This is a monthly newsletter for communicating information about Then Came Bronson, Michael Parks, and related items of interest, to the general public. It is not affiliated with MGM, TNT or any other company or organization.
Below is a list of short-cuts to various sections of this page. Although you may want to read the page through from top to bottom the first time, I put these in so that, if you want to find something later, you can go right to that section (by clicking on the hyperlink).
Many of the small images are hyperlinked to larger versions, so click on them to bring up the big images.
Well, I have to start out with a big word of thanks to Harley-Davidson Motor Company, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and especially to its Historian, Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum, for the following photograph. When I talked to him, last year, and told him about the web site I was preparing as a tribute Then Came Bronson (and its H-D Sportster!), he was very encouraging and supportive. He also gave me a lead to a free-lance writer, who had written an article on Then Came Bronson for a motorcycle magazine, honoring the show on its 25th anniversary. The writer and I talked for over 3 hours, swapping TCB info on the show, its stars and its motorcycles. (A recent email from him is in the fan email section, below.)
Then, about a month ago, I called up Dr. Rosenblum again. I told him of how popular the site had become, drawing fans in from all over the globe, and even getting a story or two from Michael Parks. It seemed to impress him. I then asked if he had found anything of interest on TCB that I could share with the fans, and he mentioned an item, sort of a photograph/poster, that was hanging in the building where he worked. As we talked, he seemed to get more excited about how my research on TCB and its motorcycles was going. Then he asked me if I wanted a copy of the item he had mentioned. I told him I would love a copy of it! As we talked more, I mentioned that the TCB fans would love to see it on the site, and he gave his enthusiastic approval, with the reservation that it belonged to H-D and he could not authorize its copying, printing, or other form of duplication.
So, here is the item, with the permission of H-D. I think I can say, on behalf of TCB fans everywhere, that we are thankful for Harley-Davidson's generosity!
If you think of it on April 24, wish Michael Parks a happy 59th birthday!
I'm sorry for not getting this newsletter together sooner. I just checked (9:00 p.m., April 4) and found that a hundred hits to the intro page had been logged since the early morning hours of April 1. However, there were things I really wanted to get into the newsletter, like the item above, and the TCB theme wave files, below, and some other stuff, and I have been battling a cold all week, too. I had bigger plans for this one than I have accomplished, but I hope it has been worth the wait.
These two web pages indicate that Long Lonesome Highway, recorded by Michael Parks, was released on CD compilation albums:
The Entertainment Company Catalogs / Classic Songs 1966 thru 1983 and... forever! / Disc 1 of 2
Well, here's the opening theme to Then Came Bronson (in two formats; try the first one, and if that doesn't play, try the second one). So turn up the speakers, close your eyes, and imagine it's Wednesday night, 10 p.m., all over again...
(For Internet Explorer, click on the arrow icon; for Netscape, right-click on the icon and select from the drop-down menu. For WebTV, I don't know; if you have WebTV, send me an email on how to do it.)