Jul 29, 2013
More Saké, More Happy
Broad Street - Hazleton, PA
Our hibachi chef didn't know what he was in for when he met my dad.
Jul 28, 2013
The Crystal Pepsi Mall Tour
Crystal Pepsi Cool Zone
Century III Mall - West Mifflin, PA
In the summer of 1993, Pepsi launched a back-to-school promotion in sixty malls across the United States. Shoppers who visited a Cool Zone, like the one in the photo from C3 Nostalgia above, would be given a free can of Crystal Pepsi and something that looked like a credit card which could be used for discounts at participating restaurants and retail stores.
These plastic discount cards were a marketing gimmick that Pepsi went back to a few times in the early 90's. The first one I remember was called the License To Chill. I don't remember ever actually using it to get a discount on anything, but I was ten years old and finally had something to stick in the credit card pocket of my velcro wallet, so I was happy to have it. The next summer, they came out with the Gotta Have It card, and then these Back To Cool Savings Cards were available in the summer of 1993.
|Palm Beach Post - Palm Beach County, FL (August 8, 1993)|
I lived in Boynton Beach, Florida in the summer that the Back To Cool promotion was taking place, and they had set up a Crystal Pepsi Cool Zone in our malls too. In addition to the free soda and the savings card, you could get a free CD if you spent $100 at the mall throughout the month of August 1993. It didn't have to be at one store or on the same day. You just had to save your receipts and once you've had enough of them to show that you've spent over a hundred dollars at the mall, they would give you a collection of songs from Billboard and Crystal Pepsi that was called Slipped Disc.
Slipped Disc isn't half bad for a promotional compilation album. It starts off with Tom Cochrane's single Life Is A Highway. It includes three well done cover songs: the Ugly Kid Joe version of Cats In The Cradle, the Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Fire, and The Pixies 1991 cover of Head On from The Jesus And Mary Chain. It also has Tones Of Home, which is the first single released by Blind Melon, and an excellent song that was overshadowed by the success of No Rain, as well as Just the Way It Is Baby, which was the first hit single by The Rembrandts and pre-dates their unfortunate decision to record the theme song to Friends. The final two songs on the CD are I Don't Want Your Love by Duran Duran, and an incredible song Sleeping Satellite by an artist that I know almost nothing about named Tasmin Archer. This was her debut single which went to the top of the charts in the UK, but I don't remember hearing it on the radio in the US. It's a shame that it didn't get more exposure over here because it's a damn good song and it closes out a pretty great collection of music.
If you were on a long car trip in the 90's and could only have one CD in the car, you could do a hell of a lot worse than Slipped Disc. There are probably a few hundred different ways to hear each of these songs today, but if you want to relive the experience of a mall-shopping Crystal Pepsi drinker from the summer of '93, you can find plenty them for sale for just a couple of bucks on eBay.
Jul 27, 2013
It Keeps Going And Going...
Energizer Bunny Screen Saver
PC Dynamics (1992)
This old screensaver was being sold at Black Diamond for $2.50. I wish I would have bought it.
UPDATE: This has been shared by Greg Kennedy on Archive.org.
Jul 24, 2013
First Person Tetris
If you wanted the room to spin while you played Tetris in the 80’s, you needed vodka and a swivel chair. Damn kids today have everything. [click here to play First Person Tetris]
Jul 23, 2013
The Burger King Salad Bar
Burger King Salad Bar (1983)
The restaurant that would go on to become Burger King was founded in Jacksonville sixty years ago today. for a brief period of time in the mid 80's, the chain featured a salad bar in some of their restaurants, including many of their mall locations.
The salad bars offered pita bread that could be stuffed with vegetables, as well as plates that guests could use to put together a plate of salad.
These must not have lasted as long as the Wendy's salad bar because I don't ever remember seeing them when I was a kid, but it's an interesting idea that I think might work if they tried again today.
Jul 10, 2013
Mister Donut - Thailand
I haven't seen a Mister Donut restaurant since I was a kid, but the chain is still going strong outside of the United States. In Thailand, they're making donuts that look like sushi.
Jul 9, 2013
1993: Braves vs. Marlins
Atlanta Braves @ Florida Marlins
Joe Robbie Stadium
July 9, 1993
I lived in South Florida during the first few seasons of Florida Marlins baseball. We went to about a dozen games in their debut year, including this game that saw John Smoltz pitch 8 innings. Future Phillies in this game included Braves outfielder Ron Gant, who hit his 20th home run of the season in this game. On the Marlins, the lineup included catcher Benito Santiago (1996) and left fielder Jeff Conine (2006) who each spent a year of their career in Philadelphia.
Jul 7, 2013
WWE Six Man Tag Team Champs
WWE Live (house show)
Mohegan Sun Arena - July 7, 2013
Roberto and I got to meet former two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund at a WWE house show. He was a cool dude - perfectly normal one minute, but then as soon as they're about to take the photo, he snapped into his crazy "Mr. Backlund" character and put us in a headlock. It seems like he truly enjoys meeting fans and creating memorable moments.
|Tag Team Match||The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) defeated The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young)|
|Singles Match||Justin Gabriel defeated Heath Slater|
|AJ Lee defeated Kaitlyn|
|Singles Match||Randy Orton defeated Big E. Langston|
|Six Man Mixed|
Tag Team Match
|Brodus Clay, Tensai and Naomi defeated Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and Brie Bella|
|Singles Match||R-Truth defeated Drew McIntyre|
Fellow Three Man Band member Jinder Mahal came to the ring with Drew McIntyre.
|WWE World Heavyweight Championship Last Man|
|Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler|
Jul 5, 2013
Bus Out Of Service
West Hazleton, PA
I stumbled onto this old city bus in the woods behind Fern Court while walking little Harvey earlier today. I'm not sure what year it's from, and I don't know if it's been abandoned or if it's a project that someone is working on, but it truly is a treasure. I'm not a great photographer by any means, but this is one of my favorite photos that I've taken. The overgrown plant life and the aged technology give it a bit of a post-apocalyptic feel that I like very much.
Jul 3, 2013
Rt. 93 - Hazleton, PA
This location was a Mister Donut restaurant when I was a kid. It was converted into a Donut Connection in the early 90's, but with the exception of the sign out front, it still looks pretty much the same as it did 30 years ago.
Jul 1, 2013
The Priest They Called Him
William S. Burroughs and Kurt Cobain
Lawrence, KS (1993)
This photo was taken at Burroughs' home while Cobain was visiting. The two collaborated to produce a spoken word version of a short story called The Junky's Christmas, which was written by Burroughs in 1989. The nearly 10 minute recording featured Burroughs reading his story with Kurt playing a very trippy Silent Night and To Anacreon In Heaven. It was called The Priest They Called Him, and it was given a limited release on 10" vinyl twenty years ago today. You can listen to it here.
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