David Conrad Giveaway

UPDATE: Random.org chose comment #30. The winner has been notified via email.



The thing with writing about David Conrad for almost six years (woah) is that you get a reputation.

“That pigeon-kicker who loves David Conrad.”

There are worse reputations to be had. “That Steely McBeam” comes to mind.

I’ve been picking on Steely McBeam a lot lately, haven’t I? Let’s check in with Steely to see how he feels about that.


Or is that his angry face?

Anyway, because I worship the steel bridge David Conrad walks on, I have been provided by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with two tickets to give away to my readers to attend his upcoming show!

As his self-united wife, I respectfully request that you do not bring extra panties or bras to throw at him. IT’S THE SYMPHONY, PEOPLE. Have some class, n’at.

The details!

What: “Twisted Storybook Favorites” featuring Alice in Wonderland-themed Final Alice, and Peter and the Wolf. Final Alice focuses on the end of the story, and Peter and the Wolf is rewritten to have a Pittsburgh spin and will be narrated by David Conrad. The Alice portion of the show is for mature audiences, so don’t bring your kid as your date unless your kid is thirty.  There’s lots of other stuff happening including a concert prelude, a pre-concert artist chat, Final Alice artwork display and silent auction, and more!

When: These tickets are for the Friday, May 6 showing at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh.

Value: The current price for two best available seats for this showing is $143. So let’s go with that. $143.

For more info: Click here to watch an awesome little intro video and then click through to learn more about the performance and all the other fun stuff going on that night in relation to it.

How to enter: Leave a comment and tell me about how awesome David Conrad is. I KID!

Seriously though, when I was younger Alice in Wonderland scared me. I don’t know what it was but something about the cats and the hole and the queen and before you know it, I’ve got the bogglejiggities. As you can see, I still haven’t nailed down a definition for my new word. So tell me in the comments what was the show or movie that irrationally scared you when you were little. Was it Alice in Wonderland? Was it Flash Gordon? MacGyver? Barney?

If I’m being honest, the one that MOST scared me when I was little was … ready? The Ten Commandments.

I never admitted this to my father or sisters, but that movie would mess me up for weeks. Frogs and locusts and giant beards and snakes and THE ANGEL OF DEATH KILLING ALL THE FIRSTBORN? That’s some PG-13 rated stuff and I remember being little and going to bed all, “Thank God I’m not the firstborn. Sucks to be Ta-Ta.”

Tell me yours. One comment per valid email address. You have until Friday at 5:00 p.m. to comment at which time Random.org will select the winning comment number. If your comment goes to spam, freak out. No. Don’t freak out. Just sit tight because I’ll occasionally go in and pull them out.

Good luck!

Fine print that’s the same size as all the other print: I have not been provided with anything in exchange for this post other than the two tickets that are being given away.



  1. Jagoff
    April 14, 2011 11:29 am

    Not sure if this is irrational, but Unsolved Mysteries.

  2. red pen mama
    April 14, 2011 11:32 am

    Scooby Doo terrified me as a child. Now, watching it with my children, who don’t even flinch at the monsters, I can’t believe I was so scared. I mean, those pesky kids always revealed that the ghost or monster or whatever was a big, fat hoax. Why didn’t I con to that before adulthood?

  3. Jennifer
    April 14, 2011 11:39 am

    This is so easy because they still scare me…..those aliens on Sesame Street.
    Apparently they are called Yip Yips: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yip_Yips

    I hated the noise they made and it frightened me that their whole mouth opened when they made those noises. UGH. Even now I cringe a bit thinking about them. :)

  4. Anita
    April 14, 2011 11:44 am

    Hands down: JAWS

  5. JennLP
    April 14, 2011 11:49 am

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Don’t Come Around Here No More” Alice in Wonderland-themed music video. I saw it when I was eleven. It gave me nightmares for around 15 years and nearly ruined Alice in Wonderland for me.

  6. Deb
    April 14, 2011 12:15 pm

    Flying monkeys!!! Wizard of Oz

  7. Mandy
    April 14, 2011 12:22 pm

    Mary Poppins. I’m not joking. Especially when they jumped into the paintings. Just hearing the songs used to give me nightmares.

  8. Katie
    April 14, 2011 12:22 pm

    I was really upset by The Wizard of Oz too. For me it was those cranky trees that came to life and attacked. All Dorothy wanted was an apple!

  9. Rachel
    April 14, 2011 12:24 pm

    this is going to eliminate me… but Michael Jackson’s Thriller also terrifed me. I think I was in my 20’s before I could watch that video without covering my eyes

  10. Shelly
    April 14, 2011 12:36 pm

    I’m with all the people that said “flying monkeys”. Terrified me. Also the movie The Birds. I still get nervous when I see more than a couple birds hanging out together…….

  11. Rich D
    April 14, 2011 12:36 pm

    Another vote for the Wizard of Oz. The flying monkeys were tough, but the Wizard scared me as well. A giant green head? Come on!

  12. Nancy
    April 14, 2011 12:37 pm

    I’m in for the flying monkeys and the clown from IT.

  13. DJ
    April 14, 2011 12:37 pm

    Cant use the tickets, but I would have to agree with a few others;
    1. Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka…I couldn’t believe that they would do those things to those kids. It wasn’t tell I was an adult that understood what those dang UmpaLupas were talking about.
    2. Land of the Lost…I hated those Sleestacks. Just that sound they made made me shiver.

    Also, my 7 year old daughter does not like to watch Dr. Who, even though it’s special effects technology is from 1982.

  14. Legallypgh(Kathy)
    April 14, 2011 12:48 pm

    Poltergeist. yikes.

  15. Schuyler
    April 14, 2011 1:03 pm

    The first Nightmare on Elm Street – saw it at a sleepover and didn’t get a good night’s sleep for months … every time I’d fall asleep I’d see Freddy. Terrifying.

  16. allicia
    April 14, 2011 1:10 pm

    Ditto with Jaws, didn’t like going in the deep end of swimming pools by myself after that…that’s rational, right?

  17. Pittsburgh Tom
    April 14, 2011 1:10 pm

    The original Clash of the Titans. The Medusa scene. I was young enough to actually be worried that I could be turned to stone.

  18. Just a Simple Man
    April 14, 2011 1:19 pm

    The movie Time Machine from back in the 60’s. The sounds from the Morlocks lair sounded like my Mom’s old wringer washing machine.
    Gave me the heebe jeebe’s everytime she was in the basement washing clothes.

  19. Megrcam51
    April 14, 2011 1:20 pm

    Alice in wonderland freaked me out.

  20. Biggest Fan
    April 14, 2011 1:21 pm

    With the others when I say those monkeys in the Wizard of Ox. :(

  21. Butcher's Dog
    April 14, 2011 1:24 pm

    Wasn’t all that young, but Psycho scared the shit out of me, shower scene and turning the rocking chair around under the swinging light and the scene on the steps. “Oh, Mother!!! Nooooooo!!!!!!”

    Close runner-up is Alex in A Clockwork Orange. You think Brooksie’s eyes are psycho? Rent that bad boy some time.

  22. kayaker
    April 14, 2011 1:29 pm

    On my first slumber party at 6 yrs old I saw the movie Psycho, I did not sleep one minute at that stupid party.
    To this very day I shower with locked doors and I keep weponry in my bathroom(not a knife).

  23. RPC
    April 14, 2011 1:34 pm

    The name of the Made-For-Television movie escapes me at the moment, but the movie was about a family that moves into a house and discovers that a young boy is living inside the walls! Creep City.

  24. DG
    April 14, 2011 1:48 pm

    Gilligan’s Island. I spent countless nights trying to figure out how to get rescued.

  25. Burghbird
    April 14, 2011 1:49 pm

    At my slumber party in 8th grade, we watched Nightmare on Elm Street. Near the end of the movie, the power in the whole neighborhood went out. The screams from ten 14 year old girls could be heard for miles. And my friends still talk about it when we get together.

  26. Smooter
    April 14, 2011 1:50 pm

    Although old time movies like ‘House’ and ‘Poltergeist’ were about as scary as they were fun for me, the movie ‘Arachnophobia’ got to me real good as a kid, especially already having a healthy fear of spiders… Wait, what’s that creeping up my leghfgggggggggghfghfgg

  27. Katie
    April 14, 2011 1:52 pm

    The Shining with Jack Nicholson (red rum). I was in middle or high school and went to a friend’s house where a group of us all watched that. No one else seemed to share my sentiments, which made it worse. I still shutter thinking about it. Maybe not an irrational fear – scared me for sure!

  28. Lauren
    April 14, 2011 1:55 pm

    It’s a tie between Candyman (the horror movie) and Labyrinth (when I was much younger). I loved Labyrinth, but it always gave me very strange dreams.

  29. Kayla
    April 14, 2011 2:03 pm

    The Wizard of Oz

  30. Forrest Gump
    April 14, 2011 2:07 pm

    the original CBS telecast of “helter skelter”.

    the fact that it was based on a true story makes it all the more scary.

  31. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    April 14, 2011 2:11 pm

    John Carpenter’s The Fog. I was twelve and it was paired with the family-friendly Bednobs and Broomsticks at the local drive in. The scary part of it was that after Bednobs was over, actual fog rolled in about ten minutes into that movies, leading to the cancellation of the show, but my mom insisted on coming back the next weekend to see it again. After the movie ended on the second viewing, more fog rolled and I don’t think I slept for a week. I still get the heeby-jeebies driving on a dark road when it’s foggy.

  32. Lindsey
    April 14, 2011 2:15 pm

    The movie Jaws terrified me when I was six. My family watched it while we were at the beach and my cousin (who was five at the time) sat there laughing her head off while I cowered under a blanket. I also refused to go to the beach the next morning until bribed with promises of building sandcastles with “the big kids.”

  33. Ty
    April 14, 2011 2:28 pm

    I actually just figured this out recently. My whole life I have had images and vague plot ideas from a cartoon that creeped me out as a small child. Every once in a while I would use google to search for what the images were: “rocking horse at the end of the earth”, “crumbling castle in the sky”, “evil guy defeated by love”, etc… until I finally found it!

    “Unico in the Island of Magic”

  34. michelle
    April 14, 2011 2:30 pm

    Nightmare on Elm street always freaked me out!

  35. Aileen
    April 14, 2011 2:31 pm

    I think Steely McBeam and Ken Rice were separated at birth.

    @Lindsey – Jaws scared the crap out of me, too. Every year we vacation at the Jersey Shore and it always manages to be Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

  36. Ali
    April 14, 2011 2:36 pm

    Candyman scared me so bad at age 10 that I slept with my lights on for a long, long, long time…
    As for irrational fear – the Simpsons (mainly the opening theme song) really got to me for some odd reason.

  37. calipanthergrl
    April 14, 2011 2:41 pm

    Candyman for sure! I saw it was I was 10 or so and I still refuse to even even think that name (let alone say it out loud) multiple times when I’m in the bathroom. *shudders*

  38. Greg
    April 14, 2011 2:43 pm

    Any thing to do with alien abductions… and Jaws.

  39. Ann
    April 14, 2011 2:47 pm

    Land of the lost

  40. Coco
    April 14, 2011 2:48 pm

    I was the baby and my older sisters were the world’s worst babysitters. My sister Kate let me watch Carrie on…wait for it…Holywood Home Theater. Later to become HBO. Wow, did I just age myself. I was five years old. The hand coming out of the grave at the end scared me for life and gave me a nervous stomach. I was diagnosed by the family doctor shortly after the incident. She got in trouble for that bowling night.

  41. Julia
    April 14, 2011 3:17 pm

    Tales from the Crypt freaked me out a lot. And the Stephen King movie “It.”

  42. HeatherB
    April 14, 2011 3:28 pm

    Star Wars (the original – I guess Episode IV?) I was terrified of Darth Vader for years when I was little. I always expected to see him in the hallway when I went to bed so I’d make sure to keep my arms and feet from hanging over any edge of the bed. You know, because Darth Vader would light saber off my limbs!

  43. maggie
    April 14, 2011 3:39 pm

    I was DC’s neighbor. He looks amazing in a pair of biking shorts.

  44. Jamie
    April 14, 2011 3:42 pm

    Poltergeist… I never liked the white noise from a TV… goosebumps

  45. jdp
    April 14, 2011 4:19 pm

    Don’t want to win, can’t go. But really?

    Was there any sane show/movie from the 70s/80s?

    What was that psychadelic banana bunch show?

    I feel like I ate acid for breakfast until something happened around 1989…oh! I got too busy for t.v. LOL

  46. jdp
    April 14, 2011 4:22 pm

    Oh and can anyone tell me – there was this record (yes the black spinning things that played sound) with a book…it was all about a pointy headed person or the only non-pointy headed person in a land of pointy heads…. I need to figure out what that was. Since we’re talking about bizarre scary childhood stuff.

  47. Leslie
    April 14, 2011 4:26 pm

    I had a Winne the Pooh album that I listened to in bed when I was very little that frightened me to no end. It caused some nightmares which, to this day, I’m not sure were actual nightmares. There just might have been scary guys in trench coats & hats standing on a ladder outside my window. Yikes.

  48. oh please
    April 14, 2011 4:35 pm

    HR Puffenstuff and Land of the Lost.

  49. Margie
    April 14, 2011 4:38 pm

    A movie called “The Entity”. I was baby sitting and my aunt told me not to watch it. Well dummy me did. About halfway through the movie, I glanced up to see the alarm system had been turned off and then I heard a door open – turns out my aunt forgot something, but the whole experience freaked me out.