August 2010

When Junk Becomes 70's Modern Art - Archie Bunker loses his chair and finds it in a modern art museum

If you've ever watched "All in the Family", you know how much Archie Bunker loved his precious chair. He didn't want anyone else to sit in it. Unfortunately, his son in law, whom Archie calls "Meathead", broke the leg on Archie's chair. Where does it eventually end up? You'll see in this video how it ends up in a modern art museum. I enjoyed looking at the 70's modern art in the museum, but what was even more fun was Archie and Edith's reaction to the different works of art. Priceless!  read more...

The Mojave Phone Booth - a lonely old phone booth in the Mojave Desert

Ring Ring! The Mojave Desert is calling! It wants it's phone booth back! 

There used to be a phone booth out in the Mojave Desert. I know, there used to be phone booths EVERYWHERE. But, this one was special. That's because it was out in the middle of nowhere. It wasn't at a gas station or motel. It was literally out in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles from any buildings, and even eight miles from any paved roads.  read more...

Can you find these things in the 1970's Burger Chef commercial?

Can you find these things in the 1970's Burger Chef commercial? 

1. Customers riding by the restaurant while eating on a horse. 

2. A person who pronounces "ketchup" like the spelling of the word "catsup": Cats Up.

3. A woman eating french fries on the roof.

4. A star spangled 70's Burger Chef kite with the words "Super Shef" on it

5. Two pairs of black framed glasses

6. A beautiful 70's commercial jingle playing in the background

7. A little girl with choppy side swooped bangs  read more...

Reminiscing with Little River Band

When I heard a commercial on TV recently for a new Will Ferrell movie, I couldn't help but look over at the TV when I heard Will Ferrell singing along to the song "Reminiscing" by the Little River Band. It made me reminisce about how much I love that song, and how much I love the smooth sounds of the late 70's and early 80's. read more...

I LOVE LUCY! 1911 - Lucy is born. 1951 - Lucy is pregnant. Or "expecting".

Lucille Ball was born on this day 99 years ago. It's hard to believe because we see her on TV all the time and she always seems so young. Lucille Ball was born August 6, 1911. Nearly forty years later, in 1951, she  created and starred in "I Love Lucy" with her husband Desi Arnaz. A month before her fortieth birthday, she gave birth to their first baby.  A year and a half later, she gave birth to their second child. What a busy time of her life that must have been with a new TV show and two babies! read more...

Go bowling and Score Tonight with Grease 2

It's Saturday, it's boiling hot August, and you're looking for something active you can do that doesn't require being outside. How about bowling? The people in the movie "Grease 2" seem to know some tips on how to burn calories in the bowling alley: 

Dance. Sing. Let the ball go, then spin around multiple times. Shimmy your shoulders. Take turns lifting your bowling partner while the partner jumps up at the same time. Do a toe touch. High kick while walking.... The list goes on and on. 

 

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The Love Boat and other cruise ships in the 80's

The TV show "The Love Boat" made people who had never before considered going on a cruise ship fall in love with the idea of going on a cruise. That show began in the late 70's, then sailed right on through the 80's until the summer of 1986, when it was canceled. A couple years before "The Love Boat" was canceled, we saw the first cruise line commercials to ever air on network television. In 1984, Kathie Lee Gifford starred in those commercials, advertising Carnival Cruise Lines.  read more...

The 1940's - Women could be mothers, swing dancers, AND baseball players

If you haven't seen the movie "A League of Their Own", you must see it. If you love the 1940's, if you love comedy, and you love to be inspired, you'll love "A League of Their Own". You don't have to love baseball to love the movie. In fact, you can hate baseball and still love this movie.  read more...

50's Drive-In Movie Theatre Toy: The Remco Movieland Drive-in Theater

There were thousands of drive-in movie theatres in America in the 1950's. So, it's no surprise that a drive-in movie theater toy was created for children in the 50's. This gave them the chance to recreate the fun of the drive-in theatre even while they were at home.  Made in 1959, the Remco Movieland Drive-in Theater was one of Remco's earliest toys. Some of Remco's popular toys over the years include the Universal Monsters figures of the 80's, the Lost in Space robot of the 60's, and the 60's Star Trek Astro Cruiser.  read more...

55 Years Ago: 1965: The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium

On August 15, 1965, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York City to a crowd of around 60,000 people. This was the beginning of something that would become known as "arena rock" or "stadium rock" - loud rock music played to huge crowds of people in arenas, stadiums, and very large venues. Had any band of any type in all of history ever played to a crowd this large before? Certainly not to a crowd of crying and sobbing young women in hysterics.  read more...