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Pop Culture Capsule — January 5-11, 1992

Pop Culture Capsule — January 5-11, 1992

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Here’s a look at America’s top movies, music, and books for the week of January 5-11, 1992. While a lot of the Top 10 movies have since faded into the mists of memory, look at those albums. Most of those were huge then and are still. Sorry MC Hammer, no one cares about you anymore. Note: Old Nielsen TV ratings seem to be hard to come by, so if anyone can point me toward a reliable source I'd be most appreciative. Top 10 Movies 1. Hook 2. Father of the Bride 3. The Prince of Tides 4. Beauty and the Beast 5. JFK 6. The Last Boy Scout 7. Bugsy 8. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 9. The Addams Family 10. Cape Fear I can say that I've only seen two of the movies on this list. Can you guess which ones? Top 10 Albums 1. Nirvana, Nevermind 2. Garth Brooks, Ropin' the Wind
Pop Culture Capsule: Iron Maiden through the years

Pop Culture Capsule: Iron Maiden through the years

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It's no exaggeration to say that Iron Maiden has not only been one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the last thirty or so years, but they've also been one of the greatest. They were one of my first musical loves and to this day are part of my personal trinity of unshakable favorites (next to Kiss and Rush). It's high time I devoted more space to the mighty Maiden, so I thought a trip down memory lane would be nice. Here are the numerous lineups Iron Maiden has known since Steve Harris formed it on Christmas Day 1975. Up the irons! December 1975 – December 1976 The very first Iron Maiden lineup! From left to right are -- Dave Sullivan (guitar), Ron Matthews (drums), Paul Day (lead vocals), Terry Rance (guitar), and Steve Harris (bass guitar and backing vocals).
Pop Culture Capsule: The Evolution of the Beatles

Pop Culture Capsule: The Evolution of the Beatles

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You've probably seen the neat infograph depicting the evolution of the Beatles, as told by their hair. If not, here it is: (credit for this goes to DeviantArt user mozzarellapoppy) But I thought it might be equally as neat to take a look at the growth of the Fab Four with actual photographs. So here we go! 1960 In Hamburg, Germany, 1960. The band had just dropped the name The Silver Beatles. (left to right: Pete Best, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stuart Sutcliffe) 1961 Performing in the famous Cavern Club, 1961. Dig the leather! (left to right: Harrison, McCartney, Best, Lennon) 1962 The classic lineup is now complete. Sorry Pete Best. (left to right: McCartney, Ringo Starr, Lennon, Harrison) 1963 The band was so tight at point, they e
Pop Culture Capsule — September 16-22, 2001

Pop Culture Capsule — September 16-22, 2001

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Here’s a look at America’s top movies, music, and books for the week of September 16-22, 2001. It was of course the first week of mass entertainment in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack, which makes this list of historical interest. But on a more personal level, most of this stuff reminds me that even before I hit my 30th birthday I was severely out of step with mainstream American pop culture. Top 10 Movies 1. Hardball 2. The Glass House 3. The Musketeer 4. The Others 5. Two Can Play That Game 6. Rush Hour 2 7. Jeepers Creepers 8. American Pie 2 9. Rock Star 10. Rat Race Top 10 Albums 1. System of a Down, Toxicity 2. Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor 3. Aaliyah, Aaliyah 4. Various Artists, Now That's What I Call Music! 7 5. Mary J. Blige, No More Drama 6. Stain
Pop Culture Capsule — Superman through the Years

Pop Culture Capsule — Superman through the Years

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Since his debut in 1938, Superman has become an American icon and has appeared in countless media adaptations. Well not countless, but a lot. More than I count. To show the evolution of Superman, here's a photo/image gallery representing how the Last Son of Krypton has appeared over the decades. Action Comics #1, June 1938 (art by Joe Shuster) Superman Fleischer Studios animated films (1941 - 1943) Superman, serial film starring Kirk Alyn (1948) Adventures of Superman, TV series starring George Reeves (1952 - 1958) Superman (Vol. 1) #99, August 1955 (art by Al Plastino) It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Broadway musical starring Bob Holiday (1966) Super Friends, animated TV series (1973) Superman, film starring Christopher Reeve (1978) Lois &a...
Pop Culture Capsule — July 20-26, 1986

Pop Culture Capsule — July 20-26, 1986

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Here's a look at America's top movies, music, and books for the week of July 20-26, 1986. TV was in summer rerun mode, but it was pretty much all about The Cosby Show anyway. I remember most of these things (except the books), but I had no idea Patti LaBelle hit #1 over Janet Jackson and Peter Gabriel. Good for her! Top 10 Movies 1. Aliens 2. The Karate Kid Part II 3. Ruthless People 4. Top Gun 5. Back to School 6. About Last Night... 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 8. Legal Eagles 9. Running Scared 10. The Great Mouse Detective Top 10 Albums 1. Patti LaBelle, Winner in You 2. Janet Jackson, Control 3. Peter Gabriel, So 4. Top Gun soundtrack 5. Genesis, Invisible Touch 6. Billy Ocean, Love Zone 7. Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston 8. Bob Seger, Like a Rock 9. The Moody Blue...
Time Capsule: Past State of the Union Addresses

Time Capsule: Past State of the Union Addresses

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As Barack Obama prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress, I thought it a good time to take a look back at this most unique event in American politics. So I've gathered images from previous presidential SOTU addresses, from President Woodrow Wilson's in 1918 to President Obama's in 2010. I couldn't find any for Warren G. Harding, and Herbert Hoover made no public appearances before Congress (probably a good move). Appearing in this gallery are Presidents Barack Obama (2010), George W. Bush (2008), Bill Clinton (1999), George H.W. Bush (unknown date), Ronald Reagan (1988), Jimmy Carter (unknown date), Gerald Ford (1975), Richard Nixon (1971), Lyndon Johnson (1968), John F. Kennedy (1963), Dwight Eisenhower (1960), Harry S. Truman (1953), Franklin Delano Ro...