Category: Pop History

I think I need to read a BOOK

I think I need to read a BOOK
What is a book anyway? Today, books are compilations of binary numbers housed in slim slabs of electronics or floating around in “clouds” owned by some of the biggest corporations on earth.  I have many of these “books” on my electronic slabs or tucked away in some corner of Jeff Bezo’s increasingly huge cloud. When... Read more »

A Building Frozen in Time

A Building Frozen in Time
Land in any city, including Chicago and its suburbs, and travel up and down its streets, and if you didn’t know what city you were in, you can’t be blamed.  All the buildings look the same, corporate-cloned architecture that is replicated by the thousands so as to be instantly recognizable and instantly forgotten the moment... Read more »

The X Files Returns -- stranger than reality?

The X Files Returns -- stranger than reality?
Television FBI Agents,  Mulder and Skully, are back from deep cover for some TV face time in 2018. There hasn’t been a lot of advertising for this 11th season, but you would expect that for a duo that investigates slime from other planets, crypto-animals that have unicorn horns and elephant bodies and who have been... Read more »
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1-900-ANY-LEFT?

1-900-ANY-LEFT?
My fat finger slipped the other day and hit a “9” instead of “8”, and I got the familiar voice telling me the number I stupidly dialed is not in service, hear me stupid? When I looked down at my phone pad I saw that I had dialed “1-900”, which immediately froze me in thought... Read more »

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 »

302 Answered Questions about Perking

302 Answered Questions about Perking
Perking. It used to invoke emotions that were not as savage as twerking, but had its place in every American home at one time. I am talking about the coffee pot.  A type that perks.  With a little glass dome on the top that you can see the coffee erupt into and then drop and... Read more »
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God Save the Trump! Johnny Rotten's "Friend"

My, my, hey, hey, Donald Trump is a Sex Pistol. Or could be, maybe, according to Sex Pistol front man and punk rock terror, Johnny Rotten. The other day in an interview, Rotten, who turned the bland grooves of the mid to late 1970’s rock on its collective ear, actually had praise for Donald Trump,... Read more »

"Amphicar" Ride... Half car, Half Boat!!

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Next time you get frustrated with Lake Shore Drive traffic, think of what could have been: a shortcut across the lake — via your own Amphicar Model 770, first introduced by German car maker Quandt Group. Quandt made 4000 or so of these not-quite-a-car and not-quite-a-boat, but the concept never became a mass market success.... Read more »

Monkeys in or Monkeys Out?

Most kids I think wanted to keep the creepy monkeys in….
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