Friday, November 16, 2012

List O' Links for Friday November 16, 2012

It's the last Friday before the holiday season, so enjoy it now, because every weekend for the rest of the year will be consumed with shopping and holiday parties. Get in the groove with these loopy links!

I'm not sure what the hottest toys are this year, but if you want to know what some of the hottest toys were from 1952 through 1983, I can help you with that.

Here is some cool looking retro artwork of the original Star Trek crew.

Speaking of cool artwork, no one was cooler than Dr. Seuss. He even made advertising look great.

Instant Cosby's gonna get you, gonna look you right in the face.

So there was that time Yvonne Craig appeared on the Merv Griffin show in full Batgirl costume...

Finally, with the Hostess family of baked goods on the verge of disappearing, now is a good time to remember the joyous creations that were comic book ads for Hostess cakes and pies.

Have a great weekend!


Todd Mason said...

The Twinkies ad ran in the DC comics I was buying new at the time.

Now, the collapsing hulk of the Hostess corporation is a testament to all that's wrong with corporate America, and to one extent or another the corporate world...cronies at the top of the management handing each other all the cash that can be gutted from the companies they are supposed to be serving, and who gives a rip about the drones, in their thousands, who lose their jobs, they having given in on wages and benefits so that the boards at the top might be able to squeeze another million or so a year for themselves, before taking off in the platinum escape pod (a golden parachute is So '80s). I won't be able to eat a Drake's Devil Dog nor Funny Bone I shouldn't have for whatever time the brand it takes for the brand to be revived...15K folks are looking for work. Thank goodness such corporate fraud isn't illegal...after all, how can throwing 15K folks out of work and onto relief rolls be said to be actually hurting 1) anyone specific who Matters (they didn't go to Harvard Business or Wharton!), B) society as a whole in swelling the unemployment ranks, III) the ethos of actually taking pride in one's work, beyond how much one (at, say, Bain Capital) was able to gut from a corporate structure, run up its debt and then split, whining about how the unions forced them to give up.

Hmm. Really, though, it's remarkable what a sterling example of the Usual Excrement in (at least US) corporatism the Hostess bankruptcy presents...

(And, Ms. Douglas, sitting next to Yvonne Craig, was the wife of Jack Douglas, who was going to teach the graduate writing seminar at the University of Hawaii I was allowed to join as a sophomore...but JD backed out, and fantasy and sf writer A. A. Attanasio filled in, making for a much more pleasant time, I'm sure.)

Phillyradiogeek said...

Don't be shy, Todd, tell us how you really feel :)

My father-in-law says the execs are using the union as a scapegoat and that the company was probably going to fold regardless of the contract negotiations.

Douglas's loss was Attanasio's gain!

Todd Mason said...

Well, my gain, anyway.

No, the company wouldn't've folded at all if it wasn't "led" by thieves.

You don't have a 15K workforce with an unpopular product line...

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