Christmas Is Near – Santa 900-Numbers (1980s)

This was not a complicated business move: create a 900-number where kids could hear recordings from Santa. What kid wouldn’t want to call Santa and hear a few pre-recorded stories? What monstrous parent would deny their child that opportunity? The 900-number industry, at its best, is still pretty scuzzy. Here are three riffs on the…

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Joy, Joy – Johnny Cash & Family Christmas Special (1977)

Johnny Cash might’ve been the voice of a hard, dusty, working man’s aesthetic, but he was also no stranger to getting gussied up for a glitzy television special. This 1977 Christmas Special’s chock full of great music, weird moments, and polyester. Cash kicks things off with a solo and a smart looking tux and is…

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Two Danglers – Jurassic Park VHS Promo Video (1994)

They can’t all have Robert Patrick welcoming a sea of faceless retailers to the Terminator crew, but this Jurassic Park VHS Promotion rundown is still special in its own way. There’s no “host” here; everything is handled by the disembodied narrator who runs through Jurassic Park’s astonishing box office performance. The viewer is attacked by…

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New Frontiers – Sierra News Magazine (1990)

Sierra On-Line, the gaming company responsible for such legends as King’s Quest and Space Quest, the gaming company that I’m always looking for a reason to talk about, had a period of about two decades where it seemed they couldn’t make a wrong move. Everything they did was bigger, brighter, and smarter than what they’d…

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