Mar 27, 2017

Property Management For Cash And Prizes


The $40,000,000 Monopoly Game
McDonald's (1987)
The first McDonald's Monopoly promotion began thirty years ago today and was a phenomenon from day one.  I was six years old at the time and I remember seeing the peel off property game pieces everywhere.  The kids at my elementary school traded them with each other as enthusiastically as we traded baseball cards and Garbage Pail Kids.  Even after the promotion was over, it was typical to find these alongside the spare change in cars or in the kitchen junk drawer next to the pens and scotch tape.

My grandparents kept the Monopoly board where all important documents were kept - on top of the microwave in the butterfly clip.  While the contest was running, I would anxiously peel off the game pieces from the food or soda cup and stick them to the board in the hopes of collecting the entire color group and winning a prize.  The game piece that everyone was hoping to find was #22 - Boardwalk.  I think I speak for everyone who participated in this promotion when I say that we all had at least a half dozen Park Place stamps, but there was only one Boardwalk stamp in the entire world, and you needed both Park Place and Boardwalk to win the grand prize of $1,000 per week for life.


In addition to the property game pieces, there were a number of Instant Win stamps that could be found.  The top prizes that could be won in this way were on stamps that looked like Chance and Community Chest cards, including an "Advance Token To Boardwalk" stamp which was the same as having the Park Place and Boardwalk stamps - it awarded the grand prize of $1,000 per week for life.  I never found any of those, but I did find plenty of the Instant Food Winners stamps.  Once I wised up to the fact that each color group had one property that was almost impossible to find, these were the stamps I was the most hopeful of finding.  I found lots of stamps that could be redeemed for a free order of french fries and Coca Cola, and a few for the Chicken McNuggets and sandwiches.

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This promotion was such a massive success for McDonald's that they brought it back the very next year.  The second time around, the grand prize was $2,000 per week for life.  Naturally, we all played along and collected Monopoly stamps for another year.  Since then, they've brought the promotion back intermittently throughout the 90's and 2000's.  At this point, if you are reading this in the United States, the chances are pretty good that a McDonald's Monopoly game piece from one of these years is hiding somewhere in your house.  It might be stuck behind the heater.  It may have gotten packed into a box in the basement or attic.  It could be at the bottom of your junk drawer, or in the garage, or behind the sofa.  The point is that it's probably there, and you'll probably find it one of these days and chuckle - unless it's the Boardwalk stamp.

Mar 25, 2017

Mar 21, 2017

Tummy Rub


Believe it or not, he's even more sweet and friendly than he looks.

Mar 20, 2017

Switch Pitcher


Pat Venditte
RHP and LHP - Philadelphia Phillies
Last week, the Phillies flipped prospect Joey Curletta (acquired from the Dodgers in the Carlos Ruiz trade) for a truly unique pitcher.  Pat Venditte is a switch pitcher - he throws right handed and left handed depending on what batter he's facing.  This could be an interesting addition to the Phillies bullpen.

Mar 19, 2017

Happy World Monopoly Day


Life Size McDonalds Monopoly Board
Promo for McDonald's 20th Anniversary of Monopoly
Tampa, Florida - completed by Chalk Twins with Julie Graden and Bridget Lyons.

Mar 18, 2017

Mr. Mackelroy and The Sea Creature


This is my new favorite professional wrestling gimmick, and I don't care if it didn't happen.

Mar 17, 2017

Southpaw Regional Wrestling - February 1987


This may be the most brilliant pro wrestling material that I have ever witnessed.  I need a Lethal Leap Year t-shirt!

See if you can identify all of the wrestlers (click here for the answers):
  • Lance Catamaran 
  • Chett Chetterfield
  • Clint Bobski
  • Champion Chip Henderson
  • Tex Ferguson
  • Chad 2 Badd
  • Big Bartholomew
  • Christian Joy
  • Mr. Mackelroy (Banker)
  • The Sea Creature
  • Impressive Pelvis Wesley
  • La Barba Grande
  • Surf Dudes With Attitudes
  • Referee Chip Henderson
  • Ric Flair Paid Impersonator

Mar 16, 2017

The Murray Over My Shoulder


Franklin's
Public Square - Wilkes-Barre, PA

"Life is so damn short.  For fucks sake, just do what makes you happy."
-- Bill Murray

Mar 14, 2017

What A Difference A Day Makes



The first day of spring is about a week away, and the snow was finally starting to melt.  It seems that winter isn't finished with us yet.  At least the blizzard held off until after the Garrison Keillor show.

It looks like the drive to work is going to be pretty interesting.

See that black rectangle?  That's the side rear view mirror of a car.

I feel bad for little Harvey.  The poor little guy has to go outside and pee in this.

Mar 13, 2017

Prairie Road Companion


I haven't met too many folks out there who are taller than my pop, but Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion edges him out.