Randy Rosenbaum Home from Hospital; Husband Walt Jaschek says, “Watch Out for Ticks!”

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Aaaaaand we’re home.

Oh sure, it was fun spending, with wife Randy, 10 nights and 12 days in an all-inclusive Club Med-style resort with free ice water and unlimited I.V. drips. Let’s call it a “hospital.”

And it’ll be odd to not be able to just pick up the phone and order French Toast and Baked Lay’s. (Knowing full well they will somehow instead deliver Baked Toast and French Lay’s.)

But somehow we will proceed without a full staff of registered nurses, hospitalists and friendly floor moppers.

Back here at Apt. 1-B, I will be the hospitalist and floor mopper for a while. There will be caregiving ahead, but don’t worry, I have two allies: extra-strength Excederin and extra-strength Chardonnay.

It was roughly on the 7th day of this journey that Randy took a positive turn. ‘Til then, my poor, sweet wife was fighting a tick-born infection and its side effects – “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever” isn’t just a John Denver song.

For days, she had but two modes: highly agitated alertness and a medicated, faraway fugue-state.

At about 10 a.m, I had just finished writing a long paragraph in my prayer journal. (Not a joke: I’ve been writing down prayers all my adult life, to good effect. I mean, I’m still here, right? And they’re still making Spider-Man movies?)

Anyway, at the end of the paragraph, I wrote the words, “Help me help this girl back.” I hit “save.”

Within two minutes, I heard her say, “I think I’m feeling better.”

Sure enough. She was smiling, sitting up in bed like Dorothy at the end of “Wizard of Oz.” (“And YOU were there! And YOU!”)

“Th… that’s good to hear,” I said, cautiously.

“In fact, I think I’ll get up and take a shower.” She hit the nurse call button.

“Eine gute idee.” (I’ve been talking German to her lately. Don’t ask me why.)

“Also, I’m starving.”

“I bet.”

“Can you please go get me a Goodcents sandwich? I’ll have an 8-inch Italian on wheat, with Provolone, lettuce, oregano, and salt and pepper.”

“Could you be more specific?”

“And oil and vinegar.”

“You got it.”

“And Baked Lay’s.”

Again with the Baked Lay’s.

I’d like to say it was smooth sailing from there, but there were frustrating symptoms still to treat, such as a lingering headache: mine. (Just kidding.)

But today, a lovely Sunday, with the doctors in syzygy (“si-je-zee,” a term from my word-a-day calendar meaning celestial alignment) and souvenir shampoos in hand, home we were sent.

Your well-wishes and prayers helped do the trick, as well, and don’t think we don’t know it. So it is with great appreciation we toast you with… what else?

A little something chilled.

“Planet Gone Mad” AKA “Spirits of Jupiter” (1984) Action Movie: Clips + Early Review

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Click for a few scenes from “Planet Gone Mad” AKA “Spirits of Jupiter”

Walt Jaschek gets killed by crazed miners in Colorado! Walt J the actor, that is. In one of his only film roles (so far,) Walt appeared as the doomed nebbish Harold Pilgrain in the 1984 indy action movie “Planet Gone Mad,” also known by its original title, “Spirits of Jupiter.” Filmed in and around Canon City, Colorado, the movie was directed by Russell S. Kern, with cinematography by Steve Flanigan. Hollywood stuntman Rex Cutter played the film’s hero, Big Jim Drill. Character actor Walt had a few scenes with Rex, his airplane, and the crazy miners who are compelled to kill. Walt did own stunts, including jumping out of that moving airplane, as you will see. Here are the full IMDB credits.

And now, that review.

Clip of the original newspaper review of “Spirits of Jupiter,” AKA “Planet Gone Mad”

“Jupiter Filled With Violence”


From the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, Friday, March 2, 1984


By Linda D. Smith
GT Features Writer

CANON CITY – The residents of this city turned our Thursday night for the premiere of “Spirits of Jupiter,” a film starring many of their friends and neighbors.

Rocky Mountain Studios and Producers Group Ltd., a Colorado Springs production company, filmed the movie in Canon City and surrounding Fremont County last year, relying on the local residents for talent and local scenery for backdrops.

Written and directed by Russell S. Kern of Colorado Springs, “The Spirits of Jupiter” takes the predictions of 16th century philosopher Nostradamas and applies them to 1984. In particular, Kern has taken the idea if the planets Jupiter and Saturn were to align, the result would be a gravitational pull that would wreak havoc on the people of Earth.

The story line has given the film makers a great deal of latitude in creating a fill full of violence.

In one scene after another, viewers see a bloody headless corpse, a man’s eyeball ripped from the socket by a crazed dog, and friends turning against neighbors with guns, knives and meat cleavers.

The story follows mine owner Big Jim Drill, played by Rex Cutter, who is spared the ravages of the gravitational pull. His first interest is in keeping his mine open, until things get so out of hands, he becomes more concerned about the survival of his family. The movie is filled with some very colorful and talented characters, including a modern-day Nostradamas, played by Richard Luna, Drill’s airplane mechanic, portrayed by Cliff Willis, and the fidgety mine supervisor, played by Walter Jaschek.

The roles of Dril’s son and daughter and filled by two Colorado Springs residents. Handsome Chopper Burnet, a drama student at Colorado College, portrays Drill’s son Robert with a great deal of finesse. Carol Engel, a regular performer at the Iron Springs Chateau, plays Jennifer Drill.

And when it comes to villains, James Aerni’s portrayal of police chief Julius Switcher rivals any melodrama house in the area. In the movie, when Switcher first succumbs to the gravitational pull, he gets the most sinister gleam in his eye when he takes off his boot and begins playing a game of Russian roulette with his toes.

Steven R. Flanigan of Colorado Springs, who is the director photography, has made tremendous use of the Canon City area in filming “Spirits of Jupiter.” The action sequences are well done and use a variety of vehicles, from cars and motorcycles to airplanes and helicopters. But Flanigan is best in the aerial sequences, capturing the beautiful countryside on film. Thursday night’s audience at the Skyline Theatre in Canon City seemd to relish seeing themselves and their friends on the big screen.

Colorado Springs residents will get to see and critique the film at its only performance here, at 4:30 p.m. March 9 at the Cooper Theatre. Tickets are $4 in advance from Budget Tapes and Records, Independent Records, big Apple Tapes and Records, or at the door.

Class Photo: Improv Shop Level 1, Summer, 2019

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“SCENE!” So closes Level 1, my first-ever improv comedy class at the Improv Shop in St. Louis, an 8-week learning experience and personal stretch. Was it challenging to keep up with the keen, comic minds you see here? “Yes, and…”

…great fun!

(That’s me top row, center. And that’s instructor Ben Noble upper left. He’s amazing and this class is highly recommended.)

Public Nudity Spoofed: Walt Jaschek Enters “Offices in the Raw”

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Click and watch “Offices in the Raw,” directed by Rick Zahradnik and directed by Walt Jaschek.

Public nudity? Office nudity? As in, a clothes-optional office? Imagine it! In the 1980s, Walt Jaschek was working as a creative director at The Flynn Group advertising agency in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Meanwhile, Rick Zahradnik, a writer and director in the same city, was concocting a video parodying the kind of mundane office-rental videos both Rick and Walt were creating. The result was “Offices in the Raw,” a Rick-directed comedy video, starring Walt as the curly-haired newcomer to a very nude office. It’s all PG-13, though. This is the version of the video that appeared on the syndicated “Video Challenge” TV show in the 80s. Oh, the 80s! We miss you!

Walt Jaschek and Randy Rosenbaum Enjoy a Pre-Muny Picnic

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You can’t work all the time!

Here’s a short video of creator at large Walt Jaschek (aka Walt Now) and his wife, the funny and brilliant Randy Rosenbaum, enjoying a “Pre-Muny” picnic in St. Louis Forest Park on Randy’s birthday, June 24, 2019. Watch for the comical “chair fail” near the video’s end.

P.S. You don’t see as much of Randy as you should on this site, and Walt is going to change that.

92-Year-Old Walter Jaschek Sr. Sings “Happy Fathers Day”

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We just went with it.

On a June 16, 2019 Fathers Day visit to Cape Albeon Senior Living , Walt Jaschek asked his 92-year-old Dad, Walter Jaschek Senior, to “SAY Happy Fathers Day” to the camera. When Walter Senior began to SING “Happy Fathers Day” instead, Walt and his wife Randy just went with it and started singing, too. Happy Fathers Day, everyone!

Ant-Man Cosplay @ Wizard World 2019: Walt Jaschek Does Hank Pym

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Walt Jaschek loved his very first Cosplay experience at St. Louis Wizard World 2019: as “Dr. Hank Pym,” of Marvel’s Ant-Man 1 and 2, he “re-united” with Ant-Man and the Wasp, and interacted with dozens of other heroes, friends and fans — many of whom recognized the character and asked for pics, to Walt’s relief. “I was afraid they’d just think I was an old guy in a lab coat.” Here are some pics of what Walt called “wacky comic-con fun.”

Dr. Pym (Walt Jaschek) re-unites with Ant-Man and the Wasp. Anybody know the name of these Cosplayers! Walt wants to re-unite for a video.

Is this a new super-group? If so, Disney just bought DC.

Wonder Woman was more interested in Scott Lang than Dr. Pym (Walt Jaschek). Figures.
Dr. Pym (Walt Jaschek) teaches Wonder Woman the thoughtful, hand-to-chin pose.
In this reality, Dr. Strange still has a gemstone not in possession of Thanos. Dr. Pym (Walt Jaschek) is relieved.


This Deadpoool was completely in character. When Dr. Pym (Walt Jaschek) handed him the action figure, Deadpool said, “Oh, the places I could put this.”
Mrs. Pym (Randy Jaschek) wore a t-shirt that Dr. Pym (Walt Jaschek) designed. It says: “I visited the quantum realm and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.”

Dr. Hank Pym (of “Ant-Man”) to Visit Wizard World St. Louis (If Walt Pulls Off His Cosplay Idea.)

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Dr. Hank Pym, founder of Pym Technologies and creator of the Ant-Man suit, will be attending the Wizard World Comic-Con in St. Louis, Mo, on April 6, 2016. Joining Dr. Pym will be the new Ant-Man, Scott Lang, in miniature form.

There’s Scott in Dr. Pym’s pocket.

This famous physicist, known for his discovery of the Microverse and the Quantum Realm, could be of great service to the Avengers as they attempt to reverse the devastating effect Thanos had on…

on…

Oh, heck, who are we kidding? This is Walt Jaschek, of course, attempting to pull of a Hank Pym look for his very first Cosplay experience! He’s leaving for the con any minute. Wish him well — and hope that his attempted goatee grows out, fast!

(And visit the parody site Walt created just for the occasion: PymTech.info.)

St. Louis Writer Walt Jaschek Creates Cool Content in Many Media. Cheers!

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Walt Jaschek toasts you with his “Route 66” mug. It runs through St. Louis, you know.

Walt Jaschek is a renowned, St. Louis-based copywriter, known mostly for funny, award-winning ad campaigns for national brands. (For that body of work, he was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame.) But Walt also has another “comic” side: crafting comic books and strips with his own characters. And now he’s displaying an additional side: writing long-form articles about St. Louis innovators.

Walt engages audiences globally – often without leaving his home office. Watch for yourself: here are a few scenes from his typical writing day of writing, pacing, brainstorming, pacing, producing and pacing. 

Now, pace yourself – and enjoy his often award-winning work in four main categories.

Entertainment: Comics & Movies

Copy: TV, Radio, Print, Web

Content: Long-Form Articles

Content: YouTube Videos

Need great writing? A project produced? A funny performer? Pick up the pace! Contact Walt.

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