Saturday, June 22, 2019

What a Bunch of Yo-Yos

My life of crime has been well-documented on this blog here and here.  Allow me to incriminate myself one more time.

In the 3rd grade, my then girlfriend (yes, girlfriend. I started early) told me she had overheard two boys on her bus talking about hiding their Yo-Yo in the bushes on the playground.  I'm not sure why they would hide a Yo-Yo.  Perhaps it was contraband at the school. But she told me the location and at recess, sure enough, we found a Duncan Butterfly Yo-Yo hidden there.  So what did I do? I took it. Some kind of "finders keepers" logic I guess, but I do feel bad about it all these years later.  Imagine those kids coming out, excited they were going to be able to play with their Yo-Yo and.. "Son of a?!"  I still have it. It stares at me some nights.  Okay, it doesn't, but I do feel guilty when I see it.

I found this "Jo Jo" at a sale today.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

I Want My MTV 1912

The 1912 Mt. Vernon, Illinois High School Band.  Taken from an interior photo of the Jefferson County, Illinois "Facts & Folks" book published in 1978.  This morning's find for seventy-five cents.

Friday, June 14, 2019

What Was on TV June 10-16, 1978

While looking for a "Friday Flashback", I came across this TV Guide post from June 2014. It was from back when I only scanned certain pages and it was severely lacking in content.  So, I decided this one needed a refresh and repost.  I'm leaving my original contents, but have updated them and added additional comments and content.


Okay, I know it's been over 2 months.  But I'm full of excuses.  My PC was down for a month of that time after a harddrive failure.  Then I was on vacation for 2 weeks of the other month.  The remaining 2 weeks, I'll just throw to the wind and blame life in general.

I'll mark my return with another installment of What Was on TV.  This time, it's June 10-16, 1978.  I generally try to align these with the actual week, but I'm a week late.  But let's face it, this TV Guide is already 15 years out of date, so does it really matter?

This cover reminds me of television's UFO fascination of the 1970's, almost rivaling that  I recall watching shows like In Search Of and Project Blue Book. I also recall being terrified I was going to be abducted.  Thanks TV!  (***Update*** Apparently, there was no show called "Project Blue Book". It was called "Project U.F.O."  I maintain it's another victim of the "Mandela Effect").  

Thursday, May 23, 2019

High Flying

This "Mr. (if you please) Space" kite by Top Flite (purveyors of bad spelling for over 50 years) probably dates from the 1950's or early 60's.

Unless that's a solar sail, in the vacuum of space, this Spaceman's going nowhere.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Homemaking through Subjugation

This guide to Happy Homemaking is clearly aimed at the lady of the house and probably dates from the late 1950's given the dead-ringer for June Cleaver on the cover. Brought to you by the editors of Modern Romances. Enjoy!  AND GET COOKIN'!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Coffee Breaks

A coffee break to me is when I'm at work and need to step away from my desk and walk to the kitchen where I generally discover the pot has been drained and I need to make a new one, return to my desk and wait 5 minutes and proceed back.  Usually I get involved with something and by the time I get back to the kitchen it's gone again and the cycle repeats. Not much of a break, is it.

But this pamphlet dates from an era when "coffee break" meant neighbors (women, of course) taking a break from their household chores (sorry, ladies, this isn't me talking, it's the '70's) and getting together to"klatch", as my mother called it.  From 1978 and Maxwell House Coffee Times, it's "Coffee Breaks with The Friendly Taste of Home". 

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Fonz has Gone Bananas

I've written before that I was a "Dynamite" kid.  No, I don't mean a great kid.  I mean I read "Dynamite" magazine from Scholastic Publications.  Initially, I would order them out of the monthly flyer we received in grade school. Later I would subscribe to it, long beyond it's intended age range I might add. There was another Scholastic Magazine teens were supposed to migrate to after Dynamite: "Bananas".

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