Labor Day -- and the unofficial end of summer -- is nearly upon us. It's important, in this age of cushy office jobs and whatnot, that the day is meant to celebrate, well, labor. That said, I like old photographs of parades and celebrations, so let's look at some vintage Labor Day celebrations!
Here's the second half of the commercial break from the 1982 WABC-TV airing of Von Ryan's Express that I started in this post. This classic Quaker Corn Bran spot stars a very young Danny Pintauro, who you know best as Jonathan Bower, Tony Danza's son from Who's the Boss? I really don't remember seeing these Fussy Customer ads, which appeared to basically be for a group of car dealers in the New Jersey area. But I dig the quaint music and animated birds. That's Indiana-born James Manis as Aldo Cella, with his famous "Chill-a-Cella" catchphrase. Oh yeah, vintage A&P with the green smocks and red jackets! It's hard to remember now, but for many years A&P was not just the biggest supermarket chain in America, it was one of the biggest retailers period. From
With the 2012 National Football League season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team logos for all 32 current NFL franchises. Primary, alternate, and helmet logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the four squads of the AFC’s West division. Previous entries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South, NFC South Denver Broncos Best I shared my thoughts on Denver's classic D logo quite a few years ago, and my opinion remains unchanged. It's unique, it's colorful, and it went into one of the great identities in pro sports. And this is coming from someone who places the Broncos in his to
With the 2012 National Football League season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst NFL logos for all 32 current NFL franchises. Primary, alternate, and helmet logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the four squads of the NFC’s South division. Previous entries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South Atlanta Falcons Best I totally understand why Falcons fans supported the team's image update several years ago. Let's face it, the franchise didn't exactly have a lot of glory years with the old look. But I have to be consistent in my love of tradition and pick the team's original falcon
Did you know that Zooey Deschanel's middle name is Claire? I didn't, because I hate her. Luckily this awesome commercial spoof -- "It's called 'cotton,' you've probably never heard of it." -- from Regretsy helps ease my white-hot rage against all things adorkable just a little bit. Go ahead, watch it again. I already have.
I’m counting down the days until the Fall 2012 television season gets underway the only way I know how — by bringing you network promos for TV seasons long gone. Today’s preview is for NBC's 1985 Saturday Morning lineup of children's shows. NBC ran a yearly special previewing their upcoming season of Saturday morning shows from 1973 to 1991. The '85 special was called Back to Next Saturday -- cashing in on the popularity of Back to the Future -- and it starred the likes of Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show) and Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life), as well as the casts of It's Punky Brewster and Kidd Video. Unlike the prime time previews, Back to Next Saturday went to the trouble of concocting a storyline. Pulliam enters the Dream Zone, otherwise known as your typical tropical isla
As the GOP prepares to party in Tampa and nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to take on Barack Obama this November, I thought I'd take a look at Republican National Conventions gone by. Here's a selection of vintage photographs from GOP pow-wows starting with 1908 and ending with 1976. 1908 -- Chicago (William Howard Taft) 1912 -- Chicago (William Howard Taft) 1916 - Chicago (Charles Evans Hughes) 1920 -- Chicago (Warren G. Harding) 1936 -- Cleveland (Alf Landon) 1940 -- Philadelphia (Wendell Willkie) 1944 -- Chicago (Thomas E. Dewey) 1948 -- Philadelphia (Thomas E. Dewey) 1952 -- Chicago (Dwight D. Eisenhower) 1956 -- San Francisco (Dwight D. Eisenhower) 1960 -- Chicago (Richard M. Nixon) 1964 -- San Francisco (Barry Goldwater) 1968 -- Miami Beach 1...
Print advertisements, brochures, and TV commercials help give us a glimpse into the automotive past. Today’s ad collection shines a spotlight on the 1958 Plymouth domestic American car lineup, which featured three main models — the Plaza, Savoy, Fury, and Belvedere -- as well as the Suburban station wagon. The full-size Belvedere, introduced in 1954, was in its third generation for '58, and was available as a 2-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, 2-door Club Sedan, and convertible. It was demoted from the top of the Plymouth line in 1956 to make room for the Fury. The Savoy, also in its fifth year of production, was Plymouth's mid-line priced vehicle. Three trims were available in 1958 -- 2-door and 4-door hardtop, and a 4-door sedan. And then there's the Plaza, which was the entry-level mod
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. I’m counting down the days until the Fall 2012 television season gets underway the only way I know how — by bringing you network promos for TV seasons long gone. Today’s preview is for CBS’s 1966 Fall TV season. Your host for this preview is Garry Moore, a long-time fixture on The Eye. You'll see stars this fall on CBS! (* denotes new series.) Sunday 7pm -- Lassie (1954 - 1971) 7:30pm* -- It's About Time (Starring Frank Aletta, Jack Mullaney, and Imogene Coca; ended after 26 episodes.) 8pm -- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948 - 1971) 9pm* -- The Garry Moore Show (Ended after 19 episodes.) 10pm