About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

If you read a story and you feel moved in any way, comment. Comments are more than welcome.

Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

Feel free to email me if you have a story or cause you would like shared, especially if it pertains to animal rights, liberation, veganism, animal welfare, health and well-being, geekery, Macs and computer dorkiness, music, lowbrow art, kitchy stuff, skateboards, the beach, swimming, diving, NYC, beading (it's my hobby), recipes (love to cook, especially if I made the recipe up myself!), VEGAN!, ALF, Sea Shepherd, Action for Animals, NIO, 269Life and/or anything you think I might enjoy or others might—you never know. It doesn't always have to be serious. Hilarious stories, local NY, funny videos or photos, photobombs (especially if they contain pets!)...I might be partially censored, but I'm not closed down!

Please, join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and follow them and The Barbi Twins on Twitter and Facebook.

For the Oceans,
Suzanne

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Yep.

Today is my birthday.

[censored]

Hilarious

I love it when people actually believe they're anonymous on the internet. (Some of you know exactly what I'm talking about. ha ha ha) I read this Saturday night while doing some internet cleanup and poking around.



Trent Reznor Outs Twitter Detractor


Trent Reznor might have half a million Twitter followers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get his attention. You best be sending positive vibes his way, though, or he might expose your name, location, and potential criminal record. That’s exactly what Reznor did to a user with the Twitter handle AngieZherself the other day after she relentlessly mocked his fiancée Mariqueen Maandig.


After posting a link to Maandig’s Playboy photo shoot, the Reznor basher posted: “@trent_reznor I hope you get a good prenup because that skank is going to take all your money!! ;P,” followed by, “@mariqueen Way to go! Use that bf to promote yourself ;) He apparently likes his ego inflated :D”


Well if Trent can take on Prince and Rivers Cuomo, surely he could deal with an anonymous (or was she?) Twitter detractor. “Perfect example of the kind of complete parasitic delusional asshole that makes you regret fame: @AngieZherself,” Reznor replied. Then Trent went to the secret Nine Inch Nails CTU (Counter Twitter Unit) and owned the Tweet fight: “And you’re not anonymous dear, you are Angela L. Zajac from Worcester with a criminal record,” he added.


Possibly for fear of facing the ire of an angry NIN fan mob, Ms. Zajac deleted her Twitter account (google-cached here) and took to her blog for some wit of the staircase ranting.


Posting her name and location was one thing, but finding a criminal record too? That NIN iPhone app must be pretty damn powerful.




PFFFT! As if she'd not get outed. As if he can't do it because he's "famous." (According to her and some other "appalled" crybabies.)Plus, I love that he used an alt account. Total epic win.
Kudos @trent_reznor from @spookiecats ;)

She's asking for donations via PayPal on her blog. For what? Writing a blog because she's out of work? Let's all jump on that bandwagon. (D, get yourself a' bloggin'.)

Friday, May 15, 2009

MySpace Adds A Bottom IM Bar… —TechCrunch

…some of us need this like we need a hole in the head.

MySpace Adds A Bottom IM Bar, Like That Other Social Network
     by  MG Siegler on May 15, 2009

I hate the bottom toolbar on Facebook. I simply never remember it’s there for things like applications and quick access to photos. But it is fairly useful as a place to store your IM buddy list so it’s mostly out of sight but still open. And that’s exactly what MySpace is now using it for.

Starting today, users across the social networking site in English speaking countries (Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the US) will see a prominent bright blue bar across the bottom portion of their screens. On the right side of that bar resides MySpaceIM, the service’s instant messaging client. It works and looks exactly like Facebook’s integrated IM but the settings are a bit more accessible since they reside on the bar as well. And, to be fair, other services like Gmail have made this on-site chat in the lower right hand corner, a standard too.

MySpace has confirmed the site-wide rollout today and says they had been beta testing it for a little while with Canadian users, and some users in the UK apparently also had access. Previously, the service had a downloadable IM client that worked with Skype. This onsite IM service doesn’t offer the Skype option — the two will work with one another though.

Having a stand-alone client always seemed like an odd choice, as the point of these social networks is to keep everything integrated on the site. And though it was set in motion as a test before the change of power at MySpace, this is one of the first major changes to the site since new MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta took over. And interestingly enough, new COO Mike Jones previously founded Userplane, an online chat service, so he undoubtedly knows a thing or two about services like this.

As with Facebook IM, you’ll be able to customize who can see you’re online and who cannot. You can also block certain users. And you can pop out IM into its own window. But my favorite feature may be the ability to collapse the chat bar by clicking the arrows all the way to the right. And that doesn’t boot you offline, it just puts your status in the lower-right corner and removes the screen-wide bar.

The fact that this bar is screen-wide by default does seem a bit odd. Unlike Facebook, MySpace isn’t using this for anything else, such as applications. At least not yet. The IM bar will also not work with IE6, which I fully support as that’s the worst browser in the world.

This bar will roll out to other countries over the next few months, MySpace tells us. You can find more details here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Peter Murphy - 2009 Tour Dates (2 NYC shows) ++ SXSW, Trent Reznor, and...

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Peter Murphy - 2009 Tour Dates (2 NYC shows) ++ SXSW, Trent Reznor, and... Chase Bank videos

Peter Murphy @ Gramercy Theatre June 26, 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
Peter Murphy

Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy made a rare appearance at Austin's South By Southwest festival today (March 19, 2009), coming all the way from his adopted home in Turkey to perform for a packed house at Elysium.

Backed by a four-piece band, the goth legend performed several songs from his extensive solo catalogue and pranced around the stage dramatically throughout the 45-minute set.

In between songs, Murphy bantered with the crowd and delivered a message to any musicians in the room. "This is about music, not radio friendliness," he said. "The artist has more power than anybody. The artists must know that they are the centre of it."

At one point, Murphy even handed his microphone to audience members who proceeded to ask him questions. When a woman asked how it felt to reunite with Bauhaus recently, Murphy said, "Bauhaus are very nice chaps but they are exhausting!"

Later in the evening, a man in the crowd shouted, "We fucking love you, Peter!"

"I'm sure you just want to enter my body," quipped Murphy in response, "which is not love." [NME]

Murphy is coming back to the US for solo shows this summer. That tour includes a two-show NYC run at the Highline Ballroom in July. Tickets for the Monday, July 6th andTuesday, July 7th shows are on sale.

If Murphy's gigs this summer are anything like his SXSW set, the music will be mainly focused on material from his upcoming album. Speculation about that album...

[Peter Murphy's forthcoming] album may feature production fromTrent Reznor of NIN and feature Peter's version of the track "Warm Leatherette," which they have been performing live together... [Wikipedia]
Murphy sang with Reznor on the NIN song "Reptile" in Atlantic City last year. The pair are no strangers to collaboration. In 2006, while on the road together with their respective bands, Reznor and Murphy recorded live, in-studio versions of a number of tracks, including "Warm Leatherette" and "Reptile." Videos of those, videos from Peter Murphy's SXSW set, the Chase Bank commercial featuring Myrphy's voice and all known tour dates, below...



Chase's "Blue Sky" Ad, John Lennon Cover With Vocals by Peter Murphy



Peter Murphy @ SXSW, Elysium, 2009-03-19 pt. 1



Peter Murphy @ SXSW, Elysium, 2009-03-19 pt. 2



Trent Reznor, Jeordie White, Peter Murphy -Warm Leatherette



Trent Reznor, Jeordie White, Peter Murphy - Reptile

Peter Murphy - 2009 Tour Dates
06/03/09 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
06/04/09 Bimbos 365 Club San Francisco, CA
06/06/09 Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, NV
06/08/09 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
06/10/09 House of Blues Hollywood, CA
06/11/09 The Canyon, Agoura Hills, CA
06/13/09 Canes San Diego, CA
06/18/09 Emos Austin, TX
06/19/09 Lakewood Theater, Dallas, TX
06/23/09 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
06/25/09 Jannus Landing Courtyard St Petersburg, FL
07/06/09 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
07/07/09 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
07/09/09 Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA

more dates TBA

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Remove It ALL. Please and Thank You.

Insanities on the Internets!: Remove It ALL. Please and Thank You.


"The police department in my town told me to contact them if you ever write anything about me or talk to me again." — IA

Improper Adoptee:

I appreciate you taking the time to finally remove all (but one of) the libel and defamatory blog entries, plus the stolen images you had used on your blog, but I want to make something very clear. You're trying to mislead your readers. The quote above is a blatant misleading lie. I had to contact the police about you after you posted the bestiality and hate crime blog, the blog in which you also posted numerous images of my toddler (making fun of him, saying he was schizophrenic, on cocaine, ugliest kid you ever saw, etc.) and on which you blogged about my father who you mocked while knowing of his stage 4 cancer. You pretended to be two other people writing the blog, but I knew all along it was you. So did the police.

I then spoke to the officers on the phone. They worked on my behalf, not yours. The sentence I quoted, the one from your blog, is what they told me after they visited you at your home the first time in regards to your blogs pertaining to me, sans the talking part, which in fact neither of us ever did. I never talked to you, and you never talked to me directly; you called people I work with. The officers then had to go back to you a second time because after the first, they told me that if I still saw anything online to contact them about it immediately. I removed everything that you asked them to have removed, even though none of it was libel. PLEASE, let's not keep this going. Clear up the misleading top header of your blog and let's be done with this. 



I contacted the police in your town at the same time as I contacted the FBI of Boston. I have the documents. I can show you. You never called my local police, or your own about me. Please don't spread libelous information about me anymore. I wish no further contact of any form with you, and I doubt you want this to continue any longer.

This arrangement is so you do not ever harass me again. I think it works out well, because in return, you're not upset or angered by my documentations.

I had to contact the police in your area twice because you didn't remove the content the first time. Once you remove everything, including the ridiculous header (posted as a screenshot below) that tries to fool your readers, ALL the rest of the mentions I missed will be removed. I forgot I have a notice on MySpace about you. It isn't exactly top priority at the moment, and you know that. You knew you were harassing me online while my father was in the hospital and during his surgery, and that was cruel. 


Anything else, like links you find on Google or AOL searches, you'll have to deal with, because I am not capable of doing anything about Blog Catalog's cache or the caches of search engines. What is in their cache (and others) will soon expire, and you'll have to wait it out. I cannot remove it since it's already not in my blog.

That other blog you linked to makes no mention of you or your naive friends. I don't see how it's related to you, but no, I cannot do anything for you about it. I don't have the login email or password for that blog. You'll have to contact Google directly. As for Amy, I personally don't care what is on the internet about her. She was rude and inappropriately out of line in a comment towards me on my personal blog, and I could care less if someone blogs about her. you should not concern yourself with others; you should worry about yourself.

Again, you admitted to the police that you were indeed responsible for the bestiality blog, the blog that not only said "spookie fucks cats!" and "spookie is Schizophrenic," but that my son is mentally ill and on street drugs, my mother is trailer trash and my father is a "scamming loser" who is also mentally ill. You even claimed to know me and posted libel about my having a criminal record. Ridiculous. You also admitted, through hysterical tears, that you posted all the lies about me and my family in retaliation for my message about my friend Anne. That's what you told the police. You also admitted that you posted the anti-Semitism. You posted that "you finally understood why the Germans hated Jews so much," and you called me a "kikehole." You also said that it was you who posted as anonymous and wrote other anti-Semitic comments on your own blog and other people's blogs. "Jew bitch" was one of your comments left. Everything was presented to you as print-outs and you denied nothing, but admitted to everything. You broke down and admitted to all of it through tears. You can scream out to the world that you didn't, but you did. Officer T. T. and his partner know the truth as well as I do. I also have the email correspondence to prove it, and you don't want that to publicly embarrass you, right?

Anne is real. I never told you about her to hurt you.

What you did to me was beyond cruel and took someone with no soul to do. I don't know how anyone could have written and posted such horrible things about a person, but you did. I hope you feel some remorse, because if you don't… well, it means something quite wrong.

I will delete all of this here on this blog as soon you you delete your blog entry —


After that, delete that ridiculously silly header, stop trying to twist the facts and end this moronic game. I called the police on you, not the other way around. You were caught. You did commit a hate crime. Posting what you did against Jews is a criminal act. You're lucky you are home and a free woman. Just let it all go and delete everything. I will delete what you reminded me about (Mittens; the warning about your behaviour) and anything that I'm able to. I'm only doing it as a courtesy to YOU. Anything I wrote was truthful. Veracious means truth.
veracious
I was never out to hurt you and I never lied.

I will delete this ASAP. Please be clear to your friends about your actual actions. Be honest. Everyone makes mistakes. Just own up to it and let's move past this. Don't try to make me look like the one who had police called on her. We both know it's completely untrue.


(click image below for full size)



Honesty is the best policy.
Please come clean and then delete all the references.

I will delete EVERYTHING once you tell the truth and then delete everything.
I keep my word.

A Totally Private Joke.



(seriously, don't ask.)

Sunday, May 03, 2009

To The IMPROPER ADOPTEE: Remove ALL Posts and Images Please.



Marilyn, PLEASE don't ever reveal you libelous and defamatory blogs about me again.

I see you've put your blog on "Invited Readers Only," but in the past, you've then reverted that and put it back to public within a week or so. I do hope that you've honestly removed all blog entries that you've posted about me — including the images — and the links and the listing on the "hate list" you have on the left hand sidebar, as per the request of the police in your town.

As you can see, I removed the truthful documentation blogging of what was going on, from my other blog, since you wanted that. I didn't have to, but I did it. I removed it because you cried about it. I was not ordered to remove it by anyone, as you've lied about. I did you a FAVOR. My posts were not lies, and in fact, many were asking you to please leave me alone — to cease and desist — and you ignored me. I would appreciate it if you just let this go now, and never blog or post about me again, including on other people's blogs (in their comments) or on forums or groups, because I will find out, and then I'd have to contact the police again and I'd rather not have to.

I understand you've had a traumatic life, but you really seem to believe the ludicrous fabricated scenario you concocted regarding my message to you back when you were still on MySpace. I meant you no harm; Anne is very much real and alive. I'm sorry you really are so damaged that you would think a stranger would lie to harm you, a total stranger with no ulterior motives and no connections to human adoption. I think you knew very well that I was asking in good faith and out of curiosity, but over time, you began to believe you own lies about me and about my friend. Or possibly not. Maybe you actually enjoy being abusive and harming other people.

It's time you let go. I don't have a set stance on the adoption of humans. I am neither pro or con. I think adoption is necessary. Without it, children would die or suffer. Not all children belong with their birth mother, regardless of what you and some others believe. I've seen it with my own eyes. This statement does not mean they belong with bad adoptive parents. Not all adoptive parents are "infertiles," as you always blog. Some are simply loving, compassionate people who want to give a loving home and family full of happiness and proper care (good health, fun, love, a sense of safeness, etc.) to a child who needs one, for life. All adoptive parents are not bad. All are not selfish. A for birth certificates, yes, they need to be disclosed. Real, original birth certificates should be available, and I don't think the system should be locked up tight like some secret.

Most of what I wrote here wasn't only for you, because I know you don't and won't believe anything I say no matter how many times I repeat myself. It is for those you may have pulled the wool over on; those you might've fooled into thinking I'm a horrible person.

I hope you will come clean to your friends and admit that you did indeed make the blog called "Spookie is Schizophrenic" and explain that yes, you did post as the two aliases and write about bestiality, exploit my toddler and use all that disgusting language towards me. Coming clean would be good for you. Some must already know. The same goes for those anonymous posts you were making to The Daily Bastardette and to other blogs, even your own. You posted to ULB as another alias and told the police that yes, it was you. All the anti-Semitism was you. I am glad you did admit to it, because I knew, and denying it was just "silly." After you broke down to the offers, in your own home, I was called by Officer T. T. and given the details of their visit to you, their conversation in full. Officer T. informed me that you had broken down into hysterical tears and admitted to all the atrocities that you are, as of now, calling lies. (UPDATE 7.17.09: All statements regarding this are falsified on The Improper Adoptee's blog, http://abolishadoption.blogspot.com)
You have already admitted to the harassment and cruelty, the bestiality blog, the copyright infringement and so on. Lying now, to your peers and strangers is just a waste of time and another way of you crossing the line you're not allowed to.

Once you delete all the libelous and content off your blog, and I am able to review it and let the officers know that you've complied, I will delete the "documentary blog" that bothers you.

If there is other content somewhere that I missed, (content I can remove, NOT Google cache or Technorati, BlogCatalog, Blogged, etc.) you just have to let me know — PRIVATELY. Make sure you remove everything you told the Orleans PD you would, though, or I will have to travel to Orleans, MA and file a complaint against you in person. I will not hesitate to do so now that the weather is nicer. In fact, my son and I would be happy to go follow the seals migration northbound. I would rather avoid all negative and distracting "activities," so please do as you were asked. We all would appreciate it. I think you would, too.

Just do as the police told you to, and I will happily remove everything from this blog. Remember; I did not have to remove any entries, but did so because it's what you requested while crying. I was told that by my doing so, you would agree to stop harassing me, stalking me and you'd not dare commit any crimes. Avoiding arrest, avoiding serving even an hour in a jail cell… is it not worth it to you?
Just stop even thinking about me.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

iBoo

(Credit: Speakal)

February 11, 2009 12:15 PM PST
iBoo docking station cute, but not so spooky
by Dong Ngo

I don't know about you, but this thing won't scare me.

Speakal, maker of the unbearably cute iPanda, on Wednesday once again got (most of) us charmed with its new cute iPod docking station called iBoo

The audio system comes in the shape of a friendly ghost with design elements that work in most settings: from the bedroom to the office to the kitchen. In addition, the iBoo's small footprint and light weight make it suitable for toting along on the go.

Made to be both an audio player and a decorative piece, the iBoo incorporates design elements as functional components. The smiley mouth, for example, acts as the sensor that receives remote control commands. The eyes, on the other hand, are two mid- and high-range speakers, while the sub woofer is hidden below in the "belly" of the ghost.

(Credit: Speakal)

The unit features rubberized feet to prevent rattling while the subwoofer is fired up high. Other than the remote, you can also control the volume by touching the iBoo itself. 

The iBoo works as an iPod dock with numerous included cradles. It also has a standard auxiliary 3.5mm input jack for connectivity to an external player. 

The iBoo is available now in red, white, and blue versions, with a price tag of $90 that includes a one-year manufacturer's warranty.


(Credit: Speakal)

Friday, May 01, 2009

Swine Flu!!! *cough*

Oy Vey! Ignorance Reigns as usual!
NO. You cannot catch it from touching a pig. 
NO, you cannot catch it from eating a pig product. Don't anyway, because factory farming is cruel.
NO, pigs on the farm near you won't give you the swine flu.
NO, pigs at the petting zoo won't give you the swine flu.

NO, killing all the pigs in your country won't make your country immune to swine flu!!! How daft are people? Ooooh, VERY!

feh. I'm too stunned by the stupidity of humans to keep typing. 0_o

Check out this cute piggie in some laundry, courtesy of Cute Overload.


And look at this adorable piglet, from CuteLittlePiggies!

CDC

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy


  • Stay informed. This website will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

  • Take everyday actions to stay healthy.

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

    • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.



  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

  • Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.





  • Additional Links

  • PandemicFlu.gov
  • Farewell, Pontiac. I'd Love to Have My Old Firebird Back Now.



    The first car I actually chose myself and purchased with my own money fully was a Pontiac Firebird. My friend Greg and I spotted it on a used car lot, and we immediately had to see it. It was shiny metallic blue with T-tops, and had my name written all over it. After showing my parents — my Dad specifically, a former race car driver — numerous cars that were not only rip-offs, but overpriced pieces of total crap, I was given the thumbs up. After driving around a brown Mercury Capri for years (I'd paid for it with my parents help), I finally had a car with balls, and car that said, "Cat-eyed metal chick behind the wheel, watch out." 
    (me behind the wheel, below, years back)


    Soon after, my father was borrowing my car "to check the engine" or make sure something was okay, almost all the time. Eventually, he bought his own. I knew he would at some point because his own car was a money-eating disaster, and it was time to junk it.


    My father had a 1958 Corevette convertible before I was born, so this was the first sports car he's gotten since. 



    Blog Entry UPDATED Friday, 1 May 2009 23:39 UK

    From the British Broadcasting Corporation

    Pontiac RIP

    By Nick Holland 
    Business reporter, BBC News

    Pontiac GTO
    The GTO transformed Pontiac into a muscle car brand.

    Pontiac has become the highest-profile victim of the crisis in the American car industry.

    The decision this week by General Motors to discontinue the brand shocked a generation of petrol heads who fell in love with the all American muscle cars the company developed in the 1960 and 70s.

    Pontiac Chieftain
     It is a great shame that one of America's iconic brands is having to be removed from the automotive scene 
    Anthony Cohen from American Car Imports in London

    We are talking about cars like the Pontiac Firebird, The Grand Am and the GTO.

    Like Route 66, roadside diners and baseball all of these vehicles have become genuine artefacts of U.S. culture.

    "If ever a car company defined swagger - Pontiac was it," says Peter DeLorenzo who runs the Autoextremist.com blog.

    "Pontiac delivered cars to the market bristling with a maverick, edgy appeal and genuine soul - a commodity so far removed from most of Detroit's products then that it was striking," he says.

    The company started out in 1907 in Michigan before being bought in 1909 by General Motors.

    Originally the Pontiac brand was used to fill the gap for motorists who could afford better than a Chevrolet but who could not quite stretch to an Oldsmobile.

    At this stage there was nothing remarkable to single the cars out from others on the market.

    Things began to change when the company employed John De Lorean, who later founded the ill-fated De Lorean Motor Company, as its new head of engineering in 1956.

    The GTO is born

    Pontiac started test driving a saloon car fitted with powerful V8 engines.

    Pontiac cars
     In recent years, Pontiac wasn't the performance brand it was in the past 
    Aaron Bragman, automotive analyst at IHS Global Insight

    However, the vehicle did not meet General Motors' corporate guidelines because they were considered too fast and breached an agreement with other manufacturers within the GM group to avoid building performance cars.

    Regardless of that a handful of the cars were built and Pontiac salesman drove them around to test public reaction.

    They got 5,000 orders.

    Once the board at General Motors found out the GTO was born.

    "At the time Pontiac were doing things almost intentionally against the rules," says Jim Hopson communication manager for Pontiac.

    "Someone once told me they would have run a pirate flag up a pole at Pontiac HQ if they could. But they were successful therefore the board could not stop them," he says.

    The popularity of the car encouraged the company to transform itself into a performance brand.

    Something different

    In 1964, Pontiac inspired Ronnie and the Daytonas to write a song called "Little GTO" - a track that reached number four in the American charts.

    Alongside the GTO the company developed the Grand Prix and the Firebird during the 1960s, all of them muscle cars.

     Little kids who are five years old don't know what it is, but they know it is something different 
    Steve Martin, owner of a Pontiac Firebird

    The company's profile went global in the 1970s when Burt Reynolds drove a black and gold Firebird in the hit film Smokey and the Bandit.

    The car still has an enduring appeal today.

    Steve Martin from Birmingham owns an exact replica of the one seen in the movie.

    After seeing the film as a boy he fell in love with the vehicle and vowed to own it one day.

    He managed to buy one four years ago and says he will never sell it.

    "Even if you drive it around now little kids who are five years old don't know what it is, but they know it is something different," he says.

    One brand too many

    Pontiac had more success in the 1970s with the Firebird Grand Am and the Trans Am.

    But in the late 1990s General Motors began to cut back on its performance image and mechanical problems with some of the later models damaged the company's reputation with people who bought sports cars.

    "In recent years Pontiac wasn't the performance brand it was in the past," says Aaron Bragman, automotive analyst at IHS Global Insight.

    "It had lost its way and lost its following."

    Despite the company's latest model, the G8, getting excellent reviews, on Monday General Motors announced it would ditch the marque in 2010.

    "It is a great shame that one of America's iconic brands is having to be removed from the automotive scene," says Anthony Cohen from American Car Imports in London.

    "At the same time you can understand how GM executives have been forced to take this decision when they have. During these hard economic times, this was one product brand too many."

    In years to come it is clear people will remember the brand for what it once was rather than what it has become.





    Other Pontiacs I culled off Google Images. I'd love to own all of them. Ha!