Saturday, January 31, 2009

Super Bowl X

With the Super Bowl coming up tomorrow, I've been thinking about the first Super Bowl I remember watching as a kid. It was Super Bowl X in 1976 between the Cowboys and my favorite team at the time, the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was the year of the famous Lynn Swann catch and the cool Bicentennial patches each team wore. Thanks to the miracle of Youtube, the actual game broadcast can be seen again. Thanks to Youtube member WIICTVFAN for these fantastic links. The entire game is there in 19 parts but I'll just post the beginning where play by play man Pat Summerall introduces the starting lineups and the quintessential 1970's group Up With People sings the National Anthem.

The best part about this is the original commercials. What a fantastic post. I feel like I'm 10 again. Thanks WIICTVFAN.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1966 Kansas City Stadium Conceptual Art

One of the favorite things in my collections is the blueprints and design art for the proposed new stadium and arena for Kansas City in 1966. I love the mid 60's design style and look of these plans. There were different designs for two different locations, one downtown and one where the stadiums themselves ended up six years later. They didn't look anything like these designs though. Domed stadiums for very much in demand then due to the success of the Houston Astrodome, which had opened a year earlier. Here's a closer look at the proposed dome.

For some reason, the planners wanted to have separate facilities for both basketball and hockey which were going to be adjacent to the dome. The basketball arena has a very old style fieldhouse look which was the popular style at the time.

The arena for hockey was very similar to the dome in style and was supposed to also be used for concerts and horse shows and any other type of event that wanted to come to Kansas City.

Although these plans didn't come to fruition, these plans are a great historical snapshot of what the sports teams and city planners had in mind for the sporting future of Kansas City. I'm very happy I got my hands on these.

Monday, January 26, 2009

American Airlines Astrojet Brochure

I recently picked up this fantastic brochure American Airlines put in all their new Astrojets in 1961. It explains in minute detail all the advantages of jet travel to make your flights more comfortable. It also details all the services provided by their highly professional and courteous stewardesses. Doesn't this meal look yummy?

The passengers in this shot look like they're quite satisfied with the top notch service American provides on their new jets.

If for some reason somebody would have had a bad flight, American provided these cool comment cards in the back of the brochure. I love the art on this.

They also provided a cool postcard and an order form for the new American Astrojet Model Kit. What little kid wouldn't want to put this cool jet together?

I really enjoyed reading this time capsule of the early days of jet aircraft travel. I think I might try to find more brochures like this.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Truman Library Postcard 1970's

Watching the inauguration today, I thought about the fact that my hometown of Independence, MO is unique in that it was the hometown of President Truman and his presidential library and museum is one of the better presidential museums I've been to. I've visited four of them and this one presents the life and times of Truman very well. This postcard from the 70's shows the replica Liberty Bell that's outside the museum. If you're ever around Independence or Kansas City and are interested in presidential history, the Truman Library is a must visit.

Monday, January 19, 2009

New U2

Today is a very exciting day. My favorite group, U2, has released their latest single, Get On Your Boots. You can listen to it here. It's very different than what they've done the past couple of albums. It took a couple of listens to really get into it but I like it. One of the things I love about them is that they change from album to album. They never put out the same type of thing every record. They also played the Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC yesterday. It was the first time they played in a couple of years and they were pretty good.

This might get pulled but it was a great moment for U2 fans. The boys are back. The new album, No Line On The Horizon, comes out in March and the tour will definitely be a highlight of this year.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ready For Summer

It was snowing pretty good yesterday morning with single digit temperatures so on a whim, I decided to go out to Twin Drive-In and take some pictures. I've always wanted to take some shots of the drive-in with snow falling and I finally had my chance.

It's amazing to me that for the first 20 or so years it was open, the Twin and the other drive-ins in the area were open year round. Can you imagine going to the drive-in in weather like this? I can!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban R.I.P.

I was very saddened today to learn of the passing of the great Ricardo Montalban. He had a very long and distinguished career in films and television but as a child of the 70's and 80's I knew him as the distinguished caretaker of Fantasy Island, Mr. Roarke and, of course, as Khan in Star Trek II and in the original series episode Space Seed. He personified the suave Latin manly man and had one of the top two or three voices in Hollywood. It was instantly recognizable. His voice served him in good stead in this classic ad from 1975.

That commercial always cracked me up. It was parodied by Dan Aykroyd on the original Saturday Night Live a few times. Perhaps the greatest tribute an actor can have is having his own action figure. I just recently got this Mego style beauty symbolizing his most famous role.

It's definitely a sad day in movie and TV land. As Bill Murray put it in another classic SNL sketch, Ricardo Montalban was muy macho.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Trolley Drive-In

One of my favorite places to eat in Independence is the Trolley Drive-In. It's a little old greasy spoon diner set inside an old trolley car that has been a part of our local history for decades. My grandpa started taking me there when I was really little and I've gone there off and on ever since. It's changed owners a few times and isn't always open anymore but they still serve very good diner fare. Their tenderloins were amazing back in the day. Hopefully it'll continue to stay open for many more years to come.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Shatner On Mike Douglas 1969

Here's the one and only William Shatner doing what he does best on The Mike Douglas Show in 1969, right around the time Star Trek was canceled.

Words cannot describe the greatness of this next part of his appearance.

If you ever see a copy of this fantastic album, by all means pick it up. It's unlike anything you've ever heard before.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hogan's Heroes Hawking Jello

This commercial from the 1960's just cracks me up. Carol Channing and Hogan's Heroes together is just plain bizarre.

I've always loved this show and one of my favorite autographs is from Colonel Klink himself, the always great Werner Klemperer.

This show is always funny and I really dig the DVD's that are out of all five seasons. Check them out if you like goofy comedy.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

NHL Winter Classic 2009

I had a great time today watching the second annual NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings from historic Wrigley Field in Chicago. As this great shot from the Chicago Tribune's Jamie Squire shows, it was a very special day for hockey fans. The atmosphere was electric and the crowd was great. It reminded a lot of the players of playing on frozen ponds when they were kids. This tradition is fantastic and hopefully there will be many more Winter Classics to come.

Surf Ballroom Clear Lake, IA

One of the more somber so called tourist attractions I've seen in my many travels was the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA, which I visited in 1997. This classic ballroom was the site of the last live appearance of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens during the ill fated Winter Dance Party in 1959. Not long after the show, these three rock legends died in a plane crash in a field not far from the small town close to the Minnesota border. The ballroom itself seemed unchanged from 1959 but it was locked up so we couldn't go inside. It was an honor to see such a legendary place in rock history.

Happy New Year

I thought I'd welcome in 2009 with a clip of today's signature song.

This was from a Japanese TV appearance in 1983. For some reason, there was no guitar in the song. Edge just plays piano while Bono scats the solo in the middle of the song. It's a truly unique version of a classic tune. Happy New Year everybody.