Monday, Apr 14, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
There are plenty of people famous for rather dubious talents on television, with “nice guy” perhaps the most dubious.
With the recent news that Stephen Colbert will be taking over when David Letterman retires next year, we’ve been thinking a lot about the backgrounds of TV celebrities. Although he started his career as a newscaster, Letterman caught the attention of the studios through his stand-up comedy. His successor Colbert also has a background in comedy, having got his big break with Chicago improve troop The Second City.
While most late night hosts share similar backgrounds, there are plenty of daytime hosts with more dubious histories. Some of them are journalists, certainly, but many blur the line between “famous on television” and simply being (thanks to reality TV) “famous for being on television.” Celebrity rosters filled with “reality stars” is kind of a recent phenomenon, but television (and radio before that) has always given us celebrities we didn’t quite know how to categorize –...
Are you an official Space Cadet? For a period in the early 1960s, Spaceman Jax was part of a balanced...
Monday, Apr 07, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
For parents, experiences with sweet candy can tour sour pretty fast.
Candy companies seem to be especially out to get parents. It’s bad enough that they get kids sugared up to the point that they’re practically bouncing off the walls, but some of the stuff is just downright obnoxious. Gummy worms. Gummy boogers. Gummy earthworms in a chocolate ‘dirt cup.’ Yuck.
The stuff I ate as a kid was just as bad, and some of it I probably liked only because my parents thought it was gross – after all, as Shakespeare might have said, “a gummy candy in any other shape would taste the same.” Parents were always trying to serve us food that we thought was disgusting: broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts. It was fun to...
Previously unpublished works by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley
It was easy to love Frank and his Friend, with its ice cream smudged logic and playful escapism. The characters charmed their way into our hearts and influenced countless cartoonists. These 52 never-before-seen images provide a glimpse into the development of one of the most enduring comics and allow us to meet Frank and his Friend all over again.
The images, dating from the comic’s early years, were lost after Dooley’s untimely death in 1984. These drawings and illustrations, seen for the first time in over 30 years, reveal much of the journey Dooley took in creating our favorite...
The first thing you want to do when you move in to a new place is get something up on the walls. You’ll feel at home that way with something cheerful to look at, and it will make the colossal...
Monday, Mar 31, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Will future generations be able to watch black and white films at all?
It’s interesting to go back through film history and see how the art form has changed with the development of new genres and technological advancements bring about new ways of making and watching films.
One of the most noticeable differences about the way films were made in the past seems to be the pacing. Some stories – as fascinating as the plot might be – are just too slow for today’s tastes. Do we simply not have the patience that...
When my Mom was little, they kept all of their Bunchy bottle caps in an old coffee can. They used them for checkers and poker and hundreds of rainy day projects. At some point, they had to expand the collection...
“There’s no time like the present,” goes the old expression. And with a time machine, all times can be the present! This instruction book, the Cudworth-Hooper Owner’s Manual: Operation and Maintenance for the Gadabout TM 1050, is truly one-of-a-kind. According...
This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the season two episode “One Starry Day”. This rare piece of production artwork is stamped with the PUD Film company logo and an archival number from the Archival Department of PUD...