Sunday, June 29, 2014

High 'n' Dry

I found this diver cocktail glass/swizzle stick set at a garage sale this weekend for 50 cents.  I've never seen them before, but I'm guessing they date from the 1950's.  The divers are made of porcelain.


The thick bottom of the glass along with the blue of the plate give the illusion of water.






Bottoms up!

Monday, June 23, 2014

What was on TV June 23rd through 29th, 1979

Let's take a trip back in television history once again.  This time, it's 1979 and....Heeeeeeeeerrrrrreeeeee's JOHNNY!



A fresh new slice of apple pie and steaming pile of...  man, 70's cars were ugly.

Not sure who this model is.  I don't think it's Erin Gray.


That headline alone was enough to get the hearts of conspiracy theorists racing.


This is a nice slice of 70's St. Louis store logos.  I think of these, all that's left is Wal-mart, Walgreens, Schnucks, Dierbergs and K-Mart (barely).



Is that 40 pounds of trouble poured into 30 pounds of trouble capacity pants?




Another example of movie replay serendipity. KPLR was showing "The Big Sleep" in the first week of June in 1978 and again 55 weeks later.

"Curse of Bigfoot" was actually a movie from 1963 with additional footage shot for its 1976 release and has nothing to do with bigfoot, but rather an Aztec mummy.  By 1976, mummies were out and Bigfoot was in, so additional footage was shot with 2 of the original actors from 1963 telling the story.  You can watch the full movie on Youtube if you care to.


I recall when NBC tried to recapture the radio days of the 30's and 40's.  Even back then I was into that era and tried to listen.  Unfortunately, if I recall correctly, the episodes they chose weren't very good.


How nice of Skoal to offer some entry level chewing tobacco. For free!  And way to ride on the popularity of the TV show of the same name.


Based on his face, David Jansen might need just a little more warning next time.


Starting with Fonzie Jumping the Garbage Cans in Season 3 of Happy Days (1975), the producers of the show decided it was good for ratings to have Fonzie put himself in harms way.  In 1977 was the infamous jumping the shark episode.  The episode on this Tuesday night, although it was a repeat, was Fonzie Rides the Bull.  Things had gone all country in the United States in the late '70's and riding bulls was in.  If Fonzie had never jumped the shark, the expression for the moment a television show starts going downhill would be "Riding the Bull".

I'm ashamed of my baldness and I refuse to make eye contact. Now that I have a full head of hair, I will meet the camera lens and give it a come hither look.



Everyone knows daises are the international symbol for greater accuracy.


When you look through these old TV Guides, you realize how insecure people were.  Every ad is either a baldness cure or weight loss.  These days men embrace baldness and based on my last trip to Wal-mart, nobody cares too much about weight loss.


This is an odd article. A married couple watches Johnny Carson from the studio audience and pretty much criticizes everything.

Chin kissing?!  In a family magazine?! Scandalous!!!


Our perky model makes another appearance.  A friend pointed out, this wasn't the Mary Lou Retton look.  She was the sweetheart of the 1984 Olympics.  This is the Dorothy Hamill look, the sweetheart of the 1976 Olympics.


I'm a lot like Lou Grant -- I hate spunk.  And oh how I hated Danielle Brisebois on "All in the Family".


Gee, I hate to end the post on such a negative comment, but here we are.  See you next time!

Friday, June 20, 2014

What was on TV June 3rd through 9th, 1978

I'm a couple weeks late with this issue, but it couldn't be held another year -- it was just too good.  Friend John joins in once again with an assist on humor.

I don't think any TV Guide cover summed up the 1970's better than this one. Full of shattered glass, testosterone and hideous shirts.



Remember when bikes handle bars were flipped upside down to lower your profile and increase wind drag efficiency?  Nobody I knew actually used them that way.  They just held onto and steered with the top.


Two Ed McMahons means that the store probably sold out of Budweiser in a hurry.  Oh, and Ed #1, you might not want to bike through Europe making that gesture.


Another mystery model for Virginia Slims.  You have to admit, this ad campaign was pretty clever.



Did the concerned viewer unplugging their TV every night do it while wearing a tinfoil hat?  If he was smart he did.  Protected him from subliminal ads too.


Heard in the pitch session for "Speed Buggy": "The kids love Scooby Doo. We want to capture some of the Scooby Doo magic. I know! Let's take the same formula, complete with the vaguely hippyish dude wearing green. But...instead of a talking dog with a speech impediment we'll use a talking car with a speech impediment."





Every once in a while, Henry Winkler would do these very un-Fonzie-like shows.  Very confusing to me as a child.



I swear Bonnie Franklin's head is pasted on someone else's body.  Where's her neck? It reminds me of that old Steve Martin routine: "When she walked into a room, all heads would turn.  Except hers, because she had no neck!"

Reading through that list of Sears Portrait Studio locations is like reading St. Louis mall obituaries.






"In the dark" is probably not an image you want to project about your news team.

 Lose weight in days so you too can wear a hip vesty painsuit ensemble.


Even through the haze, there's no mistaking the man-stache that is Geraldo Rivera.


Based on that afteroon line-up, I know exactly what I was doing weekdays from 4:30 to 6:00.

Mike Brady's man perm was just a bad idea. The horror, the horror.


The Everyday Gourmet's logo looks like he was trying to cook an amoeba in a soup pot.



Having read how movie studios creatively edit reviews to make a movie look better, I can only imagine some of the comments about the Plymouth Horizon. "What a piece of crap! It lacks everything Americans prize most: ride and comfort." "A gasoline miser and that's the nicest thing we can say about this deathtrap."


Just reading the words "champale malt liquor" is giving me a hangover.




Even jock itch ads were jumping on the Star Wars band wagon by 1978.  Oh, and it was nice of Plough, Inc. to include a helpful arrow in their Aftate logo to let people know where it needs to be sprayed.



Oh, Orson. You'd fallen so far by then. But wasn't part of the attraction in having Orson Welles pitch a product was that rich, vocal delivery? A print ad just shows a bearded fat man who isn't Santa Claus holding a 110 film camera.

I can almost hear Orson as he read the copy for this ad.  "'With the Vivitar, you'll never miss a picture because you're looking for an add-on flash.'"  Come on, fellas.  Nobody in the world talks like that.  'Even when someone moves or when you move.'  That's not even a sentence!"

If you're not familiar with the Orson Welles "Frozen Peas" rant, do yourself a favor and listen.  It's even been enhanced with animation that imagines what it might have looked like.  Language warning.  Orson's language gets a little spicy.
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