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Finding the things that make you feel old…

I had one of these:

It was made of thin plastic (which meant it would last about a week) and when you put it on it was totally transparent (in the manner of dark sunglasses.)

I wore mine while watching Tom Corbett on television in Bristol, Connecticut in the early 50s.

A sensational discovery “as new as the hydrogen bomb.” Can you believe it? And it made me a “super space cadet” with Tom and Astro and the rest. Whether or not it made me the “hero of (my) town” I don’t know… but I was the big cheese of Brookside Drive.

Do you use IMDb?

I spend so much time reviewing information on films I am about to watch on TCM or IFC or AMC (to find out reviews, casts, directors and designers) that sometimes I think I live on the Internet Movie Database. That’s why I was interested in this article out of the UK (The Mail) on where IMDb was born and the man who runs it (it’s now owned by 

Here’s the opening of the article, but it is worth going in and reading the whole thing (you can do that by clicking HERE):

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Revealed: How the world’s biggest movie website is run by a ‘self-confessed geek’ from a house in Bristol

Daily Mail Reporter

  • 43-year-old compiled info on 3.2m actors and industry professionals
  • Founded firm in 1990 and still works as chief exec despite selling to Amazon
  • Sale price has been kept a secret but founder and volunteers netted cash and Amazon stock
The founder of one of the most successful websites in the world has been unveiled as a self-confessed technology geek who still runs the website from his former family home in Bristol.

Colin Needham, from Stoke Gifford, began the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) in 1990 as a hobby, and now the website is the 42nd most popular on the planet, attracting some 57million unique users every month.

Such is the power and influence it wields, IMDb – which has information on over 3.2million actors and industry professionals and a database of more than 1.5million films – has the ability to launch and crush Hollywood careers.