Year: 2015

Toon Time: Super Friends Title Card

Toon Time: Super Friends Title Card

TV & Radio
Here we have a hand-painted title card for what is likely the first of several Super Friends TV cartoons. I'm fairly certain this is from the initial one that aired from 1973 to 1974, and it features Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Superman. Click on the image for a larger version.
Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Production Images from Star Wars

Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Production Images from Star Wars

Movies
I love behind the scenes movie stuff, particularly anything to do with the classic Star Wars trilogy. So imagine my joy when I stumbled upon this great crop of images taken during the filming of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Most of these images are instantly identifiable, while a few will test your love of a galaxy far, far away. Click on any image for the full-size version.
Listening Booth — The Who, “Had Enough”

Listening Booth — The Who, “Had Enough”

Listening Booth, Music
One of my resolutions for 2016 is to start publishing more Listening Booth posts, but why not get a head start before 2015 finishes? Here's a gem from the last studio album by The Who to feature the legendary Keith Moon. It's "Had Enough" from 1978's Who Are You LP. https://youtu.be/B9DWS67fMrM Roger Daltrey reportedly hated the string arrangement on this song, but I love it. It lends an extra element of emotion to a very world-weary track from John Entwistle. I especially love the chord progression on the chorus, which is nothing short of brilliant. Don't forget you can hear most of the songs from in my Listening Booth series on Spotify.
Retrotisements: Howard Johnson’s, 1955

Retrotisements: Howard Johnson’s, 1955

Retrotisements
Look up "All American" in the dictionary and you'll probably find this image, as seen on a beautiful Howard Johnson's ad from a 1955 issue of Life magazine. Click on the image for the full-size version on Flickr. This ad has it all pretty much. The cars, the iconic orange HoJo roof, the happy patrons all dressed to the nines. Don't you want to go there right now??? Let's get a closeup of that gorgeous artwork, shall we? (also on Flickr)
Sears Catalog Goodness #2: Fall 1958 Halloween Costumes

Sears Catalog Goodness #2: Fall 1958 Halloween Costumes

Ephemera
In Sears Catalog Goodness I pull one page from a vintage Sears catalog to highlight neat, interesting, or just plain funny images and products sold by one of America’s greatest retailers once upon a time. You knew I couldn't go the whole Halloween season without sharing some vintage costumes from Sears, right? Well I'm not about to disappoint you on that front, so here is a page from the Fall 1958 catalog featuring the biggest heroes and stars of the day -- Zorro, Superman, Lassie, Woody Woodpecker, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Bugs Bunny, and "Pop-Eye the Sailor Man." The name characters on this page are great, of course, but my eye is drawn toward the costume that probably dates this assortment more than any other -- Satellite Joe, the "man of tomorrow." If that doesn't screa
All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2015 Edition

All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2015 Edition

Sports
My NFL franchise ranking is now in its third year, despite the tardiness this season. So if you've read the 2013 or 2014 editions, you know what to expect here. Also, be sure to check out all my other great sports lists as well! The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a championship game/Super Bowl win, 15 points for a championship game/Super Bowl loss (starting in 1932). 5 points for a season with a playoff appearance (starting in 1967), and 8 points for a season with a playoff win. 1 point for a winning regular-season record, -1 point for a losing regular-season record. 3 points for any year with a regular-season winning percentage of at least .750, -3 points for a regular-season winning percentage of .250 or less. Consecutive winning r