Five Things – 4.24.17 – Coming Soon, You Angel!

1982 ABC Pac-Preview Party It’s 1982. Pac Man’s a pretty big deal. So big that they didn’t just make a Pac-Man cartoon, NBC centered its 1982 Saturday Morning Preview Special around it. Sort of. Pac-Man is the carrot that Dick Clark dangles for forty five minutes through this awful special, held on the set of…

Five Things – 06.22.15 – You Mean Am I Young Enough?

1. Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening Special – Disney had a habit of producing huge, celebrity-laden prime time television specials around events happening at their theme parks.  Any park’s opening got a special, and big name rides like Splash Mountain got them, too.  They’re all amazing, every last one.  They’re the perfect balance of cringe…

Five Things – 5.26.14

1. Disneyland Prospectus – Over at BoingBoing they’ve got a gem: a prospectus for the original Disneyland park in California.  For a Disney history nerd like me it’s great to be able to read through the details of the pitch that Roy and Walt Disney made to raise money to build the park. Something that’s…

Five Things – 2.25.13

1.  Bear in Space – Dreams of Space shares an amazingly bizarre book from 1970 about a bear who fakes going to space and tricks all of his animal pals.  There’s really nothing about this book that’s not incredible . Here are some of my favorite pages: The Cover:     Party in space? Don’t…

Five Things – 1.21.13

1.  Pac Man Phone – Created at the height of Pac-Man Fever, this phone looks pretty awesome but I’d imagine the effect is lessened when he’s held up to the side of your head on an actual call.  It feels like he’d have to unhinge his jaw too much to realistically look like he’s eating…