Apr 28, 2016
Satin Doll - Williams (1975) and
Spin Out - Gottlieb (1975)
This photo was taken in a liquor store in 1976. In the 70's and 80's, it wasn't uncommon to see arcade games and pinball machines in pizza parlors, grocery stores, mini marts, laundromats and just about anywhere else. This photo was shared by Beatnik Daddio - not sure of the source.
Apr 27, 2016
Ting-A-Ling Double Play (1975)
Dave Cash and Larry Bowa
I posted Phillies Fever yesterday, and it wouldn't be right if Ting-A-Ling Double Play didn't have its own entry. It's about how the Phillies middle infield are inspired by food and drink to turn a double play to end a game that has gone to extra innings.
In the first verse, it's an ice cream truck outside of Veteran's Stadium in the bottom of the 14th inning. A hot dog vendor gets their attention in the bottom of the 17th inning in verse two. Finally, a member of the cleaning crew knocked over a soda can in the bottom of the 23rd inning, which sent our beloved 2B/SS combo into a cola-induced, bag-tagging frenzy to end the game with a double play.
Apr 26, 2016
Phillies Fever (1976)
Dave Cash, Larry Bowa, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski and Garry Maddox
There are plenty of frightening things about this song, but the scariest part to me is the fact that this isn't the first time Dave Cash and Larry Bowa cut a baseball record. One year before "Phillies Fever" introduced disco baseball to the world, our middle infield recorded "Ting A Ling Double Play" It's difficult to say which is worse, but they're required listening for any die-hard Phillies fan.
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 15, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
Light switch cover sticker
Quisp cereal toy - Quaker Oats (1977)
Children (and adults) could collect all three light switch stickers in specially marked boxes of Quisp cereal in 1977. Each sticker featured the quazy alien with a message that encouraged the reader not to waste electricity.
Apr 10, 2016
Please Don't Break My Atari
Weird Paul Petroskey
Thick Syrup Records
I heard this earlier today on the latest episode of the Super Podcast Bros, which I highly recommend to any fan of retro gaming, or video games in general. The song is absolute comedy cheese, but it's also actually pretty catchy. I've had it stuck in my head ever since.
Apr 8, 2016
Apr 4, 2016
Alien Encounters: Issue #6
Eclipse Comics (April 1986)
This comic anthology of science fiction stories came out 30 years ago. It included a seven page story called Nada, which is an adaptation of the 1963 Ray Nelson short story "Eight O'Clock In The Morning". Both the comic and its source material inspired the 1988 John Carpenter film "They Live".
This entire Nada comic is hosted online by SAP Comics. Click here to read it.
Apr 3, 2016
National League Centennial Comic Book
Harvey Comics (1976)
To celebrate 100 years of National League baseball, Harvey Comics released a special baseball themed comic. There were a number of variant covers with different teams featured at the top, including the Phillies, Giants, Astros, Dodgers and Pirates, as well as a standard version without no focus on any one specific team. The stories featured Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich and Wendy the Witch.
Apr 2, 2016
Sir Alex Guinness turned 62 during the filming the first Star Wars movie in 1976. This photo was taken on his birthday (April 2nd, 1976) in Djerba, off of the coast of Tunisia, where they were filming the Tatooine scenes. Mark Hamill and Alex Guinness (in costume as Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi) are celebrating with producer Gary Kurtz and director George Lucas.