Using my blog to try and make the world a better place. If I can help someone forget their troubles for a few minutes a day, it's all worth it.

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):
I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanent sand. So the days flow through my eyes but still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quotes from 'Private Benjamin', one of my all-time faves:

Judy Benjamin: I think they sent me to the wrong place.
Capt. Lewis: Uh-huh.
Judy Benjamin: See, I did join the army, but I joined a *different* army. I joined the one with the condos and the private rooms.
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Judy Benjamin: To be truthful with you, I can't sleep in a room with 20 strangers.
Capt. Lewis: Oh dear.
Judy Benjamin: And I mean look at this place. The army couldn't afford drapes? I'll be up at the crack of dawn here!
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Judy Benjamin: Have you seen the bathroom?
Capt. Lewis: Do you think that the latrine... do you think that it's unsanitary?
Judy Benjamin: It's disgusting! There are *urinals* in there!

The Bad News Bears

I didn't see this movie when it first came out in 1976. My mom (her and dad had split up by then, and I was living with her) wouldn't let me see it because of the "language". She also wouldn't let me see Jaws a year earlier. She was just no damn fun....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dynamite magazine:

I received the above pictured Dynamite magazine in the fall of 1978, through Scholastic. I've since purchased a copy through ebay. It had a calendar poster of 1979 inside. Also inside was a ghost story (The Cottage On Clarkson Street) about a kid (Tommy) who used to bounce a ball down the cellar stairs and fell down the stairs and broke his neck. That story freaked me out for WEEKS...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lost In Space, one of my favorites:

I'm not sure how recent the "now" picture is. Looks like they've all aged pretty well, though... especially the robot. It looks like he hasn't aged a bit..
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These were extremely popular back in the day:

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

You learn something new every day:

That's odd, I always thought that Barry Williams was into older chicks..

Hey hey hey, it's FAAAAAT AAALbert:

Watched it every Saturday. Good stuff. I never cared for Rudy, though. Just sayin'...

"We've got a plan, we're gonna rape the land"... wait, that's not right...

Image courtesy of Gilligan.
Birds flying high, in search of a clear blue sky,
as they're chopping down the trees below them.
Come take a stand, and help us save the land,
let's go out and try to make things better.
Chorus: And maybe we can make the world
a whole lot brighter.
We canmake the road a little lighter.
Everybody has to try together,
don't you know it's now or never.
Meadows once green, are few and far between.
And the rivers might run brown tomorrow.
God made the land for each and every man.
So we must do all we canto save it...
Chorus

Adrienne Barbeau:

I liked Adrienne Barbeau best when she played Maude's daughter Carol. In that role, she was intelligent and had dignity. All the other stuff she did focused on her boobs, and she usually played trashy bimbos. What a waste.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ronco:

In the 70's, Ronco sold all KINDS of crap.. like does anybody still use this stuff?????

There's always an exception:

There wasn't much I cared about in the 90's. It just wasn't my decade. If anything could go wrong for me, it happened in the 90's. However, I loved the first few years of Roseanne. It was probably one of the best shows ever made, at first. Then she started having the plastic surgeries, and the magic died. Even now, I can watch a repeat of the early shows and still laugh,

Kim Richards

This is Kim Richards in 1975, when she co-starred in Escape To Witch Mountain (one of my all-time favorites). I always thought she was such a cute kid. While I was really never a fan of Disney, this is probably the one exception. I saw this movie at the theater when it came out. I'd love to see this movie again someday.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Davey and Goliath:

I watched this every Sunday morning. I believe it was a Rankin/Bass production, but I'm not sure. Btw, don't let that side-part hairstyle and sunday school best attire fool you - sure, he looked all clean-cut and innocent, but that dude was always getting in trouble. He was bad news..

Anti-smoking posters:

They used to hang these posters in school hallways in the 70's. For a bit of trivia, this poster was on Carol Brady's TV room table, along with several others, in the episode where she joined the anti-smoking committee and Greg just happened to take up smoking at the same time (how convenient). Btw, I have a neighbor who looks just like the above chick..

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day:

Earth Day, 2009
Has it been a whole year already???

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Colorforms:

When I was a kid ('til about 7 years old), there was always a Colorforms set in my toybox. This set looks familiar, I'm sure I had it. It's dated 1971, but it could have been sold up until '73 or even '74.
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I tried to think of a moral for this comic, but I got nothin'.. except maybe if you're going to try and convince people you're a Portuguese water dog, you should know a little bit about Portugal. Or at least know how to spell..
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Talk about starting the day off bad..

Today I got bit by a dog (my neighbor's dog that I've known for a few years now). The bitch (the dog's a female) just all of a sudden walked up to me and bit my hand.. for no reason. Stupid dog.

Kid Power:

I watched the Kid Power cartoon, but I didn't know they made a K.P. lunch box. Well, I should have, everything pop culture was made into a lunchbox....

Saturday, April 18, 2009

No matter how bad you're feeling, a puppy's love can make everything okay.
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Random fact:

I really miss the disco days, even though I was too young to go to a disco. But still I miss the days when the Bee Gee's and Donna Summer were producing new stuff.
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Random find:

Even back then, they were ugly. Of course, that's just my opinion, but since this is my place, it's really the only opinion that counts....

I'd buy one, but I don't really care for bass:

"How many times has this happened to you? You have a bass, and you're trying to find an exciting new way to prepare it for the dinner table. You could scale the bass, remove the bass' tail, head and bones, and serve the fish as you would any other fish dinner. But why bother, now that you can use Rovco's amazing new kitchen tool, the Super Bass-o-Matic '76. Yes, fish-eaters, the days of troublesome scaling, cutting and gutting are over, because Super Bass-o-Matic '76 is the tool that lets you use the bass with no fish waste, and without scaling, cutting or gutting."

"Here's how it works: Catch a bass, remove the hook, and drop the bass - that's the whole bass - into the Super Bass-o-Matic '76. [ drops the bass into the blender ] Now, adjust the control dial so that the bass is blended just the way you like it. [ turns blender on and grinds it to a pulp ] Yes, it's that simple!"

Friday, April 17, 2009

What a shame.

That was a perfectly good raft...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cereal box records:

This is for Marissa, who likes cereal box records. There's really not much more to say, actually...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Glow-In-The-Dark stuff:

When I was a kid, I loved glow-in-the-dark stuff (which is kind of why I like this black template. The wordage seems very glow-in-the-dark). I probably would've bought the above record just because it glowed. I also remember a glow-in-the-dark pen that came in boxes of Sugar Crisp cereal ca. 1974/75. I looked at that thing in the dark more than I ever wrote with it...

Sadly, life never asked me what I wanted..

"Chico, don't be discouraged, the man he ain't so hard to understand. Chico, if you try now, you know that you can lend a helping hand. Because there's good in everyone, and a new day has begu-u-un. You can see the morning sun, if you try. And I know, things will get better. Oh yes they will for Chico and the man, oh yes they will for Chico and the man."

In '76, I thought Chico was SO cool. I dreamed someday of working in a garage where my hands never got dirty, living in my van in the garage with no bathroom facilities, and working for an alcoholic bigot.... yes, that would have been SOME life....

Random fact:

Not sure if I ever mentioned this, but I've always been afraid of heights....
.. okay so I know this post is, like, totally lame, but it's 3 a.m. and i can't get back to sleep....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

1978 was a good year. It's hard to believe it was over 31 years ago. It's amazing how time slips away, and the present becomes the distant past in no time.

'76 flashback:

I got the above pic from Jen's place. These were bumper stickers that co-incided with the Carter / Ford Presidential election year. They came in Trix cereal boxes. I've been looking for a pic of these things for a long time. Thanks Jen!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Morgan Freeman, the early years... This is a pic from his days on The Electric Company. I'm sure I saw this episode, back in the day. I watched it every weeknight.
I had cold pizza for breakfast. Love it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dinah Shore:

Does anyone out there remember The Dinah Shore Show?? Do you? 'Cause I sure don't. Of course I remember it existed, or I wouldn't have posted it, but I didn't watch it. I think my Aunt Nancy watched it, but that's about it... Btw, the logo is from '75 (I only know because it was in the description of the search result).. I was more into Land of The Lost back then...
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Nothing good lasts forever:

Apparantly when Phyllis George left the morning news in the mid-70's, people took it pretty hard... well, can't blame them there...

I know our parents just wanted to kill us:

Ah, candy / bubble gum cigarettes. Something to tide us over until we were old enough for the real thing. They tasted good, though. On a personal note, this author thought the best ones weren't the gum ones, the best ones were the hard, tasteless, chalk-like, candy variety..

Random find:

I found the above pics when I did an image search for hygiene films..
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Hollywood Squares:

In the 70's, Hollywood Squares was my favorite game show. I still wouldn't have bought the record, though, I wasn't that big of a fan...
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Keep America beautiful:

Man, what a whiner....
If you were around in the 70's, you remember these commercials. It's funny how a commercial goes on for years and years, and it becomes a fabric of our society, then all of a sudden they disappear, and you don't think anything of it, until you realize it's gone, like the "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercial, and the "Bounty" commercials with Nancy Walker as Rosie the diner waitress, or the "Folgers" commercial with Mrs. What's-her-name, or the "Fill it to the rim with Brim" commercials that were so annoying...

Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!

This is for Ann, who liked this show and watched each episode. Click pic for a larger image.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Random fact:

I always wished I had learned to play the guitar. Btw, I know this movie was from 1980, but it was probably filmed in '79, so technically it does qualify....

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Lite Brite:

The thing I remember most about Lite Brite, was that they never gave you enough of each color to put together a decent pic.. not that I'm complaining, although I guess I am, aren't I....

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Welcome to the Hotel California:

I've heard many explanations as to the meaning of Hotel California by the Eagles. I've heard it said that it's a reference to Hell. Maybe. But I've also heard it's a reference to a mental institution. Colitas ("warm smell of colitas rising up through the air") is a strong form of cannibis. Apparantly the singer of the song smoked some tainted colitas and ended up in a mental institution. On the line "Relax said the nightman, we are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like but you can never leave"... if he was dead (a.k.a. being in hell), he couldn't "check out", he'd already be dead. And the line: "Her mind is Tiffany Twisted"... well, that speaks VOLUMES, as far as I'm concerned...

Name that toy:

Film Father sent me an email, asking if I knew what a certain toy was that he couldn't remember the name of. For the life of me I've got no clue, maybe you know. Here's his description:

It featured a long track, like a plastic rail, that you could set up rollercoaster-style, then you put these stout, boxy plastic robots on the track (the robots were probably 6 inches tall) and you pushed them along the track. There were all different kinds of robots, but the one I remember the most is from the front of the (big) box the track came in: he had a human face, with a mad/angry look, maybe black hair, and he may have had a black eye...

Anybody know?

Friday, April 03, 2009

I used to have nice hair. Once. I wonder if this guy still does. Then again, I wonder if he still has it at all... I also wonder if he's still got that shirt....

So he has his moments once in awhile. Who's perfect...

When I first got my dog Bear, he was only a few months old. One day he had to go outside, so I let him out the door. 15 minutes later he was back scratching at the door to be let in. A few weeks go by, and the woman who owns 'The Little Store' on Commercial Street in Provincetown, and lived next door, saw me walking with him, and she asked "Is that your dog?" I said yes. She said "I had to shoo him out of my yard 3 weeks ago. He was in the back of my car eating the chicken Terriyaki that I brought home from the store. I had the back hatch of the car open, and he jumped into the car and ate my dinner". I apologized, she said "that's okay, I didn't mind. He's adorable!" She was so nice about it, I'm not sure I'd have been that gracious.

Hold on tight, we'll muddle through one day at a time:

Btw, that's Ms. Romano..

Thursday, April 02, 2009

For Marissa, who wanted a new post:

So, does anyone out there still have their Quisp ring?? The one you probably paid $2.50 plus 12 box tops for??? The one you just HAD to have, back in the day?? Do you STILL wear it? On dates or job interviews???????
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