary source for historical research and a great repository of pop culture."


The collection -- 500 boxes stuffed with photos, films, magazines and the kind of sexual knickknacks you cannot describe in a family newspaper -- filled two huge trucks. When they parked on Fifth Avenue to unload, even jaded New Yorkers stopped to gawk.

"When a U-Haul opens its doors in Manhattan," Turner says, "and people start unloading boxes marked 'Gangbang' and 'Obese' and 'Ginger Lynn,' you draw a crowd."

Five years ago, when May Whittington was 80 and widowed, she moved in with Ralph and found herself sharing a home with a world-class porn collection. At first she wasn't too happy about that, but gradually she changed her mind.

"It's something he loves," she says. "You see men his age going to bars or on dope. But he's home day and night. That gives me peace of mind. . . . He's not doing anybody any harm, and he's not doing himself any harm."

Her granddaughter feels the same way. "I suppose I could be offended as a woman, but I don't have a problem with pornography," says Amanda Whittington, 28, who works as a portfolio accountant. "I think it's a strange little hobby, but I know my dad, and once he starts collecting something, he becomes the quintessential librarian."

Although the Museum of Sex hauled away more than 75 percent of his collection, Whittington is still putting the finishing touches on the rest of it, and his bedroom is full of boxes not yet complete.

He picks one box off the floor. It's labeled "Chessie Moore No. 3," and it's one of his favorites. He opens it and pulls out a huge white bra that Moore, a semi-famous porn star, autographed for him.

He tells a story: He read that Moore had a "special fan club," and he joined so he could see just how special it was. It turned out that it was very special indeed, so he flew to Florida to meet Moore and then, believe it or not -- well, actually this is the kind of story that you can't tell in a family newspaper.

"It was just unbelievable!" he says.

Case Study No. 1747: Jack and Annie (Wannabe Librarians)

The Magic Tree House - Passport to Adventure
Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, is inviting you to go on a Passport to Adventure with Jack and Annie. You can find adventure everywhere--from books to your own backyard. Make sure to get your own Magic Tree House Passport at and pick up the newest book, Games and Puzzles from the Tree House.
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[scene opens with author Mary Pope Osborne speaking directly to the camera]
MARY: Hello, Magic Tree House readers. I'm Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, and I'm inviting you to take an exciting adventure with Jack and Annie. You don't have to look far to find it. Believe it or not, it's in your own backyard ... I love to pack my bags and fly to faraway places, but my favorite place to find adventures is close to home. I love to explore the woods near our house, and study the plants and insects in the garden.
[cut to various photographs of Mary]
MARY: [in voice over] I love to venture beyond our yard, into our community, and have meals at Italian, Mexican, or Thai restaurants.
[cut to footage or a book signing at a public library]
MARY: [in voice over] I love to go to the library, and wander among the shelves full of books. Looking at titles, trying to choose which worlds to visit in my imagination.
[cut to more photographs of Mary]
MARY: [in voice over] I love to spend time with my family and friends, and our three dogs. And go to the theater and watch live plays and musical concerts, and visit art museums and take walks along the river, and swim in the town lake.
[cut back to Mary speaking directly to the camera]
MARY: If I stay alert and curious, I can find adventure wherever I go. You can, too, and your new Magic Tree House passports will help you keep track what you do and see in your own community.
[cut to various graphics from the "Magic Tree House Passport to Adventure" pamphlet]
MARY: [in voice over] Or even in your own backyard. Plus, with the new Travel Pals, you can pose for photos with Jack and Annie wherever you go, and share the pictures with friends and family.
[cut back to Mary speaking directly to the camera, as she holds up a paper cut-out of Jack and Annie]
MARY: Remember, our lives are filled with magic and adventure ...
[cut back to more footage of children in the library at Mary's book signing]
MARY: [in voice over] Whether it's in a book, on the road, or in your own backyard.
[cut back to Mary speaking directly to the camera]
MARY: We just have to pay attention ... May you discover wondrous places, and have your own many exciting adventures. Safe travels, and happy reading!
["Join the adventure! MagicTreeHouse Dot Com" appears on screen]



The Magic Tree House series is an award-winning series of children's books written by American author Mary Pope Osborne.

In the first series, consisting of the first 28 books, Morgan le Fay sends Jack and Annie, two normal children from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house in order to help free Morgan from a spell, solve four ancient riddles to become Master Librarians, and save four ancient stories from being lost forever. After the twenty-eighth chapter book, Mary Pope Osborne started a second series called the Magic Tree House "Merlin Missions". In these missions, Jack and Annie have quests from the ancient wizard Merlin the Magician. These books are longer than the previous 28, and some take place in fantasy realms like Camelot. Kathleen and Teddy are two apprentices who befriend Jack and Annie during their adventures, with one of these adventures being to free Teddy from a spell. The two occasionally join Jack and Annie and when they don't, provide them support instead.

All together, there are 49 fiction books named. In addition, a number of Magic Tree House Research Guides (nonfiction companions to the series) have been written by the author, her husband Will and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce.

These books contain more information about the historical places and events which Jack and Annie visit in the Magic Tree House Series. Right now, twenty one have been released. One more is listed as a future book, so a total of twenty-two are named.

The series is translated into Japanese up to Book #39, and sold over 2 million copies as of March 2008. The Japanese version has anime-like illustrations.

A musical was written by Randy Courts and Will Osborne (Mary's husband). It toured to 55 cities in the 2008-2009 season.

An animated film from Media Factory was released in Japan on January 7, 2012.

Magic Tree House Volumes
1. Dinosaurs Before Dark (UK Title: Valley of the Dinosaurs)
July 28, 1992
The Mystery of the Tree House #1
Jack and Annie discover the tree house and, using the magical books there, they travel back to the Late Cretaceous period (65 million years ago) where they meet a Pteranodon that saves them from a T-rex. Jack finds a gold medallion with the letter "M" on it.

2. The Knight at Dawn (UK title: Castle of Mystery)
February 16, 1993
The Mystery of the Tree House #2
In England during the Middle Ages, Jack and Annie explore a castle and meet a brave knight.

3. Mummies in the Morning (UK title: Secret of the Pyramid)
August 24, 1993
The Mystery of the Tree House #3
In Ancient Egypt, Jack and Annie help Queen Hutepi find her missing Book of the Dead.

4. Pirates Past Noon (UK title: Pirates' Treasure!)
March 8, 1994
The Mystery of the Tree House #4
Jack and Annie encounter some pirates in the Caribbean Sea and meet Morgan le Fay, who turns out to be the mysterious "M".

5. Night of the Ninjas
March 21, 1995
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #1
Morgan le Fay is under a spell. Jack and Annie must find four magical objects to reverse the spell, with the help of a mouse named Peanut. In ancient Japan, Jack and Annie encounter ninjas and samurai and get a moonstone.

6. Afternoon on the Amazon (UK title: Adventure on the Amazon)
August 29, 1995
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #2
Jack and Annie search the Amazon rainforest for a second magical object for Morgan le Fay, which turns out to be a mango.

7. Sunset of the Sabertooth (UK title: Mammoth to the Rescue)
April 14, 1996
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #3
In the last Ice Age, Jack and Annie encounter Cro-Magnons, wooly mammoths, and a saber-toothed cat while looking for the third object to help Morgan - a mammoth bone flute.

8. Midnight on the Moon (UK title: Moon Mission)
October 29, 1996
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #4
Thirty-five years into their future (2031), Jack and Annie travel to the moon to look for the fourth object needed to help Morgan le Fay. Is it a star map? The moon itself? Or a mouse?

9. Dolphins at Daybreak (UK title: Diving with Dolphins)
April 29, 1997
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #1
Set in the Pacific Ocean with bottlenose dolphins.

10. Ghost Town at Sundown (UK title: A Wild West Ride)
September 16, 1997
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #2
Set in the American Wild West, where Jack and Annie meet a cowboy named Slim.

11. Lions at Lunchtime (UK title: Lions on the Loose)
January 12, 1998
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #3
Jack and Annie are on a mission on the African Savannah.

12. Polar Bears Past Bedtime (UK title: Icy Escape)
January 12, 1998
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #4
Set in the North Pole, Jack and Annie meet an Inuit.

13. Vacation Under The Volcano (UK title: Racing with Gladiators)
March 24, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #1 Jack and Annie travel to Pompeii on the eve of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

14. Day of the Dragon King (UK title: Palace of the Dragon King)
April 20, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #2
Jack and Annie travel to China as it was 2,000 years in their past. The Dragon King is also known as Emperor Qin.

15. Viking Ships at Sunrise (UK title: Voyage of the Vikings)
August 11, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #3
In medieval Ireland, Jack and Annie encounter Vikings.

16. Hour of the Olympics (UK title: Olympic Challenge!)
October 20, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #4
Jack and Annie travel to Ancient Greece and see the first Olympic games.

17. Tonight on the Titanic
March 23, 1999
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #1
Jack and Annie travel back to 1912 and are on the RMS Titanic during her fateful voyage. In this arc the two are assisted by a dog named Teddy that they must find gifts to free.

18. Buffalo Before Breakfast
May 18, 1999
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #2
In the American Old West, Jack and Annie encounter a Lakota boy on the Great Plains.

19. Tigers at Twilight
August 17, 1999
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #3
Jack and Annie explore the Indian jungles of the past.

20. Dingoes at Dinnertime
March 14, 2000
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #4
Set in ancient Australia. Jack and Annie receive the final gift and return home where Morgan removes the spell on the dog who is revealed to be a boy named Teddy who is a young magician who trapped himself under a spell. This story introduces the character of Teddy who becomes a friend and ally to Jack and Annie over later stories.

21. Civil War on Sunday
May 23, 2000
Morgan's Library #1
In the American Civil War, Jack and Annie encounter Clara Barton.

22. Revolutionary War on Wednesday
September 26, 2000
Morgan's Library #2
Jack and Annie cross the Delaware river with George Washington.

23. Twister on Tuesday
March 27, 2001
Morgan's Library #3
In the 1870s, Jack and Annie encounter pioneer settlement of the Midwestern prairie. They have to save a teacher and some kids before they are hit by a tornado.

24. Earthquake in the Early Morning
July 24, 2001
Morgan's Library #4
In 1906, Jack and Annie experience the San Francisco earthquake. The two are able to use what they find to inspire King Arthur to battle Mordred, although in a later book its shown that he wins without dying in these stories.

25. Stage Fright on a Summer Night
March 12, 2002
Type of Magic #1
In Elizabethan England, Jack and Annie meet William Shakespeare.

26. Good Morning Gorillas
July 23, 2002
Type of Magic #2
In the Congo rain forest, Jack and Annie encounter gorillas.

27. Thanksgiving on Thursday
September 24, 2002
Type of Magic #3
In Plymouth in 1621, Jack and Annie share the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians.

28. High Tide in Hawaii
March 25, 2003
Type of Magic #4
Jack and Annie travel to the Hawaii of the past and almost get caught in a tsunami. They also make two friends who share an adventure with them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Case Study No. 1746: Selena

Filmography: Ikaw Lang (1993)

Plot Description: A librarian's husband and mother-in-law turn out to be psychotically abusive. When the husband mistakenly thinks he has killed her, he dumps her in a river, where she is saved by a fisherman. Desperate for money and in need of help to take revenge on her husband, she hooks up with a bank robber whom she falls in love with. Together, they return to her husband's home and kill him. -- Internet Movie Database website

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"Ikaw Lang" (1993)

Vilma Santos as Selena
Ronnie Ricketts as Dalton
Cesar Montano as Alfred

The husband (Montano) of a librarian (Santos) puts her through physical abuse and pain, as well as her mother-in-law.