Callin All Mutants!

Joe Bob needs ya & you can get a shirt for helpin to preserve drive-in history

-Post by Ben Nagy – @BJ_Nagy

We think that Joe Bob reviewed the movie The Boogens in the Dallas Slimes Herald on Feb. 5, 1982, but a copy has not been archived cause Joe Bob said that Bobo Rodriguez was still mad at him for callin him a dumb snit in public in his second column and went Glopola Fu with some nacho cheese sauce on the articles Joe Bob had cut out and stacked up at the trailer. (They got over it, but it took a while).

Bobo, we know it was you. You broke our hearts.

We tried lookin for a copy of the review at the Dallas Public Library but some high sheriff at the Slimes Herald didn’t send the entertainment section in to be microfilmed that week, so it isn’t there, either. That means that we still need a print copy of Joe Bob’s Boogens review so if anyone out there has it, we’d preciate it if you’d send it along.

We’re missin another one too. Joe Bob remembers that he ducked out early on Thanksgiving week in 1982 after the Cowboys beat the Cleveburg Browns and instead of going to his third niece’s dance show in Olentangy Port, Arkansas, he went and saw Swamp Thing. He reviewed that too in the Nov. 26, 1982, Dallas Slimes Herald as evidenced by the fact that the flick got seven Drive-In Academy Award nominations when those were announced in his Feb. 25, 1983, column. (Basket Case whooped Swampy’s butt, though). Thing is, once again, someone messed with his archive at the trailer. Best he can recall, it was probly a female acquaintance who got sick of lookin at the column cause for a long while Joe Bob says he kept it in a prominent place on the refrigerator to match the prominence that Adrienne Barbeau had been displayin in that flick. He thinks that the jealous visitor must of took matters into her own hands.

Adrienne Barbeau’s Swamp Thing cover once occupied hallowed space on Joe Bob’s fridge

We also struck out at the library with the microfilm cause some high sheriff lackey at the Slimes Herald once again neglected to send in a vital piece of drive-in history in to be archived as it should have for the sake of mutant posterity. It’s situations like these that make you realize how important it is to be a little selective when it comes to lettin people use your fridge.

So if someone somewhere has Joe Bob’s review from 2/5/82 (we think it’s for The Boogens) and/or his review of Swamp Thing from 11/26/1982, send us a scan via the Contact webform. In return, we’ll send you a Drive-In Mutants t-shirt!

Preciate the support.

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3 Responses

  1. Joe Bob,I can confirm as someone who has spent way too much time replacing my own archive of your columns, that the Dallas Public Library’s microfilm from 2/5/82 of the DSH does not have the weekend magazine insert section of the newspaper included. If you cross reference the columns in “Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-in” with the newspaper columns there is no column listed in that spot. However, The book follows your column from 1/29/82, “Venom” with a note from the publisher that says “Joe Bob Briggs called this week… to .that his car was up on blocks…he knows that he can get to the drive-in next week” this is followed in the book with your review from Feb 12 for “The Beast Within”. This leads me to believe that either you took a break that week or your column was late and they just junked it. On 11/26/82 there is a weekend insert but no column. This means they could have skipped it in archiving, or once again they cut it (although at this time they usually printed a notice when your column didn’t run.

  2. One more thing about the columns. Is it possible that you reviewed them as John Bloom? By the way, the only other gap in my archives from your DSH run is on 2/24/84. The Dallas public library has lost this tape. The Librarians give me a blank stare when I ask if they can replace it. I have all of your columns from the DSH 1982-1985 and the Observer from 1985-1997 and a few from the Orlando Sentinel in 1997 if you need more reference.

  3. Upon further examination of the 11/26/82 column, there is a tiny announcement at the bottom of one of the pages stating that you are taking the week off. This leads me to think that your columns were routed to the Bermuda Triangle. Either that or the crack editors at the DSH managed to lose them.

    I did go to the Central Dallas library and check their microfilm records one more time from 11/26/82. There is a tiny announcement at the bottom of one of the weekend pages saying that”Joe Bob Briggs…left early…and headed in the direction of Caddo Lake. He called from a pay phone in Mineola and said ‘Taking the week off…Gimme some slack.'” This leads me tor columns never made it to the p

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