Year: 2016

TV Listings Flashback: NBC Prime Time, September 21, 1973

TV Listings Flashback: NBC Prime Time, September 21, 1973

TV & Radio
Rather than share the entire prime time schedule as I've done before, I want to share this fantastic, large newspaper ad touting NBC's prime time television lineup from the evening of September 21, 1973. This is the ad as printed in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Click on the ad for a larger version, and then let's talk about this greatness. Remember that visiting any of the Amazon show title links below will help me in keeping this site running! OK, first things first. I had never seen that NBC 73 logo before and it is glorious. If anyone has a color specimen please let me know. Now let's look at that lineup: 7:00 To Tell the Truth 7:30 The New Dating Game 8:00 Sanford and Son 8:30 The Girl with Something Extra 9:00 Needles and Pins 9:30 The Brian Keith Show
For Labor Day, Enjoy Some Canned Hamburger!

For Labor Day, Enjoy Some Canned Hamburger!

Retrotisements
I don't know about you, but there comes a point when convenience goes too far, and things just get weird. Case in point: This 1950 advertisement for Swift's Premium Canned Hamburgers, which purports to "take the labor out of the Labor Day Week End." But hey, as gross as the prospect of eating preformed meat out of a can may be, at least you can send in that coupon and get a sweet sandwich toaster for just 50 cents!
Car Crazy #3: 1960 Dodge Polara

Car Crazy #3: 1960 Dodge Polara

Photography
The Dodge Polara was an automobile introduced in the United States for the 1960 model year as Dodge's top-of-the-line full-size car; after the introduction of the Dodge Custom 880 in 1962, the Polara nameplate designated a step below the full sized, best trimmed Dodge model. In its various forms, the Polara name was used by Dodge until 1973, when its position in Dodge's line-up was replaced by the Dodge Monaco. The name Polara is a reference to the Polaris star, in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the Space Race during the early 1960s. The Polara was a competitor to the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Chevrolet Impala.
Album Cover of the Week: Jonah Jones, I Dig Chicks

Album Cover of the Week: Jonah Jones, I Dig Chicks

Album Cover of the Week
I Dig Chicks (Capitol Records ST/T 1193, 1959) is more properly billed to the Jonah Jones Quartet, but I'm not about to quibble. This cover is at once way too on the nose and supremely clever. I don't have a photography or graphic design credit for the front cover, so if you know who is responsible for this beauty let me know. As far as the personnel on the record, Jonah Jones gets vocal and trumpet credits but I haven't been able to ID the other musicians. Here is the album description from the back cover: "For those who appreciate the finer things in life, gentleman Jonah Jones supplies words and music for an album filled with songs about man's favorite hobby: Chicks! The now famous Jonah Jones style is thoroughly in evidence throughout this album. As he sails through these
Club 99: Billy Williams, “I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)”

Club 99: Billy Williams, “I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)”

Music
In Club 99, I look at songs that peaked at position #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and help to put them into context. Together we can decide if the song deserved more success or got too much. The Song: "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" The Artist: Billy Williams #99 Chart Date: August 4, 1958 Today's entry is the first #99 in the Billboard Hot 100 era, "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" by Billy Williams. Williams charted several times going back to the mid-1940s, but by far his biggest hit was "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," which hit #3 in the summer of 1957. Just over one year later he released "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" as the b-side of "It's Prayin' Time." In just about every important way, "I'll Get By" is a carbon c
TV Listings Flashback: July 3, 1970

TV Listings Flashback: July 3, 1970

TV & Radio
Here are the evening/prime time network TV listings for the Newburgh, NY market on Friday, July 3, 1970, as published by the The Evening News. As you might expect, the schedule was full of reruns on the eve of the July 4th holiday. Remember that visiting any of the Amazon show title links below will help me in keeping this site running! Channel 2 (CBS) 7:30 Get Smart - Smart and 99 mistaken for doctor and his nurse by hoodlums. (R) 8:00 He & She - Hollisters celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary by being remarried in gala fashion. (R) 8:30 Hogan's Heroes - Hogan and cronies staggered by urgent order from London. (R) 9:00 Ten Little Indians, Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton (1964), suspense thriller Channel 4 (NBC) 7:30 The High Chaparral - Buck and Mano
The Secret of McDonald’s’ Success? Not Hiring Women

The Secret of McDonald’s’ Success? Not Hiring Women

History
I know it's kind of a cheap tactic to hold someone accountable for views they held decades ago, when society was very different, but I did a double-take when I read a quote from McDonald's patriarch Ray Kroc. Kroc, in an Associated Press interview published in several papers on September 15, 1959, cited several factors as to why McDonald's was such a runaway success. There were economic considerations such as a simplified menu and no in-store dining, but Kroc also seemed to focus on the type of image the chain should portray and the type of people they wanted working and dining. In Kroc's own words: "We don't allow juke boxes, cigarette machines or phone booths -- and we don't hire female help," he said. "In picking a site we count the churches and schools in the area, rather