The L-shaped building on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Page Street in Berkeley is currently occupied by Fenton MacLaren, a home furnishing store run by two brothers. ("Fenton MacLaren" comes from the middle names of Scott and Ken Parker.) They've been a successful family business for over 30 years, which is a long stretch, particularly for a city in the midst of a gentrification changeover. But it's nothing compared to the site's previous tenants, another band of entrepreneurial brothers.
This location is the site of the old Jacuzzi Brothers machine shop, home to an ever-expanding family of Italian immigrants who experienced triumph, tragedy, fame, great wealth, and then poverty. The Jacuzzi's influence on American culture is hard to overstate, though: Few can claim to infiltrate the national vernacular in such a profound and memorable way. Before there was Netflix-and-chill, there was a large tub filled with steamy bubbles, and room for two.
Friday, Oct 9th 2015 (1:12am)
What you are about to see are not film sets Stanley Kubrick thought too isolated for The Shining, or David Lynch considered over-egging the eerie for Twin Peaks. These are postcards from North American nursing homes in the 1950s and 1960s.
The other day at work I made mention of GLOW to a room of blank stares. "It was like a cross between wrestling and Hee-Haw" I explained to further blank stares. Exasperated with the lack of culture in the modern workplace, I dropped it and shuffled off muttering about how good things used to be.
For those who are unlearned and for those who remember it fondly, here's a great documentary on the phenomenon that was the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Be warned, graphic video of Suzie Spirit's arm injury gets a lot of attention.
Tuesday, May 26th 2015 (12:00am)
Like many others my age online, I cut my teeth on the single-line BBS (ran a few, even) back in the days of 300 baud and acoustic couplers. If this is all greek to you, junior, check this out on your damn smart watch.
Monday, Mar 16th 2015 (12:01am)
...and as luck would have it, the Trapper Keeper is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. A look back at the TK phenomenon.
With hundreds of drive-in theaters expected to close at the end of the year once studios stop distributing 35mm film prints, Honda is backing a national effort to save the screens built around car culture.
Thursday, Aug 15th 2013 (12:08am)
Found this while trying to figure out when my memories included the actual year. I mean, I can remember seeing Star Wars IV in the theater, but the year was not part of the memory. Comment when your first memory+year was.
Friday, Feb 1st 2013 (11:20pm)
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I got my first computer in the late 70's, when RAM was 10 bucks a kilobyte and 20 meg hard drives weighed 50 pounds and cost as much as a new car. These days you can wear comparable tech on your wrist for less than 50 bucks. The mind reels.
Friday, Jan 21st 2011 (4:59am)
I spent my kid years in the 70's - a fantastic time to be a kid - and as the years pass, more and more nuances of grooviness from that era get pushed out of my brain to make room for stuff like mortgage payments, php functions, point spreads, and prescription refills. It's enough to make you consider buying a suit. Tragic.
Fortunately, we have the intarwebs. The web has become an archive of experience, and sites like Retrospace are an invaluable cultural reference. From ABBA to Zotz!, Retrospace's curator Gilligan digs forgotten nuggets from the cracks of memory with style.
Wednesday, Jan 19th 2011 (12:01am)
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I know, Kodak ceased production of the best color film in history last year, but there were still remnant film and chemicals out in the wild as existing stock... until today. Today the last roll ever gets processed in Kansas. Truly the end of an era in personal photography, another cultural juggernaut falls to modern technology.
Thursday, Dec 30th 2010 (1:04pm)
Time to feel old! Every year, the Beloit College compiles a list of what incoming college students have and have not known in their lifetime. F'rinstance:
Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.Fuckin' kids these days. GET OFF MY LAWN!
Thursday, Aug 19th 2010 (12:08am) | Thanks: brady
If years of watching HGTV has taught me anything, it's that you have to stage your house properly to have any hope of selling it in today's market. And, with everyone staging their houses, you'll need something to separate your offering from the pack. Consider, then, a retro theme based upon the fabulous look of the 70's home. It'll get remembered, that's for sure.
Thursday, Aug 12th 2010 (4:55am)
I'll never forget my mother and I pulling a highchair with a 12 month old whose diarrhea diaper was dripping all over into the restroom at a roadside cafe on the way to Jerome, AZ. Three tables were occupied when we went in, empty when we came out. Hubby also puked in parking lot. This site may be a perfect argument for birth control.
I managed to buy a used pay phone a number of years ago, and have tried to buy old, unencumbered-by-a-phone booths from folks who have them on their property.
It's not gone well, except for the enclosure I salvaged from an old Grand Union.
(For some reason, Verizon wants them back and is piggy about it!)
It, and this CNN peice, got me thinking about making a booth, but all I found was this.
And I really don't want to buy one.
Craigs List? Just for sale, nothing free.
The Mojave? Nope.
The search goes on...
Saturday, Apr 3rd 2010 (7:17am)
He-Man and She-Ra want to talk with you about your body, and they won't take no for an answer no matter how awkward or uncomfortable you feel about receiving this information from a half-naked man and his lady friend.
Monday, Mar 15th 2010 (9:28am) | Thanks: nag on the lake
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