Category Archives: Television

White House “Sip ‘n Snack” (circa 1992)

Perfect for suburban kids’ sport practices or homework sessions, it’s a packaged combination of White House apple juice and Cheetos-style snacks. With a catchy jingle that touts the product’s supposed healthful qualities, it’s close to the pinnacle of pre-9/11 American society.

The Real Yellow Pages “Same Day Service” (circa 1989)

Once upon a time, children, we didn’t have the collected knowledge of all mankind available on demand from tiny computers in our pockets. If we needed to find information about a local business, we had to look them up. In a book.

Light ‘n’ Lively Yogurt: “Ask The Experts” (circa 1992)

Nothing sells products better than kids reciting scripted responses to a celebrity swimsuit model!

You’re Not Fully Clean Unless You’re Zestfully Clean! (Zest soap circa 1988)

One of those little jingles that got caught in my head as a child and creeps its way back into my consciousness every so often.

It’s a Sorrowful Day in the Neighborhood (AJC)

Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn’t have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standing by…
This is the end of the innocence.
–Don Henley
In the 16 years following the passing of Fred Rogers, we have seen our country fall into the pits of fear and loathing, the world has gotten louder and louder, and mass communication seems–at best–a weapon. Every year I mourn the passing of a quiet hero. A hero who spoke softly and slowly, but could best even the most ardent critics with his grace and his authentic love for humanity. A hero to at least three generations of children. A hero who maintained his humility and taught a nation how to care.
There may never be another Mr. Rogers, but we could sure use one right about now. Until then, I’ll keep his memory alive and do my best to live according to his example.

The following clippings are from the February 28 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, posted here for archival purposes. If anyone at The Paper wants me to take it down, that’s fair–but y’all gotta put it back up on your site.

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The National Recovery Institutes Group (circa 1992)

I wonder if attitudes have changed or just the way people seek recovery from addiction has changed, but I don’t seem to recall seeing commercials advertising addiction recovery centers lately. I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen one in at least 25 years!

Post Oat Flakes: Feel Your Oats

I’m not sure if I remember Post Oat Flakes cereal, but I’m sure a few people out there have felt their oats!

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Element14: Twilight Zone Prop Replica

Matt is a huge fan of the Twilight Zone, so for Halloween, he’s decided to build a classic prop from the old series with a modern twist! The original Mystic Seer was a coin-operated fortune telling machine created for the 1960 episode “Nick of Time”. Will this new, electronic fortune teller actually predict the future? Supplemental Content and B.O.M. on element14: http://bit.ly/2O5fz6x

Build The Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Prop [TRAILER]

Project: Serling is an electronic reproduction of the “Mystic Seer” prop from the Twilight Zone episode “Nick of Time”. In the show, William Shatner’s character becomes obsessed with the seemingly correct predictions of a coin-operated fortune teller machine. The version being built for element14 Presents is a Raspberry Pi-powered device that uses a thermal printer to deliver randomly-selected answers to yes or no questions.

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1st American Rental: “Laundromat” (circa 1989)

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