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    Wednesday
    Dec152010

    When you don't care enough to send the very best - but want to send close to the worst!

    It's the Official Alfred E. Neuman Mouse Pad! 

    It's 1996 - yes 14 years ago - and MAD came up with the Alfred E. Neuman Mouse Pad.

    These Alfred-head shaped mouse pads were designed as a give-away for people who signed up for a MAD subscription. I think it came free with a 3 year sub, but I can't remember back that far.

    Along with the Official MAD Mouse Pad there was a postcard sized "Instruction & Care" card which was written by one of the Usual Gang of Idiots, often called MAD's Maddest Writer. Oh okay, I wrote it. It includes important tips like: DRY CLEAN ONLY!

    Warnings such as: Never repeatedly run any object, such as a computer mouse, over your pad.

    And warrantee information: Lifetime Warranty will remain in effect if you do not remove your MAD Mouse Pad from its Official Shipping Envelope!

    There's more, but you'll read that when you order your own Official Alfred E. Mouse Pad! (You will order one, right?) These are not the thickest mouse pads you've ever seen, but my guess is most people won't actually use them as mouse pads. They'll be more like a conversation piece. Just show it off to your friends, and the conversation will immediately start! The first question most likely will be: "You paid HOW MUCH for that piece of garbage??" Of course to be honest, these are part of MAD's history & once they're gone, they'll be no more. Alfred is 7 1/2" high & 8" wide -- ear to ear.

    Price is $11.99 for the Official Alfred E. Mouse Padand "Instruction & Care" card. I'll autograph the back of the 'care card'. First Class postage is $3.99.

    Monday
    May242010

    book, mouse pad

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    I'm Dick DeBartolo, host of The Daily Giz Wiz, Special Correspondant to Computer America, and The Giz Wiz on  ABC's World News Now. More »

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    MAD Collectables!

    On this page you'll find MAD stuff I've collected over the years!

    I didn't spend a lot of time collecting this stuff. It was mostly a matter of calling the warehouse where MAD books and magazines were stored and asking to buy stuff in case lots. The plan was to store it in a warehouse until it was worth a ton of money. Then I would put it on sale and start raking in the cash! As you may have heard or read elsewhere, storing all this crap in a warehouse turned out to be quite stupid. 30 years of storage right in the heart of high rent New York City, just two blocks from Gizneyland cost about $85,000 so far! I'll never make it back, but oh well, that's water under the bridge. (So much better for me to think of it that way, than the more realistic "cash down the drain!")

    I hope you find something you like to buy for yourself, or as a gift. Anything you spend goes toward keeping Dick's Gadget Warehouse alive. Most everything that can be autographed is sent autographed. Right now this page is set up so you have to order each MAD "gem/trash" separately. Since you pay postage per item, I try to add a "surprise" to each multi-order to cover any extra money you may have paid.  Thanks for stopping by.

    MADly, Dick De

    Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer.

     

    Saturday
    Nov072009

    Get your soft cover copy of GOOD DAYS AND MAD right here! And see the special 50% off second copy rip-off, I mean special offer below!

    In Dick's Gadget Warehouse I do have copies of the first printing of the soft cover edition from 1995. It has all the heartbreak, all the humor and all the typos of the original! It's exactly the same except for the cover! And it's cheaper too. Just $16.95, plus $6.99 Priority Shipping. (It usually cost more than that to send because the book alone weighs 1 and 1/2 pounds.)

    If you like the stories of the mad way William M. Gaines ran a very successful MAD Magazine that I tell on The Daily GizWiz, then you should enjoy GOOD DAYS AND MAD. It's a biographical look at the 30 some odd years I spent working for Gaines and for MAD. All the strange stories are in there - like the time Gaines took the entire staff to a subscriber's house in Haiti to beg him to renew!

    Gaines and I also became fast friends and I get to relate of some incredible things we did together. Like the time Gaines, knowing I love trains, rented a 1890's observation car and took 12 of us on a trip from NYC to Boston in total luxury. Gaines loved food and also had three chefs aboard! He arranged to have this private car hooked up to the Amtrak Metroliner! We went to Boston, spent 5 hours there sightseeing, and then the car was hooked up to another Metroliner for the trip back to NY's Penn Station. Then there was the time I arranged to get Gaines onto the torch of the Statue of Liberty. It was an incredible adventure until Bill almost got stuck trying to push through the elbow of Miss Liberty!

    The book is no longer in print, but I did squirrel away some copies in the warehouse. Each copy of GOOD DAYS AND MAD sold helps pay off the rent on Dick's Gadget Warehouse.

    Photos from Good Days & MAD / (Top right) Dick De resting in his private 'think tank' in his office. Gaines spared no expense to make me comfortable at MAD. Truth is, he let have a operating model railroad in my office!

    (Top left) John Ficarra, Editor of MAD, Dick De, and Morley Safer record a spot that appeared on 60 Minutes. I think it was in the late 1980's. Under the video section of this website you can follow a link to see it.

    (Bottom left) Dennis Wunderlin, Annie Gaines, Bill (William M.) Gaines , Dick De, and Carol Stuart on the observation platform of the private railroad car Gaines rented so he could take a few friends from New York to Boston and back! He had three chefs aboard! We had a champagne brunch on the way to Boston, and a full sit-down dinner on the return!

    (Bottom right) Bill's office wall. Look carefully. Among all the photos of Bill is an oil painting The Usual Gang of Idiots gave Gaines for Christmas one year. Yes, it's an oil painting of the back of his head! Come on, if we took a picture of him from the front, he might have suspected something!

     

    50% Off Deal Details!! 

    Buy one copy --- get a second copy for half price.

    Don't worry, I'll have a calculator here. One copy is $16.95. Half a copy (you still get a WHOLE book) is $8.48. That total is $25.43.  The two books together weigh more than 3 pounds - Priority mail is $10.85, but I print it online & get a discount.  So Priority shipping is $9.85. The total for two soft cover copies is $35.27. (For some reason PayPal says the total is $35.38, 11 cents more. If 11 cents is a deal breaker, let me know!)

    Details:  US orders only. And in the instructions box when you order, please put who to autograph each book to. Or write "Just your name" -- if you just want it autogaphed by Dick De, MAD's Maddest Writer! Finally, they both have to go to the same US address. Thanks!

    Remember: This is a perfect gift for a loved one. Perfect revenge for someone you hate! It's a Win-Win gift!

    THIS IS THE TWO BOOK BUTTON:

    Saturday
    Nov072009

    More MAD Garbage From Dick's Gadget Warehouse! 

    It's the Official Alfred E. Neuman Mouse Pad! 

    It's 1996 - yes 13 years ago - and MAD came up with the Alfred E. Neuman Mouse Pad.

    These Alfred-head shaped mouse pads were designed as a give-away for people who signed up for a MAD subscription. I think it came free with a 3 year sub, but I can't remember back that far.

    Along with the Official MAD Mouse Pad there was a postcard sized "Instruction & Care" card which was written by one of the Usual Gang of Idiots, often called MAD's Maddest Writer. Oh okay, I wrote it. It includes important tips like: DRY CLEAN ONLY!

    Warnings such as: Never repeatedly run any object, such as a computer mouse, over your pad.

    And warrantee information: Lifetime Warranty will remain in effect if you do not remove your MAD Mouse Pad from its Official Shipping Envelope!

    There's more, but you'll read that when you order your own Official Alfred E. Mouse Pad! (You will order one, right?) These are not the thickest mouse pads you've ever seen, but my guess is most people won't actually use them as mouse pads. They'll be more like a conversation piece. Just show it off to your friends, and the conversation will immediately start! The first question most likely will be: "You paid HOW MUCH for that piece of garbage??" Of course to be honest, these are part of MAD's history & once they're gone, they'll be no more. Alfred is 7 1/2" high & 8" wide -- ear to ear.

    Price is $11.99 for the Official Alfred E. Mouse Padand "Instruction & Care" card. I'll autograph the back of the 'care card'. First Class postage is $3.99.

    Monday
    May172010

    MAD XL Special

     

    (till they’re sold out & we find something else to stick you with!)

    Why is this ten year old MAD Special so special?

    Because it contains ALL of the following:

    A BOOK EXCERPT from the Frank Jacobs book:

    THE MAD WORLD OF WILLIAM M. GAINES

    WRITER OF THE MONTH INTERVIEW: Dick DeBartolo

    A reprint of the first article I ever sold MAD Magazine back in 1963

    plus

    Some TV Ad’s We’d Like to See.

    And some of Dick De’s favorite MAD spoofs

    The Towering Sterno / Drek-ula

    MAD’s First & Probably Last Reader’s Survey
    (It was the first & last)

    The Kentucky Fried Chicken Pledge that employees can really live up to!

    This 100 page July 2000 MAD XL 4 Special also features:

    Spy Vs. Spy /The Lighter Side Of /A MAD Fold-In

    $16.99 plus $2.99 for First Class Shipping (The only thing that's 1st class!)

    And your money goes to a good (non-deductible) cause!

    Keeping Dick’s Gadget Warehouse going!

     Autographed to you, a friend, or signed with just my name. Indicate that on the order form. Thanks!

    JUST THREE LEFT!  US ORDERS ONLY NOW PLEASE! FULL REFUND IF I RUN OUT!

    Tuesday
    Nov242009

    The Match Game DVD Collection - with an original Match Game Question! Priceless!! Oh wait, it has a price!

    The MATCH GAME on DVD.   What a _______idea!

    And it’s not just The Match Game. It’s the best of The Match Game. A boxed set of four DVD’s!

    But this boxed set contains one thing no other Match Game DVD set ever contained! On the back of each set of four DVD’s is an original Match Game question which I'll autograph.I wrote the Match Game for almost 20 years. I wrote thousands of questions. When Match Game moved to California I stayed at the New York officers. But when Match Game ended it’s almost 20 year run, Mark Goodson TV Productions* closed their New York offices. All the files were packed up and thrown into dumpsters. As boxes of Match Game questions were trashed I thought: “I should take some of them as a souvenir!” I stuffed a bunch in some envelopes and let the rest go off to the dumpsters. These questions date back more than 30 years! (*Goodson-Todman Productions because Mark Goodson Productions after Bill Todman pass away.)

    More about the DVD set.

    "The Best of Match Game" features 30 of the show's greatest episodes, uncut and digitally transferred from their original masters. The series not only reminds people of the days before political correctness hit the airwaves, but is also a nostalgic look back at bawdy humor, as well as the plaid-panted, brightly colored disco days of the '70s. Plus, all the fan favorites from that era are featured, including Betty White, Fannie Flagg, Avery Schreiber, Elaine Joyce and the Prince of pontificating poetry, Nipsey Russell. Additional celebrity guest stars include Michael Landon, Jack Klugman, William Shatner, Vicki Lawrence, Mama Cass, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gary Burghoff and Kirstie Alley.

    But wait, there’s more! Special Features include:

    "Best Moments of Match Game" hosted by Brett Somers

    See the original 1962 "Match Game" pilot. Very few people know what the original Match Game was like! Back in those days we erased the old Match Game shows because no one at Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions thought anyone would be interested in a seeing a game show for a second time! And besides blank video tape cost a lot of money. So older game shows were just recorded over!!

     There’s also a Tribute to host Gene Rayburn

     And an exclusive interview with Brett Somers

     Plus a Photo Gallery

     Price?  Priceless! Oh, wait, it’s not priceless. It does have a price!

    $22.99 plus $6.99 for Priority Shipping.

    Give it as the ultimate gift for Match Game fan. You just might hear them say: “What the _______ is this?”

    The list price of the DVD set is $34.95, but even if you find it cheaper, no where else but here can you get a Best Of Match Game set with a real Match Game question! (I have no idea if the original question on the box is used on any of the shows on the DVD collection. There were a ton of shows recorded & a ton of questions written!)