Five Things – 06.08.15 – Why Dontcha Come Along and Mosey

1. The NBC Saturday Morning Preview Revue – In the ’70s and ’80s it became the norm for the big three networks to trot their Fall Saturday morning lineups in a prime time special on the Friday night before.  Wrapped with some original content, the specials were largely clips and “trailers” of the new Saturday…

Five Things – 1.12.14

1. Howard Johnson’s 2001 Children’s Menu – A lot of words come to mind when I think about 2001: A Space Odyssey, but “child-friendly” isn’t one of them.  It’s not like it’s filled with questionable or mature content or anything, I just have a hard time believing that kids could sit through a movie like that and…

Five Things – Reader’s Top Five of 2014

The votes you didn’t know you were making all year are in, and here are the top Five Things that the visitors to Timid Futures enjoyed in 2014.  Most of these I could have seen coming, but there are a couple of surprises! Thanks for visiting, reading, commenting, voting and sharing – I have a…

Five Things – 11.3.14

1. That Refreshing Look – The appropriately-1950s-named Vendo corporation produced this promotional film touting the benefits of Coca-Cola’s new vending machines.  The part that’s actually about the machines themselves is a little dry, but the crisp color imagery of 1950s American life at the beginning and the ‘roleplay’ selling scenarios at the end are fantastic.

Five Things – 10.27.14

1.  Nightmare on Elm Street (NES) – Of course Freddy had a video game.  He had a few, actually, but the NES game was the one I played as a kid. (His pose is less menacing than I think they were intending.  He seems to be saying “I give up!”) Developed by Rare and published by our…

Five Things – 09.01.14

1. LJN Roll and Rocker – This was the NES accessory that I wanted above all others.  This, to me, was the future of gaming.  About a year’s worth of requests fell upon deaf ears with my parents, and as an adult I can now look back and agree that they made the right decision…

Five Things – 3.24.14

1. Colossus: The Forbin Project – I came across the trailer and artwork for this film this week, and it pretty much has it all.  Man creates super computer that can make itself smarter, super computer then makes itself smarter, super computer “enslaves” man to make sure man doesn’t kill himself.  Kind of a grim…