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“Sunday, Monday, Happy Days…”

Forty years ago this week, January 15, 1974, the soon-to-be hit sitcom Happy Days premiered. Soon, the Fonz and “sit on it” would become part of American pop culture. Although the show’s initial appeal might have ridden the success of the hit movie American Graffiti, (that’s probably why the producers used Bill Haley and the Comets […]

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Fall from grace

Life sometimes imitates art. Lisa Robin Kelly who portrayed Eric Forman’s wild and loose sister, Laurie, on That 70’s Show probably wishes she was back playing the bad older sister instead of being the actress having run-ins with the law. Talk about your fall from grace.

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Journey to the Beginning of Time

Finishing up my last essay for Invaders from Mars… and remembering one of the segments that used to be part of Garfield Goose, the serialized 1960 movie, Journey to the Beginning of Time, which was actually a 1955 Czech movie.   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Q51CNwET0]  

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When Chester Died on Combat — Growing up with Television in the 1960s and 1970s

Another excerpt from my collection of essays about life in the 1960s/1970s I plan to release on Smashwords, Amazon, and Lulu later this week. This excerpt is still a work in progress and is part of a two-part essay. Portions of this essay appeared as a flash fiction story in Orion headless. One of my […]

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Bah! Humbug!

Everyone knows one of the Christmas’ most famous quotable quotes, “Bah, Humbug,” but how about other memorable (but not always quotable quotes) from other films and TV specials? These classic Christmas quotes will get you in the holiday spirit or better yet, get you in the mood for some classic holiday movies.   A Charlie […]

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Thanksgiving with the gang from Cheers

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5D-ckF13Lg]   One of my favorite sitcoms back in the 80s and early 90s was NBC’s Cheers. I liked the ensemble cast and writing and it was a fun show to watch whether it was the ongoing love spats between Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), Carla Tortelli’s (Rhea Pearlman) acerbic wit […]

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When did it become okay to say “balls” on TV?

Back in the 1970s, I busted a gut laughing to George Carlin’s seven words you could not say on television. This comedic bit is just as hilarious now as it was when I first heard it. In one part of the bit, he talks about how a baseball player can have two balls on him […]

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Wilma and Fred lighting up?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqdTBDkUEEQ] While surfing the internet the other day, I came across some rather bizarre, surreal and even disturbing videos of classic TV commercials, especially this one of Wilma and Fred Fintstone smoking as well as a very evil-looking Jolly Green Giant. Check out my online article of classic TV commercials here.

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MTV in Goose’s Basement — A work in progress

There was a time when MTV was cool. I mean really cool, like a long, long, long time ago in another galaxy far, far, away cool. Back when the only thing you saw and listened to on MTV were videos. And if the videos programmed for any particular hour or block of time came up […]

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My “Twilight Zone” within The Twilight Zone

“Portrait of a town drunk named Al Denton. This is a man who’s begun his dying early—a long agonizing route through a maze of bottles. Al Denton, who would probably give an arm or a leg or a part of his soul to have another chance, to be able to rise up and shake the […]

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