Thinking Outside The Dispenser
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Hello and Happy June from Pezhead Monthly! This month's cover image is a Pezzified take on a promotional photo for George Michael's song "Faith," which also ties into one of the month's features. Read on for details!
Looking back on May, a highlight in my Pez world was that I got to show my Pez room to my father and his wife. With me, my wife Jessi, and the two of them all fully vaccinated, they stopped by for a visit. It was really good to see them; we showed them Jessi's reading room and then my Pez room. They were quite amazed by it and I was glad to show it to them. Also in May, I picked up another Detolf display case from IKEA for my Pez room while I was in the area and it happened to be in stock. I have not assembled it yet but plan to do so in the next few months. I suspect that I will have a lot more Pez to add to my display, especially after Pezamania in July! Lastly, I had to smile when I recently noticed the following clue for a crossword puzzle app that I am somewhat addicted to:
Looking ahead to
the next couple of months, the Pez action is going to be ramping up
for sure. Although I am sad that the Michigan Pez Convention will not
be taking place in June, I look forward to attending next year when
the conditions will hopefully be more conducive to having the convention.
In the meantime, I will begin preparing for the big Pezamania 30ish
happening in July. This will involve taking a few more pictures of my
Pez collection to identify any missing gaps, setting up a wish list,
organizing the Pez I am bringing to sell or trade, and possibly work
on some swag. It's hard to believe that we are less than 2 months away
from Pezamania again. I can't wait for it!
I did not have a lot of Pez scores in May compared to recent months, but that's okay. Most of them came from Chris and the always awesome Pez Collector's Store, which I can't recommend enough for Pezheads looking for new releases- including those from Europe- as well as for pieces to fill out their collections. I picked up the new Tom and Jerry European set as well as the new European Disney Cars set (Rust-eze Lightning McQueen, Rust-eze Fabulous Lightning McQueen, and Jackson Storm). I also picked up the set of 5 colorless clear crystal Bugz that were part of a mail-in offer for Pez back in the early 2000s. This was a great score because I already had most of the other colorless clear crystal Bugz, as well as all of the color crystal Bugz. I'll hopefully wrap up the one or two remaining dispensers at Pezamania. Also this month, I picked up a neat custom "Decoder" Pez from the talented artist Michael Herz, from whom I've also gotten the custom 2020 Santa Claus dispenser (with a face mask) and a custom Biden 2021 Inauguration Pez. Michael really does great work and I am thrilled to have another of his pieces in my collection. Lastly, out in the wild I was lucky enough to stumble upon a Royal Panda Pez that is a "Facing Back" factory error. As Pezhead Monthly's guest contributor Dr. Pez said back in 2010, the "facing back" factory errors are quite special.
Here is a closer look at the custom Decoder Pez. Pretty cool!
Moving on to this
month's issue of Pezhead Monthly, the feature is June:
The Month In Pez, where I take a look at some birthdays of memorable
people and a couple of obscure holidays, and tie these in to some features
from the Pezhead Monthly archives as well as three new parodies
of popular songs by none other than Prince and George Michael. There
is also some Pez Poetry, including a poem
about a Pez hunt that I embarked on in late May that did not exactly
end in resounding success. But hey, it all comes with the territory
of being a Pezhead.
Pezhead Monthly continues to celebrate 20 years of thinking outside the dispenser. Check out all previous content for free at the archive page, and pick up some Pezhead Monthly merch at the CafePress store.
Did you miss last month's issue, where I shared some thoughts about taking photos of your Pez collection, debuted a photo parody to "The Falcon And the Winter Soldier" poster, and revealed an update to the Pezhead Monthly Star Wars page? You can still read it here. To search the full Pezhead Monthly archives, hop on over to the archive page, where you can browse by feature, Pez Poetry Slam, or issue. There's also a Google search bar to help you search the content across the site. And hey, maybe you would like to submit something to Pezhead Monthly to be featured in a single issue? That would be great! Check out the submission details here.
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June brings us the long days of summer and of course Father's Day. Plus, it's named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Speaking of which, Juno that there's even more to this fantastic month? Join me if you will on a Pez-fueled journey through some of the highlights, including some features from the Pezhead Monthly archives and a couple of new Pez parodies of songs by two of the most iconic singers in the world.
June 1: Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!
Did you know that Marilyn Monroe is on a Pez dispenser? That's true! And, did you know that Pezhead Monthly celebrated the occasion last year with a Pezzification of the hit Elton John song "Candle in the Wind" called "Candy Loaded In"? That's also true! Check out the video here:
June 7: Happy Birthday Prince!
The legendary, talented musician Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7. Minnesota now hosts a Pez convention known as Pez on the River, which is coming up in September. These two facts very loosely tie Prince to Pez. In an effort to strengthen this bond, here is a Pez song parody that re-imagines Prince's "When The Doves Cry" as an ode to that unmistakable rush that comes with being a Pezhead.
June 19: National Garfield The Cat Day
The party continues further on into June as we celebrate June 25, the day one of the biggest music stars of the 1980s and 1990s was born. Starting out with Wham! before breaking out on his own, George Michael unleased many catchy songs that were at times highly danceable and at other times slower and moving, and we are all the better for it.
His biggest hit was arguably the 1987 song "Faith." In the following Pezzified version of that song, we are whisked into an alternate reality in which George reveals how much he is looking forward to a particular flavor of Pez candy. Some of you may disagree with his choice, but in the spirit of Father's Day, put your tiny hand in mine and enjoy the ride.
June 27: National Sunglasses Day
That's right, there is a day in June dedicated to sunglasses. ZZ Top, Elton John, and Jack Nicholson are all over the moon about it, I am sure. As was Pezhead Monthly back in 2002, when the following poem was published to celebrate three Pez dispensers who have it made in the shades.
And while we're on the topic of sweet sunglasses, here is the cover image from the July 2013 issue of Pezhead Monthly.
Pez Haiku #153
The summer solstice,
Far and fast I foraged
Many miles motored,
Believe me, bud,
I brought it,
There once was a
Pezhead named June,
Enjoy Pez, but please do so responsibly.