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.

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.

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