11/8/2010

item 1 >>> Well, I didn’t intend yesterday’s selection to be definitive by any means, but more have occurred to me or been suggested, so what the heck…Boogie Woogie, Nitty Gritty, Wishy Washy, Ticky Tacky, Holy Moley, Hoochie Koochie, Artsy Fartsy, Fuddy Duddy, Handy Dandy, Itsy Bitsy, Heebie Jeebies, Funny Money, Hotsy Totsy, Palsy Walsy, Hurdy Gurdy, Teensy Weensy, Tutti Frutti, and even some I never heard of, like Argy Bargy, Jockety Pockety, Miminy Piminy, and Hufty Magufty. And don’t forget, any word ending with the “ee” sound can be rhymed with a W-word, as in Stolfi Wolfi…thanx a lot

item 2 >>> In 1954, Atlanta dentist Dr. S.R. Atkinson warned parents against “TV jaw”…when kids laid on the floor and “pushed their eye-teeth inward with their knuckles.” What did he care, more business for him, right?

item 3 >>> Back in the day, when a TV show was sold into syndication while still running in prime-time, the daytime re-runs were sometimes given a different title…you might remember Jeff’s Collie (Lassie), Badge 714 (Dragnet), Brave Stallion (Fury), Marshal Dillon (Gunsmoke), Trailmaster (Wagon Train), and even into the 70s, The Raymond Burr Show (Ironside) and Ponderosa (Bonanza). This was done so viewers wouldn’t think there was a first-run episode at 3:30 in the afternoon, duh. These are ones off the top of my head, I’ll have more tomorrow…

item 4 >>> BTW, on that map that burned up at the start of every Bonanza episode, the lake at the bottom, bordering on the Ponderosa, is Lake Tahoe. The map was actually rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise…what was north of the Lake on the map, i.e. the ranch, Carson City, etc., should actually be to the east. And they knew it, because if you look at the orientation symbol, N is pointing West!

item 5 >>> Coming soon to DFHC, Solomon Kane, the fighting Puritan…the wha-? Wait, you’ll see…coming soon…

Item 6 >>> Noticed the American Hockey League standings, and there’s a whole division that could be the New England League, with Portland, Manchester, Hartford, Bridgeport, Providence, Springfield and Worcester. Conspicuously absent is New Haven…they’ve had teams off and on, and were even charter members of the Can-Am Hockey League in 1926, the precursor of the AHL. Originally the Eagles, but variously the Ramblers, Nighthawks, Senators, and most recently The Beast, folded after the 98-99 season. Plus the Boston Braves in the early 1970s, and more recently Lowell, Mass.

Item 7 >>> Not for nothing but Rex Trailer’s perennial sidekick Pancho, played by Dick Kilbride, was replaced after 11 seasons by Cactus Pete in 1967 and Sgt. Billy in 1969…Not to be confused with Klondike Pete, see next item…

Item 8 >>> They the first pre-sweetened breakfast cereal on the market…in 1939, Ranger Joe’s Wheat Honnies and Rice Honnies…yes, Honnies is the spelling they used. Nabisco bought them in 1954 and corrected the spelling. Buffalo Bee was so popular he even had some Dell comic book issues, but he was eventually replaced in the 1960s by Buddy Bee, who was gay. Then in 1971, the cereals were re-launched as Winnie-The-Pooh Great Honey Crunchers, and finally sputtered to a ignominious halt in 1975 as Klondike Pete’s Crunchy Nuggets.  …take my advice, get your Wheat Honeys, also Rice…

item 9 >>> Oddly enough, the guy who invented Ranger Joe’s Honnies did it to limit the sugar his kids dumped on their cereal…and they still put sugar on their Honnies…ya can’t win in this life. And when Reddi-Wip was introduced in the late 1940s, one of the ways to use it, as suggested by the ads, was on breakfast cereal! Well, it was real cream…

item 10 >>> You might be a Baby Boomer if…you remember why double LPs were numbered 1-4 and 2-3, instead of 1-2 and 3-4. No? It was so they’d play in the correct order when stacked on the spindle of an automatic record-player. Then, you could just pick up the 2 records, flip them, and they’re play right.

Wicked Ballsy


Saw a picture in Hemmings of a 1966 Shelby GT 350H…well, I don’t know everything about old cars, but I know a few things…and I was gratified to be able to identify this buggy even before I saw the “H” on the end, based on the gold and black color scheme. 1000 special Shelby’s were built for the Hertz Rent a Car Company, then sold to the public after a period of rental service. Needless to say, highly collectable today. And of course, in 2006 there was a 50th anniversary edition of the “new” Shelby Mustang.

shameless plugosaurus…

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