Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Hollywood Palace was a lavish variety show that ran Saturday nights on ABC during much of the 1960s. Each week featured a different host with a cavalcade of big name guest stars. This episode is hosted by Adam West, and guest stars Ray Charles, George Carlin, Joey Heatherton, and Roy Rogers & Dale Evans just to name a few. It's a throwback to a form of entertainment you don't see anymore, so it may be an adjustment if you haven't seen this sort of thing before, but it's well worth your time.
And yes, I did say this episode is hosted by Adam West. I am intent on writing a full tribute, but time is a precious commodity, so this will stand as a fine tribute in the interim.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy it, use it to kick off your summer celebrations, and remember to keep in your thoughts the fallen men and women who died in wars past and present.
Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars film. To celebrate, here is a Star Wars-only edition of List O' Links to peruse while you make the Kessel run in 14 parsecs!
Star Wars.com, the official Star Wars Web site, has an entire hub dedicated to several anniversary-related articles. Check them out!
The gang at the Nerd Lunch podcast did several great episodes regarding the entire Star Wars franchise. Do give them a listen!
If you're not familiar with the conceptual artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, you're in for a treat. His Star Wars work is beautiful and has been collected in book form. Read all about it!
Finally, if you love the music of Star Wars--and surely, you do--but always wanted to hear it played metal-style, look no further! Galactic Empire is a great band that performs all your Star Wars favorites in full headbanging fashion. They're playing my hometown of Philly next weekend. See if they're coming to your town!
Have a great holiday weekend! May the Force be with you!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Legendary comedian Milton Berle is most famous for his program Texaco Star Theater from the 1950s, but he also had a show during the 60s named after himself. In this installment from 1966, Berle plays an actor starring as two difference villains in two different series, Batman and The Green Hornet.
The problem is, he's filming both series at the same time, which turns out to be--physically challenging in several ways. Unfortunately, one of the villains he plays is a gross Asian stereotype which plays into the skit. I can only imagine what Bruce Lee thought of this.
Friday, May 19, 2017
I haven't posted a List O' Links since February, so I'm long overdue for one. Enjoy your unseasonably hot Friday (on the east coast, anyway) with these cool links!
Want to weed out unwanted selections from Netflix's not-so-accurate algorithms? Here's how!
Here are some gorgeous backgrounds from the great Hanna-Barbara action-adventure cartoon Thundarr The Barbarian.
One of my favorite sitcoms of all time is Happy Days. Here are some fun photos taken from the series from behind the scenes, including the late Erin Moran.
If, like me, you still have a big collection of audio cassettes laying idle in your house that don't often see the light of day, you may have a way of listening to them in the near future. I give you--the Elbow, the next portable cassette player!
I don't normally address 1990s nostalgia here, as I'm much more of a 70s and 80s guy, but for any of you that do have a soft spot for the decade, you may also have a soft spot for the classic 90s song "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger. Check out the Onion AV Club's spotlight on the song.
A great deal of people are looking forward to the new Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot, including me. Why not prove your love to the Wonder Woman in your life by getting here these lovely Wonder Woman bracelets, tiara, and lasso. And they're only 400 FREAKIN' DOLLARS!!!
Finally, have you ever driven by a building that looks suspiciously like a Pizza Hut and yet doesn't serve pizza? It happens a lot more than you think--so often that someone has created a Web site called Used to Be A Pizza Hut. You'd be surprised how many former Huts have been repurposed for any number of enterprises. Take a look!
Have a great weekend!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Following up on my Genesis article from a couple weeks ago, here is a neat treat--the band performing two songs from their Wind and Wuthering album on The Mike Douglas Show, which originated in my hometown of Philadelphia. This aired sometime in 1977 (the footage doesn't provide an exact date, unfortunately).
A favorite band of mine performing on a Philadelphia-based broadcast institution? How can I resist?
Plus, Phil Collins has an amazing beard here.