Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Now they're rare, and that's probably for the best, but I have to say I have many fond memories of running into the pet store at Rosedale Mall hoping they had puppies and kittens for me to see.
Loved this short-lived product. It was so cool to see the layers separate! One was like Jello, one like pudding, and one kinda like sweetened foam insulation, but we loved it.
Just discovered The Metal Misfit's nostalgia blog, and he's got a fun post about Jell-O 1-2-3.
Were you a fan?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Was it Farrell's that had the Zoo, with plastic animals on a gigantic sundae? Yes, according to this page. These folks visited a Farrell's in 2003, and watched a Zoo being made and delivered. It's 40 scoops of ice cream! And bells and sirens go off when it's served!
Here's an awesome 1974 commercial showing a Farrell's Zoo being delivered. It weighs 8.5 pounds!
But whichever birthday-party era you're from, don't miss this gaggingly poorly acted video where Showbiz Pizza tries to tell its staffers how to sell its parties.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I think even at the time we realized that the actors were in no way high-school age (Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John 28, Stockard Channing a whopping 33). And Rydell was like no high school we ever saw, 1950s or not. But man, we loved it. The songs, the acting, and most of all these weird little scenes that just jammed themselves into our heads.
Remember the slumber party, with the girl singing "Brusha, brusha, brusha...get the new Ipana!" Our generation never had Ipana toothpaste, but we know what it is, thanks to that. Remember the drive-in movie scene with the cartoon hot dog that jumps into the bun at the end? That's a sex joke the filmmakers snuck in there, I later read. Didn't get THAT at the time, but loved the dancing concessions. And I remember being semi-terrified that Danny Zuko was going to lose Greased Lightning in the race (later parodied to excellent success by "My Name Is Earl").
My friend Gretchen somehow ended up with two copies of this album (album! vinyl!) and gave me one. I remember being a little bummed because the one she gave me didn't have the sleeve, which was all decked out with Rydell High graffiti and fake yearbook signatures.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
But sweet Andrew Shue, the original series, which ran from 1992 - '99 on FOX, was a box full of broadcast caramel corn. You knew it was terrible for you, and it made you a little bit sick. But dang if it wasn't pretty tasty: Constant doormat Jane and her "deee-signs." Kimberly and her murderous streak. Michael and his smug doctorly shenanigans. Billy and his blandness. And especially Amanda, all short skirts and gleeful backstabbery.
So no, we won't lament the new series, but we do have to give a tip o' the hat to the original, in all its delightfully dysfunctional glory.
What did you love -- or hate -- about the show?
Monday, May 24, 2010
Like KISS, they dressed in costume, and seriously to kids, all bands should wear costumes, it made watching them much more interesting. Gay? We had no idea what that meant or that it even applied. We just wanted to wear that cool Indian headdress and spell out YMCA with our hands.
But YMCA wasn't the only cool song. Ma-cho, ma-cho maaaan! (Or, as Homer Simpson sang it, Na-cho, Na-cho maaaaan!) IN the NA-vy, you can sail the seven seas!
Embedded below is an awesome video of The Muppets doing "In the Navy" dressed as Vikings. (Not the Minnesota Vikings, the warrior Vikings.) And here's the real Village People, equally awesome.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I don't remember seeing it and it may predate me. The cat is goshdarn cute, but that sultry woman's voice coming out of the cat as she talks to the squeaky-voiced bag boy is rather unnerving.
Flavor Pacs does not seem like that big a deal, but having a premeasured amount of cat food is admittedly pretty smart.
Friday, May 21, 2010
While we're talking Pac-Man, did you see this post, about a great copycat version?
And this one, on Pac-Man cereal, pasta, etc., etc., etc?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Did Sleestaks freak you out, or were there other TV baddies who haunted your dreams?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I think we all agree that a Krofft show -- any Krofft show -- was a one-way ticket to Crazytown. "H.R. Pufnstuf" was a half-hour long freak-out (puff and stuff, indeed). "The Bugaloos" were in the air and everywhere, flying high. And "Lidsville" had to be the wackiest thing Sid & Marty ever put on videotape. "Lost's" hatch, smoke monster and island-moving donkey-wheel ain't got nothing on a world full of talking hats and Charles Nelson Reilly.
Weird? Uh, yeah. But as far as twisty, turny and trippy shows go, "Lost" owes a Hurley-sized debt to "The Prisoner," the 1967-68 classic. Just like "Lost," the show's idyllic setting was just a cover for its freaky experiments, duplicitious residents and mysterious security system (in "Prisoner's" case, a giant bouncing ball) that chased you if you tried to escape. And also just like "Lost," it asked more questions than it answered.
Be seeing you...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
PopBunker has a great post reminiscing about the special. Were you a fan? Did you like the other Rankin/Bass offerings, or did they creep you out?
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Aero Bar is similar, but just not the same.
Also, that is the most 70s-themed candy wrapper ever. Earth tones! Chubby font!
Admittedly, this is one of the comic strips I skipped over every Sunday, along with "Prince Valiant." (Don't hit me, Lisa!) How about you? Were you fans of any of the soap-operay strips, or just Peanuts and Fox Trot?
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
We fully expect plenty of rewrites and additional work on it before it’s published in Summer 2011, but for now, we’re basking in the glow of that FedEx receipt. We just wanted to say thanks for all the phenomenal discussion on the blog and our Facebook page. Your memories and feedback on the topics we’ve posted have been instrumental in helping us shape the manuscript, and we’re really excited for you to see the finished book.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Gael and Brian
Did you tune in to see Evel back in 1974, when he strapped himself into his rocket-powered "Sky-Cycle" and attempted to shoot across the quarter-mile-wide Idaho canyon? I did -- to a six-year-old kid, is there anything better than watching a jumpsuited daredevil shoot across the sky in a rocket? Um, nope.
Evel didn't make it across, and escaped with only minor injuries. I promptly asked Santa Claus for the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle. You know, the one with the base that you frantically wound up and launched the bendable Evel and his cycle across the living room like a red, white and blue bullet. (That's me with my prized possession.)
After a bone-crunching wipeout, you could dust off Evel’s tiny doppelganger, bend his twisted limbs back into shape, jam him back on the cycle and force him to do it all again without so much as an St. Joseph’s chewable aspirin to dull the pain. Hope Robbie did a lot of practicing with that thing.
Here's video of Evel's big jump.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Go ahead and watch it, and tell us if it isn't a little creepy that they wrote a scene where Alice sees Bobby and Cindy nude...
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
If you weren’t lucky, you got no cup, and were treated to the sight of your drink pouring down the service panel’s small drain. If you were creatively unlucky, your cup popped out upside-down. Really, putting money into one of these was like feeding the slots. You might get something, or you might get nothin’ and like it.
Still, there was something Jetsonsy about these drink dispensers, something magical about how they mixed the syrup and the soda water at your request, about the whole whizz and purr of it all. We never got the food replicator promised us by “Star Trek,” but if this bit of sci-fi wasn’t worth an occasional wasted quarter, we don’t know what was.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Did you have them? Did you call them Hippity Hops, Hoppity Hops, or Hoppity Horses?
We had the red and blue ones with horse heads, and called then Hoppity Horses, I think.
Retroland has some great memories and photos. I love this person's memory: "I never had one, but every time we went to K mart, I'd race to the toy section and grab a Hippity Hop. I'm sure the store employees were not that thrilled with me hopping all over the aisles."
Retroland also lists Hoppity/Hippity Hops/Horses on their list of the Top Five Outdoor Toys, which also includes Frisbee. Super Soakers, Big Wheels and Slip N Slides.
I didn't know anyone who had the ones with the Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse heads, though. But it was soooo much fun to bounce.
They still sell similar toys, but they're not exactly the same.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
"Love, Sidney" starred Tony Randall as a gay man who helps raise the five-year-old daughter of a single mom friend.
Apparently it was the first series to feature a gay central character, although the Wikipedia entry notes that his homosexuality was downplayed after the pilot.
Do NOT remember this at all, do you? I love Tony Randall, but the theme song, however, comes off like a bunch of fifth-graders wrote it for their school talent show. "Friends forever!'
Bob Kempe, I KNOW you remember this, since you mention that finding out your future wife knew all the lyrics sealed the deal on your marriage! That's what inspired me to dig up the link!