Sunday, September 26, 2010

No Facetime? Get the iBurka

Apple fans in the middle east won't get Facetime video service on their iPhones. As a capitalist, I know this just creates business opportunities. Behold my solution - the iBurka!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bewitched Stove Figurine

Saw this this other day in my neighborhood. Does anyone know the history behind this cool figurine of Samantha and her stove? Click to enlarge pic.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dating Tip #179

Don't wear these. Sometimes you don't want to be the fastest man alive.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Huntsville Space & Rocket Center 1982

Here's a photo journal of one of my first visits to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama in the early 80s. You can see it's the 80s by my Ocean Pacific shirt from L.A.
Click any pic to enlarge.

Front of the building. Sorry, no pictures of the IMAX Theatre.

A Russian space capsule.

Inside the lunar module.

Miss Baker, the astronaut monkey, lived in the Rocket Center for years.

Star Wars influence.

My brother Tom in the moon buggy.

X-15. Awesome.

The Rocket Yard in the back of the museum. It's a history of American missiles.

No caption needed...

Goodbye from the nozzle of the Saturn 5!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Making of the Greyhound Jingle 1963

Here's a promo disc from 1963 with the making of the Greyhound Bus jingle. This was given out to employees and vendors of Greyhound. Listen to part 1 here, and part 2 here.  And special bonus, the orchestra is led by the great Raymond Scott!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Stoney's Beer Funky Radio Commercial

Stoney's Beer is based in Pittsburgh. I found this commercial on an Evatone Soundsheet demo from the late 70s. Was this a joke commercial, or a really politically incorrect real spot?

Listen to or download the spot here.

If you know anything about this commercial, leave it in the comments.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Funny Oil Stop Signs

I think I'm spotting a trend here.

Well, it's just an oil change, right?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Denny's Marketing Genius

Congratulations to Denny's for the catagory extension of the decade.
Behold the Breakfast Appetizer!

I can't count the number of times I've wished for something to eat while breakfast was being cooked.
And what an appetizer...blueberries and white chocolate chips in pancake batter, deep fried, frosted with powdered sugar, and dipped in pancake syrup!

No joke, this is serious marketing genius.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tug McGraw's "Lumpy" Childrens Book

Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw took some time to write this kids' book back in 1983. It's the story of Lumpy the baseball, and his quest to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Will he make it?

 There's an Evatone Sound Sheet floppy record inside with a special welcome from Tug.
Click here to listen!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cool Art Deco NBC Radio Studios Hollywood

Found this postcard recently, it's the NBC radio studios at the corner of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. The building was new in 1938. The Art Deco painting is a perfect fit with the old style linen postcard. Click to view larger, and see more about the building at the Dear Old Hollywood blog here.

Here's another shot of the intersection, a photo this time.

Monday, January 18, 2010

PAMS Nashville My Hometown and more

I wondered if there was a Nashville version of the My Home Town song from PAMS. Turns out a friend of mine had the record! Click here to listen.

WKDA didn't sell the whole concept, but they did sell the B side of the record. Here's the story of Elm Hill Bill.

PAMS jingle company has a page with more examples. And here are a few more versions,

Portland Maine, Louisville Kentucky, and Austin Texas.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

PAMS Winston-Salem My Hometown Record

Here's a slice of retro for you. PAMS jingle company in Dallas made this generic song available to local radio stations around the country in the 60's. The station would find a local sponsor, write some lyrics, and presto!, a local hit.

There were over a hundred localized versions of this record, all recorded in Dallas. Radio Use Only blog has an amazingly complete story for you to read.

Bonus retroness: Thalhimer's Department Store was the local sponsor for this record through the local Top 40 station 1380 WTOB. Here's where you might have stumbled upon this record back then.