item 1 >>> Now Playing…  Sick Manny’s Gym This spoofs Vic Tanny’s chain of health clubs. It’s by Leo De Lyon and the Musclemen…he was a voice artist who did several of the cats on Top Cat.

item 2 >>> LQQK @ †h∆†! Jack LaLanne died Sunday, respiratory failure due to pneumonia. Here’s a cool clip…  doggie diet

item 3 >>> Physical Culturist dies at age 96…
That’s what they called him in the 1950s, a proponent of “physical culture.” And in fact, when Francois Henri “Jack” LaLanne opened his first health club in Oakland in 1936, they scoffed…“People thought I was a charlatan and a nut. The doctors were against me…they said that working out
with weights would give people heart attacks and they would lose their sex drive.”
Did you know that at that time he was technically a chiropractor? After graduating from high school, he attended night classes and got his “doctor’s” degree. His white German Shepherd was named Happy…Hap for short…and yeah, we watched him on TV for a while. Our family even bought a couple “straps,” altho they had a fancier name…

item 4 >>> Viva M-Corn!…When it comes to fetishes…for me…feet?…not so much, with all due respect to Gang Green. I get turned on by products and packaging, always have. After all, grown men and women do this for a living…and I have to think they might be just a wee bit pleased to see someone other than a colleague in the business cared about what they slave over 9-5. Got to thinking about Green Giant Mexicorn…you know, the Niblets with bits of green and red peppers. Politically correct these days? Judging from (above), I’d guess so…in fact, they’re branching out with different varieties…(upper right) is a slightly older “trade dress” than the other 3. The earliest I can find in LIFE magazine is 1940, and as you can see below…moving thru the 40s, 50s, 60s, they seemed to feel more confident it touting “Mexicorn” and playing down “Niblets.”  Notice that early on they called their cream-style corn “Del Maiz.”

item 5 >>> …and if you think, we haven’t come a long way…check this taken from a 1940 ad…

item 6 >>> The Lumpster…Ever wonder why Hugh Brannum was called “Lumpy”? A childhood nickname. Even before he was Mr. Green Jeans on Captain Kangaroo, he was involved in children’s entrainment. Like Robert Keeshan, he was in the Marine Corps in WW2, altho unlike Bobby, he was a musician, joining the Marine band lead by Bing Crosby’s brother Bob, playing string bass. After the war he joined Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians and recorded children’s records as Uncle Lumpy, based on stories he told on Waring’s radio show. In 1951 he hosted a NYC kiddie show “Uncle Lumpy’s Cabin,” then joined the Captain in 1955. Mr. Green Jeans was his main character but he was also Greeno the Clown, Mr. Bainter the Painter, and many others. He died in 1987…and Keeshan said that off camera, his personality was pretty much like the laid back farmer he portrayed.

item 7 >>> Speaking of the U.S. Marine Corps…That uniform you always see isn’t what Marines generally wear… the “Dress Blues” are for special occasions. Seen here, top row…the 2 uniforms on the left are the 2 camo versions of the Utility Uniform, for normal duty. Next, the Dress Blues…then the Service Uniform, worn in circumstances where a suit would be appropriate in civilian life…and finally, the ultra-fancy Evening Dress. Unless you’re in the band, then you look like the bottom row.

item 8 >>> The Freezer…Sure, most sports “records” you hear today are pure BS…having no real bearing on anything meaningful…but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. Case in point: According to Stats Inc., there’s now a new record for the heaviest player to score a post-season TD. That would be Green Bay Packer B.J. Raji’s interception score against the Bears…at 337 pounds, “The Freezer” breaks the old record of 335 pounds, William “The Refrigerator” Perry’s 1-yard rush for a TD in Superbowl 20….for the Bears, no less.

item 9 >>> …and not for nothing…but I still have, somewhere, the headline in the local paper where they called him “The Frig”…meaning of course “The Fridge,” probably thinking it worked like Reg (“rej”) for Reggie, which it doesn’t. Once again, a mistake in print is a joy forever.

item 10 >>> Good Knight, Sweet Babe…Noticed in Sunday’s birth announcements, a bouncing baby boy named Gawain. We’ve all heard of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. How many can you name? Well, for people of olden tymes, the Arthurian tales were Superman, James Bond, and J.R. Ewing’s Dallas all rolled into one. You’ve heard of Lancelot, or Launcelot of course…and Galahad, who was his son. Actually, that should be Galahad Jr., since Launcelot was the father’s confirmation name…he was christened Galahad. Beyond that, who? If you’re familiar with the musical Camelot, Lionel, Sagramore, Dinadan, and Bedivere might come to mind. Then there were Tristan, Percival, Kay, Bors, and tons of others. And the Orkney Brothers, Gawain, Gareth, Gaheris, and Agravain. Plus their younger half-brother Mordred, bastard son of Arthur by his half-sister…yeah, it’s complicated…again, think Dallas…

Wicked Ballsy

And the gang’s all here…

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More bloggage at http://travelingcyst.blogspot.com and  http://www.examiner.com/retro-pop-culture-in-watertown/mark-john-astolfi

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