Monday, June 24, 2013

Here I Come to Save the Day!

I found these frame tray puzzles at a garage sale a couple weekends ago for a quarter a piece.  They date from 1969.

When Toys Were Dangerous

When I was little, just because something could kill you was no excuse not to play with it.  I used to sneak into my brother's closet and get his bow and arrow.  I would spend hours shooting the arrow straight up in the air and watching it come down.  Most people are familiar with the Longfellow poem The Arrow and The Song, or at least it's opening stanza, "I shot an arrow into the air, it fell to Earth I knew not where..."  Fortunately for me, it wasn't my head...or anyone else's.  Only slightly less dangerous was when I would do the same thing with Jarts.  Jarts, a contraction of Javelin Darts, was the brand name of lawn darts, a game similar to horsehoes involving metal-shafted projectiles you would launch at round target rings.  Brightly-colored plastic fins guided the darts to their mark.  Lawn Darts were offered by various companies in the 1960's through the 1980's.

I found a couple different sets in the past month at garage sales.  The graphics on this box bring back memories.

The business end of the Jart

This set is by Franklin.

Their darts featured a blunted tip


All metal-tipped lawn darts were banned from sale in the United States in 1988 due to use by dumb kids like me.  Granted, I'm sympathetic to the families of children who died as a result of the misuse of lawn darts, but it seems to me a strike in the head from a horse shoe, not to mention other childhood activities such as bicycling, football, climbing trees, handsprings, etc., could cause the same kind of damage with the same end result.

Lawn Darts are once again for sale in a non-lethal form featuring all plastic bodies and fat, rounded tips.

What was on TV June 24th through 30th, 1979

I know what you're saying, "Two posts in one day?!  Has Tom gone mad?"  No, I just have the day off and I'm trying to make up for the past 2 months.

Today's afternoon installment brings a slight change for "What was on TV".  Typically, I profile a TV Guide.  This time, I present the June 24-30, 1979 Television magazine from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Gracing the cover is Barney Miller himself, Hal Linden.

What Was on TV June 10-16, 1978

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!

A promo article for Rob Reiner's new series, "Free Country".  The premise sounds interesting, but it lasted 5 episodes.

A comparison to 2013 Rob Reiner

To be honest, after the first Jaws, I still didn't think it was safe to go back in the water.

Another sign this is 1978 -- embracing the sun..and the rib cage.

And if you overdid it...

Of course, my favorite day of the week.

Yes you are...

Trims away fat...and life.

Seeing this RC car ad reminded me of my first.  These "steered" by backing up in a circles. The next direction you went depended on how long you reversed.  Otherwise, they just went forward.  No speed control or turning while you were going forward.

At first, I thought "1968: A Crack in Time" was one of those time travel movies the 70's were so famous for where the hero goes back in time to change the past, ultimately failing.  Turns out, it's just another documentary.

Actionline with Larry Connors.  Connors maintained his position at Channel 4 until last month when he was fired for posting some accusations against the IRS on Facebook last month.  Talk Back, but watch what you say.

 The Television Crossword for the week.  Test your 1970's TV knowledge.  Print out and enjoy!

The feature article

Take my advice: do not try the "Picnic Loaf".

The guy on the right reminds me: Have you seen the new Anchorman 2 trailer yet?  I can't be certain, but I think that's Erin "Wilma Deering " Gray.  Or Erin "Kate Summers" Gray, if you were a Silver Spoons fan.

Well, that's it for this installment of What Was on TV.   We now return you to your life, already in progress.
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