Monday, February 28, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

When "Charlie's Angels" came out in 1977 and became enormously popular, there were rip-offs anywhere. Even in the cartoon world, which featured one of the weirdest shows ever, "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels."

You see, three beautiful teen detectives somehow found a caveman frozen in ice, thawed him out, and then he became their sidekick. Which was kind of odd, since he was about as helpful as Scrappy Doo. Let Wikipedia tell it:

"Captain Caveman (voiced by Mel Blanc) is the main character, a caveman who is thousands of years old (his exact age is never disclosed). He can pull various objects from his body hair. He can also fly, but his flying power always seems to conk out on him at the worst possible moment. Sometimes he would attribute this mishap to an energy shortage ("Uh oh! Bad time for energy crisis." CRASH!), which was a pun on the gasoline rationing shortages of the late 1970s. He speaks in stereotypical "caveman-talk", replacing subjective pronouns with their objective equivalents and dropping articles such as "the" (for example, "Me know where bad guys are hiding."), and often mumbles the nonsense phrase "unga bunga". He also has a bad habit of occasionally eating large non-food objects in one gulp (i.e. bicycles, TV sets, safes, table lamps), and the Teen Angels occasionally have to stop him from eating potential clues that will help them to solve the mystery."

Pulled objects out of his body hair? Had to be stopped from eating the clues? Energy crisis jokes? Unga bunga? And they say HR Puffnstuff was drug-inspired!

Did you watch this show?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Funky Food Friday: Fondue

Sure, fondue is from the 1600s, but man, what a '70s dish that was. Our parents invited their friends over, and everybody gathered around their avocado green fondue pot, dipping bread into ooey, gooey cheese with one hand and puffing on a Pall Mall with the other.

All the while we kids were peeking through the bannister, trying to figure out how to score an invitation to what was obviously the trendiest party in town. A food that blended molten-lava dairy products, long-handled pokey forks and giant chunks of bread? Yes, please! Why were we sent to bed after a dinner of a baloney and butter sandwich on Wonder Bread?

Of course, by the time we were old enough to buy our own fondue pot, light the can of Sterno and watch as the cheese, white wine, garlic and kirsch all melted into one big bowl of gooey goodness, most of the magic was gone -- it was much more trouble than it was worth. But we'll always have our childhood memories of the smell of Swiss cheese, Sterno and smoke. Mmmm.

Check out this great (although murky) clip of Mary, Rhoda and Georgette nibbling on fondue from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Brian's Song"

The '70s were packed with true-life made-for-TV movies about terminally ill athletes or their siblings: "Something for Joey," "Eric," "A Shining Season" -- but none was as moving -- or as enduring -- as "Brian's Song."

I always marvel at the way the movie punches me in the gut. The story of the friendship between Chicago Bears Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers has turned millions of other viewers into puddles over the years, too, thanks mostly to the heartfelt story, great performances by James "Sonny Corleone" Caan and Billy Dee "You Old Space Pirate" Williams, and its touching theme song.

Southwest Airline's Spirit magazine just took a great look back at the movie, which is turning 40 this year.(Scroll down for a great Q&A with many of the key participants in the movie, and in Brian Piccolo's life.) The best nugget is the reminder that the flick used sets from "Bewitched." As good as this oh-so-'70s flick is, I have to admit, some of those scenes are a little distracting. You keep waiting for Gladys Kravitz or Paul Lynde to show up.

What's your favorite heart-tugging movie?

(Thanks to Katherine for the idea!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

John Denver

I admit it, I'll always have a crush on Henry John Deutschendorf. You may know him as John Denver.

I know his songs are considered lightweight and sappy now, but I think he was sincere down to his core, and I love him for it. He loved the outdoors and especially his beloved Colorado mountains, and wasn't afraid to shout it. He wasn't opposed to sitting around and getting high, but other than that, he sure didn't seem like a lawbreaker or someone who would ever hurt a fly. He was a regular Muppet Show host and starred in their movies. And he didn't just sing about protecting and enjoying the earth, he got out there and worked in conservation projects.

I remember being thunderstruck when I heard he and his wife Annie (a Minnesotan like me) got divorced, because if the couple in "Annie's Song" couldn't make it, who could?

When we had to nominate a song for our eighth-grade graduation theme, I nominated his "Poems and Prayers and Promises," but it lost out to a song called "Somewhere Over the Horizon." I still think mine was the better choice.

And I used to listen to some of his albums full-on through, none of this "just the hits" business. I love "Merry Christmas, Little Zachary" about his son, "Starwood in Aspen," "My Sweet Lady," "The Eagle and the Hawk," and the best title ever, "60 Second Song For a Bank With the Phrase 'May We Help You Today?'" He even wrote songs people don't always associate with him, like "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Perhaps Love," a Glee Club standard. (Today, some of his lyrics were made into beautifully illustrated children's books -- Kelly has "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and we read it often. They didn't even censor the "makes me high" part.)

His daughter from his second marriage was just 8 in 1997 when Denver crashed his experimental plane, supposedly while switching gas tanks. He was so badly crushed they could not use dental record to identify him and had to use fingerprints. It was a sad, sad end who loved the air and the earth so much, taken down by both of them. But in a way, dying fairly young and while doing what he loved, out in the open air -- well, it might have been, for him, better than a lingering death from disease in a hospital bed.

For some, he's just the familiar voice you switch off on WLTE or hear while in the elevator or dentist's chair. I'll always think more of him than that. Thanks, John, for the music and for your spirit.

Were you a John Denver fan?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Open classrooms

Generation X was experimented upon a lot when it came to education. One of the biggest failed experiments I remember was open classrooms.

Did you come across this in your own grade-school days? Schools were built with hardly any walls, and so one group of kids might be learning in one part of the giant open classroom, and another group not that far away, with no walls separating them.

Here's a summary from Wikipedia:

"An open classroom is a student-centered classroom design format popular in the United States in the 1970s. In its most extreme form, entire schools were built without interior walls, which made teaching loud and disruptive in worst case scenarios - for most schools this has not been as big a concern as proper ventilation and maintenance. The idea of the open classroom was that a large group of students of varying skill levels would be in a single, large classroom with several teachers overseeing them. It is ultimately derived from the one-room schoolhouse, but sometimes expanded to include more than two hundred students in a single multi-age and multi-grade classroom."

Now really, does that sound like a good idea to anyone? Can you see the problems coming? Seriously, kids have enough trouble paying attention in a regular classroom, throwing in extra distraction seems completely insane to me.

My school didn't have open classrooms, but we did have some classes that were mixed grades--second and third together, that kind of thing. I'm also not sure why this was thought to be a good thing.

It's interesting to me that most of the schools built for open classrooms have since put up walls or barriers to separate them. Seventies kids were the guinea pigs, and the experiment seems to have flopped.

But modular scheduling, ah, we had that in high school, and that was a true gem. The day was divided into 15-minute "mods," every day was different, and you might have one class, then three hours unscheduled, or you might have a day with barely a chance to take a breath. It was like college, forcing you to learn to study and do your lab work when you had to. Again, some kids failed at it, but it taught you how to use your time and could be quite a lot of fun for kids willing to take the initiative.

Did you have any unusual school scheduling or layout? What did you think of it?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: Star Wars Immunization PSA

The "Star Wars" droids were everywhere after the movie came out in 1977, but I didn't realize they made this little PSA urging people to get immunized. Awesome! (Via The Retroist.)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Funky Food Friday: Popcorn poppers

This article from the Minneapolis StarTribune got me in a popcorn state of mind. Aw, who am I kidding -- I'm always in a popcorn state of mind.

Today it's all about the microwave bags, but back in the '70s our scientists were working night and day to figure out a way to pop the stuff without having to stand in front of the stove and burn hands -- and popcorn -- while wildly shaking a pot. (Sure, Jiffy Pop made it easier to get your crunchy, buttery fix, but you still had to stand there and move it.)

And Great Orville Redenbacher's ghost, they succeeded. The awesome Hamilton Beach Butter-Up Popper -- and its ilk -- made it so easy to pop movie-theater popcorn at home, even Joe Namath could do it. The little robot arm stirred the popcorn, so all you had to do was plop a stick of butter on the top, then sit back and hold a football while your corn popped. Check out the vintage TV commercial below.

We didn't have this specific one, but ours was close -- I do remember it had a yellow plastic dome, which made the popping corn look all the more buttery.

Too bad the scientists kept on working after they hit the pinnacle of popcorn perfection, and came up with the air popper. Sure, it was much healthier, but it spewed forth popcorn-shaped chunks of cardboard. Bleah.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Black and white TV

Our kids can see the shows we watched in our childhood, but they'll never see them the same way we did.

I feel like an antique when I say I remember having a black-and-white TV. We had both, but the little B&W one was in our kitchen, and later briefly in my room.

They had antennas, that we constantly had to adjust. They had Vertical and Horizontal Hold. They had UHF channels. They didn't have remotes--we had to get up and change the channels and volume ourselves. They came on slowly...they had to warm up...and they turned off the same way, leaving a little rainbow square in the center of the screen until it finally faded. Some channels actually went off the air with the national anthem and then the screen went to a test pattern--nothing like the 24-hour programming of today.

Our TVs certainly didn't have TiVo or VCR/DVD players...we couldn't watch anything other than what was on the five or so channels that we got at any particular time, and we certainly couldn't fast-forward the commercials or freeze or rewind a moment in the show. We sure didn't have onscreen program guides, and we couldn't get news or sports from other cities.

But we didn't know all this would one day be available. We thought we were darn lucky to have what we had, and when the technological changes came, they came so slowly and over so much time that we don't even realize how shocked we would be by what we once thought was state-of-the-art viewing.

What do you remember about the less-technologically-advanced TVs of your childhood?

(Photo via Flickr)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spidey on "Electric Company"

Spider-Man blew out of the comic books and into everything. There are TV, movie, and now a (reportedly horrible, and dangerous) Broadway version of the Webslinger.

But one of my favorites is Spidey on "Electric Company." He was mute, which was a little weird. He spoke through cartoony word balloons that made a loud POP! when they came out of his mouth. He fought critters like the Yeti and the Blue Beetle and was never seen as Peter Parker, just his costumed alter ego. The crimes he fought were not exactly scary -- the Yeti's crime was that he went around sitting on ice cream cones. But man, when Spidey came on an "EC" episode, I felt like I hit the episode jackpot.

Were you a fan? Or did the mute Spidey creep you out?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Catching up...

We have a GenXtinct Facebook page, and sometimes it's easier to post updatess there throughout the week because it drags in the art and sets the post up pretty much for you. But we know not everyone wants to be on Facebook. Here are a few of the things we've posted there recently:

--Remember when Tootie went to audition for a musical on "Facts of Life" singing that Stacey Q song "Two of Hearts," and Stacey Q (as Cinnamon) was ALSO auditioning with that damn song?

--Retro toys and tastes as highlighted on the TODAY show, including an Easy Bake Oven with red-velvet cake mix!

--Remember El DeBarge, who was also on "Facts of Life"? Drug woes.

--RIP Edna Babish, Laverne's landlady/stepmom.

--A Milli Vanilli movie? Girl, you know it's true.

--We are not sure we would actually consume this Funny Face drink mix, for sale on eBay.

--Oh my, my, this here Anakin guy, may be Vader some day later now he's just a small fry

Kenny Rogers

When Kenny Rogers hit it big, he hit it HUGE. I was taking guitar lessons when he really started to soar, and the only songs I remember learning in my entire class were "The Gambler" and "Coward of the County." I can still remember the lyrics, if not the chords, to each one.

"The Gambler" kinda made sense, but whose idea was it to teach "Coward of the County," a song about gang rape, to kids? I'm not sure if I quite understood "they took turns at Becky, there was three of them" but looking back it kinda grosses me out.

Lyrics aside, Kenny Rogers was EVERYWHERE in the 1970s. "The Gambler" was not only catchy, it gave him a great nickname. And he had those distinctive looks--the white hair, the full beard--no way were you confusing him with any other singer.

He did some awesome duets, including "Islands in the Stream" with Dolly Parton and "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer" with Kim Carnes. He did "The Muppet Show." He had a chicken franchise, though not in my area -- I only learned about Kenny Rogers Roasters later, from that one "Seinfeld" episode. Also, he made one of the worst movies of the 1980s -- "Six Pack." Can't win 'em all.

To this day, his looks and his voice remain unmistakable, and there's even a site that plays off that -- He knows when to hold em, and when to fold em, even now.

Monday, February 14, 2011


May we present our own little Valentine's Day present: Our BOOK, "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," is now available for pre-order at Amazon and other online bookstores. (Publication date is June 7.)

FROM GAEL: We started working on the concept for the book back in early 2007, but really, it began further back than that. For me, it began when I first became really aware that I was not a baby boomer like my six siblings are. Coonskin caps and Bobby Sherman and Ozzie and Harriet, folk music and hippies and worrying about the draft -- I knew what these things were, but couldn't relate on a personal level.

Yet anyone who grew up in the '70s and '80s would have drowned in baby-boom culture if they didn't figure out how to swim with the current. It surrounded us, in our music, our TV, our movies, our products. Growing up in a world of things that aren't really yours is an odd feeling. And when I started Pop Culture Junk Mail in 1999, a big part of it was about celebrating the culture I grew up with, from Malibu Barbie to "Schoolhouse Rock."

Some people think remembering this kind of pop culture is useless and the memories a waste, fluff with no meaning. I disagree. My first example is always the skateboarders in "Dogtown and Z-Boys." They became such fierce skaters because they skated in abandoned pools. Pools that were probably great big sparkling luxurious pools of water when the baby boom kids were growing up, but once the kids of the '70s came along, had been emptied and started to crack. Yet the skaters turned them into something amazing.

I believe kids of the '70s and '80s have had to do that in numerous parts of their lives. Some of us were practically raised by television, and thankfully there were shows like "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company" to make that not quite so lonely. Lots of us were kids of broken homes, and when we needed to turn to someone for advice, Judy Blume books and Sassy Magazine often came through for us.

Our book remembers all these things, and so many more. Pen pals. Pay phones. Charlie's Angels trading cards. Marathon candy bars. Mystery Date. "Dark Shadows." Time-Life series books. "The Love Boat." Story songs. Killer animal movies. Time for Timer. Big families. We share our own memories and also tell you whatever happened to the item in question. Is it gone, still going strong, or has it been revised and reintroduced?

We hope you'll like the book. It's as close as we could come to jumping back in a time machine and stepping out on one day of our past. Reading it will take you along with us.

FROM BRIAN: I echo everything that Gael says, and just want to add that "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?" in its final form is exactly what we'd hoped for when we started noodling this FOUR YEARS AGO. It's a lot like this blog, full of memories of the toys, food, school supplies, books, movies and trends that impacted us -- and you -- growing up. What's been especially gratifying as we've shared some of those memories here on the blog over the past year is that we keep hearing the same reactions from you guys: "I remember that!" and "Man, I forgot about that one!" That's exactly what we were hoping for, and can't wait for you to see the actual book.

This is a big deal for us, and we're excited to share it with you. I've been obsessed with pop culture since I was a kid. TV, movies, toys and food all fascinated me; while most kids were thrilled when their school's football team won state, I did backflips the day my parents had cable installed. Both Gael and I have an unabated affection for the trends -- and the stuff -- that made our fellow kids of the '70s and '80s, and us, who we are today, and we're glad you do, too.

June 7, here we come!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Funky Food Friday: Freshen Up Gum and Chewels

Gum kinda went nuts in the 1980s. One of the most memorable weird subcultures of gum was the puffy, fat gum with a squirty liquid center. (I think it was in Darby Romeo's wonderful "Retro Hell" book that I learned this was called "cum gum," which...euw.)

Freshen Up was one of the big brands, famous for their "he didn't know, the gum was loaded" ads, with what looked like a poor man's sweathogs bopping in harmony. It came out in 1975, and according to Wikipedia, has always been made in Brazil.

Chewels was an awful lot like Freshen Up, but apparently was sugarless, and also came first. (Their "smack dab in the middle" commercial is about a minute 30 seconds into this classic 1980s commercial medley.) According to Wikipedia, it was one of the first ads run on MTV. Eighties classic!

Apparently, you can still buy Freshen Up, even at Amazon. Can't seem to find Chewels though.

Do you remember these? Have a favorite?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Scholastic Book Club

Aw, who doesn't fondly remember Scholastic Book Club? Well, maybe those kids who hated reading, but even they would usually find a thin paperback about Roger Staubach (not looking so good these days, by the way) or movie monsters or something to tide them over.

The teacher would pass out the catalogs, and you'd grab a pen and start circling the books you wanted. Mom and dad might not let you get every single thing you marked, but usually they were pretty excited to have you reading, so they'd at least get you something. You'd fill out the form, show up at school with your envelope of money, and then forget all about it till that magic day when the big box arrived and your teacher handed everything out. The new books smelled great and you'd stack up your pile and eagerly await going home and cracking one open. Some of us always had the biggest stack in the class. You know who you are.

Dynamite (awesome cover collection here) and Bananas Magazine also came from Scholastic, and in those innocent days pre-People Magazine, they were unbelievably cool. Jokes! Magic tricks! Celebrity interviews! Info about TV shows and movies! Comic strips!

Hillary at I'm Remembering has an awesome picture of a 1991 Scholastic Book Club catalog. That's after my time, but it's familiar enough. (If anyone finds a photo of one from the 1970s-1980s, drop us a line!).

Here's an article from the NY Times last year talking about how the Club is modernizing and using social networking, etc. And here's a great Flickr group with vintage Scholastic books and illustrations. And a Can I Haz Cheeseburger blog, Epic Win, remembers them fondly.

Do you remember Scholastic Book Club? Still have any of the titles you ordered, or remember what they were?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Dark Shadows"

Oh man, I LOVED "Dark Shadows." I was too little to see it first-run (1966-1971), but they reran it in the afternoons when I was in early grade school, and my mom and I would watch it together.

It's kind of hard for me to believe that, since my mom never watched soap operas and I have trouble believing she thought it OK for a little kid to watch a show about vampires and grave-robbing and witches, but she did. And really, it was wonderfully innocent by today's standards. I think we both had a little crush on Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins. I also remember his little ghost-girl sister, Sarah, who totally creeped me out. (Happily, Frid is still with us at 86. And has a Web site.)

And apparently Johnny Depp and Tim Burton loved it too--there's been talk FOREVER about "Dark Shadows" coming to the big screen, and now Depp is supposedly on a green tea and fruit diet to trim down to play Barnabas. They're starting filming in April and the movie is scheduled for 2012. I do wish they'd leave our childhood memories alone -- "Dark Shadows" is on DVD, for goodness sake, we can watch it still -- but then again, Burton and Depp are an interesting combo and there's a chance this MIGHT not be horrible.

Jonathan Frid says he will be participating "in a modest way" in the new movie. A cameo, I imagine. I do like that. And it looks like you can watch full episodes online.

There were at least two "Dark Shadows" games, and I had one of them, which I think we bought at a garage sale. I adored it, and for some reason when we moved, gave it away to my friend Brenda. I wish I still had it today!

What about you? Did you watch the original show? Are there any storylines you especially remember? Have you watched it since those days? Will you see the movie?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Marshall Brodien TV Magic Cards

OK, if you remember this one, give yourself a pat on the back: Anyone recall Marshall Brodien TV Magic Cards or TV Miracle Cards?

Marshall Brodien played a wizard clown on various Bozo the Clown shows. But he may be better known for hawking these trick card decks, selling 17 million of them during the 1960s and 1970s.

He apparently is still with us, but his Web site offers up an email address, nothing more. There's also a book about his life. And you can still buy magic sets with his name attached.

Marshall's son is in the magic biz too, and his Web site is pretty fun.

You can buy an autographed set of the cards on eBay, too.

Did anyone have these, or any other magic tricks?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: Tuna commercials

Tuna fish was not a big part of my childhood diet, but I definitely remember the endless jokes about Julie's tuna casserole on "Welcome Back, Kotter."

But tuna fish manufacturers were big on catchy commercials. Who can forget "Ask any mermaid, you happen to see. What's the best tuna? Chicken of the sea!" And I'm unsure why all these 1970s housewives were so desperate that the government approve of their canned tuna.

And that wasn't the only memorable ad. Slick Charlie Tuna had good taste, he claimed, but that wasn't enough for those bastards at Star-Kist. Sorry, Charlie! Star-Kist doesn't want tuna with good taste, Star-Kist wants tuna that taste good.

They almost made tuna look like something I'd want my mom to buy. But not that much.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Funky Food Friday: Pop Rocks

Who didn't love Pop Rocks in the 1970s and '80s?

Apparently, the formula was developed in 1956, but it wasn't until 1975 that the candy came out in 15-cent packs. We all thought it was a pretty daring candy, and felt a bit proud to be chomping them down.
The urban legend about Mikey from the Life cereal ad eating them, downing some Coke, and then exploding only added to their mystique.

Pop Rocks are still around, and you don't have to get them plain. They also have, or have had:
--ice cream (Shrek Swirl from Baskin Robbins)

And also can be used in recipes, like these Rice Krispie Treats

Not to mention limited-edition flavors, like candy cane at Christmas.

Were you, or are you, a Pop Rocks fan? Do you remember them causing a fuss on your playground when they first came out? Do you ever see them in stores today?

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Breakfast cereal in the '70s launched a kajillion crunchy, sugar-fueled memories (we're talking to you, Fruit Brute), but one of the absolute greatest long-lost tastes was Quisp. And the eponymous mascot was just as deliciously fun: The tiny pink alien from the Planet Q flew around via a beanie built into his head. He bragged that his flying-saucer-shaped cereal was “vitamin powered.” Which it probably was, if sugar is a vitamin.

Quisp was deported back to his home planet in the '70s, and sporadically reared his beanie-shaped head in supermarkets and online over the years. And now he's back again -- and should be much easier to find, since he's available at many SuperTargets: We stumbled on this massive display in Minnesota yesterday. The 11-year-old in me almost bought the entire rack.

And I'm happy to report that it tastes just like I remember. Did you shovel this down by the boxful as a kid? And have you added this little guy to your 21st-century pantry yet?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Air hockey

Sure, pool and ping-pong were awesome after-school leisure activities, but compared to air hockey, those pedestrian pursuits...well, blew. The action was fast-paced and airplane-bathroom loud. With the flip of a switch, the compressor would noisily shudder into action, firing air through tiny holes in the table and giving kids the power to levitate a tiny puck.

The mallet looked like a little sombrero, and let kids whack the plastic puck with the intensity of a pint-sized Wayne Gretzky. The puck would click and clack as it banked off the sides, until one killing blow would send it flying into our opponent's goal.

Although I haven't seen a real-life air hockey table since the last time I visited Chuck E. Cheese's (don't ask), my need to slap a puck around apparently persists: I just downloaded an air hockey app for my iPad.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

'Born Free,' Bond composer dies

John Barry, the composer of music for a dozen James Bond films has died, but the song that stuck out for me on his resume has nothing to do with 007.

It's "Born Free," the theme to the sob-a-licious 1966 lion movie. I played that for one of my piano recitals as a kid, and can remember just CRASHING on the keys, putting my whole little 8-year-old heart into it.

LIVE FREE...for be-au-ty surrrrrrrrrounds youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...

Any piano recital pieces that have stuck with you over the years?

Magic 8-Ball

Who didn't love their Magic 8-Ball?

They've been around since 1946, though I always kinda thought they were a '60s thing. The standard black and white one is the classic, but now they have all kinds of variants, which say things that tie into their theme. Here are just a few.

--GLEE themed

--Muppets themed

--Care Bears themed

--Sponge Bob Square Pants themed (this one is just plain scary looking)

--Family Guy themed (responses are almost all Stewie quotes)

--And even, weirdly, one based on those Sweethearts conversation hearts

But thankfully, you can still get the classic one.

Almost everybody has the phrases memorized. CANNOT PREDICT NOW. ASK AGAIN LATER. SIGNS POINT TO YES. IT IS DECIDEDLY SO. OUTLOOK NOT SO GOOD. REPLY HAZY, TRY AGAIN. There were so so many non-commital ones, it seems, it just made you want to throw the thing against the wall.

I remember once someone I knew had a broken 8-Ball and the many-sided die inside it came out. It was so fascinating to see it with all the responses visible.

Magic 8-Ball MOVIE, but I'm just praying that's a joke about retro revival gone too far.
Any 8-Ball memories to share? What's your favorite response?