Friday, April 30, 2010
So I've had YooHoo on occasion, but never had it as a kid. How was it different from chocolate milk? The commercial below says it's not carbonated (which would be AWESOME).
There were other flavors, too...Rob says he really misses coconut. The official site says there's chocolate, lite chocolate, double fudge and strawberry. I only ever see chocolate though, do you?
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Mr. Tudball. The old, shuffling guy with the shock of white hair. Dorf. Sure, Conway was funny on his own (OK, maybe not so much as Dorf), but where he really burst to life was when he teamed with another comedian. His work with Harvey Korman on “Carol Burnett” is legendary – the sketches where they crack each other up rank among the funniest things on TV. That pairing gets the lion’s share of attention, and deservedly so.
But Conway also deserves kudos for his big-screen work with Don Knotts. In the six movies the two did together, Conway often played a dim-witted goof; Knotts barely contained his frustration at his buddy’s shenanigans, letting it squeak out in double-takes, pursed lips and dismissive sniffs. Together, comedy gold. Just try not to pee yourself during the scene in “Private Eyes” when Knotts fights back the barf while Conway lists off gross things like “warm milk with lard in it.”
What’s your favorite Conway moment? Please don’t say Dorf.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
What a treat! It was little COOKIES in a bowl. You could get away with eating cookies for breakfast!
I remember the original, chocolate chip. But apparently there were also vanilla wafer, oatmeal cookie, and possibly a double chocolate version.
The Wikipedia entry says Cookie Crisp was banned in Canada until 2009 because it promoted the idea of eating cookies for breakfast. Can this be true? Oh, my Canadian friends, you were missing out big-time.
Cookie Crisp had a wizard mascot, Cookie Jarvis (is "Jarvis" a traditional wizard name?), and then there was the Cookie Crook and his dog, Chip, who were chased by the Cookie Cop.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Some theme songs required that you knew a tiny bit about the plot, so you could figure out why Chico shouldn’t get discouraged, or just how Wonder Woman got in her satin tights, fighting for our rights. Others were so subtle that they actually charted – “Kotter’s” bouncy “Welcome Back” could have been about any dreamer returning home, and “Greatest American Hero’s” peppy “Believe It Or Not” resonated with anyone who couldn’t believe their luck. (“It should’ve been somebody elllllllllse!”) And some shows appeared to have written a theme song, then said “aw, to hell with it” and had an actor speak it instead. (“Now they work for me. My name is Charlie.”)
My favorite has to be the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" theme. I love the whole sequence, shot in Minneapolis, so everything looks familiar to me. I once interviewed one of the kids who crossed the street with Mare and the school patrol. Apparently they were just filming and ran across this group of kids walking home and told them to cross the street with Mary, and that was it. Celluloid fame forever.
What's your favorite TV theme song?
The winning bid came from an undisclosed American buyer. Who do you think ponied up the dough? Our money's on Abe Froeman, Sausage King of Chicago.
Oh, yeeeeeeah. Chicka chickaaaa.
(Thanks, Mike Dougherty.)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Matt of X-Entertainment picked his favorite toys out of the 1986 J.C. Penney catalog.
The last item is the best: "I didn't know what to say as I peeled the wrapping paper to reveal an Anatomical Pumping Heart kit, and I cannot stress how sincerely I mean that. What the? What was this? Why did my parents get me an Anatomical Pumping Heart kit? What possible sequence of events could've led them to believe that this was an acceptable Christmas gift in any way, shape or form?I admit to being a little frivolous when the time came to pen my holiday wishlists, but I can say beyond any shadow of a doubt that I never put anything even closely resembling an Anatomical Pumping Heart on one of them."
Monday, April 19, 2010
Benji continued to crank out the movies, but the small screen got itself a Benji-like dog, "Here's Boomer." Bark if you remember this!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Pac-Man Cereal! Man, this is one catchy jingle, plus like the Brady Bunch as the Silver Platters, they have choreography!
Pac-Man Pasta. Pac-Man himself sounds like a dolt here, but he has his whole family along for the ride, and they swallow some ghosts whole. Meatballs, no meatballs, or chicken flavor?
Eventually, they came out with Pac-Man Underoos, but note that the kids are too embarrassed to wear them -- they want to be superheroes instead, so they kind of just shove the Pac-Man Underoos in there at the end, still in the package.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Billy Don't Be a Hero"
"I heard his fiancee got a letter / That told how Billy died that day / The letter said that he was a hero / She should be proud he died that way / I hear she threw the letter away."
CW McCall, "Convoy"
"It was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June / In a Kenworth pullin logs / Cab-over Pete with a reefer on / And a Jimmy haulin hogs / We's headed for bear on eye-one-oh / About a mile outta Shakeytown / I says Pigpen, this here's the Rubber Duck /And I'm about to put the hammer down."
Carl Douglas, "Kung Fu Fighting"
"They were funky China men from funky Chinatown / They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down..."
Paul Anka, "Having My Baby"
"Having my baby / You're a woman in love / And I love what's goin' thru you / The need inside youI see it showin' / Oh, the seed inside you baby / Do you feel it growin'?"
Bread, "Make It With You"
"And if you're wond'ring / What this song is leading to / I want to make it with you."
Helen Reddy, "I Am Woman"
"I am woman watch me grow / See me standing toe to toe / As I spread my lovin' arms across the land / But I'm still an embryo / With a long long way to go / Until I make my brother understand..."
Captain and Tennille, "Muskrat Love"
"Nibbling on bacon, chewin' on cheese / Sammy says to Susie "Honey, would you please be my missus?" / And she says yes With her kisses."
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"Now popping and locking is a new way of talking / Things will work out for sure spinning 'round on the floor /Breakdancing!"
"I got all the patterns down / Up until the ninth key / I got Speedy on my tail / And I know it's either him or me"
"Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you / I don't subscribe to this point of view / It would be such an ignorant thing to do / If the Russians love their children too."
"Mandy's in the backroom handing out Valium / Sheriff's on the airwaves talking to the D.J.'s / Forty-seven heartbeats beating like a drum / Got to live it up live it up / Ronnie's got a new gun."
"Buying bread from a man in Brussels / He was six-foot-four, and fulla muscles / I said do you speaka my language? / He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich."
"Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist / Whose every move's among the purest / I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine"
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Share your memories of CYOA books in the comments!
Monday, April 12, 2010
(Hey, look! It's on DVD!)
Apparently it only ran for 12 episodes in 1977, but it affected me and my friends and across-the-street cousins so much that I remember we briefly formed a copycat gang. I think we called it The Black Hand Gang. We loved how they left red handprints to show where they'd been. We had a clubhouse and a few meetings and then quickly forgot about it and moved on to other games, but it always stuck in my head.
The show starred Matthew Laborteaux, the dog from "Here's Boomer," and a bunch of other kids that I don't really remember (although one was named James Bond!). However, as with "The Bloodhound Gang," at least one of them has already left this world. The only girl, tomboy Joanne, was played by Jolie Newman, and the New York Times reports she died in 2002. So much sadness.
Here's the goofy opening credits (their "la la la" theme song is not NEARLY as fun as the "Banana Splits" one), and the beginning of the first episode. Kids were always getting kidnapped and tied up and gagged in those days, which is pretty creepy. The kids in "Benji" get the same treatment. Anyway, I digress. YouTube has more clips. The person posting them there says the show was hugely popular in the U.K., which somehow surprises me.
Friday, April 9, 2010
This YouTube medley features Rainbow Brite cereal (why did RB wear epaulets? was she in the British Navy?), Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter cereal (yeah, it's part of a balanced breakfast if the rest of your breakfast is broccoli), Cookie Crisp (with the Cookie Crook!), Crispy Critters (this looks like animal crackers to me), a hellishly screechy cereal for a Cocoa Pebbles variant called Dino Pebbles, Marshmallow Krispies, Sugar Smacks (back when it was OK to use "Sugar" in a cereal name), and "Breakfast Bears," which appears to be just Teddy Grahams in a bowl.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Awesome, right? Oh, it gets so much better. Also appearing in this frenzied blend of former pop-culture icons and not-so-special effects: Greg Brady himself, Barry Williams.
If you call on Saturday at 9, 8 Central, you'll get my voicemail.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Also: Here's a 1979 Atlantic Monthly cover story that kind of drove the wave.
Monday, April 5, 2010
If you've got the criiiiiime, we've got the tiiiiiime, we're the Bloodhound Gang!
When people started talking about a music group called the Bloodhound Gang, I was always confused, because this group of kid sleuths from "3-2-1 Contact!" was what I thought of (Watch the "3-2-1 Contact!" theme and opening credits here.) According to Wikipedia, the band named themselves after the kid segment! Rock on!
Sad news, though: According to the OTHER Bloodhound Gang's Wiki entry, the segments were discontined after one of the three young stars, Marcelino Sanchez, died in 1986 at age 28. His Wiki entry says it was of "AIDS-related cancer." He also had roles in "The Warriors" and on "CHiPs."
Friday, April 2, 2010
We can probably all agree that this M&Ms commercial is as sweet as anything in our Easter baskets:
Thursday, April 1, 2010
How are we not surprised that so many of the worst decorating trends of all time come from our childhoods in the 1970s and 1980s?