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John Landers of the Freedomland Historical Society writes: I am seeking ANYBODY from the New York City area that has somewhere in the private collection a TV or Radio commercial for Freedomland Amusement Park in the Bronx from the early 1960's. The words to the specific commercial we badly need began like this: 'Mommy and Daddy take my hand and take me out to Freedomland. Two Ninty-five is all you'll pay at Freedomland today...." I have formulated a committee to place a plaque on the site in the Bronx where the entrance gates to Freedomland were. If you can assist just by putting out feelers to your vast audience in hopes that anyone has this commercial I would be eternally grateful and the person providing it will be our honored guest at the unveiling of the plague next summer. Write to me and I'll pass it along to John.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 1:23pm


I hate it when I make a bonehead mistake like this - thank goodness it doesn't happen too often! Michael Ackerman writes: "Who could forget that voice?" Apparently you could because the clip you linked featured the voice of Johnny Jacobs, the longtime announcer of the Newlywed Game, not Charlie O'Donnell.   O'Donnell was equally sonorous, but I don't remember him ever working the Newlywed Game (unless he announced a later version of the game--but in its sixties era heyday it was always Johnny Jacobs).  Oddly enough, not one obituary I saw regarding Charlie O'Donnell mentioned that it was his voice on Simon and Garfunkel's "Silent Night/7 O'Clock News".

Anything coming up to commemorate the East Coast Blackout of 1965?  I was watching Bullwinkle and Rocky at the time (I was three) and the TV went off and the lights went out.  My mother was on the phone in the kitchen while she was making dinner and she scolded me for turning off the lights--of course I didn't do it.  It was an interesting night for sure--mostly a radio event though.

Monday, November 8, 2010 - 8:34am

Bing Crosby stars in a new Holiday commercial for Argos in the UK. Good to see he's still working.

This story has me dumbfounded - Cook's Source magazine has been pilfering stories, pictures and recipes from web sites and books and printing them without permission or paying the people who originally created the content. Since it was discovered the editor has been playing dumb and ignoring the increasing complaints from ripped off writers.

Henry Fonda's 1959-61 TV western The Deputy is now out on DVD - more about that later.

Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 9:30am


I been reading about these people posting cutesy cat and drugged up kids videos on You Tube and making a fortune and it makes me sick. Sick with jealousy! So here you go, I'm posting a cat video. A new all-time low.

This rescue kitty was 7 weeks old and discovered up in a tree so my friend Misty called the fire department and they actually came out. Well, they brought the ladder but they told Misty she had to climb it herself. Not sure if that's an insurance thing or the fact that Misty is very attractive and they just wanted to watch her climb the ladder.

Anyway, she took him to the vet and the brought him to my place and basically told me I had to take him. I'm glad she did because he's becoming a very good cat but boy was he wild, still is somewhat. Here the rescue kitty tries to navigate this standing lamp I have and chase his tail at the same time. Awwwwwwwww!

Friday, November 5, 2010 - 8:11am


Watch former heart throb David Cassidy's career take off now - he just got busted for DUI.

Randy Quaid needs to get back to Hollywood for his 'Robert Downey Jr' career bump now that arrest warrants are flying around him. Instead he's seeking asylum. Needs to be in one.

Cher's making news with her bold comments about Chaz, Sonny, and Sarah Palin in a new Vanity Fair interview - Cher always was outspoken after breaking with Sonny but she doesn't do that many interviews. Doesn't have to!

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 11:00am


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Since I wrote up the pre-1965 Christmas Specials I thought I would take a trip down You Tube way and find some examples of 1970's Christmas TV fare - including The Town that Forgot Christmas, Arnie, Van Dyke & Company, the Norelco Santa and other classic commercials aimed at kids. These are sure to bring back some memories.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:49pm

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