Five Things – 05.15.17 – Fall Has Come To Millbrook

Nintendo Fun Club – April 1988 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link I played the new Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, for about an hour this morning. I didn’t have a ton of time to play, so I didn’t want to get into anything too big. Instead I just collected some food and…

Five Things – 2.6.17 – Two Simple Digits

The Y2k Family Survival Guide Leonard Nimoy lends his credibility to this alarmist video produced to aid those concerned with the potential societal collapse caused by the world’s computers’ refusal to acknowledge the year 2000. This video is one of several attempts to cash in on the hysteria around the Y2K phenomenon.  1999 was the…

Five Things – 09.26.16 – Find The Future And Touch Tomorrow

1984 EPCOT Video Brochure It’s been a minute since I scratched the EPCOT itch here, but this video brochure from 1984 certainly makes up for lost time. The focus of this extended commercial, as usual, skews more toward the World Showcase than it does on Future World, a strategy that always baffled me.  Were/are people really…

Five Things – 09.05.16 – I Shall Become A Man Named Gene Watkins

Half Hour To Kill Vincent Price, aka The Man Who Had Time To Do Everything, was the host and star of this fantastically named 1958 mystery anthology pilot. The intent appears to be that he’d always host but only sometimes star.  The nature of the pilot combined with the presence of Price seems to suggest that…

Five Things – 08.29.16 – The Universe Is Wide

Prisoners of Gravity A guy in space, all by himself, broadcasting his thoughts on society to the people below.  This thoughtful 1989 public television show celebrated nerd-dom long before it became cool to do so. Prisoners of Gravity was hosted by comedian Rick Green. As the title sequence tells you, his character was sick of…

Five Things – 08.22.16 – Hasta Luigi, Baby

Nintendo 1993 Holiday Demonstration Tutorial This is the Poochie of corporate training videos. Sent to game retailers before the 1993 holiday season, this demo employs a Bill S. Preston/Jeff Spicoli/Zack Morris hybrid being to take employees through the steps of acting properly as a Nintendo representative.  It tries so hard (and fails) to be cool…

Five Things – 08.15.16 – We Fly On, Untouched

Escapes On one sunny afternoon in 1986 Vincent Price, dressed as a mailman, delivers a VHS tape to a kid named Matthew.  The tape, Escapes, is a horror anthology hosted by Vincent Price.  He starts watching it, and so do we. I’m not sure which level of inception we’re at at this point. It’s really just five short…

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 – 03.14.15 – Square, Rectangle, Trapezoid, Tetrazoid!

System Technology It’s a really dry title and if we’re being honest, a really dry delivery.  BUT! If you squint a little bit at this early 1960s informational film by the Systems Development Corporation you’ll find a lot to love beyond the subject matter. If you’re into the step by step development process for early warning…