Tag: The Honeymooners

All Aboard the 1955 Honeymooners’ Special Jackie Gleason Bus

All Aboard the 1955 Honeymooners’ Special Jackie Gleason Bus

Auction Finds, Games & Toys
I've written before about the Great One, Jackie Gleason, on this site. Between his television, movie, and music careers, the man was a bona fide superstar during the 1950s and into the '60s. So I don't know why I was surprised to find out that his image was even used to sell toys. In this case, most appropriately, a bus. But not just any bus -- it's the 1955 Honeymooners' Special Jackie Gleason Bus, produced by a company called Wolverine. The Jackie Gleason Bus features Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners, of course, but other Gleason characters as well. I can spot Joe the Bartender, Reginald Van Gleason III, and the Poor Soul. And awa-a-y we go! Notice that while the bus is tin the wheels are wooden. I also think the POW! license plate is a nice touch. For more auction...
Album Cover of the Week: Jackie Gleason, Music for Lovers Only

Album Cover of the Week: Jackie Gleason, Music for Lovers Only

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Last month I reviewed a new CD reissue of Jackie Gleason's Music for Lovers Only album at Popdose. I meant to feature the album cover as part of this series but got distracted by something bright and shiny. So let's look at it now! Beautiful, ain't she? While many of Gleason's albums of "mood music" from the '50s and '60s tried to recreate the same feel, I think this is still the best of the bunch. Put another way, there is absolutely no doubt as to what the music on this record will sound like, even if you were totally unfamiliar with Gleason's style of orchestral pop.
Back to the Future: What Else Happened on November 5, 1955?

Back to the Future: What Else Happened on November 5, 1955?

History
The date is burned in the brain of legions of Back to the Future fans -- November 5, 1955. It's the day Marty McFly arrived in Hill Valley of the past in Doc Brown's DeLorean from October 26, 1985. But aside from the events shown in the film, what actually happened on that autumn day when Michael J. Fox went back to the future? Let's look at the day that was Saturday, November 5, 1955. Entertainment The #1-selling song in the U.S. was "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams. The #1 album in the U.S. was Love Me Or Leave Me (soundtrack) by Doris Day. The #1 best-selling books in the U.S. were Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (fiction) and Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (non-fiction). #3 on the fiction list? The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, baby! The Honeymooners e