Five Things – 11.28.16 – I Doubt My Feet Can Disco

The Burger King Kingdom McDonaldland gets some flak for its suspicious similarities to the world of H.R. Pufinstuf, and alot of that flak is deserved, but at least there’s some charm and originality to McDonaldland that redeems the effort.  Burger King’s 1976 attempt to rip off McDonaldland, on the other hand… there’s no redemption here. We’ve talked about…

Five Things – 06.20.13 – A Neon Sign Designer

Whew! This short lived Game Show featured an amazing set, a strange format, and good old Rod Roddy. Whew! is basically a string of lightning rounds with a little twist – in the “normal” part of the game one contestant tries to get through the board in a set amount of time while the other…

Five Things – 04.04.16 – That Men May Fight

You Dont Know Jack In the summer of 2001 ABC tried to create a televised version of the crazy successful trivia video game show You Don’t Know Jack.   It was not successful, but it did end up being kind of crazy. The show was pretty loyal to the game’s format. Instead of the game’s regular host Cookie…

Five Things – 11.02.15 – I’m a Bear Called Jeremy

1.  The Solarnauts – Here’s the UK’s almost-answer to Star Trek, the 1967 pilot for The Solarnauts.  While Star Trek‘s a pretty good title, I think I actually prefer Solarnauts. While both shows are very of-the-era and there are a lot of similarities between the two, the jazzy and brassy soundtrack of Solarnauts really sets it apart and…

Five Things – 08.03.15 – Chili Can Be Served With Cheese

1.  Disneyland Haunted Mansion Special – In typical Disney fashion, here’s a special produced to celebrate the 1970 debut of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland.  This one’s a little more sedate than some of the other specials I’ve featured in Five Things; it seems a little more natural than the overblown specials of the…

Five Things – 11.17.14

1.  Country Gentleman Covers – I fell into a rabbit hole this week when I stumbled across an old Country Gentleman magazine on the web.  Country Gentleman was an agricultural magazine that was published from 1831 to 1955. A good run! The covers are Saturday Evening Post-like in their Americana essence – some covers were done…

Five Things – 8.12.13

1. 1979 Sears Junior Fashions – Retrospace has the hottest Juniors fashions from Sears in 1979.  It almost looks like a parody of a Sears catalog.  Almost. First, from the “is it a robe or is it a fancy dress” category: Anyone who was hoping to make a splash in the lunchroom or the hallways…

Five Things – 10.22.12

1.  Soundwave and Blaster – While I was stripping  my Transformers Dinobot toys of all future collector’s value by playing with them in a chlorine swimming pool, some children of privilege were playing with what I consider the coolest Transformers toys ever made.  Soundwave’s alternate form was a microcassette recorder.  The toy featured a functioning…