9/25/2010


HALF  STOLF

item 1 >>> “Retarded” began in the early 20th century as a gentle, kind-hearted euphemism. The official medical terms, medical mind you, were idiot, imbecile and moron (and these replaced the older term cretin). Consequently, Baby Boomers to this day will use “retarded” to refer to a beloved family member without being the least bit derogatory. And if you think otherwise, you’re a re-re.

item 2 >>> Wouldn’t it be cool to have as a tourist attraction (educational too!) a living Baby Boomer museum? Let’s see, right behind the record store we’ll put one of those square cement incinerators. Working or non-working? Hey, this is History, man, come on! Me, I loved the smell of burn barrels, and especially dug watching the flames flickering through the holes that had rusted in the side.

item 3 >>> But one odor I don’t miss is the highway stench you’d get out on the Pike. Every couple of years, our family would take a long road trip, and that smell would sicken you. Another thing that’s long gone is litter…you probably don’t think much about it, because we’ve gotten pretty good about it, but in olden times, there was all kinds of trash all over the place. I guess those publicity campaigns really worked.

item 4 >>> Sad to hear the NECCO factory relocated to Revere from Cambridge in 2003. Going to college there, would walk by several times a week, loved the aroma. New England Confectionery Company since 1847…guess we should be happy they’re still somewhere. So let’s review the flavors and  colors of the original wafers…lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), clove (purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen (pink), licorice (black), and chocolate (brown).

item 5 >>> You might be a Baby Boomer if…you remember when a copy machine was a fire hazard. The one in our public library had an extinguisher attached to the side.

item 6 >>> Quickie quiz: From the funny papers, who was cop Kerry Drake’s red-headed PI brother? Mindy? No, that was his wife…it was Lefty, an ex-pugilist.

item 7 >>> And while we’re on the subject, the Phantom’s horse was Hero, his dog was Devil…no, no, don’t thank me, that’s what I’m here for.

item 8 >>> Boston is the Hub…did you know there’s another one, out west: Lubbock, Texas, the Hub of the Plains.

item 9 >>> As a kid, did you read those David “Lucky” Starr scifi mystery books? Then, when you were older, got into Isaac Asimov? Guess what, he also wrote the Starr stories, using the pen name Paul French.

item 10 >>> Not to be confused with “space detective” Drift Marlo, star of a 1961-66 comic strip, and a Dell comic book from 1962. Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Brick Bradford, sure, but Drift who?

Wicked Ballsy

Feep hosted “Fantasmic Features,” Monday nights at 7 on WNAC Channel 7, over the summer of 1963. And what features they were! Starting with the seminal British dinosaur flick “The Giant Behemoth,” and followed by the Crab Monsters, Caltiki the Immortal Monster, the 50 Ft. Woman, the Brain from the Planet Arous, and many more. I was disappointed when the show came to an end in September, until I found out what was replacing it: “The Outer Limits”!  Feep was portrayed by Ed McDonnell, who was also Major Mudd and Lord Henry Harvey Bumblebrook. Feep & FF moved to Saturday nights at 11:30, bumping back “Chillerama” to a second feature. Feep also would host cartoons Saturday mornings on the “Feeperoonies” show.

shameless plugapalooza…
Podcasts at http://stolfpod.podbean.com  and   http://thewholething.podbean.com
Daily blogs at http://stolf.wordpress.com  and  https://deepfriedhoodsiecups.wordpress.com
More blogage at http://travelingcyst.blogspot.com,http://www.examiner.com/retro-pop-culture-in-watertown/st-lawrence-university-s-freaky-flag
Resume and audio samples at http://home.rr.com/mastolfi

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