Jul 31, 2018

All The Super Heroes Is Come

Super Heroes Action Figures
Hometown Farmers Market - Tamaqua, PA
My favorite part of this bootleg set is the smug expression on Superman's face.

Jul 30, 2018

Keystone Cannonball

Keystone Kapers 2 prototype
by Garry Kitchen (Activision)
One of my earliest memories from childhood was of a time that I threw a minor temper tantrum in the Boscov's department store at the Laurel Mall.  I couldn't have been older than five years old at the time,  We were shopping and I saw Keysone Kapers on the shelf.  It was one of my favorite games for the 2600, but the one at the store was in a shiny new 5200 box and it showed different graphics that weren't in the game that I had back home.  Dad patiently explained to an inconsolable young gamer that I already had this game, and that we didn't own a 5200.  This may have been the first time I wanted the latest port of one of my favorite games, but it wouldn't be the last.

AtariAge and the National Video Game Museum announced earlier today that the unfinished sequel to Keysone Kapers 2 has been discovered.  Activision programmer Dan Kitchen donated his brother's work to the museum, and some of the footage and facts about this lost game have been shared.  It was to be called Keysone Cannonball, and the video above shows Keystone Kelly presumably chasing Harry Hooligan to prevent a train heist.

If this news isn't cool enough, Dan shared on AtariAge that he is rewriting this game from scratch, and that a physical cartridge of this long lost game will be released by Tiki Vision Games.  He has a long history of fun games dating back to the dawn of the industry, including another of my Activision favorites, Crackpots.  I'm looking forward to playing this!

Jul 29, 2018

Congratulations Jim Thome

This mosaic by artist Jonathan Mandell hangs at Citizen's Bank Park to commemorate the Philadelphia Phillies career of one of the finest ballplayers of his generation.

I wrote a lot about him earlier this year when the Hall of Fame voting took place.  I could probably go on gushing about his accomplishments and the joy he has brought to me as a Phillies fan, and as a baseball fan in general, but I'll keep it brief.  Congratulations, Mr. Thome, on your induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jul 28, 2018

Ode To The Fans

Ode To The Fans
Harry Kalas - July 28th, 2002
This is the poem that Harry Kalas wrote and shared with the public during his acceptance speech for the Ford C. Frick Award at the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.  His words of appreciation and love for the fans hang on the wall at Citizens Bank Park where I have no doubt they'll remain for as long as professional baseball is played in Philadelphia.

Jul 27, 2018

Blast Back With Mac

Blast Back With Mac tray liner
McDonalds (1989)
This was a 1950's themed promotion that McDonalds had in the summer of 1989.  Each large soda had a game piece that you could peel off for the chance to instantly win a prize, including "rollback prices" on food, a classic car, a jukebox and and a Walkman with a 50's rock mixtape.

Jul 26, 2018

Chris Has Been Busy

Adopt A Highway Sign
US-53 North - Duluth, MN
Hey there, Chris.  Slow down and tell me what happened in 2017.

Jul 25, 2018

A Little Snack

Chicken Little sandwiches
Kentucky Fried Chicken - Hazleton, PA
My grandfather used to take me up to Kentucky Fried Chicken for Chicken Littles when I was a kid.  Back then, they were 39 cents each, so we could get a big bag of them to bring home.  Today, they're nearly six times as expensive and they come in four flavors: original, Georgia Gold, Smoky Mountain Barbecue and Nashville Hot.  My favorite of the four is the Georgia Gold, which is made with a honey mustard sauce and pickles.  It sounds odd, but it's very good.

This is a concept that could make millions for many years to come if they capitalize on it.  They could come out with dozens of different regional and seasonal flavors to add to the menu.  Some could be available nationwide while others are like the Shamrock Shake and drive traffic into the store for a limited time at a certain time of year.  There's so many different ways to serve chicken that they could keep this going for years if they wanted to, and with a creative ad campaign, it would be almost guaranteed to be a hit.

One last bit of KFC news.  They recently remodeled the dining room at the restaurant in Hazleton.  They played up the red and white color scheme, and they've redone the main lighting fixture on the ceiling.  I'm not sure if they were going for this, but it looks like a UFO is abducting the world's largest bucket of KFC straight off of the dinner table.  Hmm.. I wonder if the Colonel is an alien.

Jul 24, 2018

Tasty Spicy Chicken

Wasabi Chicken
Top Of The 80's - Hazleton, PA
Served with broccoli, zucchini and a baked potato.  Very tasty!

Jul 23, 2018

Jurassic Jeff

This giant statue of Jeff Goldblum in his post-dinosaur attack pose from Jurassic Park has popped up near the Tower Bridge in London.  It was put up by Now TV in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the film.

Jul 22, 2018

My Favorite Beer Vendor

Phillies vs. Padres (day game)
July 22, 2018
The Phils lost the day game 10 - 2, but the Phillies beer pirate makes everything a little better.

Jul 21, 2018

But I Have My Part In My Hand Now

Harry's U-Pull-It advertisement
Mohegan Sun Arena (2018)
Maybe this isn't the ideal spot to start pulling my part.  Thanks for the etiquette tip, Harry.

Jul 20, 2018

Polish Platter

Polish Platter
Transfiguration Picnic - West Hazleton, PA
You can always count on a church bazaar for the four basic food groups: halushki, halupki, potato pancakes and pierogies.

Jul 19, 2018

Mauna La'i

Mauna La'i
Ocean Spray
I used to love this stuff when I was a kid, but it was pretty expensive so we didn't get it too often.  I can't remember the last time that I saw it in stores.  An article from the New York Times from 2000 says that the product line was sold to Mott's, but their website makes no mention of it.

Jul 17, 2018

Smacked Down At Smackdown

WWE Smackdown Live
Mohegan Sun Arena - Wilkes-Barre, PA
This seemed like a good show.  Honestly, I really couldn't relax and enjoy it, but it's not the wrestler's fault.  Long story.  I'll post a match list sometime later when I'm feeling more up to it.

Jul 9, 2018

Sign Of The Times

Hosak Pontiac GMC
Route 309 - Tamaqua, PA
I pass this sign on the way to the turnpike when we go to Philly.  It's across the street from All American Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, but it stands on a small empty lot with no other landmarks to suggest that cars were once sold here.  I'm not sure when it closed or what year the sign is from, but it's pretty old and it's still standing.

Jul 6, 2018

Arcade America: Aladdin's Castle

Arcade America: Playing Games at Aladdin's Arcade
Electronic Games Magazine - Issue 26 (July 1984)
Story by David Lustig
Click here to enlarge the article.