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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 17th, 2014

audreyIn the category of “Is that creepy or cool,” Dove Chocolate has us all asking, “How did they do that?”

Audrey Hepburn, the iconic film star who died in 1993, is in a commercial for Dove Chocolate. It has that weird feeling of animation and reel life. From Youtube, here’s the commercial — see for yourself. Click on the video above and see the Los Angeles Fox News analysis of the commercial.

The commercial kicked off  in Europe last year, brainchild of an advertising firm. Think “Mad Men.” It  is set to the music of Hepburn singing “Moon River,” which was written in 1961 for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Moon River” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I remember Andy Williams singing it. Here’s a video from Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Hepburn starred with George Peppard.

The commercial is getting accolades and criticism — read one critique hereSo how did this happen? News reports indicate that Hepburn’s family approved it. Her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti said their mom was a chocolate fan. Ferrer’s father was actor Mel Ferrer, and Dotti’s dad was Andrew Dotti, a psychiatrist. The family also approved the Gap commercial a few years ago that used a clip (to promote black pants) from Hepburn’s scene in “Funny Face.” 

If you have “Moon River” stuck in your head today, so do I, and I guess we can all thank Dove Chocolate. I think that’s eggsactly what they had in mind these few days before Easter.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  


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Posted: July 30th, 2013

hovercraftWindy Knoll Golf Club in Springfield, Ohio, becomes the first golf course to use hovercrafts in place of golf carts.

Windy Knoll has been featured on pretty much every media network available. Here’s a link to the National Public Radio interview with Pete Duffy of Windy Knoll.

The course introduced the hovercrafts (they hover about 9 inches above the ground and water) over the weekend. The $175 cost to play in the hovercraft includes 18 holes and a trained pilot.

The hovercraft is manufactured by Neoteric Hovercraft in Indiana. Bubba’s Hover video on YouTube went viral and got a lot of interest months ago.
Cart paths will surely need a bit more room when these hovercraft take off.

Pam Parker is the editor of House to HomeLake Erie LifeStyle and Her Times at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: November 14th, 2012

With all the news of droughts throughout the United States, Ken Burns’ “THE DUST BOWL” will grab your attention.

The show chronicles years of disastrous dust storms that forced people to leave their homes and farms.  Burns interviews 26 survivors and shares photographs and rare movie footage.

You can join Ken Burns for a live YouTube discussion about ‘The Dust Bowl’ Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. ET. Submit your questions on Twitter using #DustBowlPBS  and watch live at  www.youtube.com/pbs

The program premieres this weekend — Nov. 18 and 19 from 8–10 p.m. on PBS affiliate WQLN-TV.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: September 24th, 2012

I love Halloween as much as kids, and I already started decorating. Here are some of my favorite things:

Last year a video of  a house decked out for Halloween hit Youtube. See it here. The house lights up to the Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO, who happens to be a huge fan of women’s tennis. It appeared in the UK version of the Sun. The video went viral last year.

This may look like a typical jack o’ lantern, at left, but it has two faces — one on each side of the pumpkin, and it takes on some wild motion. Watch the video here.  It’s $49, motion-activated and battery operated. From grandinroad.com.

I’m not into the really spooky, gory stuff — just the fun  stuff including creepy looking hands — must be from growing up watching The Addams family and Thing.  And finally, here’s a goodie, but my husband won’t let me have this $279 beast in front of the house.  This ghoulish pumpkin carriage driven by a wicked ghoul has to capture attention. 

Time to crank up “Monster Mash,” and add a few more hands to the decorating staff.


Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: September 19th, 2012


James Conner, right. Photo from goerie.com

Even if your son or daughter isn’t an athlete, you need to read this terrific story by John Dudley. It explores the importance of postings via text message, Facebook and Twitter. Kids need constant reminders that what they post can be seen, forwarded, copied and pasted all over the Internet. James Conner, a McDowell senior, and one of the most recruited local athletes, learned the power of social media. If you Google his name, more than 10 pages of listings come up with multiple Youtube, ESPN, and Yahoo listings. Most schools don’t dictate social media policies, but Oil City does. Here’s a quote from Dudley’s article

Social media policy

Oil City’s policy on social media, as stated in the district’s athletic policy manual:

- “I understand that it is my responsibility to not use any form of social media (text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.) to be critical of teammates, coaches, game officials, school administrators, opponents, opposing schools, or any other personnel involved in the athletic program. Furthermore, I understand that a violation of this policy could be cause for suspension from or removal from the team.”

James Conner photo by Josh Barber, Erie Times-News

Conner rushed for 246 yards on only eight carries Saturday in a 49-20 victory over Lancaster Catholic. He scored three touchdowns and is committed to the University of Pittsburgh for 2013.

To follow all the regional football games live on Friday nights, check out the live Erie Times-News Varsity blog — just click here. To see Conner and the McDowell Trojans in action, check them out Friday, Sept. 21 at home against St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH); Friday, Sept. 28 against St. Edward (Lakewood, OH); and Friday, Oct. 5 @ Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA).

You can also listen live to the McDowell games — click here for the school’s Internet broadcasts of the games.

Pam Parker is the daughter of the late famed football coach Walt Strosser, the wife of football coach Kim Parker, and the mom and stepmom of five former football players. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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