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Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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Monday, December 4, 1989
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Author By ROBERT BARR Associated Press Writer DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -Flann O'Brien was a comically anarchic novelist. Myles na gCopaleen was the toast of literary Dublin for his columns in The Irish Times. Brian O'Nolan, ex-civil servant, was an embittered drunk. Each was an aspect of one man whose appearance, in the words of biographer Anthony Cronin, combined "elements of the priest, the baby-faced Chicago gangster, the petty bourgeois malt drinker and the Dublin literary gent." In the recently published "No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O'Brien," Cronin fleshes out a profile sketched 13 years ago in "Dead as Doornails," a chronicle of literary Dublin and the alcoholic corrosion of geniuses such as O'Nolan, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh. Brian O'Nolan was the real name, but Cronin put Flann O'Brien in the title because this 'Future IP blasts ahead of original By JEFF COX Standard-Speaker Staff Writer Teeming with adventure, excitement and wild plot turns. Back to the Future U is as much fun as the original and has taken an early lead in the race for best holiday-season movie. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd return as time travelers whose self-appointed mission is to ensure that certain historical events go off as planned. Unlike the original "Future," Fox, as Marty McFly, and Lloyd, as Dr. Emmett Brown, actually do visit the future, where Marty has married his high school sweetheart and has two kids. They blast ahead to 2015, where Marty's wimpy son is on his way to imprisonment after he is forced to join a gang. They have to replace Marty Jr. with Marty Sr., who tells the gang he isn't going to help them rob a store. A simple enough task, and all goes off well. However, Marty Sr. gets greedy and buys a sports almanac that tells the winners of every sporting event from 1950 to 2000. He figures he'll bring it back to 1985 and make a fortune. However, that plan goes awry when the pair is figured out by the aged Biff Tannen, the enemy of Marty's father, George McFly. 'Tannen steals Doc's time machineDeLorean, goes back to 1955, and gives the almanac to his younger self. Marty and Doc then have to return to 1955 to make sure the old Biff doesn't give the almanac to the young Biff. What follows is an alternate reality more horrible than Marty AREA PREMIERE! 7:10 & 9:15 WEST HAZLETON 454-4821 Christmas Vacation m - mini tern Today's Specials 12 LB. CHOPPED STEAK DINNER 'choice of potato fx r QQ S salad bar L FOR 0.55 JUMBO STEAK BURGER wfrench fries 2.49 No ubstiivtlons or ttkeouti on tpocltl. New Houn-Suiu-Thurs., 7 AM to 9 PM Fit & Sat., 'til 3 AM SENIOR NITE SUNDAY NITE 4 pm to closing 20 Off Regular Menu 31st & N. 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To his drinking companions, O'Nolan was always Myles, the columnist who spun elaborate set-ups to puns such as "dogging a fled horse," conversed with the Plain People of Ireland and devised the Book Handling Service to provide lovingly thumbed volumes for the pretentious illiterate. Taking on the thooleramawns, gawshkogues, pultogues, thullabawns and turnip-snaggers he detected in the body politic, na gCopaleen once devoted the best part of a year to berating the Lord Mayor for the stopped clock above his shop, and attacked a tourism promotion as a plot to litter Ireland with "the scruff and sweepings of Britain and America." To Patrick Kavanagh, he was "that poor little na gCopaleen," a genius who had just missed could have imagined. Yeah, this movie is awful plot-heavy. But that's OK, because there's enough slick gags, good acting and innovative writing and directing to make Back to the Future Ua hot movie. Marty and Doc find a future laden with such great gadgets as flying skateboards and gigantic, electronic billboards that flash such startling messages as "Cubs win World Series." There's more. Cars zip through the air and video games are so advanced that a couple of kids chastize Marty when he plays a video game where he actually has to use his hands. At the future McFly household, there are gadgets like multiscreen televisions that change channels by voice command and a dehydrated pizza that comes to life in a few seconds. Highway gridlock is overcome by flying cars. .LaitOUp Restaurant R. 615 E. Broad St., Hazleton 455-3920 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 5 PM to 11 PM Small Rooms for Private Parties. Gift Certificates Aggie's Clam Bar CHURCH HIU MAURouf 309455-8002 7:00 ONLY . . TREAT THE FAMILY 4 All Dogs Go To Heaven 9:20 ONLY All-New Horror Thriller STEPFATHER ru nnvc COMING HOME! 7:15 and 9:30 The No. 1 Hit In The U.S.A. 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And we were rightly 'agin everything," said Cronin, now so respectable that Prime Minister Charles Haughey attended the publication party. O'Nolan's father was a British civil servant but an Irish nationalist who spoke only Gaelic at home. O'Nolan and his brothers were educated at home until he was 11, when he was subjected to the bruising discipline of a Chris- Screenwriter Bob Gale does a good job, though, at keeping everything consistent, making sense out of the intracacies of time travel. By the way, at the end of the movie we get to see previews for the already-underway Back to the Future III in which Marty and Doc head back to the Old West. There are some glazed over lessons as well in "Future n," such as greed can only get you trouble and don't mess with your future. But the emphasis here is entertainment value, and it's provided throughout. "Back to the Future W is rated PG. 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In 1940, O'Nolan began writing the "Cruiskeen Lawn" column in The Irish Times as Myles na gCopaleen ("the g before the capital C being the eclipsis which the genitive case demands," Cronin helpfully explains), later streamlined to na Gopaleen. The same pseudonym was used for his only book in Gaelic, "An Beal Bocht" ("The Poor Mouth") , published in 1941. Cronin considers "At-Swim- WUr m . m it, WSTwAWt 4 IQUWOS J TONIGHT'S SPECIAL MEATBALL OR SAUSAGE HOAGIE $025 wchips I pickles O Be sure to join us for Monday Nite Football on our giant screen TV with complimentary hot dogs and condiments during the game Featuring Strohs S Strohi Lite Hazleton, PA memories of past holidays. Tonight! 8:45 Opening the Ribbon on the Christmas Gift of Love. Wednesday, 8:00 PM uivi. nn c;irnn mum v,w ,i vision This ad made possible by PPTN. Can Taste . Fine Dining For Over 38 Yeerst FULL SERVICE FAMILY RESTAURANT CONTINENTAL LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM 44 E. 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In 1954, O'Nolan organized the first Bloomsday tour of all the places mentioned in "Ulysses." And on the same day, Myles na gCopaleen attacked Joyce as an illiterate whose "every foreign language quotation was incorrect." The republication of "At-Swim-Two-Birds" in 1960 brought O'Nolan international acclaim, but by then he had lost his job, his columns were increasingly bitter and he was customarily sozzled for the day by 3 p.m. His life story was clouded with lies about the number of books he had written, about a tragically brief marriage in Germany or a jt ttt Ml 3 ta V V S S3 5 3 S Deli Special VEAL PATTY $H 49 On A Roll I NOW ... Assorted Bulk Candy and Nuts (Vita's Bakery & Deli t I I I 37 E. Broad Street, Hazleton Monday thru Friday 8-4 - Saturday 8-6 - Closed Sundays HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS! GIFT Manv items to choose ported Items, Citterio Boar's Head Products, Jellies, Bakery Products, Etc. DAILY SPECIALS! 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On his only appearance on television, in 1963, O'Nolan brusquely refused to talk about "At Swim-Two-Birds," and began expounding on his current obsession with the notion that St. Augustine might have been black. "He was not sober," Cronin said, "but this might not have mattered except that he had half a bottle of whiskey carelessly stuffed into the pocket of his jacket and at a certain point the neck of this began to protrude, so we were cut off rather hurriedly." O'Nolan died on April 1, 1966. A month earlier, he wrote in his column that anyone who "has the courage to raise his eyes and look sanely at the awful human condition ... must realize finally that tiny periods of temporary release from intolerable suffering is the most that any individual has the right to expect." 3 3t SS 3 3 IS 3 S K3 t$3S31 455-3700 8 Z I I z z z z 455-3711 BUILD YOUR OWN BASKETS from .... 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