Whimsy: April 2008 Archives
One of a massive collection of memory and trivia games, covering geography, sports, religion, history, and entertainment.
There were 45s that went with the Kenner Give-A-Show Projector cartoons. You can listen to them at the link.
A footnote about a visit as an adult to Denver's Casa Bonita: "You can't revisit childhood, and you shouldn't try. Just let it stay sweet in the memory." Actually, you can revisit childhood, but only by seeing it through the eyes of your own children. That's the only way I could tolerate eating at Tulsa's Casa Bonita / Casa Viva.
Tulsa blogger shares a touching "memory."
A very nice table showing what the colors look like, when the colors were introduced, renamed, and replaced, RGB equivalents, and the equivalents in the 2004 "State Your Color" special edition. (A couple of Crayola memories: During her 2005 visit, Dawn Eden gave my kids "State Your Color" sets, which renamed standard colors for the 50 states -- e.g. "Oklahoma Panhandle Paintbrush" was the state name for "Sunset Orange". And on a family car trip to Florida in 1972, I successfully lobbied for a set of the recently-introduced fluorescent crayons.)
Classic '40s newsreel footage: Frank Sinatra captains one team, Jane Russell is the bat girl, Mickey Rooney stretches a bunt into a triple, Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein's Monster) is the home plate umpire, and the original Three Stooges are in the dugout.
An appearance by the Man of a Million Voices and the world's greatest deadpan comedian on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, January 23, 1974. Benny's in the guest chair, but the focus is on Blanc as he does some of his classic sound effects, like Jack Benny's ancient Maxwell car and the English horse.
Mark Evanier writes: "Benny was... a wonderful audience and utterly unthreatened by someone else getting the laughs or the spotlight. That was one of the reasons his radio and TV programs worked as well as they did.... As long as somebody got a laugh, Benny was fine with it.... There have been a lot of great comedians who wouldn't do that because they thought -- wrongly -- that their career hinged on them being the funny one. And not even the example of Jack Benny would dissuade them from that belief. There have also been some comedians who for emotional reasons couldn't stand still while someone else was funny. But Jack Benny could and did...and no one was more successful. Click and see."
I had one of these! Kenner's Give-A-Show Projector: "What this basically was was a flashlight that looked a little like a projector and which came with little six-frame filmstrips that told stories, mainly featuring licensed cartoon characters." Jon's Random Acts of Geekery has more pictures of Give-A-Show sets and lists of the cartoons in the sets. And here's a double-feature from Jon's most recent "Give-A-Show Fridays" post.
"The Arts Council of Augusta, Georgia, has pointed a security camera at their city's James Brown Statue. According to an article in the Augusta Metro Spirit, visitors to the statue are being encouraged to dial a special number on their cell phones, pose, and then the camera will take a photo and post it to the Arts Council web site for the world to see."
Either way, real cane sugar makes all the difference.
Fascinating visual and interactive way to browse Hollywood's biggest hits and biggest years over the past two decades.