Month: October 2012

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 17: Memories of Atlantic City

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 17: Memories of Atlantic City

Vintage Photo Wednesday
The cleanup from Hurricane Sandy has barely begun here in New Jersey. In fact, I'm writing this from somewhere other than my home due to a lack of power. I think it's safe to say that large parts of the state -- the Jersey Shore especially -- will never be the same. So for this edition of Vintage Photo Wednesday, let's remember one place in particular: Atlantic City.
The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Atlantic Division)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Atlantic Division)

Sports
I've gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it's time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I've provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let's do some roundball logo reviews. I'm going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running into the NBA 2012-13 regular season. Up first are the five teams of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division -- the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors.  As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer's outstanding logo website. Boston Celtics Best What better way to start this logo series than with one of the NBA's all-time great ones? The original Celtics leprechaun logo
Venture Bros. Wrapup: “A Very Venture Halloween”

Venture Bros. Wrapup: “A Very Venture Halloween”

TV & Radio
Has it really been almost two years since I last wrote about a new episode of The Venture Bros.? Yup, seems so. And now here we are, with 2012 winding down, and we finally have a new episode from Jackson and Doc -- "A Very Venture Halloween." It's the first holiday-themed installment of the show since "A Very Venture Christmas" all the way back at the end of season one in 2004. Alright, enough history -- let's get into it. This episode was damn good, and sets the table quite nicely for the upcoming fifth season of the show. For awhile I thought this was going to be a typically light-hearted standalone episode, but Doc Hammer (who wrote this one) took things in a very dramatic direction toward the end. Let's get the frivolity out of the way first -- Dr. Venture and Sgt. Hatred han...
Album Cover of the Week: Johnny & The Hurricanes, Stormsville

Album Cover of the Week: Johnny & The Hurricanes, Stormsville

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I have no real reason for this pick other than the fact that Hurricane Sandy -- aka Frankenstorm -- is barreling up the East Coast as I write this. But as it turns out it's a pretty cool piece of cover art in its own right. Here's Johnny & The Hurricanes with their 1960 Warwick Records release, Stormsville. This is a fairly standard rock cover from the late '50s/early '60s period, featuring the band posing in the middle of rocking out. I dig the all upper-case band typeface, complete with hurricane wind lines. Now for a little bit of history -- the band was formed in Toledo, Ohio in 1957 and was led by saxophonist Johnny Paris, who you see front and center on this cover. Their big taste of success was with "Red River Rock," which topped the U.S. charts at #5 in 1959. That tra...

Sunday Jazz: Fantastic New Music from Negroni’s Trio — On the Way

Music, Sunday Jazz
One of the downsides to so much good music coming out this year is that I don't get nearly enough time to enjoy or write about everything I want. And so I've been remiss in mentioning one of the many great new albums from this year -- On the Way by Negroni's Trio. I very recently discovered the trio -- Puerto Rican-born pianist José Negroni and his son Nomar on drums, as well as a rotating bassist -- through the magic of the internet and they are my favorite current jazz act. In many ways they've supplanted The Bad Plus as my go-to group for adventurous, muscular jazz. If you really want to get technical, you can consider their music Latin jazz, but that's just a label. What it is is stirring, melodic, daring music that any music fan can appreciate. On the Way -- the group's seventh
GFS Home Movies — Halloween III: Season of the Witch

GFS Home Movies — Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Movies
To understand just how large a failure Halloween III: Season of the Witch was, first consider the premise. An evil scientist/company owner seeks to use a vaguely mystical and ancient pagan technology to kill millions of children wearing Halloween masks. Now say that out loud. Sounds awful, doesn't it? And yet this was the story that John Carpenter and Debra Hill ostensibly signed off on for the third installment in Carpenter's legendary Halloween horror series. Look, bonus points to Carpenter and Hill for boldly moving away from what was already becoming a tired genre -- the slasher film. It's hard to imagine now, but their 1978 original was just that -- original. And the sequel, while not nearly as groundbreaking, was almost as good. But by 1982 it was already clear that Hollywood stud
GFS at the Movies: Argo

GFS at the Movies: Argo

Movies
There was a time when Ben Affleck was an afterthought for me. He was affable enough and had some acting chops, but mainly I viewed him as an attachment to Matt Damon, and not much more. But here I am, several years after Good Will Hunting, Dazed and Confused, and -- Lord help us all -- Gigli, Daredevil, and Jersey Girl, and I might now be a legitimate fan of Ben Affleck. What sealed the deal was watching his latest film, Argo. I've glanced at a lot of articles and reviews of Argo that take issue with the movie's treatment of the real story -- the so-called Canadian Caper -- surrounding the rescue of six American embassy workers from Revolutionary Iran in 1980. They miss the point completely. It should go without saying that this is a movie, not a documentary, but I suppose people ca...

Football Friday — Vintage NFL Products from the Sears Catalog, Part 1

Football Friday, Sports
And it's back to the Sears catalog I go, this time to bring you a host of vintage NFL merchandise from the past. Let's take a look! I don't know if I had this bedding set (from 1973) exactly, but I had one very much like it. I had matching curtains too. Man do I miss them. Dig that funky New York Jets wordmark! Both of these images are from the Fall 1975 catalog. My eye is immediately drawn to the old Los Angeles Rams and Houston Oilers logos. (more…)
Time Capsule: Idlewild Airport, 1961

Time Capsule: Idlewild Airport, 1961

Capsules, Featured Posts, History
The mammoth facility now known as John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was once known as Idlewild Airport. Idlewild, officially designated as New York International Airport, Anderson Field, received its first commercial flight on July 1, 1948. It was renamed after the late President Kennedy on December 24, 1963, just one month after he was assassinated in Dallas. Life magazine photographer Dmitri Kessel traveled to Idlewild in 1961 to capture some outstanding photographs of the facility for their September 22 issue. What he found -- especially with the interiors -- was a marvel of mid-century decor and airlines gone by. To look at this photo gallery is to walk right into an episode of Mad Men. So grab your fedora and your suitcase, and let's go to Idlewild! (And for more time