July 2011

Peace: Princess Diana and Mother Teresa

Fifty years ago, a princess was born. Many little girls read storybooks about princesses, but few get to experience what it is like to be a REAL princess. Princess Diana got to experience it. And she was a REAL princess, in every sense of the word. Instead of using her title of "princess" as an opportunity to boss people around and enjoy getting served by others, she used her title of "princess" as an opportunity to serve others.  read more...

Final Space Shuttle Launch TODAY

If the weather goes well, the final Space Shuttle will launch today after 30 years of the Space Shuttle program. As much as I want to see it launch, I don't want to see it launch because I know it's the final one.

After thirty years of greatness, the story of the final shuttle launch doesn't even get a big headline on the major news websites. A certain trial that is already over is still top news right now. Time to take a step back from all of that and reflect on the incredible shuttle program.  read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: Los Angeles, California Homes in the Platinum Triangle - Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, and Bel Air

The most expensive homes in America are located in the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles - Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel Air. You will find homes that are both old and new, but since this is Retropolis, I'll focus on the old.  read more...

Happy Birthday to Grease's Sweetest Pink Lady and Beauty School Dropout, Didi Conn!

Sweet and lovable Didi Conn turns 60 today! read more...

French Mid-Century Modern and French Film: Mon Oncle

Happy Bastille Day! To celebrate France, here's a "retro movie review" I wrote a few years ago about a French 50's film called "Mon Oncle." This movie a must-see for anyone who loves mid-century modern design.

Mon Oncle, a film by Jacques Tati, is a satirical view of modern life in the 1950's. It was filmed in the late 50's, and even though it focuses on 50s life, it has a timeless quality to it. Perhaps that is because the perception that ultra modern living is sterile and cold still exists among many people today.

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1962 - John Glenn Went Swimming and Water Skiing With Jackie Kennedy. Also Orbited Earth.

John Glenn turns 90 years old today! Happy birthday, you Earth Orbiter, you! Let's take a little trip back in time to John Glenn's earlier years and imagine that the social networking sites were around back then. Let's go with the year of 1962. In John Glenn's info on a social newtworking page, he might have listed his hometown as Cambridge, Ohio. He might have listed a little info in his bio about his history with the Navy and Marine Corps in the 40's and 50's. But, what would his status updates say in 1962? Maybe he might have said something like: read more...

Robin Williams and Vintage 70's Phones - Princess, Donut, Mickey and More!

On July 21st, Robin Williams will celebrate his 60th birthday. Happy birthday to the brilliant actor and comedian!  read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: Drive-in Movie Theaters in COLORADO

Summer only began a month ago, so there is still plenty of time to go to the drive-in! If you're in Colorado, you have the opportunity to visit SEVEN drive-in movie theatres. Of course, that's to the best of my knowledge since too many drive-in theatres in America still continue to close. Hopefully the drive-in theatres that I am aware of in Colorado are still open, and hopefully even MORE drive-in movie theatres will open in Colorado and throughout America! The drive-in is an American classic! read more...

Who invented planking? And when was planking invented? Tom Green. 1990.

I found this video on YouTube of Tom Green and friends in 1990. About 30 seconds into the video, you'll see Tom Green and his friends drop to the ground (in a store, of course... this is Tom Green, after all) and they do what is known today as "planking".

If you don't know what "planking" is, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRHnTFesv7c

Props to Network Ten for reporting on planking with a sense of humor! read more...