If That Was U2 – 976-HITS (1988)

High-rate phone services weren’t just a nationwide cable TV cash grab; there was plenty of grift for the local markets, too. Case in point: a California service, 976-HITS, that offered local prizes if you could solve music trivia questions. It’s probably a safe bet that the actual questions aren’t chorus lifts from Billboard #1 songs,…

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Is Elvis Alive? (1988)

It’s difficult to convey the amount of cultural influence Elvis Presley’s death had in the 1980’s; the guy was a mega star who’d worked his way into a proto-meme-like status. You couldn’t go very long in pop culture without stumbling across an Elvis reference, joke, or impression. Bubbling up beneath it was a conspiracy that…

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Maybe It’s On Microfilm – Clue VHS Game (1985)

I recently introduced my 6-year old to Clue, one of my all time favorite comedies. So much of the film flew over his head but he was here for the cadence of the dialogue, the slapstick, and the overall mystery vibe. Watching it reminded me of a white whale from my youth, 1985’s “Clue VHS…

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Welcome Aboard – Star Tours (1987)

Before Galaxy’s Edge, before the Prequels, before Greedo shot Han, there was Star Tours. A Star Wars themed short motion simulated ride released in 1987, Star Tours featured C-3P0 and R2-D2’s post-rebellion job as cross-galaxy tour guides alongside Captain Rex (voiced by Paul Reubens). It opened first in Disneyland, with a ceremony that’s equal parts…

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