Gosh, we worked on the ad campaigns for all of John Hughes' films back in the day - even the one's you don't remember like She's Having A Baby (or SHAB as we called it). One of the most memorable campaigns for me was for Hughes' Trains, Planes and Automobiles which I still think is one of the best holiday pictures ever - and one of the best movie posters of all time.
Friday, August 7, 2009 - 7:10am
RANDOM YOU TUBING
Batman and Robin cursing? Yeah, in this funny Adult Swim spot from a few years ago.
Friday, August 7, 2009 - 7:00am
ENTER THIS CONTEST
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 8:38am
ROMPER BOMPER STOMPER BOO
Since a Romper Room kid appeared on the show for only a week or two before being retired, the producers must have given out thousands of hats over the years.
I got mine from a former Romper Room kid. They usually go for about twenty bucks on eBay.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 7:10am
LOCAL KID SHOW NEWS
Needless to say, this means that Mary will not be able to attend the book-signing at the Minnesota History Center tomorrow evening (August 4). If you'd like to send Mary Davies a get-well card, you can either give it to me at the book-signing tomorrow, or mail it to me at the address below and I will forward it to Mary. Thank you.
Don Stolz and I will still be at the Minnesota History Center tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Speaking of local kid shows, one of Philly's finest is being honored - The Reading Public Museum (Reading, Pennsylvania) is preparing for an exhibition for October 3, 2009 through May 30, 2010 titled “The Magic of Hollywood: The Gene London Costume Collection.” It features selections from the extensive collection of Philadelphia-area kids TV show favorite, Gene London (60s &70s).
Monday, August 3, 2009 - 12:27pm
"Most of the daytime stars appeared on the nighttime edition too but it was not a big hit and only lasted two seasons. The Hollywood Squares didn't return to nighttime until 1972, in national syndication. There was also a Peter Marshall syndicated nighttime version in the 1980s and Tom Bergeron's version. Of these, I prefer the Peter Marshall editions of the show."
Peter Marshall was one of those game show hosts that became so associated with the game that he probably wasn't in the running for other hosting gigs after his version of Squares went off the air in 1983 and the producers decided that the next incarnation of the show should have a new host, John Davidson. The combination of big name stars available for a day's taping and Peter Marshall's good-natured personality is what made Hollywood Squares an institution on NBC's daytime schedule during the late-1960s and 1970s. It really seemed like he was having fun up there and that shone through the screen.
For good measure, here are some of those funniest game show moments including a couple from Squares:
Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 12:07pm
ROMPER ROOM MEMORABILIA
I've never seen one of these before, have you?
Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 11:12am
Sing Along With Mitch, 1961. A few minutes of the American Idol of the early-sixties. OK, that's a stretch - it was a sing along at home show where the words to the tunes were displayed at the bottom of the screen. The beginning of karaoke in America.
From the seventies, the closing of the third episode of The Manhattan Transfer variety show from August of 1975.
was one of two series that filled in for the Cher show after
her first season and it's a blast, a natural for DVD. Bob Marley and the
Wailers were musical guests on this episode. Thanks to A.J. McWhorter for this, unseen since the summer of '75..
Was this the biggest collection of celebrities ever assembled for one TV show? Dozens of super (and less than super) stars gathered to celebrate ABC's 25th Anniversary for a special that aired in 1978. See for yourself:
As Toni Tennille twists the Rocky theme with new lyrics that extolled the network's virtues (like "Feelin' free is as easy as ABC") we see a pantheon of mighty luminaries that lit up the nights for ABC, from Lola Falana to Cesar Romero, Paul Lynde to Ricky Nelson. They gathered on the stage in an orgy of celebrity corporate goodwill, even John Wayne got in the spirit of things by singing along. And is that Billie Hayes (Witchiepoo) palling around with Chuck Connors?
Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 10:50am
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:10am
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