Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Six Million (- $5,999,997) Dollar Man

I found this Six Million Dollar Man action figure at a garage sale yesterday.  They were asking $5, but with a missing arm, I offered $3 and they accepted.  

I never had one of these as a child, but the neighbor kid did (that kid always had the toys I wanted!)

You can look through his "bionic eye" through the back of his head.  As a kid, I always thought that gave him a creepy look.  Be sure to make that "boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo" sound effect when looking through it.

The folks at Kenner did the decent thing and put red underwear on him under his clothes.  Unlike G.I. Joe.  That dude was just *OUT THERE*.

He came with an extra pair of jeans.

The TV show had one of the best intros of the 70's and features actual footage of an M2-F2 crash that occurred on May 10, 1967.  Lee Majors' dialogue ("I can't hold it!  She's breaking up!") was taken from test pilot Bruce Peterson's actual conversation leading up to the crash.

My Steve Austin is going on eBay for parts.  Hopefully, someone out there has the technology to rebuild him.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Johnny Thunder, Gunslinger, Bodyflinger

I found this All-Star Western #109 comic from 1959 in a box of $1 comics at a garage sale this morning.  The 10-cent cover price is what caught my eye.  When I took it up to buy it, the lady running the sale insisted it was a mistake and shouldn't have been in the box as it was worth at least $15 (it's not).    After being assured by her husband that it was okay, I bought it.

Boys, I Hardy Knew Ye

Growing up, we had a collection of the 1960's editions of "The Hardy Boys" mysteries in our library.  By library, I mean a box we kept in my bedroom closet.

The covers always fascinated me and promised great adventure, but for some reason I never read them, even though I read practically every other book we had.  Everything I knew about the Hardy Boys came from the 1970's TV show starring Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy.

I found a few of the volumes this morning at a garage sale.

"The House on the Cliff", 1959

Friday, July 18, 2014

The GIGO Effect 1983

I found this among some other papers at an estate sale a while back.  The cheesy computer image on the cover caught my eye along with the fact that it dates from the earlier days of home computers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What was on TV July 12th through 18th, 1980

TV Guide is back again with this week in 1980.  How mad do you think John Schneider was when he heard the Duke Boys (and Gal) were going to appear on the cover of TV Guide only to find his face covered by the address label?

Let's right this wrong after 34 years.

Ah Randi Oakes.  Always a treat on "Battle of the Network Stars".  I never knew that Randi Oakes was Joe Namath's girlfriend. I wonder if even Joe Namath knew she was his girlfriend.

The Surgeon General's warning was so severe that almost every word needed to be capitalized. Sorry "to."

Ski Lift to Death nailed the "plot of movie as title of movie" decades before "Snakes on a Plane."

I always enjoyed Abbott & Costello's "The Time of their Lives" even though it was atypical of their comedies in that they didn't really play off each other.  In the movie, Lou Costello plays a falsely-accused traitor in the Revolutionary War who is executed along with a female companion.  From then on, the two haunt the grounds on which they were killed until they can prove their innocence.  Abbott plays the ancestor one of the real traitors responsible for their deaths.  Because Lou is a ghost and Abbott human, there is no verbal play between the two typical in most Abbott & Costello comedies.  The actual reason for this was they had split up temporarily in 1945 due to differences and refused to film together.  A storyline was developed that allowed them to film their sequences separately.

Seeing the sale of pennies for 15 cents reminds me of this Mitch Hedberg joke:
I saw some two-dollar bills today - They were for sale for eight dollars. Something went severely wrong there. What happened? It spun out of control... Now it's worth eight, still says two.

I remember a time when the Sears catalog was a big deal. Particularly the lingerie section.

Something tells me Carl Reiner is playing some sort of uptight authority figure in that Gidget movie.

"Jason and the Argonauts" contained some of Ray Harryhausen's best effects, except for the scene shown above.  Poseidon was played by an actual person superimposed over the shot giving it an even creepier effect than the stop-motion animation in the movie.

Do you think the inventor of Velcro ever thought that one day his invention would be used as a glorified corset?

This was a really bad week in television history.  Political convention coverage by all 3 major networks Monday through Thursday.  I don't know how I kept my sanity.  I may have even gone outside.

"The Bastard", one of the few movie titles along with "Damn the Defiant", “Damn Yankees” and “To Hell and Back” we weren't allowed to say in my household.

Ringo was so disrespected that the plot blurb of Help! mentions him by name yet he is the only Beatle NOT in the promo picture. Poor guy.

Someone needs to let Channel 11 ("Your Convention Alternative!") know the convention was over by Friday and their competition was now "The Incredible Hulk".  I know who got my Nielsen points that night.

Was Tom Wopat ever seen in anything but that denim outfit?

Crystals? Squelch control? Citizen band frequencies? Technology of 1980 was just weird.

Here's a dashing picture of Dan Rainey.  Apparently, he was later Commanding Officer of the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier from 1989 to 1991.

Remember, you can't spell "Dietac" without "D-I-E".

Although there's no signature in the picture, that has to be an Edward Gorey.

What about the "wide angled vents" requires them to be in quotation marks? Are they not that wide? Not that venty?

That's all for this week.  Tune in next time when I promise, the convention will be over.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

American Home, Summer 1967

The latest issue of American Home has arrived and this time, it's Summer of 1967.  It was the summer of love, but you wouldn't know it from this issue, unless it was love of wood paneling, vinyl flooring and Jello molds.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Devil's Shortening and other Uncanny Finds

Another one of my odd fascinations (and there are many) is with vintage cans and containers.  I usually find these holding miscellaneous nuts and/or bolts in the garages of estate sales.  I previously wrote of a few finds here and here.  Here a few recent finds.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Artcrest Cabinet

I found this Artcrest metal cabinet rusting away in the basement of a recent estate sale for $7.  The bottom had been standing in water and was severely rusted.  I ended up reinforcing it with a 2x4 frame and screwing into the frame through the base.  The rest of the cabinet was lightly rusted (and extremely dirty).  I used a wire brush cup attachment on my angle grinder to remove the rust.  Primed and spray painted, it turned out pretty nice.  Again, I broke a cardinal rule and didn't take any before pictures.  Sometimes, when the mood strikes me, I start into a project and don't take time to take pictures. 

It stands a little over 5 feet tall and a little over 2 feet wide.  It probably dates from the '50's.

I couldn't find out anything about the Artcrest company.

I'm using it to house my vintage cans (a blog post for later) and other kitchen related items.


In 1911, Albert Carlton (A. C.) Gilbert, while watching the construction of railroad girders, was inspired  to invent his most popular product, the Erector Set.  A former Olympic Gold medal winner (Pole Vault for which he held a world's record) and amateur magician, he originally founded his company on the production of magic kits under the name Mysto Manufacturing.

When World War I came along, Gilbert, like many manufacturing firms, was requested by the United States government to switch its production to war materials.  Gilbert consented, but later regretted the decision.  When the Council of National Defense proposed banning the production of toys all together in 1918, Gilbert successfully argued before Congress resulting in the rejection of the proposal earning him the title, "The Man Who Saved Christmas", the story of which was later made into the movie of the same name.

I found this Erector set at an estate sale about a month ago, picking it up for $10.  Based on the research I've done, it probably dates from 1948 to 1953.  The set (a number 6 1/2) seems fairly complete with numerous various parts, electric motor (although it appears to be locked up) and the outbuilding used in many of the builds.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Curbside Dinette

Driving home last week, I found this 1940's dinette table in pieces and put out for trash at the curb of a home in Webster Groves.  It was in the same neighborhood where I found these curbside treasures.  The legs were already off, so it fit fairly easily into my hatchback.  Not that I needed a table, I just couldn't stand to see it go to the trash.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What was on TV July 5th through 11th, 1980

Welcome to this week's TV Guide for 1980.  On our cover this week is the cast of "Little House on the Prairie", if they were poorly rendered, 2-dimensional characters vaguely resembling themselves.

The cover features the blended Ingalls family with the addition of Albert (get out while you still can!  You have no idea what they have in store for you!) and Bandit the dog.

From the reviews, I think the people without HBO were the lucky ones.

I'm not positive, but I believe that's Jenilee "Cindy" Harrison, first replacement of Suzanne Somers on "Three's Company" in the Virginia Slims ad.

Odd that the picture for the boxing event features two white guys when Larry Holmes was black.  In this event, Larry Holmes would win with a TKO In the seventh round.

Lori Jean Lloyd disappeared after leaving a friend's house in 1976.  She has not been found to this day.

From most accounts I've read, including the cast of "Little House on the Prairie", Michael Landon could be a egotistical tyrant to work for.

David Letterman's ill-fated morning show was cancelled after four months, although it won an Emmy posthumously.  It would pave the way for his late night empire that continues to today.

Sorry, I'm a little short on comments for this issue.  Hopefully, I'll be back in the groove for the next issue.

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