Thursday, January 29, 2015

Freaky Attraction

The annals of breakfast history are littered with the boxes and ghosts of cereals past and their sweet memories. Some, like Urkel-O's are perhaps best forgotten, but others are fondly remembered by those who grew up in front of Saturday morning television and their favorite bowlful of sugary joy. Many, of course, like "Froot Loops", "Cap'n Crunch", and "Frosted Flakes" are still around .  Others, such as "Super Sugar Crisp", have been camouflaged of their true nature, with "Sugar" becoming "Golden". But of all the lost cereals, there may be none so freaky as, well, "Freakies".

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weeki Wachee Springs

For those of you suffering the wrath of this latest winter storm, I thought you might enjoy some Florida Sunshine (and mermaids) to warm you up.

Weeki Wachee is a natural spring in Florida that  was converted to a tourist attraction in 1947.  When Newt Perry, an underwater filming location consultant for Hollywood films including the Johnny Weismuller "Tarzan" series as well as "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" films, first scouted the springs as a potential business development, they had become a  dumping ground for old appliances.  After cleaning the spring out, developing an underwater air hose breathing system and recruiting some of the local girls to play mermaids, Weeki Wachee opened and soon became one of the country's top tourist attractions.

The Mermaid disguised as a "Nutty Professor" looks more like Uncle Sam.

The ABC television network purchased Weeki Wachee in 1959 and built a larger theater situated 16 feet below surface level of the spring.  In 2008, Weeki Wachee was made an official Florida State Park.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Chief Diner, Durango, Colorado

I'm a sucker for old postcards, especially those highlighting travel during the golden age of road trips. I've amassed quite a collection over the years, so I decided I would throw one of these out here when the mood strikes -- and the mood has struck.  First out of the collection is The Chief Diner in Durango, Colorado.

It's gone, of course.  Originally located at 2127 Main Ave., it appears a Subway now stands in its location.  That's progress.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What was on TV January 19th through 25th, 1980

It's one week until Super Bowl, an event I never paid much attention to as a child.  I was never into sports and would have likely looked to see what the other two networks were offering. These days, my sons like to watch it and have a little party.  I typically do the cooking and just enjoy hanging out and eating with them.  In 1980, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Los Angeles Rams, a team who ended up moving to my hometown of St. Louis and who may soon be returning to LA.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Happy Home Maker

I'm always amazed at estate sales by what homeowners chose to hang onto for years.  These days our junk mail goes straight to the trash, but somebody felt this flyer from Grasso Bros. LP Gas was worth saving.  LP Gas, better known these days as simply propane, was the only option in rural areas before natural gas and possibly even electric was available.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just So You Know the Difference

*This* is Shinola:

Made by The Best Foods Inc.  These days they would need a disclaimer to warn this wasn't for human consumption.

Now that I look at it, it is kind of hard to tell the difference.

The well-known phrase was popularized during WWII and immortalized in "The Jerk".

Monday, January 19, 2015

Watching Television Tonight?

I've been meaning to scan and post this photo for some time.  I found it among a bunch of unrelated studio photographs at an estate sale a couple years back.  Given my penchant for TV Guide posts, it seemed appropriate.

I can only assume it's a promotional photo given to grocery and drug stores to show what display stands they could order to push their TV Guide sales.  The issue shown at the top of the stand is the 1956/57 Fall Preview edition.  Next to that are the words, "This Week's Issue", so I guess you would hang either a picture or an actual copy of that week's edition over that each week.  On the back of the photo are some numbers which I assume to be the dimensions of the display.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What was on TV January 17th through 23rd, 1981

Get ready to adjust those rabbit ears, it's time for this week in television once again.  This time it comes from 1981, or commonly known as "Morning in America".

"TV Update" contains some banter about the infamous Suzanne Somers standoff with ABC for more money and includes some snarkiness from a "Three's Company" spokesperson who clearly doubts her supposed condition: "Suzanne Somers has a bad back.  That's why she hasn't been on the show much lately.  Or maybe it's a bad leg."

I don't recall Lou Costello wearing a Sherlock Holmes-esque deerstalker in "Hold That Ghost". And the movie was earlier in his career so I don't think his extra chin was around either.

   Well we know Charo's new talent wasn't acting.  I don't know what's harder to believe:, Larry from "Three's Company" as a hit man or scoring a beautiful woman.

Is it wrong of me to read the tagline for "Walking Tall" in Sylvester the Cat's voice and then giggling?

Meadowlark Lemon and the Bucketeers? When did Meadowlark have a falling out with the Globetrotters?

A Bob Hope "Star Wars" spoof with Perry Como, Olivia Newton-John and Mark Hamill. What could go wrong?

"The Choirboys" was the best that free television could marshall against cable? No wonder cable took off in the 80s.

Watch out! Richard Dawson is going in for a kiss! And he's going to use tongue!

None of the people featured in the Lobo ad qualify as a beauty.

Wilma's first love is Leo Sayer?

If the denim doesn't sell the jacket, the plaid collar and cuffs will seal the deal.  To be worn with a turtleneck.   ALWAYS!

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