Archive for July 2017

These slots haven't paid out in over 80 years, but people keep shoving money into them

The first coin was dumped into the first slot in an unlikely place, at First Street and Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,   on July 16, 1935, and it’s been nothing but take, take, take ever since. Las Vegas should be so lucky. Here is what the all time winner looked like back then.  This... Read more »

When the Test Pattern Meant the End of the Day

When the Test Pattern Meant the End of the Day
It wasn’t that long ago when television stations “concluded” their programming and “left the air”. Sometimes you would be up and awake for the announcer’s voice to tell reassure you that “programming would resume” at its regularly scheduled hour the next morning.  Sometimes you would fall asleep on the couch and wake up to the... Read more »

Being belted saved my life

Being belted saved my life
There was a time early in my life when I was never belted. Life was free, I was able to jump like an acrobat from front to back seat, and even spent time napping in the rear window above the back seat. The beginning of the end of my freedom came on this day, July... Read more »
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Hamburger Helper is toast. Get yours now.

Better get it while you can. The food that bloated an entire generation is in danger of going the way of the VCR. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s Hamburger Helper was the staple of thousands of avacado-colored kitchens or eaten on a “TV table” in front of the four channels that passed for choice... Read more »