Saturday, February 22, 2014


I'm in the process of shaking off the flu, but I still found the strength and an opportunity to run to an estate sale today.  As long-time followers of this blog might know, I'm a sucker for appliances, particularly toasters and coffee makers.  Modern appliances just lack style.

I found this "Tricolator" 42-cup coffee maker at a sale in Affton today.  I loved the design and it's brushed aluminum skin.  It's hard to see in the pictures, but it's gold-toned.  It stands a collasal 21 inches tall.

The base and lid are aluminum with a faux wood finish.  The handles and lid knob are real wood.

I love the offset lettering.

Google is pretty tight-lipped about Tricolator.  I couldn't find any information on when this was produced, but clearly from of the 1960's.

Now I need to find a home for my old coffee maker.  Always sad to let one go, but you have to make room for the next model.  I mean, how many multi-cup coffee makers do you really need?

Friday, February 21, 2014

What was on TV February 17th through 21st, 1980

Sorry, TV Guide fans, but this week's entry comes from the local St. Louis Post-Dispatch Television insert.  But I think you'll still enjoy.

I never watched "Hot Hero Sandwich" and I barely recall it, but that's too bad because it looks like something I would have enjoyed.  And narrated by Casey Kasem!

Only 3 days to install a wood burning fireplace?  Is it just me or does that seem excessive?

Burt Reynolds doing his best G.I. Joe impersonation.

It looks like the trouble with that coule is a really bad complexion.

Esther Williams passed away in 2013, but they still sell her pools.

Mirrored walls were all the rage in the early 70's.  I thinking they were on their way out by 1980.  Probably why they were having a sale.

I love these Television Letter Boxes. And I'm betting that's the only letter in the history of mankind to begin with "My friend Joe Besser...".  You might remember Joe from such annoying roles as the Curly sustitute with The 3 Stooges ("not so harrrrrrd!") and as "Stinky" ("I'll harrrrm you!") in the Abbott & Costello TV Show.

$929.95 for a VCR.  $929.95 FOR A VCR!!!

The first computer I learned to program on was a TRS-80, the so-called "Trash 80".  I've made a career of it, so it couldn't have been too bad.

From the look on her face, I'm guessing she didn't now Midas did mufflers either.  And props to the marketing person who came up with the Midas Muffler Muffler she's wearing.  Of course, you might call them scarfs, but we always called them mufflers because mom would wrap it around your face so tight, you couldn't breathe and your screams were muffled...maybe that was just in my house.

I'm always tempted to use old coupons that don't have an expiration date or a year.  I have a few more days left to try out that Imo's Pizza coupon.

And that's TV for this week in 1980.

What was on TV February 10th through 16th, 1979

Somehow I overlooked this issue and missed my window, but there were too many good things in it to hold onto it until next year.  Let's step back to the week of February 10th through the 16th, 1979.

I'm pretty sure that's Erin Gray in the Virginia Slims ad which is odd, because this would have been really close to the launch of "Buck Rogers" and she was already under contract with Universal Studios in 1978.  As for the ad itself, I always thought the Virginia Slim ads with their Women's Rights movement theme were pretty clever.  "You've come a long way, baby".  Well, apparently not far enough to not call a woman "baby".

Now you know how those scenes when the actors are driving are actually filmed (if you didn't already!) "Flatbed Annie and Sweetie Pie" was made-for-tv movie capitalizing on the trucking craze of the '70's whose biggest claim to fame that it had a guest appearance by Billy Carter (see the ad later in the post).

Also known as "The Loser's Meal".

The real reason?  Because they're so darn tasty!

"Weep No More, My Lady" is based on the short story "Goodybye, My Lady" by James Street first published in The Saturday Evening Post. I had to read it and write a report on it in 8th Grade.

In 1979, it was a little late in the game for "Hot City Disco".  I don't remember this show, so it must not have lasted too long.

Venture was my source for toys, paperback comic strip books, records and a soft pretzel and Coke Icee at the snack bar.  All we have left now is Target and their Starbucks cafe.

There's certainly nothing funny about the disease, but I think you can appreciate the unfortunate choice of name for a weight loss product a scant few years before the disease was discovered.  The manufacturer attempted some damage control by renaming the product "Diet Ayds", but not enough to save it.  And I'd like to say, breast augmentation was far from perfected in the 1970's.  It looks like they sewed a couple bricks under her skin.

Again, rape is no laughing matter.  This ad, however, is.

Not what I've heard

Seriously, who needs that much Michael Landon? Guilty!

Again, I just love those one-off shows of the 1970's like "America vs the World: Circus Challenge".  I wonder if there were any other "America vs the World" episodes.  I could easily see "America vs the World: Disco Challenge" or "America vs the World: Mustache Challenge".

Now that I think of it, these shows were the predecessors of Reality TV.  And now that I think of that, I'm thinking a Circus Reality TV show wouldn't be too bad.  If you're going to profile freaks, you might as well get the professionals!

The winner of Best Song and Best Record of the Year was Billy Joel and "Just the Way You Are".  The full rundown of winners here.

That's right.  Kurt Russell IS Elvis.

Tareton ads, on the other hand, just confused me.  What are they trying to convey with the colorless "black" eye?  And it's WE Taretyon smokers...  Grammar, people!

Man, I hankered for a hunk of cheese when I was a kid, but we were lucky to have cheese food in the house much less the real thing.  My dad would buy block cheese, but it was for him -- off limits to the kids.  To me, these ads were torture, but I vowed one day, one day cheese would be mine.

And another ad with a girl fawning over her disinterested partner. I think it's the same guy as here, but I'm not sure about the girl.

That's all for now.  Join me next time when we'll discuss what exactly is a "Hot Hero Sandwich".

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