Few school-sponsored enrichment programs lend themselves to genuine nostalgia. The Presidential Fitness Test? Most people compartmentalize the memories of that one, lest they lead to traumatic flashbacks. DARE? In retrospect, a pretty hilarious failure, but not exactly the stuff of back-to-school daydreams. But the Scholastic Book Fair? That week where your elementary school was packed full of books and pens and erasers and you could just wade right on in and go wild? Oh, man, that's the good stuff.
They were designed in a more innocent age and with the best of intentions. With this wire enclosure, parents didn't need to leave the house to give their children a healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air. The only problem was that the cage was suspended precariously off the side of a building.
Tuesday, Sep 5th 2017 (12:00am)
If you're of a certain age and mindset, you're quite familiar with GLOW - that glorious union of professional wrestling, the lingerie section of the Sears catalog, and Hee-Haw. You may not, however, have caught the original pilot from 1985... so here it is!
Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 (12:02am)
A half-century ago, protests erupted around the world against the Vietnam War, Montreal hosted Expo '67, race riots in the U.S. destroyed parts of Detroit and other northern cities, Elvis Presley married Priscilla in Las Vegas, O.J. Simpson was a running back for the University of Southern California, Israel fought and won the Six-Day War against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the 20th Century Limited passenger train made its final run from New York to Chicago, and much more.
Friday, Feb 10th 2017 (12:01am)
Up until the 1970s, color photography was extremely rare, and so when we think about history prior to that time, we often envision it in black and white. Today's technology now enables us to "colorize" historical photos, giving us our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like back then. And it was truly spectacular.
Take a gander in this clip. You won't believe that the runtime is 10:20 because most of that time, you jaw will be bouncing off the floor.
Sunday, Dec 4th 2016 (12:39am) | Thanks: Mister Mike
The family portrait is a time-honored tradition of gathering together to capture for perpetuity our unseemly hairstyles, shameful clothing, and deep and abiding awkwardness in front of a camera.
Tuesday, Nov 15th 2016 (12:00am)
We've probably all seen this iconic public service announcement ad hundreds of times.
But did you know that the star of the commercial, Iron Eyes Cody, wasn't a Native American at all?
Read up, now you do.
Sunday, Jul 17th 2016 (12:00am)
It's 1981, and yes, this is poorly shot. But this is an actual (silent) movie from a real Dungeons & Dragons session back in 1981, shot by Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, on Super 8 (back when I was about 15).
Monday, Jun 13th 2016 (12:00am)
Remember the trashy little prize in your box of Cracker Jack? No more. Look what they've done to our childhood favorites.
Please give me my temporary tats and plastic trinkets back.
Saturday, Apr 30th 2016 (12:00am)
Here ya go - it's the New Marketts' disco cover of the theme from MASH. Enjoy.
Monday, Feb 29th 2016 (6:59am)
YUP | 1 Flying in the '70s Was More Awesome Than it Is Now. After Seeing These Pictures, You'll Know WhyThe golden age came to an end when it was no longer "something special" to fly. Fare wars and direct flight no-frills competitors undercut the hub-and-spoke major airlines of the day and the decline came into being.
Enjoy your being packed like a sardine today, but here are pics to prove that it was once comfortable.
Thursday, Dec 17th 2015 (12:07am)
OK, I have to admit this this is a strange collection. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I worked for Kmart behind the service desk and the store played specific pre-recorded cassettes issued by corporate. This was background music, or perhaps you could call it elevator music. Anyways, I saved these tapes from the trash during this period.
Tuesday, Oct 13th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: nazgulcane
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)
How often do you change your sheets?
Nothing! Player's off!
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