Monday, November 30, 2009

Jo Polniaczek lives!

TV holiday movies featuring 1980s stars!

Via The Great 80s on Twitter.

Classic clip Monday: Somebody come and play

Ever since I saw the updated version of "Somebody Come and Play" while watching "Sesame Street" with Miss Kelly, the song has been stuck in my head.

I agree completely with the comments from the original YouTube poster. Joe Raposo, the famous "Sesame" songwriter, took what could have been fluffy, nothing, happy-little-kid lyrics, and set them to a tune that gives them a wistful, almost sad twist.

And then when the original video was shot with some sad looking orangutans in a gloomy cement zoo of the 1970s jail-like style, well, that only added to the malaise.

They later re-recorded it over footage of snow leopards who didn't look quite as glum as the monkeys, and then again with a much more chipper Ernie, which is the one I saw this week. But it's still a haunting and sad song, and reminds me that "Sesame Street" often surprised you, and it wasn't just a bunch of kiddie fluff slammed down on video to make a deadline.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Talk about Barbie and the Rockers

Barbie now has dolls of Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, and Debbie "Blondie" Harry.

Joan Jett is by far the best. I really don't recognize Debbie Harry.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Funky Food FRIDAY: A loaf of bread...

On this, the biggest shopping day of the year (and also Funky Food Friday here at GenXtinct.com), let us pause to honor one of the most memorable shopping trips of our childhoods.



It's been 37 years since it first aired, and "a loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter" still flitters through my brain every time I set foot into a grocery store. Thanks, Sesame Street.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving from GenXtinct.com. We hope it's filled with jelly beans, popcorn, pretzels and toast.

Now this is a company we can get behind

Found via Bubbledog: Jellio makes products, like the Rubik's Cube stuff I linked to earlier, that's inspired by toys and treats of our childhood era.

These Gummi Bear Lights are pricey, but adorable.


These monkey mirrors are reminiscent of Barrel of Monkeys.


This bench is decorated with candy buttons that look real enough to gnaw.


You've got Ants in the Plants! (Oh, the fun they must have coming up with these...)


Gumball machine clocks that really dispense prizes!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Classic Clip Monday: The Osmonds cartoon

We have a "Dancing With the Stars" pool at my office (I know!) and I have Donny Osmond to win it all. In honor of his still hanging in there and dancing in the finals at age 51, here's the opening to the 1972-73 cartoon show, "The Osmonds."

I never saw this show, but apparently the Osmonds, sans Marie, were "goodwill ambassadors who go out into the world to spread their musical happiness."

Seriously, other than Donny, Marie, and for a very short time, Jimmy, did anyone remember the other Osmonds? Were there fan clubs for Wayne, Alan and Merril like there were for Jermaine Jackson? For that matter, were there fan clubs for Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cowabunga, dudes!

We could not let today go by without mentioning that tomorrow, Nov. 21, is THE DAY when "Turtles Forever" airs on The CW4Kids.

The cartoon was made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the heroes on the half-shell (25 years of turtles? Man, we are OLD) and supposedly features the 1987 turtles meeting up with those from 2003.


Then the Wikipedia entry says this, which may as well be written in ancient hieroglyphics as far as me understanding it, but I'm sure some turtle fanatic out there is laughing at my ignorance. "The Mirage Turtles have been confirmed to appear as well, along with Krang, Hun, Karai and three of the Shredder (1987 Shredder, 2003 Utrom Shredder, and Mirage Shredder)."


Are Mirage Turtles like Bizarro Superman? I am TMNT illiterate, I guess.


Funky Food FRIDAY: Tab, Tab cola, what a beautiful drink

Tab is one of those weird childhood memories that you can still go out and buy today! Not every grocery store has it, and those that do don't seem to carry that much, but it's definitely out there, still in the pink can, and still with the weirdly tangy, almost metallic taste.

This commercial is a version of the jingle I remember best. But the one I remember was faster..."Tab, Tab cola, what a beautiful drink! Tab, Tab cola, for beau-tiful people! Tab! You're beau-ti-ful to me! Sixteen ounces and JUST one calorie, Tab!"

Apparently for a while in the '80s, Tab had "SASS!" I don't remember this ad campaign at all, and really don't mind that I missed it. Also, that's kind of a weird drippy sandwich the model takes a chomp out of, no?

I had to link to the embedded one below, though, where they encourage the 1970s woman to drink Tab to "become a mind-sticker." In other words, if you keep your shape thanks to Tab, you stick in his mind and he won't dump you for being fat. Check out the woman's hideous long dress as they walk up the oh-so-mod Brady Bunch house stairs!



Thursday, November 19, 2009

Goodbye, JC Penney Big Books

Oh JC Penney Big Books, we never got everything we longed for, but you and your Wish Book partners, you taught us to dream. And now you're leaving us.
(No one better tell those awesome Plaid Stallions.)

We'll miss you. Online shopping is great and all, convenient and clean and oh so fast. But we spent so many contented hours with you, cuddled up while the snow flew, dog-earing pages, comparing the merits of Big Barbie Head vs the Crissy Doll, the Easy-Bake Oven vs. Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine. It was a toy department all of our own that never closed, where no mean manager ever yelled at us to stop daydreaming.

Well, goodbye and thanks, we guess. Just ... thanks. Wish our kids could've known ya.


Where it bubbles all the time like a giant carbonated soooooda

Is it wrong that I like Weird Al's "Yoda" better than the original "Lola"?

I also love this LEGO Yoda video.

Cannot look at a tube of Crest without thinking of this


What's your favorite Wacky Pack? Hostage Cupcakes? Busted Finger Candy Bars? Slaytex Living Gloves?


I think Crust Toothpaste, an oldie but a goodie, is mine.
I love that this site is offering a "stocking stuffer" -- 60 packs for $27.50! That would occupy my whole Christmas day right there, just opening and reading them, and then sorting and trading. Uh, what do you mean I'm not nine anymore?

Da plane, da plane!

"Fantasy Island" is going to be a reality show.
Which...fine, but instead of going on the show and winning your own fantasy, the contestants are competing to be the next MISTER ROARKE.

COME ON! I mean, who ever watched that show and dreamed about being the guy in the white suit? Or even Tattoo?

I've said this before, but I seriously need some channel to buy both "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" and run them back-to-back on Saturday nights, so I can relive my childhood weekends. With Retromercials, of course. Get to it, networks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Leggo my EGGO, set it freeee, don't break up the faaaamily

Dammit if EGGO doesn't have one of the most memorable jingles/slogans of all time. Leggo my Eggo!

And now there may be a shortage. HORRORS! How shall we as a planet continue?

Time to clash again

How did I not know they are remaking 1981's "Clash of the Titans"? Here's the 2010 trailer. (Via Triptych Cryptic.)

All I remember about this movie is the Medusa head, and that I think you could get extra credit for Mythology class if you saw it.

But I just watched the 1981 trailer, and huh--Laurence OLIVIER was in it?

In Search Of...Bigfoot

Where's Leonard Nimoy when you need him? Animal Planet is going all In Search Of-y on us with a poll that says that more than a third of Americans would like to see Bigfoot proven as real.

When asked what legendary creature they would like to see proven as real, 36 percent of people said they would like Bigfoot to be real, while 21 percent said ghosts. Twenty-seven percent said various other creatures, including vampires and werewolves.

So what's your favorite on-screen rendition of Bigfoot? Sure, 1977's "Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot" is low-budget cheese. But Andre the Giant as the hairy monster on "The Six Million Dollar Man" beats them all -- to death with their own arms. Raaaaahr! Anybody want a peanut?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RIP Ken Ober

When I heard that "Remote Control" host Ken Ober had died, the first thing that hit me was the theme song, which hadn't flicked across my brain in years: "Kenny wasn't like the other kids...TV mattered, nothing else did..." Then I wondered why I hadn't thought about the show in so long. It took the traditional game show format and cut away everything but the pop culture references. No questions about pesky topics like history or geography. Just TV. And that was just fine with me.

Ober and his crew -- including everybody from Colin Quinn to Denis Leary to Adam Sandler to Kari Wuhrer -- put on a sometimes hilarious, always entertaining show down there in his mom's basement.

Former "Remote Control" writer Jeff Kahn has a nice little tribute on the Huffington Post.

And she and Billy Joe was throwin' somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge

It always kind of bugged me that Bobbie Gentry never said what the "Ode to Billy Joe" narrator was throwing off that darn bridge, and I was never buying in to the idea that it was their baby (because -- UGH!) or a rag doll symbolizing the end of childhood (because -- whaaa?).

I was less interested in why Billy Joe committed suicide (in the movie it was because he had a gay experience...again, whaaa?), and more interested in what the heck got tossed off the bridge.

This page does a very academic analysis of the song itself and shares some reader thoughts on what was thrown. Pass the biscuits, please.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Childhood Memory Keeper

Have you checked out our Links We Love page? It's chock full of other great retro Web sites run by people that we think we'd really like if we only knew them.

I just discovered, and added, Childhood Memory Keeper. How could I not, when she has a post about "Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great"?

Classic Clip Monday: Vanilly and Punch Crunch

We're planning to offer up a fun retro YouTube clip every Monday to get your week started off right, or at least distract you from work for a few minutes.

Remember these little-known Cap'n Crunch family members?

I actually think I'd love Vanilly Crunch, and I'm sure I did during the .085742 of a second it was out on shelves during the 1980s.

But PUNCH CRUNCH? Cereal that tastes like FRUIT PUNCH? And then you put MILK on it? Milk and fruit punch sounds like something you'd take if you'd accidentally consumed poison and needed to throw it up. (Yes, I know Trix and Fruity Pebbles are fruit-flavored cereals...but fruit punch is just so...tangy.)

KISS! That's right, KISS!

I remember when Rob and I were first married and we were broke, broke, broke, I still managed to come up with an unbelievable $150 to buy him KISSTORY, this giant book all about the band KISS, and signed by the original four -- Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter.

Now there's another book, but it's a lot cheaper: KISS Army Worldwide: The Ultimate Fanzine Phenomenon Book. Apparently it collects a lot of concert pics and fanzine covers. The book cover itself is just a giant collage of zine covers. Remember when people made zines? Today I guess they just make blogs. I was a zine girl for a long, long time myself, and I kind of miss them still.

I also have always loved that KISS doesn't have fans, they have an army.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Now, they work for me


"Charlie's Angels" coming back to TV? Oh, why mess with the memories of our childhood?


Jaclyn Smith could just slip seamlessly back into the role of Kelly. Look at her! I swear she has not aged a day since 1977. Also, I can't be the only one who loves that purry voice she has.

Funky Food FRIDAY: Working up a RONDO thirst!

We're going to post a fun food memory every Friday in hopes that we'll strike up a Proust-ian flashback to your taste buds. First up: RONDO!

Who else remembers RONDO citrus soda? This ad is hilarious...the whole point of the soda seems to be that you could "slam it down fast." Screw the taste! Which actually, was pretty darn good.

And look how easily he crushes the can! They were made differently back then, right? It's like they're made of paper to watch ths guy smush it.

Web references claim the soda ceased production in 1983, but I swear that is NOT true. I worked at a grocery store (Knowlan's in White Bear Lake, Minnesotans represent!) in 1985-1986, and I swear I remember taking returns of Rondo glass bottles then. (Glass bottles, for deposit, because I am old.)

LEGO: One-trick pony, or creative inspiration?

When we were kids, LEGOs were just bricks, and you built whatever you want with them. (I liked the basic bricks best...I never knew what to do with the windows and other one-use objects.)

Now, Jason Kottke argues that LEGOs are too single-use, that you can't find plain old LEGOs as easily, and it's harshing kids' imagination because they just build what's on the box.


Lilly at Girlhacker strongly disagrees, and finds that her son loves to build the new kits, and doesn't feel his creativity's squashed at all.


Kell's too young to do much with her garage-sale box o' MegaBloks yet, so I can't really weigh in with much experience, but I'm sure I'll find out soon. But I have to say I kind of love the LEGO Indiana Jones (home page here, including the heart-pounding Indy theme music).


And this really makes me want to look at the Brick Testament again...the Bible via LEGOs!

If they've got a blue space monkey with them, we're outta here.

Wonder Twin powers, activate! Look who's set to show up on tonight's episode of "Smallville": Zan and Jayna, better known to fans of "Super Friends" as The Wonder Twins. A replacement for even lamer teen "heroes" Wendy and Marvin, the alien siblings would knock knuckles, then transform into some unnecessary combination of an animal and a type of H2O. Please, please, please let them change into an eagle and a bucket of water. ("We're going to circle majestically overhead, and then get the criminal slightly moist!")

According to an article in TIME from last year, some people actually point to the Wonder Twins' power-activating gesture as the first national use of the fist bump. Right. And Black Vulcan discovered electricity.

For plenty of clips of this not-so-dynamic duo -- and some excellent snark -- check out Seanbaby's Wonder Twins "tribute."

Ice, ice, baby

OK, help me out, here. When I was in kindergarten, my classroom had all the Schaeper Toys games--Cootie, Ants in the Pants, and Don't Break the Ice.

Don't Break the Ice is still around (but I'll be damned if the purple guy on his back on the box doesn't look just like Grimace to me). You use a little pick to hammer out ice cubes and try not to break the ice. Duh.


But at the dollar store (again, costing more than a dollar), I saw this game: Thin Ice. Looks like you pile marbles on the fake ice and, again, try not to break the ice.


Homage, or rip-off? Or is there room in the world of toys for two ice-breaking kid games?


Thursday, November 12, 2009

HULK GAS!

Spotted at the dollar store (but for more than a dollar!)

Operation Hulk
Now, I'm sure this is just a spin-off of the original Operation, and it gets decent reviews at Amazon, but seeing the Hulk being vivisected gave me a start. And what ARE his ailments?
The Amazon review mentions Toxic Gas (!!!!) and Betty Butterflies, but in the one I saw, he seems to have a teddy bear on his foot? Since when is "teddy bear on foot" an ailment?

The Force better be with you

I love this Metafilter discussion about how the "Star Wars" heroes pretty much had no real plan when they went to rescue Han in "Return of the Jedi."





It cracks me up how much fun it can be to take a simple movie and just take it way, way, beyond what was in the script or on the screen. I think the commentor who says "you all are way overthinking this" does not get the point.



LOLcat-like Solo image from I Can Has Force?, which is definitely worth checking out. They feature a weekly "Star Wars" caption contest.

Jabba Cat is pretty darn awesome.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sugar Daddy Palm Beach Ken!

Man, and we thought Mod Hair Ken was a little weird. He's got nothin' on this guy. (Link via Emeri.)

Dig the mint green patterned smoking jacket.

Oh Smurfberry Crunch, we hardly knew ye

Oh man, how did SmurfBerry Crunch not come up in our cereal discussion, either here or on Facebook?

This commercial is hilarious on so many levels. Is that "The Nutcracker Suite" music? How annoying would it be to get squirted in the face with warm milk direct from a cow's udder? Does Papa Smurf deserve no privacy? He kind of looks terrified. Why would you think he's be excited about a breakfast consisting of the only cereal you make in your Smurf slave-labor factory? Wouldn't he want, I dunno, a bowl of Apple Jacks now and again?

And how did this cereal not last FOREVER? (Don't answer that last one. The rumor is that it was yanked for, uh, turning a certain waste product weird colors. You'd think they would have caught that in beta.)

Keep watching the video for a race car track toy ad, and a teaser into a whole pile of video-game themes cartoons that I dearly wish was on there. Also, my pal Matt over at X-Entertainment has a wonderful post of Smurfy goodness. What does a Smurf-scented scratch-n-sniff sticker smell like? (Again, don't answer that.)



Libby the kid!

Rob was just reminscing about Libby the Kid, the cowboy that hawked Libbyland dinners.

I only know these dinners from "Mystery Science Theater" riffs, although I remember the canned veggies, and the "If it says Libbys, Libbys, Libbys, on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it, on your table, table, table..." jingle. Man, if anyone can find that online, post it in the comments. I'm dying to hear it again.

In its place, a really odd Libby's ad featuring Tony Randall as a guy about to be tortured by being forced to eat inferior canned veggies (contradiction in terms, no?), but no jingle.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sesame Street, I'm awfully fond of you

Forty years ago, my great aunt, an educator, insisted that my mom and dad plop one-year-old Brian in front of the black-and-white TV to check out a newfangled show that was going to change the way kids learned. I visited “Sesame Street” the first day it aired, and I’ve never really left. Sure, I’ve gotten up on occasion to use the bathroom, make a sandwich, get married, have kids – but I’ve never left behind the joyous world that Henson built.

It was, of course, an early lesson on the tremendous power of combining information and entertainment. And it was also a major part of my life. It’s still all drilled into my 41-year-old brain: The cartoon songs (“10 tiny turtles on the telephone”), the live-action vignettes (“There’s a bird on me”), the flesh-and-blood people, just hanging out and often breaking into song (“If you’re happy and you know it”).

All good. But “Sesame’s’ finest legacy is its Muppets. Kermit, Ernie and Bert and Grover were as real to me as Bob, Maria, Luis, Susan and Gordon. And they still are. I suspect trench-coated Kermit doing his Sesame Street News Flash live-shots was a major reason I eventually became a TV news reporter.

Now that I’m watching it again with my own toddler, I’m feeling Twiddlebug-sized pangs of regret. As nice -- and comfortable -- as “Sesame” is today, I still consider relatively recent additions like Telly, Barkley the Dog, Elmo and Abby Cadabby part of a slightly different neighborhood, one that’s just around the block from the older, rawer and a little grittier Sesame Street of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Like “Saturday Night Live’s” Not Ready for Primetime Players, the original “Sesame Street” cast will always be the one that comes to mind when I think of the show. Heck, I even consider Linda, who came on board in 1972 and taught a generation sign language, to have just moved in. The new ‘hood looks and sounds pretty much the same, but the property values are just a hair lower.

For me, “Sesame Street” will always be what it was in the beginning, back in the day when Gordon was a completely different person, Mr. Hooper still ran the store, and Elmo was just a ticklish, red-fur-covered glint in his daddy’s eye.

Have you played Atari today?

I love Retrocrush, and I love that they found an ancient Atari video game catalog.

I almost forgot about Outlaw, their little ol' Wild West shooting game.

Says Retrocrush: "The one player game was lousy, because you just had to do ricochet shooting around catches to hit bouncing targets (just like the real Wild West!), but the two player version was about as close to Halo as us poor kids of the ’70s were going to get."

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tra la la, la la la la

I'm with Retrocrush: When are the Banana Splits coming out on DVD?

Thankfully, they're rerunning the series on Boomerang, and Kelly asks often to watch "na na na's." I now know the series freakishly well, much better than I did as a kid.

Tooly, on "The Three Musketeers" cartoon, seriously needs a punch in the face.


"Arabian Knights" is a little better since it doesn't have a kid sidekick (just a midget donkey), but it's odd to me that they never noticed the villains all are identical.

"Micro Ventures," or "Micro Adventures" as Drooper announces it, is the one where the scientist dad and his teen kid get shrunk down and go do things like explore the wonders of their lawn while a housecat tries to eat them. I swear that one only aired like twice.


On "Danger Island," the villain looks pretty non-threatening with his pink polka-dotted bandana, but supposedly he made Chongo (as in "Uh-oh, Chongo!") mute, which is a little on the uber-creepy side for a kids' show.

And best of all, of course, is the Banana Splits themselves, whether they're having a wacky race in their banana buggies (which all sport tails) or performing another of their Brady Bunch-esque bubblegum pop tunes.

Sweeeeet Valley Hiiiiiigh

Everyone knows by now that Diablo Cody is writing the "Sweet Valley High" movie, which I think is an awesome idea.

The Webmaster of The Dairi Burger, one of my favorite SVH sites, has an open letter to Cody offering her advice on the movie.

She had me at her first request, since I'd love to see the screenplay kept in the 1980s, but I kind of doubt that will happen.

However, she's a big fan of Malin Akerman for the dual lead role, and I'm not so sure. Anyone have any other blonde actresses to suggest?

TV dinner time!

Miami New Times has an awesome photo gallery of old-style TV dinners.

Some of these images just set off the nostalgia chime in my brain. Thankfully, I never had to eat the ham dinner with raisin sauce. Or was it the raisin dinner with ham sauce?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cereal killers

We've got a Facebook fan page for Gen Xtinct, and we're discussing the weirdest cereals of the 1970s and 1980s. Well, I am at least. Join in so I don't have to talk to myself!
(Not on Facebook? Discuss with us right here on the blog!)

C-3POs!

Urkel-Os! Possibly from the 90s, but could not be left off.

Ice Cream cones cereal, with Ice Cream Jones!

Rainbow Brite cereal!

OJs cereal! Makes me kinda sick just thinking about it. Orange cereal topped with milk? Isn't that a way to get kids to throw up once they ingest poison?

FREAKIES!



Star War! The backstroke of the West

Star War! The backstroke of the West!

Oh, it just gets better from there. (Via my pal Chris Bahn.)
(Like "Star War"? Check out my Tauntaun sleeping bag post at PCJM.)

Takes the cake

Awesome 1980s cake, complete with Rubiks Cube, Smurfs, Pac-Man and more.

I wouldn't have recognized that Indiana Jones figure, though. (Via OldSchool80s on Twitter.)

Foods of the 1980s

A fun Ask Metafilter question about foods for a 1980s-themed event.

Sure, you've got yer New Coke and yer Cool Ranch Doritos, but other suggestions included sushi, blackened or jerk chicken, pesto, gyros, and more.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mahna Mahna, the original

Everybody knows "Sesame Street's" "Mahna Mahna," right? But we all remember this one, with two pink feathered cows (!) and one crazy caveman guy who looked like Animal, the "Muppet Show" drummer, YELLING "Mahna Mahna."

Apparently this was the original "Mahna Mahna" in 1969, with a much calmer delivery and a weird little hippie guy and two braided girls. YouTube has them both dated 1969, but with the crazy caveman guy appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show," not "Sesame."

The Muppet Wiki has more details. I love how seriously they explain it: "Regardless of who is performing the number, the structure of the song remains the same: a central character attempts to conform to the structure of the song but falls into improvisational scat passages whenever possible. Although the back-up singers make an attempt to bring order back to the number, their effort is ultimately futile."

MAHNA MAHNA!



Sugar free, as free as the wind blows

This old A&W Root Beer ad takes me back.

Remember when sodas didn't have a "diet" version, they had a "sugar free" version?

And even the shape of the can is different, it's much straighter at the top. Today's cans slope in at the top, as seen here.

Why is this? I feel like I used to know. Is it to fit into vending machines or something?

Best TV bars to get drunk at

Here's an awesome list of the Top 10 TV bars to get drunk at. Many of them are from my fave shows of the '70s and '80s.

I heartily agree with at least some of these. I always wanted to have Isaac on "The Love Boat" make me a fruity drink and then do that snazzy pointing gesture he does in the opening credits.

And what kid in the '70s didn't think they were going to grow up and have their own slightly sleazy but oh-so-adult Regal Beagle just down the street?

The one they left out isn't really a bar, it's more a restaurant, but I always envied Quincy, M.E. hanging out at Danny's.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sesame Street is brought to you by the letter G and the number 40


Lordy, lordy, look who's forty! Tickle your Elmo and do the wah-wah pigeon dance: the Muppetastic Sesame Street is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Nov. 10. To get the party started, today's Google doodle sports a familiar pair of orange legs.




Up, Up and Awaaaaay!

Got $85 bucks and a jones for '70s action figures? Then you've already put in your order for the soon-to-be-released DC Universe Wave 1 World's Greatest Superheroes set, inspired by the much-loved Mego figures of Christmases past.

Superman, Lex Luthor, Sinestro and Green Lantern all feature designs guaranteed to rocket you back to days of yore, when action figures wore removable cloth costumes -- allowing kids to discover that Superman wasn't exactly very "super" under his red underpants, after all.

The Fall is with you

Yes, Halloween is over, but I still love these awesome "Star Wars" pumpkins.

They're all incredible, but the Death Star one just blows me away. (Via Coudal Partners.)

Oh, Danny Bonaduce


I work at MSNBC.com, and our site has a slideshow on fallen child stars.

It's one of those great ones where a pic of the star as a child is put right next to the one of him or her today, so you can say...oh, Bonaduce. It's tough when your life summary includes the words "crack house," "arrested" and "beating up a transvestite street prostitute."

Brian Bonsall's photos are even more shocking than Danny's, though. You gotta click. What ARE those things on his LIP? Steel fangs?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fizzling Jolt Cola may close

Fizzling Jolt Cola may close.

OK, raise your hand if you thought Jolt Cola had already closed.

(Via Brian Kane Online.)

Pickups from PCJM

I've been posting some retro links to PCJM, but it seemed like a few of them would fit well over here:

--"Battleship" the game is going to become a movie. Who in the what, now?

--Hostess Choco-Bliss is gone, but you can make it at home.

--Sure, you remember the arcade games from the 1980s, but do you remember the music?

--Susan Olsen co-wrote a book about what is possibly the worst show ever, next to "Pink Lady and Jeff" and "Manimal": "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour." The book has a stellar title, though: "Love to Love You Bradys."

--The toy we all wanted, but never got: The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine!


The 80s in pictures

Now here's a great flashback of the trends of the 1980s in photos.

I think this blogger would definitely like our book. Plus he's a Twin Citian, as Brian still is and I was for the first 33 years of my life.

Love the picture of the metal slide. I take Kelly to the playgrounds now and everything is made out of plastic. You can still kill yourself on it, but you have to work at it. You can't just burn the skin off your legs by innocently sliding down a metal slide on an August day when the slide's been baking in a sunshine-based kiln for eight hours.