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Doug Clark: Sony, give us back our Rogen-Franco Christmas

I don’t believe for a nanosecond that a corporation like the great and all-powerful Sony would pull the plug on the Christmas Day release of the “The Interview” movie over fears about what North Korea might do. Sony, I believe, is way more afraid of what we moviegoers might do should any North Korean reprisals actually occur.

Doug Clark: Keyboard Cat halftime star of pup show

I probably don’t have to remind you that Sunday might be the biggest sports day in Washington history. Most of you have already made plans to gather in front of the tube with your friends and your Cheetos so you can watch Spokane’s Keyboard Cat provide the halftime entertainment for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X.

Keyboard Cat’s creator files infringement lawsuit

Fatso is back in court again. Fatso, the keyboard-tickling cat used by Spokane graphic artist Charlie Schmidt in the 1986 video “Keyboard Cat,” is at the center of a recent lawsuit filed by Schmidt against the companies behind a popular video game.

Copyrights and wrongs

Spokane artist and actor Charlie Schmidt often gets emails from friends and strangers reporting yet another appearance by his long-dead, still-famous cat seen on a website, blog or product catalog. Sometimes the reports are of websites simply using his viral video, “Keyboard Cat,” the 55-second clip he made in 1986 that became a web sensation 13 years later.

Fatso video strikes chord years later

History is littered with great artists who were ignored and unappreciated while alive, only to find fame after shedding their mortal coil. And so it is for an orange Spokane cat named Fatso.

Large nose leads the way to a small world

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s a weird, wacky world out here on the global vaudeville circuit. During my tag-along trips with Charlie Schmidt, Spokane’s Lord of the Nose Dance, I’ve encountered oddballs galore, such as …